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PRESS RELEASE: The 519 Annual Gala 2021

The 519 Annual Gala 2021 – Meet the Artists

PRESS RELEASE: The 519 Annual Gala 2021

The 519 Annual Gala 2021: Alan Cumming, Ben Vereen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jackie Richardson, Theo Tams, and Serena Ryder to perform at the 17th Gala in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities

Presented by Rogers Communications

Legendary Canadian and American talents return to the virtual stage on November 14, 2021 for The 519 Virtual Annual Gala to support Canada’s largest 2SLGBTQ+ community centre.

Toronto, October 22, 2020: The 519’s largest fundraising night, The Annual Gala, returns to screens this November. Bringing together leading performers for a virtual variety show of musical performances and special appearances in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, the event will be streamed on Sunday, November 14, at 7:30 pm ET.

The 2021 Annual Gala will feature musical performances by Alan Cumming, Ben Vereen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jackie Richardson, and Theo Tams, with singer Serena Ryder joining this powerhouse line-up this year.

The 17th edition of this signature event is organized by The 519’s Honorary Patron Salah J. Bachir and his husband Jacob Yerex

Sponsored by TD, Bell, CIBC, The Murray Frum Foundation, and Slaight Family Foundation.

Click here to read the artists' bios.

When: Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 7:30pm ET

Where: Virtual. Unique access link will be shared closer to the event

Get your tickets at:

VIP ticket: $1,000 (CAD) • Regular ticket: $150 (CAD) • Pay-What-You-Can tickets

VIP Tables, Tables & Sponsorship available. Contact:

Pull quotes:

“We’re so grateful to Salah J. Bachir, who has championed The 519 via his Annual Gala for the past 17 years. The 2021 Virtual Gala will raise critically-needed funds for our programs and services in a safe manner and enable us to welcome guests from across the city, province, and even country.”

— Stacy Kelly, Director – Philanthropy, The 519


“The impact of COVID-19 on the communities we serve was immediate and devastating. Many of them, already marginalized by poverty and violence, now faced isolation because of a shutdown. The 2021 Annual Gala is a unique opportunity to support The 519 in our continued delivery of essential programs and services for the most underserved members of our 2 Spirit, queer, and trans communities.”

— Maura Lawless, Executive Director, The 519

Title Sponsors: Salah J. Bachir and Jacob Yerex

Presenting Sponsor: Rogers

Media Contact:

Dean Lobo, Coordinator – Communications |

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