0506_social_541 BEYOND EXPECTATIONS 650 Collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations, at the 2017 Daffodil Ball benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society. STEPHANE POIRIER

DAFFODIL BALL 2017

BEYOND THE BEATLES, BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

Truth is Social Gals and Social Gents, I often refer to the homegrown Daffodil Ball, benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society, as one of my “Academy Awards” type events on the local front, ’cause well, it is. Daffodilista-In-Chief, ALISON SILCOFF, of Alison Silcoff Events, and her team, do a seriously world-class job, (along with a flock of talented collaborators and suppliers including Decor and More for overall décor, Total Events for technical design and production, Yves Chénier for floral design, Location Gervais for rentals, eXtension concepts for projection surfaces, and Scène Scapin for staging and drapes), that really is worthy of all the international awards it has garnered over the years.

Not surprisingly, this year’s 24th offering, booasting an IMAGINE: The Beatles & Beyond theme, was as  gobsmackingly gorge as ever, taking things next level with all kinds of technovation that would have made Paul, Ringo, George, and John, incredibly proud.

Icing on the fabulous? The evening raised an outta sight $1.73 million, for the Society, funds crucial to its mission to eradicate Cancer (more than one in three Canadians will develop the disease in their lifetime).

For a pack of exclusive good Diary snaps, see below.

For a more detailed account of the sixties-themed Dafftastic, see yours truly’s SOCIAL NOTES in the Montreal Gazette. 

Photography  KAREL CHLADEK, ALLEN MCINNIS, STEPHANE POIRIER.

DREAMTEAMERS: Committee members SOPHIE DUROCHER, FIGI ELMAN, NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE, party architects ISABELLE LÊ and ALISON J. SILCOFF, event chairs MICHAEL DENHAM, PASCAL TREMBLAY, VICTOR G. DODIG, and SHAHIR GUINDI, and still more members, FRANCINE PRUD’HOMME, JEANNIE SAUNDERS, LOLITTA DANDOY, KATIA PICCOLINO, KARIM LEDUC, and SARDINE BOHBOT. MISSING: ÉLODIE MEYER.

DREAMTEAMERS: Committee members SOPHIE DUROCHER, FIGI ELMAN, NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE, party architects ISABELLE LÊ and ALISON J. SILCOFF, event chairs MICHAEL DENHAM, PASCAL TREMBLAY, VICTOR G. DODIG, and SHAHIR GUINDI, and still more members, FRANCINE PRUD’HOMME, JEANNIE SAUNDERS, LOLITTA DANDOY, KATIA PICCOLINO, KARIM LEDUC, and SANDRINE BOHBOT. MISSING: ÉLODIE MEYER.

CELEBRITY SOCIAL GALS: Songstress IMA, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE, in RW & CO,  journalist SOPHIE DUROCHER, and emcee, media personality ISABELLE RACICOT, in CARMEN MARC VALVO.

CELEBRITY SOCIAL GALS: Songstress IMA, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE, in RW & CO, journalist SOPHIE DUROCHER, and emcee, media personality ISABELLE RACICOT, in CARMEN MARC VALVO.

BEATLES OF THE BALL: Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL “PAUL” TREMBLAY Kevlar’s PHILIPPE  “JOHN” MORIN, DAVID “GEORGE” DELLI FRAINE, and Stingray tops ERIC “RINGO” BOYKO.

BEATLES OF THE BALL: Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL “PAUL” TREMBLAY Kevlar’s PHILIPPE “JOHN” MORIN, DAVID “GEORGE” DELLI FRAINE, and Stingray tops ERIC “RINGO” BOYKO.

CORPS GO COCKTAIL CHIC: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada’s NORMAN M. STEINBERG, wife RENÉE KESSLER, Telus executive vice-president MONIQUE MERCIER and husband, playwright SHAUL EZER.

CORPS GO COCKTAIL CHIC: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada’s NORMAN M. STEINBERG, wife RENÉE KESSLER, Telus executive vice-president MONIQUE MERCIER and husband, playwright SHAUL EZER.

POP GOES THE PINK! Daze partner ANDREW LAPIERRE in ZEGNA and wife, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE.

POP GOES THE PINK! Dazmo partner ANDREW LAPIERRE in ZEGNA and wife, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE.

