On this page we present images of our posters for the current and previous editions of the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorations in Toronto. Where there is additional material -- press packs, ancillary events, or other documentation -- we may also provide links.
On the evening of August 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, we invite you to attend Hope for the Earth: Canada, Sign the Ban Treaty.
Peace activists and dynamic artists will highlight the importance of Canada's joining the growing number of nations signing the Ban Treaty, and how we can contribute to the elimination of nuclear weapons.This event will include esteemed speakers, musical performances, Mayoral Proclamations and a lantern ceremony.
Speakers and performers include:
Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, for its work in achieving the 2017 UN nuclear ban treaty.
Kehkashan Basu, a UN Human Rights Champion; iconic youth leader; global influencer; and peace and sustainability campaigner for nuclear disarmament, the environment, and human rights.
Ron Korb, a Grammy nominated and multi-award-winning flautist. Playing a wide variety of indigenous woodwinds from around the world, his compositions evoke imagery of diverse cultural traditions.
Erin Hunt, the Program Manager at Mines Action Canada, an expert in humanitarian disarmament, victim assistance, and Canadian disarmament policy, and a contributor to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York and a vocal advocate for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and why Canada should sign the Treaty.
To register to attend the Hope for the Earth event online on August 6th, please visit the Action Network's webpage https://actionnetwork.org/events/hopefortheearth and follow the directions.
This event is being hosted by the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition and World BEYOND War. (Registration info will be shared with both hosts.)
For highlights of the August 2020 Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Commemoration, see https://vimeo.com/482457518.
Setsuko Thurlow's Appeal to Justin TrudeauSupport Setsuko's letter to Prime Minister Trudeau (below); send an email directly to Justin Trudeau using the Action Network online letter writing platform courtesy of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: actionnetwork.org/letters/75th-anniversary-of-hiroshima-nagasaki-canada-must-sign-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons-2
Click on the links to download PDFs or view webpages from the list below:
Visit the photographic documentary at:
Please watch this video of the 2019 Hiroshima/ Nagasaki commemoration produced by Kyoko Yokoma of Connected Earth.
August 6, 2018, 6:30pm
Toronto City Hall Peace Garden
Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn of ICAN
accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on December 10, 2017.
2 Minutes to Midnight: Time to Ban the Bomb
Speakers: • Dr. Ira Helfand, co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War • Setsuko Thurlow
Grammy-Nominated Flautist Ron Korb • Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko & Music Group • Pax Christi Chorale • Raging Grannies
4:30-6:30 pm: Community & Craft Tables
6:30 pm: Commemoration Ceremony with speakers and performers
8:40 pm: Lantern Ceremony, City Hall Reflecting Pool
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Poster Display:
Toronto City Hall Rotunda, August 6-11, 10 am-5 pm
The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition:
Physicians for Global Survival • Science for Peace • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre • Pax Christi Toronto • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace • Toronto Article 9 • Tao Sangha Global Community • Hiroshima Kenjin Kai (Ontario) • Toronto Area Interfaith Council
Keynote speaker: The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
Author, former Senator, MP, and Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament
Grammy-Nominated Flautist Ron Korb
Isshin Daiko of Toronto Musical Ensemble
Toronto Pax Christi Chorale
Toronto’s Raging Grannies
4:30-6:30 pm: Community & Craft Tables
6:30 pm: Commemoration Ceremony
8:30 pm: Lantern Ceremony
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Coalition
Image: mural by Tatsuya Tomizawa, made with thousands of hand-folded paper cranes. Photo by Tim Wright
Date: Wednesday May 18, 2016
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Peace Garden Area (north-west side of Nathan Phillips Square, near Osgoode Law Society)
11:30 am Invited guests arrive at the Peace Garden
11:35 am Choir Singing: Jarvis Collegiate Institute students
11:38 am Emcee (TBD) Introduction of dignitaries and background of the Peace Garden provided
by City staff
11:42 am Smudging Ceremony: Traditional Aboriginal Elder: Cat Crieger
11:48 am Mayor John Tory –Speech – 3 mins.
11:52 am Consul General of Japan Mr. Yasunori Nakayama–Speech
11:56 am Toronto's Poet Laureate: Anne Michaels
11:59 am Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador
12.04 pm Zul Kassamali, Chair Toronto Area Interfaith Council
12:07 pm Parliamentary Poet Laureate: George Elliot Clarke
12:08 pm Father Lombardi speaks and then goes to light the Eternal flame hands the mic to Phyllis Creighton. Phyllis speaks about the significance of the water while Setsuko Thurlow is pouring the water
12:15 pm Choir Singing: Jarvis Collegiate Institute students
The HDC was a sponsor of the April 24, 2012 event "Chernobyl, Fukushima, Darlington and Beyond", organized by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms. Other sponsors included Voice of Women and Science for Peace. See this link for text and audio of Angela Bischoff's keynote speech.
More material on the 2010 archive page
See main page for events during Hiroshima/Nagasaki week, August 2019.