It’s going to be a grand NIGHT on Friday, January 31, 2014!

In the cold mid-winter,  grandNIGHT will  warm up Toronto!

The Toronto Island Grannies in Spirit and NIGHTWOOD Theatre are presenting a Gala Fundraiser, grand NIGHT, in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

This exciting event brings together a great evening in the theatre with a great cause.

We are thrilled to have Dora Award winning  performer, writer and dubpoet  d’bi young as the host for the evening.  d’bi  young is also an Arts Activist for the Stephen Lewis Foundation,  bringing her theatre expertise to the Foundation’s goals.Stephen-Lewis-fdn-FI

grand NIGHT  starts at 6:30 with a wine and finger food reception and a unique silent auction offering Toronto Island Experiences, such as a guided paddle and picnic through the lagoons,  a dinner for 6 on a waterfront  deck, and a champagne sail.   Also offered are Theatre packages to the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

At 8pm guests will enjoy a performance of the North American premiere of “Free Outgoing,” by Anupama Chandrasekhar, a NIGHTWOOD Theatre production,   directed by Kelly Thornton and starring Dora winner, Anusree Roy.  When a young girl is filmed during a sexual indiscretion, the video clip goes viral. This relevant and provocative play asks the question : how can we protect our girls in the digital age?

Following the performance the author, and actors will join in a short talkback .We wrap up the evening with some fun Door Prizes and dessert.

We invite everyone in the community to come to this very special evening

to raise awareness and dollars for grandmothers in Africa.  Supported by the SLF, their collective voice is growing stronger, pressing for human rights and a hopeful future!

Tickets are all-inclusive :  $75 each or $60 each for groups of 4 or more.  The full ticket price will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Tax receipts will be available for the maximum allowable amount.

Call the Factory Box Office: 416 504 9971

Why not gather a few friends together and come out to conquer the Winter Blahs?

For more information:

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggle to raise millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

Canadian Grandmothers’ Groups, of which the Toronto Island Grannies in Spirit are one, are tremendously active in their communities. They put on concerts, dinners, garden, bake, knit, bicycle, organize national walks and speak at countless schools and community centres in support of the Foundation.

Since its launch in 2006, Canadian grandmothers in the “campaign” have raised more than $19 million. For more info, visit