The Event

Bloor Street Entertains 2018There are over 63,000 people in Canada living with HIV and it is estimated that six people in Canada become newly infected with HIV each day, or nearly one person infected every four hours.

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

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 22 years. Each year, Bloor Street Entertains hosts Toronto’s business, fashion and philanthropic leaders for an unparalleled night of dining and entertainment – in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).

Our goal for Bloor Street Entertains is to deliver a world class event, which raises funds and awareness for this important cause and to ultimately reduce the number of new HIV infections in the country. The support of guests, sponsors, and partners at Bloor Street Entertains is the driving force that allows CANFAR to continue moving forward in its mission to end the HIV epidemic in Canada.

2018 Event Chairs

Bloor Street Entertains Bernadette Morra

Bernadette Morra is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years experience covering the Canadian and international fashion scenes. Bernadette began her career in fashion journalism in the ‘80s when she was a freelance writer for The Canadian Press, The Toronto Star and Flare magazine. She spent 20 years at The Toronto Star where she was fashion writer, then fashion editor. In 2009, Bernadette joined FASHION magazine where she was editor-in-chief until July 2016. Over the span of her career, Bernadette has interviewed many of the world’s top designers, models and celebrities including Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Nicholas Ghesquiere, Linda Evangelista, Daria Werbowy, Victoria Beckham, Isabella Rossellini and Audrey Hepburn to name just a few.  She has reported on fashion events from New York, Milan, London, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Edinburgh, Salzburg and several cities in India. Bernadette has a long history of supporting many charitable causes, including Bloor Street Entertains.

Bloor Street Entertains Jimmy Molloy

Jimmy Molloy is one of Canada’s top residential real estate agents and has sold some of the most significant properties in Toronto. He is recognized globally by Christies International Real Estate as a world leader in Luxury Real Estate. His client list includes international and local celebrities from the worlds of music, film, television and finance. It was in the ‘80s as the owner of Toronto’s finest French restaurant, Auberge Gavroche, that Jimmy first became involved with CANFAR, as a supporting restaurant when the original CANFAR fundraiser, now known as Bloor Street Entertains, started as dinners in private homes. Jimmy is proud of his long history of supporting charitable causes, but takes particular pride in being among the original supporters of Bloor Street Entertains.

2018 Bloor Street Entertains Committee

Eva Hartling, Co-Chair
Rui Amaral, Co-Chair
Sylvia Mantella, Curator, Silent Auction
Mary Jean Tully, Curator, Silent Auction
Candice Dixon
Jamie Knoepfli
Alex Marconi
Andrea Petrak
Halla Rafati
Kai Silver
Candice Sinclair
Mary Symons

The Night Of

Bloor Street Entertains 2017


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. 

Silent Auction

Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to bid in our prestigious Silent Auction. Featuring luxurious items, packages and experiences at prices you won’t want to miss, all proceeds will support vital Canadian HIV/AIDS research.

The After Party

The night will culminate with the 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. 


2018 Dinner Pairings

Dolce & Gabbbana table setting at BSE 2017

The full list of our Venue, Culinary and Décor Partners for this year’s Bloor Street Entertains gala will be announced soon.

2017 Dinner Pairings

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerBrooks 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerOliver & 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.*

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSan Remo

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

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerCOACH

    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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary Partner

    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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerCool 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerDolce&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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary Partner

    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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerCaspar 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerFour 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.*

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerFour 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerJackie-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.*

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue Partner

    Gardiner Museum

    111 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary Partnerà 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor Partner416 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue Partner

    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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerMiku 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerMarta Urbanowicz

    Floral design by Marta Urbanowicz of Artam Designs Inc.*

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    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.

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Event Sponsors

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2017 Venue Partners

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

2017 Culinary Partners

  • 10tation Event Catering
  • à la Carte Kitchen Inc.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • Aura by Cashew & Clive
  • Bizou Creative Catering
  • Daniel et Daniel
  • 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 Décor Partners

  • 416 5 Flower
  • 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
  • San Remo Floral Design
  • Seneca College

2017 Photographers

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