Past Events

Our events are as eclectic as our community. From fashion shows to costume parties, grand nights in ballrooms to good old fashioned potlucks, Literature for Life has something for everyone. Come join the fun, share a laugh (or two), contribute to our ongoing work and meet some of our inspiring participants.
Have a look at some of our special events from the past!​







“One Pot, Many Stories” Special Event at Wind Up Bird Cafe

On May 29, 2015, Humewood House participants had the opportunity to learn about food as it relates to  heritage at the Wind Up Bird Cafe. Sang Kim, owner, spoke to the women about his path to becoming a successful restauranteur, how our roots relate to our cooking, and the importance of meals as means of sharing. He also gave a cooking demo before serving everyone a delicious lunch.

This was all part of Literature for Life’s new food literacy program, “One Pot, Many Stories,” a workshop about the relationships we develop with food and how these relationships contribute to the individual, their family, their friends and their community.

Many thanks to Wind Up Bird Cafe and to Sang Kim for hosting us!

Wellness and Education Retreat

Celebrate MOMents! On May 8, 2015, we treated the mothers in our Reading Circle program to a Wellness and Education Retreat, where they participated in yoga, jewelry-making, nail and hair makeovers, and other workshops.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped make the retreat a reality. Also a big thank you to everyone who supported and donated in our MOMents campaign, which will help provide resources to the mothers and their children.

Special thanks to the following people who made the retreat extra special:

- SKETCH Space Share for the event space
- College Montrose for the daycare services and the workshop on play
- Marca College for the nail and hair services
- Jo Altilia for the jewellery-making workshop
- Theo Heras for speaking about children’s books
- Amanda Fares for the baby massage workshop
- Kirsten McIntosh for the yoga session
- Life in Homemade (Teneile and Rebecca Warren) for the snacks and dinner
- All the volunteers for helping with childcare and event operations

Thank you to our photographers Jeff Young and James Arthurs for the stunning photos in these albums.

Support young moms through our month-long Mother’s Day MOMents campaign – because we think mothers deserve to be celebrated for more than just a day. #investinMOMents


Photos by Jeff Young

Photos by James Arthurs

A New Chapter Begins — Jo Altilia’s Retirement Party

On March 25, 2015, we honoured Literature for Life Founder, Josephine Altilia, for her 14 years of service to young mothers and the community and welcomed Teneile Warren as the new Executive Director at Literature for Life. Special thanks to the Windup Bird Cafe for hosting the event.

Photos by Kennedy Zielke


 Read and Believe in Support of Literature for Life

What is Read and Believe (R&B)?
The Read and Believe Fundraiser Event was held on May 15, 2014 at Product Nightclub. Literature for Life’s signature annual event is more than just a great time – it’s a way to share our message that reading improves lives, and happy people read books!

Check out all the photos from this great event! Special thanks to Vita ChambersJojoflores, and DJ Carma, and to event sponsors Zipcar, Toronto Caribbean, CHRY 105.5, Windup Bird Cafe, and My Little Chickpea, all the silent auction donors and all who came out to support Literature for Life!

All photos by Ryan Singh


Literature for Life Holiday Party

December 2013 – As we approach the holiday season, the staff at Literature for Life is continuously thankful for the support of our amazing volunteers, board members, facilitators, and partners.

We had fun celebrating a successful year at the Victory Cafe. Looking forward to a great year in 2014!

Special thanks for the photos to volunteer Chris Avila.


The Art of Fashion

October 2013 – Held at The Summit Golf and Country Club, The Art of Fashion raised over $10,000 to benefit Literature for Life Reading Circles. The fashion show presented the latest trends from local Aurora boutiques Injoy and Tinge,  and featured designs by independent, award winning designer Sophie Lennox-King. Sophie also designed the dress worn by host Erin Davis of CHFI, and Executive Director Jo Altilia’s dress was designed by past Reading Circle participant Huda Eldardiry. 

Photos taken by Moses Leal from Arlequin Photo
Watch the Art of Fashion on York Region Living


Get Lit – A Literature for Life Halloween!

October 2013 – The Monarch Tavern hosted Literature for Life’s Halloween event Get Lit, a fun event to raise funds and awareness. Attendees danced to the tunes of DJ Carma and dressed as their favorite literary characters. Literature for Life volunteer photographer Nate McDonald was there to capture all the fun!


Literature for Life at Word on the Street 2013

Literature for Life was at Word on the Street celebrating the power of reading to change lives. Where are you reading? Post pictures of you and your current reads with the#blackwhiteandreadallover hashtag and join in! To see more, visit our facebook page


Black, White and Read All Over

What’s Black, White and Read All Over? Literature for Life is – and so are you!
We are about to start something powerful. We want more book lovers to connect with Literature for Life by celebrating the power of reading to change lives.
Where are you reading? Take photos that show how you enjoy your books, and post them to your social media accounts including facebook, twitter and instagram. Use hashtag #blackwhiteandreadallover and tell your friends.


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