Thursday, October 15, 2009

Press Release: Canada’s “Funny Mommy” Kate Davis Joins Live Comedy Fundraiser for Kids with Disabilities

Canada’s “Funny Mommy” Kate Davis Joins Live Comedy Fundraiser for Kids with Disabilities

Kate Davis

Toronto, ON, September 23, 2009

Several of Canada’s funniest people, including Canadian Comedy Awards 2009 “Best Stand-Up Female” nominee Kate Davis, will be taking the mic on October 21st, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel, for the Laughs for Possibility Comedy Showcase to raise funds for Bloorview Kids Rehab, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital for kids with disabilities.

This is the second Laughs for Possibility event, presented by Tim Hortons in Sussex, NB (franchisees Jim and Chris Andrew sponsor the show despite the 1,500 km between the show and their stores, in support of their grandson Eric), following the inaugural show in January 2009 which featured some of Canada’s top comedians. Laughs for Possibility 2 will bring out another crop of Canadian comedy superstars including Davis, a five-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee. Other comics announced so far have been Bobby Mair (2009 Stand-up Newcomer nominee at Canadian Comedy Awards) and Gilson Lubin (MTV, HBO Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam), with more to be announced.

Laughs for Possibility was founded by local amateur comic, Lloyd Ravn, after his son Eric (now 4) suffered a major stroke in July 2008 and was admitted to Bloorview Kids Rehab’s inpatient unit, under the care of the Brain Injury Rehab Team (BIRT). After a strong recovery and subsequent discharge, Eric was re-admitted to Bloorview after two more strokes in May 2009, and he is still at Bloorview today.

“Kate is a perfect fit for Laughs for Possibility,” said Ravn of the nationally-touring headliner. The show grew out of Ravn’s desire to give other inpatient parents at Bloorview a chance to have a night away from the hospital along with a few well-deserved laughs, and Davis is well-known for her parenting with humour workshops, and hilarious stand-up material about her own parenting experiences, making her performance on October 21 “a guaranteed hit,” according to Ravn. “All of the parents in the audience on October 21 will connect with Kate immediately.”

For more on Kate Davis, visit

Event details

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time: VIP Reception at 7:00 PM, general admission at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM

Location: Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel, 1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets cost: $95 for VIP admission (includes pre-show reception); $50 for general admission

Available at

Bloorview Kids Foundation

Bloorview Kids Foundation develops relationships and raises funds from the community for Bloorview Kids Rehab. Bloorview is the gold-standard in care, research, and education for kids with disabilities and their families. As Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation and complex continuing care teaching hospital, it is an international leader in childhood disability. Bloorview pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life.

Regardless of their disability, kids just want to be kids. Community and private investment is critical to enabling kids with disabilities to live their lives, just like any other kid.

For further information:

Lloyd Ravn, Event Organizer

Tel: 647-929-8916 or

Nicole Watson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Bloorview Kids Foundation

Tel: 416-424-3850 or

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