Must Attend: Brushes With Cancer in Toronto

On November 19th, get ready to party in the name of a cause that has affected us all.

Enter: Brushes With Cancer.

It’s the inaugural event for Twist Out Cancer Canada (TOC), a new chapter of Twist Out Cancer, which is based in Chicago. The organization offers a community of support to those affected by cancer but – you guessed it – with a twist.

It provides the platform, tools, and community (both online and offline) for anyone touched by cancer to create, support, and inspire.

Far from your typical charity event, Brushes With Cancer does just that. It’s an evening that celebrates survivorship and hope through art, music, and storytelling.

And you’re going to want to be there (especially if you’re an art lover).

In anticipation of the event, over the last few months, survivors and caregivers were asked to share their experiences with artists. Their personal, moving stories served as inspiration for local and international artists to create unique pieces of art.

Guests will not only experience the art firsthand, they’ll be able to take it home, as it will be auctioned off at the event. The focus this year is the young adult community, so for the first event 23 local and international artists have been matched with 23 local young adults who were touched by cancer, whether as survivors or caregivers.


Of course, the evening also involves an epic party.

Naturally, you can expect appetizers, an open bar, and live entertainment including a special performance by Electric violinist Dr. Draw. As an added bonus, tickets sold before November 5th will include a $50 silent auction credit.

“We are very excited to launch Twist Out Cancer Canada, even more excited to do it with such a meaningful program like Brushes with Cancer. Art is a powerful tool,” said Dan Hadad, Board Chair, Twist Out Cancer Canada.

What makes TOC unique is its dynamic, multi-tiered approach through its website, Brushes with Cancer events, Twist- Shops (educational workshops), and health and awareness events. Since 2011, TOC has touched over 53,000 individuals through all of its programs.

And on Thursday, November 19th at 7:30pm at The Richmond (477 Richmond St. W.) you can experience this firsthand.

If you can’t make it to the event, not to worry. The exhibit will be open to the public after the 19th, with a donate-what-you-can admission charge.

Friday, November 20th         4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, November 22nd       3:00-7:00pm
Monday, November 23rd      2:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, November 24th      2:00-7:00pm

For more information and to buy your tickets today click here.