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Dynamic roster of established and indie musicians to join Soupstock on October 21

TORONTO — Ten homegrown musical acts have been added to the lineup for Soupstock on October 21 in Toronto's Woodbine Park. The mega-culinary event is aimed at raising awareness about the Highland Companies' proposed limestone Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon, just 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. It will feature more than 150 of Canada's top chefs, who will concoct original soup creations from ingredients kindly donated by local farmers and producers.

Soupstock will be hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos and musician Jeremy Taggart from the band Our Lady Peace. It will feature a dynamic lineup of established artists like Blue Rodeo veteran Jim Cuddy and guitarist Jesse Cook, as well as several up-and-coming artists from the city's indie music scene.

"I am delighted to be hosting Soupstock on Sunday October 21 with Jeremy Taggart," said Stroumboulopoulos. "I encourage Torontonians to come raise a bowl and check out some fine local food and some of our finest homegrown musical talent."

Along with established acts Jim Cuddy and guitarist Jesse Cook will be Toronto buzz bands Snowblink, the Paint Movement and Inlet Sound. They will be joined by up-and-coming artists like Alysha Brillinger, Crissi Cochrane and Carmen Corcoz. Toronto's choral flash mob Choir! Choir! Choir! and Foodstock favourite Hobowally round out the talented bill.

"I am thrilled to be performing at Soupstock and supporting such a great cause," said singer-songwriter Carmen Corcoz. "It is very important for me to stand up for what I believe in and I cannot wait to join forces with everyone at Soupstock and make a statement."

The Mega-Quarry would permanently destroy more than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) of the best potato farmland in Ontario and require 600-million litres of water to be pumped out of the pit each day in perpetuity. Up to one million Ontarians downstream rely on this water.

"Last year at Foodstock, dozens of chefs, farmers, musicians and 28,000 supporters gathered to protest against the proposed Mega-Quarry," said Taggart. "This year we want to bring the movement to the city and connect city folks with the efforts to save the land that feeds us."

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For more information, please visit www.soupstock.ca, or contact:
Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation 647 456 9752 cell, jroberts@davidsuzuki.org

Soupstock MCs: George Stroumboulopoulos and Jeremy Taggart
Soupstock on-stage musical acts confirmed to date: Jim Cuddy, Jesse Cook, Snowblink, The Paint Movement, Inlet Sound, Alysha Brillinger, Crissi Cochrane, Carmen Corcoz, Hobowally and Choir! Choir! Choir!

October 4, 2012

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