STAIR MASTERS: Bouclair’s DAPHNÉE GAGNON, in HERVÉ LÉGÉR, plastic surgeon KARL SCHWARZ, IN TOM FORD, and wife, anesthesiologist NIKI JECEN SCHWARZ, in MISSONI.

STAIRMASTERS: Bouclair’s DAPHNÉE GAGNON, in HERVÉ LÉGÉR, plastic surgeon KARL SCHWARZ, IN TOM FORD, and wife, anesthesiologist NIKI JECEN SCHWARZ, in MISSONI.

THAT KIND OF ENTRANCE:  Liaison extraordaire THO VO AND wife, ISABELLE LÊ, of Alison Silcoff Events hang with “John and Yoko,” at the bed-in for peace greeting.

THAT KIND OF ENTRANCE: Liaison extraordaire THO VO and wife, ISABELLE LÊ, of Alison Silcoff Events, hang with “John and Yoko,” at the bed-in for peace greeting.

COCKTAIL KICK-OFF: Against the backdrop of a Mondrian-inspired dividing wall, and under a cacophony of suspended Jack umbrellas,guests mix and mingle.

COCKTAIL KICK-OFF: Against the backdrop of a Mondrian-inspired dividing wall, and under a cacophony of suspended Jack umbrellas, guests mix and mingle.

BLACK TIE FABULOUS: DAVE CLARKE and wife, Montreal Gazette editor-in-chief LUCINDA CHODAN.

BLACK TIE FABULOUS: DAVE CLARKE and wife, Montreal Gazette editor-in-chief LUCINDA CHODAN.

PEACE OUT PRINCESS: Social Orra COO LYDIA MOREYNE, in CHANEL bling, BCBGMAXAZRIA and VICTOR AND ROLFE.

PEACE OUT PRINCESS: Social Orra COO LYDIA MOREYNE, in CHANEL bling, BCBGMAXAZRIA and VICTOR & ROLFE.

POWER PAIR: Event co-chair Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL TREMBLAY and wife, ANIK CHAMBERLAND.

POWER PAIR: Event co-chair Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL TREMBLAY and wife, ANIK CHAMBERLAND.

LUXE LIFE: Le Richmond’s IBTI SAADI, hangs with Christofle’s ROBERTO REINO, and his partner, Starbucks barista extraordinaire RICHARD BONILLA.

LUXE LIFE: Le Richmond’s IBTI SAADI, hangs with Christofle’s ROBERTO REINO, and his partner, Starbucks barista extraordinaire RICHARD BONILLA.

TWINSIES: Sisters JENNIFER NAGY in BCBGMAXAZRIA and JESSICA PATHY in LA MAISON SIMONS.

TWINSIES: Sisters JENNIFER NAGY in BCBGMAXAZRIA and JESSICA PATHY in LA MAISON SIMONS.

CAN YOU FEEL THE FASHITUDE? LINDSAY NEUFELD and celebrity real estate broker CARL-REMILLARD FONTAINE.

CAN YOU FEEL THE FASHITUDE? LINDSAY NEUFELD and celebrity real estate broker CARL-REMILLARD FONTAINE.

SO WELL TURNED OUT: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and husband, Triotech’s CHARLES DÉCARIE, both in GEORGES SCHWARZ BLING.

WELL TURNED OUT: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and husband, Triotech’s CHARLES DÉCARIE, both in GEORGES SCHWARZ BLING.

BEAUTIES OF BALNEA: Balnea founder / co-owner STÉPHANIE ÉMOND and PR powerhouse NADINE LAJOIE.

BEAUTIES OF BALNEA: Balnea founder / co-owner STÉPHANIE ÉMOND and PR powerhouse NADINE LAJOIE.

PEACE OUT PRINCESSES: NADINE LAJOIE poses in front of Abbey Road with volunteer hostesses in minis sponsored by Le Chateau with dos by La Coupe.

PEACE-FULL SOCIAL GALS: NADINE LAJOIE poses in front of Abbey Road with volunteer hostesses, in minis sponsored by Le Chateau with dos by La Coupe.

#STATEMENTMAKERS: Entrepreneurial force PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in custom CLOAKROOM and wife, beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in VALENTINO.

#STATEMENTMAKERS: Entrepreneurial force PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in custom CLOAKROOM and wife, beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in VALENTINO.

QUEEN’S GUARD MEETS THE BEATLES.

QUEEN’S GUARD MEETS THE BEATLES.

