Ever seen a person painted head-to-toe in avatar-esque body paint, made to resemble a colorful tiger? These two seductively dancing figures – a man and a woman – were the first to greet our surprised eyes as the elevator doors dramatically and slowly unveiled the scene before us. Upon first glance, We weren’t entirely sure what we had walked into, but we knew it was going to be unforgettable. A man in elegant clothing positioned between the two dancing tiger figures ushered us into the V.I.P party, as a beautiful blonde woman to our left handed us a glass of champagne. It was going to be a good night.
Peering around the corner, we saw flashes of sequins and gleams of light from the silk of party goers long, elegant dresses. Chimes of laughter and a constant buzz of conversation filled the room and spilled out onto the ultra-chic open concept rooftop patio. Guests with perfectly manicured hair and pearly white teeth mingled and took selfies against the backdrop of the orange edging sunset against the stunning Toronto skyline. To our left, an open bar serving wine and champagne was accompanied by an extensive cheese buffet, soon to be followed by a chef-served dinner buffet.
The stunning rooftop venue at the Thompson hotel was hosting none other than the sold-out Lioness Roars for Habitat V.I.P Event, put on by the Lioness Womans Club. The purpose of the event was to raise money for a new enclosure for two lioness cubs at the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park through the Endangered Species Fund of Canada. PATIO was very excited to have had the opportunity to help this great cause through creating some exclusive up-close 360 video content of the lion cubs for promotional use of the Lioness Woman’s Club. For that reason we found ourselves invited to the V.I.P event that night – along with the task of shooting some epic 360 video at the event.
Jenny KatKova-Brown, the founder of the Lioness Women’s Club, (yes, you heard right – her last name is KatKova-Brown and she is the founder of the Lioness Women’s club) said the following in a thick Russian accent, when asked about her organization: “I just wanted to find [and] to meet more women who feel the world the way I do. It’s a very simple organization which is designed to bring women who are united by their philosophy of life outlook together. It’s a very simple life outlook; let’s help each other, let’s mentor each other, let’s inspire each other, let’s expand our minds and let’s make this world a better place.” Seems like a great message! Not to mention they have sweet parties – we could get on board with this!
As the night progressed, guest appearances by performers including an African drum and dancing youth group and a talented female rock singer entertained guests between trips to the open bar. Not to mention a curious grape-eating Ring Tailed Lemur perched on the shoulder of expert zookeeper Carl, who traveled from the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park.