Rouge: Virtual Varley Gala

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Enjoy an evening of glitz & glamour at home, in support of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

October 15, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Silent Auction including original works of art | Wine Pull | Exhibition Tour | Musical Performance by Spoons

Join us for the Rouge: Virtual Varley Gala, live online, hosted by Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes.

Enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour, while supporting the arts in Markham. Take your experience to the next level and pre-order your Mystery Party Box!

Ticket: $80* (A link to the online event will be sent to registered ticket holders by 11:00 AM on Friday, October 15, 2021)
Mystery Party Box: $50 (available for pickup from the Varley Art Gallery on October 14)

Funds raised support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s exhibitions, collection and education programs, and this support continues to be necessary during these challenging times.

Help keeps the arts alive and thriving! We are in this together.

#VirtualVarleyGala #MarkhamCares #MarkhamEvents

*Gala tickets are only required to view the virtual gala event and/or to purchase a Mystery Party Box. Tickets are NOT required to bid and buy items in the online silent auction.

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Donations are gratefully accepted

*If applicable, an official donation receipt will be issued to the ticket buyer (subject to CRA rules for eligibility) per ticket purchased, by January 31, 2022.


Event MC - Jessica Holmes

Musical Guest - Spoons

Headshot of comedian Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj and Celine Dion) have audiences in stitches. Her customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always a hit.

Behind the laughter though, Jessica — like millions of Canadians — has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humor she’s known for, bringing light — and laugh-out-loud laughter — to what can often be a dark topic. Jessica’s funny and inspiring new book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in May, and takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth.

As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She stars in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She recently appeared in the pilot for The Communist’s Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition this summer, and continues to perform comedy across the country.

Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington Ontario would soon make “Spoons” a different kind of household word…

Together with Derrick Ross and Rob Preuss, Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne would help define the sound of pop and New Wave in the 80’s, with hits including “Nova Heart”, “Romantic Traffic”, “Old Emotions” and “Tell No Lies”.

Their album “Arias & Symphonies” would go on to be named one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of The 80’s by “the Chart” Magazine, and their song “Nova Heart” was recently included in Bob Mersereau’s book “the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time”…

…Not bad for a bunch of kids from Burlington, Ontario…

Their first album, “Stick Figure Neighbourhood”, was recorded in 1981 at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, with a then unknown engineer by the name of Daniel Lanois. The album garnered rave press reviews and reached the #1 slot on college radio.

But it wouldn’t be until the release of their song “Nova Heart”, produced by John Punter of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry fame, that the Spoons became a household name…

The Arias & Symphonies album, recorded at George Martin’s famous Air Studios in London, England, solidified the Spoons’ presence on the new wave music front.

With the commercial radio success that followed, the band saw themselves opening for such acts as the Police, Culture Club, and Simple Minds. A little TV show called MuchMusic had also just been launched, and the young Spoons were tailor-made for a whole new video-driven generation. In fact, the very first episode of the show began with, “Welcome to MuchMusic. Coming up we have brand new videos by Duran Duran, Howard Jones and the Spoons.” A new era was launched with those words.

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Event Sponsors

Mystery Party Box Sponsors

Online Auction Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Silent Auction and Wine Pull Donors

Adam Tonon
Aga Khan Museum
Allison Barrow
Angus Glen Golf Club
Art Gallery of Ontario
Beke Jewellery Design Inc.
Caroline Keane
Carolyn LeQuere
Cherie Harte
Cheryl Rego
Chris and Amanda Kelly
Christine Chin-Fook
Christopher Ingram
Craig McOuat
Don Hamilton
Dorset Fine Arts
Dunbar Market
Edie Yeomans
Ed’s Fine Imports
Esperanto Gallery & Studios Inc.
Francesca Dauphinais
Folco’s Ristorante
Gallery Gevik
Gardiner Museum
Gary Leggett
Hockey Hall of Fame
Holland Marsh Wineries
Inspire Restaurant
Jim Schmidt
John Ingram
Karen Jeffrey
Katalyst Brewing
Kimberley Steenson
La Parete Gallery
Lailey Winery

Lisa-Joy Facey
Les Fleurs de Lise
Lock Street Brewing Co.
Lori Spendiff
Luke Labelle-Stackhouse
Mariani’s Custom Clothiers
Marlon Pollock
Michelle Homan
Michelle Millette
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
Muskoka Beer Spa
Noble Estates Wine & Spirits
Nonie Dauphinais
Olivana Tonon
Rachel Fell
Samantha Sannella
Slice of Fire
Station Ski and Ride
Steam Whistle
Tarah Aylward
Terrence Pochmurski
The Dress Diva
The Duchess of Markham
The Foreign Affair Winery
The Home Depot
Tina Sanders
Toronto Marriott Markham Hotel
Treetop Trekking
Two Sisters Winery
Wendy Ingram
Wild Wood Custom Woodworking
Willow Springs Winery