Glitz and Glamour Breast Cancer Benefit
The Glitz and Glamour Breast Cancer Benefit in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on TIFF’s first night was an affair that would make any creative assigned to the Pepto Bismal account jealous. Pink. Everywhere. But that’s to be expected at an event of this magnitude for such a cause, right?
Running the event’s backend was a brain melding of Billy Hennessey (Oxford Beach) and Paul Etherington (motionball). These two philanthropic fellas – alongside a team of organizers, to be sure – turned the Arcadian Loft and Court into a wonderland of fuschias, salmons, corals and more. The Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team was on hand showing off their skills, a fashion show brought out some sexy models doing a catwalk (which we missed!), and music by Nights & Weekends, Running Red Lights, CrashDex, Mikky Eriksen, Rob Friday, and DJ Rouge kept the party pumping while guests were encouraged to write the names of loved ones affected by breast cancer on bras to hang them on the 24-foot tall Tree of Hope.
Okay… so it wasn’t exactly a “TIFF party,” but it was a celeb-worthy evening nonetheless and brought out a lot of attention for a worthy cause on TIFF’s kick-off night. Check out some of the highlights from our pop-by below, and keep an eye on Oxford Beach’s other TIFF events and their weekly nights at Bloke & 4th. (PS Don’t judge my awkward intro, I was already a bit sauced…)
TIFF Overdrive at The Drake Hotel
TIFF Overdrive at the Drake launched, of course, on TIFF’s opening night. (Though we had a sneak preview a couple weeks ago, remember?) By the time we’d arrived, the Drake Hotel was already rammed. I mean totally packed. But that’s nothing to be surprised about from Toronto’s cultural hotbed…
The idea behind TIFF Overdrive is to salute the bad boys and girls of cinema’s heyday. Think Steve McQueen and James Dean. Think movie star-inspired cocktails. Think high energy facade changes. Think… Peaches.
Night one saw some killer performances in the Underground, Sailor Jerry doing a pop-up tattoo shop where – and this is awesome yet also totally not something I’d ever do – the tattoo artist threw a dart at one of four tattoos and you had to get inked (yes, permanent proper tattoo) with whichever it landed on, Stella Artois doing personalized chalices, and very little space to move.
TIFF Overdrive at The Drake Hotel for TIFF 2012 is on through the 16th.