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For One Night Only: Group of Seven Masterworks Meet the Art of Top Italian-Canadian Artists

Toronto’s Columbus Centre and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Present a Unique Intercultural Celebration that has been Inspired by Canada!

March 1, 2011 Kleinburg, ON —The Toronto Italian community’s beloved
Columbus Centre will welcome an outstanding collection of works from the
McMichael Canadian Art Collection and works by artists of Italian heritage
who have been inspired by the Group of Seven. This pairing of some of
Canada’s most important art will be unveiled at an exclusive cocktail
reception that will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Lawrence Avenue
facility with food prepared by the renowned Ristorante Boccaccio.

“Enthusiasm shown by the Columbus Centre and by the leaders of our
Canadian-Italian community has been spectacular. This McMichael/Columbus
Centre partnership helps us understand Canada better by appreciating this
country’s most renowned interpreters of the land,” said co-chair Lori
Abittan, President and CEO of Multimedia Nova Corporation. Ms. Abittan
shares leadership for the event with Ralph Chiodo, founder of Active Green
+ Ross, and McMichael Board of Trustees Vice-Chair, Patrick Gossage.
Honourary Patrons for the Inspired by Canada event include: Senator Con Di
Nino, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Federal
Minister Julian Fantino and retired Justice of the Supreme Court, the
Honourable Frank Iacobucci.

“This year’s reception, in support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
and the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery/Columbus Centre, will give back to
two worthy causes … in a big way. The ‘who’s who’ from our community is
helping raise awareness and funds in support of Canadian art,” says Active
Green + Ross’s Ralph Chiodo. “This spectacular event will showcase some of
this country’s best artists who have channeled the spirit of the great
outdoors through their beautifully painted masterpieces.”

The Inspired by Canada reception and exhibition will be held from 6:30 p.m.
to 10:00 p.m. (opening remarks at 7:30 p.m.) on March 29 at the Joseph D.
Carrier Art Gallery/Columbus Centre located at 901 Lawrence Avenue West.
This one-night-only fundraiser is an exclusive and intimate gathering with
only 400 tickets available!

The cocktail party’s special multi-level exhibition will explore many works
painted by members of the renowned Group of Seven in juxtaposition to works
by contemporary Italian-Canadian artists including Tony Bianco, Tracy
Thomson Colero (great-grandniece of Tom Thomson), Salvatore Gallo, Sam
Paonessa, Giuseppe Pivetta, Joseph Catalano, Germinio Politi, and the late
Albert Chiarandini, who painted with members of the Group of Seven.

In addition to the fine art, Ristorante Boccaccio will be serving epicurean
delights throughout the evening. There will be a Fine Scotch and Grappa Bar
(courtesy of Via Allegro Ristorante) and a gourmet Cheese Station (courtesy
of The Cheese Boutique).

Event Information:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Formal Remarks at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Centre/Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6A 1C3
Tickets are available for $185 each or as a Patron’s Package of ten tickets
for $1,850.

Presenting Sponsor:
BMO Financial Group

Event Sponsors to-date include:
Active Green + Ross
IC Savings
Via Allegro Ristorante
Pristine Printing
The Cheese Boutique

Media Support Generously Contributed by:
Multimedia Nova Corporation

Tax receipts will be issued to the maximum allowable amount. The Inspired
by Canada event is a joint fundraising event with the net proceeds to be
shared between the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Joseph D.
Carrier Art Gallery/Columbus Centre.

About the Galleries:

The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, located in Columbus Centre, is part of
the Villa Charities family of community-based, charitable non-profit
organizations. The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery receives no ongoing public
funding and relies on private sector donors, sponsorships and
income-generating activities.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of
Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and
Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of
Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its
permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including
paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and
Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major
Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00

Tickets are available for $185 per person. To purchase tickets contact the
McMichael gallery at 905.893.1121 ext. 2207 or email




For further information or images, contact:

Michelle Kortinen, Communications Coordinator
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
905.893.1121 ext. 2210

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