The 10 Most Notable Toronto Events of 2014

Well, it’s been another year of incredible events in Toronto.

Some we’ll remember forever and some that resulted in sluggish mornings we’d rather forget.

And while there does seems to be another totally Instragram-worthy event in Toronto each week, there are only a few – well, 10 – that stand out as having been truly notable.

Here are the top Toronto events of 2014 (in chronological order):

1. Motionball’s “ThreeSixtyFive Gala”
As usual, the 2014 motionball Gala didn’t disappoint. In fact, the event somehow grows bigger and better each year. motionball ThreeSixtyFive included a performance by Carmen Electra (who also stopped to chat with us on the carpet), an acrobatic Under Armour fashion show and – perhaps most importantly – the unveiling of motionball’s YELLOWCARD campaign.  

See the full recap here.

2. Right to Play Ball
When an evening includes the Shangri-La ballroom, a DJ set (and red carpet chat) from Russell Peters, and a carpet full of recognizable faces like Olympian Patrick Chan – there’s no way it won’t be great. Famed Canadian fashion journalist, photographer and philanthropist Glen Baxter once again hosted the packed fundraiser – and all his fabulous friends (including Suzanne Rogers and Stacey McKenzie) joined him. 

See the full recap here.

3. CÎROC le Beat Tropique
The Canadian launch of Diddy’s beloved Coconut Ciroc kicked the warmer season off with a party that cut absolutely no corners with its unrecognizable transformation of King West’s EFS in a tiki-themed celebration. Aside from the decked-out space, perks included Ciroc cocktails served in coconuts and pineapples, a crowd of Toronto’s finest, and a late-night vacation-style dance party.

See the full recap here.

4. The Power Plant’s “Power Ball: Old/New World”
The Power Plant’s Power Ball always features art installations, interactive elements, over-the-top food stations and something to stimulate the senses in each room. This year was no exception, with highlights like DJ/VJ Sorenson’s two-hour multimedia performance, art installations that were both a little creepy and nostalgic, and Marc Thuet’s outdoor gourmet hotdog station.

See the full recap here.

5. Joe Carter Charity Classic After-Party
When Blue Jays World Series hero Joe Carter comes out to play for an evening and brings along all of his famous friends, it makes for a party you can’t leave until last call. The guest list included Charlie Sheen, Growing Pains dad Alan Thicke, Toronto Maple Leaf Joffrey Lupol, and Pepa of the 90s hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa, who treated the crowd to a blast-from-the-past performance.

See the full recap and red carpet highlights here.

6. eOne Studio’s TIFF Party
The decided winner of TIFF’s party scene was eOne’s annual TIFF party. From a total transformation of the Moss Park Armoury (a totally unexpected venue choice) into an indulgent dreamland, to décor that included hundreds of white balloons and well-received perks like a cereal bar and Big Macs, event planner Jeffry Roick deserves an award for this event.

Read the red carpet shots and highlights here.

7. The Canadian Opera Company’s “Operanation: Light Up the Night”
The 11th annual Operanation was as memorable as the rest, with a performance by international electro-pop sensation Yelle (who chatted with us post-show), three art installations, a fully loaded paella station, and energetic drag queens. As an added perk, guests could keep the party going at Soho House (a luxury usually reserved for members) by showing their tickets.

See the full recap here.

8. Friends for Life Gala
What makes the Friends for Life Gala so unique is that it offers a double header of a young professional charity event, benefitting both Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Oncology Unit at SickKids Hospital. The Paris-themed event was complete with all the trappings of the beloved French city, with no shortage of bread and cheese, mimes, portrait drawers, live art, and entertainment. As you may recall, Erick Bauer, Co-founder of the FFL Foundation was winner of both Best Not For Profit and the Fusion Go Further Award at the Notable Awards.

See the full recap here.

9. Boobyball’s Big Top Booby
This year’s Boobyball was decidedly one of the best yet (and we’ve been to a lot of Boobyballs). Held at Kool Haus, this year’s circus theme invited no shortage of stimulation overload, with things like boozy snow cones, Strong Man competitions, fortunetellers, fire jugglers, a kissing booth, and hundreds of costume-clad guests.

See the full recap here.

10. Notable Awards
Sorry for tooting our own horn here, but we couldn’t not include the Toronto Notable Awards as one of the year’s best parties – and not just because it was our own. From a guest list that included names like Melissa Grelo, Shay Lowe, Ainsley Kerr, Stacey McKenzie, Toronto Raptor Greivis Vasquez, and pretty much the who’s who of Toronto young professionals, it was definitely one of the most memorable nights of the year. The awards show was followed by an epic party that resulted in more than a few late starts the next day. 

See the full recap here


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