Boasting to be the biggest benefit gala celebrating Chinese New Year in Canada, the 26th annual Dragon Ball was hosted at a new venue accommodating 1,100 guests for a grand Chinese New Year celebration in support of the Yee Hong Foundation’s dedicated services to local senior communities.

It’s always a well-attended gala that fully immerses you in the Chinese New Year festivities including a special dragon dance performance and this year having 8 adorable sheep girls (8 being a lucky number and for the Year of the Sheep). Also, BMO gave each guest a red envelope with lucky money.

8 sheep in honour of the Year of the Sheep

8 sheep in honour of the Year of the Sheep


While it’s called Dragon Ball it should also be informally called the “Mayor’s Ball” with attendees included Hazel McCallion, Olivia Chow, Thomas Mulcair, Frank Scarpetti and Mayor John Tory (yes, last year Rob Ford was there with much polite fanfare and photo ops) Ok, at least a Politician’s Ball – but it’s great to see all parties together in one evening supporting the Yee Hong Foundation.

The headlining entertainment this year was the electrifying Jully Black and she always puts her heart into every performance that I’ve seen.

Jully Black

Jully Black

As an avid whisky fan, I’m glad Macallan Single Malt Whisky was there sampling their scotch varieties including Ruby, expanding the event beyond standard beer and wine selections.

One of the many highlights of the evening was the food, including
“Lo Shui” appetizers by Michelin star Chef Lai Wai Hung during the Grand Reception.

And once again the dinner menu was designed by Chef Alvin Leung (also known as “The Demon Chef” on MasterChef Canada) this time in collaboration with award-winning Canadian Chef Eric Chong. The main course was an incredibly delectable Chilean sea bass, needless to say.

It was truly an incredible night once again at the Dragon Ball with net proceeds supporting the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.

For more information about the Yee Hong Foundation, please visit

Photos by Nick Lee

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