A look inside the fabulous 519 Gala at the Ritz-Carlton

A look inside the fabulous 519 Gala at the Ritz-Carlton

In attendance—and looking divine—were John Irving, Nelly Furtado, Audra McDonald, Margaret Atwood and many more

The Ritz-Carlton was all sorts of fabulous last night as the pretty people rolled in for the 519 Gala to honour American Canadian novelist John Irving, a strong ally to the LGBTQ community. The money was raised to help provide counselling, refugee aid, food security and family care, among other resources, to Toronto’s growing LGBTQ community. Featuring a live performance by Broadway superstar Audra McDonald, it was a night of love, laughs and sass.

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Writer Eva Everett Irving with proud papa John Irving

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Kate and David Daniels with Kim Cattrall and partner Russell Thomas


Philanthropist and patron of the arts Salah Bachir shares some kind words about 519


Filmmaker Patricia Rozema and actor Emily Hampshire


No stranger to galas, Sylvia Mantella smiles for the camera


Nightlife queen Tynomi Banks looking gorgeous


Publicist Victoria Gormley with Juno Award–winning artist Billy Newton-Davis


Fashion legend Nicholas Mellamphy with jazz master Molly Johnson


Laurent Bergeron with partner Kent Monkman
Laurent Bergeron with partner Kent Monkman

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Margaret Atwood and Rick Mercer


The National Film Board’s J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth with OCADU dean Dori Tunstall


CTV’s Traci Melchor in a dazzling ensemble with a smile to match


Paul Austin, Al Ramsay and Dalip Girdhar glitzing it up


The evening featured powerhouse performances from Tony-winning Audra McDonald


Stylist-to-the-stars Marc Andrew Smith with songbird Nelly Furtado and fine-art photographer Aleksandar Antonijevic