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Oh Canada! Gift Lounge and Cocktail Party benefiting the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Actors Ian Gomez, Nia Vardalos, David Steinberg, Robin and CMHR member Gail Asper.

The 2nd annual Oh Canada benefit cocktail party and gifting lounge was held at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan.9th/10th. The Committee led by activist/director Kweku Mandela, actress Catherine O’Hara & comedian/director David Steinberg for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, played host to celebrities and media with music by Rock Legend Burton Cummings and critically acclaimed violinist Lili Haydn poolside on the roof garden of the hotel.

The two day event celebrating the 2014 Golden Globe Awards was in benefit of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights a national museum scheduled to open September 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Actress Big Ang with Grace, Heather and Jeffery

Actress Big Ang with Grace, Heather Stewart and Jeffery

All the companies and individuals gifting celebrities at the Oh Canada Gift Lounge were Canadian based or originally from Canada and proudly shared information on their products to everyone who attended.

Lilyfield Cakes

Lilyfield Cakes

Sponsor of the event this year, Lilyfield Cakes by Heather Stewart are exquisite vanilla, chocolate and coconut based cakes presented in small boxes delicately decorated with flowers for the ideal gift for any occasion.  A portion of all sales of Lilyfield Cakes is donated to Hirschsprung’s Diseasewww.lilyfieldcakes.com.

Make up artist Paul Venoit and friends

Make up artist Paul Venoit and friends

Guests were treated to mini makeovers and consultations by acclaimed celebrity make-up artist Paul Venoit on the day.  To get more information on Paul and his work visit www.venoit.com.

Gibson Guitar

Gibson Guitar

Gibson Guitar Corp sponsor for Bobby Wills donated a guitar signed by music celebrities to be put up for auction.  Bobby Wills will donate half of all proceeds from iTunes downloads worldwide of his “Show Respect” from January 2014 through December 2015 in support of the Canadian Museum Human Rights. www.gibson.com.

Gris-Gris Factory

Gris-Gris Factory

Montreal designer Barrymore Richards of Gris-Gris Factory was showing his acclaimed fine jewellery at the gifting lounge, each design is unique and hand made in a variety of metals and stones from Montreal.  www.grisgris.ca.

High Tea Bakery’s www.highteabakery.com one-of-a-kind wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies were featured, as well as delicious chocolate cakes from Lilyfield Cakes www.lilyfieldcakes.com, which were included in each of the attendee goodie bags.  Making kosher cool With 70 years of tradition and quality Elman’s Kosher Deli Foods offer a full line of kosher products to the highest quality.  www.elmans.ca.

Musician Burton Cummings, Heather Stewart and David Steinberg

Musician Burton Cummings, Heather Stewart and David Steinberg

One of a kind and crafted candles from The Hartmont Candle Company are hand poured and created with two colors with the finest ingredients to create the perfect aroma. www.hartmontcandles.com.

The Farmery Estate Brewery started by two farm boys from rural Manitoba have come up with their flagships beer grown on their own farm, Farmery Premium Lager with no added corn, rice or corn syrup.  www.farmery.ca.

Eco friendly Janie Jewels use can tabs, straws, water bottles, lids, shoe laces, old beads, wine cork, buttons, and more to make the jewellery  in an exciting upcycling way  to make fantastic handmade pieces. www.janiejewelscanada.com.

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Long Plain First Nation’s Bead-A-Bling handmade beautiful beaded accessories made by three aboriginal women handed out one of kind pieces to guests.

Dr. Bruce McFarlane is an award-wining Canadian orthodontist who is now located in Beverly Hills and will be launching his practice in the near future,  www.starmakerorthodontics.com.  Also at the event was Michaela de Vasconcelos a psychic medium returning again for the second time.

Nia VardalosComedienne Carla Collins

Celebrities and personalities who came out to support the cause included  actress/comedienne Catherine O’Hara, Angela “Big Ang” Raiola (Mob Wives) Kim Poirier (Paradise Falls, Dawn of the Dead) Meghan Heffern (American Pie Presents Beta House) Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World,  White Chicks) Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Erin Murphy (Bewitched) TeresaGanzel (WALL·E, UP, Monsters, Inc.) Sheree Wilson (Dallas, Walker, Ranger) Charlene Tilton (Dallas) Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cujo, Between the Sand and he Sky) Brenda Dickson (The Youngand the Restless, Taxi Driver); Vincent De Paul (Poseidon, Riding in Cars with Boys) Patrick Gallagher (Sideways, Night at the Museum) Tony Denison (The Closer, Major Crimes) Austin Anderson (Weiner Dog Nationals, Victorious) Caitlin Carmichael (The Wicked, Lizzie) Lela Brown (EOTM Awards 2013, America’s Got Talent); Kiana Lyz Rivera (The Undershepherd) Victoria Strauss (The Muppets, Bad Teacher) and her sister Sophia Strauss (Gangster Squad,  Lincoln Lawyer) Dee Wallace comedian/actor Stephen Glickman (Big Time Rush) actress/comedienne Judy Tenuta award‐winning makeup-‐artist Judith Silverman Orr amongst many others.

Bobby Wills and Burton Cummings

Bobby Wills and Burton Cummings

For more information about the Oh Canada Gift Lounge Benefit Party visit www.ohcanadagiftlounge.com.

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Written by Elizabeth Adamczyk

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