Black & Gold | Thursday 19 October

Save the date for KWAG's annual gala fundraising event at Tapestry Hall.

Celebrate the power of the visual arts in our community at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery's signature fall gala. This extraordinary evening serves as a vital fundraiser for the Gallery and returns after a hiatus due to COVID-19. It will be held at the stunning Tapestry Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. We invite you to join us and indulge in a unique experience of art and gastronomy. 

Dress in creative attire and immerse yourself in bidding on auction items, engaging in the popular art activity, listening to music by Mandi and the Vibe, networking with friends and colleagues and most of all, supporting KWAG's programs that focus on equity, inclusivity and diversity! 


We are honoured to announce our Guest of Honour, Bangishimo. 

Bio submitted by Bangishimo:

Bangishimo (They/Them) is an IndigiQueer Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nation located on Treaty #3 territory. They currently reside in so-called Kitchener located along the Grand River. Bangishimo is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. They are one of the co-founders of O:se Kenhionhata:tie, also known as Land Back Camp. ​

Their advocacy and photography has allowed them to visit over sixteen countries; taking photos and sharing the stories of those they meet along the way. Bangishimo's work has been featured in numerous publications and has had their work on display across Canada. Most recently, Bangishimo won the Briarpatch Writing in the Margins Contest 2020, voted Best Photographer 2021/22 in the Community Edition, and recipient of the Waterloo Region Arts Award 2022. Bangishimo is the 2022/2023 Artist-in-Residence for the City of Kitchener. 

We are also excited to announce that Roshan James will be performing spoken word at the event.

Bio submitted by Roshan: 

Roshan James (she/her) is a Tibetan-Indian multidisciplinary artist, poet and musician living as a settler in southwestern Ontario. As part of the South Asian diaspora, Roshan researches and experiments to create work that embodies decolonization, identity, timelessness, mindfulness, purpose, and healing. Entrenched in her work is anti-oppression advocacy and representation of marginalized, queer, and melanated voices to help dismantle colonial, capitalistic systems. Roshan studied at Queen's University and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and she holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from York University, summa cum laude. You'll find her on social media, most active on Instagram at @roshan_james.


Mike Farwell will Emcee the evening. 

Bio submitted by Mike:

Mike is a Kitchener native who had the privilege of attending both Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo. Though he always thought he would be a teacher, Mike had a lifelong fascination with broadcasting and decided to give it a shot. Four months after graduating from Conestoga College, Mike was hired at a radio station in British Columbia, embarking on a cross-Canada journey that ultimately led him back to his hometown. Today, Mike hosts a daily talk show on CityNews 570 and is the play-by-play voice of the Kitchener Rangers. 

Mike is an enthusiastic volunteer, having served on several boards and committees, including the Kitchener Public Library, Women’s Crisis Services, and REEP Green Solutions. Mike also co-chaired the volunteer team that helped shape the city of Kitchener’s first-ever Neighbourhood Strategy. In 2014, he began the Farwell4Hire fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $1-million for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. 

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Cera Frederiksen

If you have special dietary requirements, such as allergies or vegan needs, please email Cera Frederiksen. 



October 19th, 2023 from  5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tapestry Hall
74 Grand Ave S
Cambridge, ON N1S 2L9
Event Fee(s)
Black & Gold 2023 - Individual Ticket $150.00
Black & Gold 2023 - Table of 10 $1,500.00