Diary of the Week: Spectre, George Invites Margaret to Dinner, COC and more

Guests enjoyed their martinis shaken, not stirred at Drake One Fifty the other night, where the latest James Bond saga, Spectre, was fêted by stylish screen stars like Natalie Brown, Anthony Lemke and David Sutcliffe. Following a screening of the flick hosted by Dignitas International co-founder Dr. James Orbinski, more than 400 guests were treated to a 007-inspired evening complete with an exciting auction featuring the Ultimate James Bond Experience package (racing Aston Martins, a trip to Aspen and winter coats from CMFR). The night raised more than $200,000 in support of Dignitas International's lifesaving medical care and research efforts in Malawi and Northern Ontario.

A sartorially savvy crowd came to dine at Princess Margaret hospital's splashy fundraiser George Invites Margaret to Dinner, benefitting its Cancer Foundation’s BELIEVE IT Billion Dollar Challenge. Guests like TV personality Chloe Wilde, fashion journalist Jeanne Beker and designer Brian Gluckstein descended on the AGO's Walker Court, where George C owners Lisa and George Corbo treated the crowd to the first-ever runway presentation of LA designer Zaid Affas's spring 2016 collection, anchored by limited-edition Jean-Michel Cazabat shoes. Feel-good fashion!


School of Life founder and British philosophizer Alain de Button brought his musings on the art world to the Holt Renfew Men Salon Speaker Series, where some of Toronto's most recognizable names gathered to discuss the question "What Is Art For?" While exercising their minds, attendees also gave their taste buds a treat during the intimate dinner held in the boutique's shoe department. Alain's participation in the series has the best-selling self-help guru following in the footsteps of strategist James Carville and historian Niall Ferguson.

Riant Boutique re-opened its Bathurst Street doors to an excited crowd this week, showcasing a complete overhaul with new branding and, more importantly, exciting new brands (think IRO, Derek Lam 10 Crosby and Calypso St. Barths, to name a few). Owner Maxine Waters, surrounded by her family, welcomed guests like Robin Kay, Heartland actress Kaitlyn Leeb and CP24's Patricia Jaggernauth to the chrome-and-white space, where the wine and beer was flowing and DGS catering whipped up mini grilled cheeses and Thai-style chicken salads. Welcome back!

In a hunt for the opera world's next big talent, the Canadian Opera Company hosted its Ensemble Studio Competition at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, bestowing top honours (and the $5,000 prize) on Toronto's Emily D'Angelo. The highlight of the company's annual Centre Stage fundraiser, patrons and performers were also treated to the storied banter of tenor Charles Sy and soprano Karine Boucher, and the musical stylings of a number of the COC's top talents, all while nibbling on cheese and charcuterie washed down with Peller Estates vino.

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