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The ETALK Festival Party: An Event You Didn’t Want To Miss

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The hottest and most anticipated events for TIFF’08 was the eTalk Festival Party taking place at the Much Music Headquarters.

An endless cast of stars plus a performance by P. Diddy (aka Puff Daddy aka Sean Combs) with DJ duties for the night handled by Samantha Ronson (SamRo) supported by her partner Lindsay Lohan (LiLo)!

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To hype the event to Faze’s national audience eTalk teamed up with us on a contest to bring four lucky ladies (and their BFFs) to the big night in Toronto. A ton of entries but only four were chosen…a big congratulations to Hilary S. (Toronto), Erika (Brampton), Cynthia S. (North York) and Shelby M. (Newmarket).

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After getting the tickets/wristbands to the winners, some at the Faze offices (see rooftop patio pic above) and some in the MuchMusic parking lot (see pic) we assembled the Faze team and headed to the red carpet and the rest of the fun that awaited inside.


The screaming crowd impatiently waited to catch a glimpse of all the celebrities along with a high-energy performance by Hip Hop mogul P. Diddy. Diddy hit us with a few old tracks like “Bad Boy for Life” and “I’ll Be Missing You” – oh the memories – as well as a few recent favourites such as “Last Night” off of Diddy’s Press Play album (Dawn Richard from Danity Kane filled in for Keyshia Cole).

Although Diddy’s performance was short, fans in and around the Much Music HQ were not left disappointed as a whole slew of celebrities poured onto the Red Carpet posing for pictures and stopping for short interviewing opportunities. The celebrities in attendance included: Sophia Bush, Kreesha Turner, Sir Richard Branson, Lindsay Lohan, Dan & Dean Caten of DSquared, Jake Gold, Chantal Kreviazuk, Kardinal Offishall, Kelly Carlson and many more.

The Faze Team and friends ready to schmooze!
From left to right: Karmen Cheng, Paul, Lorraine, Lisa-Marie Chen, Peter Flynn
Karmen Cheng, Paul, Lorraine, Lisa-Marie Chen, Peter Flynn

Karmen and Lorraine posing for the photographers.
Karmen Cheng and Lorraine Zander

Meanwhile out amongst the paparazzi, one of our favourite Faze interns Lindsay Robb with resident Faze stylist Carolee Custus (who picked out Lorraine’s dress at Designs by Naomi). We love you gals.
Lindsay Robbs and Carolee Custus

On the etalk Festival Party Red Carpet.

Faze Founder Lorraine Zander with pal Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) (photo by Virgin Canada president Andrew Black!)
VIRGIN CEO Richard Branson and Lorraine Zander in Toronto

Divine Brown – look out for Divine in Issue #30 of Faze!
Divine Brown & Lorraine Zander

Songstress LIGHTS with Manager Jian Ghomeshi
Jian Ghomeshi and a relatively unharmed LIGHTS

The Infamous Faze Girls – Karmen Cheng, Lorraine, Sarah McKay, Carolyne Horton
Faze Girls - Karmen Cheng, Lorraine, Sarah McKay, Carolyne Horton

The star with the biggest personality in the room, the loveable, the hilarious Jully Black!
Jully Black & Lorraine Zander

Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill
Sophia Bush - One Tree Hill

Kelly Carlson from the hit show Nip/Tuck
Kelly Carlson from Nip/Tuck

Karmen, Kardinal Offishall, Lisa-Marie
Karmen, Kardinal Offishall, Lisa-Marie

A Few Local Celebs on the Town

Much VJ (and Dallas Green’s gf) Leah Miller
Leah Miller

Celebrity make-up artist and CNTM judge Paul Venoit
Paul Venoit

Ben Mulroney w/ veteran Canadian actor Peter Flynn 😛
Ben Mulroney with veteran Canadian actor Peter Flynn

Look who it is!!!

DJ Samantha Ronson started off her set with “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.
DJ Samantha Ronson

Where there’s a SamRo, there’s a LiLo! O_O
Our shots of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were admittedly a bit blurry, not sure if it was the dark room, smoke or something else…Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan

!!!Random Pic Moment!!!

l-r: A lovely friend, Sarah Johnson (Founder of RadGalz), Jake White (Owner of Euda Sports)
Sarah Johnson Radgalz

A Before and After Look

Before: everyone is all smiles and full of energy
Karmen Cheng, Peter Flynn, Lorraine Zander
Sarah McKay and some guy named Sean
After:Barely Awake

Lisa-Marie Chen, Karmen Cheng, Lorraine Zander
Paul and Peter dashed upstairs to catch a last glimpse of Lilo and SamRo in action.
Sarah is nowhere to be found.
We misplaced Lisa’s date.
The beverages ran out.
Feet start to swell.


In the true spirit of TIFF week end up making it to both the eTalk Afterparty at This is London ANDDDDD the Virgin afterparty at Muzik!

Karmen with the beautiful host of NitelifeTV, Patricia Juggernauth (right)
Best Friends Forevah! Karmen Cheng & Patricia Juggernauth

The big (but cool) bosses over at Faze Magazine, Lorraine & Paul at the Virgin Unite party
Paul & Lorraine Zander

And sweet etalk Festival Party dreams to all…


Editor’s Note: Found this pic, had to add on…a shot of Karmen and Sarah back at the Faze offices before the night started getting ready. Reminded us of how often the office turned into a change room, with clothes, make-up and hair product everywhere as we prepped for meetings and events! Ah, the memories.

Karmen Cheng and Sarah McKay at the Faze office

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