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Camera: financial and diplomatic bigwigs hobnob at the Canadian International Co... Camera: financial and diplomatic bigwigs hobnob at the Canadian International Council gala

By Bronwen Jervis | Photography by George Pimentel Ritz-Carlton, October 25. Masters of the financial and diplomatic universes took part in the gala for the Canadian International Council, the global affairs think tank funded by ex–RIM boss Jim Balsillie. This year the Globalist of the Year award—past honourees include Egyptian telecom titan Naguib Sawiris and… Read more »

Camera: rock stars vs. movie stars at Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justi... Camera: rock stars vs. movie stars at Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice fundraiser

By Peter Saltsman | Photography by George Pimentel U of T President’s Lodge, September 8. Attendees shelled out $1,250 a head to hobnob with celebrities at the Artists for Peace and Justice fundraiser, the annual bash hosted by Oscar-winning screenwriter, lapsed Scientologist and Hollywood power player Paul Haggis. But the celebs themselves seemed most interested… Read more »

Camera: Karl Rove and friends duke it out for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Ce... Camera: Karl Rove and friends duke it out for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

By Pasquale Casullo | Photography by George Pimentel Allstream Centre, May 29. Some 2,100 guests of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies gathered for what promised to be a rollicking debate. The resolution: “The world is safer under Barack Obama.” James Carville opened with a zinger: “I’m staying at the Trump Tower…. Read more »

Camera: South African golf superstar Ernie Els holds court at the Right to Play ... Camera: South African golf superstar Ernie Els holds court at the Right to Play gala

Photography by George Pimentel July 24, Westin Harbour Castle. Organizers of the Right to Play gala achieved the near impossible: wrangling a slew of A-listers away from Muskoka, the Hamptons and/or Lake Como in mid-summer to boogie down in Toronto and raise money for athletics programs in the developing world. South African golf superstar Ernie… Read more »

Camera: Leonard Cohen at the Glenn Gould Award Gala (and Fran’s Restaurant) Camera: Leonard Cohen at the Glenn Gould Award Gala (and Fran’s Restaurant)

By Andrew Wallace | Photography by George Pimentel May 14, Fran’s Restaurant. By the time the VIP after-party rolled around, few attendees expected the man of the hour to show. Leonard Cohen is 77, after all, and it had been a long evening: first a lavish dinner at the Arcadian Court, then a tribute concert… Read more »

Camera: Jerry Seinfeld regales the city’s well-heeled at a fundraiser for Toro... Camera: Jerry Seinfeld regales the city’s well-heeled at a fundraiser for Toronto East General Hospital

By Frances McInnis | Photography by George Pimentel April 12. The begowned and tuxedoed set could barely keep their composure in the presence of Jerry Seinfeld during Laughter Is the Best Medicine, a fundraiser for Toronto East General Hospital. His musings on energy drinks, cellphone etiquette and the perils of attending, well, black-tie parties had… Read more »

Camera: Michael and Diane Budman host a private screening of Frank Marshall’s ... Camera: Michael and Diane Budman host a private screening of Frank Marshall’s new doc in their Forest Hill home

By Frances McInnis | Photography by George Pimentel February 29. It wasn’t quite musical chairs, but there was a flurry of seat swapping between courses during a dinner at the Forest Hill home of Michael and Diane Budman. The buzz was mostly about a new ESPN documentary by Holly­wood producer Frank Marshall that they’d just… Read more »

Camera: Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Burtynsky host the inaugural Waterkeeper Ga... Camera: Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Burtynsky host the inaugural Waterkeeper Gala at the Corus Quay

By Peter Saltsman | Photography by George Pimentel February 7, Corus Quay. Almost 50 years after Camelot, the Kennedy name still draws a crowd. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joined photographer Edward Burtynsky to host the inaugural Lake Ontario Waterkeeper gala. Kennedy, president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization that strives to preserve clean water around the… Read more »

Camera: a mix of Canada’s best filmmakers and top critics at the Toronto Film ... Camera: a mix of Canada’s best filmmakers and top critics at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel January 10, The Carlu. The annual Toronto Film Critics Association Awards mixes Canada’s best filmmakers and critics—which can be a great opportunity for a little payback. David Cronenberg, whose latest film, A Dangerous Method, is nominated for 11 Genies, took advantage of his turn at the presenter’s… Read more »

Camera: a snow globe, Rockettes-inspired leg kicks and more at the Ronald McDona... Camera: a snow globe, Rockettes-inspired leg kicks and more at the Ronald McDonald House Gala at the Carlu

December 8, The Carlu. The ballerina pirouetting inside a giant snow globe and the Flintstonian bone-in beef main course reinforced the notion that to raise money, you’ve got to spend a little—in this case, to help finance the new, $33-million Ronald McDonald House, which will accommodate up to 81 families of kids who are undergoing… Read more »

Camera: Toronto’s peerage class gets dolled up for a royal visit at the TIFF L... Camera: Toronto’s peerage class gets dolled up for a royal visit at the TIFF Lightbox

By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel November 2, TIFF Lightbox. It’s not often that royalty comes to town (not that we’re bitter, Will and Kate). So when Prince Albert Grimaldi, ruler of Monaco, arrived with his new wife, the South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, Toronto’s peerage class got all dolled up…. Read more »

Camera: the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit a... Camera: the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit at the AGO

By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel Photography October 15, AGO. If ever there were an event to rouse the city’s tastemaking, power-brokering elite, the $1,500-a-plate fundraiser celebrating the new Marc Chagall exhibit at the AGO was it. Outside, at least nine valets parked Beemers and Bentleys. Inside, ladies dazzled in sequins and feathers… Read more »

Camera: Meeting Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the first annual Urban Futures le... Camera: Meeting Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the first annual Urban Futures lecture

September 20. Hard as it is for Torontonians to admit to envying anything Calgarian, this group of developers, architects and urban activists was practically drooling over Calgary’s mayor. Naheed Nenshi is a Harvard grad (okay, we had one of those, but still…) who advocates for walkable cities and was the grand marshal of the Calgary… Read more »

Camera: a who’s who of Canadian cinema gathers at the Lightbox to kick off TIF... Camera: a who’s who of Canadian cinema gathers at the Lightbox to kick off TIFF’s retrospective of Norman Jewison films

August 11, Malaparte. By Fraser Abe | Photography by George Pimentel An air-kissing who’s who of Canadian cinema gathered on the sixth floor of the Lightbox to kick off Justice for All, TIFF’s retrospective of the films of Norman Jewison. One of Hollywood’s most prolific directors, Jewison is the kind of success story this city… Read more »

Do-gooders cavort to conga beats—with K’Naan—at the Hope Rising after-part... Do-gooders cavort to conga beats—with K’Naan—at the Hope Rising after-party

May 3, Rosewater Supper Club. After-hours at the Rosewater usually means loose-tied Bay Street types swirling grand cru and planning their next hostile takeover—not the conga-beating, boogying and boisterous boozing that broke out at the after-party for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Hope Rising concert. Supporters poured into the decadent downtown resto following a fundraising show… Read more »