Toronto Bakes for Japan – April 9-10, 2011

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. (Howard Zinn)

$5036.26 raised at Brick Works.

$1660 raised at Amaranto Café.

$6090.54 raised at The Rivoli.

$2460 raised at Café Diplomatico.

$3787 raised at Liberty Noodle.

$985 raised at the Liberty Noodle silent auction.

$7158 raised at Yoshi’s.

$825 raised by the incredible Paul T.

$1467.87 raised online so far.

$215 raised at online bake auction.

$180 raised at online art auction.

$200 raised in cash donations.

$30,064.67 raised!

Thank You, Toronto!!


Heena/Niya: CAD 22,082 transferred to Japanese Red Cross Society.

Paul T.: CAD 825 transferred to Japanese Red Cross Society.

Yoshi’s Sweets: CAD 7158. Please contact Yoshi’s at 416.907.9663.


What: A simple concept – a bake sale to raise money for Japan.

When & Where:

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9 am to 1 pm

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 11 am to 3 pm

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm

Who: Kind and committed people from across Toronto coming together and using their talents for a great cause.

To Whom: 100% of all proceeds from this initiative will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Why: Because we can; we must.
I woke up on a day that appeared to be like any other. I remember I was out of milk and could not find my keys anywhere, and this was really ruining my morning. Distracted, I turned on the television and then stood dumbstruck for the next ten minutes as visions of horror unfurled on the screen. Japan had been hit by a massive 8.9 earthquake. Over the next few days, I watched as the country was hit by one disaster after another. My heart broke a little each time I saw the images of death and destruction, of kids being scanned for signs of radiation, of rescue workers searching for the bodies of victims, of survivors trying desperately to find their loved ones. I sent up a silent prayer each time, but I wanted to do more. And then I read about the The Great Kiwi Bake-Off, which raised $16,420 for clean-up in the Christchurch earthquake, and Samin’s BakeSale project, which raised $23,000 for Haiti last year! I bake almost every week, and I know so do hundreds of passionate food lovers all over Toronto. If we all put our efforts together, can we make a difference? I really believe we can.

How: Right now, this event is just an idea, words on a page. I am going to do everything I can to make it a reality. But I can’t do it alone. I need your help This event is no longer just an idea; many kind and generous people are helping us make it a reality. But we still need your help – all you talented bakers, artists, event organizers, collaborators, volunteers and potential customers out there.

1. If you want to participate, use the Contact page or drop an email to and tell us how you would like to help. The sooner, the better because the event is only 3 weeks 1 week away. Many thanks!
2. RSVP: You can RSVP to the event on Facebook.
3. Spread the word: Today, if videos of funny cats can go viral, why not word of a good cause? Share the link, download our logo, share the poster with anyone you think would like to help. We can use all the hands we can get.
4. Check this site or Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #BakeForJapan) for more details.

TBJ Poster 2

32 Responses to Toronto Bakes for Japan – April 9-10, 2011

  1. I’ll bake for Japan. Keep me posted.

  2. Are you looking for bakers? Would love to participate.

  3. Count me on! What a great idea!

  4. Ceri Marsh says:

    We’d love to help, too! I’ll send you an email, but we’d love to bake (and buy!).

  5. I’m in! Thanks for doing this!

  6. Darlita says:

    I can not be there in person but I’d like to send some goodies for you to use however you need. What an awesome idea! Please keep me posted.

  7. Melvin Hines says:

    I can’t bake :(. But would love to pay for baking materials for people if possible! How can I do something like that?

  8. Gaijing says:

    You ABSOLUTELY rock for acting on this! I’ll be there — good luck!

  9. Kathie H says:

    Can you look to do one in North York – say at Mel Lastman Square? They have a summer-long Farmer’s Market there, so a bake sale should easily fit…

  10. Doughnations says:

    The Doughnations Organization has just sent you an email. We are definitely in. Let us know so we can prepare!

  11. Samantha says:

    I was referred to this site by a customer =) This sounds interesting and we want more info on how Paintlounge can participate!

  12. mary says:

    would like to bake, do you have a location in north york

  13. Karen says:

    i can’t bake but i will show my support and will be there to eat:)

    really great cause…have to show our love & support for Japan

  14. Vivian says:

    GREAT IDEA! I’m really interested in attending this event! I was wondering if you have any plans to open up any venues for people in the Markham/York Region area? Not many of us are able to go to downtown..I know of an art cafe called “Paintlounge” who might be interested in opening up their venue for this event. You can find them at !

  15. Myna Wallin says:

    Sarah, brilliant idea! I can bring by a wee bit of $ for baking materials like Melvin suggested. Or I can mail a cheque, whichever you prefer.

  16. Joe Lee says:

    I will donate some baked cookies. I can do sat and sunday. Let me know when and where.

  17. Yuki says:

    I can do on Saturday, and help before the day as well. I have sent you an email as well. Looking forward to hearing from you:)

  18. Danielle says:

    AMAZING charity event. I will take part by helping bake at Yoshi’s Sweets! Can’t wait to see everyone there. =)

  19. Britney says:

    Cupcakes by Brit will be donating cupcakes for this wonderful event; see you al l there!

  20. Sarah says:

    Are you still accepting donations? I’d be glad to contribute on the Saturday, unfortunately I won’t be able to stay for the party!

  21. yvonne says:

    We already checked out Yoshi’s Sweets and will most definately return next Sunday.
    Great area, super helpful staff, fabulous food. Most of all….extremely Clean establishment.
    They told us tee shirts will be for sale next Sunday. 100% of all sales goes to the Japanese Relief Fund.
    Make a day of it and stoll the Beaches after your visit to Yoshi’s Sweets!

  22. Angelena says:

    I cannot wait to go to the farmers market to make donations! I am unable to physically bring myself to Japan to help with relief, so I’m happy to participate in any way I can

  23. Steve says:

    Angelena, I know you really love Japan and want to help as much as you possibly can but let’s admit one of your other motives for going. That being awesomely delish cake!

  24. Anna says:

    Will there be any more up coming bake sales?!

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