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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On October 18th, 2013, the Design Exchange will host its second annual fundraising gala: DX Intersection.  As part of the evening, the Design Exchange will introduce its 2013 ‘Gamechangers,’ Byron and Dexter Peart of WANT Agency. Proceeds from the event go towards DX Youth and Educational Programming.

Date: October 18, 2013
Time: VIP:  6:30PM until late.  General admission: 8PM until late
Location: 234 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Tickets: VIP dinner tickets: $500; Party Tickets: $175, DX Members: $150

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Wednesday, June 13th (2012).  NKPR celebrates 10 years, the Thompson Hotel hosts a rooftop affair, and La Carnita finally opens on College St.




–  Last week, NKPR celebrated 10 years of business with a posh private party at the North Toronto home of its leading lady, Natasha Koifman.

–  On Thursday, The Power Plant celebrates 25 years with “Power Ball: Quater-Life Crisis” in the Harboufront area. Look for our coverage early next week.

–  Last night at the Thompson Hotel, Bridgepoint Health held a sneak peek of what’s to come at its October fundraiser, ‘The Great Jewellery Heist.”  The Great Heist is a charity auction featuring jewels donated by some of Toronto’s best-known jewellery designers. It takes place October 23rd at the Arcadian Court.

–  Tomorrow, Maverick PR celebrates its 13th anniversary with a Las Vegas themed event. Look for our coverage early next week.

–  AZURE Magazine recently held its second-annual AZ Awards at the Thompson Hotel.

–  On Thursday, Chivas is throwing an event – called “1801” –  at Arcadian Loft.  There will be a private dinner taking place beforehand at Canoe. Look for our coverage next week.

–  Tomorrow, Samsung Canada will introduce the world’s thinnest laptop at an event at Turf Lounge on Bay St.

–  Later this week, Porsche is holding a media reception to mark the opening of Canada’s first ‘Porsche Design store.’

–  The MMVAs are taking place over the weekend – Katy Perry is co-hosting and Justin Bieber is expected. We’ll have party and gift lounge coverage next week.

–  This week, Bloke & 4th celebrates its annual ‘White Haute Soiree‘ event.

–  Tomorrow, Fashion & Men’s Fashion Magazines present their picks for the top Fall/2012 fashion trends at an afternoon cocktail in the Design Exchange.



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-  Luminato’s 1,000 Tastes of Toronto took place in the Distillery District over the weekend. The festival featured food from over 30 restaurants.

–  Recently, Sam James Coffee Bar opened near the St. Andrew subway station in the PATH .

–  Poutini‘s (on Queen W) will be offering a two-for-one special this Sunday.

–  Jack Astor‘s lives up to its name and moves into the historic St. Lawrence Market.

–  La Carnita’s new restaurant on College St. is now open.





–  ‘Room 2046,‘ a new concept shop, recently opened on Yonge near Summerhill.

–  TIFF announced improvements to its online service for advanced ticket purchasers.

-  Toronto Life recently published an inside look at a Richard & Rana Florida dinner party in Rosedale.

–  Disney recently held a screening event at AMC (Yonge/Dundas) for the premiere of its new film ‘Brave.’


Photography by Ryan Emberley

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Monday, June 4th (2012).  Teatro Verde launched its new location with a lunch event, Luksusowa held a tasting a Barchef, and Gumball 3000 took place at Maison Mercer.





–  The 14th edition of ‘Gumball 3000‘ was held at Maison Mercer recently.  The car rally and event was the second and only Canadian stop on Gumball’s seven city tour.  Moet and Belvedere sponsored cocktails for the crowd of over 1,000 guests.

–  Last week, Teatro Verde held a very intimate launch for its new Bayview Village location.  As part of the launch, guests were treated to lunch at O&B’s private dining room, where Michael Bonacini  himself joined the group for lunch.  Look for coverage here on later this week.

-  dtour held F.O.A.M. (Festival of Art and Music) at the Evergreen Brickworks in support of Motionball.

–  Last week, Skinnygirl launched its new wine selections with an event at the Drake Hotel. Look for coverage here on later this week.

–  Recently, media got their hands dirty by planting at the preview of Yes To Tomatoes, held at Toronto’s Botanical Gardens.

