Leap into the New Year with Spark!

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s first Gala Fundraiser

INNISFIL, ON (January 2, 2024) The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for Spark: A Celebration of Creativity & Imagination. Mark your calendars for the Library’s inaugural fundraising gala, happening on Thursday, February 29th, from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Lakeshore Branch in Alcona (967 Innisfil Beach Rd).

Dive into an enchanting affair that’ll banish the winter blues! Indulge in an evening filled with food, drinks, unique entertainment, and unforgettable experiences. You won’t want to miss out on this exclusive event!

Keynote Speaker Announcement: We are honoured to present our keynote speaker, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, acclaimed author of Son of Elsewhere and the charismatic host of CBC Radio’s Commotion

Elamin is a Sudanese-Canadian, and reflects on his experience of immigrating to Canada as a 12 year old in his bestselling memoir, Son of Elsewhere. He is a pop culture writer whose work has been featured in Globe and Mail, MacLean’s, Rolling Stone, and others. 

Wine Tasting & Book Pairing: In addition to our keynote speaker, your Spark tickets will include Book & Wine Pairings, featuring three outstanding Canadian authors:

  • Thea Lim, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted An Ocean of Minutes
  • Farah Heron, renowned for her heartwarming and witty romantic comedies for both adults and young adults, including titles like The Chai Factor, Accidentally Engaged, Tahira in Bloom and How to Win a Breakup.
  • Hannah Mary McKinnon, a bestselling author known for gripping thrillers like The Revenge ListOnly One Survives, and Never Coming Home, as well as her lighter rom-coms under the pen name Holly Cassidy.

Art Slam: Be mesmerized as local artists Jeanette Luchese and Maria Kelebeev paint live during the event! Seize the chance to bid and take home one (or both!) of their outstanding pieces.

Spark will celebrate the power of community, creativity, and innovation, all while raising funds for essential programs in Innisfil. Support from this event will directly benefit the community allowing the Library to do more. More programs. More events. More connections.

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library builds and strengthens community connections through free and low-cost programming that supports children, youth, seniors, entrepreneurs, and community organizations. We are essential partners in building early literacy and technological skills that help our community thrive.

Are you ready to be the Spark? Join us for a dazzling evening filled with entertainment, authors, artists, and more! For all event details and ticket purchases ($125), visit our website at www.innisfilidealab.ca/spark/.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To discuss how you can become a sponsor or extend in-kind support opportunities, reach out to us at partner@innisfilidealab.ca