Diary of the Week: We Day, Shoebox, Eleventy and War Child

This year’s WE Day Toronto celebration was the biggest yet, with some of the world’s coolest celebrities descending on the city to help Craig and Marc Kielburger in their efforts to inspire and empower young people to change the world. With Demi Lovato and Nina Dobrev handling MC duties, Canadian pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen, decked out in silver platform loafers, joined fellow singers Nick Jonas, Vancouver’s own Francesco Yates, Hedley, Hozier, Kiesza and more than 20,000 ‘world changers’ inside the Air Canada Centre for an energizing party in honour of the incredibly positive work young people are doing in their communities. Former wunderkind turned magazine mogul Tavi Gevinson shared a special message of encouragement with the boisterous crowd while Shawn Mendes received a little help from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra during a performance of his hit song ‘Stiches’. It was the perfect way to blast off another season of WE Day parties that will roll through 13 cities before wrapping up in Chicago on Apr. 28.


A group of well-heeled guests stepped up their good-will game on Thursday (Oct. 1) as Holt Renfrew hosted various Give from the Sole events across Canada. Not only were attendees invited to snatch up the season's hottest footwear and snap shoe selfies, but they were encouraged to do their part by parting ways with their boxes on leaving the store. Proceeds benefitted The Shoebox Project, the brainchild of sisters-in-law Caroline Mulroney Lapham and Jessica, Vanessa and Katy Mulroney, which fills the receptacles with practical items and donates them to Canadian women living in shelters.

To toast the newest label to join the Hudson's Bay family, luxe Italian line Eleventy, The Bay's Liz Rodbell and Earl Rotman held a chic soiree at his private home in Toronto, where the Aperol spritzes were flowing and guests nibbled on elevated hors d'oeuvres from North 44. Models showcased looks from the fall 2015 collection as guests like Ben and Jessica Mulroney, and fresh-from-Italy designers Marco Baldessari and Paolo Zuntini looked on. Bellissima!

It's been a huge year for Order of Canada inductees Chantal Kreviazuk and husband Raine Maida, but the former was back at the piano in Toronto to perform at an intimate gathering in support of War Child.

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