At long last, The Compendium has relaunched with a new address ( and a new weekly format. Check in every Friday afternoon for photos from the week’s best parties. With a busy spring/summer season of events ahead, we’re excited to bring you a snapshot of Canada’s society scene at its finest.  We’ve also done our best to preserve content from years past on the Archives page.

Another new feature is our Compendium Newsletter, which is set to launch in the coming weeks.  We’ll make an announcement when that’s ready to roll out.

If this is your first visit, our primary team consists of Ryan Emberley, Tyler Rumi and Evan Bergstra.  On occasion, we’re lucky to have Vito Amati, Mauricio Calero, and Tara Noelle contribute as well.

This week we have a special double feature: tomorrow we post our best shots from World MasterCard Fashion Week and, this Friday, we recap the current week’s event offerings.

– Ryan

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March 3, 2015

Our Story

Founded in 2009, The Compendium covers the best of Canada’s society scene.  Our aim is simple – to beautifully capture the country’s top galas, fundraisers, and events.

Over the years, The Compendium has fostered and developed a wide variety of recognized photographers including JJ Thompson, Ryan Emberley, Phil Birnbaum, and Tara Noelle.



Editor - Ryan Emberley (

In House Contributor / Photographer – Tyler Rumi
In House Contributor / Photographer - Evan Bergstra

Contributor / Photographer – Tara Noelle
Contributor / Photographer – Vito Amati
Contributor / Photographer – Mauricio Calero



For all inquiries regarding advertising/sponsorship contact Ryan Emberley (



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On Wednesday, September 10th (2014), Maison Birks held its second annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film, in partnership with Telefilm Canada.

The event, which took place at Birks’ location on Bloor St. W., honours ten outstanding Canadian women for their contributions to film and TV.

The 2014 honourees were actresses Anne Dorval (Mommy), Cobie Smulders (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S.), Molly Parker (House of Cards), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); and directors Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark), Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Uvanga), and Nancy Florence Savard (The Rooster of St Victor), and Ric Esther Bienstock (Tales from the Organ Trade).

Photography by Tyler Rumi


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On Wednesday, September 10th (2014), Roots launched a new collection in association with the National Film Board of Canada.

The event, which took place at Roots’ Bloor St. W. location, featured the attendance of Wayne Gretzky and Jason Priestley, who modelled jackets from the new collection.

Photography by Tyler Rumi


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On Wednesday, June 25th (2014) One Night Stand, an annual fundraiser in support of the Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation, took place at EFS.

The event was hosted by Olympian Adam van Koeverden, Devon Soltendieck, and Liz Trinnear.

Funds raised for the The Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation go to support mental health awareness, with a particular focus on the mental wellness of children and teens.

Photography by Tyler Rumi



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On Wednesday, June 4th (2014), La Société celebrated its third anniversary with an event at its Yorkville location.

The event was held to launch the ‘re-imagination’ of La Société’s menu and decor.  Hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Executive Chef Romain Avril, and specialty cocktails were created by Mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda.

Photography by Tyler Rumi


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On Wednesday, May 21st (2014) ‘Candid,’ a gallery in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, held an opening night celebration at Spoke Club on King St. W..

Candid is an unguarded look into Canada’s society scene, as captured by Ryan Emberley and Tara Noelle.   The gallery runs until the end of the month at Spoke Club as part of its 10-year anniversary celebrations.

In attendance:  Lara Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal), Sarah Slean, Robin Kay, Stacey McKenzie, Chad Connell (The Mortal Instruments), Erin Karpluk, Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Gabrielle Miller, Meghan Heffern, Nicholas Mellamphy, and Ainsley Kerr – among others.

Special thanks to Gail McInnes of Magnet Creative and Amira de Vera, who were instrumental in organizing the event.

Photography by Tyler Rumi and Evan Bergstra.



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On Thursday, May 1st (2014), the 9th annual Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am kicked off with an opening night party at the Allstream Centre.

The Pro-Am is a charitable hockey tournament that goes to support Baycrest Health Sciences, a global leader in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia care, research and education. This one-of-a-kind, three-day hockey experience allows amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against a host of legendary NHL alumni.  To date, the Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am has raised more than $23 million for Baycrest.

In attendance:  Walter Gretzky, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, and Curtis Joseph – among others.

Photography by Tyler Rumi


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