Guests flock to pre-Christmas party season affairs

At a reception honouring the Japanese emperor, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion and Japanese Ambassador Kenjiro Monji, left, help crack open a barrel of sake—a Japanese tradition. Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group co-chairs Liberal Senator Paul Massicotte and Liberal MP Terry Sheehan join them. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Monji clinks sake glasses with New Zealand High Commissioner Daniel Mellsop at the Nov. 23 event at the Westin. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Dion delivers remarks at the Nov. 23 reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Monji greets Argentine Ambassador Marcelo Suarez. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Monji addresses the crowded room, filled with his diplomatic colleagues. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Lorenzo and Veronica Nixon as they introduce Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly at the Shaw Rocket Prize awards celebration Nov. 23 at the Shaw Centre. The pair won a video vote contest for the Shaw Rocket Prize, and won a trip to Ottawa, an iPad, and a scholarship for their submission. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ms. Joly with Joan Lambur and Ira Levy, who accepted the Shaw Rocket Prize for their production of Anne of Green Gables. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ms. Joly with the winner of two categories, Ken Faier. He accepted the rocket prize for TV shows Kate & Mim-Mim, and Slugterra. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Performers Alex and Levi from the kids show Lost and Found entertain the crowd. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Lebanese Chargé d'Affaires Sami Haddad presents an appreciation award on behalf of his embassy to House Speaker Geoff Regan at Lebanon's national day party on Nov. 22 at the St. Elias Centre. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Nadia Haddad with her husband, Mr. Haddad, and the High Commissioner of Barbados Yvonne Walkes. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. and Mrs. Haddad with Burundi's Chargé d'Affaires Emmanuel Niyonzima. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Serbian Ambassador Mihailo Papazoglu with Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dačić celebrate 75 years of diplomatic ties with Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Indonesian Ambassador Teuku Faizasyah greets Mr. Dačić and Mr Papazoglu on Nov. 14 at the Serbian Embassy. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

At a gala hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on Nov. 17, Poland's Chargé d'Affaires Lukasz Mikolaj Weremiuk mingles with Georgia's Ambassador Alexander Latsabidze, and Ukrainian Ambassador Andrii Shevchenko. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Tamara Fulmes, a Ukrainian community member, flaunts a floral headdress at the Nov. 17 gala dinner at the Westin. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Immigration Minister John McCallum, right, attends the gala dinner with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, vice prime minister of Ukraine for Euro-Atlantic integration. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia