The Mayor's Evening for the Arts

Monday, November 15, 2021

On December 8 2020 more than 400 people, together with Mayor John Tory, attended The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, our annual fundraising event. Reimagined as a virtual gathering, the event successfully raised more than $750,000. For 2021 we return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an in-person event, with the contingency of an on-line event if necessary.

Funds raised through The Mayor's Evening for the Arts support our COVID-19 Response Effort Initiatives which help artists and arts organizations with mitigation, resilience and recovery during this pandemic. Through one-on-one mentorship, professional development opportunities, workshops for board members, financial support for artists and arts organizations, and essential research to understand and act on the impact of the crisis, our COVID-19 Response Effort Initiatives are helping our beloved arts sector cope and grow in this precarious time.

The Foundation's public art initiative Arts in the Parks, which brings free art activations and performances to underserved neighbourhood parks across the city, is also supported through The Mayor's Evening for the Arts. 

“I don’t think that many of us realize how much of the arts we miss until they are gone, like what's happening right now as many venues are temporarily closed due to COVID-19," said Mayor John Tory, while speaking virtually to the gathering. "Toronto Arts Foundation really came through. At the beginning of the pandemic, Toronto Arts Foundation found a way to redeploy funds and fundraise to the tune of almost a million dollars to support artists.”

With the generous donations of our patrons and the encouragement provided by the Mayor, we look forward to playing our part in supporting, nourishing and celebrating arts in Toronto. Thank you to all our sponsors, table and ticket buyers who make The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts a resounding success.

Ready to connect to talk about your contribution to the 2021 Mayor's Evening for the Arts? 

Contact Karen Miller at or 416-224-9990.

Sponsorships range from $25,000 to $60,000 and include a variety of benefits. For more information click here.

Patron tickets (2 guests) are $1,500. Tickets can be purchased on-line or by contacting Karen

Tables (10 guests) are available for $7,500 and can be purchased by contacting Karen

For further information, please contact Karen I. Miller at 416.224.9990 or

A charitable tax receipt will be issued following the event for the maximum amount allowable.

Below Left: Mayor Tory's full remarks at The Mayor's Evening for the Arts 2020, below right: Highlights of The Mayor's Evening for the Arts 2020