Marieme to feature in fundraiser for mental health and wellness

The Vanguard inaugural event launch


Set in the historic grand venue of The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto on Monday March 28, 2022, the launch of The Vanguard begins with a Famed Carpet at 6:30PM EST.

Hair, Face, Chic & Heals is the Invite-Only showcase of Fashion and Music hosted by Special Advisor Glen Baxter, Co-Chair and Special Advisor Vanja Vasi of Fashion Arts Toronto, Special Advisor Gail McInnes (The Style Box) and Curator Shawn Cuffie (Black Diamond Ball). Inspired by the world’s most coveted red carpets, this is a charity night of personal expression, haute couture, and uninhibited style in support of mental health wellness and community initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be hosting The Vanguard, the inaugural event benefiting mental health initiatives,” says event emcee and television personality Glen Baxter, “This evening will be the first of its kind and promises to bring out some of the city’s most fashion forward personalities, notables and creatives. We are overdue for a glamorous night out and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Surrounded by elegant decor, delectable hors d’oeuvres and Avant Garde stylistas, the VIP Champagne Room is the golden room behind the velvet rope. To slay the night is the self-described anti-diva Senegalese-American artist Marieme, who has been compared to Erykah Badu, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill  all wrapped into one phenomenal artist for her bold, expressive multi-octave voice and social-conscious world vision.

Standby for The Savoir Faire at 8pm EST – the after affair second Famed Carpet and a musical kaleidoscope throughout of show stopping cultural artists.

The Vanguard and Savoir Faire are open to all cultures, all genders, all those with an open mind and open heart. The fundraiser supports DreamMakers Legacy Foundation and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is made possible by our sponsors FACTOR, DreamMakers Development and ArtXperiential Projects Inc.


We are committed to healing after three years of the pandemic.