Last year, the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball welcomed more than 450 individuals, organizations and business leaders for an evening of cultural abundance, celebrating the successes of our city and its citizenry in the true Scottish style. Our Charity Ball is a highlight of the annual calendar and a tremendous opportunity to experience Scottish hospitality and revel in Scotland’s rich history and traditions. The Ball is co-hosted by the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto and the 48th Highlanders of Canada in support of the charitable activities they both serve; raising funds for the St. Andrew’s Society Foundation that helps support some of our newest and most vulnerable neighbours in this great city.
Key Event Features
100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E
Valet Parking Entrance
Front Street or York Street
Coat Check Available
Red Carpet with the 48th Highlanders Pioneers Honour Guard
Inspired 4-course Dinner by Fairmont Executive Chef JW Foster
(including the traditional Address to the Haggis)
Keynote address by Guest of Honour – Glenn Healy
The 48th Highlanders Pipes & Drums will play for an amazing night of ceilidh dancing.
Dance showcase featuring Champion Dancers from the McDonnell School of Highland Dance.
Full parade performance by the Pipes and Drums of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
The Red Carpet
The St. Andrew’s Charity Ball is definitely a photo worthy event. Many a selfie moment for sure, as well the unique red carpet honour guard of 48th highlander Pioneers is a must seize opportunity!
Balancing tradition and innovation is never an easy task. The old standards give way to new delights and ever threaten to lose its connection to the past. The Scots are nothing, if not innovative, and it does well to see it reflected in the planning of this four-course dinner. The careful attention paid to the lowly turnip or the sublime use of an Italian meringue that would inspire the poets and patricians of Edinburgh’s Enlightenment to pen full volumes of praise will be but some of the gems to pluck from the treasures offered us on the evening of the Ball.
With dinner finished, the temperature dropped, the Canadian Room is stripped of its dinner attire and ready for the Ceilidh. From the pomp of the Grand March to the stirring end of evening parade by the 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, guests reel, twirl, set and waltz their way throughout an elaborate dance card.