Diary of the Week: Mad Hot Ballet, Big Bang Bash and Thrill of Ascot

Diary of the Week: Mad Hot Ballet, Big Bang Bash and Thrill of Ascot

It was a week of 10th anniversaries, and Mad Hot Ballet celebrated a decade of Karen Kain as Artistic Director with a trip to the ballet that was unlike any other! Themed Outta This World, the annual gala skedaddled to Polson Pier for a change of atmosphere, where guests were seated at glowing tables to enjoy a meal by North 44. The National Ballet of Canada performed before attendees toasted the woman of the hour, who was presented with a custom GAP jean jacket bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, courtesy of Canadian designers Greta Constantine. Jelly Modern donuts and Aperol spritzers kept the 1,000-person crowd well-fueled into the after-party, where pop-up dance performances gave way to a pyrotechnic show over the waterfront. With $1 million raised for the company, the spectacular event certainly deserves a standing ovation!


If there's one locale that's been on everybody's lips it's the Hearn Generating Station, an industrial space that has been whimsically transformed into a cultural hub to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Luminato Festival. Kicking off its 17-day residency at the station, organizers hosted the annual Big Bang Bash, where artists, special guests and philanthropists enjoyed a dinner catered by North 44 in the soaring Jackman Gallery - with Scott McFarland's TROVE: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures as the backdrop. Guests like Meghan Markle, Jörn Weisbrodt and Vanessa Mulroney brought out their futuristic best to suit the Today is the Future theme before parlaying the evening into the official Opening Party, which featured the world's largest mirror ball, a parkour performance and tunes by DJ The Soul Proprietor.

And there was one more 10th anniversary to be toasted in style last week. A cavalcade of stylish toppers paraded into the Woodbine Racetrack on the heads of some of the city's most stylish. An homage to this week's Royal Ascot put on by Best Buddies, the day at the races has helped to raise more than $1.5 million over the past decade in support of meaningful friendships for those with intellectual disabilities. Those who arrived hat-less were treated to spectacular creations by Lilliput Hats, while Links of London's first-ever pop-up shop was the perfect spot for friends to frost themselves.

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