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Tour de Force Centaur's Annual Gala 2017

G A L A   P A R T N E R

Fiera Capital Logo, Gala Sponsor

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Centaur Theatre

453 St-François-Xavier, Montreal

You are cordially invited to the most splendid night of Montreal’s English theatre scene. Join Gala Honourary Chair Rodrigue Lussier of Fiera Capital and Centaur’s incoming Artistic and Executive Director Eda Holmes for a night of lavish auction prizes and gifts, a delicious cocktail dînatoire, and a stunning performance from The Dust Palace, New Zealand’s celebrated aerial theatre company.

Arthitectural render of Centaur Theatre - Montreal's Stock Exchange Building

Be the first to see the future of Centaur Theatre

as we present the renovation plans

for our heritage building.

Lee by Susur & VIA Rail
Lee by Susur & VIA Rail
Foodies rejoice! Take a business class train to Toronto for the chance to dine at Lee by Susur, rated Top 50 Best Restaurants in the World, Chef of the Decade by Now Toronto, and Best Chef Without Boundaries by Time Out New York
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Cruise with a guest for 7 days through the Gironde Estuary and the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, enjoying the complex and colourful mosaic of scenery, textures, and tastes of Bordeaux! Airfare provided by Air Transat.
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Get the Epik treatment—live like a king in Old Port Montreal with a weekend rental of the Epik loft and dinners for two at Epik Restaurant and Auberge Bonaparte
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Explore India
Explore India
A life changing trip to the heart of the Orient! Win a 15 day trip for two to India, courtesy of Explore India!
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Viking & Air Canada
Viking & Air Canada
Take in the timeless beauty of the Old World with a Rhine or Danube river cruise for two from Viking River Cruises. Airfare provided by Air Canada
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The Crane Resort - Barbados
The Crane Resort - Barbados
Soak up the Barbados sun at The Crane Luxury Resort, with a 5-night stay for two in an Ocean View Suite inclusive of daily breakfast
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Since the Gala’s inception in 2005, this marquee event has raised over $1.7 million, supporting Montreal’s award-winning English-language theatre, as well as helping us:


  • Employ over 200 local, national, and international theatre artists and practitioners
  • Give young theatre goers the opportunity to experience the arts at affordable prices through our Saturday Morning Children’s Series and Theatre of Tomorrow high school program
  • Maintain our heritage building, Canada’s first Stock Exchange building in the heart of Old Montreal
  • Reinvigorate the local economy and securing Old Montreal’s place as a cultural destination


A veritable Montreal institution since 1969, Centaur Theatre will continue to put on stage stories that reflect, inspire, and build our vibrant community. By supporting TOUR DE FORCE, you are standing tall with us to celebrate the diversity and rich legacy of Montreal.



All purchases and donations will be issued a tax receipt for tax purposes for the maximum allowable amount.



will be an unforgettable night!

See highlights from last year's Gala

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Centaur Theatre

453 St-François-Xavier, Montreal

  • Reservations & Information


    Kyungseo Min

    Development Assistant

    (514) 288 – 1229 ext. 240

    FRIENDS   $300



    À DEUX   $1,000


    Includes special recognition in the evening program


    PATRONS   $5,000


    Includes a subscription for two to Centaur Theatre's 2017/2018 season and a listing in the evening program, on our website, and on our donor board


    RUBY DONORS   $10,000


    Includes all benefits for Patrons, plus verbal acknowledgement and signage at the Gala, an ad in the evening program and logo on Centaur's website


    All purchases and donations will be issued a tax receipt for tax purposes for the maximum allowable amount.

  • More Prizes


    Dine all around the world, with gift certificates from

    Bâton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar – de la Montagne

    Bistro 1843

    Chez Delmo

    Chez L’Épicier

    Da Emma

    Damas Restaurant


    Gibby’s Steakhouse

    Lee Restaurant

    Le Local

    Le Richmond

    Lezvos Restaurant

    Maestro S.V.P.

