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TIFF 2018: The full run down on What and Who to Expect, and Where everything is going down

It’s that time of the year again, and not it’s not Christmas (not yet at least), it’s TIFF. To help you get better acquainted with everything going on in the city this year, we put together this quick run down. Here’s a hit list of all the hotspots, parties, gifting lounges, what to wear, where to shop, how to get around, and which stars to expect in the city during TIFF 2018.

TIFF could get a little overwhelming for many, fun for others, and giddy for all those diehard fans. But don’t let the madness get to you. Just enjoy the ride while it lasts. After all, it’s not everyday that all eyes are on Toronto, and have the who’s who of the film industry wandering the streets. I mean, who know’s that seat next to you at the bar, or that empty table or booth next to you just might get filled with one of Hollywood’s top A-listers. If that does happen, make sure to follow our tips on how NOT to react, so you don’t scare them away, or worse, get yourself kicked out.

Don’t wait, let’s jump right in…

 

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Hottest VIP TIFF Parties & Events

 

NKPR’s IT House Media Day | Thursday, September 6, 8am – 4pm (By Appointment Only)

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON

 

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Film Festival Spotlight – Music & Film | Thursday, September 6 at 12pm (RSVP)

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON 

Moderated by Writer Courtney Shea, this panel will explore the art of telling a big story in a small amount of time, the process from script to screen, and the challenges and rewards that come with short filmmaking.

WHO to expect: Panelists include, Sarah Gadon, Matthew Hannam, Claire Edmondson, Jessica Ennis, Matthew Willson, and Beth Janson.

 

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Jazz & Cocktails at The Gatsby | Thursday, September 6, between 6:30pm – 7:30pm  (RSVP)

The Gatsby – Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas Street, Toronto, ON

Guests are invited to join the kick-off of film festival season with a cocktail compliments of Hounds Vodka, over live music from pianist and vocalist John Campbell.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

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Gatsby Themed Speakeasy Pop-Up Bar | Thursday, September 6-7, and 9-15 from 4pm -11pm (Public)

Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto, ON (Use the Valet entrance next to RBC plaza)

Transport back in time and enjoy cocktails in our limited time only Gatsby inspired speakeasy pop-up bar at Fairmont Royal York during TIFF. The well-known York Station bar will be resurrected and transformed into a 1920’s speakeasy-themed bar inspired by Gatsby. A series of Gatsby-inspired drinks will be served, including the Gin Daisy, Manhattan Mistress, Green Light Margarita, and more.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

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Movie Moments at the Fairmont | Thursday, September 6 – 15

Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto, ON (Use the Valet entrance next to RBC plaza)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York exhibit gives film fans the opportunity to feel like Kevin in an installation inspired by one of the famous scenes in the movie. Movie moment inspired by Audrey Hepburn encourages guests to step into her shoes. Molly’s Game – Filmed at the Fairmont Royal York, immerse yourself in a movie moment inspired by the thrilling motion picture.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

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Fairmont Loves Film Pop-Up | Thursday, September 6 -16

Royal Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON

In addition to the exhibition, Fairmont will be hosting a pop-up at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, home of world cinematic premieres and gala programs during TIFF. Running from September 6-15, 2018, guests will be escorted to Fairmont Royal York where they can enjoy a free drink at the Gatsby-themed speakeasy bar.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

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Film Festival Spotlight – Music & Film | Friday, September 7 at 12:00pm (RSVP)

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON

The worlds of music and film collide at TIFF 2018 with the premieres of star-studded features such as A Star is Born and Quincy. Moderated by Music Commentator Eric Alper, this panel will explore the important role music plays in film storytelling. Whether as the subject matter itself, or as a supporting role on a movie’s soundtrack panelists will discuss how music can help set the mood of a film and create an intense connection with audiences.

WHO to expect: Panelists include, Jasmin Mozaffari, Jennifer Shin, Bahia Watson, Steve McCarthy and Sim Jane Tattersall.

 

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Producers Ball | Friday, September 7 at 8pm (Invite Only)

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON

A glamorous evening dedicated to celebrating producers and their integral role in the industry. Hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott or Scott Brothers Entertainment, with a music and film theme. The Producers Ball is shared with Hollywood and international directors, producers, talent and media.

