Diary of the Week: Warhol Revisited, Taste of Toronto, Sick Kids' All-Star Gala and Pride

The opening party for Canada’s largest Andy Warhol exhibition was, naturally, a splashy, soup can-studded affair. Curated by L.A.’s Revolver Gallery and housed in a space on Yorkville’s tony Bloor Street, the soiree for Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today attracted a host of actors, TV personalities, models, art lovers and more, who mingled with gallery founder Ron Rivlin and a pack of painting-worthy Marilyn Monroes while munching on brightly hued candies. The uniform of choice was anything Warhol, like one attendee’s tomato soup Converse, perfect for meandering through the history of the prolific artist’s style and influence on pop culture.

The sun was blazing as the second annual Taste of Toronto food festival kicked off at Toronto’s historic Fort York – and that was just one of many things for attendees to be happy about. Amid canons and original buildings from the War of 1812 sat clusters of tents housing some of the city’s best eats (think: Splendido, Drake, Harbord Room, Byblos, Rasa). Celebrity chefs meandered through the crowd when they weren’t on stage giving demonstrations – the most notable of which came courtesy of the celebrated restaurateur and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who is in the process of opening his first permanent digs in the city.We’ll tip a few PEI oysters to that!

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Sick Kids hospital tackled an exciting new fundraiser at the Arcadian Court last week, and by all accounts they scored big. The All-Star Gala hosted a who’s who of hockey players and personalities like David Rocco amid an attractive young crowd that was keen to show off their slap shots, sip fresh juice and Kronenberg, and dance the night away. Luckily, live performances by Juno nominee Glen Morisson, Kendal Thompon and more kept the dance floor at the Arcadian Court packed, while live and silent auctions brought the hospital that much closer to purchasing a new cardiac MRI. One thing’s for certain – this party had heart.

For a celebration of love, sexuality and diversity that urged attendees to “Come OUT and PLAY,” Pride Toronto celebrated its 35th year in style – and one of the most exclusive shindigs happened behind closed doors, at the home of Cineplex Media president and former Pride Grand Marshall Salah Bachir. The party’s 50 well-heeled attendees helped to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a fitting cause considering Elton’s husband, David Furnish, was the guest of honour both at this particular fete and Pride in general, where he acted as Grand Marshall. From Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders to Bollywood star Celina Jaitly and artist Jacob Yerex, it was an effortlessly eclectic crowd who gathered fora seriously worthy cause.

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