Noties, if you think spring 2015 was abrim with hot events, best prep your party-loving, party-attending selves for the fall/winter cavalcade. Like WOW. We initiate the fun&festive with the crammed-in-a-good-way calendar, and hit it big again next week with the supersized season opener. Goodbye lazy days of summer. HELLO PARTYTIME!
Note: Certain events may have been moved to more congenial listings. And for more event gratification, dance to diaryofasocialgal.com, the ultimate party playground. ;)
Oct. 11: Black & Blue — 25th Anniversary Main Event: Red Light District Montreal. 10 p.m., Pierre Charbonneau Amphitheatre, Olympic Park, 3000 Viau St. Incredible DJ lineup and surprises! Robert J. Vézina, 514-875-7026, email@example.com.
Oct. 13: Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) Montreal Art Auction. Galerie Le Royer. Benefit eve offers eclectic blend of styles and price points in silent and live auctions. $118, includes valet parking, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres. 514-933-8461, chw.ca/montreal.
Oct. 14: Auxiliary Mount Sinai Hospital production of Funny Girl. 6 p.m. cocktail dînatoire, 8 p.m. showtime, Segal Centre, 5170 Côte- Ste-Catherine Rd. Benefiting art and music therapy programs. Honourees: Lorraine Caplan, Debbie Giser. Barbara, 514-369-2222, Local 1337, firstname.lastname@example.org, mountsinaiauxiliary.org.
Oct. 15: Annual Lise Watier Foundation Benefit Ball — Viva Espana. 6 p.m., Windsor Station, 1100 de la Gauchetière St. W. From Madrid to Ibiza! Honorary president: Isabelle Hudon, president, Sun Life Financial Quebec. Dress code: black tie, gown. Flowers of Andalusia and red of Spain encouraged. Louise Robert, 514-507-6881, email@example.com.
Oct. 16: MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle — Unplugged Event. Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, 1380 Sherbrooke St. W. 6:30 p.m. exhibition visit; 7:30 p.m. cocktails, performances, networking. Organized by the Circle, Unplugged Events are festive soirées for young professionals offering networking, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and artistic performances. $55. Trendy business attire. Véronique Thibault, 514-285-2000, Local 4, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 16: St. Andrew’s Society’s annual Taste of Scotland whisky tasting event. Officer’s Mess, Black Watch Armoury. Tickets: $75 members, $90 non-members. 514-842-2030; standrews.qc.ca/council-committees/society-events/taste-of-scotland-whisky-tasting.
Oct. 17: Défi Décalade ADN invites participants to scale CHUM Building. Benefiting Fondation du CHUM. Organized by Le Comité ADN. Participants must raise a minimum of $250. 514-890-8347, email@example.com.
Oct. 17: Lachine Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraising breakfast. Supporting modernization of the hospital. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Barbie’s Restaurant, 15 Bouchard Blvd. $12 adults, $5 children under 11. Tickets available at the door or in advance: 514-637-2351, Local 77333.
Oct. 17: Lebanese Syrian Canadian (LSC) Ladies Aid Society’s 85th Anniversary Gala. Helping families in need. 6:30 p.m., Le Madison, 8750 Provencher Blvd. Featuring cocktails, gourmet dinner with wine, dancing, entertainment. Claude Issid, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 17: Campania in Fiesta Gala. Cocktails 5:30 p.m., Carlton Centre, 8860 Langelier Blvd. Benefiting Federation Campania scholarship program and Generations Foundation schoolchildren’s meal programs. Featuring Grand Show Band, five-course dinner, open bar, midnight dessert table and more. $100. Enrica 514-884-6420, Adrian 514-933-8585, email@example.com, generationsfoundation.com.
Oct. 20: Nurses Council Chapter of CHW Montreal, Health Forum on Uro-Gynecology with Dr. Lisa Merovitz and physiotherapist Claudia Brown. Côte-St-Luc Aquatic Centre. $30, includes refreshments. 514-933-8461, chw.ca/montreal.
Oct. 21: A Brilliant Night benefit event supporting the latest Montreal Neurological Institute brain tumour research. 6:30 p.m., Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, 4801 Pierre-de-Coubertin Ave. Inaugural event features culinary delights from leading restaurants, dancing, silent auction and more in distinguished presence of journalist Charles Tisseyre, neurosurgeon Kevin Petrecca and former Rio Tinto Alcan president/CEO Jacynthe Côté. abrilliantnight.ca
Oct. 21: Benefit auction and show for Fondation Les Petits Rois. 7 p.m., Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall, fifth floor, 1307 Ste-Catherine St. W. Marie-Lise Lacroix, 514-771-2130.
