Save the date for May 3, 2023! The Walrus looks forward to celebrating 20 years of fact-based journalism with you. More details will be posted soon. Contact for more information, and scroll below for a look back on our 2022 gala. For information on sponsorship, individual tickets and auction donation opportunities, please click here.

The Walrus Gala 2022
Thank You to All Who Attended!

The Walrus Gala
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
The Fermenting Cellar
28 Distillery Lane, Toronto

What a treat to reunite in person at The Walrus Gala: Celebrating Curiosity after two and a half years. The celebration was a testament to the power of conversation, curiosity, and community—the elements of a strong, healthy society.

Together we raised over $477,000 which will directly support our work to deliver the high quality, fact-checked journalism that everyone deserves.

A huge thank you to our committee co-chairs, national partners, Gala sponsors, Trust members, Optimistic Canadians, donors at large, and volunteers—and to each and every one of you for joining us in celebration of curiosity, and the power of independent journalism.

Check out 📸 photos from the event here and here. You can also read about The Walrus Gala 2022 here and see more pics on this page in the Globe and Mail.

For more information regarding our auction click here.

See you next year—stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 date!

The 2022 Lineup

Opening Performance by Aysanabee

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The Walrus House Band

Dean Aivaliotis (keys), Kristjan Bergey (sax), Justin Gray (bass), Francois Klark (vox), Shawn Rompre (drums), Nick Tateishi (guitar), Marla Walters (vox)

Reading by Canisia Lubrin


Hosted by Jennifer Hollett

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The Walrus Gala 2022 by George Pimentel Photography

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Live Arts Sponsor

Extraordinary Sponsors

Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

Inspirational Sponsors

Janelle and Pierre Lassonde

Legendary Sponsors

David Binet | Shane and Kim Hollett | Zai Mamdani | Melanie McCaig and Allan Magee | The McCaig Family: Ann, Roxanne, and Jane | Rosemary Phelan

Distinguished Supporters

Stephen Atkinson | Shari Austin | Helen Burstyn | Cameron Charlebois | Eva Czigler and Peter Herrndorf | John Delacourt | Martha Durdin | Arturo Franco and Katherine Tweedie | Nona Heaslip | Wanda Ho Pladsen and Tom Pladsen | Donald K. Johnson | Andrew Knight | Douglas Knight and Shelley Ambrose | Mike and Martha Pedersen | Gretchen and Donald Ross | Ray Sharma

With generous assistance from

Chethan Lakshman, Chima Nkemdirim, and Zai Mamdani

The Walrus Gala Committee 2022

Chaired by
Jodi Butts
Pacinthe Mattar
Roxanne McCaig

Stephen Atkinson
Shakir Chambers
Eva Czigler
Alyssa Hussein
Chethan Lakshman
Zai Mamdani
Rosemary Phelan
Ray Sharma
David Simmonds

Get in Touch with Our Team

Laura Lavie
Development Director

Laura Lavie

Vilayath Ali
Donor Relations Officer

Vilayath Ali

Erin Jones
Development Officer

Erin Jones

Katarina Kaneff
Development Research Officer

Katarina Kaneff