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Empty Bowls 2019

Thu October 24, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Empty Bowls, now in its 27th year at the Gardiner, is a North American-wide project to aid people experiencing homelessness. All of the proceeds go to Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a culture-based native centre committed to changing lives through traditional healing practices. Anishnawbe’s work with people experiencing homelessness has evolved from early directions of crisis intervention, to their current efforts working with those who seek to escape homelessness.

More than 400 bowls are donated by potters, potter’s guilds, and students, and delicious soups are prepared and ladled out by some of Ontario’s most eminent chefs.

Patrons line up to be first in line to choose their bowl, and have it filled with their choice of delicious soups. At the end of the event, take home your bowl to enjoy, knowing all the money collected goes directly to Anishnawbe Health Toronto.


Lorenzo Loseto, George
Jonathan Abrahams
Suzanne Baby, Gallery Grill
Bianca Azupardo, CLAY Restaurant
Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Joseph Shawana, Kukum Kitchen
Giovanna Alonzi, Terroni
Simon Kattar, à la Carte Kitchen
Sean Simon, Hogtown Smoke
Sophia Mifflin, City Canteen


Angeline FU, Kayo O’Young and Diane Nasser, Rundi Phelan, Silvana Pasceri, Beth McCubbin, Karen Franzen, Francine Klein, Martina Croghan, Katherine Laco, Sandi Dunkleman, Susan Card, Deanna Sakai, Linda Kelly Cherney, Lynn Fisher, Pleasant Pottery, Woodlawn Pottery Studio, The Potters Studio, The Toronto Potters, Gardiner Studio, Lynn Fisher, Michelle Mendlowitz, Thomas Aitken, Andrea Poorter, Jill Funamoto, Lana Rayman, Audrey Mah, Sarah Mackenzie, Kumiko Claros, Chris Rookwood

Bread Donor

Fred’s Bread

Please note: Tickets can be picked up starting at 11 am on Thursday October 24 in the Gardiner Museum’s lobby. The tickets will be numbered in the order that they are picked up, not in the order of purchase date. Numbered tickets will not be given out prior to 11 am, and cannot be held or reserved. When you arrive for the event, you will be asked to wait outside the Museum. Beginning at 5 pm, numbers will be called sequentially and ticketholders will enter the Museum in small groups to choose their bowls.


Anishnawbe Health Toronto




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