Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japan Earthquake Fundraiser by Toronto Artists Slated for March 29

Back in town! Missed a lot! But glad to see this charity oriented art event upcoming on March 29--a fundraiser for earthquake victims in Japan. It's co-organized by Japan-born, Toronto-based artist Daisuke Takeya. More info from the press release below:

Ashita: Artists for Japan
Tuesday March 29, 7pm to 2am
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
Cover: minimum donation $10 (students $5 with ID)
All funds raised through admission fee and sale of donated artworks will go to Red Cross through the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Disaster Relief Fund
Tax receipts available for over $50 donations and art purchases

Participating galleries include O'Born Contemporary, Le Gallery, Show and Tell Gallery, Art Metropole, Koyama Press, Narwhal/Magic Pony; participating artists include Howard Podeswa, Laura Horne, Max Johnston, Fiona Smyth, Winnie Truong, Nicholas Di Genova, Martin de la Rue, Patrick DeCoste and more.

More info at and the event's Facebook page.

That earthquake, and the related nuclear concerns, are so heartbreaking. While I often, in my more cynical moments, doubt the ability of art to provide much aid, I'm also inspired to see events like this organized. And dude, if the good deeds aren't enough to get you out, the possibility of catering by Guu Izakaya should darn well do it.

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