Book lovers came out in full force to support the Toronto Public Library at last month’s Biblio Bash, raising over 1 million dollars for the TPL and its essential programs for newcomers to Canada. 

The Toronto Reference Library was transformed into a magical forest as 450 guests and 38 notable Canadian authors attended the annual black-tie fundraiser. A record $1,071,550 was raised at the Biblio Bash, surpassing last year’s total! A significant portion of the funds raised will support the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Newcomer Community Initiative

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, fresh off the release of her new memoir Closer Together, was in attendance at the gala with her daughter Ella-Grace, as well as some of our favourite Canadian authors: Carley Fortune (Every Summer After), Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty), Emma Donoghue (Room), Amanda Peters (The Berry Pickers), Uzma Jalaluddin (Hana Khan Carries On), Kerry Clare (Asking for a Friend) and many more.

Carley Fortune and Téa Mutonji at the 2024 Biblio Bash

The TPL provides critical support for newcomers to Canada— assisting with financial literacy, business support, learning English, and finding places for newcomers to live, work, and attend school. The funds raised at the Biblio Bash will enable the TPL to launch new welcome resources in 40 languages and expand outreach—a huge win all around!

“As the children of Irish and East African immigrants, this year’s fundraising area of focus is particularly close to our hearts. From language services to help finding employment, Toronto Public Library acts as a vital community hub, going far beyond book lending,” said Biblio Bash Co-Chairs, Claire MacNamara and Farah Nasser. 

Biblio Bash Co-Chairs, Claire MacNamara and Farah Nasser


“No other institution has the mandate and reach, physical and technical infrastructure, talent and community presence to support newcomers and help them succeed in a new city, the way TPL does,” added Foundation CEO Will Scott.

The evening was hosted by comedian, actor and author Ali Hassan, who also shared his experience as a second generation Canadian. 

Since 2017, the Biblio Bash has raised more than $5.3 million for the Toronto Public Library, supporting vital services, including their Leading to Reading program, After School Clubs, and internet connectivity kits. 

Learn more about the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Newcomer Community Initiative.