That’s the word.
That’s the kind of language you use when hundreds of Ontario’s hardest working and most successful young professionals (YPs) get together under the same roof for the #NotableAwards.
And yes, there was dancing, and DJs, and food, and drink, and more dancing (much more).
But first, there was the much anticipated awards ceremony.
After guests took their seats inside the beautiful venue, 99 Sudbury, Notable CEO Julian Brass took to the stage to welcome everyone to the 2014 Ontario Notable Awards and deliver an impassioned speech about Notable’s humble beginnings and the importance of remaining committed, driven, and connected.
But even then, the feeling of how special a night this was still couldn’t be completely captured.
Of course, events like this don’t happen without the perfect partnerships. Fresh off the heels of our successful summer-long Fusion Notable Icon Series, it was no surprise that Ford of Canada made the Notable Awards Powered by Fusion one of the best events Toronto has seen all year.
A big thanks must be given to Porter Airlines as well, for all their help in making this night as memorable as it turned out to be.
Bottles of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wines filled guests’ tables while Joey Restaurants offered delicious highlights from their private dining menu throughout the ceremony. While Phase 3 AV made sure everything that was being seen and heard all night long was being done so loud and clear.
Toronto Raptor Greivis Vásquez was there to present. Fashionista Stacey McKenzie was sitting at her front row table. Socialite Ainsley Kerr and jewellery designer Shay Lowe, both finalists, eagerly awaited their categories.
Needless to say, the room was filled with who’s who of the province’s most notable young professionals and a full list of the night’s winners can be found here.
In fact, the only absence noticed and felt by everyone in attendance was that of Erick Bauer, Co-founder of the FFL Foundation and winner of both Best Not For Profit and the Fusion Go Further Award. Perhaps, as Erick himself pointed out, due to the disease he deals with on a daily basis – the cystic fibrosis that lead to the creation of Friends For Life – it was almost fitting that he was unable to attend.
A poignant moment to be sure, the speech Erick emailed in was a reminder of just how lucky we all are every single day we get to live and work and strive as young professionals.
After the ceremony and some group pictures with all the winners, the party was just getting started – literally.
Shifting into another room at the versatile 99 Sudbury, more delicious food was waiting from the likes of Fonda Lola, ThreeWorks Snacks, Bangkok Garden, Gusto 101/Trattoria Nervosa, Blowfish, as well as some Notable branded cupcakes and cookies from Branded Bites.
Which lead to, you guessed it, the aforementioned dancing.
Hundreds more young professionals joined the party and helped to turn it into something truly epic. Between Hubb Music, Loud Luxury, and Shaun Frank spinning inspiring beats, Best DJ Winner, Miss Tara even took over the decks to spin a surprise guest set that kept the crowd moving and mingling.
Jack Black handed out Lip Balm, Supreme Cream, and Beard Lube as gifts for guests heading off into the night.
Us? We weren’t thinking about Friday morning until it was, well, Friday morning.
Luckily, hundreds of other young professionals felt the same way and the Ontario Notable Awards refused to stop moving until…actually, they haven’t even stopped yet.
They’re just on hold until next year.
Click here to see the full photo gallery.
A HUGE congrats to all the finalists listed below. Without young professionals like you, Notable wouldn’t be what it is today:
BEST IN DIGITAL/MEDIA AGENCY
BEST IN FINANCE
Shannon Lee Simmons
Sean Young and Ian Ross
BEST IN EVENT PLANNING
James Blackburn & Cam Healy
BEST IN HOSPITALITY MANAGMENT
Sarah Patricia Helen Fisher
BEST IN ENTERTAINMENT
BEST IN ARTS AND CULTURE
BEST IN FASHION
Eyal Alan Edelstein
BEST IN PERSONAL BRAND
Gloria Roheim McRae
BEST IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Jake Rosenburg & Stephanie Mark
BEST IN JOURNALISM
BEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA
BEST ONLINE BUSINESS
BEST IN ARCHITECTURE AND REAL ESTATE
BEST ADVERTISING OR MARKETING PROFESSIONAL
BEST IN SALES
Kate Carter Hickey
BEST IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BEST NOT FOR PROFIT
Hershel Stuart Recht
BEST IN EDUCATION
BEST IN HEALTHCARE
Dr. Alexander Yu
Dr. Sunny Malhotra
BEST IN SPORTS AND FITNESS
FUSION GO FURTHER AWARD