Last night, Canada’s most decorated athletes joined hundreds of friends, philanthropists, and media personalities to celebrate Andre De Grasse, a 6x Olympic medallist and, as of this week, the founder of “Andre De Grasse 19.62” wine. The limited-edition Pillitteri Estates wine – a Reserve Classified wine from 2020 vintage – commemorates the sprinter’s 200m Olympic gold medal win in Tokyo with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation, a charity committed to inspiring and empowering youth through access to sport, education, and healthcare.
Joined by his 4 x 100 teammates Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, and Brendon Rodney for the first time since their gold-medal World Championship victory this past July, the four sprinters shared the stage during a fireside chat to reflect on the performance and Canada’s history of excellence on the track. Hosted by decorated Canadian sports journalist Stephen Brunt and presented by RBC, Mercedes-Benz, and Indochino, the fireside panel gave fans insight into the individual personalities that make the foursome of Brown, Blake, Rodney, and De Grasse so captivating.
After the panel discussion, guests arrived on red carpet outside Casa Loma while De Grasse and his teammates made a head-turning entrance as they emerged from a Mercedes-Maybach before greeting with some of the country’s most high-profile guests. VIP attendees were invited to experience CoolBet‘s lounge and view De Grasse’s Olympic and World Championship medals alongside a display of Bulova‘s high-performance watches.
For coverage inside the event, GLORY was on the scene for our own interview lounge, where we had the chance to interview guests and friends of the platform, including Penny Oleksiak, Kayla Grey, Paul Poirier, Alysha Newman, Marissa Papaconstantinou, and the gold-medal relay team. Other notable guests included Canadian women’s Olympic champion soccer team head coach, Bev Priestman, Toronto Raptors star, OG Anunoby, media personality, Tyrone Edwards; singer and songwriter, k-os, NHL hockey player and star of the film Black Ice, Akim Ali, and TFC legend, Dwayne “DeRo” De Rosario.
To relive how De Grasse, his teammates, and the rest of the star-studded guest list enjoyed the evening, check out our selection of photos from the party and stay tuned for our interviews coming soon on our social platforms.
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