Please join Canadian Stage on June 21, 2022, for Theatre Ball ‘22, at Toronto’s most iconic, urban, greenspace, Evergreen Brick Works.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s enchanted forest of Arden, this unforgettable evening will feature exceptional entertainment, world-class hospitality, and make the transformational impact of contemporary performance accessible to over 100,000 audience members in the coming year. In 2019, the Gala welcomed 400 guests and raised $500,000 from an extraordinary range of individuals, businesses and community leaders. With the ‘great intermission’ brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Stage Board of Directors and supporters are thrilled to mark the return of this annual gala.
550 Bayview Avenue
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
- Cocktails 6pm
- Dinner 7pm
- Dress code "As You Like It
New This Year
For 2022, we are marking the long-awaited return with a new award to recognize and celebrate exceptional business and industry leaders in Toronto who have made meaningful contributions to the advancement and integration of arts and culture in Toronto and neighbourhoods. In its inaugural year, Canadian Stage is thrilled to present the inaugural Creative City Builder Award to Babak and Tooran Mortazavi, founders and Chairman and Vice-Chairman of TAS.
The Creative City Builders Award recognizes and celebrates Toronto leaders and companies who have meaningfully contributed to the creative spaces and communities in our vibrant city. The arts play a foundational, underpinning role in the vitality of our neighbourhoods and urban spaces. More broadly, culture is one of the lynchpins of social sustainability in the contemporary city.
Artists and arts organizations cannot do this alone — we need people, businesses and governments to actively make space and create the conditions for creative cities.
Together, Babak and Tooran Mortazavi immigrated to Canada in 1981 and founded TAS in 1983.
Partners in life and enterprise, Babak and Tooran founded TAS because they recognized custom home building as a powerful tool that could help families thrive.
Joined by their son Mazyar Mortazavi as President & CEO in 2000, the Mortazavis have transformed TAS into an unconventional impact company that promotes connected neighbourhoods and caring, committed neighbourhoods.
As pioneers in Toronto’s city building community, they believe the arts play a critical role in creating healthy, vibrant communities where residents can thrive. Those convictions are consistently realized into practice through the Mortazavis’ steadfast support of local artists, ideas and creative spaces.
Genuine arts-lovers, Babak and Tooran were founding members of Canadian Stage’s City Builders program and can frequently be found in the audiences of performances and artistic offerings at Canadian Stage and across the city.
TAS is an unconventional impact company that leverages its real estate platform to drive purpose and profit.
TAS focuses on tackling climate change, broad-ening affordability and equity, and building social capital to create neighbourhoods – and ultimately cities – where people can thrive and belong. As of 2021, TAS had entitled, developed and completed projects totaling over $900 million in asset value, and its development pipeline and portfolio of assets under management totaled six million square feet across 18 projects within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). TAS was recently awarded the Toronto Urban Design Awards for its Kingston&Co (2021) and Duke (2019 ) condominium projects.
We invite you to take a starring role amongst the gala guests by becoming a Sponsor, Table Host, or Ticket Purchaser. Help make the magic of live performance a true reality as our Toronto theatres and artists come alive once more!