TORONTO WILDLIFE CENTRE’S WILD BALL is an evening held in support of the rescue, medical care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned animals.

This year, Toronto Wildlife Centre’s signature fundraising gala will take place on Thursday November 2nd at the Palais Royale Ballroom.  This stunning venue is located at historic Sunnyside Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Together with our sponsors and guests, we hope to raise $200,000, funds which will directly support wildlife in need.

Since opening in 1993, TWC has become a vital and trusted community resource and the only wildlife hospital in the Greater Toronto Area. The busiest of its kind in Canada, TWC has helped more than 90,000 wild animals, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through our education and outreach channels.

Sick, injured and orphaned wild animals cannot pay their own medical bills but providing the highest quality compassionate care for wild patients costs money. Proceeds from Wild Ball go directly toward providing essential services including rescuing wild animals in life-threatening situations, and providing medical treatment and rehabilitative care.

Your participation in Wild Ball will help give wild animals in need their best chance at a healthy life in the wild.

Our featured special guest:

Award winning author Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; MaddAddam and her most recent, Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Musical performance by:

Five-time Juno Award winning reggae artist Exco Levi

Jamaican/Canadian musician Exco Levi pays tribute to the founders of reggae music through a modern twist of poetry and sound. On a mission to deliver his message to the world, Exco has performed multiple European tours, California’s Reggae On the River, Spain’s Rototom, Canada’s major reggae festivals (including Jambana™ One World Festival) and even a feature performance in Zimbabwe. This multiple award winning artists songs are just as potent on his lips as they are on record and his ability to quickly engage and convince his audience has led to him being in high demand for many colourful collaborations including Busy Signal, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Donovan Germaine and other top Artists, Djs, promoters and producers worldwide.

Hosted by:

Roger Ashby of Roger and Marilyn on 104.5 on CHUM FM 

In the highly competitive world of Toronto radio, Roger is one of the least competitive people in the biz. Nevertheless, one of his career highlights is when CHUM FM became #1. That ranking, thanks to Roger’s solid role as the anchor of the Roger & Marilyn”show, has held strong despite many changes in the Toronto market.  Roger loves spending time with his friends in Toronto and at his cottage, while holding a beer or a golf club (sometimes at the same time!). He’s also involved with numerous charities including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Toronto (honourary chairman), the CNIB, The Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Wildlife Centre, among others.  Roger is known for his quick wit, storytelling ability and his encyclopedic knowledge of music.

Guests will be treated to an incredible three course feast, courtesy of our host of incredible chefs:

Doug McNish is a vegan chef with a fierce commitment to health & organics and the owner of Doug’s Public Kitchen, a top rated vegan restaurant in Toronto. He is also an award-winning cookbook author and teacher. He is regularly featured in numerous publications online and in print, makes appearances on national television, and is a plant based consultant to some of the world’s top luxury brands.

Steffan Howard is the Corporate Executive Chef of Palais Royale Ballroom, The Grand Luxe Event Boutique, The Exchange Cafe, Rotman School of Management and The Food Studio Catering and Banquet Operations for The Pegasus Hospitality Group. Chef Howard has been a long-time supporter and good friend to TWC ever since he brought in an injured squirrel for treatment many years ago.

Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada. Currently he is chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering. He is a co-host of the Food Network hit Restaurant Makeover and is currently in post-production of a new provocative food documentary. An active advocate for sustainable farming and ethical treatment of livestock, his talents are highly acclaimed by some of the country’s toughest food critics.

Be Part of Wild Ball!

If you are interested in supporting Wild Ball as a sponsor, with a silent auction donation or for any other partnership opportunities, please contact Elana Trainoff at 416-631-0662 x 3240 or Click the thumbnail to download the Wild Ball sponsorship package.

If you are interested in volunteering for Wild Ball, you can find out more information here.

Thanks to our 2016 partners!


Last year’s Wild Ball…