Oct. 22: Wine-pairing soirée hosted by Montreal Gazette’s Lesley Chesterman and Le Devoir’s Jean Aubry. Benefiting humanitarian organizations. 7 p.m., Mount Royal United Church, 1800 Graham Blvd. 514-739-7741, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 22: Tune Into Yes9: benefit concert and silent auction for Youth Employment Services (YES), giving young job seekers, entrepreneurs and artists support needed to launch careers in Quebec. 6 to 10 p.m., Olympia theatre, 1004 Ste-Catherine St. E. Includes live entertainment from Hellbound Hepcats, wine, beer, food, silent auction. Chairs: Tanja Gehring, Cherine Zananiri. $125. Limited number of table packages also available: $1,750. Tax receipts issued. 514-878-9788, Local 307, email@example.com, tuneintoyes.com.
Oct. 22: Share the Warmth benefit concert featuring Forestare, a group of classical guitar players. Benefiting Share the Warmth’s music program. 7:30 p.m., Conservatory Concert Hall, 4750 Henri-Julien Ave. Tickets: 514-873-4031, Local 313.
Oct. 22: West Island Palliative Care wine auction and gourmet dinner. 6 to 10 p.m., Forest & Stream Club, 1800 Lakeshore Drive. $250 with contribution of bottle of wine, cognac, port or spirits (minimum retail $100). Jessica Newey, 514-693-1718, Local 227; residencesoinspalliatifs.com.
Oct. 23: Young Leaders Circle of Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Bal Incognito, an Enchanted Walk Into the Woods, presented by Engel & Völkers and McGill Real Estate. Benefiting pediatric medical care and H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit. 9 p.m., Studio St-Martin, 433 St-Martin St. A masked ball for young professionals. Formal attire with mask. $110 ($125 at door). 514-934-4846, Local 29266, firstname.lastname@example.org, montrealincognito.com.
Oct. 23: N.D.G. Food Depot Oktoberfest fundraiser and silent auction. St. Ignatius of Loyola Church basement. Proceeds support new permanent depot home. 514-483-4680, depotndg.org.
Oct. 23: Celebration of Life dinner and dance. 6 p.m, Le Crystal, 5285 Henri-Bourassa Blvd. W. Benefiting MUHC Organ Transplant Program, c/o Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation. $125. Erika Sainos, email@example.com, 514-934-1934, Local 35571, royalvic.com.
Oct. 23: Annual Trafalgar Ross Lecture. Supporting Trafalgar Ross Foundation and student bursaries. A Trafalgar Homecoming Reunion Weekend event. 10 a.m. Guest lecturer: astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi. Sharon Cozens, 514-935-2644, Local 237, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 24: Trafalgar School for Girls Homecoming Reunion Weekend events: Traf Family House Carnival and Traf Then and Now self-guided tours. 1 to 3 p.m. Alumnae reunion cocktail/dinner, 6 p.m., St. James Club. Includes presentation of Alumna Award to Leticia Artola Cox, ’48, founder of Argyle Institute of Human Relations. All benefiting Trafalgar Ross Foundation and bursaries. Sharon Cozens, 514- 935-2644, Local 237, email@example.com.
Oct. 24: Italian-Canadian Community Foundation’s 31st Governors’ Ball: Al Di La, celebrating foundation’s 40th. Sheraton Laval, 2440 Autoroute des Laurentides. Gala president: Tony Loffreda. Honouring members who have given 30+ years to the foundation, including its president, Lino Saputo Jr., CEO/vice-chair, Saputo. Anna Giampa, 514-274-6725, firstname.lastname@example.org, fcciq.com.
Oct. 24: Montreal West Presbyterian Church hosts fundraising concert featuring Montreal Intercultural Choir. 7 p.m., 160 Ballantyne Ave. N. $30. Funds benefit MWPC and outreach programs. Hans Najeme, 514-516-5569, email@example.com.
Oct. 24: Projet Équestre Goldie annual fundraising dinner. Plaza Antique, 6086 Sherbrooke St. E. Includes door prizes, entertainment, silent auction. 514-293-9877, firstname.lastname@example.org, projetgoldie.com.
Oct. 24: Night of Music’s Greatest Icons Stars Roy Leblanc Celebrating Best of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. Benefiting Generations Foundation food programs. 7 p.m. Georgia Remond, 514-481-9609, email@example.com, generationsfoundation.com.
Oct. 25: AGI’s Amazing Race Montreal. Supporting Alzheimer Groupe AGI support services. Linda, 514-485-7233, firstname.lastname@example.org, agiteam.org.
Oct. 25: Jewish Eldercare Auxiliary Annual Gala — A Global Event, honouring Delmar International. 6 p.m., Shaare Zion Synagogue, 5575 Côte-St-Luc Rd. Featuring silent auction, cocktails, dinner, valet parking, entertainment by Kim Richardson. Faigie, 514-738-4500, Local 8108.
Oct. 26: HBOC’s annual fundraiser Film, Food & Friends. 6 p.m., Cinemas Guzzo Sphèretech, 3500 Côte-Vertu Blvd. $120 adults, $90 young adults (18-25). 514-482-8174, email@example.com, hboc.ca.
