The Event

BSE-2017-Carousel-01For 22 years, Bloor Street Entertains (BSE) has hosted Toronto’s business, fashion and philanthropic leaders for an unparalleled night of dining and entertainment – all in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Bloor Street Entertains will bring together the city’s finest culinary masters, luxury retailers, and creative florists to host a beautiful evening for guests and raise money for innovative Canadian HIV and AIDS research. 

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 evening, guests will also have access to our prestigious online Silent Auction.

The History

Worldwide, there are 36.7 million people living with HIV and AIDS, and nearly 75,500 are Canadians living with HIV.

An estimated 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the beginning of the epidemic, and over its 30-year history, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) has supported innovative research to fight this disease. 

Bloor Street Entertains is Canada’s single largest fundraising gala event to support Canadian HIV research, and has raised millions of dollars over the last 21 years. The support of guests, sponsors, and partners at Bloor Street Entertains, and the BSE After Party, will continue to be the driving force behind CANFAR reaching its vision of ending HIV in Canada.

The Night Of

FourSeasons-CarouselFinish the night on a high note at the Bloor Street Entertains After Party!

Dance, socialize, and enjoy a drink from the host bar in the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Simply present your Bloor Street Entertains dinner ticket at the doors and join the festivities alongside Toronto’s most esteemed business, fashion and philanthropic leaders. 

Guests will also have access to our prestigious Silent Auction, full of luxurious items, packages and experiences at prices you won’t want to miss, with all proceeds directed towards funding Canadian HIV and AIDS research.

2017 Event Co-Chairs

Mrs. Sylvia Mantella was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her passion and genuine desire to “give back” – whether in the community or on a global level – has been the catalyst to the success in her several ventures and many charitable causes both personally and corporately. Sylvia has been involved with Mantella Corporation since 2008. In 2010 Sylvia took her position as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Mantella Corporation is a significant contributor to their community, local charities, and charities on a global level.

Coco Rocha

Ms. Coco Rocha is a Canadian model best known for her theatrical poses, elfin features, and her brand building social media presence. Rocha’s highest profile work is her enduring relationship with the handbag brand Longchamp, for which she has appeared in numerous campaigns. Other commercial campaigns include Zac Posen, Banana Republic, L’Oréal, Sass & Bide, Massimo Dutti and Diesel. Additionally Rocha has walked for the runway shows of brands including John Galliano and Miu Miu.

2017 Dinner Pairings

Dolce & Gabbbana table setting at BSE 2017
  • BrooksBrothers_Venue_Pairings_1Brooks Brothers

    110 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2W7
    As America’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the same traditions and values for nearly two centuries.

  • BrooksBrothers_Culinary_OB_2Oliver & Bonacini

    Oliver & Bonacini has come to be recognized as one of Canada’s leading restaurant, events and catering companies, operating a portfolio of unique and innovative restaurants and event venues.*

  • Dolce_Gabbana_Floral_SanRemo_1San Remo

    Serving Toronto for over half a century with elegant, thoughtful arrangements, San Remo has earned its place as Toronto’s premier flower shop.

  • Coach_Venue_Pairings_1COACH

    131 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1
    The Coach brand represents a blend of classic American style with a distinctive New York spirit, offering a design that is known for a distinctive combination of style and function.
  • Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events

    Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events

    Renowned for creating unique culinary experiences for the most distinguished of tastes, Daniel et Daniel strives to make your dining experience memorable.

  • William_Floral_CoolGreenAndShady_1Cool Green & Shady

    For every one of its events, from first consultation until execution on the day of, Cool Green & Shady’s true mission is to bring your vision to life.

  • Dolce&Gabbana

    111 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1M4
    Dolce&Gabbana is the new luxury, authentic and unconventional. Established in 1985, Dolce&Gabbana is one of the leading international groups in the fashion and luxury goods sector.
  • Dolce_Gabbana_Culinary_TASTE_2

    Bizou Catering Inc.

    With its passion for food, Bizou creates the most flavourful and exciting dishes, providing each and every client, big or small with a memorable experience.

  • Mulberry_Floral_CasparHaydar_1Caspar Haydar Design

    Caspar Haydar Design is a full-service design, production and event management firm based in Toronto, dedicated to creating spaces and events that are an extension of its clients.

  • fourseasons-venueFour Seasons Hotel

    60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4
    Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, soars 55 storeys in the heart of Yorkville, downtown Toronto’s most glamorous shopping and restaurant quarter.*
  • BOSS_Culinary_FourSeasons_1Four Seasons Hotel Catering

    Four Seasons aims to satisfy the needs and tastes of its customers, and to maintain its position as the world’s premier luxury hospitality company.

  • Jackie-O

    Jackie-O creates an experience for people to share that only happens for a brief moment in time is a very fulfilling endeavor. This is an orchestration of many moving parts, with each piece playing an important role in the overall look and feel of the event.*

  • Gardiner_Venue_Pairings_1111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
    The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. It is committed to making a contribution to the medium it celebrates and the community it serves.
  • Gardiner_Culinary_alacarte_1à la Carte Kitchen Inc.

