Musical acts draw thousands to CBC Toronto for Sounds of the Season

Today’s the day, Toronto!

The CBC’s annual Sounds of the Season fundraiser in support of the city’s food banks is rocking the Canadian Broadcasting Centre.

What is happening?

A special live version of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning is being taped in the CBC Broadcast Centre’s Glenn Gould Studio. The event started at 5:30 a.m. Performers have included the Barenaked Ladies and Odario Williams. Seating is on first-come, first-served basis.

What should I bring?

Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items (we’ll have plenty of bins) or a financial donation. Volunteers will be standing by to accept cash or credit-card donations, and you can also give online. We’ll cover the coffee and cookies!

There will also be some special contests that might interest you.

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

Today alone, a grand total of $335,435 has been raised so far. The total for this year, since Nov. 20, is a whopping $407,328.

What’s the schedule for today?

There are plenty of shows for you to attend. Here’s the schedule:

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. — Meet your favourite CBC Radio personalities in the Barbara Frum Atrium.

10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Front Burner holds a special festive session featuring friends of the show including Tom Power and Elamin Abdelmahmoud in the Glenn Gould Studio.

11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. — CBC Kids gets into the holiday spirit with live performances in the Barbara Frum Atrium.

11:45 p.m.-12:15 p.m. — CBC Sports Tokyo 2020 host Scott Russell holds a live sport demonstration with Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Barbara Frum Atrium.

12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. — Day 6 host Brent Bambury talks about the world’s oldest surviving fruitcakes, complete with an onstage interview on how to make the holiday classic more palatable.

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. —  Join CBC Music hosts Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Tom Power for an hour of seasonal music performances, as well as a special “Jam or not a Jam” Q music panel.

2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Meet and greet some of your favourite CBC personalities.

3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Here and Now live at the Glenn Gould Studio with musical guests including Sarah Harmer, Hollerado and Lydia Persaud.

Inside the main entrance of the CBC Broadcast Centre, there is a table where people can donate. And there is a table where people can pick up pamphlets on hunger in Toronto from the Daily Bread Food Bank

What can I see and do?

In between musical acts, there are things to do and booths to check out.

There is a photo booth where people can have their photos taken by CBC Radio and receive a printout later.

CBC Short Docs has set up what a cozy living room where people can watch part of two documentaries.

One is A Sweet and Sour Christmas, a look at Christmas Day at the King Wok restaurant, where families are being fed, one deep-fried chickenball at a time, while the other is King Lajoie, an exploration of the kitsch universe of an Elvis impersonator from small-town Quebec.

CBC Shorts Docs is providing hot chocolate and fortune cookies.

For kids, there is a Molly of Denali craft area, and a beautiful rainbow under which kids can take photos with characters True and Bartleby from True and The Rainbow Kingdom.

And in the Atrium, there is free coffee from Muskoka Brewery, along with cookies, shortbread and biscotti.


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