CORE: T'was Quite the Night

Fashionistas and foodies ate, drank, shopped and made the United Way and National Music Centre very merry at The CORE.

The private after-hours shopping benefit hosted by the CORE on November 30 was the best possible kind of retail therapy: the United Way's Because initiative and our very own National Music Centre were the joint benefactors of $40,000 raised from ticket sales.

At the National Music Centre chill lounge – just past the spectacular 45 foot Christmas tree – a big Hammond B3 organ sent out soulful holiday vibes while the fashion-forward crowd shopped for exclusive Long Live the King t-shirts and voted on their favourite edible King Eddy on display. The architectural marvels of gingerbread and buttercream were a sweet reminder that we all want a new King Eddy for Christmas. T'was the Night was a very stylish way to make that wish an East Village reality.
 
Fashionistas got exclusive one-night-only offers, a paper couture fashion show, and loads of prizes. Holt Renfrew gave away a $1,000 shopping spree and $2,500 in Armani. Foodies dove delicately into stuffed turkey roulade, single-malt scotches and divine desserts almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost, but not quite.
 
Music lovers scored especially big. A headline performance by Juno winner Chantal Kreviazuk, stylish chamber music by the Bel Canto String Trio, cool jazz by the Simon Frisk Trio, and some rousing Christmas music by the Calgary Girls' Choir kept spirits bright. There were even live jazz and house band performances at HMV, Harry Rosen and Urban. All that fun, and a new King Eddy and NMC is one step closer. ‘Twas, after all, a night to remember.