Diary of the Week: Waterkeeper Gala, AGO Massive Party and Integral House

The wine was flowing on Thursday (April 23) as a couple-hundred guests descended on the CBC building to protect a resource that flows throughout our country: water. Having raised more than a million dollars since 2012 for the holy trinity of agua - swimmable, fishable and drinkable - the annual Waterkeeper Gala is the biggest of its kind in the true north. The room was awash in blue lighting with a stunning backdrop that called to mind the undulating waves of the ocean. Hosted by National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis, the dinner honours art as much as H20, with a popular live auction that this year boasted pieces by the likes of Barbara Cole, Robert Polidori, Tom Hopkins and Edward Burtynsky, who was in attendance along with fellow Canadian talents like Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden and The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. All in all, the night went swimmingly!

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On the same evening, a decidedly funkier crowd gathered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in their wildest party wares for the gallery's popular Massive Party, for which this year's theme was Hotbed - and the party was a hotbed of activity, no doubt. With the gorgeous gallery's Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's The Time exhibit at the heart of it all, an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres fueled 2,000 guests for a raucous good time, where sequins and stripes collided with satin, spandex and even teal lamé. Proceeds benefit the AGO's ambitious programming and exhibitions.

As one of North America's most exquisite private homes, an 18,000-square-foot dream in the luxe Rosedale nabe of Toronto, having an opportunity to step inside the Integral House is one not afforded to many. The award-winning residence, commissioned by mathematician James Stewart in 1999, is now on the market - and a selection of the city's movers and shakers were invited to have a peek inside by architects Shim-Sutcliffe and realtors The Trilogy Team. After a private tour of the $28 million mansion, guests enjoyed a performance by the Canadian Opera Company's Gordon Bintner, Andrew Haji and pianist Timothy Cheung while sipping wine and cocktails and nibbling on yorkshire puddings. And then, with five fabulous storeys to explore, they were off...

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