Inside Purple Party 2013: 29 photos of purple-clad partygoers raising funds for childhood cancer

Purple Party 2013
Purple Party 2013
Photography by George Pimentel Photography

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Remember that heart-swelling Buzzfeed post “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity”? Well, last Thursday was officially the IRL version, as Childhood Cancer Canada hosted its second annual Purple Party. The sold-out event filled Toronto’s Drake Hotel, with purple-clad partygoers, notable guests and, most importantly, inspirational childhood cancer heroes.

At the centre of it all was the Purple Party’s duo co-chairs—who, coincidentally, represented two mainstays of Canadian culture. Murdoch Mysteries star Yannick Bisson and wife Shantelle and former NHL player Brad May and wife Brigette kept the party going strong all night long, as well as spurring on a very competitive live auction. As for the fashion, while cocktail attire was certainly a must, it was really all about finding inventive ways to wear purple. And from opaque tights (à la Gabrille Miller) to suits, ties and dresses in shades of lavender, mauve, eggplant and indigo, the stylish guests really showed they were up to the challenge.