Archive for October, 2020

  • Next OXALA Benefit Livestream for Abrigo is coming on Sun. Oct. 25th

    16 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Watch on Zoom or Heyoxala on Instagram

    OXALA, the stage moniker of breakout performer Dianne Oliveira, will be hosting “And Now in Portuguese” a bilingual livestream concert and benefit show celebrating her Portuguese roots on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on her HeyOXALA Instagram account and Zoom (meeting ID:889 4971 1874).

    Along with her guitarist Alan Kulka, the performance will draw on various musical styles including well known Portuguese and English Bossa Nova, Jazz, Pop and Fado songs. During the show OXALA will be performing, for the first time live, her new bilingual original “As Vozes de Nao” or “The Noise of No”.


    As with the rising star’s first livestream benefit event in support of Abrigo last month, in lieu of purchasing a ticket, viewers will be encouraged to financially support the Abrigo Centre. Donations can be made safely and securely at Abrigo’s website

    Now in its 30th year of operation, the Abrigo Centre, located in west-end Toronto, is a social service agency that assists over 6,500 clients each year with a primary focus on women who face domestic violence and abuse.

    “From their violence against women program, to their work with seniors, youth and newcomers, Abrigo does an outstanding job helping those in need in the Portuguese community and for local area residents,” says OXALA. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been open, available virtually, and a cornerstone of service assisting individuals and families during this difficult time.”

    Please visit OXALA’s website for more event information.

    Guitarist Alan Kulka and OXALA

  • In-Class or Virtual Schooling is the Question for Parents This Fall

    07 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo Counsellor Luciana Pache de Faria covers this important question in our October Discover Magazine submission

    Every September parents can't wait for Labour Day to arrive and the return to school for their children. Obviously, this year is different and it was quite a stressful time as parents debated the merits and possible dangers of sending their kids back into schools around our city.

    Abrigo counsellor Luciana Pache de Faria examines all the options and all the struggles parents made to make the right decision on their children's future. Please read more about this important topic here:

  • First Alert Canada and Toronto Fire Services support Abrigo During Fire Prevention Week

    07 October 2020 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Donation of 100 fire alarms will go to our most vulnerable clients

    October 4 through October 10, 2020 is Fire Prevention Week in Ontario and Abrigo helped celebrate this important event by attending a special ceremony at Fire Station 345 on Dufferin St. in Toronto on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

    Three local charities (including Abrigo) that provide outstanding support to their respected communities were recognized by First Alert Canada with a donation of 100 fire alarms each.

    Abrigo thanks First Alert Canada for their generous donation as well as Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao for her ongoing support of our agency and all the men and women of Toronto Fire Services who do a tremendous job day after day keeping us all safe and educating all local residents and children about fire prevention. Thank you!

    Ed Graca, Abrigo's Executive Director

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