Since the dawn of humanity we have looked to the night sky to make sense of our place in the universe. Joyful or hurt, comforted or lonely, we are all dreamers when we gaze up at the stars, seeing not the vast darkness but the light.

Only together can we create a community of healing, hope, and love. Your evening under the stars will be filled with a unique show of artistic and musical performances, a gourmet feast, and cosmic wonder all in support of youth on their journeys towards healing.

Friday, April 26 | 6PM | Edmonton Convention Centre

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many sponsorship opportunities available for this event! Take a look at the event sponsorship package or get in touch with our philanthropy team at

Stars of the Show

Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield
Spoken Word Artist

Buddy Wakefield is is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

An author at Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart.

More to come!


What is the dress code?

The dress code for the YESS Gala for Youth is semi-formal.

What is the scheduled program for the event?

The YESS Gala for Youth will begin at 6PM with a cocktail reception, with dinner and performances starting at 7PM.

What opportunities to support will there be?

There will be a live auction and raffles with all proceeds supporting YESS.

Where can I park?

Parking options include the Impark Underground Lot at Canada Place, Impark Surface Lot at the Courtyard by Marriott, and the Grierson Hill Surface Lot.

Is my ticket tax-deductible?

Yes, your event ticket is eligible for a $50 charitable donation receipt. If you purchase your tickets online, a charitable donation receipt will be issued after the event through our online event platform, Canada Helps. If you purchase your tickets by cheque or credit/debit card at YESS, charitable donation receipts will be issued shortly after the payment is processed.

Note that charitable donation receipts can only be issued to the person/company who purchases the tickets, per Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax Act. Please note also that, when purchasing online, the receipt is issued to the name on the credit card.

How can I get the most up-to-date information about this event?

Follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn for gala updates, or keep an eye on this space!

Are there sponsorship opportunities for this event?

Yes, there are many different sponsorship opportunities for this event. Take a look at the event sponsorship package or get in touch with our philanthropy team at


Where is it?

The afterparty will be hosted at Revel Bistro & Bar across the street from the Edmonton Convention Centre.

Is there a cover charge?

There is no cover charge for the afterparty at Revel.