May 13, 2016, Kleinburg, ON – On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s fifth annual signature fundraiser, the Moonlight Gala, returns to dazzle 500 distinguished guests with an unfor-gettable evening of dining and dancing under the stars. This year’s Moonlight Gala will be headlined by JUNO® Award winner, Divine Brown.

“We are thrilled to welcome our supporters to this year’s Moonlight Gala as we celebrate the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s 50th anniversary season,” said 2016 Gala Chair, Tina Tehranchian. “This marks a milestone year as we commemorate everyone that has contributed to the success of the McMichael from the past half-century.”

Emceed by co-anchor of CTV News Toronto, Ken Shaw, guests will be treated to a culinary extravagan-za, captivating musical performances and a live and silent auction hosted by fashion icon Jeanne Beker.

The gallery grounds will be transformed into the setting of the most exciting, sumptuous, glamorous, magical, and elegant outdoor party—where you can mingle with art lovers, donors, celebrities and corpo-rate leaders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada’s only art gallery devoted to collecting Canadian art, in style. Last year’s event raised more than $225,000.

Guests will be the first to experience the special exhibition program titled 50/50/50, the exploration of art in fifty-year leaps stretching backward and forward from the McMichael’s founding years in the mid-1960s.

For the first time in McMichael history, the Moonlight Gala is hosting an exclusive after-party from 10 pm to 1 am, titled Moonlight Gala After Dark. After Dark is designed to engage and entertain young profes-sionals within the GTA and York Region

JUNO® Award winner, Divine Brown, the Gala’s headline entertainment, is an established R&B power-house. Her five octave vocal range makes everybody stand up and pay attention while her electric ener-gy transforms the room. Other performers include returning Gala-favourite jazz band, The Collective, JU-NO® Award winner Sean Jones and DJ Odario Williams.

Proceeds from this annual event go directly toward the conservation and preservation of the 6,000 art-works in the permanent collection created by some of Canada’s most iconic artists, including the Group of Seven, six of whom chose the McMichael as their final resting place.

Honorary Council patrons include: Harry and Kathryn Angus, Jamie Cameron and Christopher Bredt, Mi-chael Burns, Dr. Esther Farlinger, Jack and Penny Fenwick.

Honorary patrons include Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson, Kim and Terry Bush, Elaine Bell and Jack Bush, Ralph Chiodo, Sam Ciccolini, Hon. Steven Del Duca, Hon. Julian Fantino, Catherine Nugent, Felice Sabatino

McMichael Moonlight Gala Acknowledgements: The McMichael would like to express its gratitude and acknowledge the event donors, sponsors and supporters:

RBC (50th Anniversary Premier Partner), Hatch Engineering (50th Anniversary Partner), Deloitte (50th An-niversary Partner), Nashville Developments Inc. (50th Anniversary Partner), Merit Travel (Ultimate Escape Sponsor), Air Canada (Travel Partner), Event Sponsors: Grant Thornton LLP (Scotch Bar Sponsor), TD Bank Financial Group (Entertainment Sponsor), Crowe Soberman (Red Carpet Sponsor), Kleinburg Crown Estates (Community Sponsor). Corporate Patrons: Assante Wealth Management, Tina Tehranchian, BIO-KIMAFAR, Canadian Shield Capital, CIBC, Collins Barrow, Iain MacInnes/RBC Dominion Securities, IC Savings, JONES|COLLOMBIN Investment Counsel Inc, Liberty Development, Miller Thomson, PIMCO, PowerStream. In-Kind Donors: Gallery Gevik, KeyGordon, McMichael Group of Seven Wines, Steam Whistle, brand & mortar, Deanne Moser, elly fox, MERRILL Corporation, Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. Media Partners: CP24, JAZZ.FM91, The Globe & Mail. Media Supporters: Dolce Media Group, Pure Luxury, Zoomer. Event Donors: Aura by Cashew & Clive, Beretta Kitchen Catering, Canada Dry Mott’s, Diamond Estates Winery, Encore Catering, FAEMA, Goldrich PrintPak Inc, On The Move Catering & Events, Presidential Gourmet Catering, Seventh Heaven Event Catering, and Via Allegro Ristorante


What: McMichael Moonlight Gala 2016

When: Saturday, June 4 from 6 pm to 1 am

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

Price: $400 per ticket

What: McMichael Moonlight Gala After Dark 2016

When: Saturday, June 4 from 10 pm to 1 am

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

Price: $150 per ticket

Tickets can be purchased online at


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, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addi-tion to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 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. For more information:


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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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