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An Artists' Affair - A Fine Event For a Worthy Cause!

© 2015 Photographs by Kristin Lau ;Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) held its 6th annual An Artists’ Affair: on May 27, 2015 at the Historic Carlu.  It was inspired by Glenn Gould in support of the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) and the Artists’ Health Alliance.  Glenn Gould was one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed musical artists of the 20th-century.  “To some he was a genius, to others he was a hypochondriac; but the records show that he had real medical issues.  Had there been a facility like the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, many of Gould’s ailments could have been successfully treated,” said Stephen Posen, Sole Executor of the Glenn Gould Estate.  The music at this event was stunningly beautiful as was just for a musician of Glenn Gould’s caliber.

The evening was emceed by Heather Bambrick, current host of JAZZ.FM91’s ‘Jazzology’ and ‘Breakfast Blend’ and a multi-award winning singer, comedian, performer.

The Gala included fine performances by:

Marc Jordan
RH Thomson, C.M.
Robert Scott
Broadsway - Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah, Julie Michels
Shawn Byfield
Ken Whiteley and
The Uninvited Guests - who were actually invited.

The evening also featured a Live Art Showcase in which four live artist art pieces were auctioned off - see photos -, a Raffle, Auction and a special appearance by the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre Practitioners.

The VIP guests included:

Dr. Michael Baker, Rose Family Chair in Medicine, UHN and Co-Chair of An Artists’ Affair
Lynda Hamilton, Chair, Artists’ Health Alliance, Co-Chair, An Artists’ Affair
Colin Mochrie, Actor
Debra McGarth, Actor
Jim Leech, Board Chair, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Chancellor, Queen’s University
Kurt Browning, Olympic and World Champion, Canadian Figure Skater
Peter Lamb, Director of Production Canadian Opera Company
Sheila McCarthy, Actor
Sonia Rodriguez, Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada
Tennys Hanson, President and CEO, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Veronica Tennant, Producer/Director/Filmmaker

Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre

“The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, founded in 2002, specializes in treating both creative and performing artists; their mandate includes research, education and outreach to the artistic community. Proceeds will support the Joysanne Sidimus Subsidy Fund at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre.  This fund provides subsidies for eligible professional artists’ of limited means to be applied towards the cost of treatments.”

The Artists’ Health Alliance
Since 1997, the Artists’ Health Alliance,  manages the Joysanne Sidimus Subsidy Fund and continues to be the only organization in Ontario whose mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of all professional and emerging performing and creative artists.

The University Health Network

“University Health Network (UHN) consists of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases have made UHN a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.  It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, and genomic medicine.  UHN is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
“Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute. The Foundation’s vision is to enable global leadership and innovation in healthcare by developing and sustaining strong relationships with University Health Network stakeholders.”

An Artists’ Affair Was A Fine Event for A Very Worthy Cause – Raising Funds For the UHN
and the Artists’ Health Alliance!  Check back here for next year’s An Artists’ Affair!

© 2015 Photographs by Kristin Lau; Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2015-05-27
End Date: 2015-05-27
Venue: Carlu

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