May Be Me Purple Pekoe Tea Party

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Date(s) - 31/05/2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

La Maquette Restaurant

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Purple Pekoe Tea Party

Date: Saturday May 31, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Location: La Maquette Restaurant (111 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, wheelchair accessible venue)

Cost: $50 (with $35 provided as tax receipt portion)

Purchase tickets now: online | call 416-392-3135

Wear purple and join us for an afternoon to raise awareness about violence against women and youth. Proceeds of this May Be Me Campaign event support METRAC’s violence prevention programs. Tea tasting, performances, a book reading and treats … bring your teapots, cozies and other tea memorabilia for our show ‘n’ tell tea display!

Music by: Monica Tang, lead vocalist, accompanied by smooth guitar stylings of David Hunter and Anthony D’Ugo. They participated as part of Under the Radar, finalists in the 2013 Toronto League of Rock.

Author guest: Karyn L. Freedman, reading from her memoir, One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery. Karyn was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1968, the middle of three girls. She has a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. She is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, where she began her teaching career in 2002. Karyn lives in Toronto and in her spare time plays left wing in a women’s recreational hockey league. One Hour in Paris is her first book.


In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet inspirational journey through suffering and recovery both personal and global. We follow Freedman from an apartment in Paris to a French courtroom, then from a trauma center in Toronto to a rape clinic in Africa. At a time when as many as one in three women in the world have been victims of sexual assault and when many women are still ashamed to come forward, Freedman’s book is a moving and essential look at how survivors cope and persevere.

More information: 416-392-3135 |