Our Silent Auction will feature some amazing stuff! Here's the skinny:


Lot #1 Value: $175 Reserve bid $25

The Open Eyes and Ears Package


When you can’t be there live, we’ve got the next best thing. For those nights (and days) when there just doesn’t seem to be any new-music concerts on, settle into your favourite reading/listening chair, pour yourself something cool, put up your feet , and indulge.

You'll get a year of Musicworks magazine (3 mags and 3 CDS) a year-long membership at the Music Gallery in Toronto (50% off all concerts!), and a collectors’ set of Friendly Rich CDs, signed by the good Dr. himself (don’t miss out on his concert at Open Ears this Saturday June 7!).


Lot #2  Value $175 Reserve bid: $25

As Good As Being There Package

Okay, so you missed the Venice Biennale, again. Well, this collection of Venice Biennale 2013 memorabilia straight from contemporary-art star Shary Boyle’s suitcase is as good as being there and you don’t have to put up with the jet lag, or over-priced gondola rides.

With this package, you get  a signed exhibition poster from Shary Boyle’s stellar installation “Music for Silence” from the Canadian Pavillion of the Venice Biennale—the world’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibition, AND up to 50% savings on framing of said print at King Framing in Kitchener—AND a spectacular colour catalogue of the exhibition (don’t miss out on Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows’ concert at Open Ears this Friday June 6, 9:30 pm!).


Lot #3 Value: $250 Reserve bid: $50

The Insider: A Behind the Scenes Dream Package

Have you always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes but were afraid to break the law? Get an insider’s experience of the art of craft beer brewing (and tasting!) at Block 3 Brewing and experience the madness of backstage at Dracula: The Musical!

You will get a private tour of Block 3 Brewery in St. Jacobs, (for you AND 9 friends!) learn about what goes into making their wonderful beers, and taste some of the many beers that they have brewed. It's a great opportunity to learn about beer and see how it is made, not to mention to taste to results! Plus, you'll get the cool swag seen here at the auction. www.blockthreebrewing.com AND you and a friend can attend a technical rehearsal of Dracula: The Musical to see how it is all pulled together. Or, sit backstage during a preview performance for a first-hand experience of the madness behind the scenes. Limited to the weekend of August 2 & 3 for tech rehearsal, or previews of Aug. 4 & 5th. Includes a pair of tickets for the actual performance. This is a show with lots of special effects.

Lot #4 Value: $225 Reserve bid: $50

The Camera Loves you Darling! Package

Let’s face it, the selfies shot on your cracked iPhone just don’t cut it anymore. Why not have a professional portrait done? You and up to nine of your closest photogenic family members or friends can sit for a professional photo shoot.  You’ll look fabulous!

You will get a 1-hour professional photo shoot for up to ten people, all the digital negatives from the session, and one beautifully retouched final file courtesy of photographer Nancy Barbosa Alaimo.

Lot #5 Value $225 Reserve bid: $50

The Player’s Package

Do you consider yourself or someone you know a bit of a player?—No, not THAT type of player… march to the beat of your very own drum lessons and entertain your friends, family, and lover(s?) with your riffs on your very own guitar.

You will get this lovely guitar donated by our friends at Long and McQuade AND 2 hours of percussion/drum lessons with premiere percussionist, and all round nice guy,  Richard Burrows. Break up the lessons as needed to fit schedules and just have fun hitting things. Lessons can be in Waterloo Region or the GTA.


Lot #6 Value $300 Reserve bid: $75

Immortalized by an Artist’s Hand Package

“We talk a bit, then we do some drawings.” Can you imagine a more delightful two hours? Sitting, talking, having your portrait done by award-winning, painter, film maker, and new media artist Isabella Stefanescu.  If you are lucky, she may even make you a cup of tea.

You will get a 2–3 hour session with the artist. You get to keep one drawing.


Lot #7 Value $350 Reserve bid: $75

Beautify Your Space Package

Artist, illustrator, and designer Alanna Cavanagh believes that  everybody deserves a beautiful workspace. Her fantastic illustration—recently featured in The Globe and Mail—will immediately transform your space. Have a drab white wall? Not anymore!

You will get a limited reproduction of Alanna’s shoe illustration AND up to 50% savings on framing of said print at King Framing in Kitchener.

Lot #8 Value $300 Reserve bid: $75

Who needs an iPod? Package

There is nothing quite like live music. Now, imagine that live music is in your living room! Pretend you are Baroque patron of the arts and impress your friends and family with their very own performance of a Bach Cello Suite.

This package includes a live performance in your own home of your choice of any of the Bach Cello Suites by cellist Paul Pulford and his fantastic CD recordings of the suites.


Lot #9 Value $450 Reserve bid: $125

The Lover/Fighter Package

Ka-pow! Blap! Sok! Now let’s Dance!” Live life like the star of your own movie. Learn fight choreography from a stunt  woman—including 10 ways to die and then shuffle off to Buffalo at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

You’ll get a stage-fight (not stage-fright!) lesson from fight entrepreneur Caitlyn Derderian and a package of dance classes at Arthur Murray Dance Studio Waterloo for you and a partner of your choice (we will even supply our lovely and talented GM, Cheryl Ewing as your partner should you not have one!).


Lot #10 Value $450 Reserve bid: $125

The User’s Experience Package

“Everything you create should be beautiful; there is no excuse for ugly design." —Konrad If you make things or work with people who make things, this is a conference for you! Don’t miss your chance to meet, and learn from the design world’s best innovators and shakers. The UX party disguised as a conference returns on September 13 & 14 2014.

You'll get 10 talks, one half-day workshop (choose from 5 options), a Saturday dinner party with entertainment, loads of great food and drink, and , perhaps best of all, free admission to the Festival of Interstitial Music. www.fluxible.ca


Lot #11 Value $600 Reserve bid: $150

“To Please or to Educate” Package

Horace’s definition of the aims of a salon: “aut delectare aut prodesse est” could be your own.  Be an inspiring host and invite your friends and neighbours over to your very own living-room chamber concert.  Wow, let’s see your neighbours top that!

If you win this package, you will get a house concert by by two of Canada’s most accomplished string musicians, Steven Sitarski, former Concertmaster of the KW Symphony and David Hetherington, Assistant Principal Cello of the Toronto Symphony.


Lot #12 Value $800 Reserve bid: $200

The Aspiring Composer Package

Do not, I repeat, do not miss your chance to work with two of Canada’s most illustrious composers! Compose your masterpiece with award-winning composer Peter Hatch and get three hours of studio time in award-winning composer Jim Harley’s studio.  Opportunities like this do not come along everyday. Do not regret missing out on this one!

You will get 3 one-hour composition lessons with composer Peter Hatch AND 3-hour session in advanced digital audio production and performance studio, in Guelph. Specifics to be discussed and agreed upon in advance.


AuthorGregory Oh