Diary of the week: Women's Festival Toronto Gala, NBS Steampunk and Armand de Brignac dinner

Ahead of her whirlwind trip to Washington, where Madam Sophie Grégoire Trudeau made a stylish statement in a who's who of Canadian designers and charmed the Obama family alongside her husband, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the former TV personality celebrated women in another Canadian label: Greta Constantine. Dazzling in a metallic-gold across-the-shoulder gown, the mother of three - who acted as hounorary chair for the Women's Festival Toronto 2016 - gave the keynote address at the Luminance Celebration Gala alongside featured speaker Katie Couric. "Anybody who has the fearlessness to fight for what they believe in, can spark so much change!" said Sophie in her powerful address. After a welcome champagne toast, the formal affair saw guests seated for dinner to enjoy the night's entertainment, bid on a silent auction and take the #PledgeForParity to help close the gender gap.


Each year the National Ballet School (NBS) creates an evening of whimsical fun for supporters and friends of the Canadian organization, the only one of it's kind in North America to blend academic education, dance training and residential care. Taking on the theme of "Steampunk," 600 guests looked to the 19th century and science-fiction for wardrobe inspiration as they filled The Carlu to celebrate the NBS with a cocktail reception and four-course Oliver & Bonacini feast. Later, a younger crowd of patrons flowed into the room to sip absinthe cocktails from BarChef, gamble at blackjack and poker tables, watch a special ballet performance and cut the rug to live entertainment.

When prestige champagne brand Armand de Brignac toasts a new coup (this time being one of the LCBO's first new luxury bubblies in a decade), they do so in style, inviting well-heeled attendees like Ainsley Kerr and Suzanne Rogers for an exclusive dinner at Café Boulud. Decadent champagne pairings complemented the sumptuous four-course meal of French dishes prepared by executive chef Sylvian Assie (think foie gras, East Coast oysters and Veau Rossini). As guests emerged from the Four Seasons with full bellies and elevated spirits, we're guessing they'll soon be popping by the LCBO to reclaim the feeling of levity with a bottle of 'Ace of Spades' Gold Brut Champagne.

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