The Compass Group Canada Festival of Trees is celebrating 26 years of holiday memories!

Saturday, November 25th, 8:00 pm

Reception begins at 7:00 pm

WTCC Halifax

 Together, we can make an incredible difference in the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  Join us for a weekend filled with magical moments, top-notch entertainment and exciting prizes.

This event will feature the beautiful Forest of Trees; a sparkling display filled with one-of-a-kind Christmas tree creations from local designers and organizations.  We invite you to share and enjoy this magical time with your friends and colleagues, all in support of Nova Scotians living with mental illness.

 Contact festival@mentalhealthns.ca or call Kate Udle, Event Coordinator, at 902.464.3099 with any questions!

Thank you for helping us celebrate our silver anniversary and 25 years of holiday luncheon memories!

Thank you to everyone who attended, organized and volunteered for the 25th RBC Black Tie Gala.  Together, we can continue to make an incredible difference in the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones. 

Thank you for helping us change the way people think about mental illness in 2016.


Stay tuned for details about our 2017 event...


Your 2016 Hosts

Steve Murphy CTV News Atlantic

Steve Murphy
CTV News Atlantic

 Cindy Day  CTV News Atlantic  

 Cindy Day
 CTV News Atlantic


The RBC Black TieGala was hosted by Steve Murphy. One of the most recognized faces in the Maritimes, Steve Murphy is Executive News Editor and Anchor of the CTV News at 6:00 - the Maritimes’ #1 newscast.

Recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio and Television Digital News Association in 2012, Steve has been anchoring a supper-hour broadcast on CTV for close to 30 years.  Over that time be has hosted hundreds of live “remote” broadcasts, countless news specials and has interviewed scores of major newsmakers.  He has also anchored the CTV National News.


Cindy Day is CTV Atlantic’s chief meteorologist on CTV News at 5, CTV News at 6 and the Late News at 11:30 p.m. Best known for her comprehensive on-camera forecasts, Cindy has been working in weather on and off-camera for nearly 30 years.

Cindy joined CTV in September 2007 and has become a key member of the CTV Atlantic family.  Not only does she provide up-to-the-minute forecasts for viewers, she also publishes a weather blog and populates her Twitter and Facebook pages with weather facts and forecasts. Her book, Grandma Says - Weather Lore by Cindy Day, was snapped off store shelves and landed on the 2012 Globe and Mail year-end Top 20 list.

2016 Raffles

Santa Steele Raffle

Presented by Steele Auto Group, five tickets were drawn for five key fobs but only one lucky guest got to unlock the prize: a two year lease on a 2016 Audi Q3 (silver) valued at $21, 850!



Touch of Gold Raffle

Presented by Touch of Gold, one lucky guest walked away as the owner of a Rolex watch.  This year, we were pleased to feature the Oyster Perpetual Datejust II.  This 41mm, 904L steel model features a domed bezel, rhodium dial with blue Arabic numbers and Oyster bracelet (dial not as shown.)  Suggested retail value is $8,200 CAD (not including taxes.)




Christmas Cash Raffle

Presented by Tim and Bernie Moore, $5,000 in Christmas Cash was up for grabs at Gala.  Now THAT'S a Merry Christmas!





Live Auction 2016

This year's live auction was one of the most exciting auctions we've ever had the pleasure of hosting! There were so many jaw-dropping, mouth-watering and crowd-pleasing items up for bidding, that this part of the evening had all of us on the edge of our seats!



Dance entertainment: The Mellotones

The Mellotones deliver a high energy show of R&B favourites, Soul, Motown, Funk and Disco with outstanding vocals, powerful horns and solid funky grooves. This tight eight piece ensemble have an energy crowds can’t deny. The Mellotones love bringing fans to the dance floor in the tradition of Halifax R&B. Audiences are never short of impressed and will tell you: The Mellotones are the best dance band around!


Dinner entertainment: Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a talented, 23 year-old emerging artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia and has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. She credits her inspiration for music from time spent with family and friends at her local church, Saint Thomas Baptist, where she plays piano and is a member of three choirs.



Contact Kate Udle, Event Coordinator at festival@mentalhealthns.ca or call 902.464.3099