CANFAR’s Bloor Street Entertains kicked off it’s 18th annual festive gala in a selection of ritzy addresses throughout the Bloor-Yorkville corridor. Venues like BOSS, Burberry, Harry Rosen, Mulberry, Tiffany & Co, Nespresso and Roots were transformed  into lavish dinner spaces, catered by renowned local chefs like Buca’s Rob Gentile, The Harbord Room’s Cory Vitello, Momofuku’s Sam Gelman, and Table 17’s John Sinopoi, and many more.


Fashionably early, we snapped a glimpse of the glammed-out venues before dinner was served. Each space had impressive decor, creating sparkly storybook-like atmospheres. Our favourite was the  1920’s-style pianist who gracefully played an all-white Kanye-West grand piano in a fantasy forest on the third floor of Holt Renfrew. Um, is this a dream?

Following the feast, men clad in velvet suit jackets and women dripping in sequins corralled back to the ROM for the “Crash the Crystal After Party”. We danced to the lively double bass and drums swing band beneath the shadows of giant dinosaurs. Repeat dinosaurs.

Founded in 1987, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) raises awareness to generate funds for research into all aspects of HIV and AIDS.