Close to 1000 guests packed The Four Seasons Centre in Toronto last week for Operanation 8 . Proceeds from the evening went on to the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, a training program for young opera professionals. Operanation is one of the slickest parties on Toronto's benefit calendar and brings together young urban professionals with a passion for the arts. We spotted fashion blogger, Anita Clarke (left) and PR pros Abigail Van Den Broek and Ashley Ballantyne (right) following the 'inspired elegance' dress code.
Tickets to the event ranged from $150 for cocktail party access to $500 for a full-out VIP dinner in the Henry N. R. Jackman Lounge. The party was spread out over three levels and included a variety of food stations, free flowing wine, beer and cocktails, an art installation, photo booth, live entertainment, DJ and dancing.
Rushing over from the final show nearby at LG Fashion Week were fashion bloggers The Backseat Stylers (left), Jordana Stein and Paul Aguirre-Livingston from The Grid (right)
Five Canadian fashion designers - Calla, Joeffer Caoc, Greta Constantine, Arthur Mendonça and Ashley Rowe showcased their a-'muse'-ing creations for the evening as part of a live fashion installation.
Braised short rib with sweet potato mash from one of the food stations
Scottish distillery, Balvenie (founded in 1839) was on hand to educate guests on the art of drinking a good scotch
Lovely accompaniments at the cheese and chocolate station included dried fruits, grapes and an assortment of crackers and flatbread
Austra and Rufus Wainwright take the stage as the entertainment for the evening
One of the highlights of the evening was a rock & roll-opera mash-up between indie band, Austra and COC soprano Ambur Braid. Braid makes opera look sexy and left the audience in awe with her vocal talents.
To learn more about the event visit www.Operanation.ca
Operanation: A Muse Ball - Toronto, 2011