Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a rousing (and delicious) evening of live readings by exceptional Canadians who will share the literature that inspired them.

All funds raised go directly to First Book Canada

to help provide access to new books for children in need.


$100 or $50 for guests under 30

Includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks



Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Download our sponsorship kit.



We are proud to support our trusted partners at First Book Canada.

First Book provides new books and educational resources to schools and community-based programs serving children from low-income families.

Since 2009, the charity has distributed over 4,500,000 new books to children in need across the country. The need is great: literacy is critical in determining whether a child will graduate, the trajectory of their working life – and even their health. In some of Canada’s most underfunded, communities, there is only one book for every 100 children.










Executive Board

Michael MacMillan, Executive Board Chairman, Get Lit;
CEO, Blue Ant Media;
Co-Founder and Chairman, Samara

Roberto Martella, Owner, Grano restaurant; Host, Salon Speakers Series

Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association

Lisa Lyons, President, Kids Can Press, a Corus Entertainment company.



Advisory Board

Keith Harradence, Advisory Board Chairman, Get Lit;
President, Planeta Earth Sciences

Chris McLellan, Head of Launch Marketing, VarageSale

Jeff Harris, Photographer, Artist

Maggie Screaton, Wordsmith

Sarah Kidd, Marketing & Communications Specialist






Romina Tina Fontana, Founder & Creative Director

Kelsey Rodricks & Sarah Bugeja,
2016 Co-Chairs

Bob Ramsay, Reader Relations

Stephanie Holland, Treasurer

Celine DuPuis, Morgan Watkins, Sponsorship

Jillian Pyper, Event Planning

Emmeline Molnar, Social Media

Emma Walshe, Graphic Design






Lead Sponsor

Media Sponsors







Jeremy Laing
Artist, fashion designer and 2014 CAFA Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Damian Abraham
MuchMusic host and front man of Polaris Prize-winning band Fucked Up.

Perdita Felicien
Olympian, world champion hurdler and journalist.

Frank Viva
Creative director of Viva & Co, New Yorker cover artist and children’s author.

Amanda Lang
CBC business journalist.

Robyn Doolittle
Globe and Mail investigative reporter and author of the much-talked about Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

Jo Lusted 2014 Get Lit Chef. Author of cookbook Dish Do-Over. Voted Toronto's Hottest Chef in 2012.

Jo Lusted
2014 Get Lit Chef. Author of cookbook Dish Do-Over. Voted Toronto's Hottest Chef in 2012.




Hedvig Alexander
Founder of The Far & Wide Collective.

Noel Edison
Conductor and Artistic Director, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Elora Festival Singers.

Don Tapscott
Business strategist, consultant and author of Wikinomics and other best-selling books.

Sarah Hampson
Journalist and columnist, The Globe and Mail.

Terry O'Reilly Advertising guru, co-founder of Pirate Radio & Television and host of The Age of Persuasion on CBC Radio.

Terry O'Reilly
Advertising guru, co-founder of Pirate Radio & Television and host of The Age of Persuasion on CBC Radio.

Sarah Fulford
Editor of Toronto Life magazine.


Amy Verner
Style reporter.

David Miller
Former Mayor of Toronto, lawyer,
and book lover.

VIncent Lam
ER physician and author of 
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, 
2006 Giller Prize Winner.

Elvira Kurt
Comedian and host of the Comedy Network's popcultured with Elvira Kurt; contributor to CBC Radio's Q

George Stroumboulopoulos
Journalist, tv and radio host for CBC.

Carol Huynh
Athlete, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist in Women's Wrestling, Beijing 2008

Ken Setterington
Children's author; Children and Youth Advocate, Toronto Public Library.


Evan Solomon
Journalist, author, and host of CBC's Power & Politics.

Marina Nemat
Author and activist.

Journalist and correspondent for CBC's The National.

Katerina Cizek
Award-winning filmmaker, National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker-in-Residence.

Roberto Martella
Owner of Grano restaurant and host of the Salon Speakers Series.

Dr. Samantha Nutt
Founder and Executive Director, War Child Canada.

Michael Macmillan
CEO, Blue Ant Media
Co-Founder and Chairman, Samara

Siamak Hariri
Architect, Hariri Pontarini Architects.



For all inquiries please contact:

Romina Tina Fontana - or 416 414 1580