“It’s the 25th year of an organization that works directly with our community, and it’s exposing local artists, and — I don’t want to make a tasteless pun — but it’s a very positive event,” says Robert Torbica, the organizer of One World, a benefit for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA).
Torbica organized a benefit last year for the Free the Children charity, and on Sept 19 he performed to raise funds for PARN, the community AIDS resource network in Peterborough. “All this work is part of a personal mission for me: it includes bettering our communities and creating safer environments.”
The evening will kick off with DJ Lynz spinning “music with more than just a beat,” followed by local singer Reenie performing pieces from her debut album, The Real World. Host Ashley Lockyer will preview numbers from the upcoming musical Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. The evening will wrap up with Torbica presenting a multi-instrument, synched-with-video performance based on his most recent album, Third World. “People are going to be walking away thinking about something,” he promises. —Jeremy Willard
One World is Thurs, Oct 11, 8pm, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com, razormade.blogspot.ca