Kitchener-Waterloo

$7,942 raised during CBC K-W's Sounds of the Season campaign kickoff

Hundreds gathered at TheMuseum in downtown Kitchener for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's kick-off show for the annual Sounds of the Season campaign, which raises food and funds for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Show featured cooking demonstration, choirs and house musician Andrew Craig

Inshallah, a community choir based out of Martin Luther University College at Wilfrid Laurier University, performed several songs and encouraged the audience to sing along as well. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Hundreds gathered at TheMuseum in downtown Kitchener for the kickoff show of Sounds of the Season, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's annual campaign to raise food and funds for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Food bank officials announced so far in the campaign, $7,942 has been raised to support people in need in Waterloo region. A large amount of that money was raised during Friday's show, but it also includes money raised online since about mid-November in the lead-up to the show.

The day included guests on a variety of topics including holiday foods from various cultures, how to spend less, how to be happy during the holidays and local events including Christmas in Cambridge and the Kitchener Rangers.

House musician Andrew Craig performed some original music, while Inshallah and the Eastwood Collegiate Chamber Choir sang some more traditional songs.

Chef Aicha Smith made a low-cost soup and talked about why she started cooking.

Some people in the audience stayed for the full show, others came in specifically to make a donation to the food bank.

Click here to make an online donation to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Take a look back at some of the show below.

Jazz musician Andrew Craig was the house musician for Sounds of the Season, performing original tunes including a brand new song Only One Thing. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
The Eastwood Collegiate Chamber Choir performs at Sounds of the Season. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Local food writer Jasmine Mangalaserilt took the audience on a culinary trip for the holidays, highlighting dishes including latkes, soba noodles, jollof and bahn chung. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Dan Duran of Rhyno Cybersecurity, resplendent in a Super Mario Christmas sweater, talked about how people can stay safe whether shopping or selling online. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Food columnist Andrew Coppolino interviews chef Aicha Smith. Smith runs Esha's Eats Catering in Six Nations of the Grand River. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Staff from The Food Bank of Waterloo Region accepted donations at the Sounds of the Season show. The totals for the show are expected to be announced later Friday. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Comedians Rob Bebenek and Phil LeConte talk to CBC K-W's The Morning Edition host Craig Norris about the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival in February. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

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