#TIFF12: Our fave parties and events

The endless parade of
Starbucks entering the building is slowing and the cases of Red Bull are nearly empty, and what we have left are the memories of an exciting, busy and hectic TIFF. As we’ve said before, this is
the busiest, yet most exciting time of year for us on the fourth floor. We had the opportunity to attend some
pretty awesome parties with our clients and wanted to give you the run-down of our faves as TIFF 2012 comes to a close.


Getting things started off right was the opening night party
at Maple Leaf Square. The red carpet party was attended by some great Canadian stars including Saad Siddiqui, Charlie Carrick, Charlotte Sullivan, Emily Hampshire, Jonas Chernick, Jian Ghomeshi and
Matt Sadowski. There was great dance music, delicious food and a definite energy in the air as TIFF was officially kicked off.


The first day of the Tastemakers Lounge began at 6
a.m. at The Intercontinental Hotel. Excited for a segment with CP24 Breakfast, we got down to business with interviews from Saad Siddiqui and Charlie Carrick. Then
we were thrown off our game when we were asked to be part of the show’s Friday
Morning Dance Party. A little bit of Duran
Duran’s Girls on Film never hurt
anyone!  You can check us out enjoying (embarrassing?) ourselves on live TV here.


We heart the motto this year at the Tastemaker’s Lounge.
Rac Boutique’s Bazaar, part of Fashion’s Night Out on the sixth floor of The Burroughes
building was super busy.  Still in the
office, we could hear the sound of heels clicking up and
down the stairs as Toronto’s most stylish shopped and sipped champagne.  Oh right, and hung out with Adrian Grenier
who also attended and left with a pair of Sully Wong shoes and an Altea tie.

The Drake’s Overdrive Party was a great time. With a long
line and a packed house, it was definitely a place to be last Thursday night. There was great music, great cocktails with clever names (James Dean and Steve McQueen – can you get any cooler?) and a mobile tattoo parlour by Sailor Jerry offering free tattoos and haircuts.  What else could you want? Oh right, a celeb sighting! Adrian Grenier swung
by later that night to hang out, adding even more excitement to an already-exciting party.



The amazing Sailor Jerry Airstream trailer, where party-goers got free tattoos!

Friday morning at the office was full of excitement when some
of the girls reported back about the Soho House Looper after party.  In their
most stylish get-ups, our girls were in the presence of the city’s most talked
about stars: Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who were out
celebrating their opening night film. 
There was much buzz about gorgeous Emily Blunt and her adorably funny husband
John Krasinski, better known as everyone’s fave Jim Halpert on The Office.


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Saturday’s HELLO! Hollywood party at The Ritz-Carlton was also a highlight. Our
Rising Stars , Charlie Carrick, Connor Jessup, Tatiana Maslany and Charlotte
Sullivan were hanging out with Love It or
List It’s
Hilary Farr, CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, the Drake Hotel’s Jeff Stober and actors Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire. There was a huge crowd and lots of mingling and industry chit-chat that took place in the swank Ritz ballroom.

Sunday afternoon brought along the Annual Canadian Film Centre barbeque, which celebrates the “independent creative spirit” and is always one of our favourite TIFF events. We love the casual vibe and delicious smell of grilled burgers, which makes for a nice change from the dim party lights, high heels and fancy passed appetizers we’ve been seeing all week.  There was even a Jason Priestley sighting which brought us back to the great “Brandon vs. Dylan” debate (we can’t wait for his turn in an upcoming Canadian Stage production – stay tuned!).

Another fave of ours is Festival Music House which ran for three nights this week. The MOD club held intimate concerts by
 Adam Cohen, Wintersleep, Yukon Blonde, Young Empires and Down With Webster. We made some new musical discoveries, loving the sets that Humans, Monster Truck and Hey Ocean! brought. Although these are big names in the music scene, the whole event had a very different vibe.  It was an intimate
setting where we got to rock out in a really chill venue with film industry peeps.



Shawn Hook sings his heart out, Down With Webster’s drum solo, part of our FMH crew, and Monster Truck rockin’ out – #FestivalMusicHouse memories.

In between all of these amazing events, and little cat naps,
we are excited to see our city buzzing with excitement.  We’ve been out and about and feeling
Hollywood in the air.  The bright lights
of T.O. are providing us with endless amounts of energy that we’re hoping will
last take us through the last few days of the festival.








#TIFF12: Buzzy Films

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It’s back.

The city is awash in TIFF madness. One
can’t walk down the street without running into pop-up mobs of star-gazers out front of Toronto’s swankiest hotels (okay, maybe even we cast a glance at
the entrance when passing hot spots like the Templar (Target) Hotelthe Drake Hotel, the SoHo, the Hyatt and Le Germain). Most bars have an
extended 4 a.m. license for the duration of the festival,
even if half the hopeful partiers find themselves standing outside Soho House hoping to spot one of the many A-listers coming and going.

But it’s not really about catching a glimpse of Ryan
Gosling, is it? Toronto’s film fest is known as an Academy Award barometer and is truly all about the films. Here are
the films we’re most excited about, or have seen and loved the most thus far:

Billed as a “mind-bending futuristic thriller,” Looper
features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis on a mission to kill his
future self.  By all accounts, director Rian Johnson’s ability to blend genres and create something fresh and
interesting is at play again here and the result is both action-packed and
mentally stimulating. Jo-Go’s star is on the rise and, apparently, neither his
nor co-stars Willis and Emily Blunt’s performances disappoint.

An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic and the third
collaboration of Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright (previously Atonement
and Pride & Prejudice), this film is a shoo-in for Academy nods. The trailer
alone attests to the film’s sumptuous settings and costume design and we are
excited to see Jude Law in the role of Alexei Karenin.


It was said that the novel Cloud Atlas would be impossible to adapt to film. Apparently not
for the Wachowski siblings (previously brothers) behind The Matrix and Tom Tykwer, who have directed a movie of “epic”
proportions (according to TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey himself).  The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle
Berry, Hugo Weaving and more with appearances from Susan Sarandon and Hugh
Grant.

The premise of this film is a dog-napping scheme gone awry.
Directed by Martin McDonagh and boasting a star-studded cast, including Colin
Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits, we
can’t wait to see what happens following the theft of a ganster’s Shih Tzu…right?

Based on a true story this film, directed and starred in by
Ben Affleck, is a movie about a fake movie made by the CIA in order to get six
stranded Americans out of Tehran. It promises to be filled with suspense and
sprinkled with humor. John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Barry Livingston support
and, darn it, Ben Affleck looks good with a beard.

The list of films we’re excited about goes on. Here are some
more you should definitely check out: Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Rebelle, Laurence Anyways, The Master, Silver Linings PlaybookHyde Park on Hudson,
Dredd 3D, Midnight’s Children,
 Inescapable
Stories We Tell and My Awkward Sexual Adventure starring Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire.

TIFF is also a great time to check out some up-and-coming talent. The Rising Stars Programme features young Canadian actors and actresses Charlotte Sullivan, Charlie Carrick, Tatiana Maslany and Connor Jessup. Jessup stars in the Independent Film and Festival 2012 selection Blackbird as Sean Randall: an angry and troubled teenager who finds himself in juvenile detention after being accused and arrested for a crime that he did not commit – forever reshaping his life. Maslany stars in Picture Day, directed by Kate Melville, which premieres at TIFF. She has also started filming the Jason Priestley-directed Cas & Dylan with Richard Dreyfuss.