Toronto’s new socialites are more diverse, ubiquitous and glam than ever
by shinan govani
The pandemic was hard on the party people: gone was the see-and-be-seen lustre of IRL events, replaced by monotonous Zoom galas. But the city’s new generation of bougie babies cut their teeth online, confidently straddling the real and the virtual. They know how to work a room—and how to make social media move to their beat. Here, a taxonomy of Toronto’s glitterati and where they fit into the firmament.
Life of the Party
Social Media Maven
Perpetually on the list of cool kids, Calister worked in education and retail before becoming a model and brand ambassador on TikTok and Instagram.
Zhao is a prime example of the influencer-socialite hybrid. She invests in art as her principal gig, and she’s routinely present at launches and lunches, touting brands like Dior to her 240,000 Instagram followers.
Kapran is a young content creator and stylist—with close to 800,000 followers—adding fresh sizzle to high society.
McCauley is a master at both wearing a suit and funnelling money into worthy causes. He has served on several committees (CANFAR, SickKids) and is organizing the inaugural Telus Foundation gala happening this spring.
The impeccably educated
Faith sisters—Nia went to Howard, Justice to Columbia—are popular additions to the circuit, making waves with Révolutionnaire, their Gen Z–centric philanthropic venture devoted to social change.
Ubiquitous and endearingly earnest, Matchhar sits on various boards, is the Giving Officer at Casey House and supported last November’s Lit Gala, a Diwali celebration for the Mariam Society.
This husband-and-wife doctor-lawyer team boosts the arts via the Bata Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum.
Everyone wants this sprightly South African ballet dancer at their parties for his grace
With a nickname like Mr. Saturday—also the name of his edgy apparel line—how could Gollish not be fun? He was recently appointed creative director in residence at Roots and was seen hanging with the Weeknd in Cannes.
Talaee is a gallerina oozing new style into the art scene as director of the Next Contemporary, a showcase for BIPOC artists.
This Stronach Family heir—Frank’s grandson and Belinda’s son—has found success as one of the city’s top DJs.
A long-time cultural programmer and head of community and marketing at the Ace Hotel Toronto, Nyarkoh is a snappy dresser at talks, celebrations and fundraisers.
Berman is an elite fundraiser with style for days. The wife of Tricon CEO Gary Berman, she co-chaired the Mad Hot
Ballet benefit and, for the second year in a row, co-piloted the AGO’s Art Bash.
A worldly portfolio manager with a penchant for bright colours, Li is everywhere on the circuit these days. She co-chairs the Canadian Opera Company’s tent-pole fundraiser, Centre Stage.
Owner of the Vogue-approved tableware brand Misette, Burstyn Fritz currently co-chairs the Writers’ Trust Storytellers Ball.
Sinclair has event-planned her way to the top of the fundraiser food chain. She works with several major charities, including the Boost Child and Youth Centre.