We Day Vancouver 2014 {Banz Protective Earmuffs Giveaway}


We Day is a movement of young people that are leading local and global change headed by the charity “Free the Children,” co-founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. I had the amazing opportunity to attend We Day Vancouver this morning, my second year going to the event. Every year this multy-city one of a kind educational events brings together 20,000 youth, educators and friends to listen to amazing speakers and performers. The goal has been to inspire young people to take action and make a difference in their communities.

What I love the most about We Day is that attendees can’t buy a ticket to We Day, they all earn it through service. Through the year-long We Act program schools and groups take on one local and one global action and report back to Free The Children to earn their way to We Day. It is so fantastic, the energy of the young attendees is always contagious.

Here is a full list of the amazing speakers and performers that we had the chance to see:

Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – Actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Orlando Bloom – Actor and humanitarian
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (@macklemore) (@RyanLewis) – Grammy Award-winning hip hop artists
Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) – Canadian singer-songwriter
Debby Ryan (@DebbyRyan) – Musician and actress
Donnie Yen – Martial arts movie icon, actor, director, producer and Free The Children ambassador
Marianas Trench (@mtrench) – Juno Award-winning pop-rock band
Kardinal Offishall (@KardinalO)–  Award-winning rap artist, music producer and Free The Children ambassador
Victoria Duffield (@VDuffield) – Platinum-selling singer, dancer and actor
Cast members from the Emmy-nominated TV series DEGRASSI (@Degrassi)
Shawn Desman (@DaRealSD)–Platinum-selling and Juno-Award winning recording artist
JRDN (@JRDNmusic) – Juno Award-winning artist and Free The Children ambassador
Karl Wolf (@KARLWOLFs) – International recording artist, MTV Europe Music Award winner and Free The Children ambassador
Neverest (@neverestmusic)–Chart-topping, MMVA-nominated Canadian pop-rock band
Silken Laumann (@SilkenLaumann) – Olympian, inspirational speaker, author and child advocate
Kay – Singer, songwriter and rapper
Craig and Marc Kielburger (@craigkielburger) – International activists and co-founders of We Day
Spencer West(@spencer2thewest) – Me to We motivational speaker, Free The Children ambassador and author
Mustafa the Poet(@MustafaThePoet) – 18-year-old poet, writer, actor and emcee
Hannah Alper(@ThatHannahAlper) – 11-year-old Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, blogger and youth activist
Ashley Rose Murphy(@AshleyRose_FTC)–Motivational youth speaker
Robin Wiszowaty (@robininkenya) – Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
Multi-platinum award-winning performer and actress, Jennifer Lopez made a SURPRISE appearance performing a medley of her greatest hits.

I took my 10 month old with me to We Day. He was the youngest media member at the press conference with Craig Kielburger and Orlando Bloom earlier in the morning. As Orlando got ready to answer questions for the Q&A the very first words he said were: “Hi Baby” directed to my son, in response to his loud babbles! Pretty funny.

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In general my son really enjoyed the lights, music and general excitement of the crowd but the event as expected was very loud. Too loud for little ears. Thankfully last week I connected with Lili from My Little Green Shop and she delivered a pair of Banz Protective Earmuffs for us to use during the show.  The cute earmuffs were a al hit, they protected his ears from harmful noise and allowed him to enjoy the show comfortably. I definitively recommend a pair if you are planning to take your child to any sporting event, concert, or anywhere where  there would be loud noises. They can be used for ages 6 months up to 6 years!


We Day was very inspirational and a lot of fun. Once again I applaud the efforts of Craig and Marc Kielburger for organizing this huge event every year and creating social awareness and opportunities for young people to get involved and do something for their own communities.


Win it: One very lucky Canadian reader will win a pair of Banz Protective Earmuffs from My Little Green Shop like the ones we had a chance to try ($42.95 value!) Enter to win below via Rafflecopter. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product. No other compensation was provided and and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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32 responses to “We Day Vancouver 2014 {Banz Protective Earmuffs Giveaway}”

  1. Jeannie — October 22, 2014 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    I think we would use it most at a Canucks game.

  2. Jessica+L. — October 22, 2014 @ 4:47 pm (#)

    Looks like such an awesome event! Would love them for church!

  3. Jonnie — October 22, 2014 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    We would use these at the Monster Truck shows

  4. cheryl hodgkins — October 22, 2014 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Events with fireworks

  5. maria — October 22, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    My niece would use these at concerts

  6. Tannis W — October 22, 2014 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    We’d use the earmuffs for hockey games, yard work and mowing the lawn.

  7. Silvia D — October 22, 2014 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    hockey games and at home when kids practice instruments!

  8. Dayna+Wilson — October 22, 2014 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Hockey games and concerts!

  9. Jennifer+P. — October 22, 2014 @ 11:53 pm (#)

    We would be using these at concerts the most. There is a big age gap in my kids, and the little bubba ends up coming to a lot of noisy events for the eldest. So far we have been borrowing a pair of these, when available, so it would be really nice to have our own pair on hand!

  10. angela+m — October 23, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    We would use them when we go to the races or monster trucks

  11. tammy+ta — October 23, 2014 @ 10:19 am (#)

    when my kids are around the lawn mower or vaccum

  12. SweetPanda — October 23, 2014 @ 11:53 am (#)

    We would use it at Monster Jam

  13. Kristina+Ziegler — October 23, 2014 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    Hockey games, Monster Jam!

  14. sunshine h — October 23, 2014 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    they would be handy to have at kids concerts. Some are great with lower levels of sound, and some are too loud (in my opinion). Would be handy in the summer too for lawnmowers and leaf blowers!

  15. Miriam+Wilton — October 23, 2014 @ 11:03 pm (#)

    i think we would use these the most at fireworks displays and seahawks games!

  16. Linda — October 24, 2014 @ 8:17 am (#)

    This is great for concerts.

  17. Lucy — October 24, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

    at concerts

  18. Anna+W — October 24, 2014 @ 9:09 am (#)

    At children’s concerts.

  19. anna key — October 25, 2014 @ 9:17 am (#)

    We would use the Banz Earmuffs at hockey games

  20. Angie — October 25, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    Football games – we have season tickets!

  21. Monique L.S. — October 25, 2014 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    Each year we go to the Canada Day music festival near us. It does goes pretty loud, so these would come in handy.

  22. Heidi+Carlson-reid — October 25, 2014 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    I would use these at concerts and festivals.

  23. Alison K — October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    I would be using the Banz Earmuff the most in the yard when the lawn mowers/chainsaws are being used.

  24. Amber F — October 28, 2014 @ 9:02 am (#)

    Definitely would be used the most at concerts!

  25. Melissa+F — November 3, 2014 @ 4:10 am (#)

    My kids spend a lot of time at the family farm where ear protection is a must! It would be great to have a pair that actually fit instead of making adults one work.

  26. Angie+Andrews — November 3, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#)

    probably fireworks

  27. Caroline+Moustache — November 3, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    sporting events like the whitecaps

  28. Angela+Mitchell — November 6, 2014 @ 9:57 pm (#)

    We go to a lot of music festivals and concerts with the kids so this would be great for our little one!

  29. Tanis — November 14, 2014 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    Hockey games, for my son!

  30. Amy+C — November 18, 2014 @ 7:06 am (#)

    My kids would use them at hockey games.

  31. Maryanne — November 20, 2014 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    Sporting events, arcade shows!

  32. missbobloblaw — November 20, 2014 @ 11:39 pm (#)

    I’d use them at concerts and plays- my son is sensitive to loud noises!

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