CBC Toronto's 2018 Sounds of the Season raises more than $414K

CBC Toronto opened its doors on Friday for a day of programming to raise money and collect donations for local food banks.

Annual charity fundraiser supports food banks across the GTA

Sounds of the Season, CBC Toronto's annual fundraiser in support of GTA food banks, has raised more than $414,000. (Grant Linton/CBC)

CBC Toronto has opened its doors for Sounds of the Season — a day of live radio and TV broadcasts, musical performances and meet-and-greets with your favourite CBC personalities, all to raise money and collection donations for GTA food banks. 

Held at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at John Street and Front Street West, the event managed to help raise $414,241 as well as an estimated 3,300 pounds of food as of noon on Saturday.

The big day all started with a live Metro Morning broadcast from the Glenn Gould Studio starting at 5:30 a.m. It included performances from Sarah Harmer, Ria Mae, Neon Dreams, Kevin Drew, UN Jefferson and The Dirty B-Sides.

Matt Galloway and Metro Morning helped kick off Sounds of the Seasons at 5:30 a.m. with a special broadcast from the Glenn Gould Studio. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

That was followed by As It Happens, which hosted an "Ask Me Anything" show in honour of its 50th anniversary, and a holiday sing-along with CBC Kids that included little ones' favourite characters, including Cookie Monster.

CBC Radio's Here & Now went live on the air at 3 p.m. with musical guests Tim Baker, Tafelmusik, Wexford Gleeks, Wolf Saga, ColinResponse, Myles Castello and Elizabeth Shepherd. 

CBC Toronto at 6 viewers got a special chance to see the magic behind the scenes of a live TV broadcast of the evening news from Peter Mansbridge Hall.

The full day schedule is here.

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