K’naan to perform at opening of new CIGI Campus in Waterloo

Media Advisory

September 10, 2011

Waterloo, Canada – September 10, noon – K’naan, an internationally acclaimed Somali-Canadian recording artist, will be performing at a celebration of the new CIGI Campus on Friday, September 16, 2011.

The event is for an invitation-only audience of 200 community leaders from the not-for-profit, public, academic, technology and business sectors – but it will also be live-webcast to the Waterloo community and beyond, so that the widest possible audience can enjoy K’naan’s performance.

All media and accompanying technical crews must register in advance (by Sept. 14), for security reasons, and should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event, particularly if television cameras or other technical set-up is required.  Accredited members of the media are welcome to register to cover this event at:[email protected].

To view the webcast, anyone can register for free at: http://celebrationwebcast.eventbrite.com/.

K’naan will perform songs from his critically acclaimed album Troubadour. The Somalia-born, Juno award winning artist spent his childhood in Mogadishu during the Somali civil war before moving to New York City and then to Toronto. He recently travelled to Somalia pledging to do “all I can to help my people in Somalia.”

Performing with K’naan will be a children’s choir, composed of students from schools in the Waterloo area and Toronto. 

The CIGI Campus is a new academic facility in Waterloo, now in the final phase of construction. Students of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (founded in 2007, with classes currently split over two local university campuses) will be attending classes at the new facility this fall.

The campus is also home to CIGI, a non-partisan, independent think tank on global governance, which will keep its offices in the existing former Seagram Museum building, but hold its public events in the new CIGI Auditorium.  Future occupants of the campus may include a proposed program international law, as well as other academic and research institutions.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2011    

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.    

Location:  CIGI Campus, 67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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