CBC Toronto's Sounds of the Season raises over $500K in one day, thanks to your generosity

The CBC's annual Sounds of the Season fundraiser in support of the city's food banks rocked the Canadian Broadcasting Centre Friday, raising more than half a million dollars with the help of your generous donations and enthusiastic support.

Thousands turned out to the CBC Broadcast Centre for the annual fundraiser in support of food banks

CBC Toronto held its annual Sounds of the Season with special live tapings of radio shows like Metro Morning and Here and Now. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

The CBC's annual Sounds of the Season fundraiser in support of the city's food banks rocked the Canadian Broadcasting Centre on Friday, raising more than $500,000.

Gill Deacon hosted a live taping of Here and Now on Friday afternoon in the Glenn Gould Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre. 

Gill Deacon hosts a special taping of Here and Now from the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC Toronto's Sounds of the Season. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

Live performances from Canadian artists were scattered throughout the live show, including singer Kayla Diamond and Toronto-born soul artist, Lydia Persaud.

In the Broadcast Centre's atrium, those in attendance were able to meet their favourite CBC personalities, including CBC Toronto's Mike Wise, Marivel Taruc and Trevor Dunn. Gill Deacon also joined in as she got ready for the live taping of Here and Now.

A meet and greet allowed those in attendance to get up and personal with the CBC personalities. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

Just prior, CBC Music host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Tom Power, both decked out in festive gear, hosted a special Christmas-themed "Jam or Not a Jam" Q music panel. They also featured some live performers like Canadian singer Florence K and Shopé, the winner of Searchlight 2019.

Earlier in the day, a special live version of CBC Radio's Metro Morning was taped in the Glenn Gould Studio.

Performers included the Barenaked Ladies and Odario Williams. Seating has been on a first-come, first-served basis.

CBC Radio's Matt Galloway officially signed off as host of Metro Morning on Friday and he said goodbye to his team and longtime listeners.

Guests were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation. Volunteers were on hand to accept cash or credit-card donations, and you can also give online. CBC Toronto covered the coffee and cookies!

Last year with your generous support, CBC Toronto raised $414,241 and collected 3,300 pounds of food. 

A grand total of $516,260 was raised on Friday alone. The total for this year, since Nov. 20, is a whopping $588,453 and the giving isn't over. You can donate until Dec. 31.

Children pose with the character True, from True and the Rainbow Kingdom, at the CBC Broadcast Centre during Sounds of the Season. (Talia Ricci/CBC)

How else can I give?

Donations can be made online and by phone:

  • Online:
  • Phone at 1-855-SOTS-CBC (1-855-768-7222)
The Barenaked Ladies performed at CBC Toronto's Sounds of the Season on Friday morning. (Michael Wilson/CBC)