For those of us who are mere mortals, getting into a TIFF party requires good connections or the selling of your firstborn child. Luckily, there are a variety of events to choose from, and nothing brings people together better than charity. While getting into some star-studded events may be near impossible, here are the charity events that us regular folk can (fingers crossed) hope to attend.
Bovet 1822 and Artists for Peace and Justice Lunch
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice is hosting the annual Bovet 1822 and Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Lunch. The lunch is a highlight of the festival with co-host George Stroumboulopoulos and celebrity guests ranging from Mila Kunis to Liam Neeson and many others. Taking place on September 8th at the Budman Residence, the event will have food and cocktail stations, a live auction and a short film. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Academy for Peace and Justice, which helps to educate underprivileged students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Tickets may require you to eat Kraft Dinner for a couple weeks — they go for $1,250 — but celebrity attendees and a worthwhile cause make it a justifiable expense. You can purchase tickets here.
CFC Annual BBQ
With the emphasis on glamour during TIFF 2013, the Canadian Film Centre keeps it fun and laidback with their annual BBQ. The CFC, founded by film industry vet Norman Jewison, operates to help develop the Canadian film industry.
With such an important cause in mind, this annual event, held on the lush CFC grounds, draws crowds in excess of 2,000, including various notable celebrities including beloved Canadian Jason Priestley last year. Guests have the opportunity to sample dishes from a variety of food and drink vendors while mingling with some of the industry’s finest. We don’t have all the details on this year’s BBQ yet, but it’s sure to be a good time. For more information, visit the CFC website here.
The 2nd Annual TIFF Gala
TIFF is gearing up for its second annual gala this year, taking place on September 7th at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts. This year, the gala will be celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema directed by Deepa Mehta, and to top it off, we noticed that the menu is being handled by none other than West Coast Indian cuisine legend Vikram Vij. TIFF is a non-profit organization so all the proceeds from the gala go to supporting various ventures that help to bolster the Canadian film scene.
Best Buddies Evening With the Stars
The Best Buddies organization runs in support of people with intellectual disabilities by pairing them up with buddies who help them to experience meaningful friendships. The gala in support of Best Buddies will take place at the Fairmont Royal York on September 10th. Last year the guest of honour was distinguished actor James Earl Jones, so this charity event definitely packs some star power.