Drake may be the newest resident-to-be of the swanky Bridle Path, but just last week nearly 700 of Toronto's top socialites and philanthropists descended on a private ravine property for a very fashionable bash. Heart of Fashion saw host Jeanne Beker do what she does best: talk style. Guests nibbled on Pusateri's bites and sipped cocktails while enjoying a TNT-curated fashion show and a sneak peek at designs by the five finalists from the Fabricland Scrubs Design Challenge before crowning the winner. Surprise musical guest Alan Frew of Canadian synth-poppers Glass Tiger ensured that the megawatt evening, which raised $1.2 million for North York General's new Interventional Radiology (IR) suite, catwalked its way into unforgettable territory.
An intimate cocktail party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre's Bulgari boutique saw Suits star Sarah Rafferty, Jessica and Ben Mulroney, Erica and Noah Godfrey and more dressed to impress as The Brain Project revealed another show-stopping sculpture: "Illumination" by Pascale Girardin. The artist-designed and philanthropist-sponsored pieces benefit research and care on aging and brain health at Baycrest Health Sciences. The second piece to bring awareness to the important cause was inspired by Bulgari's Diva's Dream collection and crafted from ancient Roman mosaic tiles. The night's other dazzler? Sarah's stunning Bulgari serpent necklace, which we recognize from fellow actress Naomi Watts's neck at the Golden Globes!
A century after Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity, The Einstein Gala brought together some of the city's most distinguished families to find the geniuses of the future with a little help from some highly recognizable faces. The Carlu played host for the event supported by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an institution founded by the famous physicist. As guests dined on beef two ways and retro Oreo ice cream sliders courtesy of the Park Hyatt and sipped O&B cocktails, CNN star Anderson Cooper hosted and moderated a conversation between panelists like composer Shuki Levy, Dr. Naomi Azrieli and Tribal Planet founder Jeff Martin. One of the evening's shining moments came when Canadian music heavyweight (and former guitarist/musical director for Justin Bieber) Dan Kanter joined musical guest Bob Weir, formerly of the Grateful Dead, for a rousing performance.
Army & Navy Stores CEO Jacqui Cohen assembled an elite guest list of philanthropists and business leaders at her stunning family home for her 26th annual Face the World Foundation Gala. The $2000-a-ticket black-tie affair saw Tattinger champagne flowing as 270 glamorous guests joined emcees and broadcast heavyweights Mike Killeen and Vicki Gabereau for an evening of inspiration. The crowd dined on surf and turf from Hy’s and Gotham Steakhouse over the glamorous tennis courts. The night's greatest power play was the emotional announcement that Jacqui and her daughter Kasondra, who founded her own charity Face of Today nine years ago, would unite their charitable endeavors in 2017. Bidding paddles flew as artworks fetched five-digit sums and Canadian singer-songwriter and Barenaked Lady Steven Page got the crowd shaking late into the night. With $16 million raised for multiple local charities, the fun evening is sure to bring positive change.
Toronto's pretty young things were ready for summer as they gathered to toast the opening of The Deck at Cactus Club Cafe. The rooftop patio at the snazzy First Canadian Place restaurant saw 150 of the city's notables, including city councilor Norm Kelly, chef Cory Vitiello, singer k-os and TV personality Rachel David, day-partying with Ciroc cocktails. A surprise set by Majid Jordan had everyone on their feet blowing bubbles and luxuriating in the Miami-inspired setting. Meanwhile, it was a warm welcome for the newest member of Christian Dior Toronto, Douglas Mandel, as he made his grand debut at the Bata Shoe Museum. A very fashionable crowd of editors, influencers, media and industry vets mingled with the Edmonton-raised, Ryerson- and Paris-educated executive, who will be overseeing the luxury brand after a transfer from Russia.