WHO to Expect: Hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott, Natasha Koifman, Arlene Dickinson, The Barenaked Ladies, Emily Hampshire, Francesco Yates, and more.

 

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Bold Films + Sharp and S/Magazine TIFF party | Friday, September 7 at 10pm (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

TIFF Tribute Gala After-Party | Friday, September 7 at 10:30pm (Tickets Available)

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON

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Honouring Piers Handling and Celebrating Women in Film.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

World Premiere Party for Sony Picture’s The Wedding Guest | Saturday, September 8 (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

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Starring Dev Patel (Hotel Mumbai, Slumdog Millionaire) and directed by Michael Winterbottom.

WHO to expect: Dev Patel, Michael Winterbottom and more.

 

Fairmont Loves Film Launch | Saturday, September 8 at 6-9:30pm (Invite Only)

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON

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Official global premiere of the Fairmont Loves Film exhibition. Celebrating Fairmont’s rich history of film with Fairmont Loves Film Ambassador Gia Coppola, emerging artist Cuba Tornado Scott, and Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF, Cameron Bailey. Fairmont Loves Film is a celebration of the brand’s storied history with the cinema, with Fairmont hotels serving as the backdrop to many iconic movies, such as The Great Gatsby (1971 and 2013), Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Sleepless in Seattle, and many more.

WHO to expect: Gia Coppola, Cuba Tornando Scott, Cameron Bailey and more.

 

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party | Saturday, September 8 (Invite Only)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON

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WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

Premiere party for Entertainment One’s Wild Rose | Saturday, September 8 (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

Featuring a live acoustic performance by Jessie Buckley.

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WHO to expect: The cast Jessie Buckley, Julie Walter and Sophie Okonedo, as well as actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson.

 

Film Festival Spotlight – Fashion & Film | Saturday, September 8 at 12pm (RSVP)

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON

Moderated by fashion veteran and ELLE Canada Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa Craft, this panel will explore the role that fashion and style have to play in the film and television industry. From the likes of Lady Gaga to red carpets and fashion weeks around the world, Swarovski has been featured strongly in music, fashion and film. Following the panel, guests will receive the full Swarovski celebrity experience at the IT House. This includes a one-on-one styling session and photo experience, semi-permanent tattoos by Inkbox, prizes and more.

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WHO to expect: Panelists include, the Head of Marketing and Communications for Swarovski Canada, Annette Ryan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and costume designer Michelle Lyte.

 

Artists for Peace and Justice 2018 Festival Gala  |  Saturday, September 8 at 6pm (Invite Only)

Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas Street, Toronto, ON

The annual benefit returns, marking its tenth year at the film festival to raise funds and awareness for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), an organization that works in direct partnership with communities in Haiti and around the world, creating pathways out of poverty by expanding access to education and providing training in creative industries. Artists for Peace and Justice will be honouring: Peace and Justice Award to Drew and Jonathan Scott, Lifestime Achievment Award to Harry Belafonte (via video feed), APJ Changemaker Award to Kate and David Daniels.

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WHO to expect: Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Jackson Browne, Maxwell, Alan Cumming, Yannick & Shantelle Bisson, George Stroumboulopoulos and many more.

 

Vanity Fair TIFF Cocktail 2018 | Saturday, September 8 between 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Invite Only)

Rooftop – Bisha Hotel, 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON

Vanity Fair will welcome guests for sunset cocktails at the Bisha Hotel Rooftop in collaboration with David Yurman to celebrate the world premiere of This Changes Everything, a film by Tom Donahue in association with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

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WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

2018 Spotlight Awards Dinner  | Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

The Creative Coalition’s 2018 Spotlight Awards 2018 honouring Maura Tierney, Olivia Munn, Mandy Patinkin, and Dan Fogelman.

WHO to expect: Check back soon for updates.

