Works from artists Michael Adamson, Edward Burtynsky, Charles Pachter
and Nicolas Ruel to be auctioned for swimmable, drinkable, fishable
TORONTO, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is pleased to announce that its second annual gala and art auction
presented by the RBC Blue Water Project will be co-hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance and photographer Edward Burtynsky. The 2013 Waterkeeper Gala will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Corus Quay in Toronto.
Kennedy and Burtynsky will be joined by Waterkeeper supporters from the
worlds of art, sports, and the environment, including Giller
Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden, musicians Gord Downie and Sarah
Harmer and breakout novelist Tanis Rideout. The sold-out event will be
emceed by on-air personality Terry O'Reilly.
"Our community needs a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario,"
said Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. "Waterkeeper is honoured to be
representing a growing movement of artists and leaders who are
committed to ensuring a clean water future for all. As we work towards
this goal, we have created game-changing platforms such as the Swim
Guide, and a new national water centre dedicated to strengthening
Canadians' thought-leadership on water and water health."
The Swim Guide was funded in part by the RBC Blue Water Project. Avid
outdoorsman Kenneth Irving donated his family home on the Kennebecasis
River in New Brunswick to serve as the Waterkeeper's national water
centre. RBC and Irving will join Waterkeeper in celebration on May 23
for the gala and art auction.
The 20 renowned artists who have donated their art to support the
Waterkeeper initiative include: Michael Adamson, Edward Burtynsky,
Laurie De Camillis, Barbara Cole, Barbara Davidson, David Grieve,
Daniel Hughes, Stewart Jones, Nicole Katsuras, David Marshak, Kent
Monkman, Charles Pachter, Andrew Peycha, James Prosek, Peter Rotter,
Nicolas Ruel, Andrew Rucklidge, Joe Sampson, Ben Schumacher and Su
Sheedy. To preview the art online or to register to bid by phone, visit
the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website. Details about the Toronto auction preview event will be announced in
the coming weeks.
"We are so proud to be presenting this second annual gala, with its dual
focus on water and the arts," said Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. "Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
is one of our few two-time grant recipients under the RBC Blue Water
Project, and one of our most valued partners not only because it
protects this magnificent lake where we live, but also because it
inspires organizations across North America through its leadership and
Last year's gala raised $300,000. This year's event is expected to raise
$400,000 for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. The Waterkeeper
Gala is presented by RBC and hosted by Champion Sponsor Corus
Entertainment. Other sponsors include McKeil Marine, the Cement
Association of Canada, the Gordon and Lorraine Gibson Family
Foundation, Miller Thomson LLP, Bullfrog Power and Mill St. Brewery.
About Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
After contaminated drinking water caused seven deaths in Walkerton,
Ontario, Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully started Lake Ontario
Waterkeeper to protect the province's most important drinking water
source. Lake Ontario provides drinking water to nine-million people in
Canada and the USA, including those in the Greater Toronto Area,
Kingston and Hamilton.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is the first Ontario member of Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance, a global network of 200 watershed
protection organizations. The group works for a swimmable, drinkable,
fishable Lake Ontario. Visit waterkeepergala.ca.
SOURCE: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
For further information:
For interview opportunities with hosts, supporters, and artists, please contact:
Allie Kosela at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
t) 416.861.1237 (after hours, call 416.579.1731)