Oct. 26: Oysters, Appetizers, Cocktails and Kizmet, first fundraiser to build Kizmet Centre for young children and their families in the West Island. 5 to 8 p.m., La Maison Verte Restaurant, Ste-Geneviève. $225 (tax receipt for $125). 514-694-7090, firstname.lastname@example.org, centrekizmet.ca.
Oct. 26 to 28: Cummings Centre annual craft show. Benefiting the centre. Oct. 26 noon to 6 p.m., Oct. 27 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 28 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5700 Westbury Ave. Featuring unique gifts made by artisans of the craft centre and woodshop. Riva Fenster, 514-342-1234, Local 7269.
Oct. 27 to 30: Paradis Urbain and the MMFA’s annual Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF). Showcasing films exploring mental health issues from multiple perspectives. 514-787-1475, acff.ca.
Oct. 28: Emunah Montreal’s annual fall benefit supporting Neve Michael Children’s. Beth Zion Synagogue, Côte-St-Luc. Featuring comedian Joel Chasnoff. 514-485-2397, email@example.com.
Oct. 28: Cummings Centre Magic Moment live tribute concert. 7 p.m., Gelber Conference Centre, 5700 Westbury Ave. Featuring Craig Morrison and friends playing Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, the Lovin’ Spoonful and Neil Diamond, with special guest Gideon Zelermyer. Members $20, non-members $30. Includes refreshments. To reserve: 514-342-1234, Local 7216.
Oct. 28: eXXpedition film screening and silent auction — “Making the Unseen Seen: From the Toxics in Our Bodies to the Plastics in Our Seas.” 6 to 8 p.m., Thomson House, McGill ballroom. Suggested donation $12, McGill students free. Eco-friendly event includes appearances by eXXpedition crew, special guest and snacks. exxpedition.com
Oct. 28: Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club’s scholarship fundraiser, featuring the Lyric Theatre Singers — Best of Broadway. 7:30 p.m., D.D.O. Civic Centre — Reception Hall, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd. $35. 514-683-5685, 514-637-9598.
Oct. 29: Kinkora-Palooza concert and silent auction. 7 to 11 p.m., Crowley Arts Centre, 5325 Crowley Ave. Supports programs at Camp Kinkora for children, families and isolated adults. $20 in advance at kinkorapalooza.com or $25 at the door. Gary White, 514-488-1084.
Oct. 29: Château Ramezay Museum, 120th Anniversary Gala. Under honorary co-chairmanship of Desjardins Wealth Management and Desjardins Financial Security. Cocktail reception 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m., Le Windsor, 1170 Peel St. $200; tables of 10 $2,000. Formal attire. Valet service $20. 514-861-3708, fax 514-861-8317, chateauramezay.qc.ca.
Oct. 29: McGill Chamber Orchestra presents Un Ballo in Maschera: A Real Masked Ball. 6:30 p.m., Sofitel, 1155 Sherbrooke St. W. Gala includes open bar, jazz trio, four-course gourmet dinner, concert, dance. ocm-mco.org.
Oct. 29: AMI-Quebec’s 2015 Low-Beer Lecture, featuring Dr. Paul Garfinkel, psychiatrist and author of What’s Next for Psychiatry: Will People Get the Help They Really Need? 7 p.m., Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W. 514-486-1448, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 29: La soirée À Votre Santé! Organized by Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation as part of Montréal Passion Vin, with support of the SAQ and major partner Vidéotron. Benefiting the future Integrated Cancer Centre. 6 p.m., Salon Urbain, Place des Arts. Networking 6 to 8 p.m.; offers attendees three Champagne tastings and original bites by caterer. Chairs: Dominique Michel, Manon Brouillette, Vidéotron president/CEO. Jean-Michel Bigou, 514-252-3435, Local 5620, email@example.com.
Oct. 30: Theresa Foundation’s annual benefit concert. Opens 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m., Westmount Park Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. $25 general, $15 students/seniors. Emma Lambert, 514-207-8383, firstname.lastname@example.org, theresafoundation.com.
Oct. 30 and 31: Montréal Passion Vin. Organized by Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation. Benefiting the future Integrated Cancer Centre. Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, 900 de la Gauchetière St. W. North America’s largest wine-tasting event. 2015 theme: Wine for Thought. Features seven representatives of world’s winemaking elite. Grand Banquet closer includes live auction of bottles provided by guest winemakers. Jean-Michel Bigou, 514-252-3435, Local 5620, email@example.com.
Oct. 31: Annual Halloween Disco Thriller benefiting West Island Community Shares. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire, 6700 Trans-Canada Highway. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Includes live show with singer Joe Ruzilo of Disco Montreal. Prize for best costume. 514-268-8497, discomontreal.com, communityshares.ca.
Oct. 31: Halloween Costume Gala benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation. Olympia Reception Hall, 3855A St-Jean Blvd. Includes silent auction, raffles. Cindy, 514-894-9825, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: Fête Polonaise. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St-Antonin Church. Funds support Committee for Relief to Children and Seniors with disabilities. Featuring traditional Polish dishes and desserts, display and sale of amber and handmade jewelry, folk art, books, cosmetics, etc. 514-489-6010, 514-983-7353.