 

Revolver Films’ 35th Anniversary Party | Sunday, September 9 (Invite Only)

Spice Route, 499 King St W, Toronto, ON

Founded in 1983, Toronto based Revolver Films has built a reputation for world-class advertising and award winning music-
based films. Revolver’s portfolio spans TV commercials, branded content, music videos, feature films and TV series. This year Revolver Films will be celebrating their 35th anniversary, and they are looking to do so with a splash. Their annual TIFF parties have been known to garner quite the A-lister guest list including the likes of: Denzel Washington, Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger
Jane Levy, Jason Priestly, Prince, Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, Metric, The Killers, Paris Hilton, Trish Stratus, John Corbett, Will Sasso, Mekhi Phifer, Lindsay Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Michael J Fox, Cedric the Entertainer, Lennox Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, athletes and more.

WHO to expect: Michael K. Williams, Catherine O’Hara, Mark Cuban, Carla Gugino, Lennox Lewis, Fab Five Freddy, Kevin O’Leary, Damon John, Brendan Canning, Gill Belows and more.

 

A Star is Born Premiere Party | Sunday, September 9 (Invite Only)

Masonic Temple “Concert Hall”, 888 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

A premiere to celebrate the film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, A Star is Born. Hollywood’s most enduring story of love and ambition gets a glorious reinvention in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. Drawing deep on the pleasures audiences previously discovered in the 1937, 1954, and 1976 versions, Cooper brings the narrative right up to the present. He takes on the role of the fame-weary star himself and, for the ingénue with megawatt potential, he crafts a perfect big-screen role for Lady Gaga.

WHO to expect: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, as well Toronto’s very own Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, and more to be confirmed.

 

World Premiere Party for Tell It To the Bees | Sunday, September 9 (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

WHO to expect: The cast, Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger and more.

 

World Premiere Party for Where Hands Touch | Sunday, September 9 (Invite Only)

House of Aurora, 320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

WHO to expect: The cast Abbie Cornish, Amandla Stenberge, George MacKay and more.

 

 

VIP TIFF Gifting Lounges

 

Suite on the Sixth | Wednesday, September 5 – 8 from 9am-5pm (By Appointment Only)

Rock-It-Promo, 601-460 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON

This year, guests will get the opportunity to explore brands including Casper, L’Oréal Paris, Perth Soap Co., BOGS⁰, SimplyProtein, Lindt, Adidas, and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their furry friends too as Crumps’ Naturals will be showcasing their new premium dehydrated dog food called “Gutsy”. Guest will also be invited to check out their charitable mandate, Leave Out Violence (LOVE).

 

The Stylist Suite

Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON

Carefully curated stylish products and services celebrities are expected to take home – valued over $7,000! Stylist Box founders Christian Dare and Gail McInnes bring back their annual Stylist Suite, not only a gifting lounge, but also a styling suite to both visiting, and local celebrities. This year’s roster of designers include Anavi Designs, Andrew Majtenyi, Anu Raina, Auneya, Christopher Paunil, Code Vitesse, FreeVerse Apparel, Hilary MacMillan, House of Hayla, Huntington, Judith & Charles, KODA NIVOLI, KQK, LACEDSILK, Lesley Hampton, Maya Charbin, Mayer Man, Miss Matahari, Mondselle, MyLBD, ooobaby, ROBUST, Ryan Alexander, and Victory of the People.

 

Bask-it-Style | Wednesday, September 5

Thompson Hotel Toronto, 550 Wellington Street W., Toronto, ON 

Bask-It-Style, a twist on traditional gifting, gives busy stars on the go, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one less thing to worry about while in town promoting their films and schmoozing with their peers – collecting new products. And this year will be no exception as Bask-It-Style is taking celebrity gifting to new heights by assembling and hand delivering VIP gift bags to the hotels where the stars are staying during TIFF. In the past, celebrities gifted through our hotel partners have included: Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Colin Farrell, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Tom Wilkinson, Rachel Weisz, Iggy Pop, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

 

 

TIFF Celebrity Spotting Hotspots

 

Soho House Toronto

Bishop’s Building, 192 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON

For years now, Soho House in collaboration with Grey Goose has been hosting some of the most exclusive film premiere parties during TIFF in Toronto. The word on the street is that like prior years, several closed door invite only VIP parties are in the works at Soho House in collaboration with Grey Goose again this year. Although we cannot confirm any of the parties dates and times, we will do our best to share with you morning after recaps and photos from the inside of these super exclusive VIP parties. Stay tuned!

