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Chagall Ball Gala

Photo credit: Dean Tomlinson

Photo credit: Dean Tomlinson

Whimsy and Wonder at the Chagall Ball

A promenade of plush red carpet lined with Parisian street signs marked the grand entrance to the Chagall Ball at the AGO as hundreds of guests arrived on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The gala, co-chaired by Kate Alexander Daniels and Salah Bachir, included an exclusive first preview of the exhibition Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. During the cocktail reception in Walker Court, as guests sipped Stoli® French martinis, actors wearing enormous animal heads performed a mimed concerto behind backlit veils, bringing the magic of Chagall's work vibrantly to life. The rich red and gold décor in Baillie Court – complete with large-scale cutouts of the Kremlin – paid homage to Chagall's Russian roots, as did the performance by the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra. For dinner, AGO executive chef Anne Yarymowich and her culinary team delighted guests with a gastronomic fusion of Russian and French cuisines. After dinner, guests enjoyed an Edith Piaf–inspired performance by Tony Award–nominated singer Louise Pitre in Walker Court, which had been transformed into an elegant French salon.

Warmest thanks to our dedicated honorary chairs, gala co-chairs and committee: your tireless efforts ensured that the evening was magical and special indeed. A huge thank-you as well to our sponsors and guests for their generous support, which helps sustain the AGO's exhibition and education programming. The evening raised $518,000.

Honorary Chairs Norman Jewison and Lynne St. David-Jewison
Co-chairs Kate Alexander Daniels and Salah Bachir

Committee: Tessa Bulham, Kelley Burns-Coady, Virginia Cirocco, Jann Coppen, Mark Derbyshire, Bonnie Hillman, Beth Horowitz, Victoria Jackman, Michelle Koerner, Krystal Koo, Jennifer Leitch, Sarah Macdonald, Adrienne Maniezzo, Ben Mulroney, Jessica Mulroney, Karen Pivnick, Lynda Prince, Jeff Roick, Victoria Webster

Exhibition now open until January 15, 2012

  • Thor & Nicky Eaton
  • Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan

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