The Jewish General Hospital’s annual gala made for a stylish scene in 2013. The 2015 gala is set for Nov. 18 at the Arsenal.
Nov. 1: Socrates Educational Foundation’s (SEF) Annual Hellenic Achievement Award. 1 p.m. luncheon, Hellenic Community Centre, 5757 Wilderton Ave. Honourees: soprano Maria Diamantis, tenor Dimitris Ilias. $50 with meal. Denise Chrissulis, 514-558-1599, email@example.com.
Nov. 4: Atwater Library and Computer Centre 2015 benefit cocktail party. Supporting the library community and educational and cultural programs. 6 p.m., Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. Honouree: Lionel J. Blanshay. Featuring MC Dennis Trudeau, Dave Turner Jazz Trio, smoked meat, silent auction. $150 ($125 tax receipt). Tanya Mayhew, 514-935-7344, firstname.lastname@example.org, atwaterlibrary.ca.
Nov. 4: Choices — an Evening of Solidarity and Fundraising for the 2015 Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA) Women’s Philanthropy Campaign. Keynote speaker: TV news reporter/anchor Campbell Brown. 6:30 p.m., Plaza Centre Ville, 777 Robert-Bourassa Blvd. Includes cocktails, sit-down dinner. Alexis Heppner, 514-345-2645, Local 3308, email@example.com. Registration: federationcja.org.
Nov. 5: Montreal SPCA’s annual Beasts of Fashion fundraising gala. Théâtre Paradoxe, 5959 Monk Blvd. Theme: Love & Chocolate. Features fun, furry festivities including entertainment and appearances by VIP guests. beastsoffashion.com.
Nov. 5: Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre Sushi Dinner: Fundraising and Fun Raising Dinner. Benefiting the centre, providing empowering educational programming for residents of Little Burgundy from birth through adulthood. 6:30 p.m., Aikawa restaurant, 55 Brunswick Blvd. $80; includes all-you-can-eat sushi, glass of wine, partial tax receipt. 514-931-6265.
Nov. 5: Laugh Your Butt Off, benefiting McGill IBD Research Group, featuring comedian Derek Seguin. Proceeds support care of patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Cocktail dînatoire 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Locale 514, 5765 Paré St. laughyourbuttoff.myevent.com, mcgillibd.ca.
Nov. 5: Share the Warmth annual fundraising evening — Share the Spirit dinner and silent auction. 6 p.m., 625 Fortune St. (Wellington St. entrance.) $100; tables of 10 $800. RSVP before Oct. 29. Katina Vanasse, 514-933-5599, Local 222, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 5: The Leucan Experience, for Leucan, lending support to children living with cancer. Bonsecours Market, 350 St-Paul St. E. Theme: A Culinary Experience, with chef Jonathan Garnier of Ça va chauffer. $525. Includes dinner by Garnier, show, dancing. Paule Labelle, Cava Rose, 514-242-4452, leucan.qc.ca.
Nov. 5: West Island Cancer Wellness Centre hosts An Evening in the Mediterranean. Proceeds help people with cancer benefit from free programs and services. 5 to 9 p.m., cocktail dînatoire. Bistro Mediterranean Table 09, 9 Place Frontenac. Sponsorships and tax receipts available. $125. wicwc.com/blog/events/an-evening-in-the-mediterranean, 514-695-9355, email@example.com.
Nov. 6 to 8: TRAM (Table ronde sur l’art de Mont-Royal) Salon d’Art exhibit and vernissage. Supporting artistic life in T.M.R. Featuring acrylic, oil, watercolour and pastel paintings, photography, sculpture and more. Vernissage: Nov. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., with T.M.R. Mayor Philippe Roy, who will open the salon in the presence of other city officials. Town Hall, Salle Schofield, 90 Roosevelt Ave. 514-341-5973, firstname.lastname@example.org, artmontroyal.org.
Nov. 7: Casa d’Italia’s 79th Anniversary Banquet. Le Madison, 8750 Provencher Blvd. Cocktails, strolling bands, dinner (6 p.m.), dancing, entertainment. $200. Includes food, wine, open bar. Claudia Bragaglia, 514-271-2524, email@example.com.
Nov. 7: St-Pius X 40th high school reunion, class of ’75. 6 p.m., Le Rizz, 6630 Jarry St. E. $100. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Nov. 7: LGBTQ Youth Centre annual fundraising gala dinner and silent auction. 6 p.m., 202 Woodside Rd., Beaconsfield. $100 ($80 tax receipt). Includes cocktails, gourmet dinner, silent auction, entertainment. 514-794-5428, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 7: Annual A Night to Remember’s Got Talent Gala, benefiting the Montreal Alzheimer Society. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Wave Event Centre, 5524 St-Patrick St., Suite 110. $100 (full tax receipt). David Gold, 514-262-8470, email@example.com, nighttoremember.ca.
