Diary of the Week: GGPAA reception, Goose Gala and the Dee Ocleppo launch

Celebrations for the esteemed honourees of this year's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards kicked off with an elegant reception in Toronto this week at the home of co-chair Kate Alexander Daniels. Lush red arrangements greeted social and cultural influencers like director and GGPAA recipient Atom Egoyan, Jim and Sandi Treliving, Suzanne Rogers and Salah Bachir. Guests at the intimate gathering nibbled on passed delights like cold spring rolls and played with the residence's adorable pooch, while Canadian stage icon and 2013 recipient Eric Peterson delighted the crowd with an address (wearing his GGPAA, of course!).

The Canadian Wildlife Foundation (CWF) welcomed a coterie of charitable Canadians to the Four Seasons Toronto on Thursday (April 9) for the inaugural Goose Gala, through which environmentally minded attendees were able to contribute to and celebrate efforts to preserve the country's most precious resources. Corner Gas creator and stand-up favourite Brent Butt and broadcaster Brian Williams hosted, while Juno-winning country star Johnny Reid had guests tapping their toes between attempts to win lavish auction items, like a fabulous $34,000 adventure across the arctic. The best part? The event, hosted by Rogers, Collins Barrow, Labatt and Adventure Canada, raised more than $250,000 to protect the true north.


Surrounded by family, friends and fashionistas, Dee Hilfiger - talented wife of fashion legend Tommy - introduced her line of luxury handbags, Dee Ocleppo, at The Room at Hudson’s Bay, hosting an exclusive luncheon for Toronto's sartorial inner circle. The colourful spring line was an ode to glamorous Mustique (a perennial royal favourite!). In her brocade Osman dress and punchy coral heels, Dee brightened an otherwise drizzly day - and the thatched roof, palm fronds and papaya-and-pineapple cocktails didn't hurt. As guests nibbled on salad and poached lobster, for a moment it felt as though they had actually drifted off to the sultry south. It’s the stuff fashion dreams are made of.

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