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Taste of Toronto: 20 photos of the city’s top chefs serving up miniature masterpieces on opening night

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Taste of Toronto 2014

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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If you’ve spent so much as a day in Toronto, you’d know that it’s a foodie city. With such a diverse population of sophisticated palates to please, the city’s downtown core has become a proverbial playground of top-tier restaurants for those looking to move beyond poutine. This weekend, the playground becomes real with the first-ever Taste of Toronto, a festival featuring the city’s best chefs, artisans and restaurateurs serving up miniatures in marketplace style. Buzzy local favourites like Splendido, The Harbord Room, Rose and Sons and Guu are featured alongside stalls of locally-made organic cheese, fancy hot sauces and the like. Meanwhile, Thursday’s opening night festivities brought stars like Momofuku’s David Chang, Mark McEwan and Roger Mooking to town for the action.
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Dan Levy brings D.L. Eyewear to Toronto for a mid-summer party

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DL Eyewear Party Jonathan Olivia

Photography by Stefania Yarhi

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For those in pursuit of statement frames without the statement price tag, Canadian television personality Dan Levy has the answer(s) to your optical woes. His new label, D.L Eyewear came home for a trunk show and party at west end boutique Jonathan + Olivia last Thursday, where party-goers including Lainey Gossip’s Elaine Lui, MTV Canada’s Sharlene Chiu and the designer’s own funny-guy dad Eugene Levy sipped drinks as they tried on the event’s debut design, Whitehall, which is priced at just $95.

The collection reflects Levy’s own optical sensibilities with unisex thick-framed options in a variety of shades including matte black and deep amber tortoise. And, with such a trigger happy price point, the poster boy for thick frames is making good on sharing his statement accessory with us all.
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Dîner en Blanc hits Edmonton! 25 all-white photos that prove a little rain never hurt anyone

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Diner En Blanc Edmonton

Photography by Carmyn Effa

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We may have arrived a little late to the party, but we certainly had a fashionable debut. For the first time ever, the secret, all-white mystery picnic, Dîner en Blanc, landed in Edmonton. Made famous by the city of Paris 25 years ago (and now taking place in cities all over the world), the rain-or-shine event forged on honorably last night through what my waterlogged white dress can only inflate to a mid-summer deluge.

If it sounds like I’m complaining, I am (or was). After all, we had to go shopping for a head-to-toe white outfit, bring our own white tables and chairs, plateware, stemware, napkins and flatware. The food we packed in our white picnic baskets had to be gourmet. We had to leave work early! In the thunder and rain!

Sometimes, if you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort, you get something extraordinary. Equipped with all of the above, upwards of 1,200 people descended on Louise McKinney Park (the secret location is only revealed at the very last minute) and it was some kind of magical.
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Underground Pizza Party: 20 street style snaps of hot babes (and Macauley Culkin!) eating pizza during NXNE

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Underground Pizza Party NXNE

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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If you had told me back in the early ‘90s that, one day, I’d be at a pizza party hosted by Macauley Culkin, I would have never believed you. And then, obviously, I’d have done this. Well, this very far-flung fantasy came true last Friday when the actor-turned-singer hit Toronto to perform as part of NXNE 2014 with his band Pizza Underground. Just as the name implies, the band exclusively covers The Velvet Underground but replaces lyrics with pizza-related references (“Stephanie Says” is now “Papa John Says,” for example). So, there we were on a sunny Friday afternoon, eating pizza while being serenaded by Culkin and his band, all the while scoping for outfits on the appropriately dressed guests. Local pizza-enthusiast Natalie Petozzi (she just launched a pretty epic pizza blog) went so far as to wear a pizza sash while snacking on the deep-dish delight. Safe to say, it was a pretty epic way to start off the weekend.
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Jessica Chastain, David Byrne, Boy George and more hit Toronto for the premiere of “If I Loved You”

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If I Loved You Luminato Toronto

Photography by George Pimentel

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If you were anywhere near the Sony Centre on Saturday night, you’d have witnessed the collective swoon from virtually every guy, gal and gay in the vicinity. As one of the final events during the Luminato Festival, “If I Loved You” welcomed a troupe of babely troubadours to the city including David Byrne, Boy George, Josh Groban, Brent Carver, Steven Page, Brennan Hall and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig for a one-night-only performance of Broadway duets sung exclusively by men. Orchestrated by resident showman (and husband of Luminato creative director Jörn Weisbrodt) Rufus Wainwright alongside musical director Steven Oremus, the show brought songs from classics like Guys and Dolls, Porgy and Bess and West Side Story to the stage with as many modern day flourishes as were, really, there hidden all along. Case in point: a kiss between Wainwright and Koenig at the end of “We Kiss in a Shadow,” a mid-performance birthday cake for Boy George (the icon turned 53 that day) and a sing-along finale featuring Grease’s “Summer Nights.”
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Cutler and Gross’s Toronto store opening: Cool kids throwing shade in 1,200+ kaleidoscopic frames