-  Bar Chef played host to an influencer-heavy Luksusowa Vodka event on Wednesday, May 30th.  Look for coverage here on later this week.

-  Laya Spa & Yoga held its media launch event last Tuesday at Queen/Ossington.  Guests were able to sample treatments from the spa and health-conscious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Torito‘s Luis Valenzuela. Look for coverage here on later this week.

-  Greg Lauren, nephew of Ralph Lauren, visited TNT last week.  Check out our coverage here.


Food & Drink


–  David Adjey‘s new restaurant ‘The Chickery’ is now open at Spadina/Camden.

 –  NOW Magazine released their 2012 Summer Patio Guide.




–  Leonard Cohen recently accepted the Glenn Gould Prize. Actor Alan Rickman was on-hand for the festivities.

–  Canada’s major broadcasters recently held their 2012 Upfronts in Toronto. Celebrities in attendance:  For Shaw, LL Cool J and Ricki Lake.  For CTV, Hayden Panettiere.  For Rogers, Katie Couric and Dominic Monaghan.

-  Peter Gabriel’s 25th anniversary ‘So’ tour is coming to Toronto.

-  Drake announced the lineup for his third annual OVO Festival.





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The Fashion News by Gail McInnes for the C Daily.

Photography by Ryan Emberley.


Friday, May 25th (2012), Georgia May Jagger’s new role as spokesmodel for Madonna’s line, Joe Fresh and Flare get Revenge in Toronto, and Sarah Gadon is making an impression at Cannes.




Zoran Dobric designs exclusive capsule collection for a London arts showcase.

Actors Emily Hampshire and Sarah Gadon were presented with the inaugural Birks Canadian Diamond Award at Telefilm Canada’s Tribute To Canadian Talent event in Cannes.

Industry flocked to Joe Fresh’s Queen and Portland location in downtown Toronto for the finale of season one of Revenge hosted by FLARE Magazine. The actress who plays Charlotte Grayson on the hit television show, Crista B. Allen was in attendance. Look for our coverage early next week!

Town Shoes celebrated their 60th anniversary with the launch of their 1952 Collection inspired by the fashions of the decade the shoe retailer was founded.

Online retailer, Dealuxe announced their name change to eLuxe.





The CFDA Awards will broadcast live for the first time ever on June 5, 2012.

Media are reportedly shut out of Hedi Slimane’s first showings for Yves Saint Laurent.

Daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger was announced as the next spokesmodel for Madonna’s Material Girl line.

The making of Carine Roitfield’s new magazine CR Fashion Book is being filmed for a documentary entitled Mademoiselle C. Tom Ford, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld are reportedly making appearances.

Great Britain’s Royal Mail released a collection of ten stamps to honour the country’s most influential fashion designers, including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Sir Norman Hartnell.

Skechers USA are forced to pay $40 million settlement over false claims their Shape-ups sneakers would help wears tone and lose weight.

Victoria’s Secret confirmed the opening dates for the lingerie brand’s first U.K. stores.

After a decade run, Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements was replaced by Edwina McCann.

NBC renewed fashion competition television show Fashion Star for a second season.

New mother Jessica Simpson is developing her own line of maternity clothing.





Emerging designers Sentaler, Rachel Sin and Roxx Jewels are joining forces for a one-day VIP shopping event on Saturday, May 26 from 12pm – 6pm at Sentaler Showroom. 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 110 with complimentary bubbly and up to 30% discount off purchases.

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, Menswear retailer Gotstyle hosts Mile High Club at Toronto’s private club Spoke Club. By invitation only. Look for our coverage next week.

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is holding an open house on Tuesday, May 29th from 5pm – 7pm at their historic location in Exhibition Place. For more information, email or register at

The Thompson Hotel honours renowned fashion designer Lucian Matis on Tuesday, May 29 with a private reception on the hotel rooftop. By invitation only.

Breeyn McCarney presents her latest collection, Vessel; a collaboration with artist Irena Komadinic on Tuesday, May 29 at the Red Bull Gallery. By invitation only.

Christian Boutique is holding a private in-store event for VIP and media on Wednesday, May 30.


