2018 Swim Drink Fish Toronto Gala RELEASE

A Big Night for Water: Musicians, Artists, and Philanthropists Gather to Honour Mentor and Board Member Gord Downie at Swim Drink Fish Gala.


Canadian artists, philanthropists contribute to another outstanding Swim Drink Fish Gala.

Artworks by James Lahey, Barbara Cole and Edward Burtynsky were highlights in the live auction.

April 26, 2018— Toronto, Ontario — Swim Drink Fish Gala

Over 400 people gathered at Rebel on the Toronto waterfront for the seventh annual Swim Drink Fish Gala presented by McKeil Marine. More than $500,000 was raised at the event, bringing the event’s fundraising tally to $3.4-million over the past seven years.

Highlights from the gala included:

  • A heartfelt tribute to Gord Downie, Swim Drink Fish mentor and board member

  • Performances by Andrea Nann and Brendan Wyatt of Dream Walker Dance Company, Sarah Harmer, Andy Maize, Aaron Comeau, and Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip

  • The 7-piece live art auction with Canada’s foremost fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger of Waddington’s.

  • Swim Drink Fish ambassador Marilyn Bell appointing new ambassadors; Loren King, Madhu Nagaraja, Nora Osbaldeston, Tanis Rideout, and Tim Thompson

All gala proceeds support Swim Drink Fish’s movement of people working for a future where everyone in Canada can experience swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.

. Swim Drink Fish’s initiatives (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Fraser Riverkeeper, North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, Great Lakes Challenge, Swim Guide, Watermark Project, and Great Lakes Guide) create tools using law, science, and communications technology that inspire people around the world to explore, understand, and protect their waters.


“Gord helped to set the vision for the Swim Drink Fish movement, beginning with the Heart of a Lake tour. The rest of the country is starting to see what Gord imagined. Swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all. While Gord was not able to be there for those moments, his influence is everywhere.”— Mark Mattson, Waterkeeper and President

Gala Sponsors
Presenting: McKeil Marine
Founding Supporter: RBC
Gold: Corby, Fox Harb’r, and Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association
Silver: Aqua Hacking, Breakwater Investments, Cement Association of Canada, Gordon and Lorraine Gibson Family Foundation, Miller Thomson LLP, Ontario Power Generation, PortsToronto, and Quinn & Partners
Bronze: Bullfrog Power, Lassonde, and Sterling Fuels

Social Media Summary

On April 26, 2018, Canadian artists, athletes, philanthropists and leaders gathered at the Rebel for the 7th Annual Swim Drink Fish Gala in Toronto. Musical acts Andy Maize, Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip, and Sarah Harmer performed. Marilyn Bell and Mark Mattson presented a toast to the 2018 Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors. The evening included special tributes to Swim Drink Fish mentor and board member, Gord Downie. Fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger ended the night in exciting fashion by auctioning off pieces from such artists as James Lahey, Edward Burtynsky, Barbara Cole, and Steven Driscoll n. This year’s Swim Drink Fish Gala brings the total funds raised for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water to $3.4 -million in the last 7 years. More info at www.swimdrinkfish.ca

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Swim Drink Fish: www.swimdrinkfish.ca
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper: www.waterkeeper.ca
Swim Guide: www.theswimguide.org
Watermark Project: www.watermarkproject.ca
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About Swim Drink Fish
Swim Drink Fish is a Canadian charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future since its launch in 2001. By blending science, law, education, and storytelling with technology, we empower millions of people to know and safeguard their waters.

Omid Razavi