Diary of the Week: Angel Ball, An Exceptional Evening, Operanation and more

By Amoryn Engel

It was a glamorous crowd who sauntered along the red carpet as they made their way into the Angel Ball, to benefit St. Michael’s Hospital, otherwise known as Toronto’s “Urban Angel.” More than 1,600 people from the arts, business and healthcare communities gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the gala, which did not disappoint. America’s Got Talent winner William Close made his Canadian debut playing his Earth Harp, the largest string instrument on the planet. The crowd was awestruck, but the entertainment did not stop there. Toronto-based electric-violinist Doctor Draw electrified, dancers from TDC Entertainment mesmerized and Randell Adjei’s spoken-word poetry mystified! Millions of dollars were raised to help renovate and double the size of the hospital’s Emergency Department.


Philanthropist and resident trailblazer Salah Bachir was joined by 200 guests for “An Exceptional Evening with K.D. Lang" to benefit the 519, Canada’s largest support centre for the LGBTQ community. The annual Gala, of which Salah was the honourary patron, was held at the downtown Toronto community centre, which was transformed into a beautiful cocktail lounge and entertainment venue. The legendary K.D. Lang, one the world’s most treasured singers, performed an intimate set from her songbook. Patrons listened in awe. Goosebumps.

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