Canadian Art Foundation

Canadian Art Foundation Gala Returns to The Carlu to Celebrate 20th-Anniversary

On September 17th, the Canadian Art Foundation Gala celebrates 20 years of inspiring and connecting its guests with Canadian art, returning to the historic venue, The Carlu in Toronto. The Canadian Art Foundation Gala brings together 650 guests for a blockbuster, must-attend evening of art and celebration. In its 20-year history, the gala has been the kick-off event that launches the fall art season with it’s highly anticipated silent and live art auctions. This year’s auctions will feature 53 pieces from Canadian talent, including Edward Burtynsky and Karen Kraven. The gala raises funds and gives voice to both artists and art enthusiasts, the core of the Canadian Art Foundation’s ethos.

20th-Anniversary Canadian Art Foundation Gala
The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor (map)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. Collector Preview and Cocktails
8:00 p.m. Dinner & Live Auction (Silent Auction closes at 10:30 p.m.)
Patron Tables – $6,500, Individual Tickets – $650
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

“Seeing the art community come together for this phenomenal Gala celebration reflects our continued commitment over the past 20 years to connect the great work of our contemporary artists with art enthusiasts and collectors. It’s hard to believe that what started as an intimate supper party at Olger Korper’s Gallery has grown into Canada’s flagship event that launches the fall art season,” says Jill Birch, CEO at Canadian Art Foundation. “Our art-advisory committee has assembled some of Canada’s leading contemporary artwork – a perfect blend of established, mid-career, emerging and totally new artists. We are indebted to the collectors, curators, critics and advisors who have spent months reviewing hundreds of works, finally narrowing our auction gallery down to 53 pieces of superlative contemporary art.”

Gala co-chairs Vandana Taxali and Jennen Phelan will welcome guests, including leaders from the creative, corporate and philanthropic communities for September’s fundraising gala. This year’s 20th-Anniversary Gala will raise funds supporting the Canadian Art Foundation’s key programming initiatives, including Canadian Art magazine, free Gallery Hops in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, education programs for students and artists across Canada, as well as a robust fall schedule that will bring Michael Audain, Taryn Simon, Janice Kerbel and Hito Steyerl to Canada for an exclusive series of talks.

The 20th-Anniversary Canadian Art Foundation Gala will feature an installation bar, “The Colour Barr“, by Toronto-based artist Barr Gilmore and a memorable performance from DJ Cam Lee, commanding the room from an elevated stage dressed in drag with his cheeky entourage alongside. The Canadian Art Foundation Gala has specially commissioned artist Jade Rude to design centrepieces and tableware décor – 10-inch table sculptures that greet dinner guests “Hello, Hello” – to be silent auctioned at the event.

The gala features a silent and live auction portion with 53 pieces of work from artists, including Shary Boyle, Shuvinai Ashoona, and never before seen work from Sarah Anne Johnson. The 53 pieces will be previewed at Waddington’s starting on September 8th and through an online gallery.

About The Canadian Art Foundation

The Canadian Art Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that brings art enthusiasts and artists together. The Foundation publishes Canadian Art, Canada’s most widely read art magazine, both in print and digitally, and also produces a compelling series of talks, events and educational programs. As the ultimate portal for exposure to the visual arts in Canada, the Canadian Art Foundation provides extraordinary programming that keeps audiences engaged with the arts in their cities as well as nationally, creating an environment for art discovery, growth and curiosity. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Teddy Wilson, The Knot Group

Karen Cleveland, Canadian Art Foundation
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