 

The Adelaide Hotel Toronto

325 Bay St, Toronto, ON

Formerly the Trump Hotel, and soon to be the very first St. Regis Hotel in Canada – to be unveiled Winter 2018. The Adelaide Hotel Toronto has become quite the popular destination for A-listers, film crews, and star seekers alike. The word on the street is that there are more A-listers staying at the Adelaide during TIFF this year than ever before seen even at The Ritz in prior years.

To celebrate TIFF, The Adelaide Hotel has created a pop-up restaurant and bar which is located in one of the hotel’s glamorous ballrooms on the 9th floor. The Adelaide Hotel is currently undergoing a major redesign of the entire lobby, bar and 30th floor restaurant and once complete. Located on the 9th Floor with excellent views of the city, The Restaurant at The Adelaide Hotel is open to serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

NKPR’s IT House | September 6 – 8, 2018

The Lounge at Live Nation, 2 Snooker St., Toronto, ON

In it’s third year, with a music and film theme, the IT House will deliver an experiential hub lending itself to celebrity, media and consumer experiences. Celebrating the best in film, the IT House is set to include a Rolling Stones celebrity portrait studio (running 10am-5pm daily), and sponsored activations from presenting sponsors including Hounds Vodka, Swarovski, Lise Watier and OGX Beauty. The IT House has become an integral part of Toronto’s film festival culture serving as a sanctuary for media, talent and VIP’s looking to recharge and relax during the hustle of the festival.

WHO to expect: Quincy Jones, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Emilio Estevez, Patrick J. Adams and more.

 

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel’s Neighbourhood Lounge |  September 6-10, from 11:30am-9pm

318 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON

To roll out the red carpet for Hollywood’s top celebrities, executives, and production crews, the SoHo Metropolitan Hotels is transforming the corner of Blue Jays Way and Wellington Street with a TIFF-themed lounge. The Neighbourhood Lounge will feature special TIFF smoothies and juice blends, iced teas and lemonades, freshly-squeezed juices, and a special lounge menu. The hotel is known for being home to a-listers and film crews alike, particularly for their extended stay suites. The lobby bar is a great place hotspot for star seekers. During TIFF, Luckee by Susur Lee within the hotel, will have Dim Sum available at the Dim Sum Spotlight in Luckee Bar from from 10AM to 2PM, and Dim Sum as usual in Luckee Restaurant during lunch hours (12-3PM), and dinner (5:30PM-11PM). Luckee Bar will remain open until 2AM, but only with its bar menu.

 

Thompson Toronto Hotel

550 Wellington Street W., Toronto, ON 

Thompson Toronto in the King West Village, a neighbourhood adjacent to the city’s entertainment districts. The hotel’s famous Rooftop Lounge, complete with an infinity pool, and 360° city and lake view. A chic and exclusive retreat for industry heavyweights and festival partygoers. Thompson’s mixology team has created four signature festival-inspired cocktails to serve during the 2018 festival. Hosting industry events, junkets, celebrity portrait studios and high-profile after-parties, there’s no shortage of celebrity sightings at this festival hotspot.

 

The Ritz-Carlton

181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON

With no introduction needed, The Ritz-Carlton has been a known hub for visiting celebrities, and parties during TIFF. This year, The Ritz-Carlton Toronto has a “Hollywood North” themed menu, in its restaurants, lounges and spa. Throughout the 10-day festival, they will also feature several specialty activations in its lobby such as a champagne garden, café, candy stations, complimentary make up touch-ups, and a step and repeat board for guests to capture their own special moments at #RCTIFF. Following a year of planning, the hotel has unveiled its most extravagant cocktail feature to date: The Nuevo Carre, an experience priced at $1500, available only at the Ritz Bar or DEQ Terrance and lounge.