SNAPPED WITH SCENE MAKERS: Uber brokers MARTIN ROULEAU in WAXMAN and CHRISTINA MILLER in BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diary's JENN CAMPBELL in ZARA, Telemedia tops PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in CLOAKROOM and beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in  VALENTINO.

SNAPPED WITH THE SCENE MAKERS: Uber brokers MARTIN ROULEAU in WAXMAN and CHRISTINA MILLER in BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL in ZARA, Telemedia tops PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in CLOAKROOM, and beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in VALENTINO.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

SPOTLIGHT ON: ROSARIO “ROSS” CAMPANELLA and Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s KATIA PICCOLINO.

SPOTLIGHT ON: ROSARIO “ROSS” CAMPANELLA and Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s magnificent KATIA PICCOLINO.

MONOCHOROMATIC ZOMBIE BOY.

MONOCHOROMATIC ZOMBIE BOY.

BONDING: LOLITTADANDOY, KARIM LEDUC.

DAFFODIL BONDING: LOLITTA DANDOY, KARIM LEDUC.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

SCARY GOOD STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, superagent KARIM LEDUC, and Olympic sisters CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE and MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE.

SCARY GOOD STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, superagent KARIM LEDUC, and Olympic sisters CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE and MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE.

DAZZLE'S IN THE DETAILS.

DAZZLE’S IN THE DETAILS.

LIGHTING UP THE LANDSCAPE.

LIGHTING UP THE LANDSCAPE.

STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, KARIM LEDUC, JESSIKA DÉNOMMÉE, Olympian MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in Boutique PRFKT, fellow Olympian, sister CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in MARIE SAINT PIERRE, AUDE SCHNEIDER, LOLITTA DANDOY, brother JHONNY DANDOY and DJ ABEILLE (in foreground).

MORE STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, KARIM LEDUC, JESSIKA DÉNOMMÉE, Olympian MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in Boutique PRFKT, fellow Olympian, sister CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in MARIE SAINT PIERRE, AUDE SCHNEIDER, LOLITTA DANDOY, brother JHONNY DANDOY and DJ ABEILLE (in foreground).

CONTEMPLATING THE CAPTIVATING.

CONTEMPLATING THE CAPTIVATING.

 TWIGGY, SHRIMPTON & MORE, CIRCA 2017: Good gal pal / power gals, TROUVÉ Mtl’s CHLOÉ TEASDALE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA, FELICIE HUBERT, in BOUTIQUE VENUS, TROUVÉ Mtl’s ANNIE-CLAUDE ROY, in PORTRAIT ZHIVAGO, real estate broker NATALIA BLANCHETTE in BCBGMAXAZRIA, model MICHELLE MCHUGH, in WAYNE CLARK, med sales maestro MONICA WHELAN, in ANGELINA FACCENDA, and PR powerhouse KARINE SAVAGE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA.

TWIGGY, SHRIMPTON & MORE, CIRCA 2017: Good gal pal / power gals, TROUVÉ Mtl’s CHLOÉ TEASDALE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA, FELICIE HUBERT, in BOUTIQUE VENUS, TROUVÉ Mtl’s ANNIE-CLAUDE ROY, in PORTRAIT ZHIVAGO, real estate broker NATALIA BLANCHETTE in BCBGMAXAZRIA, model MICHELLE MCHUGH, in WAYNE CLARK, med sales maestro MONICA WHELAN, in ANGELINA FACCENDA, and PR powerhouse KARINE SAVAGE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA.

MINI ME: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and daughter.

MINI ME: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and yes, her mini me daughter.

FOODIE FUN: Queen E. chef-wizards take presentation seriously, with themed courses like a “Yellow Submarine” appetizer.

FOODIE FUN: Queen E. chef-wizards take presentation seriously, with themed courses like a “Yellow Submarine” appetizer.

CHEERS TO DAFF 2017!

CHEERS DAFF 2017!

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations.

WITH SISTER JEANNE: JEANNE SAUNDERS, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL.

WITH SISTER JEANNE: Committee member  JEANNE SAUNDERS, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL.

LUXE SQUAD: ARLENE TORRIANI, in TARA JARMON, and husband, Ritz-Carlton Montreal tops ANDREW TORRIANI pose with Team Montblanc: VIBI PATEL, in TRES CHIC STYLING, SANDRINE BOHBOT in ATELIER PRIVÉ, and husband, MICHAEL DELOUYA in SUIT SUPPLY.

