Day one of TIFF down, and many more movie premieres, events and afterparties to go. Rule of thumb, pace yourself. If you party hard every night starting from day one, you just not might make it to the end of the festival — or at least your liver won’t. With 4am last calls, and open bar, it’s easy to get carried away. Brands and production companies partner up and transform these spaces into the ultimate party homes across town — decked out and loaded with free goods.
For an opening night, we must admit, we hoped for a little more… star presence. I mean after-all, it is the presence of A-listers at these parties that really take them to a whole new level. For an opening night, you’d expect a little more of them bouncing around all the hotspots. Instead, the one star everyone was sure to expect is Drake, a producer of NEON’s Monsters and Men, but instead fans got the cold shoulder. He tapped out! Instead he sent a lacklustre video message played to attendees of the premiere. Needless to say fans were a little disappointed. But it didn’t spoil the night for the cast thats for sure, who were seen busting some moves at the Soho House Toronto where the official afterparty was hosted by Grey Goose.
Monsters and Men afterparty, at Soho House Toronto hosted by Grey Goose
Grey Goose vodka and Soho House Toronto hosted the official after-party for NEON’s Monsters and Men with stars Chante Adams, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Cara Buono and John David Washington. The film’s Canadian premiere comes after a successful debut at Sundance Film Festival, where director Reinaldo Marcus Green won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature.
VIP guests were served Grey Goose cocktails during the late-night party including Grey Goose’s playful cinema-inspired ‘Le Premier’ made with a tart and savoury blend of Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime juice, popcorn syrup and mint leaves. Chloë Grace Moretz and friends were spotted having a mini dance party in the middle of the club floor as the DJ blasted Destiny Child’s Jumpin’ Jumpin’. Overheard at the bar, Kelvin Harrison Jr. asked for the name of the ‘Magic Hour’ cocktail, to which he responded “yeah, like 11 p.m. at night!” With the night in full swing, cast members Chante and Jasmine started their own dance party, dancing and singing along to the DJ’s hip hop playlist into the late night. Other notable guests in attendance included: Dylan O’Brien, Maika Monroe, Matte Babel and despite Drake not showing up, the 6ix Mom, Andrea Bolley, was seen bumping on the dance floor into the late hours.
Anthropocene afterparty at Mongrel House
Mongrel House celebrated opening night with Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, the third documentary from multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The trio were welcomed by invited filmmakers, talent and industry guests.
Guests at the party enjoyed live music by Hot Wax and Rheostatics, beautiful art by Kent Monkman and Ness Lee seen right across the space — including the ceiling of the tents out front, live karaoke (yup, although we didn’t catch any A-listers in there), VR and a ping pong lounge. Notable guests in attendance included the directors, Jennifer Baichwal,, Edward Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier.
Greta afterparty at Weslodge
Stars did not waste a moment to celebrate this year’s festival as the cast of Greta was spotted at Weslodge following the film’s world premiere. The latest film by Neil Jordan starring TIFF regulars Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert tells the thrilling story of a lonely, mysterious widow whose friendship with a naïve young woman takes on an increasingly obsessive and sinister air. The cast including Maika Munroe, Moretz and Huppert, and director Neil Jordan arrived at the King Street destination to enjoy Grolsch with a selection of saloon favourite canapés including southern fried chicken sliders, seabass ceviche, mushroom arancini and lemon and chocolate tartlets.
Maika Munroe spent the evening dancing, chatting with friends and posing for photos. Isabelle Huppert looked like she was enjoying an intimate conversation and dinner with friends, fellow cast mates and Pulp Fiction producer, Lawrence Bender. Chloë Grace Moretz was seen dancing with friends too and chatting it up with director Neil Jordan.
Outlaw King afterparty at Patria
Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Howle and director David Mackenzie were seen stepping into Patria to celebrate the world premiere of their film and festival opener, Outlaw King. They waved to the crowd and posed for photos with excited fans lining the streets as they arrived. Inside the restaurant, they celebrated the occasion with friends including Patrick Adams, and a special Scottish-inspired menu featuring scotch quail eggs, whisky cured salmon bannock, tatties and caviar, and sticky toffee and apple crumble for dessert.
RBCxMusic opening night at RBC House with Diageo
TIFF kicked off last night inside RBC House with an intimate RBCxMusic performance by HAIM. 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.
xoTO House opening night party
The Toronto Screen Industry, in partnership with the City of Toronto, is taking over Roxy on King, dubbed the xoTO House, between September 6 and 9 to celebrate and showcase the best of Hollwood North. The opening night bash featured Mayor John Tory kicking off festivities.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) September 7, 2017
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