Diary of the Week: Stratford gala, Laughter is the Best Medicine benefit and Birks' Bee Chic event

By Amoryn Engel

“Martha Henry is not only the heart but also the soul of the Stratford Festival and it is an enormous pleasure to celebrate her legacy,” enthused Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. The Canadian icon was recently celebrated as she received the 2014 Legacy Award at one show-stopper of a gala at the Four Seasons Hotel! Presented by The Stratford Festival, it was an evening of incredible tributes by some of Canada’s favourite stars, including Cynthia Dale, Karen Kain, Brent Carver as well as from the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. You had to see it to believe it!

It was all about the “funny” at this year’s Laughter is the Best Medicine to benefit Toronto East General Hospital. The sold-out crowd packed the AllStream Centre in Toronto and were treated to performances by comedians Mario Joyner and Emmy and Grammy Award winner Chris Rock. But it was hometown favourite Will Arnett who stole the show with his quirky humour. He also got the crowd very excited during the live auction as he spontaneously offered up dinner with him and his friend, Brendan Shanahan, President of Toronto Maple Leafs, who was among the “famous faces” lending their support. Me please!


Birks, the iconic Canadian jewelry house, pulled out all the stops for their big birthday bash, celebrating 135 years. The swanky dinner, held at the Shangri-La Toronto, was in support of honeybee research and preservation. In keeping with that mandate, Birks recently launched the Birks Bee Chic Collection, a partnership with the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph, featuring bejewelled bees, of course! Birks president and CEO Jean-Christophe Bédos was on hand to welcome glamorous guests who were positively buzzing. It was an evening to see and “bee” seen.

Our Society Editor, Amoryn Engel, keeps you updated on Canada’s most exclusive events (and the movers and shakers who attend them) here and on Twitter: @amoryn.

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