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About the Event

Join us for a lively, literary evening

With a Canadian writer at each table, the Writers’ Trust Gala is unlike any other fundraiser. Past guest authors include literary luminaries Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Clarkson, Cherie Dimaline, Emma Donoghue, Lawrence Hill, Thomas King, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Anne Michaels, and Noah Richler.

 The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the $50,000 Writers’ Trust Fellowship honouring one of the leading Canadian writers of our time. Past recipients of the Writers' Trust Fellowship are Michael Crummey, Miriam Toews, Eden Robinson, and Charles Foran.

2019 Gala Host

Steve Patterson

Best known to over 700,000 weekly listeners as Canada’s least moderate debate moderator on CBC’s hit show The Debaters, Steve Patterson is a veteran headline comic who has performed across Canada, North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. His material is a combination of off-the-cuff and meticulously-crafted topical social commentary. He’s also been known to break into song.

Patterson was twice named Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and has been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards as Host of HGTV’s I Wrecked My House and The Great Canadian Screen Test.  Steve’s nationally-toured theatre show entitled This is Not Debatable is now available on iTunes, and in 2016 his first aptly-titled collection, Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send, was published by Goose Lane Editions. 

Steve’s latest role is as a budding producer with his show The Smartass-ociates, making smart people funnier and funny people smarter.

2019 Writers' Trust Fellowship

2019 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Authors Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Hardcover Sponsors

Lorraine Greey
Taanta Gupta
Latner Family Foundation

Paperback Sponsors

Kari Cullen
Jan Innes / Lydia Luckevich
Marla & David Lehberg
Don Tapscott & Ana P. Lopes


  • Condor Security Inc.

Mystery Shelf Sponsors

  • Apex Physiotherapy & Massage
  • Artbarn School
  • Ashford Cleaners
  • Avenue Road Arts School
  • Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club
  • Barry’s Bootcamp
  • Böehmer Restaurant
  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Canadian Stage
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Crow’s Theatre
  • Drake Hotel Properties
  • DREAM Unlimited
  • Emblem
  • Esmeralda Enrique Academy of Spanish Dance
  • Factory Theatre
  • Fairmont Château Laurier
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • Forest Hill Spa
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
  • Grange of Prince Edward Vineyard and Estate Winery
  • HelloFresh
  • Joe Rockhead’s
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Kids & Company
  • Kwäf
  • LAC + CO
  • Le Sélect Bistro
  • Metropolitain Brasserie
  • Mix Fix Beauty Lab
  • Musée national des
  • beaux-arts du Québec
  • National Arts Centre
  • One of a Kind Show
  • Out of Print Clothing
  • Prairie Fire
  • Queen Books
  • Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
  • Rose Reisman Catering
  • Roy Thomson Hall
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Scaramouche
  • Soulpepper Theatre Co.
  • St. Joseph Communications
  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Stratford Festival
  • Stratus
  • Sushi Making for the Soul
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • Tarragon Theatre
  • the[fix]
  • The Healthy Butcher
  • The Malahat Review
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • The Royal Conservatory of Music
  • The Second City Toronto
  • The Tapscott Group
  • The Theatre Centre
  • Theatre Passe Muraille
  • VIA Rail

2019 Guest Authors

  • Sally Armstrong
  • Barry Avrich
  • Linwood Barclay
  • Randy Boyagoda
  • Lynn Coady
  • Annahid Dashtgard
  • Susan Doherty
  • Rich Donovan
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Rebecca Fisseha
  • Charlie Foran
  • Don Gillmor
  • Melissa Gismondi
  • Samra Habib
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Ann Hui
  • John Irving
  • Amy Jones
  • Daniel Sarah Karasik
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Shari Lapena
  • Carrianne Leung
  • Linden MacIntyre
  • Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Khashayar Mohammadi
  • Téa Mutonji
  • Carol Off
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Janika Oza
  • Anna Mehler Paperny
  • Catherine Porter
  • Andrew Pyper
  • Zalika Reid-Benta
  • Eden Robinson
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Adam Sol
  • Moez Surani
  • Susan Swan
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Jesse Thistle
  • Ziya Tong
  • Catriona Wright
  • David Young