Diary of the Week: Canada's Walk of Fame, DX Kismet and more

Spirits were high as notable Canadians descended on the Sony Centre in Toronto to toast the seven new inductees to the country's Walk of Fame, including crooner Michael Bublé, sportscaster Don Cherry, Olympic rower Silken Laumann and novelist Lawrence Hill. Jason Priestley hosted the 17th annual celebration, where Michael told Hello! that his wife, Luisana Lopilato, would be watching his acceptance speech on FaceTime. Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams and Shania Twain are among the homegrown talent to receive the honour in previous years.

All that glittered was gold at the Design Exchange's annual Intersection gala, this year themed on kismet and recognizing the duo behind Canada's exceptional Yabu Pushelberg design firm. Founders George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg partied with notables such as Jeanne Beker, Bonnie Brooks and Kirk Pickersgill, all of whom enjoyed the gold-drenched display of aerial acrobatics and dancing behind the DJ booth.


Toronto Life magazine debuted its annual Most Influential Torontonians issue in a splashy soirée at the Four Seasons Hotel, assembling a far-reaching group of influencers that included author Margaret Atwood, mayor John Tory, chef Anthony Rose, hotelier Jeff Stober and Twitter's Kirstine Stewart. While Lucas DiPasquale and DJs Rainer + Grimm set the tone, guests sipped on Pommies cider bellinis and nibbled on truffles plucked from a tree. UNICEF Canada brought attention to the cause of children around the world with a 360-degree viewing station.

enRoute magazine pulled out all the stops -- and most of the chefs -- to celebrate the annual Canada's Best New Restaurants list, which this year featured destinations in Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg, St. John's and more. Chefs prepared signature dishes for the guests.

Back at the Four Seasons's revamped Café Boulud, British designer Amanda Wakeley was the woman of the hour, debuting her Winter 2015 and Summer 2016 collections in Canada for the first time as social stars such as Hilary Weston, Lynda Prince, Daniela de Gasperis, Alexandra Weston and more lunched on grilled kale salad and rotisserie chicken.

And last but not least, the stylish crew at S/ Magazine launched their winter issue with a decadent soiree at the Ritz-Carlton. A whopping 500 local influencers and industry heavyweights (think Suzanne Rogers, the Beckerman sisters, Chloe Wilde, Glen Baxter and Ainsley Kerr) gathered to ogle Gucci and Bulgari baubles - $500 million worth, to be exact - on a wall of arms, poked their own hands through the wall to receive mystery manicures and see the latest fall fashion modelled by ballerinas. As they sipped Cointreau Rickeys, revellers were also treated to a performance by acclaimed violinist Sonia Lee.

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