Jazzing up the McMichael. Fundraiser in Kleinburg

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Classy Friday Night Fund Raiser at the McMichael
A Celebration of Canadian Art, Music, Cuisine and all that Jazz

background info/article for Vaughan Citizen, Corriere Canadese (Toronto daily Italian newspaper) and Vaughan Today

The woods, the hills and even the galleries of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection were alive with the sound of music. Jazz at the McMichael, an annual fund raising celebration of art, music and cuisine, was blessed with picture perfect weather and a large supportive crowd, the evening of Friday May 22nd.
Attending and speaking at the Jazz concert was the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario’s Minister of Culture. 200 people joined the Minister, who enjoyed an exceptional evening of fusion jazz with the Vaughan based VSM Trio. The trio featured popular musicians Vito Rezza, Shelly Birger, and Mario Romano. The three musicians were joined on the McMichael stage by violinists Valentina Romano and Leonid Pejsahov.
This unique fundraiser benefits ongoing exhibition projects, educational and community programming at the McMichael. Organized by Vaughan Regional Councillor and McMichael Canadian Art Collection Board Member Joyce Frustaglio, the $500 seat event was, for the second year in a row, a sold-out affair.
“A very personal thank you must go out to our small but dynamic event planning committee,” said Joyce Frustaglio the chair of the event. “ Our committee; Maria Cortellucci, Ada DeGasperis, Marcella Di Poce, Dolores Franco, Elena Micallef and Felice Sabatino organized this exceptional gala event.”
The evening included a fine scotch and cigar lounge, with world-class scotch courtesy of Felice Sabatino and the award-winning Via Allegro Ristorante. The Big Smoke Cigar Company of Kleinburg supplied the Cuban cigars. Guests dined on rabbit and seared Chilean sea bass prepared by Via Allegro.
Silvio DeGasperis, Jack Eisenberger and Eddie Weisz were the evening’s Honourary Patrons. The Nashville Landowners Group sponsored the unforgettable Jazz Performance. Event Patrons included: The Atlas Corporation, Bazil Developments, Brampton Brick Limited, Mario Cortellucci &. Family, The Di Poce &. Micallef Families, Hokim Canada Inc., Malone Given Parsons Ltd. Maystar General Contractors, Molise Kleinburg Estates, PowerStream Inc., Schaeffer & Associates / KLM Planning Partners. Marita Simbul-Lezon, Noreen Taylor and York Region.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists.

The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
CUTLINE: Bassist Shelly Berger performs on stage in the Great Hall of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.
People paid $500 a ticket to attend the concert. Above right, guests enjoyed champagne on the patio outside the public art gallery.
PHOTOS BY BARRY WESTHEAD
Top Photo: Vaughan Citizen photographer Susie Kockerscheldt takes a picture of event organizer Joyce Frustaglio (right) and three members of her hard working committee (Maria Cortellucci, Ada DeGasperis, Marcella Di Poce, Dolores Franco, Elena Micallef and Felice Sabatino). Picture by Stephen Weir

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