Diary of the Week: Casamigos, the Royal Winter Fair, BFTA and WaterAid

By Amoryn Engel and Jenn Campbell

Rande Gerber, who can boast supermodel Cindy Crawford as his wife and George Clooney as his best friend, can now add Tequila aficionado to his list. The entrepreneur was in Toronto promoting Casamigos and encouraging Canadians to embrace the brand, which drinks as smooth as silk. An intimate group, (including hockey legend Paul Coffey) came out to Calvin bar at the Trump Hotel and, needless to say, everyone had a great time chatting with Rande, who was the ultimate gentleman. “George and I love Mexico and we were drinking a lot of tequila.” said Gerber. “We wanted to create something that we could drink all day that wouldn’t give us a hangover, and that is how Casamigos came about.” And word has it that there was a lot of taste-testing to be done to come up with perfection. Can anyone say TEQUILA!?

If you haven’t made it out to the annual Royal Winter Fair after dark, it is a must-do for 2015! A time-honoured tradition, there aren’t many events that can boast 92 years and still going strong! Patrons arrived in floor length gowns for a special night on the Royal Terrace and enjoyed ringside drinks and dinner in the Ricoh Coliseum alongside world-class international show jumping. “My grandfather competed at the first Royal Horse Show in 1912 and it is so special to me to be a third-generation competitor and supporter of the Fair.” said Cawthra Burns, Royal Horse Show Committee Chair. “There is a sense of history, loyalty and responsibility woven into the hearts of thousands of volunteers and patrons that makes this like no place on earth.” Many of the revelers stayed on into the wee hours at the famed Tanbark Club to mix and mingle with the equestrians.

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Now in its 40th year, Business for the Arts hosted a stunning evening at the shining new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. It was an impressive crowd who gathered to recognize and celebrate some bright lights, including Hilary Weston, who have offered outstanding support of the arts across Canada.

A group of well-heeled Ottawans came out to celebrate the work of WaterAid, a Britain-based organization with which Canada’s own WaterCan has joined forces. Not least of them was Margaret Trudeau, who has been lending her name to WaterCan, and doing hands-on work with them, for decades. “Without clean water, the children don’t stand a chance,” she told the group about her experiences in Mali. “I remember when I was there how moved I was. How extraordinary it is what our help can do for them." The event was held in National Gallery’s Water Court Foyer — that a pool of water shimmered through the transparent ceiling above wasn’t lost on those who attended. WaterCan, now known as WaterAid, works to bring clean water to the developing world. Jugs of dirty water offered some sobering décor for the event. More positive were the clean-water jugs that were scattered through the elegant room. Guests noshed on canapés by Thyme and Again and bid on silent auction items throughout the night.

Our Society Editor, Amoryn Engel, keeps you updated on Canada’s most exclusive events (and the movers and shakers who attend them) here and on Twitter: @amoryn.

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