Nov. 8: Chœur St-Raphaël and musicians — benefit concert. 3 p.m., Église St-Raphaël, 495 Cherrier St. $25. Tickets at parish office, 514-626-3775, or Barbara, 514-620-0255, paroisse-saint-raphael.org.
Nov. 8: Concert in Support of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2 to 4 p.m., 5575 Côte-St-Luc Rd. Featuring Cantor Adam Stotland, his band and Centre for the Arts in Human Development participants. 514-848-8616, firstname.lastname@example.org, concordia.ca/cahd.
Nov. 8: Chantiers Jeunesse Ultra Kitsch Spaghetti Fundraising Dinner, Celebrating 35 Years of Global Youth Commitment. 6 p.m., Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Church Hall, 5333 Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Ave. $35. Guillaume, 514-252-3015, email@example.com, www.cj.qc.ca.
Nov. 8: Shield of Athena Family Services’ annual art auction. Benefiting Shield services and new Second Step Resource for women and children who are victims of family violence. La Maison Ogilvy, 1307 Ste-Catherine St. W. Spokesperson: former NHLer and current TSN 690 host Chris Nilan. Exhibit and silent auction from 3 to 4:30 p.m., live auction 5 p.m. $75. Includes exhibit, silent and live auctions, eligibility for door prize, cocktail. Polly, 514-274-8117, shieldofathena.com.
Nov. 10: Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s Fessestival du Monde. 6:30 p.m., Bonsecours Market, 350 St-Paul St. E. Montreal chefs and restaurants unite to present international flavours. Silent auction. $375. Cathie Jackson, 514-875-7745, Local 224, Cathiej@colorectal-cancer.ca, colorectal-cancer.ca/gala.
Nov. 12: Lachine Hospital Foundation presents an evening with francophone comedian André Sauvé. Supporting modernization of the hospital. 8 p.m., L’Entrepôt Concert Hall, 2901 St-Joseph Blvd. $75. 514-637-2351, Local 77333.
Nov. 12: DIA-BEAT-IT Gala, 6 p.m., St-James Theatre, 265 St-Jacques St. W. Honorary president: TVA hockey analyst and former Canadiens goalie José Théodore. Cocktail attire. Sponsorship opportunities available. Katherine Digby, 514-744-5537, Local 240, firstname.lastname@example.org, diabeatit.ca.
Nov. 12: The Events Show. 5 to 9 p.m., Shaar Hashomayim, 425 Metcalfe Ave. Part of proceeds benefit Bridal Gemach, donating wedding dresses to brides in need. Events trade show for planning of weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, fundraisers. Includes free tastings, bar samples, swag, live bar mitzvah experience. $20, $13 for children. Carolyn Gould, 450-671-5820, email@example.com.
Nov. 13: St-Lambert United Church Women’s Annual Christmas Tea and Sale. 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Hall, 415A Mercille Ave. $8.
Nov. 13: Annual St. Mary’s Ball. Theme: Intertwined, by Bridget Fetterly. 6:30 p.m., Windsor Station. Co-presidents: Mary and Siim Vanaselja. Luxe eve features Paul Chacra and 1945, silent auction, dancing, catering by Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. Nathalie Kamel, 514-345-3511, Local 5196, Nathalie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 14: 2015 Canadian Slovak Professional and Business Association’s Scholarship Ball. 6 p.m. cocktails, Le Riviera, 7600 Henri-Bourassa Blvd. E. Featuring dinner, live music, dancing. 514-831-5052, email@example.com.
Nov. 14: 15th Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation Ball, benefiting the hospital. Cocktails 6 p.m.; dinner, entertainment 7:30 p.m. Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, 800 Place Leigh-Caprel. Silent auction, valet parking, black-tie. $600; tables of 10 $6,000. Sponsorships available. Anne-Marie, 514-630-2081, fax 514-630-2873, firstname.lastname@example.org, fondationlakeshore.ca.
Nov. 14: Freedom From Poverty Foundation fundraising dinner. 6 p.m., Le Châteaubriand, 7985 Maurice-Duplessis Blvd. Open bar, Indian cuisine. $125. Dominic Talarico, 514-794-7800, email@example.com, ffpf.org.
Nov. 14: Kahnawake United Church Christmas bazaar and luncheon. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Road, Kahnawake. Homemade items, bake table, quilt raffle. Marlene Scott, 450-632-7279, Galen’firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 14: Our Harbour spaghetti supper fundraising event. 6 p.m., Scottyz Bar, 3979 Taschereau Blvd. Benefiting Our Harbour, offering long-term community-supported housing to people living with mental illness. Includes raffle. Colette Barbery, 450-671-9160, 514-262-5147, email@example.com.
Nov. 15: Jewish Public Library’s Girls Night Out with New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen. 7 p.m., Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd. Benefit MCed by Virgin Radio’s Kelly Alexander. Desserts, raffles, door prizes and more. Jessica Maldoff, 514-345-2627, Local 3016, Jessica.Maldoff@jplmontreal.org.
