The Royal Occasion is the annual signature black tie gala event hosted by the Royal Conservatory of Music to celebrate Canadians who have made a lasting contribution to the Arts. TELUS invited me to be their guest and I graciously accepted.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at ONE Restaurant by The McEwan Group on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto and then headed over to the amazingly renovated Koerner Hall for the event which was sponsored by TELUS.

This year the RCM honoured rock and roll icon Randy Bachman, internationally acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin. The 2Cellos performed as well – did I mention how cute these boys are?! They seriously stole the show, receiving a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance.


royal conservatory of music

For every table sold at the Royal O, TELUS sent a child to Learning Through the Arts Camp. The Royal Conservatory’s Media Arts Camps gathers talented and media-curious individuals aged 9-14 to explore the process of video and music making.

The ongoing joke throughout the evening was how far you got in the Conservatory – for the record, I finished my Grade 9 piano.

I love that TELUS has a “We Give Where We Live” philosophy and is committed to supporting youth and the Arts in Toronto.



Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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