From Toronto to Japan with love, from Colette

24 Mar

トロントから日本へ コレットより愛を込めて

Keep the messages of love coming, Toronto! Sends yours to and we’ll post them!

Japan Relief/Solidarity Events in Toronto: Roundup #3

24 Mar

Crane by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Illustration by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Toronto continues to show its love and support for the people of Japan. If you have an event, let us know at and we’ll post it for you!

One Thousand Cranes For Japan
Hosted by the University of Toronto Asia Pacific Club
March 28 to April 1
10 am – 4 pm
Lobby of Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street

For information: | 416 946 8832

Please stop by to fold a crane and make a donation. Guided instructions for the origami will be provided.

Proceeds go to Canadian Red Cross, earmarked for Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami relief. Cranes will be sent to Japan. Tax receipts are available for donations starting from $20.

A Public Observance of Solidarity with the People of Japan and the Pacific Rim
Hosted by the University of Toronto
Tuesday, March 29
12:00 p.m.
Main Activity Room
Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave. (Eastside Spadina North of Russell St.).

This event will be an opportunity for our community to reflect on the devastating impact of the earthquake and tsunami, and show our solidarity with those who have been directly and indirectly affected by these events.

In a community as generous and innovative as the University of Toronto, many opportunities to help are already emerging with several student-lead initiatives completed (and more have been planned).  We are sure that this kind support will continue over the coming weeks and months as the needs of those in this region continue to emerge.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Joan Griffin in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at 416-978-2083 or via email to .

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

A Screening of “Fine Totally Fine”
Hosted by J-Film Pow-Wow
Tuesday, April 5
7 PM
The Review Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave)

J-Film Pow-Wow presents the Toronto Premiere of Yosuke Fujita’s comedy “Fine Totally Fine” with 100% of the proceeds going to the Support Japan – GAMBARE relief fund set uo by Pictures Dept. president Yuko Shiomkaki. Donations to this fund will be distributed by Japanese aid organization JustGiving and go to help those fighting to put their lives back together.

FTF (GTA Japanese Parenting Support Group)

FTF members are organizing various fundraising events for Japan in different locations in Ontario after the earthquake in northern Japan on March 11th.

“FTF – Save Japan Disaster Relief” was established in order to widely urge not only Japanese and Japanese Canadian but also Canadian Nation and the world to support people who are affected by the disaster by sharing activities and information.

Japan Relief Events in Toronto: Roundup #2

23 Mar

Further to our first roundup, here are some more fundraising events happening in Toronto. Got an event you’d like to promote? @message us on Twitter (@torontotojapan), or email us ( – We’ll post it for you. Stay tuned for info on Toronto To Japan’s mid-April fundraising extravaganza!

ASHITA: Artists for Japan
March 29
7 PM
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West

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.

This night will include musicians, artists, poets from both Canada and Japan. As well galleries have donated books and other items available for purchase.

Toronto ♥ Japan
Team Japan benefit concert
featuring Rez Raida, Promise, and more
April 2
6:30 PM
Vola Lounge, 214 Adelaide Street

Ganbare Japan
Monday, April 4
Forte Bistro, 133 Richmond Street W.

Following quickly on the near instant sell-out of next weekend’s Support Japan Dinner at Böhmer, Nobuyo Stadtländer and her chef husband Michael have rallied the troops for a second event to raise much needed money for Japanese disaster relief.

From Toronto to Japan, with Love from Kiki

22 Mar

トロントから日本へ キキより愛を込めて!

Feeling the love? Make your own message and send a link to!

“We’re doing what we can.”

21 Mar

Toronto To Japan’s own Joy Kogawa and Kyo Maclear discuss responses to the Japan disaster on CBC Radio One’s Sunday Edition. (Joy and Kyo’s piece starts at 9:00.) In Joy’s words, it’s time for writers to put aside their books and pick up their shovels. Our shovels are digging daily towards our mid-April fundraising event, so keep your eye on this site, our Twitter feed, or our Facebook page for updates!

Sushi Making for the Soul of Japanese Survivors

21 Mar

Toronto To Japan‘s own Sang Kim hosts a night of sushi making with master sushi chef Shin Aoyama. Learn how to make four kinds of sushi rolls, and then devour them yourself (no sharing!). All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Sushi Making for the Soul of Japanese Survivors
Saturday, April 2
7 PM
Liberty Noodle
171 East Liberty Street
$25/Proceeds to Japanese Red Cross

To book, contact or check out the Facebook event page.

Japan Relief Events in Toronto Roundup

20 Mar

Toronto To Japan will host its own fundraising event in mid-April – watch this space for details!

For now, there are many events and activities going on in Toronto in support of the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster. Here’s a roundup of what’s coming up:

as different as night and day
March 5 to April 16, 2011
80 Gerrard St. E.
Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

To those of Japan, in the wake of the earth quake and tsunami, these words have a terrifying potency… that in the space between night and day, the world as we know it can change.

Artist-in-dialogue deborah harris has reshaped the gallery space in response to this cataclysmic event, using sculpture and works from the permanent collection as well as collage that incorporates recent news images.

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto
7:30 PM
$8/Tax receipt issued for donations of $20+

Film screening followed by a discussion with Director Sturla Gunnarsson, moderated by CBC Radio’s Mary Wiens. Part of JCCC’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Support for Japan Dinner
Sunday, March 27
5 PM
Boehmer Restaurant
93 Ossington Avenue
Call 416-531-3800 for tickets
Facebook event page

Fundraising dinner at Boehmer restaurant featuring a 5-course meal prepared by Jamie Kennedy, Paul Boehmer, Michael Stadtlander, Anthony Rose, Adam Colquhoun, John Higgins, Daisuke Izutsu, Chris McDonald, Anthony Walsh and Hiro Yoshida.

Japan Benefit Party
Friday, April 1
8 PM
Hard Rock Cafe
279 Yonge Street

A fundraising event from JETAA Toronto.

Toronto Bakes for Japan
Sunday, April 10
11 AM – 3 PM
Liberty Noodle at Liberty Village
Website, Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #BakeForJapan)

A bake sale to raise money for Japan.


Check back at Toronto to Japan for information on more upcoming events!