November 13


By Sally Warburton

The Queen Elizabeth Building on the CNE grounds was a happening place on Saturday, November 10 !  Community Living Toronto was having its biennial fundraising event.  With the disco theme “Celebrate good times, come on!” event throughout the venue – disco balls, disco dancers performance, guests dancing up a storm to the disco music, costumes, vintage TV’s and a Pong video game table.  Mayor John Tory (with a walking cast!) was in attendance speaking to guests and Community Living Staff / Board members, taking photos with guests, showing his continued support.

The Community Rocks evening started with cocktail hour with a wide selection of drinks at the huge bars located in the Queen Elizabeth Building and the attached theatre bar area.  Meal snacks such as meatballs and rice, quinoa stuffed peppers, sliders, mini-quiches were offered.  

A very comfortable venue. (lots of parking, near TTC streetcar, taxis, Wheel Trans) People were there to have a good time. The dance floor was packed before the Sam Roberts Band concert and after. The music by DJ Marc and DJ Lynzwas fantastic.  It was fun. It was high energy. It was just really, really nice.

Just before 8pm guests were invited to their seats at the adjoining Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  Popcorn and water were at each seat. Ben Mulroney the host welcomed everyone, introduced the team of 6 disco dancers who gave a performance.   Juno Award winning Sam Roberts Band then hit the stage! The crowd loved them! Sam Roberts was simply wonderful with the Community Living guests.  He warmly greeted them at the front of the stage toward the end of the concert – hugging them, shaking hands, high-5ing them, speaking to them so kindly.  He made special people very happy. He brought such happiness to them. He was lovely to them. It was so wonderful to see that and to understand why the Sam Roberts Band had been invited back to perform.

Once back in the Queen Elizabeth main building –more dancing, dessert, drinks, coffee. Dessert buffets included all kinds of treats such as rice Krispy triangles on sticks, coloured popcorn, candies, cakes, tarts. The 50 – 50 draw took place.  The generous winner donated his prize money back to this fantastic cause – Community Living Toronto. The good times were celebrated!  A fantastic evening!

We would like to thank Karla Dendrinos |Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator-Community Living Toronto for the invitation to this event.