Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Community Event: "Toronto to Japan: Hope Blossoms" gala fundraiser on April 21/11

Hope Blossoms is a night of entertainment inspired by the grand tradition of the Japanese variety show.

Canadian icons including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Jian Ghomeshi, Adrienne Clarkson, Bob Wiseman, Basia Bulat, Jim Cuddy and Oh Susanna will share the stage to bring Torontonians laughter, tears – and hope. Not only a fundraiser, this is a show of solidarity for the people of Japan.

Entirely volunteer-run, Toronto To Japan is inspired by the Japanese notion of ganbaru (頑張る) – to do one’s best, to persevere in times of difficulty. Though ten thousand kilometers separate Toronto from Japan, we hold the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami in our hearts – and there too blooms our hope.

All proceeds will be donated to the relief and reconstruction efforts on the ground in Japan by the Japanese Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and Second Harvest Japan.

Our Silent Auction will feature items and services generously donated by a long list of fine businesses. Bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. so come early! (Cash, Mastercard and VISA will be accepted.)

For the complete listing of performers and silent auction donors, please visit the Toronto to Japan event site.

$40 tickets are available through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office by calling 416-599-TIFF (8433), or in person at the Lighbox at 350 King Street West.

$20 tickets for students with valid ID may be purchased by clicking here.

For more information, please contact the event organizers.

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