The unique XII Alexander Ball solemnly took place in Toronto on October 19, 2018.
The Russian Congress of Canada and the Svetoch Association of Slavic Culture with the huge support of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Reserve of Pushkin, Russia organized this ball for the second time in Toronto. Previously, the Alexander Ball had been held in Montreal for 10 years.
The banquet hall “Elite Grande” hospitably welcomes guests of the ball for the second year. Our guests could familiarize themselves with the exhibition of gifts to the Alexander Palace-Museum, antique fashion of the Art Deco era, as well as souvenirs provided by sponsors and brought from the Alexander Museum, before the start of the ball along with the tasting of 10 kinds of Champagne in the grand foyer of the banquet hall.
The President of the Association of Slavic Culture “Svetoch” Z. Volodina had opened the ball welcoming everyone attending. The guests were welcomed by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Toronto K.S. Mikhailov, First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada and representative of Rossotrudnichestvo A. V. Soloviev, Chief Guardian of the Alexander Museum T. Serpinskaya, President of the Russian Congress of Canada I. Babalich and President of the Association of Veterans V.N. Volkov. Historical relics for the museum were donated to the Tsarskoye Selo Museum. This year they were a collection of postcards circa 1900-1915 with portraits of members of the Romanov royal family, postcards of the Red Cross societies under the patronage of the Grand Dukes and a unique postcard with authentic signatures of Olga, Anastasia, Tatiana and Maria Romanov.
The music program “Century of Russia”, was devoted to the contribution of the first Russian immigration wave of the twentieth century to world culture. We enjoyed performances by: S. Tenzer, A. Kartuzov, A. Levin, N. Korshunova, I. Serebryannik, A. Tulchinsky, I. and R. Brovkin, A. Yakimovich and A. Babakhanova.
The dance portion of the ball was traditionally opened by a polonaise, and then continued with dances to the music of the beginning of the last century with A. Tulchinsky’s musical accompaniment. A pleasant end of the ball was the lottery of souvenirs from the Alexander Museum and the bookstore chain in Toronto “Knigomania”. The grand prize was an antique golden ring from the 20s-30s of the 19th century as well as the exclusive “Century of Russia” cake for all the guests.
We thank all the guests who shared this wonderful evening with us!
We will be waiting for you at the 13th Alexander Ball in 2019.