A Nice Night Out : The Royal Occasion at The Royal Conservatory of Music

seated in the theatre

Our friend Izzy works at The Royal Conservatory of Music and invited us to attend a nice event they hosted on Wednesday night, called The Royal Occasion.

Dating back to 1887 the mission of the conservatory is 'to develop human potential through music and the arts'. This particular event was to honour three Canadian artists, the soprano opera singer Adrianne Pieczonka, music producer Bob Ezrin who has worked with Lou Reed, Jane's Addiction, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and the list goes on, and rock song-writer and performer Randy Bachman. If you grew up in Canada you inevitably can sing along to at least one of Bachman's songs. (In fact, as I type Nick is singing 'Let it Ride' to himself.)

The event, held at a place to which neither of us had previously been, called Koerner Hall, began with some music performed by the honorees, plus some extra guests including a terrific 13 year old classical piano player who blew my mind playing a Mendelssohn piece, and two cello players visiting Toronto from Croatia. The music was excellent, in spite of my envy of anyone who had attended the event last year when Feist performed.

These first pictures were taken in the corridor going in. I love how they connected the old building with the new one, with this glass roofed structure.


The display cases contained some very old music related relics, including this set of carved musicians dating back to the Sui Dynasty, 581 to 618. I laughed at the part in the description that stated that one of the instruments one of them had been holding, which would have been about an inch long, had been lost along the way, some time in the past 1400 years.

sui dynasty musical figurin

looking at display

We weren't allowed to take pictures during the performance but I got these of the hall ...

koerner hall stage toronto

koerner hall toronto

program and tickets

After the show we headed into the beautifully decorated foyer for a lovely party, including wine and a buffet of some of the prettiest (and very tasty) cookies going. They also had waitstaff passing around tiny ice-cream sandwiches which were a bit challenging to eat with one hand but were so delicious. The one I tried had lime ice-cream between gingersnap cookies. Yum. Wish I had one right now.

at music gala

nick at gala

dessert table

cookies 03

band at gala

gala butterflies and lamp

lou at gala

Thanks for dropping over. Wishing my friends in the United States a happy Memorial Day, and everyone else a happy Monday.
xo loulou
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9 Responses to A Nice Night Out : The Royal Occasion at The Royal Conservatory of Music

  1. Vix says:

    You look so pretty! You really do rock black.
    Your evening sounds fantastic and the venue is awesome. Love the juxtaposition of old and new. x

  2. Louise says:

    That looks like such a perfect night out, it’s wonderful to experience new sights and sounds like that, isn’t it? That lime ice cream and ginger cookies made my mouth water, and you look wonderfully stylish as always. Xx

  3. Kaisa says:

    I love when old and new are coolly joint together in architecture. Oh and the last photo from the event with blurred lines of light is really cool!

  4. Hollie says:

    love the purple nails. What an awesome venue!

  5. Norma says:

    You look very stylish in your black clothes. I do love your purse (and fingernails) – lovely colour!

  6. Halima says:

    You look gorgeous, lovely! You suit black SO well. Your purse looks fab too.



  7. Marisa says:

    This is why I miss living in…or even near a big city so much. The music and culture is unmatched. What a grand place and evening. When I was in college my friends and I used to purchase these last minute student rush tickets for $5 a piece and always get front row seats to the music conservatory in Philly. Always a gem.

    You can never go wrong with black…even if it’s not super dressy, it’s always classy and elegant :-)

  8. Very interesting to see and read about !!

    I really like your pictures :)

    Happy Monday !

  9. Julie says:

    You look gorgeous! And what a fun night out, your photos make this look really interesting. Music AND cookies! nom nom nom.

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