Inspired by Glen Gould, An Artists’ Affair is a fundraising gala to support the Al & Malka Green Artists Health Centre (AHC) at Toronto’s Western Hospital (UHN) and the Artists’ Health Alliance.

Co-founded in 2002, the AHC is an integrative outpatient clinic offering medical and complimentary care to professionals, students, and staff in the Arts community. This year’s event was held at The Carlu on May 27, 2015.

The evening started with a cocktail reception of passed hors d’oeuvres such as truffle mac and cheese in a crisp parmesan cup, cucumbers stuffed with quinoa salad, fried chicken sliders, mini potatoes stuffed with truffle mushrooms and very mini lobster éclairs. At the load sound of a tuba, we were guided to our tables for dinner.

The master of ceremonies was Heather Bambrick, winner of the National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year, and the host of Jazz.fm’s Breakfast Blend and Jazzology.

Heather also performed as part of the trio Broadsway alongside Diane Leah and Julie Michels.

Other performances included musician Marc Jordan, actor RH Thomson, pianist Robert Scott, dancer Shawn Byfield, folk musician Ken Whiteley and the Uninvited Guests.

Throughout the evening, four visual artists: Carlos Delgado, Claire Desjardins, Komi Olaf, and Agata Plocinski, created live paintings that were later auctioned off.

The first course of dinner consisted of a large ball of buffalo mozzarella in a sauce of English peas and mint. The beef tenderloin of the main course served on top of truffle cauliflower was a perfect medium rare. A light dessert of honey basil pannacotta with poached blueberries and mini meringues was the nice finish to the meal.

Notable guests included Kurt Browning, Olympic and World Champion, Canadian Figure Skater and his wife Sonia Rodriguez, Principal Dancer at National Ballet of Canada, Veronica Tennant, Producer/Director/Filmmaker (and Prima Ballerina at National Ballet of Canada) and Sheila McCarthy, Actor, and also a great auctioneer for the night.

During his lifetime Glen Gould, one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed musical artists of the 20th-century, had medical issues which could have been successfully treated had there been a facility like the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. The theme successfully inspired all to raise funds for the cause.

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