Life is one never-ending, exclusive party in Charles Khabouth’s 17 faddish restaurants and nightclubs.
By Robert Hough | Photograph by Raina and Wilson
It costs $750 (i.e., a three-bottle minimum) to sit down in Khabouth’s new Adelaide West nightclub, Uniun
For those of you who have never been to Uniun, the latest addition to Toronto’s dance club scene, here are some of the things you will notice should you go. Though Uniun’s address is nominally 473 Adelaide West, if you actually stand at the corner of Adelaide and Portland you will not see the entrance: to find it, you have to cut through a small parking lot and then walk up a dark alley, at which point you will find a pair of bouncers manning a black velvet cordon.
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.
Mark Wahlberg can make Rhea Durham do this, but what will he do for Toronto? (Image: WEBN-TV)
Unless someone is shooting a movie or revisiting a favourite Toronto haunt, we’re typically limited to boldface Hollywood types on our less-glistening Toronto streets during TIFF. At least that was the case before we heard that Dirk Diggler Mark Wahlberg is scouting property in the Yorkville area. Shinan Govani reports that the actor was heard saying, “I love the fact that it’s a smaller building,” which we thought we’d never hear from a celebrity who makes countless millions every year (especially considering that Lady Gaga just announced that her decadence has essentially bankrupted her). Apparently its micro size and a nudge from other local small property Tie Domi seem to be enough to hold Wahlberg’s interest in the to-be-renovated building that once belonged to St. Basil’s Catholic School (and, well, it doesn’t cost $28 million). Nothing has been signed, but Govani seems confident that there’s a good chance he might, which will mean more abs and pecs for everyone.
Two of the few Canadians: Celine Dion and René Angélil on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday evening (Image: Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Well, there you have it. Awards season is over, but the hangover—or, in the case of The Social Network gang, the lingering feelings of resentment—has now set in. The biggest buzz out of Oscar night was the totality of James Franco lameness. As far as hosts go, he may go down as the worst of all time. We would have killed for a little Uma–Oprah humour, and that’s saying something. Did poor Anne Hathaway want to wipe that disinterested smirk off his face with her fist? We’re guessing yes.
For its part, Canada was hardly centre stage this year (we stand by the opinion that Barney’s Version was robbed), although the night of nights did include some northern moments worth mentioning. The five most memorable after the jump.
Singer Keshia Chanté and <em>Entertainment Tonight'</em>s Angela Smith at the <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily/style/toronto-fashion-week/2010/10/20/do-the-hustle-pink-tartans-bringing-disco-back/">Pink Tartan show</a> on Tuesday
Photgrapher Tommy Ton and Flare's Liz Cabral at the <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily/style/toronto-fashion-week/2010/10/19/holt-renfrew-showcase-gives-fashion-week-a-major-boost/">Holt Renfrew presentation</a> on Monday
Model Coco Rocha and husband James Conran at the <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily/style/toronto-fashion-week/2010/10/19/holt-renfrew-showcase-gives-fashion-week-a-major-boost/">Holt Renfrew presentation</a> on Monday
There’s something to be said for watching perfect strangers (or, even better, pseudo-celebrities) make fools of themselves in front of the camera. And this fall’s reality TV lineup—whether it features hockey brutes attempting camel spins or dinner guests puking in the powder room—promises no shortage of wince-inducing entertainment. After all, you can’t have too much trash in trash TV. Here, a look at which Toronto shows put the boob in boob tube (and why you shouldn’t feel guilty about watching).
Peter Fonda poses with a fan at the Four Seasons (Image: Ryan Porter)
Hollywood is fraught with uncertainty, but one thing we can all count on is that somewhere in Tinseltown, a Fonda has an opinion on politics. On Sunday, Peter Fonda, the 70-year-old star of Easy Rider, showed he’s still as passionate about protecting the world’s oceans as he was in his radical Greenpeace days. The actor was on hand at the Four Seasons to accept the Legacy Leadership Award from charity group Best Buddies. When we asked what moment stands out from his work with charities, this was his response:
Kurt Browning, Christine Hough-Sweeney, Russ Courtnall, Anabelle Langlois and Shae-Lynn Bourne from Battle of The Blades (Image: George Pimentel/WireImage/Getty Images)
While our dream of pairing Sidney Crosby and Olympic champ Tessa Virtue won’t become reality for this year’s Battle of the Blades, and Tie Domi has declined an encore performance, the list of participants for CBC’s smash hit provides ample reason to tune in for another Kurt Browning-hosted season of awkward NHL/silver blade skate-offs. The theme for this season is “the Russians are coming,” which explains the inclusion of Russian-born figure skaters Violetta Afanasieva and Ekaterina Gordeeva (the latter an Olympic gold medallist in 1988 and 1994), and former Habs and Flames winger Valeri Bure, who enrolled on the request of his wife. New NHL recruits include Russ Courtnall and Theo Fleury, while Shae-Lynn Bourne and Jamie Salé will return. The full list of participants, after the jump.
What does it say about sports in this city when one of our biggest names doesn’t even play on a professional team? Or play at all? For doctor Anthony Galea, it’s the contents of his little black bag and his little black book that are winning him major media—and police—playtime. According to the Globe, the physician is currently facing four charges in Canada related to smuggling and distributing banned substances: human growth hormone (HGH) and Actovegin, a derivative of calf’s blood that can be used as a performance enhancer. South of the border, the FBI wants to know whether he has given HGH to professional athletes. We’re not talking about just any pros; Galea’s superstar patient list includes Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Donovan Bailey, Tie Domi and Patrick Chan.