Diary of the week: Cirque du Soleil LUZIA premiere, Holt Renfrew grand opening and more

The wondrous world of Cirque du Soleil has returned to Toronto for another mystical and magnificent residency in the Port Lands district. This week, select guests were treated to a first look at the new show LUZIA -- a theatrical journey through Mexico complete with Aztec mythology and a surreal menagerie of characters. Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy, Chris Hadfield, Jeanne Beker and many more entered the Big Top for a night of creativity and enchanting acrobatics before indulging in the flavours of Mexico (think mojito shrimp ceviche, Baja fish tacos and deep fried ice cream).

Ahead of its 180th anniversary next year, Holt Renfrew has unveiled its newest location at Square One in Mississauga. The supremely stylish set joined Galen Weston Jr. and his wife Alexandra in exploring the 130,000 square foot luxurious playground, pausing to take inventory of the more than 200 coveted designer brands on display. Holt's patriarch W. Galen Weston was on hand to cut the celebratory ribbon, marking another milestone in the iconic brand's long and rich history.


The unplanned theme of this year’s white party at Yorkville’s Amber was “Reunion of Old Friends,” says host extraordinaire Toufik Sarwa. The 12th annual fête saw loyal partygoers toasting the summer with Belvedere and Moët champagne cocktails while dancing the night away to the sounds of in-demand DJ, and fiancé of heiress Hannah Bronfman, Brendan Fallis.

P.K. Subban, Norm Kelly and Cory Joseph were just a few of the famous faces who turned out to support Toronto Raptors’ forward DeMarre Carroll at his Evening to Believe cocktail party at Sassafraz. The 30-year-old took centre stage at the event, which featured live music by the Toronto Jazz Collective and a silent auction, and talked openly about his history with liver disease and the work he is doing to raise awareness and research for the disease through the Carroll Family Foundation.

Five years in and the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) Smashfest has served up more than $500,000 in support of concussion and rare cancer research. Captained by Canadian hockey star Dominic Moore, the annual ping-pong tournament sees NHL players swapping their sticks for paddles as they try to dominate on the tables. The popular pilsner hideaway Steam Whistle Brewery played host to this year’s event, which saw Dallas Stars’ forward Patrick Eaves leave with the Smashfest version of the Stanley Cup.

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