LUXE SQUAD: ARLENE TORRIANI, in TARA JARMON, and husband, Ritz-Carlton Montreal tops ANDREW TORRIANI pose with Team Montblanc: VIBI PATEL, in TRES CHIC STYLING, SANDRINE BOHBOT in ATELIER PRIVÉ, and husband, MICHAEL DELOUYA in SUIT SUPPLY.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

TWIGGY & SHRIMPTON 2017: Models KARINE SAVAGE and “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN.

TWIGGY & SHRIMPTON 2017: Models KARINE SAVAGE and “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN.

 TWIST AND SHOUT! Buzz-bringing DJ ABEILLE gets everyone twisting and shouting.

TWIST AND SHOUT! Buzz-bringing DJ ABEILLE gets everyone twisting and shouting.

MODELS & ME:  “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, and model / marketer KARINE SAVAGE.

MODELS & ME: “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, and model / marketer KARINE SAVAGE.

BUT THAT ROOM ....

BUT THAT ROOM ….

SUPERSTAR TRIBUTE BAND, REPLAY – THE BEATLES TRIBUTE.

SUPERSTAR TRIBUTE BAND, REPLAY – THE BEATLES TRIBUTE.

TABLE REFLECTION: starring ZOMBIE BOY.

TABLE REFLECTION: starring ZOMBIE BOY.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

ROLLING WITH IT: World-famous, Cali-based acrobatic roller-skaters, The Rock n’Rollers, wow with choreography by Emmy-nominated choreographer FRED TALLAKSEN.

ROLLING WITH IT: World-famous, Cali-based acrobatic roller-skaters, The Rock n’Rollers, wow with choreography by Emmy-nominated choreographer FRED TALLAKSEN.

POWERBROKERS: Great-West Life’s ANTHONY CARDONE, Financière Éthicor’s GUY OUELLETTE, BFL Canada Consulting Services’s DAVID VANASSE, and RBC Royal Bank, Quebec Headquarters’ MARTIN THIBODEAU.

POWERBROKERS: Great-West Life’s ANTHONY CARDONE, Financière Éthicor’s GUY OUELLETTE, BFL Canada Consulting Services’s DAVID VANASSE, and RBC Royal Bank, Quebec Headquarters’ MARTIN THIBODEAU.

LET'S DANCE!

LET’S DANCE!

BRINGING THE SOCIAL SMILES! National PR exec CHRISTINE BOIVIN and husband, CATSIMA’s SIMON DUPÉRÉ.

BRINGING THE SOCIAL SMILES! National PR exec CHRISTINE BOIVIN and husband, CATSIMA’s SIMON DUPÉRÉ.

PARTY MODE.

PARTY MODE.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS.

POWER PAIR: Girl Boss extraordinaire SOLANGE DUGAS and husband, the legendary HON. LUCIEN BOUCHARD.

RAISING THE BAR: Girl Boss extraordinaire SOLANGE DUGAS and husband, the legendary HON. LUCIEN BOUCHARD.

RIO TINTO RADIATES: Rio Tinto tops ALFRED BARRIOS and wife ELENA BARRIOS.

RIO TINTO RADIATES: Rio Tinto tops ALFRED BARRIOS and wife ELENA BARRIOS.

NEXT BIG DEAL NEGOCIATED! ;)

NEXT BIG DEAL NEGOCIATED! ;)

BRINGING THE BUZZ: DJ ABEILLE.

BRINGING THE BUZZ: DJ ABEILLE.

MANULIFE MAGIC: LOUISE BEAUREGARD and husband Manulife president/ CEO RICHARD PAYETTE.

MANULIFE MAGIC: LOUISE BEAUREGARD and husband Manulife president/ CEO RICHARD PAYETTE.

HOLLYWOOD WORTHY! NATHALIE FORCIER, white hot in ELIE SAAB and husband, BMO Capital Markets managing director GREGOIRE BAILLARGEON, in BURBERRY.

HOLLYWOOD WORTHY! NATHALIE FORCIER, white hot in ELIE SAAB and husband, BMO Capital Markets managing director GREGOIRE BAILLARGEON, in BURBERRY.

TEAM TD: TD Bank’s BRIAN M. LEVITT and wife, PORTIA LEGGAT.

TEAM TD: TD Bank’s BRIAN M. LEVITT and wife, PORTIA LEGGAT.

POWERPAIR!

AND FINALLY: THE LOVE DUO!