    Maison Boulud at the Ritz Carlton Montreal

    Molivos Restaurant

    Monsieur Restaurant

    Papillon Bleu

    Restaurant Holder

    Restaurant Il Pagliaccio

    Restaurant Leméac

    Restaurant Orange Rouge

    The KEG Steakhouse & Bar


    Vago Cucina Italiana

    XO Le Restaurant

    40 Westt Steakhouse & Bar

    Plan your next weekend getaway, with accommodations at

    ARC the Hotel – Ottawa

    Chateau Bonne Entente – Québec City

    Chateau Bromont – Bromont

    Chateau Mont Ste-Anne - Beaupré

    EPIK Loft – Montreal

    Hôtel Château Laurier Québec – Québec City

    Hotel InterContinental – Montreal

    Hôtel Place d’Armes - Montreal

    Imbabala Zembezi Safari Lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa - Cambridge

    Le Saint Sulpice Hôtel Montréal

    Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites – Montreal

    Mont Sutton – Sutton

    The Crane Resort – St. Philip, Barbados

    The James Chicago – Chicago, IL

    Queen and Albert Bed & Breakfast – Stratford

    Valentin Perla Blanca – Cuba

    William Gray Hotel - Montreal


    Sail around the world, with cruises from


    Cruise & Maritime Voyages USA Inc.

    Norwegian Cruise Holdings / Oceania Cruises

    Saroche Luxury Barge Cruises

    Viking River Cruises


    Attractions for everyone, with tickets and passes from

    Allegra Foundation

    Bolton Valley Resort

    Cirque du Soleil

    Club de Hockey Canadien

    Montreal Bach Festival

    Mont Tremblant

    Morrin Centre

    Musée McCord

    Musée Point-à-Callière

    National Arts Centre English Theatre

    Ski Bromont

    Spa St. James

    Spa Strǿm

    Stratford Festival

    The Shaw Festival


    And more!

    Basket of fine Italian goods and wine from Ascoli Imports

    Gift certificate from Browns Shoes

    Membership from Club Sportif MAA

    Gift certificate from Costco

    Catering for 8-12 people for a 5-à-7 from Exanimo Events

    15-day trip for two to India by Explore India

    Glamorous makeover and photo shoot from Hera Bell Photography

    Painting by Jean-Claude Poitras

    Family photo session and photo from Lawrence Clemen Photography

    Tailor-made suit from LGFG Fashion House

    Tailored men’s and women’s shirt from LGFG Fashion House

    Catering for 10-15 people from Schwartz’s

    Fine porcelain from Porcelaines Bousquet


Photo: Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse

Centaur Theatre, home of Canada’s first Stock Exchange building, decorated for the TOUR DE FORCE Gala

On September 26, Honourary Chair Rodrigue Lussier of Fiera Capital and Centaur Theatre’s new Artistic and Executive Director Eda Holmes hosted TOUR DE FORCE, Centaur’s 2017 Gala. Guests were treated to an exceptional night of fantastic and witty live auction by CJAD’s Aaron Rand, a popping game of chance of Treasure Chest prizes hosted by Lori Graham of CTV, an incredible array of silent auction items that wrapped around the room, a delectable cocktail dînatoire; luxurious take-home gifts, and a golden performance from The Dust Palace, New Zealand’s prestigious aerial circus/theatre company. Those in attendance were also the first to see the future of Centaur Theatre as Holmes presented the exciting theatrical opportunities made possible by upcoming renovation plans. The evening successfully raised $160,000, with million-dollar smiles all around!

Photo: Philippe Manh Nguyen, Agence Québec Presse

Eda Holmes, Centaur’s Artistic & Executive Director and Rodrigue Lussier, Honourary Chair of the TOUR DE FORCE Gala,
with performers of the evening : Rochelle Mangan, Edward Clendon River, and Eve Gordon of The Dust Palace

Aside from the crucial significance of the Gala proceeds, it was a gorgeous night to remember! Upon arrival, guests walked up the red-carpet steps of Montreal’s first Stock Exchange building and posed for photos. Throughout the lobby and into the Ted T. Katz Gallery, flowing wine beckoned as guests took in the stunning ceiling entirely covered by illuminated silver balloons with stunning lilies. Once again, master decorator and caterer Roberto Menegati enchanted all those present. In the mezzanine, guests were eager to get their measurements taken by LGFG Fashion House’s tailors for their bespoke shirt, with personalised fabrics and fit.

Photo: Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse Photo : Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse

Mayor Denis Coderre with Aaron Rand of CJAD Gala Chair,
Howard Golberg, with Mark Oxner, Sr. Director of Revenue Management at Air Canada


The Gala had many respected guests in attendance, including Mayor Denis Coderre. Also relishing the atmosphere were Patrons representing Air Canada, Fednav Limited, Reitmans Canada, and The Rossy Family Foundation.


