15th Annual Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Auction & Festival
Nora Lever and Roberta Innes, Co-Presidents of the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee, and Bryan Nykoliation, Fine Wine Festival Chair, are pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Toronto Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Committee Fine Wine Festival, to be held October 18-20, 2005. The annual festival has raised almost $4 million since inception, and the 15th Annual event is poised to be the single most successful fundraising activity for the TSO. Long regarded as one of the premier bookings on the Toronto social calendar, the Fine Wine Festival has been expanded this year to include new and exciting venues and events.
The Fine Wine Festival begins with the flagship Fine Wine Auction on Tuesday, October 18th starting at 6:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (city clubhouse). Ticket prices are $35.00, which will include the auction catalogue, bidding paddle, a light dinner and beverages. Duncan McEuen of Christie's Auction House will be the special guest auctioneer, with appraisals and lotting done by Rob Jull of Vinifera Wine Services. An estimated $560,000 worth of rare and fine wine will be auctioned off to a highly appreciative audience. This year's exclusive selection includes a highly coveted double magnum (3 litres) bottle of Tignanello 1997, personally signed and donated by Piero Antinori of Florence.
On Wednesday, October 19th, starting at 6 pm, the Festival Party will be held at the renowned Drake Hotel in Toronto. Partygoers will be treated to an array of food and drink bars spread throughout this unique city landmark. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be celebrated through live performances from TSO musicians, as well as audio visual displays and opportunities to win and purchase select tickets to upcoming performances. Tickets are $85.00 per person.
The Fine Wine Festival concludes with its exclusive Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar on Thursday, October 20th. The evening will feature a five-course gourmet dinner at 7:30 pm featuring premium wines from the Niagara region, presented by Canada's first and only Master Sommelier, John Szabo. Silent auction items include Hilton Hotel stays, cases of wine, a weekend at the Four Seasons in New York City, an exquisite hand woven carpet and VIP passes to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. Tickets are very limited and priced at $250.00 per person.
Now in its 83rd year, the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee (TSVC) is a leading volunteer organization committed to furthering the excellence of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Volunteer members organize and participate in its many fundraising, music education and awareness-building projects.
Tickets for all 3 events are on sale through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or call 416-870-8000.
For further information, please visit the website at www.finewinefestival.com, or contact the TSVC office at 416-593-7769, extension 358.