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CGLCC’s 8th Annual Black & White Gala and 20th Anniversary celebration: We Ignited the North!

November 30, 2023

We want to thank everyone for coming to CGLCC’s 8th annual Black & White Gala and 20th Anniversary celebration! This evening brought together over 460 members of the Canadian 2SLGBTQI+ business community, on November 10th, at the Carlu in Toronto! We thank everyone who supported, attended, and donated time and resources. This evening was truly a testament to the strength and resilience of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, and a celebration of CGLCC’s 20-year journey as an organization – thank you all for being a part of such a special night!

The Numbers

  • 460+ fabulous attendees.
  • 23 awesome Sponsors.
  • 6 CGLCC Business Leadership Awards given to some standout leaders and businesses in our community.
  • Over 20 incredible Silent Auction items donated, bid on, and won.
  • amazing entertainers, including 1 Canada’s Drag Race legendary Queen. 
  • Over 100 dance moves demonstrated.
  • Too many smiles to count.

Award Winners

Please join us in celebrating our 2023 winners of the Business Leadership Awards! These awards honour companies and individuals making significant contributions to the 2SLGBTQI+ and business communities in Canada. 

  • Caley Shukalek, Winner: Business Leader of the Year
  • Michael Battista, Winner: 2SLGBTQI+ Business Advocate of the Year
  • Nuts For Cheese, Winner: 2SLGBTQI+ Business of the Year
  • Fae Johnstone, Winner: Young 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneur of the Year
  • BMO, Winner: National Corporation of the Year
  • Dax Dasilva, Recipient: Legacy Award

Read more on the winners!



Gala in review – visuals edition!

This FABULOUS evening was captured on camera! 

Check out and download the memories captured at the Black & White Gala on CGLCC’s photo site. We also have fabulous runway videos of everyone dancing, laughing, and having fun!

Check out the storytelling videos from our friends at UpHouse, shown at the Gala: PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of CGLCC! 

More Gala videos can be found on our 2023 Gala playlist on YouTube!

We encourage you to share your own memories of CGLCC’s 8th Annual Black & White Gala! We love seeing the night through your eyes: please send any photos, stories, or favourite moments to Make sure to check out the tags #CGLCCGala2023#IgnitingTheNorth, and #20YearsOfCGLCC on social media to see others’ fabulous highlights! Make sure to use these tags when you share your own experiences!

Photography by Remus & Co. Runway by DigitalMirror. Videography by More Content.

Sponsors & Supporters

The Silent Auction and Air Canada Raffle raised over $35,000 in support of CGLCC programs and operations. We appreciate all the amazing businesses and individuals who donated items to our Silent Auction this year. 


Thank you from the CGLCC Team!

Please email if you have any questions about this event or the contents of this post.