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Photo Coverage: Canadian Cast of RENT Reunites for 15th Anniversary in Support of Fife House

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On Monday Oct 29th members of the original Canadian cast of RENT gathered together with graduates from Sheridan College to perform a special benefit concern in support of Fife House.  Produced by Michael Rubinoff, the event celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Canadian production of the Tony Award Winning musical, and was a fantastic evening filled with songs and lots of love.  On hand to celebrate were Chad Richardson, Cary Shields, Dominique Roy, Karen LeBlanc, Jenifer Aubry, Gavin Hope and Thom Allison.

The benefit was for Fife House, an innovative, client-focused charity in Toronto that provides secure affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS.  In 2010/2011, the organization served more than 600 residents and clients and provided support services to 200 residents.  The Spotlight event is an annual fundraiser designed to promote awareness for the organization and raise money for Fife House.

The messages of love, hope, faith and tolerance that are so central in RENT provided a heartfelt and touching backdrop to Fife House's cause, with people sharing personal stories and experiences about how HIV/AIDS have touched their lives and how Fife House has helped.  It was an emotional evening, with friends old and new connecting through the music of Jonathan Larson.  While HIV/AIDS may not carry the same stigma it had 15 years ago when RENT first debuted in Toronto, there are many people still suffering who need the compassion and support that Fife House provides.  This is what Monday night was all about, reminding people how important love, compassion and tolerance are and that we need to cherish every moment as if its our last.  It was incredibly touching to see how Jonathan Larson's message has transformed so many lives, and how Fife House has helped so many as well.  Hopefully everyone who attended this special evening left remembering that there really is 'no day but today'. 

To donate to Fife House or learn more about their organization, please visit their official website at www.fifehouse.org

Photos by Tomas Jonys


Canadian RENT Alumni


Canadian RENT Alumni


Cary Shields and Chad Richardson


Chad Richardson and Gavin Hope


Cary Shields


Cary Shields


Dominique Roy


Cary Shields


Dominique Roy, Cary Shields and Chad Richardson


Dominique Roy and Cary Shields


Dominique Roy and Cary Shields


Dominique Roy and Cary Shields


Andres Sierra and Jenifer Aubry


Cary Shields, Andres Sierra, Chad Richardson and Gavin Hope


Chad Richardson, Andres Sierra and Gavin Hope


Karen LeBlanc


Dominique Roy and Chad Richardson


Karen LeBlanc and Chad Richardson


Alumni of Canadian Cast of RENT


Dominique Roy


Dominique Roy


Dominique Roy


Jenifer Aubry


Jenifer Aubry


Jenifer Aubry


Jenifer Aubry


Joel Gomez and Jacob MacInnis


Joel Gomez and Jacob MacInnis


Brett Schaller, Jaclyn Serre, Julia McLellan, Tringa Rexhepi


Alycia Novak, Brett Schaller, Jaclyn Serre, Julia McLellan, Tringa Rexhepi


Joel Gomez, Jacob MacInnis and Alycia Novak


Karina Bershteyn and Melissa Peters


Tringa Rexhepi


Canadian RENT Alumni


Thom Allison


Karen LeBlanc


Karen LeBlanc


Gavin Hope and Thom Allison


The Alumni Cast and Sheridan Graduates with Michael Rubinoff, Bob Foster and Michael Rubinstein


RENT at the Royal Alexandra Theatre


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