ASHITA: Artists for Japan

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ASHITA: Artists for Japan

Post  Temp on Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:03 pm

Ashita in Japanese means tomorrow. Our event aims not just to raise fund for the victims of the earth quake/Tsunami in Japan, but also awareness within Toronto artistic communities about the importance of maintaining the momentum of support. Today we make actions. Tomorrow for them it may be difficult but we will continue the actions for the future.

The event will be hosted Japanese International fashion model Nana Akimoto(Sid, your favorite!!), and it consists of music by Ashley Ingram(you gotta be good, you gotta be strong, you gotta be wiser ...producer) , "Super Hero" dance by AKA Dance (Keiko Ninomiya, Amy Hampton, Mike Dell), poetry reading by Ewan Whyte, and others. The other aspect of the event is a silent auction of artworks by Toronto's talented artists.

Thank you and hoping to see you there!!

Yours truly,

Daisuke Takeya, M.F.A.


Title: Ashita: Artists for Japan
: Tuesday March 29, 7pm to 2am
Location: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3,
(416) 537-0803
Names of Organizers: Daisuke Takeya and Rafi Ghanaghounian
Contact info:,
Honourable Guests: TBC
Sponsors and partner groups: GUU restaurant, K6cards, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Japanese Visitors Association (JAVA), Nihongo Art Contest 2011,Toronto Artists Fund Raising, Healing Japan, Orange LLP
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

Our heart and minds are with the Japanese people and now its time for action!
The Toronto arts community felt the shock much like everyone else when
images first started to appear on the news and stories through friends
started to come in

Many of the artists have traveled to Japan as visiting artists or to
study its rich culture and its embrace with nature and nurture. We
have made many friends and built bridges through collaborations and
deep friendship

Curator Rafi Ghanaghounian and Artist Daisuke Takeya are organizing a
fundraiser event that will bring the arts community of Toronto
together to support our friends in Japan both mentally and
financially. All artists and performers will give their time and
efforts for this very cause

This night will include musicians, artists, poets from both Canada and Japan
As well galleries have donated books and other items available for purchase
A full listing of the participating artist coming very soon!

Thank you for your support!

Participating galleries (more coming!):
OBorn Contemporary, Le Gallery, Show and Tell Gallery, Art Metropole,
Koyama Press, Narwhal/Magic Pony

Participating artists (more coming!):
Howard Podeswa, Laura Horne, Max Johnston, Fiona Smyth, Yuriko Kubota, Winnie Truong, Nicholas Di Genova, Shigeko Okada, Keiko Tokushima, Ayako Bando, Sonomi Kobayashi, Bernice Lum, Ron Loranger, Pierre Julien, Richelle Forsey, Jae-hong Ahn, Juno Youn, Miki Shinozaki, Keita Morimoto, Shinobu Akimoto, Yumi Onose, Shinya Kumazawa, Martin de la Rue, Joshua Choi, James Fowler, Martin Ouellette, Patrick DeCoste, Daisuke Takeya, Matt Evans,Martin Reis, Martin De La Rue, Aisha Simpson, Akira Yoshikawa, Shaley Boyle, Rie Aikawa

Participating performers (more coming!):
Clara Venice and Ken Ogawa
Arisa Itami
Nobu Adilman: Choir!Choir!Choir!
AKA Dance (Keiko Ninomiya, Amy Hampton, Mike Dell)
Ewan Whyte
Bonnie Bowman
VPV(Daisuke Takeya, Ayumi Sawada, Tatsu)
Risa Kusumoto
Ashely Ingram
Nana Akimoto
Tomori Nagamoto
Natasha Bailey


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