May 27, 2014, KLEINBURG ON – On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will hold its annual fundraising gala on the gallery’s spectacular grounds. The Moonlight Gala 2014 will be headlined by JUNO Award-winning jazz vocalist, Sophie Milman, who will treat guests to an intimate performance of songs from her aptly titled album, In the Moonlight.

Five hundred guests will celebrate the connection between art and nature with an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing, emceed by Beverly Thomson, co-host of CTV’s national morning show, Canada AM. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the McMichael’s iconic art collection and stunning wooded landscape. Last year’s sold-out event raised more than $100,000.

“The McMichael has had an incredible few years, moving from one great exhibition to another. Admissions are up sharply and memberships have never been higher. Moonlight Gala 2014 ties into the dramatic success of the gallery, and its ability to deliver world-class exhibitions and provide strong educational programming,” said Diane Wilson, Chair, Moonlight Gala 2014. “The Gala is perhaps the most unique anywhere because it is held under the stars on the McMichael’s lovely landscaped grounds.”

Milman, the Gala’s featured entertainer, has topped the charts in Canada, the United States, France, and Japan. She has performed at prestigious venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Massey Hall, and the legendary Blue Note club in New York, and collaborated with musicians from the jazz, pop, and rock worlds, including Randy Bachman, Chris Botti, Chick Corea, Jesse Cook, and the Neville Brothers.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this magical evening and look forward to performing under the starlit sky and soaring pines of the McMichael gallery,” said Milman.

The Gala boasts an array of gourmet food stations catered by Daniel et Daniel; specialty desserts and late-night treats by Dolcini, Jelly Modern Doughnuts, Ninutik, and Cashew and Clive; an award-winning selection of Ontario wines; and a scotch bar curated by returning sponsor Via Allegro Ristorante. Throughout the evening, guests can bid on an incredible selection of items in the live and silent auctions, including luxury vacations to London, England and Western Canada.

Proceeds from the event will contribute to the McMichael’s ongoing work to connect with art and nature through exhibitions that explore Canada from coast-to-coast and programs that engage people of all ages in art and art making, allowing the McMichael to maintain its position and significance as an extraordinary place to experience the best of Canadian art.


What: McMichael Moonlight Gala 2014

When: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 6 pm to midnight

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

Price: $350 per ticket

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 905.893.1121 ext. 2710.

McMichael Moonlight Gala Acknowledgements

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

Merit Travel Group (Ultimate Escape Sponsor), Deloitte (Conservation Sponsor), Kleinburg Crown Estates (Community Sponsor), RBC (Cocktail Reception Sponsor), The Source (Guest Welcome Sponsor), Nashville Land Developments Inc.(After Dinner Reception Sponsor), John Paul & Co. (Red Carpet Sponsor), Herzig (Photography Sponsor), Crowe Soberman (Evening Program Sponsor), Coventry North (Automotive Sponsor),Corporate Patrons: Altas Partners, Assante Wealth Management, BMO, CIBC,  Davies, Ensil Canada Ltd., Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Hatch, Pimco, PowerStream, Progressive Waste Solutions, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Timbercreek Asset Management, Torys, In-Kind Donors: Key Gordon, Via Allegro, Daniel et Daniel, Media Partners: CP24, CTV, The Globe and Mail, JAZZ.FM91, WNED, Media Supporters: Dolce Magazine, City Life, City Life TV, King MOSAiC, Persian Tribune, TorontoHOME, YYZ, Event Donors: Adagio Valet, Angle Media Group, Canada Dry Mott’s, Aura by Cashew and Clive, Dimitriadis Design Build, Dolcetti on the Hill,  Dolcini, Jelly Modern Doughnuts, Ninutik, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sara Kardooni, Steam Whistle Brewing. For more information about the gala:

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection 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. For more information:


For media inquiries:

Wendy Campbell

Manager, Media Relations and Online Presence

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

905.893.1121 ext. 2201

Rachel Weiner

Media Relations and Communications Coordinator

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

905.893.1121 ext. 2210