It’s finally here; the one time when spotting a celebrity in 24 hours in the city that Drake calls home is a major possibility – whether it’s at one of the city’s hot spots, in line at Whole Foods or incognito on the street.
Half of Hollywood will touchdown in Toronto throughout the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
In no particular order, here are some of them.
Matt Damon returns to TIFF with two films, Downsizing, a comedy about a man who decides to shrink himself – which also stars Kristin Wiig, who will also make an appearance – and Suburbicon. The latter is directed by Damon’s buddy George Clooney, who will also touch down in Toronto. Julianne Moore, who stars alongside Damon in Suburbicon joins him here to promote the film.
Right up there in the star power department, Angelina Jolie will arrive in town to support her two powerful, message-packed films – The Breadwinner (which she produced) and First they Killed My Father (which she directed). Jolie will also speak at Monday’s “Women in the World Summit.”
Legendary actress Nicole Kidman has probably hit Canadian soil already for the premiere of the dark comedy/thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a film she stars alongside Colin Farrell, who will also walk the carpet. Fellow A-lister Halle Berry will grace Toronto in support of her film Kings, in which she plays a single mother who meets an unexpected stranger during the Los Angeles riots of 1992.
Real-life A-list couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem bring their red-hot romance to the red carpet for the premieres of both Mother! – which also brings Jennifer Lawrence to town – and Loving Pablo.
Speaking of the easy-on-the eyes set, Australian actress Margot Robbie returns to her once temporary home (“Suicide Squad” was filmed in town) for the premiere of I, Tonya, a film about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.
Already here is TIFF veteran Jake Gyllenhaal, who is in town to promote his film Stronger, an adaptation of a memoir of a man who lost his legs in the Boston bombing. He stars alongside Canadian “it” girl Tatiana Maslany, who will also slay the red carpet alongside her sexy cast mate.
Fellow Canadian actress actress and Toronto resident Rachel McAdams won’t have to travel too far to hit the red carpet to promote her film Disobedience. Fellow born and bred Torontonian Drake returns home for the premiere of The Carter Effect, a documentary that chronicles the Vince Carter years of the Toronto Raptors. The former Toronto basketball hero Vince Carter will also hit town for the occasion.
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer will shine on both the screen and on the red carpet for the premiere of The Shape Of Water, a fantasy drama by Guillermo del Toro, who is no stranger to TIFF himself.
Also no stranger to TIFF (or the Soho House after parties), Benedict Cumberbatch will walk the red carpet for the world premiere of The Current War, a biopic on the late great Thomas Edison. Fellow TIFF staple Jessica Chastain once again returns to the festival for the premiere of Molly’s Game, based on the true story of high-end poker world fixture, Molly Bloom.
The timeless Kate Winslet makes a TIFF appearance in support of her film The Mountain Between Us, who plays a journalist opposite Golden Globe winner Indris Elba in a film that documents the struggle for survival after a tiny plane crashes in the wilderness.
Other notable names to grace Toronto streets include Liam Neeson, Jason Sudeikis, Andrew Garfield, Jim Carrey, Judy Dench, Eric Clapton, Emma Roberts, Elle Fanning, Brie Larson, Seth Rogan, Kevin Hart and Ben Stiller.
Make sure your phone is fully charged – you won’t want to miss a chance to play paparazzi should your path cross with one of these famous faces.