St. Andrew’s Charity Ball

2023-11-25 | 6:00 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. The 2023 Ball will take place on Saturday, November 25 at the Toronto Reference Library.

Purchase Deadline

Tickets will go on sale in late September.  Ticket purchases will close at 11:59pm ET on Saturday, November 18. 

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

The Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) is one of the city’s most sought after event spaces. The room will comfortably hold over 300 attendees for dinner. It also boasts a spacious carpeted floor that is perfect for an evening of Scottish dance. 

Entertainment

The St. Andrew’s Society hosts the Charity Ball in partnership with 48th Highlanders of Canada. The regiment’s Pipes & Drums will be showcased throughout a night of pomp and ceremony. As always, they will provide all of the music for the dancing.

Attendees can look forward to seeing Highlandin6 Dancers over the course of the evening. Get ready to be blown away by these dynamic young performers.

North Atlantic Drift will be playing all of your favourite Scottish and Maritime tunes after dinner. This supremely talented trio is the perfect option 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 an 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 as follows:

  • Starter: Endive & Apple
  • Haggis Course with Neeps & Tatties
  • Main: Roasted Apple Stuffed Chicken
  • Main Vegetarian Option: Chef’s Grilled Vegetable Tart
  • Dessert: Creme Brûlée

A vegetarian meal can be selected as an option for each guest during the purchase process. Dietary restrictions can also be noted and confirmed by the Ball’s Organizing Committee.

Alcohol (including table wine) is not included with ticketing options but may be purchased at the venue. We are pleased to announce a sponsorship with the Spirit of York Distillery for gin 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 (Saturday, 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 ten 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. Table assignments will be arranged by the Ball Committee. Best efforts will be made to honour all seating requests.

Dance Practices

A list of all the dances planned for the night will be provided in early November. Everyone who purchases a ticket for the Charity Ball will be eligible to attend dance practices leading into the event. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to meet other attendees and sharpen your skills. Practices will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, November 7th (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury (130 Queen St. East)
  • Tuesday, November 14th (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury
  • Saturday, November 18 (2-4pm) – Glenview Presbyterian Church (1 Glenview Ave.)
  • Tuesday, November 21st (8-10pm) – Moss Park Armoury

Video Dance Instruction 

Please refer to links on this list for those looking to learn the dances at home or to refresh your memory:

Gay Gordons – March

Long Live the Queen – Reel

Waltz Country Dance – Waltz

The Dashing White Sergeant – Reel

The Eightsome Reel

Strip the Willow – Reel

The Flowers of Edinburgh – Reel

The Borrowdale Exchange  – Reel

Scottish Reform – Jig

Reel of Tulloch – Reel

The St. Bernard Waltz

Petronella -Reel

Contact Us

Any Ball related questions can be directed to info@nullstandrewstoronto.ca . We look forward to celebrating with you on November 26th!

 

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