Montreal, September 7, 2016 — “On September 27th at 6PM, Centaur Theatre launches into its “Swept Away” season with its annual gala, christened BON VOYAGE! this year to mirror a theatrical season that will transport audiences to new destinations and experiences. In support of Centaur’s upcoming production, artist fees and outreach programming, Artistic Director, Roy Surette, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Martin R Landry (VIA Rail) and Luc Papineau (Desjardins Securities), invite theatre lovers to step on board a jet-setting evening. Guests will gather in the gallery of the venerable Old Montreal theatre for a cocktail dînatoire, auctions with prizes that span the globe, live entertainment, and the unveiling of the Centaur gallery’s new name.
Attendees of the BON VOYAGE! Gala, sponsored by Desjardins Securites and VIA Rail Canada, will enjoy old-school travel glamour as they embark on a thematically decorated evening with a giant hot air balloon, vintage maps, and convivial air and train hostesses. Guests will dine on elegantly prepared dishes from around the world, including black tiger shrimp with pickled ginger mayo, filet mignon served with Dijon sauce, and tantalizing salmon tartare, accompanied with wine pairings, expertly selected and graciously donated by the SAQ. Grand Marnier and DAVIDs TEA will be on hand with their premium products. The accompanying desserts include delicate chocolate truffles, light lime and coconut tartelettes, and delightfully sinful chocolate mousse praline cakes, all stylishly nestled in reusable travel-friendly jars.
CTV’s charming Lori Graham, a loyal Centaur Theatre supporter, will be greeting attendees and selling tickets for the mysterious Treasure Chest. Dazzling prizes abound in both the silent and live auctions hosted by the endlessly amusing CJAD Radio host, Aaron Rand. Some of the big ticket auction items are a luxury French yacht cruise from Ponant, a ten-day African safari from Dashir Lodge & Safaris, and a getaway at the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn, recently visited by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and considered one of the world’s most outstanding ends-of-the-earth remote hotels. Other prizes up for bid are two return air-fares to any WestJet destination, all-inclusive accommodations at Barbados’ prestigious Crane Resort, a Viking River Cruise for two, and much more.
Bowser & Blue, Canada’s foremost comedy music duo and creators of the Centaur hits Schwartz’s: The Musical and Last Night at the Gayety, top off the event with lively entertainment. All gala guests receive two tickets to any Centaur 2016-17 season play, chef-inspired products from Clover Leaf, as well as gifts from DAVIDs TEA and WAFU, among other treats from around the world.
6pm – Tuesday, September 27th
453 St. François-Xavier
Montreal, QC, H2Y 2T1
“Friends”: $300 / ticket
“À Deux”: $1,000 / two tickets: includes special recognition in event program
“Patrons”: $5,000 / eight tickets: includes a subscription for two to Centaur’s 2016/17 season and recognition in event program, on Centaur’s website and donor board