It’s been a minute since the Ritz-Carlton Grand Prix Party and Diary of A Social Gal were reunited (three years to be exact) but as the adage goes, absence does make the heart grow fonder and our reunion this year was nothing short of magical; a true love story

While we prepared to launch the first ever Diary Of A Social Gal ICONIC RED CARPET EXPERIENCE, presented in collaboration with the tech masters at ODIENCE, force of nature Katia Piccolino, Ritz director of sales and marketing, and her dream team including event architect extraordinaire Maddy K. – pulled out all the stops to deliver their best edition to date. Heck, don’t take our word for it, check out the viral explosion on Social!!

Proudly presented with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team & Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with BFL Canada, the 2023 “EL RINCON DE HAVANA” immersed guests in an electrified version of Havana fabulosity that had them dancing into the wee hours and enjoying a host of entertainments and experiences that were the perfect mix of glam, gastronomy and utter gorgeousnesssssss

Among the most memorable moments (though it’s admittedly hard to choose!) were the exclusive Louboutin Lounge inviting guests to experience a true Flamenco club dedicated to the celebration of Flamencaba;  stunning Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar; action packed Tropicana Casino presented by the ISMI Specialized Clinic; crazy delicious on-theme eats courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Montreal executive chef Romain Valicon; Louis XIII cigar lounge; special activations for Don Julio 1942Johnnie Walker; gobsmackingly impressive performances by acclaimed 6-time Grammy award winner Isaac Delgado y Orquesta; and, of course, one of our personal faves, the specialty tropical bevs station, replete with coconuts sporting the Diary logo.

Did we mention there was a Mercedes-AMG EQS Sedan, suspended for all to marvel over in the famed Ritz Garden? Because there was …

As for bold-face worthy VIP guests, they were there in spades, decked to the elevens, including the Ritz Boulud namesake Daniel Boulud; former UFC champ Georges St. Pierre; hocky royals Carey Price, Paul Byron, PK Subban,  Alex Killorn, Mathieu Joseph and Pierre-Olivier Joseph; NFL football star Carl Lawson; NBA player Luguentz Dort; superboxer Jean Pascal; broadcaster/ former Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier; former Olympic skater/ doctor Joanie Rochette (TALK ABOUT A POWER GAL!); Olympic skier Alexandre Bilodeau; television producer extraordinaire Julie Snyder; NASA engineer Julie Farah Alibay; songstress/Canada’s Got Talent winner Jeanick Fournier; beloved actor Catherine St. Laurent; singer/ Sortez-moi d’ici winner Andréanne A. Mallette; and many many more ….

A portion of all ticket sales also supported the Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation, an extraordinary non-profit committed to improving mental health care in Canada by bridging the gaps in the current system.

Now if that’s not the definition of F1 Grand Prix Party gold, I don’t know what is. Bravo Ritz! Let our beautiful love story continue to grow and flourish. Proud media partner we are! Love you much Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  


By Jenn Campbell

Montreal-based luxury lifestyle social magazine. for lovers of: parties, solid fashion, fine eats, sexy escapes, the best in fitness and health trends, motivating quotage, good pop and other culture, celebrity fabulousness and the whole luxury lifestyle landscape in general.

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