June 06

The Moonlight Gala, the McMichael’s Signature Fundraiser, Returns for 2022

After a three year absence, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection returned their Gallery’s signature fundraiser, the Moonlight Gala on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

The event was another amazing evening under the stars. The candle-lit path immersed in the forest, with the fresh scent of pine, ushered guests to an assortment of savoury delicacies until arriving at the spectacular open-air stone terrace for the beautiful moon-lit soiree.

The Greater Toronto Area’s signature arts and culture event returned to dazzle hundreds of distinguished guests with a memorable evening of dining and dancing under the stars!The McMichael’s grounds was transformed into a glamorous outdoor party, where guests mingled with Honorary Patron the Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C. Mayor, City of Vaughan, art lovers, donors, celebrities, and corporate leaders, all while enjoying captivating performances by leading Canadian musicians.Emceed by award-winning broadcaster Elvira Caria, guests of the Moonlight Gala were treated to a culinary extravaganza and electrifying musical performances. This year, the live entertainment was the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra, an ensemble musical group consisting of twelve industry-leading musicians. The ever-popular Cigar Lounge returned this year and new for 2022 the Moonlight Gala featured a fine art auction offering an enviable selection of original works by artists Wanda Koop, Kim Dorland, Steve Driscoll, Jon Sasaki, Stephen Andrews, Margaux Williamson, John Hartman and Ed Burtynsky.. Guests also had exclusive access to the McMichael’s summer exhibitions: Wanda Koop: Lightworks, which provides visitors with a rare glimpse into the colours that inspire an artist’s work and A Like Vision: The Group of Seven at 100, a lavish celebration of Canada’s canonical painters. Proceeds from the Moonlight Gala go toward the conservation and exhibition of more than 6,500 works of art in the McMichael’s permanent collection, including work by the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, and Emily Carr, as well as the McMichael’s newest acquisitions of works by Indigenous and BIPOC artists from coast to coast to coast.

About the McMichael Canadian Art CollectionThe McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 6,500 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit mcmichael.com.

We would like to thank Sam Cheung Media Relations and Communications Coordinator  and Grace Johnstone Director, Marketing, Communications and Sales and Daniela Casas | Development Coordinator  of McMichael Canadian Art Collection for the invitation to the Moonlight Gala. We look forward to the event in June 2023.