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The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts

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The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts was held at the Metro Convention Centre on Monday October 26, 2015 in support of the Toronto Arts Foundation.  According to organizers, this Gala raised almost $1.4 million in support of Toronto artists. This celebration showcased the talents of both new and established artists and was attended by a sold-out crowd of 1,200 business, civic and cultural leaders.  In attendance were Canadian notables such as Mayor John Tory and his wife Barbara Hackett, filmmakers Norman Jewison, Don McKellar and Atom Egoyan (Dinner Co-Chair); “Dragons Den” Robert Herjavec and “Dancing With the Stars” partner Kym Johnson; Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman; Principal Dancer, Guillaume Côté, National Ballet of Canada; guitarist Liona Boyd; actor, R.H. Thomson; as well as prize-winning authors Nino Ricci and Robert Rotenberg; Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League; etalk’s Ben Mulroney; as well as Jeff Melanson, TSO, Alexander Neef, Canadian Opera Company; and TIFF’s Piers Handling, Cameron Bailey and Michele Maheux.

Mayor Tory had spoken about his belief that the arts constitute the soul of Toronto as well as contributing to the city’s ability to attract jobs and people.  When in Austin studying their success in using the arts to attract business, the Mayor commented that he had asked Google and IBM why they located there, and they responded, “Because of the buzz, because of the young, talented, smart, people who are committed to the arts are located here and we want to hire them”.  Of course, there is also the huge U.S. market close by!

Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO of Toronto Arts Foundation says that the proceeds from the Gala will be directed towards artists working in all areas of Toronto such as increased support for the 1,500 artist members of the Neighbourhood Arts Network offering engagement opportunities and employment skills to thousands of youth across the city as well as the soon-to-be-announced Arts in the Parks program which will create exciting new performance and presentation opportunities benefitting artists and residents alike
The entertainment included Theo Tams, the “Obeah Opera” celebrated at “Panamania” this past summer;, “Kinky Boots” with its’ Cindy Lauper’ Broadway glitz; “Summerland” ;, “Dusk Dances;” OCADU artists with their take on cutting edge integrated media;, a DJ Spin-Off featuring DJ Grouch, DJ Serous, Lil’ Jaz and Zorawar Singh, and surprise finale comedy star Sean Cullen as well as the Massey Hall Big Band . The evening also featured silent and live auctions enlivened by sought-after auctioneer C.J. Graphic’s Jay Mandarino.

ABOUT TORONTO ARTS FOUNDATION

“Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that encourages artistic excellence and increases access to the arts throughout the City of Toronto through private sector investment. Our vision Creative City: Block-by-Block is to connect every Toronto neighbourhood with the transformative socio-economic benefits of the arts. By supporting, celebrating, financing and advocating for Toronto’s artists, we can improve the quality of life for all Torontonians.”  For more information on the Toronto Arts Foundation or to donate please visit http://www.torontoartsfoundation.org.

© 2015 TorontoArtsandEvents Layout, Photographs and Article   All Rights Reserved.

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2015-10-26
End Date: 2015-10-26
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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