Last night Toronto Life celebrated the reveal of their Most Influential list by toasting Toronto’s 50 most influential people at The Ritz-Carlton. The lucky heavyweights—ranging from politicians to bankers to TV personalities—were profiled in the magazine’s December issue and, as the evening’s emcee Amanda Lang was eager to point out, also given a definitive rank. (Her 41st place spot obviously not affecting said eagerness.) Upon our arrival it was clear how those on the list have become so successful: they’re certainly not the familiar faces of Toronto’s late-night party circuit. The mood was much more about networking than clamouring for a cocktail, despite the impressive array of Ketel One and Tanqueray creations. Tailored suits and black dresses dominated—though oxblood items and fur accessories proved to be just as popular, including many a lush stole and a pair of furry booties on Leesa Butler. Read more »
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Inside the Toronto Life Most Influential party: 37 pictures of stylish guests celebrating the city’s top-ranked people
Inside Paws for the Cause: 13 photos of partygoers and furry-footed guests at the third annual dog-friendly fundraiser gala
If you’re the type of person who spends most of her time at a house party chasing down the host’s pets, the third annual Paws for the Cause gala was an event not to be missed. Last Thursday night, partygoers and animal lovers came together to support and mingle with their furry friends—and one special guest in particular. Maddie the Coonhound, star of the popular blog “Maddie on Things,” played the role of theme, decor and fundraiser for the gala—with some help from her owner, photographer Theron Humphrey. Maddie was completely nonplussed by the crowds, weaving between people planting Joe Fresh lipstick kisses on a live art installation and drinking doggy-themed cocktails, all while displaying the poise and charm she’s known for in her “Maddie on Things” photographs. With raising money for the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic’s Cares Foundation as the goal of the night, guests took part in a silent auction for prints of said photos—while other clever partygoers grabbed Maddie cut-outs for their own Instagram-worthy moments. But the picture of the night definitely goes to Laura Serra and Kate Makinson, who got Maddie the Coonhound to pose on their backs.
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