TIFF Parties

TIFF Party Guide

The TIFF party calendar is filling up. Fast. With celebs like George Clooney, Matt Damon and Oprah Winfrey descending on Toronto, the approaching 10 day stretch in September is a boon for bars, restaurants and clubs looking to make some serious coin to go along with the cache and photo ops for hosting some of the international film community's biggest stars. Almost every night of the festival there's a multitude of bashes worth crashing - some almost impossible to get into (tight guest lists, limited capacity, dress code etc.) and others more accessible to the public. Here's a rundown of some of the parties getting the most buzz.


Sook Yin Lee's Year of the Carnivore Party
The DNTO host's first feature film debuts on TIFF's opening night at the Varsity (7:30 PM) and to celebrate she's lined up a soiree at Rolly's Garage on Ossington. Expect a live music performance by Buck 65 and perhaps the budding auteur herself.


Windsor Arms 10th Anniversary Celebration in support of Artists for Peace and Justice
This invite-only party is being thrown for the benefit of Artists for Peace and Justice and celebrate this boutique hotel's 10th year on St. Thomas St. Canadian Paul Haggis and Olivia Wilde are expected to attend.

The Trotsky Premiere Party
Jacob Tierney's Trotsky has two screenings at TIFF including the premiere on Friday night (9 PM) at the Ryerson. To celebrate, the cast (including Colme Feore and Jay Baruchel) will be consuming plenty of vodka at the Russian-themed Pravda Vodka Bar.

Suck Premiere Party
Any movie about vampires in a rock band with cameos from Moby and Iggy Pop is destined to put on a bloody good party. This one goes down at the Phoenix following the film's 9:30PM screening at the Varsity.


Hello! Magazine Film Festival Cocktail Party
TIFF may be moving screenings out of Yorkville in a couple of years but that won't stop parties from booking venues along Bloor like this one at the diamond studded Birks. Expect paparazzi aplenty snapping pics of Hollywood celebs like Michael Douglas, Woody Harrelson and Mary Louise Parker.

Concert in Support of ONEXONE
The events calendar on ONEXONE's web site hasn't been updated since 2008 so trust me that Mary J. Blidge is in fact scheduled to belt out some songs at the Kool Haus. $100 early bird tickets are now available.

Down for Life Post-Screening Party
Maro Supper Club hosts Danny Glover, one of the leads in this film that premieres tonight (9:30 PM) at the AMC. No word yet on whether Snoop Dog plans to attend. Open to the public after 10 PM. $10 Cover.

Solitary Man Post-Screening Party
Michael Douglas and Danny Devito reunite in this comedy also starring Susan Sarandon and Jesse Eisenberg. They are both expected to show at Brant House following the screening (9 PM) at the Varsity. Open to the public after 10 PM. $10 Cover.


Norman Jewison's Annual CFC BBQ
This annual sprawling event at the Canadian Film Centre campus on Bayiew always attracts a who's-who of Canadian cinema, some local politicians as well as thousands of the school's grads. Lots of free food and beer served for those lucky to score an invite.

Cairo Time Premiere Party
This Canadian production starring Patricia Clarkson screens at the Winter Garden Theatre (8:30 PM) after which the film's director and stars will retreat to King West's Spice Route.

Good Hair Premiere Party
Get down with comedian Chris Rock who will be showcasing his first documentary at this year's TIFF. The venue? The Great Banking Hall at One King West.

Future Projections Artist Reception
The Drake Sky Yard celebrates artists featured in TIFF's renowned video art program. Free and open to the public from 2 - 4 PM.


Mother and Child Pre Screening Cocktail & Party
Serious star power just might show at this intimate afternoon soiree sponsored by Swarovski at the Fairmont Royal York. Samuel Jackson, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening headline the cast expected to attend.

Leaves of Grass Post-Screening Party
Edward Norton gets plenty of screen time in this new film premiering tonight (9 PM) at the Ryerson. K-OS will be the guest DJ welcoming him with the rest of the cast and crew at Cheval. Open to the public after 10 PM. $10 Cover.


InStyle Magazine Party
The Windsor Arms plays host to InStyle Magazine's annual TIFF party - this one not celebrating a specific film, but instead a bash aiming to attract Canadian stars like Keanu Reeves and Michael Cera.

Cinema Against AIDS Benefit Party for amfAR and Dignitas International
Sarah McLachlan will perform at this black tie gala at the Carlu aiming to raise funds for AIDS research. Michelle Yeoh, Sarah Ferguson and Stanley Tucci are some of the attendees who will bring in cash through live auctions and a locavore friendly menu plated by Jamie Kennedy. Tickets start at the recession friendly price of $1,000.


Cooking with Stella Premiere Party
Deepa Mehta's brother will be unveiling his first feature film at TIFF this year with a gala screening (6:30 PM) at Roy Thomson Hall. After, stars including Don McKellar and Lisa Ray will bring their appetite to Liberty Village to munch on nibbles courtesy of Mildred's Temple Kitchen.


TIFF Awards Event
The festival isn't over yet but that won't stop awards from being dished out during this reception at Bloor St's InterContinental Hotel. SKYY Vodka (who helped us put together this list) will be presenting an award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.

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