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VoteParty.ca / PartyVote.ca and VotePromise.ca initiatives reached 1.3 million+ people across Canada with “take a non-voter to vote” message

Thank you to Cineplex Entertainment and 14 celebrities who provided important, generous help in reaching voters

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Monday, September 27, 2021

OTTAWA – Today, the VoteParty/PartyVote and VotePromise initiatives announced that they reached more than 1.3 million people across Canada during the federal election campaign with their key messages to take a non-voter to vote with you. The initiatives reach more people than any other non-governmental voter turnout initiatives in Canada.

VoteParty invited voters to “Make a #VoteDate and take a non-voter to vote with them.” PartyVote invited voters to “Fixez un #RendezvousdeVote avec une personne qui ne vote pas et amenez-la voter avec vous.” And VotePromise asked voters to “Make the #VotePromise to help a non-voter vote.”

This was the fourth election that VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca initiatives were active, and the second that the French PartyVote.ca initiative was active. The initiatives helped voter turnout increase by more than 7% in the 2015 federal election (to 68%) and 6% in the 2018 Ontario election (to 57%), and keep voter turnout up at 67% during the 2019 federal election.

This election the initiatives were faced with the same barriers as many other voter turnout efforts due to the summer snap election call, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 850,000 people were reached through celebrity montage VoteParty and PartyVote video ads shown before movies in 159 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada from September 2-16. Cineplex Entertainment generously donated the cost of showing the videos at its theatres.

As well, 14 well-known Canadians did videos in support of the initiatives. Musician and radio host Florence K did the PartyVote video ad that ran before French-language movies in Cineplex theatres – see it on the PartyVote.ca website.

The VoteParty video ad which ran in Cineplex theatres from September 2-16 featured Rick Mercer (comedian and former host of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report), Elena Juatco (actress from ABC’s Open Heart and CTV’s JANN show), MAGIC! (#1 song “Rude” and other top songs), Ashley Callingbull (actress from APTN’s Blackstone, and Mrs. Universe), and Michelle Morgan (actress from CBC’s Heartland).

Other well-known Canadians who did videos for VoteParty include: Graham Wardle (CBC’s Heartland); David Suzuki (environmentalist and host of CBC The Nature of Things); Greg Bryk (actor on Space TV’s Bitten and in Brad Pitt’s latest film Ad Astra); Mary Walsh (comedian and former co-host of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Rick Miller (comedian, creator of the “BOOM” and “BOOM X” theatre shows, and former host of the Just for Laughs TV show).

You can see their videos on VoteParty’s 2021 YouTube playlist.

Other well-known Canadians who did videos for VotePromise are: George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC Radio host); actor Patrick McKenna, and; musicians Julian Taylor and Tyler Ellis. You can see their videos on VotePromise’s 2021 YouTube playlist.

VoteParty 2021 was a great party – thank you very much again to everyone who helped out!

VoteParty.ca, PartyVote.ca and VotePromise.ca are initiatives of Democracy Education Network, since 1993 one of Canada’s leading civics education organizations.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Duff Conacher, Co-founder of Democracy Education Network
and Coordinator of VoteParty.ca, PartyVote.ca and VotePromise.ca
Tel: (613) 241-5178
Cell: 416-546-3443
Email: [email protected]


 


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VoteParty.ca and PartyVote.ca ads running before every movie in Cineplex theatres across Canada

14 well-known Canadians helping spread the messages to
Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter and help them vote!
and
Make a #VotePromise to help a non-voter vote!
and
Fixez un #RendezvousdeVote avec une personne qui ne vote pas et amenez-la voter

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Monday, September 13, 2021

OTTAWA – Today, Democracy Education Network (DEN) announced that its VoteParty.ca video, and the French-language PartyVote.ca video, are being shown before every movie in 159 Cineplex theatres across Canada through to Thursday, September 16th. Cineplex Entertainment has generously donated the cost of showing the video.

The videos in movie theatres are part of DEN’s national effort to increase the number of voters, especially young voters, who vote in the federal election, following up on its successful effort during the 2015 fall federal election that reached 3.5 million people across Canada and during the 2019 election that reached 1.5 million people across Canada.