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Article by Gail McInnes.
Photography by Ryan Emberley


Friday, May 11 (2012), Kim Kardashian Launches a New Line, Tory Burch opens at Yorkdale, and News on Toronto Popup Shops.



Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) announces the total funds raised from the TFI25 anniversary event exceeds $100,000.

The ANDAM Fashion Award nominees were announced and include two Canadian-born designers Calla Haynes and Thomas Tait. Last year Canadian designer Jeremy Laing was nominated for the prestigious French award.

Tory Burch opened their first Canadian retail outlet at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The Bay on Queen hosted Kim Kardashian for a one-hour only special in-store appearance on Thursday, May 10. Fans lined up with their minimum purchases of $50 of the reality star’s jewellery line for a photo opp.  Kanye West has joined Kim in Toronto and the two were spotted having dinner at One at the Hazelton.

Veteran supermodel Linda Evangelista turned 47 on Thursday.

Sutherland Models held a model search and named 15-year-old Anna Stephenson as the winner of the “Sutherland Supermodel Search 2012.”

Backseat Stylers treats us to a look at one of the industry’s favourite jacket designers with a Pre-Fall 2012 lookbook by Smythe.

Lauren Bush Lauren (the niece of George Bush and wife of Ralph Lauren’s son) was in town for an event at Holt Renfrew.

On Wednesday, May 9th, Holt Renfrew held an event for Roger Viviver‘s Creative Director Bruno Frisoni. Also, the Vivier exhibit continues to run at the Bata Shoe Museum and will continue until April of next year.




Vidal Sassoon passes at 84.

Anna Wintour appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about the MET Gala’s latest exhibit. The conversation turned towards gay marriage, “That Movie,” and a date involving french fries.

‘Fashion Night Out’ dates were announced in various cities across the world; many beyond the traditional September 6th date. Canada remains off the list.

H&M’s Fall/Winter 2012 Lookbook hit blogs across the world.  They also held a FW/12 preview event in Toronto on Wednesday.

Carey Mulligan is auctioning her custom Prada halter dress on eBay with all of the money from the final bid being donated to Oxfam America.




Ashley Rowe continues her weekly curated popup shop at V, 198 Walnut Avenue (Toronto). The popup runs until May 13th and features clothing and accessories from 69 Vintage, ASHLEY ROWE, Collective Bleach Denim, and The Code Boutique.

The Aveda Institute will launch its Born to Style scholarship contest on Wednesday, May 16. Judges include Ray Civello, Jen McNeely and Anita Clarke. The event will be hosted by Kristjan Hayden.

On Tuesday, May 15th, She Does The City hosts ‘Be Your Own T’ event at The Gap on Bloor.

Psalms 91:1 Accessories launches their first popup on Tuesday, May 15 at Donna Dolphy Hair in Yorkville. The popup runs until May 19.



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Tuesday,  May 8th (2012):  The Shangri-La Toronto’s new art installation was revealed and Chef Matt Blondin is reportedly leaving Acadia.



– Later tonight (Tuesday, May 8th) Mary Symons will throw a reception for ‘Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection‘ at the Bata Shoe Museum.  Vivier Artistic Director Bruno Frisoni will be in attendance.

– On Sunday, the SPARK Gala, a fundraising event hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation, raised $400,000 to benefit disadvantaged children and youth living in the child welfare system.

TORO Magazine celebrated Cinco De Mayo with an event at the Monarch Tavern on Clinton St.

– On Wednesday, Lauren Bush Lauren (niece of George Bush and wife of Ralph Lauren’s son) will visit Holt Renfrew to launch ‘Tory Burch + FEED’ bags.

– The Shangri-La Toronto will launch later this summer – but this past week, the hotel held a grand reveal for its ‘Rising’ street-side art installation by acclaimed artist Zhang Huan.

– The much-anticipated 2012 Met Ball took place last night in New York.


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BlogTO reports Guirei Japanese Restaurant at Queen’s Quay and Bathurst has been shut down following a health inspector’s findings that the restaurant “failed to prevent a rodent infestation.”

– According to RestaurantNews, Chef Matt Blondin is leaving Acadia, the much-heralded Southern resto on College West.  His last day as Executive Chef will be on May 31st. There are also rumours that he might join Momofuku when it opens later this summer.



