May 10, 2013, KLEINBURG ON—The McMichael Canadian Art Collection will host the second annual Moonlight Gala,  a memorable evening of gourmet cuisine, curated libations, and dancing under the stars on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  Entertainment will be headlined by internationally acclaimed jazz chanteuse Holly Cole, singing fan favourites and some new songs from her latest album, NIGHT, on an open air stage specially created on the grounds of the McMichael for the event.

A self-professed night owl, Cole is anticipating a magical evening of art and festivity: “The McMichael and the Group of Seven represented there have been an inspiration to me and so many other Canadians for years. I’m thrilled to be able to offer my voice for this wonderful event and I look forward to an inspired evening under the stars and moon.”

Marci Ien, co-host of CTV’s national morning show, Canada AM, will act as the evening’s emcee. Along with dining and dancing, guests will have a chance to bid on outstanding original artwork, generously donated by leading contemporary artists. The Gala Silent Auction features works by Charles Pachter, whose pop images are icons of Canadian art, and by internationally renowned photographer, Yuri Dojc, among others.

Chef Jamie Kennedy, known for his innovative and sustainable approach to Canadian cuisine will provide Gala-goers with a unique gastronomic experience. Award-winning Toronto landmark, Via Allegro Ristorante, holder of the world’s largest scotch collection, will also be on hand with an array of wine and spirits, including a scotch bar and martini bar.

“On June 8th, the McMichael will shine with all its natural beauty and magnificent art, as we transform the gallery and the grounds to celebrate the Moonlight Gala,” said Tina Tehranchian, McMichael Trustee and Event Chair of the fundraiser.  “This will be an enchanted evening and a chance to fall in love with the McMichael all over again, while showing your support for Canadian art and culture.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to create a lasting impact on Canadian art and culture by supporting excellence in educational programming and inspiring exhibitions at the McMichael.


What: McMichael Moonlight Gala 2013

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – midnight

Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg

Attire: Elegant chic

Tickets may be purchased online at

or by calling 905.893.1121 ext. 2207

Single tickets, $350

Group Packages (10 tickets), $3,000

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan.

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For more information on the Gala:

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Media Contact

Wendy Campbell

Media Relations and Online Presence Manager

905.893.1121 ext. 2201