    By combining top quality, fresh ingredients with creativity and well-honed culinary expertise, founders Simon Kattar and Brian King set out to make food excellence à la Carte’s signature.

  • Gardiner_Floral_4165_1416 5 Flower

    416 5 Flower’s approach to design has always been floral artistry. Its goal is to make every arrangement a piece of art for your home, office or special event.

  • HarryRosen_Venue_Pairings_1

    Harry Rosen

    82 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1L9
    Harry Rosen is one of the best high-end men’s clothing speciality retailers in the world. It is a proudly Canadian company with 17 stores in eight major Canadian markets.
  • RIMOWA_Culinary_Miku_1Miku Toronto

    A restaurant is a business that connects people through comfortable spaces, delicious foods and memorable experiences. Miku believes that the greatest restaurants help connect people and build their relationships.

  • marta-floralMarta Urbanowicz

    Floral design by Marta Urbanowicz of Artam Designs Inc.*

  • BOSS_Venue_Pairings_1


    83 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1M1

    HUGO BOSS is one of the market leaders in the upper premium segment of the global apparel market. It focuses on developing and marketing of premium fashion and accessories for men and women.
  • presidential-culinaryPresidential Gourmet

    With a portfolio of hundreds of outstanding relationships built on a history of unparalleled food and outstanding service, the Presidential Gourmet kitchen is dedicated to producing food based on a firm environmental philosophy using sustainable methods and products.*

  • marta-floralMarta Urbanowicz

    Floral design by Marta Urbanowicz of Artam Designs Inc.*

  • Mulberry_Venue_Pairings_1Mulberry

    131 Bloor St W #103, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1
    Mulberry is proud to be the largest manufacturer of luxury leather goods in the UK.
  • Mulberry_Culinary_Oxley_1The Oxley

    The Oxley Public House promises fantastic food served alongside a good pint or an excellent glass of wine. All food is made from scratch and lovingly prepared by British Chef, Andrew Carter.

  • Mulberry_Floral_CasparHaydar_1r5 Event Design

    R5 Event Design is an award-winning full-service event decor, floral, lighting and luxury rental company that strives to provide its clients with the highest level of service and quality event products.

  • Mulberry_Venue_Pairings_1Roots Canada

    80 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2V1
    Established in 1973, Roots is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand, known around the world for its quality leather goods, athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings.
  • Mulberry_Culinary_Oxley_110tation

    10tation is a well-trained and experienced team of professionals that capture every detail and make your event a success. From start to finish we can provide everything you need.*

  • inspirational-eventInspired Event Rentals

    Inspired Event Rentals help you create your perfect special event and surprise you with something unforgettable, all while showing you a really great time.*

  • Mulberry_Venue_Pairings_1Galerie de Bellefeuille, Yorkville Village

    55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2
    Yorkville Village is conveniently located in the heart of beautiful Bloor-Yorkville, downtown Toronto, and features some of the most coveted fashion and lifestyle brands.*
  • Mulberry_Culinary_Oxley_1Gusto 101

    Gusto (pronounced Goo-sto) means tasty in Italian. Since opening its doors in 2012, Gusto 101 has been serving up modern takes on Southern Italian classics.


  • Opening Night Flowers

    Nicholas Smith of Opening Night Flowers is an award-winning designer specializing in wow-factor floral designs.

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Bloor Street Entertains 2017 was a phenomenal success!

Thank you to all of our sponsors, venue hosts, chefs & catering teams, floral designers, photographers, furniture rental companies and, of course, all of our gala attendees! Without all of your support, none of this would be possible. We at CANFAR hope that you enjoy reliving all of the Memories of Bloor Street Entertains 2017.

Event Sponsors

Signature Partner

Official Airline Sponsor

Official Beer Sponsor

Illumination Partner

Official Community Partner

2017 Venue Partners

  • Brooks Brothers
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Galerie de Bellefeuille
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Harry Rosen
  • holt’s cafe
  • Liss Gallery
  • Mulberry Boutique
  • Strellson

2017 Culinary Partners

  • 10tation Event Catering
  • à la Carte
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • Aura by Cashew & Clive
  • Bizou Creative Catering
  • Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Gusto 101
  • L-eat Catering
  • Miku Toronto
  • Momofuku
  • Oliver & Bonacini
  • Presidential Gourmet Catering
  • Sassafraz
  • Toben Food by Design
  • Vitiello, Cory, Chef

2017 Floral and Décor Partners

  • 416 5 Flowers
  • Caspar Haydar Design
  • Cool Green and Shady
  • Chair Decor
  • DT Floral and Décor Inc.
  • Earthwork
  • Folha
  • Jackie O
  • Inspire Event Rental & Design
  • Artam Design Inc.
  • Opening Night Flowers
  • Quince Flowers
  • R5 Event Design & Management
  • San Remo Florist Inc.
  • Seneca Event and Management Program

2017 Photographers

  • Alex Bruce
  • Aline Sandler and Kendall Townend
  • Brian Wickens
  • George Pimentel Photography
  • Henry Lin
  • Jason Kwan
  • John Simone
  • Mitchel Raphael