– Mayor Rob Ford has decided not to attend a Pride outreach event.

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things are,’ has passed away.

Drake and Tyra Banks have sparked rumours they’re dating after they were seen together at Disneyland.



– The CBC announced its fall TV lineup will contain 175 fewer hours of original content.

BlogTO reports the movie theatre on Cumberland street will be “extensively redeveloped” as a “sprawling Nespresso coffee equipment store and cafe.” The theatre closed Sunday.



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Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium held an event at Luma.  ‘Tides of Change,’ as it was titled, featured ocean-friendly dishes prepared by executive chef Jason Bangerter.

– Ellen Degeneres’ DJ Tony made his rounds in Toronto – first, hosting an event at Bar Chef and then working a gig at Maison Mercer.

– The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the Air Canada Centre for the first time since 2006.

– The Toronto Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festival runs from May 3rd through the 13th.

Michaëlle Jean featured at the National Youth Arts Week launch party.

– Emcee Jully Black helps kick off TFI 25 on Thursday.  Tickets for the ROM event are still on sale – $100/per.

– Friday Night Live @ROM is celebrating TFI 25 with host Ben Barry.

Hope Charity Gala takes place on Friday, May 4th at Princess Margaret Hospital.

America’s Next Top Model is hosting a ‘live consumer event’ in Toronto.

The Avengers premiered in Toronto.

TORO Magazine will celebrate Cinco De Mayo on May 5th with an event at Monarch Tavern.

– Gourmet burger spot ‘The Works‘ is holding a media preview event tomorrow.  The restaurant is set to open soon in the Danforth neighbourhood.




Charles Khabouth‘s Casa Loma condo is featured in Toronto Life

– The late Phil Hartman earns a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.


Food & Drink


– Now Open: The Bellwoods Brewery names Canada’s best restaurants; Toronto’s Black Hoof earns fourth place nod.


Photography by Ryan Emberley.



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  • - The AGO is launching a new Picasso exhibit on Tuesday, May 1st.  The exhibit will run for four months.  Also on the AGO Picasso slate, a high-end $15,000-a-table fundraiser.
  • - Jerry Seinfeld and Will Arnett helped raise $3M for Toronto East General Hospital at their recent ‘Laughter Is The Best Medicine’ fundraiser.
  • - Mary Symons held a swank soiree at 133 Hazelton to celebrate the new condo development. Look for coverage right here later this week.
  • - Fashion Cares 25 created some buzz with a private launch at La Societe in Yorkville. The actual Fashion Cares gala, featuring Elton John, takes place on September, 9th (2012).
  • - Sauza partnered with Reposado Tequila Bar for a tasting on Tuesday, April 24th.  Look for coverage right here later this week.
  • - Camp Ooochigeas held its ‘Night of Summer Dreams Gala‘ on Thursday, April 19th.  The event was hosted by City News’ Cynthia Mulligan.
  • - Greta Constantine is debuting a new fashion film at a Stoli event later this evening.  This will be one of the first major events to take place at the new Trump Toronto.
  • - Mr.  and Mrs. Smith, a U.K.-based travel company, recently launched in Canada.  View our coverage here.
  • - The latest incarnation of the AGO’s ‘Massive Party‘ took place last week.  Look for coverage right here next week.


  • - Kim Kardashian will promote her latest jewelry collection at The Bay (Queen St.) on May 10th from 4:30-5:30PM.
  • - Singer/songwritter Levon Helm passed away.
  • - Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic. As a result, filming likely won’t take place in Toronto, as was previously reported.
  • - The F-List‘s Leesa Butler celebrated her birthday last Friday at Bar ItaliaJoe Mimran and Kimberly-Newport Mimran were reportedly among the attendees.

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  • - The financial district restaurant formerly know as Little Anthony‘s has relaunched as L.A.’s.  The eatery, which sits across the street from sister resto Volos, held a grand opening event on April 18th.
  • - Toronto’s first ‘Nova Scotian Style’ donair restaurant has opened in the Danforth neighbourhood.
  • - Singapore-style street food restaurant ‘Hawker Bar’ has opened on Ossington.



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