By Susan O'Neill Posted September 15, 2009, 2:29 PM EDT
TORONTO Unique party venues and props popped up at a series of Toronto International Film Festival parties this past weekend. The Soho House partnered with Grey Goose to host an event at the Lower Bay Station on Saturday evening, and singer Mary J. Blige took to the stage at the Kool Haus to benefit OneXOne. Meanwhile, two of the film festival's most exclusive parties took place at mansions on the Bridle Path, where a home known as the Glass House served as the venue for an after-party for The Men Who Stare at Goats on Friday.
Goats in two pens on the red carpet wore T-shirts that read “Don't stare at me,” and party sponsor VitaminWater illuminated the exterior of the home with red lights and a multicoloured step-and-repeat. Actors George Clooney and Jeff Bridges, who star in the film, attended the event.
The Soho House Group, which operates private members' clubs in New York and London, partnered with Grey Goose vodka to present the Grey Goose Soho House Club at the T.T.C.'s Lower Bay station on Saturday for the Harry Brown after-party. Dimitri Lezinska, global brand ambassador for Grey Goose, created three specialty cocktails for the event, with names like the Toronto Tower, the Maple Leaf Martini, and the Starstruck Goose.
INK Entertainment hosted a benefit concert, including a performance by Mary J. Blige, for OneXOne at the Kool Haus Saturday. “Each year we continually strive to build awareness of children's needs by bringing together people of all walks of life for a night of celebration and hope,” OneXOne founder and Diesel C.E.O. Joelle Adler said in a statement. “The support and commitment of our partners and guests helps OneXOne positively impact young lives all over the world.” Event sponsors included Rogers Communications, Diesel, Pepsi, Redken, Red Rose Tea, The Toronto Star, Swarovski, TD Financial, and Stella Artois.
On Sunday, about 200 guests attended a fund-raising dinner in support of OneXOne hosted by Suzanne and Edward Rogers, honourary founding chairs of the foundation, at their Forest Hill home. Guests for the event—which cost $5,000 to attend—included Matt Damon and Bill Clinton.