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The king of knitwear, Line co-designer John Muscat, was on hand at the Gala of Light, an event that took place last night at Richmond Street’s Easy & The Fifth, a swanky nightclub.

Hosted by MuchMusic’s Sarah Taylor and Sportcentre personality Cabbie Richards, the event was intended to raise awareness and funds for the charity Street Haven at the Crossroads, a multi-program agency that includes medical services, addiction services, a learning centre and recreational activities that support homeless women in downtown Toronto.

The night was a frenzy of activities: a silent auction (that boasted an autographed Dion Phaneuf jersey, a BlackBerry Bold, a stay at a New York City hotel, and a to-die-for Line Knitwear leather jacket, hence Muscat’s presence), pounding tunes provided by DJ Lissa Monet, a soulful few songs sung by Jessica Rose, a truly magnificent violin performance by Yosvani Castaneda and delicious hors d’oeuvres that had me stalking the waitstaff all night.

Going into the event, I had assumed (probably from the word ‘gala’) that this would be a swishy sit-down affair but instead was a wonderfully fun party that included an open bar and a dancefloor that was consistently full. While the crowd was decidedly older than I had assumed it would be, as the night wore on, a frenzy of Toronto bloggers poured into the space and joked about ‘fauxtioning,’ the art of milling around the silent auction products looking like you’re about to bid without actually writing down a number.

In place of the wildly popular photo booth, was yet another flip-book booth where partygoers could dance, sing, smooch or (in one specific case) talk on the phone for six seconds and forever have the memories in a tiny flip-book. This attraction usually had a longer line than the one for the auction, and at one point had the entire crowd cheering when it opened back up after a brief hiatus. 

My only regret was that all I could do with Muscat’s jacket had to do with fauxtioning.

All photos taken by Ryan Emberley


Bianca Teixeira is Toronto Standard’s style editor. Follow her on Twitter at @BeeIsTheNewBlog.

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