Mayor's Evening for the Arts

Monday, November 20, 2017

Please join us for a special night to celebrate all that our city has to offer, and open new possibilities for Toronto’s future.

Together with Mayor John Tory and Barbara Hackett, our goal is to raise $1 million in support of our program Arts in the Parks.

Mayor’s Evening for the Arts
November 20, 2017
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON
Cocktails at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

Cocktail Attire

Entertainment by
Louise Pitre
St. Michael's Choir
Hit & Run Dance Productions
and more!

Live and Silent Auction
Visual art installation by Johnathan Anderson
Live painting 
Dancing to a Live Band

With your attendance at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts you will be supporting Arts in the Parks, the biggest, most inclusive arts initiative that Toronto has ever seen, bringing over 300 professional theatre, dance, music events and workshops to every corner of the city, from east Scarborough to west Etobicoke, from the waterfront to northernmost North York, to be enjoyed by seniors, newcomers, youth, families, and everyone in between all summer long – all completely free.

With a focused effort to program activities in parks outside of the downtown core, we are providing new opportunities to Torontonians who have been hampered by obstacles to participation in the arts, including cost, proximity, accessibility, and lack of quality of events in their neighbourhood.

The benefit to this program goes beyond the enjoyment of watching a play, a dance performance or a puppet show, or participation in a drumming group or mosaic project; benefits include increased community engagement, use of public space, and neighbourhood pride; creating gathering places where neighbours form social ties, which in turn creates safer neighbourhoods.

With your support, and the help of over 400 community and youth volunteers, Toronto Arts Foundation will bring over 250 arts events to 50 Toronto parks during the summer of 2018.

“Thank you for sponsoring this event for the Scarborough community. What a wonderful way to engage community who might normally not have the opportunity to enjoy live theatre.” Arts in the Parks Artist

"Events like these are important because they bring everybody together. People from the community have come together to experience something different." Arts in the Parks Audience Member


For more information on tickets & table purchases please click here. 

For a listing of all of our wonderful sponsors for this year's event, please click here

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a DONATION to Toronto Arts Foundation. You'll receive a tax receipt for the entire amount of your gift. For more information on donating please click here, or to make a donation please click here

Click here for more information on Arts in the Parks. 


Toronto Arts Foundation is uniquely focused on connecting every Toronto neighbourhood with the transformative social and economic impact of the arts. Research demonstrates that quality of life across the city improves, and that cities flourish socially and economically, through access to the arts. 2017 proceeds will allow Toronto Arts Foundation to continue to remove barriers of access to the arts, expand the diversity of our programming and increase outreach to even more communities in need.

See all the wonderful pictures from last year's event below. 

Click here to download your favourite images.