Diary of the Week: Right to Play, Fandango, TFI and CCAR

Diary of the Week: Right to Play, Fandango, TFI and CCAR

By Amoryn Engel

Olympian Johann Olav Koss welcomed a star-studded group to the 3rd annual Right to Play Ball, held at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. Resident fashionisto Glen Baxter worked the crowd as host and homegrown comedian Russell Peters played DJ to the delight of decked-out revelers. Tastemakers and celebrities put the “fun” in fundraising to benefit the goodwill of sport and play for children all over the world.

Also in Toronto, a British invasion had guests pulling out their best Austin Powers getups for Fandango! Carnaby Street at the Ritz-Carlton. Canadian darlings Shantelle and Yannick Bisson kept the audience entertained, with Shantelle even appearing as Twiggy and "Jane Bond" as part of her hosting duties. Patrons then enjoyed a gourmet British-themed dinner and dancing to cover band Replay The Beatles. With the help of presenting sponsor Sun Life Financial, a whopping $670,000 was raised for Bridgepoint Foundation.


Canadian glitterati joined American powerhouses in New York City to honour Jacqueline Desmarais, a patron of the musical arts, and Frank Gehry, iconoclastic architect and design visionary. The Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) – along with Gala Chairs The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney and wife Mila and The Honorable Hilary M. Weston and W. Galen Weston - put on the ritzy dinner and performance to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The piece de resistance was a group of mounties who stood strong and free!

Toronto’s Carlu hosted a bevy of trendsetters for the TFI New Labels competition, which supports TFI - a non-profit organization that nurtures fashion entrepreneurs. FashionTelevisionChannel host and industry icon Jeanne Beker emceed the evening’s impressive runway show of four finalist collections. The winner, Miriam Baker of AliceAzur, walked away with a $25,000 cash prize for Most Promising New Label presented by Suzanne Rogers.

Our Society Editor, Amoryn Engel, keeps you updated on Canada’s most exclusive events (and the movers and shakers who attend them) here and on Twitter: @amoryn.

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