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Cutler and Gross Toronto Store Opening

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Those with a sunglasses problem might want to steer clear of Toronto’s new optical candy store—Cutler and Gross might just make you an addict. The decades old British brand has landed on Queen Street West, opening its latest instalment of bright popping eyewear to some serious cool kid fanfare at a party last week. Hosted by The Coveteur’s Jake Rosenberg and Stephanie Mark, the fête saw eyewear enthusiasts like blogger Anita Clarke and the Globe and Mail’s Odessa Paloma Parker throwing some (literal) shade, aided and abetted by Cutler and Gross design director Marie Wilkinson, who flew in for the occasion from London.

It’s a good thing the party was limited to a few hours. Each guest could have easily spent all day long trying on each and every one of the store’s 1,200 models, which include the brand’s quirky collaborations with labels like Giles, Alberta Ferretti and Maison Martin Margiela. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Head on over to 758 Queen Street West in Toronto for your own eye popping experience.
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Mad Hot Ballet Gala 2014: 20 beautiful photos of dancers and dance-lovers in their element

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Mad Hot Ballet Gala 2014

Photography by Kayla Rocca

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On any other night, principal dancer Guillaume Côté’s dance moves would be mad hot. Given that the National Ballet of Canada already bestows that superlative on its annual gala, the connection was pretty clear. On Wednesday night, Toronto’s socials, patrons and dance lovers filled the glass-cased Four Seasons Centre for Mad Hot Ballet, this year entitled “Spellbound.” Beginning, fittingly, with a gala performance of several spellbinding numbers, the night’s repertoire featured four pieces choreographed by Côté. The standout among them was surely his solo “Body of Work,” during which he modernized Beethoven’s “Symphony 7 –II, Allegretto” with a series of undulating movements. Another had Leonard Cohen quirk-ified with three caryatid-meets-cabaret style dancers (Dylan Tedaldi, Kathryn Hosier and Felix Paquet) moving sprightly to “Tonight Will Be Fine” and “Dance Me To the End of Love.”

After the performance, guests in gowns (and some in tutus) spilled out into the foyer for cocktails, canapés and the second annual best-dressed award announced by FASHION editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra. Partygoer Lillian To took top honours for her ballet-inspired lashes which spelled out “mad hot.” Meanwhile, Morra herself was dressed in a custom Lucia Matis dress which featured the event’s creative (principal dancer Xiao Nan Yu mid-pose in the King Edward Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.
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Inside the swanky Annabelle Cosmetics launch party for Shenae Grimes

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Annabelle Cosmetics Shenae Grimes Party

Photography by George Pimentel

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Last night, Annabelle Cosmetics threw an interactive launch party for its latest collection with new brand ambassador, Shenae Grimes-Beech at the ever-so-glam Arcadian Loft. The Canadian actress, who’s known for her roles on 90210 and Degrassi: The Next Generation, was all smiles when she formally welcomed everyone to the event. “For me, the brand feels nostalgic in a way—I’ve grown up with it, and still buy it today. I’m super proud to be affiliated with a big piece of home,” says the actress. Dressed in a leather biker jacket, a spring-appropriate floral dress and leather platform heels, Grimes happily talked to fans with husband, Josh Beech, who took to the turntables at the end of the night, closely by her side.

The venue could not be a more perfect setting for the hip, young crowd that not only included beauty bloggers (and Beauty Panel members!), but Grimes’s friends and family as well. With the party being an interactive one, guests mingled around, jumping from one fun station to the next including an Annabelle makeup wall, stocked with the latest eyeliners, mascaras and the brand’s new TwistUp retractable eyeshadows, was all up for grabs for the beauty enthusiasts. While the photo booth station (feather boas, oversized glasses and speech bubbles included) was a popular stop for fashionable attendees to work their best pout and poses, the coolest station would have to be the mix-your-own lipgloss bar. Taking home the ultimate beauty souvenir, guests lined up for the much-coveted personalized Annabelle Big Show Lip Shine signed by Shenae where lipgloss experts in lab coats mixed different colour combinations right in front of our eyes. It was no doubt a beauty junkie’s dream come true.
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