Diary of the Week: CFC, Amanda Lindhout and AGE QUENCHER

Guests caught a case of moonstruck love at the 22nd annual gala hosted by the Canadian Film Centre, which honoured Norman Jewison's 1987 romantic comedy, the highly acclaimed film that ushered star Cher straight to the oscars stage. "This is what we're celebrating tonight," said the famed filmmaker and founder of the CFC in a video address. "Passion, love, commitment and a little magic." A series of musical acts culminated in a surprise performance by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman as guests actress Sarah Gadon, director Alexander Payne and Jennifer Robertson dined on a sumptuous feast by Oliver & Bonacini. Lucky attendees walked away with experiential auction prizes like tickets to The Graham Norton Show and a trip to Los Angeles for the finale of The Voice.


Whites were the wardrobe staple du jour at the winter wonderland celebrating Amanda Lindhout's memoir A House in the Sky, a heart-wrenching memoir published by Simon & Schuster that recounts her experience as a hostage of a Somalian fundamentalist group. More than 100 friends and colleagues gathered to fete the Canadian journalist and humanitarian her book reached the milestone of two years on as a top-ten nonfiction bestseller.

Guests who gathered to celebrate the launch of AGE QUENCHER™, Belinda Stronach and Beverley Hammond's new beauty line, found no pots to pilfer or pumps to press. Descending on swanky La Société, well-heeled attendees like Amanda Blakley and Ainsley Kerr sipped HYDRATE™ Beauty Electrolyte cocktails from a "fountain of youth" as they discovered a new, all-natural way to tend to their skin: from the inside. The antioxidant-packed ingestible system looks to Europe and Asia as inspiration, and the influencers who nabbed a first look are sure to be fantastic walking advertisements.

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