Sounds of the Season 2014: Over $350K raised for GTA food banks
Musicians, actors, athletes and CBC personalities entertain crowds
- Money raised so far on Friday: $350,433
- Food collected: 18,395 kilograms
The holiday spirit was on full display Friday as thousands visited the CBC Broadcasting Centre, donating thousands of dollars and filling huge boxes with non-perishable food items during the annual Sounds of the Season event.
Metro Morning host Matt Galloway kicked things off to a full house at 5:30 a.m., backed by the Mark McLean Quartet.
We've got to do something about [hunger] together.- Toronto Mayor John Tory
The annual fund-raiser is "electrifying — it is so much fun and nerve-wracking as well," Galloway told the crowd.
By the end of the day the event had raised $350,433 and collected 18,395 kilograms of food, according to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Early performances included appearances by Selena Evangeline and Gavin Hope, with Bill King on piano, singing Christmastime is Here, and a rousing rendition of Go Tell it on the Mountain by the Toronto Mass Choir.
The show also saw performances by Alejandra Ribera, Shakura S’Aida, child soldier-turned-actor/singer Emmanuel Jal, and a visit from Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English services.
Have we done everything we can do? No.- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Conway spoke of the need for CBC to give back to the community, noting that other CBC locations around the country are hosting their own Sounds of the Season.
"The people who come to these things, the people who benefit from these things, own the CBC," Conway said. "This is their broadcaster."
Newly installed Mayor John Tory came by to make a donation and to call on Torontonians to do more in the fight against hunger.
"We've got to do something about this together," Tory told the crowd. "If you say [the problem] is too big it will only get bigger."
Tory was followed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who touted recent poverty-fighting moves by the province, including increases to the Ontario Child Benefit.
"Is it enough? Have we done everything we can do? No," Wynne said. "We're not done."
Later in the morning, during the segment hosted by Radio 2's Drive, indie-pop singer Robyn Dell’Unto performed a number of songs including an uptempo version of the holiday classic White Christmas.
She was followed by recent chart-topper Scott Helman, whose set included a cover of John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over).
Sounds of the Season isn't over yet. If you missed the event but still want to donate, you can make a donation online or if you want to donate food there will be boxes set up at the CBC Broadcasting Centre until Dec. 31.