Diary of the Week: UNOde50, Innovator's Ball, Cactus Club and more

Madrid-born jewelry brand UNOde50 may have already set up shop in Toronto's Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens, but it wasn't until a splashy fête in one of the city's most spectacular spaces that the iconic adornments really had their coming out. As notable attendees played dress-up with handcrafted silver baubles and posed in front of a selfie mirror, Perrier-Jouët in hand, they couldn't help but pause to take in the majestic trees beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows of Rosedale's for-sale Integral House.

Throngs of well-heeled revelers filed into the Ontario Science Centre for the beloved museum's annual Innovator's Ball. For it's eighth year, the RBC-sponsored fundraiser chose the theme Wonder: A Celebration of Curiosity and Innovation, and the fun started on arrival. As 500 guests sipped cocktails, lab-coated science enthusiasts milled about showing off such wonders as robotic hands. Once the three course gala dinner began, innovators like the ASAP Science YouTube stars and Aaron Grant of Thalmic (creators of the Myo Armband) educated and excited guests with presentations on screens that wrapped around the ballroom. Best of all, money raised throughout the night will help make certain that underprivileged kids get access to the museum.


The 28th location of Cactus Club Cafe opened up shop in Toronto's First Canadian Place, offering 500 more seats to foodies and after-work crowds in the heart of the financial district. Two notable guests, Bachelorette stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, may have found love on the small screen, but they found tuna tataki and lamb medina in the gorgeous new 15,000-square-foot space, courtesy of Iron Chef champion Rob Feenie. Signature cocktails included the Brazilian, a beautiful blend of rum, soda, kiwi, lime and sugarcane bringing about flavours so bright they almost rivaled the eye-catching hues of Andy Warhols on the wall.

For the first time ever, the public was invited to buy tickets to see the awards show and performances at the 2015 Canadian Arts and Business Awards. The Royal Conservatory in Toronto also welcomed a host of distinguished attendees hailing from the worlds of art and business, with those having the most impact at the crossroads finding themselves honoured. Guests in Koerner Hall were treated to breathtaking numbers by The TSO Chamber Soloists, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and Art of TIme Ensemble, among others, and Peter Herrndoff was the inaugural winner of a new eponymous award celebrating his work as President and CEO of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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