2011 Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake

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Fundraising Events Calendar

If you have an fundraising event in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, please let us know. Please use the following format, if possible:

Description: (up to 100 words)
Web site: (if applicable)

Send to takashi.ojca@pobox.com. Submissions translated into both English and Japanese would be especially appreciated. Thank you very much!

Disclaimer: This information may not be up-to-date, and some events may not be free for the public to attend. Please contact the host organization for the most accurate information.

Wednesday, March 23
Suibokuga (Japanese brush painting)

Time: 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Place: Camellia House, 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Painting bamboo for strength, vitality, flexibility.


Wednesday, March 23 (Montréal)
Japon 2011, je me souviens

Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Place: Club Soda, 12245, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2S6 (Métro Saint-Laurent)
Admission: 20$ (at the door)

Benefit concert featuring 12 artists and counting.

Info: K.Joe Tamko, 514-317-0422

Saturday, March 26
Experience Korea! Festival & Exhibition

Time: 5:30 PM Reception, 6:30 PM Dinner & Concert
Place: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Grand Hall

You are invited to an experience for the senses.

The Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble & the Embassy of the Republic of Korea present Experience Korea! Festival & Exhibition, a black-tie fundraiser gala.

Due to the tragic events in Japan, the orchestra and the Korean Embassy have decided to donate half of the proceeds from this event to assist with the country’s disaster relief efforts.


Sunday, March 27
OJCA Bowling Bonanza!

Place: Bowling West Park Lanes, 1205 Wellington St. W. Ottawa
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
Price: Free for members (Limited Availability)
Parking: Available

Enjoy bowling? Then come out and enjoy a fun day with your family and fellow OJCA friends at the bowling lanes!

For inquiries and to reserve your spot contact: Gabriel Misaka via gtmisaka@gmail.com or 613-897-4969.

Sunday, March 27
JETAA Reception and Silent Auction

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Place: Westin Hotel, Governor General Ballroom

Japan Relief Charity Event. Proceeds to go to Japan Earthquake Relief via the Red Cross.


Monday, March 28
Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony)

Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Place: Camellia House, 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Camellia Omotesenke Tea Lessons with students (up to 3 guests are invited to observe, email info[at]camelliateas.net for more information)


Monday, March 28
Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony)

Time: 7:00 – 8:00, and 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Place: Camellia House, 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Winter Tearoom (on tatami, 5 guests at a time for these 30 min sittings of tea) and the Gallery Tearoom with chairs for 10 guests at a time. (rsvp needed for us to prepare enough Tea and sweets for this event. Send an email to info[at]camelliateas.net to reserve your place).


Tuesday, March 29
Haiku (Short poems)

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: Camellia House, 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

Haiku with a very special Haiku specialist - come and learn about this beautiful poetry, how to compose a traditional Japanese poem with an award-winning poet who has won contests for her work in Japan!


Thursday, March 31
Japan Earthquake Fundraising Dinner

Time: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Place: Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive Ottawa, ON

In response to the eathquake experienced on Friday March 11 and subsequent tsunami. The devastation is immense and continues to get worse. The CCFCC is a part of the community and as such we need to respond and support the community. Many people in our community have family, friends and loved ones in Japan.


March 11-31
Ongoing Japan Photo Exhibition

Place: Camellia House Gallery, 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

20 prints (Gallery proceeds from all sales to the Japan relief fund) drop over any time during these hours. (At other times, you can make an appointment to visit at info[at]steppingstonesgallery.net (You may visit the gallery at any of the times for open events listed here as well without Rsvp).


Friday, April 1
Oto-Wa Taiko Japan Relief Fundraising Performance

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Kailash Mital Theatre, Southam Hall, Carleton University
Admission: $10

Oto-Wa Taiko and the Dagaku children's group will present the powerful sounds of Japanese drums to help survivors of the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan.

Parking Available in Parking Lot #1 for $6 flat rate after 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 3
Tea Ceremony

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Place: OJCC, Unit B16, 2285 St. Laurent Blvd.
Cost: $10/person - by appointment only

Fundraising for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund OJCC Tea Study Group. All collections will be donated for this cause.

Please contact: Kazuko Kobayashi at kazuko@rogers.com, or Kuniyo Yamamoto at ryamamoto@sympatico.com or tel# (613)824-7430 (please leave your name and tel# in my answering machine), or Christine Marcoux at chrystynmacoux@hotmail.com by Saturday 2nd, 2011 for the reservation.


