Where To Spot Your Favourite Celebrities During TIFF 2018
The Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place between September 6 and 16, is one of the city’s best offerings, and it’s an event that puts Canada in the spotlight time after time.
Each year is a little different than the one before, but one thing’s for sure — Toronto will be teeming with parties and events.
If you’re looking to do a little celebrity spotting, you’re in for a treat. There’s a long list of recognizable faces coming to the 6ix, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and many, many more.
But where does one go to peep their favourite celebrity? We’ve got the scoop for TIFF 2018, so keep on reading!
Owned by director Ivan Reitman — the man behind films like Ghostbusters, Hitchcock, and more — this farm-to-table restaurant is guaranteed to play host to some of TIFF’s most noteworthy stars. In years past, the hotspot has seen celebrities like Margot Robbie, Reese Witherspoon, and more walk through their doors.
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If you want to be at the heart of TIFF action, you need to drop by the RBC House at 11 Duncan. Acting as a hub for all things film, music, and arts, the destination will host big-buzz film premiere parties, intimate musical performances, junket interviews, and panel discussions. Catch a glimpse of your favourite A-lister here — last year’s guest list included Elle Fanning, Rachel McAdams, Kate Mara, Bryan Cranston, and more.
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With such close proximity to TIFF Bell Lightbox, Byblos is another no-brainer for celebs, especially since it’s under the RBC House roof at 11 Duncan. The Mediterranean restaurant not only boasts a top-rated menu but a long list of famous names as past guests including Matt Damon and Salma Hayek.
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With Grey Goose hosting a number of premiere parties, the members-only club is a given for the hottest events during TIFF. The iconic luxury spirit will usher in plenty of high-profile names, which, in the past, has included A-listers like Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more. Just be warned: if your name’s not on the list, you’re not getting in, but you might be able to sneak a peek if you’re lucky!
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For its fourth season in a row, leading Canadian film distributor, Mongrel Media, will take over the historic Campbell House Museum for a slew of TIFF events. This year, in partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels, Mongrel House will see live music from artists like St. Lucia, The Beaches, and more, plus A-list guests like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, and Martha Wainwright, to name a few. The parties are guest list-only, but a star spotting is almost guaranteed.
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Some say the Ritz is the unofficial hotel for celebrities during TIFF, and they’re not wrong. Just steps away from some of the biggest TIFF-tivities, many A-listers choose the beds at this luxury accommodation for their beauty rest. While the hotel is tight-lipped on who’s made reservations, they recently told Fashion that “if you book a room, you are sure to see some of your favourite stars!”
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It might pay off to grab a bowl of noodles at Momofuku this September, as the David Chang-owned eatery will home to AT&T’s DIRECTV House. The restaurant, which is located inside the Shangri-La Hotel, will host premiere parties, cast dinners, and the Variety Studio, so stars shouldn’t be too far away, especially since Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Carell, and more have visited in the past.
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This Toronto hotspot will see plenty of TIFF action. Last year, celebrities like Julianne Moore, James Franco, and Andrew Garfield paid Bisha a visit, and this year’s round-up of celebrities is sure to be just as impressive. The hotel will be hosting an invite-only Vanity Fair party in collaboration with David Yurman, and it’s sure to be star-studded, so grab a drink at Mister C and prepare for some A+ people watching.
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From September 6 to 8, NYC will be popping up with the renowned Bungalow 8 at this trendy Toronto locale . The pop-up promises a bevy of TIFF happenings, including après film celebrations, cocktails, special guest DJs, and loads of celebrity sightings. Just be sure to go earlier — the party is sure to fill up! Last year, Lavelle hosted guests like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Need we say more?
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Legendary TIFF parties have happened at this hotel, and this year will be no different. The 10th Annual Artists For Peace and Justice gala will be hosted on-site, with Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller hosting the event. Unfortunately, the party — with tickets starting at $2,500 — is all sold out, but you might make eye contact with your favourite celebrity if you linger long enough. The hotel will also host a pop-up synagogue where Jewish members of the entertainment industry are invited to get their prayer on.
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Located on King Street between Peter Street and University Avenue, roads will be blocked for free activations all throughout TIFF. Notable attractions include a Nespresso pop-up cafe where guests can discover their celebrity capsule match and enjoy complimentary curated coffee recipes, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, a red carpet beauty suite by L’Oreal Paris, and much more. Even if you don’t spot a celeb here, it’s worth checking out!
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