The Walrus Gala: Celebrating 20 Years
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Ricarda’s Atrium
134 Peter Street, Toronto
6:30 p.m. – Midnight

Canada’s Conversation Hour, presented by Labatt, begins 6:30 p.m.
Formal program begins 8 p.m.
After party begins 10 p.m.

Attire: Dress to express!

Who We Are Now

Celebrating 20 years of Canada’s conversation and countless more to go

For two decades, Canadians have relied on our thought-provoking journalism to amplify Canadian voices and elicit new thinking. Your support has enabled us to stay on the pulse—always moving, always growing.

One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar, The Walrus Gala is an exhilarating annual fundraiser in which industry leaders and the intellectually curious gather in support of critical conversations and fact-based journalism in Canada.

Join us at The Walrus Gala 2023 as we celebrate who we are now. Taking place within the stunning atrium of Ricarda’s 134 Peter Street, which merges historical and contemporary features, this year’s gala will be inspired by twenty years of cover art at The Walrus created by some of the finest artists in the country. The evening includes a cocktail reception, live performances, a sumptuous three-course meal prepared by executive chef Julien Laffargue, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind experiences exclusive to The Walrus, an after party, and more.

The Lineup

Hosted by Jennifer Hollett

Poetry Reading by Randall Adjei

Performance by Veronica Johnny

Live Music by The Walrus House Band

Kritjan Bergey, Heather Crawford, Francois Klark, and Joanna Mohammed

Tickets and Silent Auction

To purchase an individual ticket, please email For more information, download our sponsorship and ticketing package here.

The Walrus Gala silent auction will launch two weeks before the gala and will conclude on the evening of the event. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to bid on unique items as well as cultural and travel experiences exclusive to The Walrus. Watch this space for more information and a link to the digital auction site!

Your actions today will help secure the next twenty years of fact-based journalism at The Walrus. Thank you for being part of Canada’s conversation.

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Live Arts Sponsors

Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

Canada’s Conversation Hour, presented by

20 Years of Trends, presented by

Inspirational Sponsors

20th Anniversary Champions

Diane Blake and Stephen Smith

Legendary Sponsors

Shane and Kim Hollett | Donald K. Johnson | Mike and Martha Pedersen | Andy and Valerie Pringle | Zai Mamdani

Distinguished Supporters

Atkinson Foundation | Shari Austin | CRESA | Karen Hamberg | Riyaz, Shemina, and Alyssa Hussein | Ray Sharma | Gillian and Paul Smith

With generous support from

Become a Sponsor

The storytelling and convening power of The Walrus Gala will make your organization shine. You will be part of a well-connected audience, all of whom are committed to supporting and celebrating award-winning Canadian journalism. We invite you and your guests to help secure the future of fact-based journalism at The Walrus. Download the sponsorship package here.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email Laura Lavie, Development Director, at

To donate to The Walrus Gala silent auction, please email Rose Danen, Development Officer, at

For existing sponsors, enquiries regarding guest placements, dietary restrictions, etc. should be directed to Katarina Kaneff, Development Research Officer, at

The Walrus Gala Committee 2023

Co-chaired by
Chethan Lakshman
Jaime Watt

Stephen Atkinson
Jodi Butts
John Delacourt
Karen Hamberg
Alyssa Hussein

Åsa Kachan
Jennifer Longhurst
Zai Mamdani
Roxanne McCaig
Eleanor McMahon

For photos of The Walrus Gala 2022, check out the following links:

Tom Sandler photo gallery
George Pimentel photo gallery