Nov. 15: Just for Kids Foundation’s annual G!EE High School Showdown. 1 to 4 p.m., Eric MacLean Centre, Loyola Campus, 2477 West Broadway St. Montreal high school students partake in singing and dancing competition to raise funds for medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Chair: Ali Greenberg. 514-989-7673, firstname.lastname@example.org, jfkfoundation.ca. #JFKgleeturns6
Nov. 18: Gala des Grands Chefs gourmet dinner. Dedicated to the Montreal business community; organized by the Canadian Cancer Society. 5:30 to 10 p.m., Palais des congrès. Featuring six gastronomic courses for 550 guests prepared by top chefs in region, with wine service by prominent sommelier. Honorary presidents: Benoit Durand, chief information officer, CAE; Anne Marchiori, Telus sales director. $440; tables $4,400. Sponsorship available. Catherine Opdebeeck, 514-255-5151, Local 2611, email@example.com.
Nov. 18: JGH Gala 2015. Benefiting the Jewish General Hospital, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. Black-tie gala begins at 6 p.m., Arsenal, 2020 William St. Honouree: Monique F. Leroux, president/CEO, Desjardins. Honorary chairs: France Chrétien Desmarais, Stephen Bronfman, the honourable Jean Charest. Gala chairs: Stéphane Achard of Desjardins and Tom Little of Bell. Annette Goldman, 514-340-8222, Local 4602, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 18: Ogilvy en fête 2015. 7 to 10 p.m., Ogilvy, 1307 Ste-Catherine St. W. Shopping, cocktails, fashion show, entertainment and gastronomy. Benefits Ste-Justine UHC Foundation and offers 15 per cent discount in participating boutiques. $125, available at post office (fourth floor) and ogilvyenfete.org. Marie-Eve Pichette, 514-345-4710, Local 3836, email@example.com, 514-282-1552, ogilvyenfete.org.
Nov. 20: UNICEF Canada’s Celebration of Universal Children’s Day, raising funds and awareness for children. Ritz Carlton Oval Room. Featuring keynote speakers Emmanuel Anassis, founder/chairman DAC Aviation International and David Morley, president/CEO UNICEF Canada at dinner reception and concert with performance by UNICEF Canada ambassador / international composer Steve Barakatt, accompanied by OSM musicians. Danielle Dupré, DDupre@unicef.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 21: 55th Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) Museum Ball — Live Art Loud, organized by the MMFA Volunteer Association. 6:30 p.m. cocktails, photos; 8 p.m. dinner, dancing. Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, 1380 Sherbrooke St. W. Co-presidents: Victor Dodig, CIBC president/CEO; Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada CEO; Richard Speer, Attraction president. Honouree: Caisse de dépôt du Québec chair Robert Tessier. Ball president: Tania Dupont. Black tie / evening gown. $1,000. 514-842-7436, email@example.com.
Nov. 21: St. George’s Anglican Church annual Christmas sale and luncheon, assisting missions and charities. Sale 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 1101 Stanley St. $12. Home baking table, Christmas puddings, Christmas crafts and more. Boutique will also be open. 514-866-7113.
Nov. 21: Montreal Chinese Hospital Foundation’s 25th Annual Gala: Dancing Fan Hosted by the Four Beauties. Le Mont Blanc, Laval. $200. Linda Yee, 514-871-0961, Local 248, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 21: Viennese Ball of the Austrian Society of Montreal — Fledermaus Ball, celebrating Johann Strauss’s 190th birthday. Benefiting SOS Children’s Villages, McGill’s Schulich School of Music, LOVE, AVH German School and others. 7 p.m., Marriott Chateau Champlain, 1 Place du Canada. Under patronage of Austrian Ambassador Arno Riedel. Honouree: Canadian astronaut, Canadian Space Program head, singer, scholar and athlete Julie Payette. Ball president: Elizabeth Wirth. $250; $150 for 30 and under. Includes live orchestras, debs, casino, auction, Viennese wine tavern. Anita Hold, 514-369-2339, email@example.com, Mélanie Altgajer, 438-884-7523, firstname.lastname@example.org, balviennoisdemontreal.org.
Nov. 22: Montreal Bach Festival opening gala concert and cocktail, featuring Akamus, benefiting the festival and its Children’s Program. 3 p.m., Maison symphonique. Honourees: Julie Payette, honorary patron of the festival, and maestro Kent Nagano. $300; group discount (10) $250 via phone. 514-989-9668, festivalbachmontreal.com.
Nov. 22: ICRF and Pink Lady Fund 10th annual Women of Action Brunch. 11:30 a.m., Shaar Hashomayim, 450 Kensington Ave. Keynote speaker: Gloria Allred, attorney and advocate for women’s rights, justice and equality. Honourees: Nathalie Bondil, Anne-Marie Boucher, Mireille Silcoff. 514-481-2723.
