Best Shots from SnowBall 2024

Heat Things Up in Style

On Wednesday, February 28th SnowBall: A Cool Winter’s Eve returns and 400+ guests will gather for an all-inclusive and luxurious cocktail party.  Within the combined spaces at Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, guests can move between unique and distinct experiences each  boasting sumptuous décor, chef stations and bars, DJs or live music, auctions, beauty bars, live art showcase, and other experiential surprises.  All proceeds support the purchase of Snowsuits for underserved children in our community.

The SnowBall Auction presented by NRF takes over the beautiful Sky Lounge at Ottawa Art Gallery. Peruse over 100 luxury items and experiences donated by local businesses and bid on your smart phone while enjoying bites, beverages and funky beats by DJ Andrew Carter.

You do not have to attend to support this great cause!

Anyone can register to bid on exceptional items donated by supportive businesses. Items will be displayed at the event, but all bidding is online via your smartphone.

Live Auction

New this year, Ottawa’s leading charity auctioneer, Ryan Watson joined on stage by KiSS FM’s Sandra & Chris, will lead onsite live auction bidding for vacation and cruise packages from Andaz Hotel, Expedia Cruises and Air North, a VIP Bluesfest Package, and a Restaurant 18 private chef dinner in your home, for eight.


Return Air for Two to Whitehorse

from Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary. Courtesy of Air North.

Value: $2,600.00


Mayakoba Mexico Getaway

Four nights accommodation with breakfast for two at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort + $1000 Travel Voucher from Expedia Cruises in Westboro & Kanata valid for sea, land and air travel bookings.

Value: $3,400.00


Backstage VIP Package for 8 ppl

Get a glimpse of the backstage scene with dinner for 8 people in the artist catering tent. Enjoy the show from VIP seating. Event dates are July 4th to 14th. Package date to be determined.

Value: $3,500.00


Icon Of The Seas 7 night, Western Caribbean & Perfect Day Cruise for Two

A first-of-its-kind Royal Caribbean adventure. The largest waterpark at sea. Courtesy of Expedia Cruises in Kanata & Westboro.

Value: $8,370.00


Restaurant 18 Private Chef Dinner for 8 at Your Home

Prepared at your home by Restaurant 18 Executive Chef, David Godsoe, with perfectly paired wines

Value: $2,500.00

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Olivia Cruickshank | Pure Kitchen

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David Godsoe | Restaurant 18

Paolo di Bello (2)

Paolo di Bello | Starling

Chef Samantha Paquette

Samantha Paquette | Heart & Crown

Chef Chanaka Amarakoon

Chanaka Amarakoon | Feast & Revel

Che Chartrand

Che Chartrand | NORCA


Luc Bouchard | Sidedoor

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Elevate your event experience with at our Zero Proof Cocktail Station, a vibrant and enticing setup that caters to guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. Expert mixologists stand ready at the station, skillfully crafting zero-proof cocktails with a dazzling array of fresh ingredients, herbs, and creative flavors to tantalize taste buds.

Relax in sophisticated style and sound in the Luxe Lounge presented by BUMP, A Division of CBN. Sample from multiple food stations & bars while taking in live music from Soundproof w/ Kelly Craig.

Soundproof w/ Kelly Craig


With more than 2 decades’ worth of experience between the trio, Soundproof; Caleel Hall (drums), Kevin Pryce (bass) and Leighton Rodney (piano) cover multiple genres such as Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Fusion, Latin, Pop and so much more as they continually expand their vocabulary in the ever expressive language of music. Kelly actively searched for a rhythm section that could span the musical landscape of Soul Funk, Jazz, Latin, Pop and Gospel infused grooves. After hearing Soundproof, he knew he had his band. Kelly has extended his reach beyond jazz standards and horn section work to include selections that employ a contemporary approach to the music of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Club Sens hosts multiple food stations and bars. Ottawa’s The Start hits the stage to perform five decades of British rock, pop and R&B covering bands like David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Amy Winehouse, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, Modern English, Billy Idol, and so many more. Dancing encouraged!

Our Live Art Showcase is not just a display; it’s an interactive journey where guests become an integral part of the creative process. Feel the energy, engage with the artists, and become a part of the living canvas that evolves throughout the evening. As the event unfolds, expect the unexpected, as each creation takes shape with a unique blend of skill, emotion, and raw inspiration.

Katerina Mertikas

The joy depicted in Katerina’s paintings and her genius as a colourist has won her the admiration of art collectors across Canada and beyond.

Robbie Lariviere

The name Robbie Lariviere might not sound familiar to you but if you’ve ever walked around downtown Ottawa, chances are you’ve already come across some of his work.

An Nguyen

An Nguyen is an artist, educator and community builder who specializes in acrylic paintings and managing art events.  Over the years she has demonstrated a commitment to creating art and growing the Ottawa arts community.

Hôtel Le Germain Ottawa

After the SnowBall, continue your evening as a guest of our hotel partner. Reserve your room early and receive a special nightly room rate – exclusively for SnowBall attendees!

Support Us

Funds raised from SnowBall directly support the purchase, warehousing and distribution of snowsuits.  Ottawa winters are cold, and some low-income families struggling to provide the necessities of life must choose other priorities, such as food and shelter, over warm outerwear for their children.

Now in our 42nd season, the Snowsuit Fund distributes over 16,000 snowsuits annually to disadvantaged Ottawa children 15 years and younger.  A child who plays outside can thrive, and with your help, we can ensure that every Ottawa child has this opportunity.


Support the purchase of snowsuits for underserved children in our community. Sponsorship opportunities range from $2000 to $30,000 and can be customized.

Email us at to discuss opportunities for 2025.

Donate Auction Items:

Our guests love to bid on quality items valued at $100 – $5000.

Auction sales contribute significantly to the financial success of our fundraising events. We are looking for auction items from local businesses to be featured on our online platform in advance of our event and displayed during the event as well.

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Corporate Supporters

  • BLG
  • Brazeau Seller Law
  • CIBC Private Wealth I Wood Gundy
  • Harrison Wealth Advisory Group
  • Lemonade XP
  • MacMillan Playford Wealth Advisory Group
  • Paterson Group
  • Sandeep Aggerwal
  • Scotia Wealth Management/Scotia Commercial Banking


Official Media Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Planning Team

Mark Ford, RHEA Group
SnowBall 2024 Co-Chair


Lise Clement, Lansdowne Consulting
SnowBall 2024 Co-Chair
Kendra Lachine
Sandra Monsour
Susan Dennison
Lauren Parkes
Jon Sinden
Karen Wood
Whitney Zelmer
Julie Findlay
Mary Jelley
Farouk Shaharudin