Shinan Govani

Tower of Power: who lives where at One Bedford, the new downtown address of choi... Tower of Power: who lives where at One Bedford, the new downtown address of choice for uptown potentates

In the three years since it was completed, One Bedford, the 32-storey monolith above, has become de facto HQ for tastemakers in business, media, arts and politics. Chalk it up to its location at the nexus of three high-rent neighbourhoods, which allows residents to self-identify as posh Yorkvillers, U of T brainiacs or quinoa-munching Annexers… Read more »

Spotted: Reese Witherspoon at Nota Bene Spotted: Reese Witherspoon at Nota Bene

Shinan Govani tweeted Sunday night that Reese Witherspoon had been spotted enjoying an informal dinner at Nota Bene. There’s been no word on whether or not the Queen West restaurant was hosting a cast party for the movie Witherspoon had debuted earlier that day, The Good Lie, and Nota Bene won’t confirm the star’s attendance…. Read more »

Q&A: departing National Post columnist Shinan Govani on life with the city... Q&A: departing National Post columnist Shinan Govani on life with the city’s glitter girls and power players

After 12 years and 6,623 parties, Toronto’s gossip guy of record is parting ways with the National Post. Here, Shinan Govani dishes on on his favourite celeb encounter, why Toronto could totally support a Real Housewives series and whether he’s ever puked into Hilary Weston’s shoes* (*he has not) By Courtney Shea You have met… Read more »

The Harbord Room team is taking over neighbouring Messis The Harbord Room team is taking over neighbouring Messis

Shinan Govani broke the news that the team from The Harbord Room is tightening its grip on Harbord Street with the acquisition of Messis, the long-standing (and much bigger) continental restaurant a few doors down. Harbord Room chef Cory Vitiello told The Dish that he takes possession March 1, and hopes to reopen with a new name and concept… Read more »

Parisian macaron creator Ladurée may (or may not) be opening a Toronto location Parisian macaron creator Ladurée may (or may not) be opening a Toronto location

National Post society and gossip columnist Shinan Govani set Twitter a-titter yesterday after dropping one of his signature random tips: Supersaturated tip-off: cult Parisian macaron shop, Ladurée, opening in Toronto next year. Empire already extends to NYC, Dubai, Japan, etc. — shinan govani (@shinangovani) November 6, 2012

THE SCENE: Legendary models and Toronto’s fashion elite at Joe Mimran’s bash... THE SCENE: Legendary models and Toronto’s fashion elite at Joe Mimran’s bash at the ROM

Leave it to Joe Mimran to throw the ultimate pre-Fashion Week shindig. A private screening of Versailles ’73 at the ROM on Saturday eve drew Toronto’s most notable dressers, along with legendary models Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn and Karen Bjornson. The flick revisits a fashion show held at Versailles nearly four decades ago, in which a swarm of American models,… Read more »

TIFF PARTY: The annual George Christy luncheon attracted an impeccably turned-ou... TIFF PARTY: The annual George Christy luncheon attracted an impeccably turned-out crowd of stars and power brokers

It must be a precondition of being wealthy, famous or otherwise fabulous to look perfectly fresh the morning after a night on the town. Or perhaps the guests at the annual George Christy TIFF cocktail party and luncheon all spent sun up in a vat of Olay, because at noon sharp on Saturday, the A-list… Read more »

TIFF PARTY: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and other celebs revive a flagging Se... TIFF PARTY: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and other celebs revive a flagging Seven Psychopaths party

It’s odd when a party with not one but two VIP areas (a ground-floor zone and another on the second level) suffers a noticeable dearth of VIPs. Such was very nearly the case last night at the Seven Psychopaths premiere party at Patria, Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji’s yet-to-open King West restaurant. The darkly romantic… Read more »

TIFF PARTY: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have a threesome with a moose at Soho... TIFF PARTY: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have a threesome with a moose at Soho House

At long last, the much-anticipated, members-only, super-impossible-to-sneak-into Soho House opened its permanent Toronto location last night. Looper’s post-premiere party served as the first of what will be many TIFF bashes. The film’s opening-night screening marked the first time in years the festival opened with a Hollywood blockbuster—a snub to CanCon, perhaps, but it proved to… Read more »

Party Pages: The Dark Knight Rises premiere after-party at Wayne Manor Party Pages: The Dark Knight Rises premiere after-party at Wayne Manor

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, premiered last night at Scotiabank Theatre in all its IMAX glory. Cast members Matthew Modine and Nestor Carbonell were present (alas, there was no sign of Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but it was starlet Sarah Gadon who… Read more »

Party Pages: The Worthy 30, where people weren’t afraid to run their mouths ab... Party Pages: The Worthy 30, where people weren’t afraid to run their mouths about pretty young things

The National Post’s Worthy 30 list came out in late June, but the celebration for the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes took place last night at furniture shop Studio B, where the Grey Goose was plentiful and the air conditioner was cranked to its highest possible setting (we were deeply relieved, as it was stifling outside)…. Read more »

These Booths Were Made for Gawking: who sits where at La Société These Booths Were Made for Gawking: who sits where at La Société

Illustrations by Jack Dylan The cuisine is supremely so-so, but the glitzy atmosphere and A-plus people-watching at La Société—the crown jewel of Toronto’s see-and-be-seen scene—more than make up for it. Here, the inside scoop on who sits where.

PARTY PAGES: Power Ball, where you will never run out of meat, alcohol or pretty... PARTY PAGES: Power Ball, where you will never run out of meat, alcohol or pretty things to look at

A party like the Power Plant gallery fundraiser Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis hasn’t happened in Toronto since the Dangerous Method fete at Soho House last TIFF. The celebrity presence may not have been there, but the attitude was the same: old biddies, artists, hipsters, PR gals and banker bros all partied together, taking in unusual… Read more »

Joanne Kates to leave the Globe after 38 years (UPDATED) Joanne Kates to leave the Globe after 38 years (UPDATED)

If the Twitterverse is to be believed (and no less a figure than Shinan Govani has confirmed it, so it must be true, right?), Joanne Kates, the long-time Globe and Mail restaurant critic, will publish her last review in the paper this Saturday. As NOW’s Joshua Errett notes, the perennial Scaramouche lover was a prominent practitioner… Read more »

The Scene: Fashion Cares 25 launches without Elton John and Jeanne Beker The Scene: Fashion Cares 25 launches without Elton John and Jeanne Beker

Last night at Charles Khabouth’s La Société, Fashion Cares event co-chair Michael King and artistic director Philip Ing gathered Toronto’s high society, fashion media and PR professionals to launch the event’s 25th anniversary. Ing announced to the crowd that this year’s mega-AIDS fundraiser will be downsizing to an intimate 3,400 seats (previous engagements hosted over 8,000… Read more »