November 7 - 8, 2018
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1:30 PM - Come From Away // Royal Alexandra Theatre


It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. COME FROM AWAY is the breathtaking new musical that Toronto has embraced with open arms and has audiences leaving the theatre night after night claiming they are “proud to be Canadian!” Written by Tony nominated Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, COME FROM AWAY "takes you to a place you never want to leave!" (Newsweek)

17:30-19:30 - Chairman's Reception

Thursday, November 8, 2018

09:00-09:30 - Light Breakfast
09:30-9:40 - Board transportation for Museum
9:45 - Depart for Bata Shoe Museum
10:00-10:10 - Museum Welcome and Orientation

11:45 - 12:00

Discover the treasures of North America’s world-renowned shoe museum. Located in Toronto, Canada, the BSM has over a thousand shoes and related artefacts (from a collection numbering over 13,000) in architect Raymond Moriyama’s award-winning five-floor structure.The BSM celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Footwear on display ranges from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity shoes are reflected in the semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes. Three other galleries feature changing exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see.

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10:15 - 10:45 – ½ hour presentation of The Evolution of Hi-Heels
10:45 -11:45 – ½ tour of the “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” Exhibition

10:45 -11:45

For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. The BSM is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibition. Previous stops on the international tour included Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid.

11:45 - 12:00 – The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe

11:45 - 12:00

The BSM’s newest exhibition The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe features some of the Bata Shoe Museum’s most impressive and precious artefacts and explores the meanings and cultural uses of golden footwear across the globe. The gleam of gold has seduced people around the world. Treasured for its incorruptibility and remarkable shine, gold has been used ornamentally since time immemorial and as currency since at least the Bronze Age. Gold has ornamented the powerful and adorned the divine for thousands of years. But gold for shoes? Seems improbable. Yet golden footwear has been central to expressions of status and style in numerous cultures. From royal shoes to fashionable sneakers, the gleam of golden footwear has been used to proclaim privilege and flaunt status worldwide. Curated by the BSM’s Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and comprised solely of artefacts from the BSM collection, The Gold Standard examines objects as diverse as Ancient Egypt golden funerary sandals to rare 16th century Italian chopines to contemporary gleaming gold sneakers. Together, the objects tell the story of the ongoing popularity of golden footwear and the complex history behind it.

12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 – On your Own
14:30 – Return to the Bata Shoe Museum to board transportation
14:45 – Depart for The Ritz Carlton Hotel
15:15 - 16:30 – Session with Conrad Black
18:30 - Reception
19:30 - 22:30 - Awards Dinner