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Delicious Delights Await!

Our gala evening starts with signature cocktails and sumptuous contemporary dinner service from à la Carte Kitchen.

Our Gala Caterer:
à la Carte Kitchen

One of Toronto’s first full-service, fine culinary caterers, à la Carte Kitchen was established in 1981. As a premier events caterer, à la Carte provides superior tastes, polished service, innovative design and an excellent atmosphere.

While Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, every Canadian Prime Minister since Pierre Trudeau, Oprah, Elizabeth Taylor, and Karl Lagerfeld have all been served by à la Carte, other notables also served include great grandmothers, special uncles, happy couples, and proud parents to name a few.

Find out more about à la Carte Kitchen at alacartekitchen.ca

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The Hottest Dancefloor of the Season

Discocat will mingle with the costumed crowd during cocktail hour.

After dinner and the auction, spin your colours on the dancefloor with DJ Cozmic Cat and DJ John Caffery!

Don’t miss Beardoncé, who is returning to the Gala with another fantastic performance!

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Cozmic Cat

While Cozmic Cat is best known in Toronto for her Queer Women’s event Cherry Bomb, her music has melted hearts and moved feet in clubs from Amsterdam to South Africa. Cozmic brings the party every time with her signature high energy blend of House, exclusive remixes, current club bangers and her own original tracks. She is an accomplished music producer and has released several dance singles on International record labels as well as 2 full length House Music albums. Cozmic is on a mission to spread CozmicLove through music and is thrilled to return to this years CLGA gala event!

Find out more about Cozmic Cat at djcozmic.com

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John Caffery

John Caffery is a Toronto based DJ who specializes in new and classic disco and house music. John is a resident DJ at D.F.M.O. at the Black Eagle, LOBOTOMY at Club 120, and is a resident DJ and co-promoter for QUEER NATION with Cozmic Cat. John has been working in Toronto night life for 20 years. In the past he was responsible for MIGHTY REAL with DJ The Robotic Kid and was resident DJ for the House of Nuance, which was a house in the Toronto ballroom scene.

Find out more about John Caffery at johncaffery.com

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Beardoncé

Beardoncé is a prominent member of Toronto’s thriving and diverse drag community. With a focus on creating safe and inclusive space in nightlife for ALL members of the LGBTQ2+ community, Beardoncé has hosted the fem-focused dance party, Hey Girl Hey, for nearly three years and can be found co-hosting Gaybourhood Watch, a weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, both in Toronto’s West End. From slow & sexy stripteases, to brooding ballads, to unadulterated high energy dancing; Beardoncé’s range of performance styles is as wide and diverse as her visual aesthetics, but no matter what, this hairy Queen is guaranteed to captivate and entertain.

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Discocat

Discocat is part robot, part cat, and loves to dance. An interactive mime with robotic animation and reflective mirrors, Discocat is sure to get your tail shaking.

Landing on Earth in 2018 from planet Disco, Discocat has been dancing on the street during festivals, miming at special cat themed events, pouncing in the circus, and is ready to make you dance.

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Join our colourful contemporary cabaret, and bring some shimmer and shine to your costume.

Not sure what to wear? Check out these inspirational sources. We also have handy tips for places in Toronto to achieve your look!

View the Qaleidoscope Cabaret Look Book

Where to Get the Look

David Dunkley Fine Millinery

David has been a great supporter of our Galas in previous years. His custom hats and fascinators are a perfect fit for our spring event!

Bathurst and Bloor.

Visit David Dunkley Fine Millinery’s site

Malabar Ltd.

Massive rentals section (it’s cheaper than you think!) and excellent wig and make-up advice. The dance and stage sections are a great bonus.

Queen and University.

Visit Malabar Ltd.’s site

Theatrics Plus

Shelves of wigs, tons of eyelashes, a wall of masks–this place has tons of useful items.

Yonge and Wellesley

Visit Theatrics Plus’ site

Reflections Vintage

Basically a warehouse of vintage costumes and amazing treasures. Exceptional, chill owners who will find you exactly what your looking for. There’s a whole wall of large size go-go boots. Plus size friendly.

Gerrard and Pape

Visit Reflections Village’s site

Candy’s Costume Shop

Full of treasures. And very reasonable–there are always great deals.

Mount Pleasant and Eglinton

Visit Candy Costume Shop’s site

Value Village

Especially on a weekday. The two best bets for costumes and vintage are Bloor and Lansdowne and Queen and Pape.

Visit Value Village’s site

Exile Vintage

The go-to spot for party looks. Very well organized with a focus on dancing and costumes, this store has glitter, satin and capes for days. Plus size friendly.

Kensington Market

Visit Exile Vintage’s site

Siberia Vintage

Mostly women’s vintage with an emphasis on cocktail dresses.

Bloor and Ossington

Visit Siberia Vintage’s site

Public Butter

So much vintage and 80s/90s looks. The store goes on for miles and there are lots of treasures.

Queen and Dufferin

Visit Public Butter’s site

Gadabout

Shop where the pros shop! Gadabout Vintage is a cacophony of period costumes and fashion that has been serving the film and television industry for decades. Impeccable quality items for men and women. Plus they are long time supporters of the Gala!

Queen and Greenwood

Visit Gadabout’s site

Going Crafty?

The best fabric stores to hit are at Queen and Spadina. King Textiles has a broad selection and the stores just west of Spadina have a great selection of sequins, prints and embroidery.

Dollarama has a lot to work with. This is also a great place to pick up fake flowers, headbands and battery-powered LED light strings.

Other Online Tips

Etsy is a treasure trove. And YouTube has a makeup or costume tutorial for everything.