To be honest, I have never really been much of one for galas. But times are changing and there are two characteristics of this year’s Earth Day Canada Gala that I think you guys might find interesting.
First off, the year-old Mill Street Beer Hall is the venue again this year. It’s a huge space that is made up of smaller areas, including plenty of the requisite patio square footage, so it seems ideal for large-scale events.
Mill Street also is the top-line beverage sponsor for the Earth Day Canada Gala. If breweries and beer drinkers want our drink of choice to find a place outside of the garage beer-fridge this is the sort of community role that we have to play. I’m glad to see that Mill Street has (again) stepped up.
As well, the organizers have planned a sort of DJ-and-dance party after-event for the evening that has a separate and more affordable ticket. Doors open for the dancing 9:30 PM and tickets are $40 each. Environmental charity is really about the future, so it makes sense to offer an opportunity for a younger crowd to participate.
Selling points for the main gala (tickets are $250) include a comedy performance by Rick Miller and food from chef Michael Stadtlander. The owner of the widely recognised Eigensinn Farm has planned a typically seasonal menu that will run from an asparagus terrine through to toasted paradiso cheese on raisin-hazelnut brioche.
Proceeds from the event go to support all of Earth Day Canada’ activities – the main day on April 22 is only a small part of their programming. More details about what they do can be found on the Earth Day gala website.
Tickets for the Gala and the dance party can be purchased here.
Toronto’s charity event calendar is becoming increasingly crowded. It will not come as a surprise that I’m happy to see that this has led to an increase in the quality of food and more drink options than the once-standard red or white wine.