Heartfelt thanks to this year's readers, sponsors, partners and attendees.  Our 8th and best event to date!

A record $75,000 was raised this year. 

These funds will help provide approximately 100,000 books to children who need it most, helping to develop literacy skills and nurture the love of reading. 

First Book Canada's network is coast to coast to coast, reaching children and youth in big cities, the suburbs and even rural and far-north communities. 

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Download our sponsorship kit



Why does Get Lit support First Book Canada?

Because the majority of low-income families in this country
do not have a single book to share with their children.

Not one.

First Book Canada is working hard to change that. It puts new books
into the hands of children who need them most by providing them free to schools
and community-based programs serving families in need.

And the need is great: literacy is critical in determining whether a child will finish school, the work they do and even their health. In some of Canada’s most underfunded communities, there is only one book for every 100 children.

Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed over 4,500,000 new books across the country. Get Lit looks forward to seeing that number grow. 


2016 Readers





Presenting Partner

Media Sponsors

Official PR Partner

Row Sponsors




Food & Beverage


Romina Tina Fontana, Founder & Creative Director

Advisory Board

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

Alison Smith, Vice Chair, Broadcast Journalist


Dave Bidini, Author & Musician

Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association

Raja G. Khouri, President, Canadian Arab Institute

Charles Lesaux, Director at RBC Capital Markets

Lori Livingstone, Portfolio Manager, Livingstone Wealth Management Group

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

Chris McLellan, Head of Launch Marketing, VarageSale

Julie Nesrallah, Mezzo-Soprano, Actress & Broadcaster



Kelsey Rodricks, Co-Chair

Sarah Bugeja, Co-Chair


Michel Dauda, Hospitality

Celine DuPuis, Sponsorship

Lisa Holland, Event Planning

Stephanie Holland, Treasurer

Katharine Howard, Art Director

Sarah Kidd, Marketing

Emmeline Molnar, Social Media

Maggie Screaton, Content Writer

Morgan Watkins, Sponsorship

Bob Ramsay, First Book Liaison



For all inquiries please contact:

Romina Tina Fontana - or + 1 416 414 1580