Nov. 23: Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Tributary Cocktail Reception to the Max Stern Art Restitution Project. Funds support the university. 6 to 8 p.m., Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke St. W. Featuring Dr. Clarence Epstein, director of the project, and introduction of upcoming documentary film Stolen. 514-932-2133, cfhu.org.
Nov. 24: 60 Million Girls’ 10th annual fundraising conference, featuring Craig Kielburger of Free the Children and a performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir. 7 to 9 p.m., BAnQ, 475 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E. $100 (VIP tickets also available). 514-933-6346, 60milliongirls.org.
Nov. 24: 50th Anniversary Celebration of Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) Discovery, honouring Drs. Phil Gold and Samuel Freedman. Benefiting new Gold Fellowship Award in Cancer Research. 3 p.m. free symposium; 6 p.m. cocktails, dinner. $250. Centre Mont-Royal. 514-934-8230, email@example.com.
Nov. 25: Soirée Montréal Inc., benefiting city’s young entrepreneurs. 6 p.m., Windsor Station, 1100 des Canadiens de Montréal Ave. $750. Anne Marie Gagnon, 514-872-8373, firstname.lastname@example.org, montrealinc.ca.
Nov. 25: Fondation Tel-jeunes Event for Tel-jeunes and LigneParents, presented under honorary chairmanship of Gary O’Connor, president/COO, Uni-Sélect Canada in presence of spokespeople Marina Orsini and Maxime Tremblay. Several renowned restaurants participating. soiree.teljeunes.com/montreal2015
Nov. 26: Queen Elizabeth Health Complex Foundation Comedy for a Cause featuring K. Trevor Wilson. 8 p.m., Comedy Nest, 2313 Ste-Catherine St. W., third floor. $20. 514-485-5018, email@example.com, qehc.org.
Nov. 27: Cedars Cancer Foundation Kids for Kids Gala. St-James Theatre, 265 St-Jacques St. W. Featuring music, open bar and more. General 9 p.m. $125; VIP 7 p.m. $200 (includes cocktail and dinner). Anna Burgos, 514-934-1934, Local 71241, cedars.ca.
Nov. 29: Hellenic Ladies Benevolent Society (HLBS) Christmas luncheon. Hellenic Community Centre. Christina Maroudas, 514-717-1248; Belle Grivakis, 514-942-6910.
Nov. 30: Annual Cedars Raffle and Abracadabra Auction. St-James Theatre, 265 St-Jacques St. W. Featuring silent and live auctions with over $85,000 in prizes. Grand prize is Rolex watch. $150. Estelle Dussault, 514-934-1934, Local 71230, cedars.ca.
Dec. 1 and 2: Annual National Bank Financial Donald Berman Maimonides Battle of the Bands of the Jackson Five, benefiting the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. Metropolis, 59 Ste-Catherine St. E. Spotlighting eight bands and featuring special guest Tito Jackson. $72. 514-483-2121, Local 2307.
Dec. 2: Cystic Fibrosis Quebec’s Benefit Gala. Cocktails 6:30 p.m., Windsor Station. $500. Tables of eight, $4,000, $7,000 and $10,000. 514-877-6161, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 2: Annual Toy Tea. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ogilvy, Tudor Hall, fifth floor, 1307 Ste-Catherine St. W. A holiday event collecting new, non-violent toys for children living in women’s shelters and other community organizations. Requesting donation of two new, unwrapped, non-violent toys. Chairs: Claire Kruyt, Sylvie Chagnon. ToyTeaMontreal.org.
Dec. 3: Thomas More Institute’s annual Feast of Lights. Funds support continuity of university-level courses. Thomas More Institute, 3405 Atwater Ave. Celebrating 70 years of adult learning. 514-935-9585, thomasmore.qc.ca.
Dec. 4: Montreal Council of Women, Woman of the Year Award Luncheon. Noon, Hilton Garden Inn, 380 Sherbrooke St. W. Highlighting contributions of women from all cultures, fields, walks of life. 2015 honouree to be applauded for outstanding contribution toward the prevention of violence against women. $50. M. Berger, 514-489-4294, email@example.com.
Dec. 5 and 6: Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s 2015 Holiday Concerts. Proceeds benefit Kate McGarrigle Fund at MUHC Foundation. 7 p.m., Maison symphonique. VIP ticket packages: $150/$250. Kristina Anastasopoulos, 514-934-1934, Local 71231, firstname.lastname@example.org, muhcfoundation.com.
Dec. 6: Annual ORT Gala. Benefiting ORT Montreal and partners: Akiva School, Chabad NDG, Hebrew Academy, Hebrew Foundation School, JPPS/Bialik, Solomon Schechter, Temple Emanu-el, UTT/Herzliah and Yaldei Development Centre. 6 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts. Entertainment by Sugar Sammy. $225, $325 and up. Chairs: Debra Margles, president, Michael Kors Canada, and Dr. Lorne Wiseman. Honourees: Alice and Joel Raby. Carolyn Joffe, 514-481-2787, ortmontreal.org.
