Recap: The 2015 Notable Awards Were a Night to Remember

If you (somehow) haven’t heard, the 2015 Notable Awards definitely lived up to the hype.

We’re still on a major high from last night’s largest and most influential awards show yet.

What’s more, we’re proud to say that all of the proceeds from the night went toward the ‘Notable Millennial Mental Health Project’ in association with the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto BranchNotable and the Canadian Mental Health Association Employment Supports Program, Toronto Branch, have partnered together to present a unique series of workshops for millennials who are taking control of their mental health by ensuring they have the tools and guidance to achieve a positive work life balance.

So as much as the night was about celebrating successful millennials, it was also about making sure other members of our generation living with mental illness have what they need to succeed in the workforce too. 

But back to the event.

Washed in purple, The Carlu never looked better. Of course, it was made even more Instagram-worthy by the well-dressed crowd that graced its doors.

Drawing an assortment of the city’s most influential young professionals from all kinds of industries, it was the kind of party where you’d bump into an old high school classmate, a client, a Tinder match, and someone you only know from TV all under one roof.

The support of both Lululemon and Microsoft made the event a truly next-level production, one that founder Julian Brass could only dream possible seven years ago, when he started the Notable brand in his parents’ basement.

Of course, the stars of the show were the driven and inspirational nominees and Notable Award winners. (You can find all of the night’s big winners here.)

Naturally, we had some pretty notable presenters, including the “6ix Dad” Norm Kelly, Brad Lamb, Joe Mimran, Stephen LeDrew, and Susur Lee (just to name a few), who announced the 2015 Notable Award winners over a delicious meal from Oliver and Bonacini.

One of the highlights (just check the #notableawards hashtag) was a nostalgic performance by Maestro Fresh Wes, who “let his backbone slide” the way he did back in the day, and was joined on stage by Notable Award winner Jully Black, who grabbed the mic for an impromptu performance herself.

As the awards ceremony wrapped up around 9:30pm, the doors opened for an after-party of epic proportions. The fact that there were two more days left in the workweek didn’t stop this crowd from playing as hard as they work, as facilitated by the multiple open bars (which served up everything from inventive Pure Leaf cocktails and sumptuous spirits from Brown-Foreman, to Steam Whistle beer, Collingwood Whisky cocktails, Station Cold Brew whisky coffees, and Robert Mondovi wine) and the danceable sounds of Carmelinda Di Manno and entertainment, percussionists, and DJs from The 194 Group.

Of course, there was no shortage of gourmet grub to soak up the booze, including an assortment of food stations by favourite spots like Los ColibrisEl Furniture WarehouseIsland OysterProvisions TOSquish Candy, and Bangkok Garden. The easy-on-the-eyes Concierge Club staff made sure the service ran smoothly.

Not surprisingly, the venue remained packed until the 12:30am last call time. There was no going home early from a party this notable (even Susur Lee was among the last to leave).

And we’re going to assume that we’re not the only ones who are operating at a slower place than normal today…

Thanks to everyone who joined us. We’re already getting excited for next year.