Fourteen well-known Canadians have made videos with the VoteParty.ca or VotePromise.ca messages, including a Canadian celebrity montage English-language video featuring Rick Mercer, MAGIC! (#1 song “Rude”), Ashley Carlingbull (actress and Mrs. Universe), Michelle Morgan (from CBC’s “Heartland”) and Elena Juatco (from CTV’s “Jann”).

The French-language PartyVote.ca video features Florence K, CBC’s C’est formidable radio show host and musician.

The videos by the other well-known Canadians can be seen on the VoteParty.ca website, and the VotePromise.ca website. As well, there are many images that can be downloaded for sharing at VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca.

All are invited to come to the national #VoteParty on September 20th election night. Share your reaction to the election results, and what’s going on at your local Vote Party, on Twitter with #VoteParty, and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/149158244050252.

#VoteParty promises to be a great party.

Anyone who wants to invite other people in their area to a local Vote Party on September 20th can upload their party details, and if they want also send out invitations, at: http://www.voteparty.ca/vote_parties

VoteParty.ca is an initiative of Democracy Education Network, since 1993 one of Canada’s leading civics education organizations, and a partner organization of Democracy Watch.

Let’s get this #VoteParty started!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca
Cell: 416-546-3443
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://VoteParty.ca


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Celebrities coming to VoteParty.ca to help young voters vote -- National #VoteParty on Election Night September 20th

Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter and help them vote!

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

OTTAWA – Today, VoteParty.ca launched its national effort to increase the number of voters, especially young voters, who vote in the federal election, following up on its successful effort during the 2015 fall federal election that reached 3.5 million people across Canada and during the 2019 election that reached 1.5 million people across Canada.

The launch includes a Canadian celebrity montage English-language video featuring Rick Mercer, MAGIC! (#1 song “Rude”), Ashley Carlingbull (actress and Mrs. Universe), Michelle Morgan (from CBC’s “Heartland”) and Elena Juatco (from CTV’s “Jann”), and a French-language video for PartyVote.ca featuring Florence K, CBC’s C’est formidable radio show host and musician.

The two videos will be shown before every movie in 159 Cineplex theatres across Canada from Friday, September 3rd to Thursday, September 16th. Cineplex Entertainment has generously donated the cost of showing the video.

VoteParty.ca will also soon release videos by many other well-known Canadians on its VoteParty.ca website, as will its partner initiative VotePromise.ca. As well, there are many images that can be downloaded for sharing at VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca.

VoteParty.ca isn’t urging young voters just to vote, it’s inviting young voters to:
Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter and help them vote!

And then all are invited to come to the national #VoteParty on September 20th election night. Share your reaction to the election results, and what’s going on at your local Vote Party, on Twitter with #VoteParty, and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/149158244050252.

Vote Party promises to be a great party.

Anyone who wants to invite other people in their area to a local Vote Party on September 20th can upload their party details, and if they want send out invitations at: http://www.voteparty.ca/vote_parties

VoteParty.ca is an initiative of Democracy Education Network, since 1993 one of Canada’s leading civics education organizations, and a partner organization of Democracy Watch.

Let’s get this Vote Party started!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca
Cell: 416-546-3443
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://VoteParty.ca


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VoteParty.ca / PartyVote.ca and VotePromise.ca initiatives reached 1.5 million people across Canada with “take a non-voter to vote” message

Thank you to Cineplex Entertainment and more than 25 celebrities who provided important, generous help in reaching voters

Voter turnout was 66% -- 3rd highest since 1997

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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More than 25 Canadian celebrities come to the VoteParty.ca to help young voters Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter

Celebrity promo videos have been shown to 1.5 million Canadians before movies in 160 Cineplex theatres across Canada since Oct. 4th – ending tonight

Please air the videos as PSAs on your TV or radio station (the audio track) before Oct. 21st – click here to see them on the VoteParty.ca website, and click here to see them on VoteParty.ca’s YouTube channel, and please contact [email protected] if you need them sent to you in order to air them as a PSA

