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

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

The Night Of

Bloor Street Entertains 2017

Dinner

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

See below for the full list of our Venue, Culinary and Décor Partners for this year’s Bloor Street Entertains.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue Partner50 Scollard

    50 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 1E9
    Witness an icon in the making. Perfectly poised to rise 41 storeys at the corner of Bay and Scollard in Yorkville, the 64 exclusive residences at 50 Scollard will capture the imagination and fulfill the unique demands of Toronto’s most discerning clientele.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerChef Webb from Sassafraz

    Set in an array of Victorian rowhouses, Sassafraz has evolved through the decades to become a magical space in the heart of historic Yorkville.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor Partner

    Emblem

    Toronto’s premiere, made-to-order floral design studio, Emblem features arrangements created from the most vibrant and spectacular locally- and internationally-grown flowers available.

  • 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. It is is the original authority on American style, offering stylish clothing for men, women, and kids.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerL-eat Catering

    Toronto’s premier full service off-site caterer for over 30 years, L-eat Catering provides customized food & cocktail menus and exceptional eye for detail to execute your event flawlessly.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSeneca Event Management

    Seneca faculty member, Nicole Dicarlo, with Seneca Event Management students, in collaboration with the venue partner, will plan, design and transform Brooks Brothers. The team will transform the venue into an intimate, elegant dining space, complete with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerCabine

    30 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 2E2
    Nicholas Mellamphy, founder of Cabine, invites you to experience a luxurious atmosphere with a view of the city. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary Partner

    Sursur Lee

    Susur Lee has never deviated from a consuming passion: to create tantalizing dishes that blend textures and flavours in glorious harmony. 

  • 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 PartnerRose Reisman Catering

    Rose Reisman Catering is a name synonymous with mouthwatering tastes combined with generous and smart, quality ingredients. Their luscious foods are pleasing and designed with all tastes in mind.

  • 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 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 the late 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 PartnerSeneca Event Management & Artam Designs Inc.

    Seneca faculty member, Marta Urbanowicz, with Seneca Event Management students, in collaboration with the venue partner will plan, design and transform Harry Rosen. They will transform the venue into an intimate, elegant dining space, complete with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerHolt Renfrew

    100 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 3L3
    Holt Renfrew is Canada’s leading luxury shopping experience with premier designers for women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes and beauty.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerColette Grand Café

    Colette Grand Café celebrates the essence of French style. At Colette Grand Café, the ingredients are treated with integrity and care to bring you a culinary experience you will cherish.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerEarthwork

    Earthwork’s reputation for customer care and innovative design has been the cornerstone of its success. Whether crafting an intimate bouquet or furnishing gala events, all orders receive the same careful attention.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue Partner

    HUGO BOSS

    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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary Partner

    Chef Craig Harding

    A rustic yet refined menu, Craig Harding effortlessly walks the line between modern and traditional cusine.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSkye Flowers

    Skye’s work is a combination of her love for flowers, her passion for design and her fantastic flare for fashion. Her creations are bold statements, using shape, color and simplicity to produce a dramatic effect.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerLiss Gallery

    112 Cumberland St Toronto, ON M5R 1A6
    Liss Gallery features contemporary fine art including original paintings, photography, sculptures and limited edition prints. Located in the heart of Toronto.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerAura by Cashew & Clive

    Aura by Cashew & Clive is a team of energetic, innovative and unique professionals who are passionate about creating the very best food experiences for their clients.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSeneca Event Management

    Seneca faculty member, Brian Wickens, with Seneca Event Management students, in collaboration with the venue partner will plan, design and transform Liss Gallery. They will transform the venue into an intimate, elegant dining space, complete with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerLUMAS Gallery

    159 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 1C4
    Art creates an atmosphere. It is exciting and inspiring. Whether it’s for large or small firms, for hotels or restaurants, offices, agencies, LUMAS Gallery supports companies who want to give the premises more character and use art to bolster success.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerMomofuku

    Momofuku means lucky peach. Established by chef and founder David Chang in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has gained world-wide recognition for their innovative take on cuisine, while supporting local, sustainable and responsible farmers and food purveyors.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSeneca Event Management & Artam Design Inc. 

    Seneca faculty member, Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP, Director of Events of Production Canada, in partnership with Artam Design Inc., has the opportunity to plan, design and execute the decor at Lumas Gallery. They will transform the venue into an elegant dining space, with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerLouis Vuitton

    150 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2X9

    Louis Vuitton represents the most refined qualities of Western “Art de Vivre” around the world.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerChase Hospitality

    Chase Hospitality Group (CHG) is a full service restaurant, catering, and events company. Founded in 2012, CHG’s vision is to redefine the future of hospitality in North America.

  • 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 Toronto

    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 PartnerCafé Boulud

    Café Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s French Brasserie located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, Toronto. The restaurant serves a seasonally-changing menu rooted in French tradition, highlighting both bistro classics and contemporary dishes inspired by Chef Daniel’s family meals in Lyon.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerInspire Event Rental & Design

    Inspire Event Rental & Design help you create your perfect special event and surprise you with something unforgettable, all while showing you a really great time.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerMulberry

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

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerThe 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerR5 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerNespresso

    159 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A2
    Nespresso continues as the category driver of innovation, quality and consumer demand. It remains the reference and preference for coffee connoisseurs worldwide.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerPresidential 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.

  • 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 PartnerRIMOWA

    101-101 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2Z7
    RIMOWA – The perfect suitcase, 120 years in the making. From vintage wood to classic aluminium to high-tech polycarbonate: at RIMOWA, we’ve always looked for ways to make travel better.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerGusto 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.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerQuince & Seneca Event Management

    Quince, in partnership with Seneca faculty member, Scott McAllister, and Seneca Event Management students, in collaboration with the venue partner will plan, design and transform RIMOWA. They will transform the venue into an elegant dining space, complete with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerWilliam Ashley

    203-131 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 3L7
    William Ashley is Canada’s most celebrated and recognized retailer for tableware and home décor.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerToben Food by Design

    Toben Food by Design is a full service catering and event management company that specializes in providing fresh, local, artisan cuisine to both corporate & private clientele.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerSeneca Event Management & Jackie O 

    Seneca professor and award-winning event industry professional, John MacBride, in partnership with Jackie O, has the opportunity to plan, design and execute the decor at William Ashley. They will transform the venue into an elegant dining space, with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, hand-crafted centerpieces and custom menus. 

  • Bloor Street Entertains Venue PartnerYorkville Village

    2250-55 Avenue Road, East Tower, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2
    Yorkville Village, curated with upscale designer boutiques, specialty culinary offerings and lifestyle brands, is one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping destinations. It is located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, home to Toronto’s most illustrious shopping district.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Culinary PartnerMark McEwan

    From his early years as Canada’s youngest ever, executive chef at Toronto’s upscale Sutton Place Hotel to his latest endeavor, trendy resto bar Fabbrica, Mark McEwan is never content to rest on his laurels. Using food as the ultimate palate for his boundless creativity and energy, McEwan has led the restaurant scene in Toronto for many years.

  • Bloor Street Entertains Decor PartnerOpening Night Flowers

    Nicholas Smith of Opening Night Flowers is an award-winning designer specializing in wow-factor floral designs with understated elegance, passion, detailed artistry and sophistication for weddings, corporate and special events.

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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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