Diary of the Week: If I Loved You, Rag & Bone and a Mandela Charity Dinner

By Amoryn Engel

Love was most definitely in the air this past weekend at Rufus Wainwright’s If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway. An impressive group of international A-listers like Josh Groban, David Byrne and Boy George as well as Canadian treasures Steven Page and Brent Carver joined Rufus onstage to croon and camp it up a notch. Wainwright created the show with musical director Stephen Oremus, and sang duets to a sold-out crowd at the Sony Centre. It was clear from the multiple standing ovations that the audience loved every second of the performance.


Life was a beach as the Holt Renfrew Café was transformed into an enclave of Hamptons surf chic to celebrate the launch of its ninth charitable collaboration - this time with popular fashion brand Rag & Bone, to support Right to Play. The playful theme was inspired by the New York design duo’s totes, which were created with vintage surf tees in mind. As guests entered the store, hunky lifeguards "on duty" directed them to the beach! People sipped rum punch from fresh coconuts while posing for photos with beach-themed props (think: beach balls and inner tubes). Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy, Alexandra Weston, welcomed hipsters and trendsetters and offered heartfelt remarks about the mission of Right to Play, which supports children whose lives are made better by the positive impact of sport in their communities around the world.

It was a star-studded night at the Distillery District's Fermenting Cellar as Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri was joined by a number of celebrity friends to honour his hero, Nelson Mandela. “Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to Africa, and to the world, and tomorrow we have the chance to come together to celebrate his life and positive influence while raising money for two organizations that will ensure his legacy lives on,” said Masai. “Madiba’s impact transcends borders, cultures and time. I look forward to joining with people from all walks of life to remember him and ensure his lessons live on.” The tribute raised money in support of Giants of Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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