 

Bisha Hotel Toronto / Mister C

80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON

Located in the heart of the entertainment district, the Bisha Hotel welcomes some of the world’s trendiest guests on the regular. Between the lobby lounge’s luxe velvet walls, the euro chic Mister C lobby lounge and the gorgeous 43rd floor event space, celebs will flock to what has quickly become known as one of the sleekest destinations in Toronto. Past stars spotted are: Julianne Moore, James and Dave Franco, Andrew Garfield, Octavia Spencer, Alison Brie, Andy Serkis, Paul Sheer, Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins, Christoph Waltz, Ellen Page, Ed Harris, Greta Gerwig, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Laurie Metcalf, Morgan Spurlock, Sam Keeley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Tatiana Maslany, Allison Janney, Sverrir Gudnason, Roland Møller, Stellan Skarsgård.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON

The Four Season is always a known destination for many celebrities traveling to the city. With d bar by international restauranteur, chef Daniel Boulud being quite the star-studded dinner and cocktails hotspot in the city. Every year the Four Season rolls out the red carpet for many celebrity guests. This year, the word on the street is that Lady Gaga may be staying at the Four Seasons, although we have been unable to confirm this just yet. Keep your eyes peeled, because she will definitely be in town for the premiere of her movie, A Star is Born. On the other hand we have confirmed that the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto will be home to the InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party on Saturday, September 8th.

 

Bloor-Yorkville

Yorkville, Toronto, ON

Kickstarting the buzz with Toronto Fashion Week – September 4th to September 6th: various events in Yorkville Village and throughout Bloor-Yorkville, including The Endings book launch by Caitlin Cronenberg and Jessica Ennis on September 4th. TFW will also launch a community engagement initiative across Bloor-Yorkville including the “Style Plate” program, which features top restaurants and retailers showcasing unique food and cocktails inspired by designer collections, including Bar Reyna and their collaboration with Toronto-designer, Christopher Paulnil. Bloor-Yorkville also welcomes the InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party on September 8th at the Four Seasons Hotel, as well as the official premiere after-party for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s film, A Star is Born, at the Masonic Template Concert Hall in Yorkville.

 

Sofia

99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON

The newest restaurant for hospitality empire INK Entertainment, Sofia is a fine-dining restaurant and bar serving authentic Italian cuisine. With a modern yet old Hollywood glam feel, the space ticks every box for a TIFF event. Most appealing, the restaurant offers one of the largest and most private patios the city has to offer; a must-have for visiting A-listers. Stars spotted in the past include: Drake, Wyclef Jean, Charles Oakley, PK Subban, Lindsey Vonn and Dan Aykroyd.

 

Brassaii

461 King St W, Toronto, ON

During TIFF this year, Brassaii has been transformed into the Hollywood Reporters Studio in partnership with American Airlines and MAC. Brassaii has been home to numerous TIFF parties in previous years, including last year’s Toronto Life Best Dressed party, and this year there have been a number of A-listers spotted strolling in and out of the restaurant including, Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Chris Pine, Dev Patel, Jason Issacs, Nazanin Boniadi, and Tilda Cobham, just to name a few.

 

Windsor Arms Hotel

18 St Thomas St, Toronto, ON

Home to this year’s Artists for Peace and Justice 2018 Festival Gala, The Gatsby Cocktails, and more, the Windsor Arms is a known destination for celebrities visiting Toronto. An even greater chance of catching any High Holiday observing celebrities, as The Yorkville Jewish Centre and Windsor Arms Hotel are pleased to host the official High Holiday Services including, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services.

 

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

188 University Avenue, Toronto, ON

As a TIFF Hospitality Partner, and one of the city’s Festival hot spots, Shangri-La Hotel is abuzz during this exciting time of year. Beyond its five-star service, guests and patrons gather to experience live daily music while surrounded by couture fashion and art, right in the heart of the festival. Guests can sip like a star at Toronto’s trendiest social spot. Bosk’s Head Bartender, Chris Rail, has carefully created three standout cocktails that will be made exclusively during the festival. The Double Feature, is as tasty as it is playful, served in a chic black popcorn bag and topped with savoury popcorn to compliment the cocktail. This drink is sweet and fruity, made with Grey Goose lightly infused with Skittles candy and Chambord. The Last Kiss, a sultry twist on a Margarita is made with Tequila, Masumi Sake, and Suntory Whisky for a unique and fragrant drink. Lastly the After Midnight, a mix of Laphroaig single malt Scotch, and an “injection” of 60 Ccs of Johnny Walker Green come together with our own Shangri-La Hotel B-Wall honey and a touch of ginger — for a smooth and refined cocktail with a twist.