Thursday, April 7
Japanese Form Poetry Reading

Time: 7:30pm
Place: Mother Tongue Books, 1067 Bank St. (Sunnyside)

Mother Tongue Books cordially invites you to a mostly bilingual reading of Japanese form poetry (haiku, haibun, tanka) by Ottawa poets Gillian Foss (launching Fleeting Moments), Mike Montreuil (The Neighbours are talking), Claudia Coutu Radmore (Your hands discover me/Tes mains me découvrent), and Terry Ann Carter (guest), and featuring Montreal poet Janick Belleau, winner of the French section Canada-Japan Award 2010, author of D'âmes et d'ailes / of souls and wings.

Refreshments will be served.


Saturday, April 9
Band and Choir Night - Nepean Concert Band and Big Soul Project

Time: Silent auction starting at 7:00 p.m., Concert from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Place: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave, between Nepean and Lisgar streets
Cost: $20

Join us in an evening of music and cultural performance by the Nepean Concert Band wind ensemble and the Big Soul Project gospel choir.

Tickets may be purchased:


Sunday, April 10
Spring Bazaar

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre, 2285 St. Laurent Blvd, Unit B16

Crafts, Japanese food, and garage sale.

Nancy Uchida <uchidan@sympatico.ca>, 613-828-9939

Sunday, April 10
Japan Night - OJCA/OJCC Concert

Time: Silent auction from 6:00 to 7:00, Concert from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Place: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave, between Nepean and Lisgar streets
Cost: $30

The Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) and the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre (OJCC) present a Japan Relief Concert, featuring performances by Oto-Wa Taiko, Emi-no-kai dancers, and other artists, to support victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation disaster in Japan.

Tickets may be purchased:


Saturday, April 16
Support Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans
Cost: $25

Concert presented by the Ottawa Japanese community (OJCA/OJCC) and the Orléans community. Featuring Oto-Wa Taiko, Stellae Boreales, and Emi no Kai. Helping the victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake. Donations to the relief fund will be accepted at the conert.

Tickets available at the Shenkman Box Office, or by telephone at 613-580-2700, or online at www.shenkmanarts.ca.


Saturday, April 16
Japan Relief Fundraiser

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Stronger You Martial Arts & Self Defence, 3570 Strandherd Dr.

Come support the fund raising event for Japan earthquake & tsunami victims. Activities for all ages: Anime Film, Bake Sale, Origami, Colouring. $5 suggested minimum donation. All proceeds to Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.

For further information or media requests, contact: Denise Pagliaro Therens or Janet Heffernan at Stronger You Martial Arts and Self Defense (613) 823-6697 (denise@strongeryou.com).

Sunday April 17
Raising Hope with Music

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Andrew Haydon Hall, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Lauriere Avenue West

Concert in support of relief efforts for the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami will feature Stanley Leong (cello) and Kerson Leong (violin, soprano saxophone) with guest soprano Noriko Hashimoto and pianists Ayumi Asada, Frederic Lacroix, Tu Mach, and Yves Lacoursiere.

Free Admission and post-concert refreshments but donations towards the cause is most appreciated.


Thursday, April 21st
Japanese Brush Painting (Sumie) Workshop by Rebecca Cragg

Time: 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions of 1 hr each)
Place: Stronger You Martial Arts and Self Defence, 3570 Strandherd Dr.
Cost: $20 (Seating limited)

Seating limited to 15 people.

Registration required. Call (613) 823-6697 or email denise@strongeryou.com to reserve your space.

Thursday, April 28th
Demonstration of Ikebana of the Ohara School in Support of Japan Relief

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00 pm
Place: Embassy of Japan, 255 Sussex Drive
Cost: $35 payable in advance

Senior Master Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi, Sub Grand Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana, will create seven unique arrangements which exemplify the forms and styles for which the Ohara School has long been renowned.  The demonstration will be presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.  Seating is limited for this event, and tickets must be reserved in advance no later than April 21st. 

All plant materials for this demonstration will be provided by the Ottawa Ohara School, in order that 100% of all admission fees can be donated to the relief fund.

Further information (docx format), courtesy of the Japanese Embassy

Please contact Elizabeth Armstrong by Thursday April 21 to reserve your spot. 613-741-3094 or elizabeth.armstrong@sympatico.ca

Thursday, April 28
Kinki Restaurant Cultural Series

Time: 7 pm -
Place: Kinki Restaurant, 41 York St. Ottawa ON

We will be featuring a 3 course Table D'hote, Live Music-Dance, and Art Exhibits Catered to the cultural delights of Japan. In support and in collaboration with JETAA Ottawa. Due to the unfortunate turn of recent events we are dedicating this night to raise money for the-Red Cross Earthquake Relief Efforts in aid of the victims of Japan.


