Inside Toronto Life’s Most Influential party, with Chrystia Freeland, Jagmeet Singh, Rupi Kaur and more

Inside Toronto Life’s Most Influential party, with Chrystia Freeland, Jagmeet Singh, Rupi Kaur and more

Last night, Toronto Life threw a massive party to celebrate its annual list of the city’s most influential citizens. Hundreds of VIPs gathered at the Liberty Grand to fête the 50 guests of honour, sip sparkling wine and snap the perfect photobooth shot. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, who topped this year’s list, spoke at the event and mingled with other power players. Here, a closer look at what went down at the party.

Chrystia Freeland, a.k.a. “number one,” joked that, because of her height, people don’t normally “look up to her”:

After her speech, Freeland encountered a steady stream of well-wishers and fans:

Mayor John Tory (number three on the list) chatted with Toronto Life publisher Ken Hunt:

Toronto Life editor Sarah Fulford spoke with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (number 23), who was bombarded by admirers most of the night:

Singh also had a lively discussion with poet Rupi Kaur (number 37):

Influential toddler Wylie van Stone was in attendance, sporting a very fashionable tuxedo onesie, and accompanied by parents Grant van Gameren (number 38, of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval fame) and Sunny Stone:

Here’s OMERS Ventures CEO John Ruffolo (number 27) with wife, Carryn:

And the PM’s right-hand man, Gerald Butts (number five):

Paramount Foods founder Mohamad Fakih was number 44 on the list:

Drake Hotel overlord Jeff Stober (number 36) showed people pics of his new house in Prince Edward County:

Intrepid reporters Daniel Dale (number 47) and Robyn Doolittle (number 32) talked shop:

Nightclub king Charles Khabouth (number 11) probably opened three new five-star restaurants before the party was over:

Hubba CEO Ben Zifkin (number 24) was one of a number of tech moguls who earned a spot on the list this year:

OCAD U president Sara Diamond (owner of an amazing art collection) was there:

As was Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, who has one of the biggest jobs at Queen’s Park:

Greta Constantine co-founder Kirk Pickersgill repped a Canadian brand:

The bar was busy serving drinks, like Glenmorangie whiskey:

There was a sprawling pasta bar and plenty of food stations:

There were also a selection of elaborate dessert spreads:

Guests revelled until the party wrapped late in the evening:


November 24, 2017

An earlier version of this post contained an incorrect surname for the night's cutest attendee, Wylie van Stone.