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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More celebrities coming to the VoteParty.ca to help young voters Make a #VoteDate -- National #VoteParty on October 21st

Celebrity promo videos showing before movies in 160 Cineplex theatres across Canada

Please air the videos as PSAs on your TV or radio station (the audio track) before Oct. 21st – click here to see them on the VoteParty.ca website, and click here to see them on VoteParty.ca’s YouTube channel, and please contact [email protected] if you need them sent to you in order to air them as a PSA

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Friday, October 11, 2019

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Celebrities coming to VoteParty.ca to help young voters vote -- National #VoteParty on Election Night October 21st

VoteParty.ca ad running before all movies in Cineplex theatres across Canada Oct. 4-17 with message:
Make a #VoteDate at VoteParty.ca and take a non-voter to vote with you

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Monday, September 30, 2019

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VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca reach 700,000 Ontarians with “Help a non-voter vote” message during election campaign

Largest non-party voter turnout initiatives help increase voter turnout by 7.7% compared to 2011 election (from 51.3% to 58%)

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Monday, June 25, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, the VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca voter turnout initiatives of the Democracy Education Network announced that they reached 700,000 Ontarians with their Make a #VoteDate and Make the #VotePromise efforts to encourage voters to help non-voters vote in the recent provincial election.

The initiatives were the largest non-political party voter turnout efforts in Ontario, and helped increase voter turnout by 7.7% compared to the 2011 election, up from 51.3% to 58%.

VoteParty.ca’s celebrity video urging voters to Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter was shown before movies in 67 Cineplex theatres across Ontario May 26-June 7 and viewed by 250,000 people. The video featured Rick Mercer, chart-topping band MAGIC!, Ashley Carlingbull (actress and Mrs. Universe), Michelle Morgan (from CBC’s “Heartland”) and Elena Juatco (from ABC’s “Open Heart”).

VoteParty.ca also reached hundreds of thousands more Ontarians with the video, and other Make a #VoteDate videos and posts, through media coverage on CBC (online and several radio shows), several other radio shows, and its Facebook page and Twitter account.

VotePromise.ca also reached tens of thousands of Ontarians through radio interviews, and with its Make the #VotePromise videos, including a video by TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Co-founder of the Democracy Education Network
Cell: 416-546-3443
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://VoteParty.ca and http://VotePromise.ca


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VoteParty.ca’s celebrity video ad has reached about 700,000 voters by showing in movie theatres across Ontario since May 26th

Come to the online #VoteParty tonight to post your reaction to election results

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, the VoteParty.ca and VotePromise.ca voter turnout initiatives of the Democracy Education Network are letting Ontario voters know that it’s not too late to join the #VoteParty by Making a #VoteDate with a non-voter to take them to vote or to by Making the #VotePromise to help a non-voter vote.

VoteParty.ca’s celebrity video urging voters to Make a #VoteDate with a non-voter has been seen by about 700,000 Ontarians before movies in 67 Cineplex theatres across Ontario since May 26th. The video features Rick Mercer, chart-topping band MAGIC!, Ashley Carlingbull (actress and Mrs. Universe), Michelle Morgan (from CBC’s “Heartland”) and Elena Juatco (from ABC’s “Open Heart”).

VoteParty.ca has also reached tens of thousands more Ontarians with the video, and other Make a #VoteDate videos and posts, on its Facebook page and Twitter account. VotePromise.ca has also reached tens of thousands of Ontarians with its Make the #VotePromise videos, including a video by TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

All Ontarians are also invited to post to Twitter #VoteParty tonight to share their reactions to the election results.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Co-founder of the Democracy Education Network
Cell: 416-546-3443
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://VoteParty.ca and http://VotePromise.ca


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Celebrities coming to VoteParty.ca to help young voters vote – video ad will be shown in movie theatres across Ontario May 26th-June 7th

Make a #VoteDate and take a non-voter to vote with you or

Make the #VotePromise to help a non-voter vote – and then #VoteParty on June 7th

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