Thursday April 28 - Sunday May 1
Ottawa Guild of Potters Annual Spring Sale and Exhibition

Times: Thursday April 28 (6pm-10pm) begins with a vernissage of the juried Exhibition,
Friday April 29, (10am-10pm),
Saturday April 30 (10am-6pm), 
Sunday May 1 (10am-5pm)
Place: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

Two beautiful Mashiko Plates, bought thirty years ago in Mashiko, Japan, a world famous pottery centre, have been generously donated to the Ottawa Guild of Potters to raise funds for the rebuilding of the kilns & workshops that were extensively damages by the earthquake.  The Guild is supporting this silent auction as a gesture of solidarity with the potters of Mashiko and any the money raised will go to The Mashiko Potters Fund which was established to exclusively aid the potters and potteries of Mashiko, Japan.


Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30
Viña Del Mar Restaurant

Time: Noon - 11pm
Place: Viña Del Mar Restaurant, 1097 Wellington St.
Price: $16.99

Offering 3 dishes: Fish, Chilean Roast Beef, Spare Ribs, + Choice of: Salad, Rice, Baked Potatoes. Funds raised will go to relief efforts in Japan.

Limited seating, please call (613) 724-3000 for reservations.

Saturday, April 30
Trailhead's Spring Runoff Festival

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Place: Trailhead, 1960 Scott St.

Trailhead is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Spring Runoff Festival to launch the 2011 season of paddling and outdoor adventures in the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

Approximately 30 of Ottawa's outdoor groups will be stationed at Trailhead on Saturday, April 30th. Representatives of these groups will be there to provide free information about their services and waterways.

This year there will be live music too! We are excited to have... Le Duo and Changing Providence join us on April 30th.


Saturday, April 30
Encourage Japan Bazaar

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Place: Church of Perfect Liberty, 1010 Hunt Club Rd.

Japanese foods (Sushi, Takoyaki, Castilla Cake, Mochi, etc.), Hand Crafts (Magic Potato Bag, Origami-Earrings, etc.), Donated Items & Potteries

All proceeds will support the Canadian Red Cross Earthquake/Asia Pacivic Tsunami Appeal.

Presented by Sugei-Kai (Handicraft Group). Information: sugeikai@hotmail.com

Sunday, May 1
Craft for Japan

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Place: GCTC, 1233 Wellington St.

Join us for an all-ages cultural afternoon at the GCTC! Bring your family and friends and try out some traditional and Japanese inspired arts.

Special instructors and presenters including:

By donation to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Asia Pacific Tsunami Fund. Donations may be made by cash or cheque, or by visiting our online donation page:


Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 4
MHK Fundraiser Dinner

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: MHK Sushi & Asian Fusion Restaurant, 1519 Merivale Road
Cost: $40 per person (excludes alcholic drinks)

Together with The Ottawa Japanese Community Association and The Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre, please join us while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner to raise funds in support of the Japanese Earthquake Relief. Proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Each guests will receive a tax receipt.

Contact: mhkfundraiserevent@gmail.com for tickets. Web site: www.mhkrestaurant.com

Sunday, May 8
Oto-Wa Taiko Japan Relief Fundraising Performance

Place: Ecole De La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street, Ottawa
Time: 2:00 pm.
Admission: Adults $20, children (12 and under) $10


Saturday, May 28
Japan Tsunami Relief Fund

Place: Team Bushido MMA Fitness Center, 2234 Gladwin Crescent
Time: 11am to 4pm

After Party at Liam MaGuires 6pm to 12am

11am opening ceremonies special guests
11:30am - ladies self defence class Sensei Paula Vaz
12:30 BBQ Hot Dogs and Burgers
1:00pm to 2pm Muay Thai Champion James "Thunder" Polodna
2pm to 3pm Olivier Reynaud "Thai Clinch"
3pm to 4pm Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA with Nabil The Thrill Khatiba and Special Guests

events@teambushido.com or call 613-260-8262

Friday, June 3
Mission at Heart - Fundraising Relief for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011

Place: Lago Bar and Grill Restaurant, Dow's Lake Pavillion, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Time: 7pm to 2am
Admission: $25

Cétude Pierre Ministries presents the Mission at Heart - Relief for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Sponsorship and ticket sales will be used to help those in need from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 4 metre wave of tsunami across the Pacific coastline which has caused fires, damage to buildings, millions of household without clean water and electricity.