Dec. 20: Candlelight carol service. 4 p.m., SouthWest United Church & Mission, 1445 Clemenceau St. Christmas carols with the church choir, its Allelujah Children’s Choir and guests. All welcome; no entry fee. 514-768-6231, email@example.com, southwestunited.net.
Dec. 20: Team RockStar presents Carol for a Cure. Noon to 3 p.m., outside National Foods, 4903 Sherbrooke St. W. Supporting MUHC Cedars Breast Clinic. Anna Burgos, 514-934-1934, Local 74241, cedars.ca.
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service. 7:30 p.m., SouthWest United Church & Mission, 1445 Clemenceau St. All welcome; no entry fee. 514-768-6231, firstname.lastname@example.org, southwestunited.net.
Dec. 26: Free community Boxing Day turkey blowout lunch. SouthWest Verdun Mission, 631 Melrose St. (Verdun Elementary School entrance.) RSVPs requested for noon or 1:30 p.m. sittings, along with number of people in party. 514-768-6231, email@example.com, southwestunited.net.
Jan. 25: 12th annual Red & White Benefit Evening for West Island Community Shares. 5:30 p.m., 40 Westt Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 2305 Trans-Canada Highway (in Mega Centre). Cocktail, five-course gourmet meal with wine pairings, live and silent auctions. Isabelle Prosnick, 514-695-8694, Local 106, firstname.lastname@example.org, communityshares.ca.
Jan. 28: MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle — Unplugged Event. 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. Hornstein Pavilion, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1379 Sherbrooke St. W. Featuring Montreal cabaret ambience. 6:30 p.m. exhibition visit, 7:30 p.m. cocktails, performances and networking. Unplugged Events are festive soirées for young professionals providing networking opportunities, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and artistic performances. $55. Trendy business attire. Véronique Thibault, 514-285-2000, Local 4, email@example.com.
Jan. 30: Black Theatre Workshop’s Fundraiser: 30th Vision Celebration Gala. 5:30 p.m., Evo La Plaza Centre Ville, 777 University St. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award honouree: Jackie Richardson. Also presented: two youth awards for outstanding achievement, and the presentation of Community Services Award to Otis Grant. Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, dancing and keynote speakers including Dr. Clarence Bayne. $125 (tax receipts available). Adele Benoit, 514-932-1104, Local 221; Erin Lindsay, 514-932-1104, Local 223.
Feb. 2: Just for Kids Foundation’s 10th-anniversary Dancing With the Stars Event — Memorable Moments. Featuring individual and group dancers, raising funds to purchase medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. 6:30 p.m., Le Salon, 550 Richmond St. Chairs: Norma D’Alesio, Arabella Decker. $195. Valet parking, pre-show cocktail, live auction. 514-989-7673, firstname.lastname@example.org, jfkfoundation.ca.
Feb. 6: Union United Church’s Nostalgia Food Fair. 1 to 6 p.m., 3007 Delisle St. 514-932-8731, email@example.com, unionunitedchurchmtl.ca.
Feb. 11: Quebec Youth Foundation’s St. Valentine’s Ball. 6 p.m., Windsor Station. Paule Labelle, Cava Rose, 514-282-0767, firstname.lastname@example.org; Flavia Di Giusto, 514-789-5863.
Feb. 12: Ahepa Family’s annual Valentine’s Ball. Proceeds support gymnasium for Summit School, a school for intellectually challenged youth. Plaza Volare. Entertainment by the Showmen. email@example.com
Feb. 12: West Island Palliative Care Residence annual Valentine’s Ball. 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Château Vaudreuil Pavilion, 21700 Trans-Canada Highway. Black-tie affair includes dinner, dancing to live music, silent auction. Sponsorships available. $600; tables of 10 $6,000. Jessica Newey, 514-693-1718, Local 227, residencesoinspalliatifs.com.
Feb. 18: Montreal Science Centre Foundation Annual Benefit Event — Celebration of Science. 6 p.m. cocktails, Montreal Science Centre, on King Edward Pier in Old Port. Cocktails, silent auction, dinner. Cocktail attire. Complimentary parking. $500; VIP $1,000. Tables of 10 $5,000 to $10,000 (VIP). 514-496-1960, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 20: Annual Women of Hope Gala. Benefiting Canadian Cancer Society. 6 p.m., Le Crystal, 5285 Henri-Bourassa Blvd. W. Dancing, full-course meal, open bar, raffle, door prizes and more. 514-696-9873, womenofhope.ca.
Feb. 21: West Island Cancer Wellness Centre’s annual Eat Love Live fundraiser. Ladies’ night. Proceeds help people living with cancer benefit from free programs and services. 6 p.m., 40 Westt Restaurant. Cocktail dînatoire with wine. Sponsorships available. $125. To purchase: wicwc.com/events (closer to date), 514-695-9355, email@example.com (tax receipts available).