 

House of Aurora | September 7 – 9

320 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

Canadian company Aurora Cannabis will host private red carpet premiere events in a historic former bank located at 320 Bay Street over the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opening weekend. Coined ‘House of Aurora’, this go-to destination will host exclusive premiere parties, industry networking events, press junkets and media activity from September 7 – 9, 2018. Transforming this architectural, art-deco gem into a majestic event destination are Toronto’s top experiential marketing company The Substance Group and veteran L.A.-based special events group A-List Communications. During the day, leading film and movie media site Collider.com will stage a pop-up press studio featuring a front row conversation with the top filmmakers and stars of the Festival.

 

Kost

Bisha Hotel, 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON

This rooftop restaurant has unparalleled panoramic views of the city skyline, with an option for indoor and outdoor seating. Since last year’s open, this restaurant has welcomed many celebrities including Martin Short and is regularly called one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city (in fact, sport legends Rafael Nadal and Shaquille O’Neal were caught posing here during a recent visit to the city). Inspired by the Baja Peninsula, this venue welcomes guests for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu by extremely talented executive chef Ben Heaton.

 

Mongrel House | September 6 – 12

160 Queen St. W.

Mongrel Media, Canada’s leading independent film distributor, will be transforming Toronto’s historic Campbell House Museum (160 Queen St. West) into Mongrel House, presented by Autograph Collection Hotels, where Mongrel Media will host a series of events at the Toronto International Film Festival for a fourth season. Autograph Collection is a luxury hotel chain owned by Marriott International. From Thursday, September 6, to Wednesday, September 12, Mongrel will celebrate its TIFF films with nightly entertainment for invited filmmakers, talent and industry guests. Curator Raji Aujla partners with the Project Gallery to bring Canadian Cree artist Kent Monkman to the grounds of the museum and Ness Lee and Rajni Perrera to the interior, and live music from international and Canadian artists, including St. Lucia, Rheostatics, The Beaches, dj NDN, founder member of Tribe Called Red, Narcy, Zaki Ibrahim and more. Back by popular demand are live karaoke, VR and the ping pong lounge.

Mongrel Media is presenting 11 films at the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival, including: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, Capernaum, Cold War, Dogman, Free Solo, Giant Little Ones, The Grizzlies, Never Look Away, Sunset, Shoplifters and Woman at War. With that many movies premiering, theres bound to be a number of celebrities flowing through.

 

RBC House

11 Duncan St., Second Floor, Toronto, ON

RBC is a long-time supporter of the arts and official sponsor of TIFF. RBC House is a festival hotspot and hub of activity hosting a variety of musical performances, premiere parties, film junkets and panel discussions. Diageo will be hosting premiere afterparties at the RBC House for White Boy Rick, Donnybrook, Everybody Knows, Farming, The Public, Driven, A Million Little Pieces, and Green Book. VIP guests will have a chance to mix and mingle with some of the best in the film industry, while sipping on delicious Diageo cocktails.

 

 

How to Get Around during TIFF

As we all know, the bane of Torontonian’s existence is traffic. Not quite as bad as NYC, but definitely up there. With Toronto Fashion Week and TIFF colliding this month, there’s no doubt that traffic will be unheard of. Save yourself the pain and heartache, and take our advice on how to get around:

Uber

It will get you from point A to B, and even C or D. Whether you’re looking for something on a budget (and have time to spare), you can take the pool, or even class it up a notch with Uber Black or XL if you’re feeling bougie.

Lyft

If you’re open to something cheaper, and possibly to a local pickup area to avoid the crowds. Score $5 off 2 rides to or from TIFF from September 6-16 from Lyft. Claim the promo here. Head to their official pickup areas on the North-East corner of Wellington St. & Simcoe St., or the South-East corner of Gerrard St. & Church St.

Black Car

Looking to get chauffeured, or just don’t have the time to wait around for Uber? Or maybe you just want a car with some privacy so that you can swap in and our of dresses in between parties? Our top black car service providers in the city are, TrustFirstClass.com and RichmondLimo.ca.

 

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