TIFF Party: Toronto’s powerbrokers turn out en masse for the final George Christy Luncheon

TIFF Party: Toronto’s powerbrokers turn out en masse for the final George Christy Luncheon

Norman Jewison and his wife Lynne St. David (Image: George Pimentel/WireImage/Getty)
 

Every year since 1983, former Hollywood Reporter society columnist George Christy has hosted a chicken pot pie luncheon that’s one of TIFF’s most coveted invites. This year—the last that the 76-year-old will host the bash—Toronto’s elite gathered at the Four Seasons on Saturday to honour three decades of great parties and festival support. Guests included cultural heavyweights like writer-director Paul Haggis, actor Gordon Pinsent, director Norman Jewison and theatre impresario-turned-jailbird Garth Drabinsky, and society fixtures like Conrad Black and Barbara Amiel, and Galen and Hilary Weston. Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp chatted with Christy, while producer Frank Marshall and Sony Pictures Classic’s co-president Michael Barker sipped wine and joked around. Director Atom Egoyan and power couple Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman also showed for cocktails, but—too bad for them—left before everybody tucked into their pot pies.