Diary of the Week: An Affair to Remember, Sound Image Competition and Politics and the Pen

Jessica Pollack and Jenn Campbell

Diary of the Week: An Affair to Remember, Sound Image Competition and Politics and the Pen

Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) wasn't joking when they called their annual fundraising gala An Affair To Remember! The 1950s-themed fête brought together a spirited collection of NBS supporters - including a younger collection of patrons who joined the party later in the evening. Guests were treated to cocktail reception and multi-course Mediterranean dinner while feasting their eyes on a ballet performance, after which the gala gave way to a casino and lounge with live entertainment.

When Torontonians are on the hunt for rock 'n' roll photography, they look no further than Analogue Gallery, where a striking photo of David Bowie is as likely to greet you as the Queen St. spot's staff. But it was all about the public as they kicked off the Sound Image Competition, which invites amateur and professional photographers alike to compete for wall space. Judging the entries were Roz Weston (ET Canada and KISS 92.5), Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), photographers Barrie Wentzell and Katherine Holland, Gaby Henderson (Retro 30) and Analogue owner Lucia Graca. A lively crowd celebrated the winners, whose work will be on display until March 29, 2015.


Canada’s literary set joined key players in federal politics for a great party supporting a fantastic cause. The consummately sold-out Politics and the Pen is an annual, 500-person gala that raises money for Writers’ Trust of Canada - this year a whopping $330,000! The event also features the winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. While a who's who of solid writers were among this year’s nominees - Joseph Heath, co-authors Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre, Naomi Klein, John Ralston Saul and Graham Steele - it was Joseph Heath who took the prize for his book Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to our Politics, our Economy, and our Lives (HarperCollins Publishers). Anne McGrath and Jill Scheer, wife of House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, co-chaired a literary evening to remember.

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