St. Andrew’s Charity Ball

2022-11-26 | 7:00 pm - 1:30 am    Toronto Reference Library

The St. Andrew’s Charity Ball is a celebration of Scottish-Canadian culture. Attendees have been enjoying this elegant evening of music, dance and cuisine for more than a century. We are pleased to announce its return on Saturday, November 26 following two years of pandemic cancellations.

Tickets for this year’s event are scheduled to go on sale in late September. The St. Andrew’s Society hosts the Ball in partnership with 48th Highlanders of Canada. The regiment’s Pipes & Drums are the centrepiece of a night of pomp and ceremony. 

Charitable Giving

All funds raised from the Ball will benefit the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation. The Society was originally founded in 1836 to support Scottish immigrants who had fallen on hard times. The Foundation has continued these good works by supporting charitable causes across the city. Over $1 million has been donated to local charities over the past 15 years.

The Venue

This year’s Ball will be held at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). As one of the city’s most sought after event spaces, the Library has hosted dozens of formal affairs. The room will comfortably hold over 400 attendees for dinner. It also boasts a spacious carpeted floor that is perfect for an evening of Scottish dance. 


A troupe of Highlandin6 Dancers will delight and amaze attendees over the course of the evening. Celtic music will fill the air as members of North Atlantic Drift welcome visitors into the venue. This talented trio will also be performing after the dinner for those who don’t wish to participate in the dancing or need a break from the action.

Dress Code

The Charity Ball is one of the few remaining black-tie events in the city. It is a evening of high fashion with elegant gowns and clan tartans on attendees of all ages. Some opt for tuxedos in lieu of traditional attire. 

Those looking to get outfitted for the Ball should contact William Glen & Son . They have a wide variety of tartans, sashes, kilts and other accessories. For over 20 years, they have offered Ball goers a Full Highland Rental for $99 (regular $175). This offer excludes dress shirt and hose.

The Schedule

The evening will begin at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception. This will be followed by dinner from 7:00-9:00pm. Guests will retire to the lounge area for drinks and socializing at the dinner’s conclusion. Dancing will begin at 10:00pm after the room is changed over. Festivities will continue on till 1:30am.

Dinner & Bar Service

The dinner menu will be shared when tickets go on sale in late September. Dietary restrictions can be noted during the ticket purchasing process and confirmed by the Ball’s Organizing Committee.

Alcohol (including table wine) is not included in the ticket price but may be purchased at the venue. We are pleased to announce a sponsorship with the Spirit of York Distillery for gin, whisky and vodka. Beer, wine and other spirits will also be available.

Ticket Options

There are three types of tickets available for the Charity Ball. These may be purchased up until the week before the event (November 19) or until tickets sell out. All ticket sales are final.

  • A Dinner & Dancing Ticket may be purchased for $225. This price will allow access to the entire evening. It is suitable for individuals and those purchasing less than eight tickets at once.
  • A Table Package for ten people is available for $2,000. This will see a discount of $25 per ticket off the individual ticket price. This is the only table size that is available for the evening.
  • A $75 Ceilidh Ticket is available for those who wish to come after dinner. This ticket is ideal for those who only wish to go to the dancing portion. Ceilidh ticket holders may begin arriving after 9pm.

Guests who are not part of a full table may request who they would like to sit with at the time of purchase. All seating will be arranged by the the Ball Committee. Best efforts will be made to honour all seating requests.

Dance Practices

Everyone who purchases a ticket for the Charity Ball will be eligible to attend Scottish dance practices leading into the event. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Ball attendees and sharpen your skills. Practices will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, November 8th (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury (130 Queen St. East)
  • Tuesday, November 15th (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury
  • Saturday, November 19 (2-4pm) – Glenview Presbyterian Church (1 Glenview Ave.)
  • Tuesday, November 22nd (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury

Contact Us

Any Ball related questions can be directed to We look forward to celebrating with many of you on November 26th!


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