Last week we were fortunate enough to participate in Toronto Life Magazines annual Most Influential event, by donating gift bag items.
The December 2013 issue of Toronto Life has the timeliest cover of any magazine in recent memory: it features a provocative illustration of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair by the renowned artist Rodney Pike, whose portrayals of the Rolling Stones, U.S. President Barack Obama and other celebrities have become collectors’ items. December’sToronto Life hits newsstands on November 14, 2013.
Toronto Life publisher David Hamilton and editor Sarah Fulford welcomed a who’s who of media personalities, politicians and executives to the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom for an evening of great cocktails, superb food and live music.
“Our 50 Most Influential list is a compilation of who we believe has shaped public opinion,” said David Hamilton, publisher of Toronto Life. “This year’s celebration was a smashing success, gathering some of the most impactful individuals in Toronto in one room.”
Honoured guests included eTalk and The Social host Lainey Lui, president and vice chancellor of Ryerson University Sheldon Levy, president and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation Rahul Bhardwaj, media personality and Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland, TTC CEO Andy Byford, president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto John Campbell, president and CEO of Bristow Global Media Julie Bristow, Toronto Star investigative reporter Kevin Donovan, Metrolinx chair Robert Prichard and CEO of Porter Airlines Robert Deluce. A number of the honoured guests arrived in style with luxury car service provided by BMW, the event’s platinum sponsor. Garrison Bespoke also helped to commemorate this year’s list by providing a custom Most Influential shirt and scarf for each of the honoured guests.
Other guests included designer and television personality Sarah Richardson, Holt Renfrew’s Lisa Tant, Hudson’s Bay Company president Bonnie Brooks, and INK Entertainment’s Danny Soberano. The invitees enjoyed Johnnie Walker Platinum in the tasting lounge and were treated to demos of Samsung‘s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, featuring a full-colour display and built-in camera.