Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Community Event: "ASHITA: Artists for Japan" fundraiser on March 29/11

Our heart and minds are with the Japanese people, and now it’s time for action!

The Toronto arts community felt the shock much like everyone else when images first started to appear on the news and stories through friends started to come in.

Many of the artists have traveled to Japan as visiting artists or to study its rich culture and its embrace with nature. We have made many friends and built many bridges through collaborations and deep friendships.

Curator Rafi Ghanaghounian and Artist Daisuke Takeya are organizing a fundraiser event that will bring the arts community of Toronto together to support our friends in Japan both mentally and financially.

The evening will be hosted by Japanese model Nana Akimoto. Numerous musicians, artists, poets from both Canada and Japan will be performing. Galleries and artists have donated artwork, books and other items for purchase.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00pm

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West (at Dovercourt)

$10 (students $5 with ID) at the door.

All funds raised through the admission charge and sales of donated artwork will go to the Red Cross through The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Disaster Relief Fund. Tax receipts available for over $50 donations and art purchases.


Daisuke Takeya: 416-729-3615 or
Rafi Ghanaghounian:

Participating galleries (more coming!):

OBorn Contemporary, Le Gallery, Show and Tell Gallery, Art Metropole,
Koyama Press, Narwhal/Magic Pony

Participating artists (more coming!):

Howard Podeswa, Laura Horne, Max Johnston, Fiona Smyth, Yuriko Kubota,
Tomori Nagamoto, Winnie Truong, Nicholas Di Genova, Shigeko Okada,
Keiko Tokushima, Ayako Bando, Sonomi Kobayashi, Bernice Lum, Ron
Loranger, Pierre Julien, Richelle Forsey, Jae-hong Ahn, Juno Youn,
Yuriko Kubota, Miki Shinozaki, Keita Morimoto, Shinobu Akimoto, Yumi
Onose, Shinya Kumazawa, Mark DeCoste, Martin de la Rue, Joshua Choi,
Blair Prentice, James Fowler, Martin Ouellette, Patrick DeCoste,
Daisuke Takeya, Matt Evans,Martin Reis, Martin De La Rue, Aisha

Participating performers (more coming!):

Clara Venice and Ken Ogawa
Arisa Itami
Nobu Adilman: Choir!Choir!Choir!
AKA Dance (Keiko Ninomiya, Amy Hampton, Mike Dell)
Ewan Whyte
Bonnie Bowman
VPV(Daisuke Takeya, Ayumi Sawada, Tatsu)
Risa Kusumoto
Ashely Ingram
Nana Akimoto
Tomori Nagamoto
Natasha Bailey

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