Historic Press Gallery Dinner happens Saturday night: here’s how it used to shake down

'There was no orchestra. There were no imported entertainers. Everything was very simple. But joined with this simplicity was a heartiness, a spontaneity, an enthusiasm, a genuineness which gave it character and life,' wrote Hill journalist J. Lambert Payne in the 1880s.

Le Devoir reporter Hélène Buzzetti, then president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, pictured Oct. 16, 2010, making her way to the stage in a bikini for the opening speech of the annual Press Gallery Dinner in Ottawa—lampooning the government for $57,000 spent on a fake lake for that year's G8-G20 meetings. Photograph courtesy: The Canadian Press Fred Chartrand

By JENNIFER DITCHBURN

PUBLISHED : Monday, May 30, 2016 12:00 AM

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