Diary of the Week: Power Ball XVIII and Scrubs in the City

The Power Ball never disappoints, and with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery's XVIII gala themed "Pleasure Principle," a hedonist's dream was as good as guaranteed for actresses Sarah Gadon and Tara Spencer-Nairn, singer Kardinall Offishall and Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong. Guests feasted their eyes at every turn, from an exclusive performance by New York-based performance artist Ryan McNamara (a flurry of 25 performers weaving props and their bodies throughout the space) to Italian fashion house Max Mara's projections of the FW16 runway show while ballet dancer Javon Jones performed an original piece on the label's custom stage. Nibbles from Parts & Labour Catering (think s'mores and fried dumplings) were perfectly paired with BarChef's modernist cocktails as the curious and artfully clad wandered around Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik's Inflatable Culture - an installation made entirely of beach toys - and cut the rug to tunes by Mark Farina, DJs Teo Nio and CRSB.


For the 15th year, gala fundraiser Scrubs in the City brought the glamour of Sex and the City to the hospital as committee members like Suzanne Rogers and Sylvia Mantella donned a who's who of high-fashion designers for a very good cause: a new 3T MRI machine for SickKids hospital in Toronto. This year's theme saw more than 900 guests divided between the two sides of London - royal or rebel - as the Evergreen Brick Works transformed to spotlight this major duality across the pond. From the silent auction, where a Mulberry tote, Mark Lash baubles and a stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim were on offer, to the draw for a Mini Cooper and London travel package, a record-breaking $800,000 was raised. Before attendees took their last photos in the iconic red phone booth and their last stroll on Abbey Road, a Ziggy Stardust-style choir put on quite the show and The Mockers brought the spirit of The Beatles to the Great White North.

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