The same Gala experience brought right to your living room
Join your community, and other cities across the country for the May 2nd Stay At Home Gala. 'Part local, part national': a virtual gala for every Canadian.
On May 2, more than 20 cities from coast to Canadian coast will connect online for the national Stay at Home Gala. The event will welcome prominent Canadians to its online stage to raise funds for communities affected by COVID-19.
The online gala is a one-night event which unites Canadians across the country with the aim to strengthen community efforts and raise critical funds to manage the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our communities.
What is a Stay at Home Gala?
Social distancing at its finest, the virtual gala will host all the familiar elements: game-changing speakers, entertainers, musicians, optional dinner delivered to your door (where available), and much more. Don your best, log-on and dine to support the members of our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
Our Speakers and Entertainers:
Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals – Hayley Wickenheiser is a leader both on and off the ice. Considered one of the best female hockey players, she's respected in both the male and female hockey realm. She was the first female player in the world to notch a point in a men’s professional game while playing in Finland, and played in or coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first woman in history to have done so. She also still holds the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team. Hayley retired in 2017, after her professional hockey career took off at 15 as she was the youngest member chosen from the Canadian Women’s National team. Her Olympic career spanned 23 years, 5 medals, and 2 sports. With countless accolades to her name, she was also the 2014 official Canadian flag bearer.
Growing up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty -- a.k.a. the Hunter Brothers -- cared about three things: hockey, music and farming. When they weren't working the fields, the five siblings spent summers singing gospel across Canada and the U.S., while winters were for hockey. Eventually, the brothers would play for major teams, including the Kelowna Rockets and the Edmonton Oilers. Over the years, the brothers continued to find themselves drawn to the singing that united them in their childhood. Hours of youth spent mirroring Jackson 5 videos ignited a passion for performing from a young age, and naturally, an organic pop-meets-country sound emerged. There was something special in the brotherly harmonies. And soon, as the brothers went on to win six SCMA music awards, and seven CCMA Award nominations, the world would know it too.
A Leo nominated TV Host and producer, a sought after emcee and travel writer and the Content Creator and Culture Builder at Blu Realty. She began her TV career in 2000 landing a role as Arts/Entertainment Reporter at Global BC. She’s hosted Urban Rush, HGTV Canada’s Makeover Wish and Entertainment Tonight Canada. She’s covered everything from the Oscars to the Junos, Network specials for SURVIVOR, and History Channel’s VIKINGS. She also co-hosted the only female fronted Survivor Podcast with legendary castaway Parvati Shallow. You’ll also find this former farm girl and self-proclaimed Chatty Cathy lending her trademark spark to live events and campaigns for BC Children’s Hospital Lottery, The BC SPCA, Whistler Tourism, Eco Fashion Week, TEDX Kelowna, Skookum Festival, Black Hills Winery, and World Vision. Currently, she’s based in Vancouver with her husband and rescue pup Pickles.
Formerly known as the best kept secret in soul music, Toronto-based singer Tanika Charles has become a staple of the scene both at home and abroad. Her music revels in honesty and attitude. Her live show is high energy and endearing. The 2x Juno Award nominated and 2x Polaris Prize long-listed singer continues to win audiences over one stream, one Shazam and one encore at a time. Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, Tanika has embarked on 5 international tours across 9 countries since releasing Soul Run, including 70+ headlining performances. Together they oscillate between faithful recreations of her studio recordings and cross genre nods to rock, gospel and country influences. In 2019 she had the honour of being named the inaugural Polaris artist-in-residence for 2020 at the Studio Bell National Music Centre.
Chief Gilbert Jacob
Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Gilbert "Gibby" Jacob is one of the most influential Native leaders in Canada. He is a man with quiet power and was twice recognized as a significant member of society and honoured with Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 Award. Chief Gibby Jacob helped broker the deal that established the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the CLC and MST Lands Partnership as well as the Olympic land Legacy and amongst other Legacies that resulted in the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations gaining several tracts of land in the Whistler community – including the Baxter Creek area above the Rainbow subdivision that is being developed for housing.
The newest “dragon” to join CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Club Penguin, the largest children’s online social network. At age 28, he sold it to Disney for $350 million, and, as their youngest executive vice president, turned it into a billion-dollar brand. In 2012, Lane returned to his entrepreneurial roots and launched FreshGrade, a learning assessment tool that connects teachers, parents, and students to help personalize and improve learning. It’s now used in 80% of districts across Canada. Lane is also the founder of Wheelhouse, an organization that invests in and supports early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurs through mentorship, access to capital, and connections to global business networks.
Once a Tree
Once A Tree is an electronic music duo made up of Jayli Wolf and Hayden Wolf. With heartfelt lyrics forged from their personal experiences, the couple released their debut album Phoenix in November of 2017. The two met while leaving the dooms day religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. They fell in love and began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies. Once A Tree was born.
André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.