The money we raise this year will go to the Japanese Red Cross in support of medical relief to those struck by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

Info.: 613-235-5246, 613-986-5431, 613-295-7753

Sunday, June 5
Japan Earthquake Relief Concert

Place: Canada Aviation and Space Museum Auditorium, 11 Aviation Parkway
Time: 2:00 pm.

Join us for an inspiring concert in support of victims of the earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Presented by Harmony for Japan and Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Featured musicians: Emil Azuma Prikryl (piano), Michael Fry (violin), Ryuko Kimura (piano), Michael Yagi (violin).  Piano solo, piano 4 hands, violin duet, and more. Music by Bach, Leclair, Debussy, Shostakovich, Piazzolla and others.

Suggested donation: Adults $20, Students $10. All donations go to the Canadian Red Cross via "Pray for Japan from Ottawa" to support Japan Earthquake/Asia Pacific Tsunami Appeal. Pray for Japan from Ottawa is registered with the Canadian Red Cross as a third party fundraiser.

Please send us email to harmonyforjapan@gmail.com to reserve your seat.

Sunday, 28 August
Benefit Concert for Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief

Time: 3:00pm
Place: First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary, Ottawa (Westboro)
Tickets: $20 adult, $10 student

Description: Liko Yamane and Kenda Stathopoulos, along with fellow artists George Stathopoulos, Sonya Probst, Alla Perevalova and Catherine Ferreira as well as senior guitar students Gabriella Iznardo and Raphael Fitzgerald-Biernath will be performing in an effort to raise money for the relief efforts in Japan, following this spring's devestating earthquake, tsunami and aftermath. Liko will be performing solo piano for the first time in over a decade; two of which will be works by Chopin and Ravel. Kenda will also be playing solo pieces as well as the Concerto for Four Violins by Vivaldi and many more. Sponsored by The National Capital Suzuki School of Music. 100% of all funds raised will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross through the Embassy of Japan in Canada.

Contact: Liko Yamane at info@suzukimusic.ca or Chantal LeBlanc at cbl.ncssm@gmail.com for more information.

Web site: http://www.suzukimusic.ca/japan.shtml

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/suzukimusic#!/event.php?eid=115480228538982

Friday, September 16
Photos and Haiku for Japan

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
RSVP NEEDED (space is limited): info@steppingstonesgallery.net
Location: 849 Nicholson Avenue, Ottawa, ON

The Stepping Stones Art Gallery Presents: Photos and Haiku for Japan, silent auction and live haiku readings

MORE: http://www.steppingstonesgallery.net/sept162011fundraiser.JPG

All proceeds of the silent auction of Luc Delorme's stunning photos, along with original Haiku composed by the top poets of KADO Ottawa (both in English and French) will be going to a fund supporting young Calligraphers in Japan in the affected area.

We are pleased to have the introduction to this group by Dr. Jackie Steele, 2-year resident of Sendai City who has recently returned to Canada . We would like the funds to go to support calligraphers who can raise their spirits and those around them in the affected area through art. Luc has donated his art, mat, frames and expertise for this stunning exhibition.

This collection of images comes from a 3-day journey into the Antelope Caverns; there has been much suffering from water after the 3-11 disaster in Japan . This exhibition we hope to reveal the power and beauty of water through stone in these stunning images.

Cheques are accepted, or Paypal is an option as well. We will transfer the funds to the group and create a Facebook page so that donors can see the results of their donation.

Successful buyers will be able to bring home an original Haiku composed for their image as well!

Press Releases

OJCA Press Release, March 31 2011

The Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) and the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre (OJCC) will be hosting a weekend of Japanese events on April 9 and April 10 to raise funds for Japan relief.

Band and Choir Night - Nepean Concert Band and Big Soul Project
Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Bronson Centre

Spring Bazaar
Sunday, April 10, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre

Japan Night - OJCA/OJCC Concert
Sunday, April 10, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Bronson Centre

For details, please see our events calendar.

OJCA Press Release, March 14 2011

Canadians wishing to immediately support Japanese relief efforts are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Ottawa Red Cross. Cheques should be made out to the Canadian Red Cross with a notation: Japan Earthquake. Donations can be made in the following ways:


Other friendly organizations.