Event

TORONTO TO JAPAN: HOPE BLOSSOMS 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Hosted by Mio and Nobu Adilman

Preshow Silent Auction * Showtime 7:30

We are drawn by certain voices. Something in us recognizes the voice that calls our name. And those of us who are working at Toronto To Japan are drawn by the same voice that is calling our names.
- Joy Kogawa for Toronto To Japan

This is a crisis that will not be solved quickly. We are in it for the long haul.
- Sang Kim for Toronto to Japan

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 13. $40 tickets will be available through the TIFF box office. $20 tickets will be available online, right here. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when they do.


We at Toronto to Japan are thrilled to announce our big event – Hope Blossoms, a night of entertainment inspired by the grand tradition of the Japanese variety show. Canadian icons including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Adrienne Clarkson, Bob Wiseman Basia Bulat, and Jim Cuddy 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.

More performers and details to be announced in the coming days.

Update! Oh Susanna joins the Hope Blossoms bill. Check back tomorrow for another performer announcement!

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.

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