Supporting Operanation 2014
Posted: Oct 26 2014
Operanation: Light Up the Night shines a light on Canadian Arts and Fashion
On Thursday October 18th 2014, we celebrated a night of art, fashion and music at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts at the Canadian Opera Company's 11th Annual Operanation: Light up the Night. With special musical guest, French dance-pop sensation Yelle and art installations by top Canadian contemporary artists, Keith Cole, Derek Liddington, and Orest Tataryn, this year's soiree exceeded expectations like never before.
In celebration of all things Canadian, our Founder, Gracie Carroll's ensemble featured local designs including a gorgeous royal blue dress by Toronto design duo Greta Constantine (recently nominated for the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards 2015 Womenswear Designer of the Year Award), bag by BRAVE Leather (custom and made-to-order exclusively and ethically in Canada) and jewelry by talented designer and stylist, Jenny Bird, Blackbird Jewelry and Michelle Ross (both carried in The Chic Canuck shop!).
Starting out as a modest fundraiser in 2005, Operanation has since evolved into the arts and culture “it” party of the season, hosting over 1,000 guests and reaching new audiences from all walks. This year's event aimed to showcase the creativity and diversity of the art form, culminating beautifully with a muscial collaboration between Yelle and rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.
Evening highlights also included the cute and nostalgic slap-on bracelets designed by Chloe and Parris Gordon (Beaufille), Tania Martins and Mona Koochek (Markoo), and Kaelen Haworth (Kaelen) which proved a fun and innovative way to sell raffle tickets and garner more support for the cause.
Operanation is just the beginning of an exciting Fall/Winter season for the Canadian Opera Company - in addition to an epic 2014/15 performance calendar, the COC has it's second annual Ensemble Studio Competition just around the corner. Taking place November 25th, Centre Stage unfolds from the mainstage as finalists compete for cash prizes ranging from $1500 - $5000 (think American idol - with opera!).
We hope to see you there!
(Article Contributed by Michelle Pinchev)
*First and Last image by Ryan Emberley, Middle image by Tyler Rumi*