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.
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.
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.
How else can I give?
Donations can be made online and by phone:
- Phone at 1-855-SOTS-CBC (1-855-768-722)