Now that we’ve hit November 1st, the holiday season kick-off officially begins. While the merriest season of the year is a great time to celebrate friends, family, and even getting gifts (!!), it’s also a prime time to remind ourselves to give back in any way we can. Here in Toronto, supporting a charity or fundraiser can often mean grabbing a ticket to a fabulous party, and there’s certainly no shortage happening in the city this month. From Sarah McLachlan at the #WhatIfWomen War Child event to the FAME themed fundraiser for the TIFF Boombox, here are 10 great fundraising events in Toronto that are all happening in the month of November. Trust us, you don’t want to miss these incredible parties that all support a fantastic cause! See below for what’s happening when and why.
TIFF Boombox: FAME Edition
Boombox is TIFF’s annual fundraiser in support of Share Her Journey — a campaign all about increasing participation, skills and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. The party will see TIFF Bell Lightbox turn into a school of the performing arts a la 1980s film Fame and this is one fundraising party you won’t want to miss!
What: Boombox: FAME Edition
When: November 2nd @ 9pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Details: Guests will wander through the TIFF building for a choose-your-own adventure of music, art, food and drinks in the FAME-themed atmosphere. Performances will feature emerging Toronto artists offering their take on the film as well as TIFF’s fall programming. Artists included OLUSEYE, celebrating the LBGTQ underground vogue and ballroom scene, Fly Lady Di (along with her performance arts troupe Hataw, that fuses traditional Filipino dances with electrifying street dance flair), and Director X protege director + producer Raha Euphoria.
Price: $160 Regular Ticket, $150 Member Ticket. Click HERE to purchase or for more info.
#WhatIfWomen for War Child
What if women in war zones were empowered, not pitied? What if children in war zones could thrive and not just survive? What if you could join award winning artists Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ruth B., and other strong voices to show the world that compassion has no borders? You can at the #WhatIfWomen fundraising event for War Child.
What: #WhatIf Women
When: November 6th @ 7:30pm
Where: The Eglinton Grand
Details: Join award-winning artists Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ruth B., War Child Founder Dr. Samantha Nutt, and other strong female voices for an intimate evening of music and inspiration hosted by ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, to shine a light on one of the most pressing issues of our time — women and children living with war. Your ticket will include delectable hors d’oeuvrews, an open bar, and special musical performances.
Price: $150 Per Ticket, Click HERE to purchase or for more info.
Fashion Show for Princess Margaret
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation offers precision medicine and REAL HOPE to Canadians through breakthrough discoveries & compassionate care.
When: November 6th
Where: Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street E.
Details: Over the past 6 years, George C. has raised more than $1 million for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Enjoy an outstanding view of the city and an incredible evening of fashion combined with a unique dining experience. This year, the event presents the modernist, Sally LaPointe, a designer that integrates luxury and wearability.
Price: Tickets start at $1,500, Click HERE for more info.
Break Bread and Smash Stigma
Casey House is Canada’s first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with
HIV/AIDS. Through their innovative and comprehensive approach to health care, they remain one of the few places where people with HIV/AIDS can seek care without judgment. They are more than a place that saves lives, they are a place that speaks up, shines understanding through compassion, and empowers their clients to get better.
What: June’s HIV + Eatery
When: November 7-8th
Where: 1090 Queen St. West
Details: Take part as the Casey House launches a 58,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, and official announcement of the first-ever HIV positive eatery, June’s. Break bread and smash stigma over a delectable 4 course meal.
Price: Tickets are $125 per person, Click HERE to purchase tickets and for more info.
Good Foot Get Down
Good Foot Delivery is a Toronto-based foot courier service that employs people with disabilities. Delivering goods in Toronto on foot and via public transit, this incredible social enterprise is celebrating its 7th anniversary. Join and support by grabbing a ticket to their annual ‘Good Foot Get Down’ fundraising event on November 8th.
What: Good Foot Get Down
When: November 8th @ 6:30pm
Where: Revival Bar, 783 College Street
Details: Bar taps will be flowing with craft beers by Great Lakes Brewery; musical performance by Jae Cabrera; DJ on the decks will be Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene; hand-crafted, heavenly desserts provided by Sweet & Shy; fortune reader, casino-style games and much more:
Price: $150 per ticket, Click HERE to purchase or for more info.
Ladies Who Tech
Filling The Gap is Toronto’s aim is to empower women from the inside out in the workplace. From the wage gap to the gender gap, Filling The Gap is committed to helping women with their professional journeys.
What: Ladies Who Tech
When: November 9th, 5:30pm
Where: Cossette Toronto, 32 Atlantic Avenue
Details: Ladies Who Tech brings together successful women from the tech industry to share unique stories and experiences from their careers that have made them so successful with speakers discussing topics like robotics, AI, computer science, advertising technology and digital content.
Price: Tickets are $40 each, Click HERE to purchase and for more info.
Tea & Tiaras
Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving kids and families through partnerships with more than 130 healthcare facilities. Over the past 30 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.
What: Teas & Tiaras
When: November 12th
Details: Now in its fourth year, Tea & Tiaras hosts an elegant afternoon tea that raises awareness and funds in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada. Join them for a decadent gathering of mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and colleagues
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street W.
Price: $85 per person, Click HERE to purchase and for more info.
Angels Catwalk for SickKids
Over the past four years, the Angels Catwalk for SickKids event has raised over 1 million dollars. Ashley’s Angels success now ranks as one of the top 3rd party fundraising initiatives that take place in support of SickKids!
What: Angels Catwalk
When: November 16th, 6:30pm
Details: The 5th annual Angels Catwalk for SickKids is one of Toronto’s most anticipated charitable events. Building on the success of the past four years, this premier red carpet event will once again feature some of the hottest fashions to walk across the runway, tantalizing temptations from the city’s top restaurants and caterers, as well as heavenly cocktails.
Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd.
Price: Tickets are $150, Click HERE to purchase and for more info
SheDoesTheCity’s 10 Year Celebration
This November, Shedoesthecity celebrates its 10th anniversary as Toronto’s longest-running online platform dedicated to sharing stories promoting, empowering and connecting Canadian women. Since its launch, Shedoesthecity has published 15,000 stories by Canadian women.
When: November 17-19th
Details: Join in on the 10-yea celebration at a 3-day event full of empowering panel discussions and events. The anniversary celebrations also mark an important effort to give back to the community, officially announcing a 10th-anniversary campaign to support women in Toronto with a $10,000 giveback commitment for 2018 to United Way Toronto & York Region.
Where: Knixwear, 68 Claremont St.
Price: All events are free but those who can are encouraged to leave a donation for the United Way, Click HERE for more info.
Bloor Street Entertains
For 21 years, Bloor Street Entertains (BSE) has hosted Toronto’s business and philanthropic leaders for an unparalleled night of dining and entertainment, all in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
What: Bloor Street Entertains
When: November 29, 6:30pm
Details: Bloor Street Entertains brings together the city’s finest culinary masters, luxury retailers, and creative florists for a four-course dining experience during one epic night. The evening will begin with cocktail receptions hosted by some of Bloor-Yorkville’s most esteemed retailers. Guests will then be treated to a four-course dining experience with tablescapes carefully crafted by Toronto’s most prolific floral and décor experts. The night will culminate with the “BSE After Party” at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Throughout the night guests will also have access to the silent auction.
Price: Tickets start at $1,000, Click HERE to purchase and for more info.
See you there!