The first ever took place last Saturday, October 15, in the historic Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park. The event’s theme was Fall for the Arts, and was elegantly presented with colourful lights, delicious local food, and artistic sounds and sights.
The Mayor’s Gala will be an event that the City of Ottawa hosts once every two years, with the goal of fundraising for a different local initiative each time. At this inaugural Mayor’s Gala, the focus was on celebrating the achievements, talents, and vibrancy of current and upcoming artists in Ottawa. The event raised $75,000 so far for the . This project seeks to elevate and create a hub for Ottawa’s art scene, and provide more spaces and opportunities for the city’s artists.
Mayor Jim Watson welcomes guests to the Gala:
The headliner for the evening was who is an Ottawa native and “one of the world’s leading pianists and recipient of numerous awards and honorary distinctions.” The event also featured many artistic performances that demonstrated the tremendous talent and diversity of Ottawa’s art community.
My favourite dish was the duck breast, duck confit fritter, duck pate and seasonal vegetables. Though the dessert platter with three (yes, three!) cakes per guest came a very close second.
The beautiful event was a successful celebration of Ottawa’s dazzling artistic talents, and was a terrific set up for future Mayor’s Galas to highlight other worthwhile initiatives that makes our city unique.