Last night’s Amfar party at the Carlu—a stunning, glitzy fundraiser for Cinema Against AIDS timed to coincide with TIFF—was one of the most expensive tickets in town, with tables costing up to $50,000. It was no surprise, then, to see Canada’s ultra-elite, like Suzanne Rogers, Galen and Hilary Weston and Isadore Sharp, in attendance, along with plenty of corporate sponsors. They all came to get a glimpse of the mega star power the event brings out. Martin Sheen hosted the event, and son Emilio Estevez (who got in some good-natured ribbing: “You might recognize Martin from the picket line”) presented one of the auction items. Kelly Rowland, of Destiny’s Child and solo success, helped auction, too, promising to personally serenade the highest bidder before performing an acoustic version of “When Love Takes Over.”
We thought we’d be most excited to see Ace of Base perform, but we weren’t sold on the two new female members singing a disappointing version of “The Sign.” But if that ’90s throwback band isn’t enough to make this party the most eclectic in history, check out the rest of the guest list: Kenneth Cole (fashion designer), Richard and Rana Florida (academic power couple), Caroline Mulroney (daughter of Brian), Julian Schnabel (multimedia artist), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock actor), Jason Pomeranc (owner of the Thompson Hotels), Bonnie Brooks (CEO of The Bay), Martha Wash (one of the original singers of “It’s Raining Men”), Susur Lee (local celeb chef), Mag Ruffman (of Road to Avonlea) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (knockout Montrealer from Entourage).