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November 19th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Drake Hotel
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November 19th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
at the Drake Hotel
in support of
Join us for an evening of surprise celebrity guests,
performances, incredible open bar, delicious Drake eats, and
some inspirational speeches from childhood cancer heroes.
For more information, please contact Jessica MacInnis
at 416-489-6440 or and
view our sponsorship opportunities here.


  • Building on the success of the 2014 Purple Party, we are back to make the 2015 Purple Party an evening to remember!
  • 350+ attendees, including influential business leaders, top professional athletes and cultural players from the canadian media scene
  • Surprise guests, performances, and unforgettable experiences
  • Incredible open bar, special drinks, and delicious drake eats all night
  • Dress to impress and check out the incomparable atmosphere of the drake hotel - a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark in Toronto

Our 2015 Co-Chairs

Star of TV's
Murdoch Mysteries
Yannick Bisson & Shantelle Bisson

Yannick Bisson is the star of the international hit television show, Murdoch Mysteries and plays the title character, Detective William Murdoch. Childhood Cancer Canada is thrilled to have Yannick and Shantelle back for the second year as co-chairs of the 2015 Purple Party, helping to raise funds and awareness for critical childhood cancer research, while ensuring that we support children with cancer, and their families through our vital education, community and connectivity programs.

Our 2015 Committee

Thank you to our incredible volunteer Purple Party Committee:

Laurie Foote        Anita Genua        Melissa Hylton
Nita Major        Christina Turner

2015 Celebrity Guests

Yannick Bisson

With over 60 credits to his name, Yannick Bisson is well known to audiences for his long-running roles as 'Detective William Murdoch' on Victorian-era detective series Murdoch Mysteries; FBI Agent 'Jack Hudson' in the crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye; and as 'Joey Barrett' opposite Rick Springfield in High Tide. Bisson also appeared in the feature film Casino Jack, starring Oscar winner, Kevin Spacey, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was released worldwide in December 2010, and played opposite Rob Lowe in the TV movie Too Late To Say Goodbye for Lifetime.

Jay "Mad Dog" Michaels

Jay "MadDog" Michaels is the host of the Breakfast show on 999 Virgin Radio Toronto. In his 20 plus year career he has hosted his own Video show "Chart Attack" on Canada's YTV network and appeared on or hosted many other shows including Breakfast Television for CTV, Monk, Popstars, Satisfaction, Playmakers, Zoe Busik Wildcard. His commercial work includes national voiceovers for Dorito's, The Juno awards and Dempsters bread. During his career MadDog has interviewed some of the world's biggest stars including, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Pink, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Enrique Inglesias, Jack Black, Seth MacFarlane, Mark Walberg, and many more.

Kevin Hanchard

Kevin is an actor, television and stage actor, best known for his role as Det. Arthur Bell in Orphan Black. His other credits have included episodes of Due South, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, The Eleventh Hour, Metropia, 1-800-MISSING, Naturally, Sadie, Suits, Saving Hope, Nikita, Republic of Doyle, The Firm, Lucky 7, Degrassi, The State Within and The Listener, and the films High Chicago, Savage Planet, This Beautiful City, Guidance, Born to Be Blue and Four Brothers. On stage, he is known primarily for his performances at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival, including productions of Fuenteovejuna, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Topdog/Underdog, The Millionairess and His Girl Friday.

Greg Bryk

Greg is a film and television actor known for playing Jeremy Danvers in Bitten, seen on Space. He is also known for playing the role of Mallick in Saw V, Vickor Harris in the 2006 film Living Death, Commando #1 in The Incredible Hulk, Lone Man in Shoot 'Em Up, Keith Rose in Poor Boy's Game, Abel in Weirdsville, Neil in Neil, and Billy in A History of Violence.

Danielle Bryk

Best known as the star of W Network's show "Building Bryks." Her brand and reputation as an interior artist are quickly becoming a household name. She has completed two seasons of A Bryk At A Time for the DIY Network and Bryk House for HGTV Canada.

2015 Live Auction Items

They say giving is better than receiving and we agree!
That's why we are doing things differently with our Live Auction.
Bid on the opportunity to give kids with cancer, and their families,
a fun day out, outside of the hospital! Value for each: Priceless!

A View From The Top

Send some childhood cancer heroes to The One Eighty restaurant for some delectable desserts and scrumptious snacks. While there they will be visited by some friends from the animal kingdom- snakes, flying squirrels, and other critters. Oh my!
Donated by: Sebastien Centner and Sheila Centner

Mini Murdochs

What have you, George? Send children with cancer to the set of CBC's Murdoch Mysteries to meet the cast, watch filming, see the costumes, solve some mysteries and have lunch with the star of Murdoch Mysteries himself, Yannick Bisson!
Donated by: Shaftesbury, Yannick & Shantelle Bisson and CBC

Holiday Magic

Share in the magic of the Holiday season, send childhood cancer heroes, and their families to a heart-warming performance of The Nutcracker by Ballet Jörgen.
Donated by: Teva & Ballet Jörgen

Kids Check In at the Drake Hotel

Kids get the key to The Drake Hotel, where they will have a delicious brunch and magnificent mocktails. Arts, crafts and activities in the city's coolest venue, while munching on delicious Drake eats!
Donated by: The Drake Hotel

All on Board!

Kickflips, ollies and rail slides, these kids will learn to master the half-pipe... or at least have some fun swinging on the rope into the foam pit! Send some incredible kids to C.J. Skateboard Park and School to have a blast mastering skateboards and scooters while having fun just being kids.
Donated by: Jay Mandarino

Step Up to See The Next Step!

The Next Step, Canada's hit teen drama, will be welcoming some deserving kids and their SuperSibs on set to meet the cast and get a sneak peek at the next big dance competition.
Donated by: Temple Street Productions

The gift of a lifetime
Just 3% of all cancer research funds are dedicated to
childhood cancer research. Tonight, you have the opportunity to
give the gift of a lifetime. Support lifesaving, national cancer
research dedicated to finding a cure for every child.

For more information on becoming a 2015 Purple Party Sponsor, please view our
sponsorship package here and contact Jessica McInnis at

About the Cause

Who We Are

Childhood Cancer Canada was founded in 1987 by a mother who lost her 17 year-old son to leukemia. Today, we are Canada's leading foundation dedicated to funding national research while delivering critical education, community and connectivity programs to children with cancer and their families.

What We Do

Childhood Cancer Canada improves the lives of children with cancer through our investment in the best childhood cancer research in the country and our vital programs and services that serve children with cancer across Canada.

Why We Do It

1 in 5 children will not survive their cancer diagnosis.
Less than 4% of all cancer research dollars in Canada go to childhood cancer research.
2 out of 3 survivors of childhood cancer will suffer long-term effects from treatment.
1,500 Canadian children will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year.

Meet Our Kids

Diagnosed Age 2
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Diagnosed Age 10 Months
Stage IV Neuroblastoma
Diagnosed Age 2
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

2015 Sponsors

For more information on becoming a 2015 Purple Party Sponsor, please view our
sponsorship package here and contact Jessica MacInnis at


For more information, please contact
Jessica MacInnis at 416-489-6440