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2017 Courage to Give Back Awards


The Courage to Give Back Awards recognizes extraordinary individuals in our community who have overcome adversity and have gone on to give back to their communities. 

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax to help celebrate the 2017 Courage to Give Back Awards in support of Family SOS! The evening will be filled with inspiring stories and will include a reception, dinner, entertainment, a raffle, and silent auction. 


All funds raised through the Courage to Give Back Awards dinner will go directly to enhancing and growing the programs and services Family SOS offers.


Event Details



Master of Ceremonies - Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison has been waking up Nova Scotia for over 25 years as co-host of the C100 Mornings. Over those 2-plus decades, he has had the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities as varied as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, the Black Eyed Peas, Roger Ebert and Bill Clinton and has broadcast from exotic locales from Barbados to Iceland. Peter has also emceed literally hundreds of events, bringing professionalism and humour to every occasion. Peter is a proud Nova Scotian who lives in Waverley with his wife and they have raised three children together.





David MacFarlane


David MacFarlane is a local Guitarist and Vocalist, specializing in Classical and Maritime Folk Inspired music. David began his musical journey years ago through the Halifax Music Program, which gave him the great drive and passion he still possesses. David has performed across Canada and the USA, on stages, television and radio. His wit and charm marries well with his abundant musical talents, so whether he’s hosting, emceeing or spreading his musical love, guests will be guaranteed to leave his performances with a smile.

Main Stage



DrumDance is dynamic and powerful, filling the space with a contagious energy and rock star spirit.  Participants become the drummer and the dancer as they feel the joy from the tip of their drumsticks to the bottom of their soles! The experience incorporates the use of drumsticks, percussion rhythms and inspirational dance for a rock-out adventure


Drumdance Co-Creators and Instructors:Tracy Cipryk and Heather-Ann Bratty

“Movement Musicians Where the Beat Becomes Us” 


Tracy and Heather-Ann have both been leading in the fitness industry for over 30 years.  They have taught every aspect of fitness and love creating new exciting programs to keep participants engaged and entertained. They stumbled onto drumming when they were involved with “Bust a Move” for Breast Health as part of the fitness team and ended up doing a drum performance while they were dancing-hence the creation of Drumdance. They teach Poundfit a strength drumming class, Bucket-Beats drumming using bucket and movement and Drumdance their signature program. They also provide Fitness Entertainment and interactive shows to charity, corporate and social events. 


Jenn Grant


Jenn Grant expands to a galactic realm never before explored by the songwriter with Paradise. While Grant’s 2014 JUNO twice nominated (Songwriter & Contemporary Album of the Year) Compostela, focused on Jenn’s own personal experience of loss, this time Grant points the compass towards the epic and intimate and explores a new depth of sound.


“I wanted to explore new soundscapes,” Grant explains when describing how piano came to be the primary song-writing instrument. Grant created new shapes and colours with an array of new instrumentation and song collaboration with producer Daniel Ledwell. “I thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don't feel like I really heard my own voice until recently. 


Paradise feels personal and emotive, but it was born from a vantage point of watching as the world flexes amidst great joy and sorrow. Through her lyrics, Grant tells us of the world she watches from a distance, touching on global themes like love, growth, faith, longing, sex, death and reinvention. 


With the International success of Compostela, Grant spent three years touring the world and playing to over 300 audiences, both festivals and in concert settings with sold out shows from London to Vancouver. Finally coming off the road, Grant retreated to the secluded studio by her home in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. What emerged was Paradise- an album that sees a new dimension in Grant’s songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.


Paradise’s songs reach out with world-weary awareness, that’s most evident on lead single “Galaxies,” a song that is the aural equivalent of star-gazing. “I pictured people standing at the edge of the earth, hands outstretched, asking, ‘What is bigger than us, than any of this?’” Grant says.


Jenn Grant’s voice and songwriting has been celebrated the world over by critics and industry alike. Described as one of the 'best singers in the world' by her ongoing collaborator, Buck 65 (CA), “captivating' by The Line Of Best Fit (UK), and “work of a painter born in paradise” by The Sydney Morning Herald (AU).


Paradise will be released worldwide on March 3rd, 2017.



Community Art Project

Darren Pyper AKA Ghettosocks


Darren Pyper AKA Ghettosocks is a visual artist and musician based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. From 2002 to 2006, he attended and completed his media arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. While at NSCAD, Pyper established himself as a prominent member of the local Hip Hop scene, as well as an involved member of the North End Halifax Community as a whole; as a board member of The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Pyper gained experience within the Halifax arts scene.


Since 2002, Pyper has participated in numerous benefit concerts, art shows, and youth groups including: CKDU 88.1 FM Fundraisers, Books Behind Bars, HRM Schools, Girls’ Empowerment Mentoring, Halifax Public Libraries, Winter Homeless Shelter, United Not Isolated, Youth Arts Connect, and many more.Pyper's musical endeavours have earned him JUNO, ECMA, and MNS award recognition as well as nearly a decade of national and international touring opportunities in nearly 20 countries.

(Photo credit: Kelly Clark)