Since opening in 1993, TWC has become a vital and trusted community resource and the only wildlife hospital in the Greater Toronto Area. The busiest of its kind in Canada, TWC has helped more than 90,000 wild animals, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through our education and outreach channels.
Sick, injured and orphaned wild animals cannot pay their own medical bills but providing the highest quality compassionate care for wild patients costs money. Proceeds from Wild Ball are going directly toward providing essential services including rescuing wild animals in life-threatening situations, and providing medical treatment and rehabilitative care.
Your participation in Wild Ball is helping to give wild animals in need their best chance at a healthy life in the wild. Thank you for attending!
Thank you to our featured special guest:
Award winning author Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; MaddAddam and her most recent, Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
Thank you for spectacular musical performances by:
Five-time Juno Award winning reggae artist Exco Levi
Jamaican/Canadian musician Exco Levi pays tribute to the founders of reggae music through a modern twist of poetry and sound. On a mission to deliver his message to the world, Exco has performed multiple European tours, California’s Reggae On the River, Spain’s Rototom, Canada’s major reggae festivals (including Jambana™ One World Festival) and even a feature performance in Zimbabwe. This multiple award winning artists songs are just as potent on his lips as they are on record and his ability to quickly engage and convince his audience has led to him being in high demand for many colourful collaborations including Busy Signal, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Donovan Germaine and other top Artists, Djs, promoters and producers worldwide.
A love of the music of West Africa brought together the artists of Saboumando. Created in 2015, the group currently performs in and around Toronto. We have a focus on traditional rhythms, but also integrate contemporary music and dance in our work. The word Saboumando can be loosely translated as “connected to each other and the source of all things, we will move forward”. The spirit of this message is what we strive to bring to our audiences!
Thank you to Wild Ball host:
Roger Ashby of Roger and Marilyn on 104.5 on CHUM FM
In the highly competitive world of Toronto radio, Roger is one of the least competitive people in the biz. Nevertheless, one of his career highlights is when CHUM FM became #1. That ranking, thanks to Roger’s solid role as the anchor of the Roger & Marilyn”show, has held strong despite many changes in the Toronto market. Roger loves spending time with his friends in Toronto and at his cottage, while holding a beer or a golf club (sometimes at the same time!). He’s also involved with numerous charities including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Toronto (honourary chairman), the CNIB, The Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Wildlife Centre, among others. Roger is known for his quick wit, storytelling ability and his encyclopedic knowledge of music.