Moonlight Gala 2023 – A Resounding Success Supporting the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario

Moonlight Gala 2023: A Resounding Success Supporting the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario

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The Moonlight Gala 2023 was a success, having raised over $630,000, which goes directly to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection located in Kleinburg, Ontario.

  • Celebrating Canadian Artists at the McMichael: A Showcase of Contemporary, Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit, and Iningat Ilagiit Artworks

The McMichael is dedicated to exhibiting only Canadian artists, and its over 7000 artworks are divided into Contemporary, Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and Iningat Ilagiit galleries.

The host of the evening was journalist Elvira Caria. She introduced the McMichael Executive Director Ian Dejardin and Elder Shelley Charles (Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation).

  • Immerse Yourself in William Kurelek’s “Jewish Life in Canada” at the Moonlight Gala 2023

The docents took us on a tour of Meryl McMaster‘s exhibition “Bloodline,” which featured her large-scale self-photographs that explore her Plains Cree/Siksika and Anglo/Dutch heritage. We also explored William Kurelek‘s “Jewish Life in Canada.”

  • Gastronomic Delights by The Food Dudes: A Culinary Journey at the Moonlight Gala 2023

Then it came time to enjoy the variety of food stations by The Food Dudes. Chicken kara-age, tuna tataki, sea bass, prime beef sliders, Creekstone prime striploin, onion soup appetizers, grazing appetizers: mini grazing box (Applewood smoked cheddar, sage derby, Spanish chorizo, Montreal smoked turkey, crostini, seed crisps, The Food Dudes mustard sauce and jam), tomato toast (stracciatella, sourdough, manchego, basil sprouts, chilli relish and Maldon sea salt) and fresh roll (marinated vegetables, avocado puree, crispy vermicelli and citrus ponzu), cauliflower steak. Chef David Wolfman prepared his Baked Xaxli’p Salmon (seaweed and pine nut crusted with pea puree). San Antonio Seafood Market& Oyster Bar supplied PEI Oysters.

For dessert, there were sprinkled donuts. Big Cannoli Lane‘s chocolate and vanilla cannolis, eclairs macarons, a gelato bar by Dolcini with Tanzanian chocolate, pistachio di Bronte, ricotta with roasted almond fig, and a balsamic glaze and hazelnut Piemonte. Sorbets were pina colada, Limone and earl grey. And for the kid at heart, there was a candy bar by Johnvince Foods.

  • Savour the Finest Spirits and Wines: Montelliana Mont Blanc Cuvee, Stratus Wines, and More

There were plenty of drinks to taste throughout the evening, including the prosecco walk with Montelliana Mont Blanc Cuvee, Stratus Wines‘ 2017 Tollgate Rose, and 2019 Weather Report Viognier, 2018 Weather Report and Cabernet Franc. The Last Straw Spirits Bar offered Old Fashioned, Rum& Punch and Cafe Portuguesa, Kings Lock Craft Distillery’s Organic gin and vodkas, French 75 and Steam Whistle Pilsener. Later in the evening, the Food Dude’s food truck served truffle Fries, mac and cheese balls.

  • Mesmerizing Melodies by the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra: Dancing the Night Away at the Moonlight Gala 2023

The fantastic band, Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra, kept everyone dancing until the evening ended. The live auction featured exciting items like the Fogo Island trip for 2. And guests got to take home a freshly rolled cigar.

It was one night to truly remember.

Conclusion:
The Moonlight Gala 2023 achieved tremendous success, raising an impressive amount of over $630,000, which will be directly contributed to the renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection situated in Kleinburg, Ontario. The Moonlight Gala aims to ensure McMichael garners the attention it deserves by optimizing its efforts to enhance visibility. This esteemed institution is steadfastly committed to showcasing the incredible talents of Canadian artists, boasting an extensive collection of over 7000 artworks divided into distinct galleries such as Contemporary, Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit, and Iningat Ilagiit.
The esteemed journalist, Elvira Caria, led the evening’s festivities, whose remarkable presence added an extra layer of charm to the event. She graciously introduced two notable figures, Ian Dejardin, the Executive Director of the McMichael, and Elder Shelley Charles from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.

Immersing ourselves in the captivating art world, the docents took us on an enchanting tour of Meryl McMaster‘s exhibition, “Bloodline.” This remarkable showcase featured large-scale self-photographs that beautifully delve into her Plains Cree/Siksika and Anglo/Dutch heritage. Additionally, we had the privilege of exploring William Kurelek‘s awe-inspiring “Jewish Life in Canada.”

The Moonlight Gala 2023 ensured a plethora of delightful beverage options throughout the evening.
Setting the stage for a lively atmosphere, the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra enthralled guests, ensuring the dance floor remained vibrant until the very end.

  • Exclusive Auction Items: Bid for a Dream Fogo Island Trip and More

The live auction added an extra layer of excitement to the evening, with coveted items up for bidding, including an exclusive Fogo Island trip for two.

  • A Night to Remember: Take Home a Freshly Rolled Cigar from the Moonlight Gala 2023

Moonlight Gala 2023: A Resounding Success Supporting the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario
Moonlight Gala 2023: A Resounding Success Supporting the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario

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As a token of appreciation, each guest had the pleasure of departing with a freshly rolled cigar, adding a touch of luxury to the night.
Without a doubt, the Moonlight Gala 2023 proved to be an unforgettable experience that will be cherished for years to come.

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