Media Advisory and Photo-opportunity - Annual Toronto Officers' Garrison Ball to Recognize WW2 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Italy

Governor General's Horse Guards Host the 2014 Ball

TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 29, 2014 the Annual Toronto Officers Garrison Ball will be hosted by the Garrison's Governor General's Horse Guards with a distinctly Italian theme which recognizes their role and that of other Canadian Forces from the Toronto Garrison in the 1944 Liberation of Italy. This will be almost to the month of the 70th anniversary of that event.

This premier social event of the year for the military community in Toronto is hosted in 2014 by The Governor General's Horse Guards located in Toronto. There will be Military bands, ball gowns, and an opportunity to see the varied uniforms of Toronto's serving and retired officers in full regalia. Representation includes members of foreign militaries, as well as members of Canada's three armed services and a cross section of Toronto's political, business and diplomatic communities. The pomp and circumstance associated with military tradition will take place both inside and outside of the venue.

"We're proud that The Governors General's Horse Guards is hosting this year's Garrison Ball and especially with an Italian theme" said Hon Bill Graham, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment and Co-host of the event with Sandra Banks, CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. "Few know that the stables in the historic Horse Palace on the grounds of Exhibition Place were actually turned into sleeping quarters for many newly joined troops who would not long after ship off to fight abroad."

"In the winter of 1943 until May of 1944, many Canadian Army personnel along with the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, especially with those hailing from and attached to units in the GTA, including the Horse Guards, fought to free the Italian peoples from their oppressors. This will be a wonderful event to reflect on and celebrate those days that brought Canada honour and Italy its freedom." He said.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Garrison Ball is Clairvest Group Inc.

BACKGROUND: The Garrison Ball is the premier military ball of the season for the Greater Toronto Area. Every year it is hosted by a different section of the Toronto Garrison and in 2014 it will be hosted by the Governor General's Horse Guards

The Regiments and members of other services attending include:

The Royal Canadian Navy


Canadian Army

The Governor General's Horse Guards

The Ontario Regiment

The Queen's York Rangers

The 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

56 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

32 Combat Engineer Regiment

The Queen's Own Rifles

Royal Regiment of Canada

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

The Lorne Scots

The 48th Highlanders of Canada

The Toronto Scottish Regiment

32 Service Battalion

32 Intelligence Company

25 Field Ambulance

Land Force Central Area Headquarters

32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

The Royal Canadian Air Force

Military Personnel Command

The Royal Military College

The Canadian Forces College

WHEN:  SATURDAY, March 29, 2014; RECEPTION AT 18:00, DINNER AT 19:00
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets:   Twitter: @TOGarrisonBall
WHERE: Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place (25 British Columbia Rd) will host 800 officers and their guests. Attendees will enjoy a formal dinner menu inspired by Italian cuisine and Military dining etiquette followed by dancing, complete with a silent auction.

SOURCE: Toronto Garrison Ball

For further information: Media contacts: Victoria Ollers,, 416-822-2288 or Paul Tyler -, 416-254-0698

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