Guests feasted from start to finish on rack of lamb, mini burgers on a brioche bun, curried chicken on skewers, chilled shrimp in phyllo cups, and marinated salmon sashimi, all paired with hand-picked wine from the SAQ. As they enjoyed the cocktail dînatoire, guests decided which of the fifty packages of outstanding silent auction items to bid on first. Items ranged in value from $138 to $5,000 and included creative names such as: Get This Shaw on the Road, Nice to Meat You, and Baby Got Bach. The staggering list included weekend getaways, luxury cruises, top-notch restaurant packages, tickets for local attractions and cultural events, and an original painting by Jean-Claude Poitras.

Photo: Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse

Lori Graham of CTV and Johanna Nutter, curator of the Wildside Festival

Treasure Chest Ambassadors, CTV favorite Lori Graham and Centaur’s Wildside Curator Johanna Nutter, had people popping balloons to see if their 1-in-7 chance reaped something special from the long list of fabulous gift certificates including spas, local favourite restaurants, and hotels. Pops and squeals were heard throughout the gallery before winners headed to Lori Graham to claim their prize.

Photo: Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse

Tom Velan, the evening’s honouree, with Eda Holmes, Centaur’s Artistic & Executive Director

Before the highly-anticipated circus performance of the evening, Holmes welcomed this year’s Gala Honourary Chair, Rodrigue Lussier of Fiera Capital Investment, whose commitment and support was key to the evening’s success, along with the literally tour de force Chair of the Gala Committee, Howard Golberg, who received Centaur’s coveted Golden Ticket. Tom Velan was honoured as a stalwart Centaur Theatre patron “from the last century.” Velan originally caught the theatre bug in London and New York and praised Montreal artists and plays as consistently outstanding.

Photo: Pierre Roussel – Agence Québec Presse

The Dust Palace’s performance

Who wouldn’t want a bit of a makeover heading into their bi-centennial of being front and centre of Montreal’s English-language theatre scene? Holmes was delighted to reveal plans for the renovation of the beloved former Montreal Stock Exchange building. “The [renovation] work will bring Centaur into the 21st century, preparing us for the next 50 years of even greater theatre.” Compelled by the word ‘Exchange’ emblazoned on the cornice of the building, she said, “I believe that Centaur Theatre Company should be a place where all are welcome to come and exchange stories and ideas, making us all richer and forging a stronger democratic bond in society.” Key to the renovations, a fly tower will be built making the Centaur 2 Theatre an even larger and more creative space. A model showing the changes will be displayed in the lobby throughout the season.

Centaur Theatre Renovation plans

Attendees were then treated to CJAD’s quick-witted political whip Aaron Rand as the evening’s live auctioneer. Notable big-ticket items included prestige hockey tickets behind the Canadiens bench, a cruise through Bordeaux with CroisiEurope and Air Transat, an unforgettable cross-Canada train ride on VIA Rail, Barbados beach relaxation at The Crane Resort, a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube with airfare from Air Canada, Saroche Luxury Barge Cruises through Champagne, and an exotic, small-group journey with Explore India. Winning bidders walked away with some amazing deals that night.


This year’s Gala was entitled TOUR DE FORCE because it perfectly describes the kind of daredevil energy and fearless commitment that it takes to put together an evening like this. The in-the-flesh daredevils from The Dust Palace next took the stage and had the audience collectively holding their breath as they performed intimate, captivating, and beautiful circus and dance aerial feats in sparkling gold outfits. The audience gasped when the performers climbed sky high on precariously balanced chairs, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. People got to witness up close the nerve, daring, and dedication of true artists—a perfect example of what Centaur Theatre is all about. After being wowed by the magical performance, guests capped the evening enjoying red velvet cupcakes, truffles, and port. Guests left the Gala full of inspiration, high energy, and excitement for the future of English Theatre in Montreal.


Ticket revenues cover less than half of the theatre’s annual expenses. Money raised not only allows Centaur Theatre to produce high-quality professional theatre in the heart of the city, but also covers initiatives such as Theatre of Tomorrow and Saturday Morning Children’s Series. Contributions tangibly spring to life by enabling Centaur to employ over 200 local, national and international theatre artists each year and maintain a valuable heritage building. This annual Gala is an occasion to celebrate the theatre’s rich legacy and guarantee its essential future.



Air Canada

Fednav Limited

Reitmans (Canada) Limited

The Rossy Family Foundation

TNG Corporation

Tom Velan



Air Canada

Air Transat

Celebrations – Party & Special Event Rentals

The Crane Resort


Cruise & Maritime Voyages USA Inc.

Explore India

KIND Snacks Canada

LGFG Fashion House

Menegati Design l Catering

Pinkerton Flowers

Jean-Claude Poitras


Saroche Luxury Barge Cruises

VIA Rail Canada

Viking River Cruises


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