June 20, 2013, KLEINBURG ON – The second annual McMichael Moonlight Gala held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 was a memorable evening on the beautifully transformed grounds of the Collection. The sold-out event was a resounding success, raising more than $100,000. Five hundred guests, including members of the arts and culture community, enjoyed gourmet cuisine and live entertainment amid stunning works of Canadian art. Proceeds from the evening will support exhibitions that explore the country from coast to coast and accessible programs that engage people of all ages in art and art making.

The event was headlined by internationally renowned jazz chanteuse Holly Cole, who recently received the Montreal Jazz Festival’s coveted Ella Fitzgerald award. Sponsored by Kleinburg Crown Estates, Cole’s sultry performance captivated the crowd with songs from her new album, NIGHT, as well as old favourites, like “I Can See Clearly Now”. The South Beach Orchestra led by Miles Raine and DJ Bellosound with Daniel Buckman rounded out the evening’s entertainment.

Chef Jamie Kennedy treated guests to an assortment of delicious dishes, and award-winning Toronto landmark Via Allegro Ristorante supplied a wonderful array of wine and spirits, including the event’s signature cocktail—the Moonlight Martini.

The live and silent auctions, which raised over $54,000, included a trip to London donated by Aimia, Canada Club and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, dinner at the Barberian’s Steak House wine cellar with Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Coffey, and work by Canadian contemporary artist, Charles Pachter.

“It was a great pleasure working with our most delightful and energetic organizing committee and the incredibly helpful staff at the McMichael,” said Event Chair and McMichael Board Trustee, Tina Tehranchian. “We are extremely happy that we could help raise funds for the fantastic educational programs and exhibitions at the gallery.”

Planning is already underway for next year’s gala, which will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

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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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