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This is what happened on the opening night of TIFF 2019

Mobs of tourists are roaming the streets in search of famous faces, lanyard-wearing industry folk are rushing from theatre to theatre, and the King streetcar is short-turning at Spadina once again.

Love it or hate it, the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival is now officially underway after a rollicking first night of premieres and welcome parties.

Stars were spotted dancing, drinking, posing for photos and more in Toronto on Thursday night, while celebrity stans gathered 'round to swoon and local residents cringed.

Here are just some of the highlights from opening night at TIFF 2019.

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Photo by Lucas Kschischang .

OVO hosted a secret TIFF party at RBC House

In celebration of their recently-announced partnership with Canadian lifestyle brand OVO, RBC hosted a huge shindig at their private TIFF venue. Hosted by OVO's Oliver El-Khatib, the party featured performances by Majid Jordan, among other OVO Sound artists. Canadian Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak was one of many notables in attendance.

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Photo via mattyuniq on Instagram.

Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan were spotted at Baro

In town for a TIFF screening of their new film, Just Mercy, both Foxx and Jordan stopped by Escobar, the (not-so-secret) speakeasy located inside Baro on King Street West for some fun (and an Instagram live sesh, in Foxx's case). Expect more to come out of Baro during TIFF — it's serving as home base for the L.A. Times all festival long.

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Photo by George George Pimentel.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer hit the red carpet

Hollywood icons and power-besties Ron Howard and Brian Grazer attended the premiere of "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," delighting fans of their films, which together include A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, American Gangster and dozens of other classics.

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Photo via Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images.

Neve Campbell ate vegan butter chicken

Canadian actress Neve Campbell was joined by her Castle in the Ground co-stars Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots, Keir Gilchrist and Star Slade at Weslodge for a post-premier party that included mushroom arancini, vegan butter chicken, sweet potato and lentil fritters and vegan chocolate fudge bites.

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Photo by George Pimentel.

Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese got down 

Rumour has it that Toronto-born rock legend Robbie Robertson partied with A-list director Martin Scorcese at Gusto 101 during the after party for Daniel Roher's TIFF-opening biopic Once Were Brothers

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Photo by Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for ICONINK.

Dev Patel and Hugh Laurie turned up at Weslodge

After the world premiere of Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, Dr. House and the (now grown-up) kid from Slumdog Millionaire got mobbed by fans on their way into Weslodge for a CÎROC-sponsored afterparty.

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Image via PETA.

PETA protested Canada Goose

It wasn't the prettiest part of the night, but it has become one of the most talked-about events to take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this year so far: PETA's gory protest of Canada Goose, an official TIFF sponsor and longtime target of animal rights activists.

Lead photo by

Lucas Kschischang/RBCxTIFF


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