Trump family cuts the ribbon at Trump Toronto amid huge fanfare [PICS]
Apr 16, 2012
The BuzzBuzzHomies went into paparazzi mode today as we navigated our way through the Trump Toronto Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Media from across the city (and beyond!) were out in full force and for good reason. Donald Trump arrived at around 11am with three of his children — Ivanka, Erik, and Donald Jr. — in tow.
After saying their hellos to the staff and developer team and posing for many, many photos, the Trumps were whisked away for a tour of the various amenities and a model suite.
It was a unique media event for a unique development. The atmosphere was electrifying and the energy was maintained throughout the day.
We snapped some photos of the Trumps’ grand entrance and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that was also attended by Mayor Rob Ford, Councillor Doug Ford, a Maple Leaf and a Blue Jay. Have a look:
The Trump Toronto staff gathers outside to greet the Trump family.
The calm before the storm in the immaculate Trump Toronto lobby.
The Trumps sure know how to ride in style. The massive Escalades just make the entrance all the more awe-inspiring.
No one handles dozens of press personnel quite like Donald Trump. He spoke briefly with the crowd before being whisked off for a tour. We'd see him later on at the ribbon cutting.
The crowd of media, local celebs and purchasers assembled for the press conference.
Jim Petrus, the COO for Trump International Hotels, was the first to address the huge crowd.
The man himself was up next! Donald Trump had nothing but good things to say about Toronto. Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump stood beside their father on stage. Ontario Tourism and Culture Minister Michael Chan (far right) also joined the Trump family and other notables on stage.
Following Trump, Mayor Rob Ford took the mic and spoke about Toronto's booming real estate sector and tourism industry.
Alex Schnaider, one of Canada's youngest billionaires and Trump's partner on Trump Toronto, spoke about the project's genesis.
Donald Trump was presented with a Leafs' jersey by defencemen John-Michael Liles and a Jays' jersey by catcher J.P. Arencibia.
And in come the golden scissors for the ribbon cutting ceremony. They match the golden shovels used for the groundbreaking.
The ribbon is cut! The media frenzy around the stage was incredible.