Since 2007, the Academy Awards' Best Picture winner has screened or debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year, it was Argo; the year before that, it was The Artist. Hence the 23-year-old Canadian film fest, usually shortened to "TIFF", has become a breeding ground for early Oscar buzz. Getting a movie into this prestigious roundup is cause for celebration — and just like Sundance and Cannes, there are plenty of local venues to keep the party going late into the night. During the day there are a number of lounges where hundreds of A-list actors are able to kick back, refuel, get a touch-up and even play around with some games.
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Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of TIFF's hottest parties, lounges and more.
Bungalow 8: Thompson [550 Wellington Street W]
Reese Witherspoon, Nicolas Cage and Colin Firth are among those expected to celebrate their premieres here. Opening up on Saturday, Bungalow 8 and Worldview Entertainment will present their Toronto International Film Festival Pop Up with Amy Sacco. There are sure to be a few exciting nights of festivities while toasting festival film selections including Worldview's Blood Ties, Devil's Knot, The Green Inferno, Joe, The Sacrament and The Square.
Goodnight Gansevoort: C Lounge [456 Wellington St W]
Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce and company from Hateship Loveship will be hosted by New York nightlife king and Gansevoort Hotel Group CEO Michael Achenbaum. The venue will stay open until the wee hours with a mock casino and showgirls, and feature a poolside bar where guests can lounge in cabanas under the night sky. Guests will play the casino games for actual chips with prizes including trips to Gansevoort in New York. Sponsors of the party include Fiji Water, Uber, Calvin Klein Downtown, Liberty Entertainment Group, Michael Hill, Style Reporter, Diageo and Nissan.
Soho House [192 Adelaide St W]
Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Owen Wilson will toast their movies with Grey Goose Vodka as the brand hosts a number of cast parties at Soho House's new Canadian outpost. Famous for hosting some of TIFF's most riotous parties last year this will no doubt once again be as close to a "sure bet" that Downtown Toronto has to offer.
Arts & Cinema Centre: Storys [11 Duncan Street]
Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Hayden Church and Liev Schreiber will help host festivities for their films here, where ICON Legacy Hospitality and Ink Entertainment with A-List Communications will recreate their downtown hotspot. Title sponsored by Virgin Mobile, the Arts & Cinema Center will feature exclusive cast cocktail parties and press events for the casts of Horn, Lucky Them, and Blood Ties, just to name a few.
Nikki Beach: Spoke Club [600 King Street W]
Amanda Seyfried, Drew Barrymore and Gerard Butler have been known to stop here between premieres. For the fifth consecutive year, Nikki Beach Toronto will provide industry elite, journalists and film lovers alike with an elegant and welcoming alternative to dine, unwind, relax and celebrate during the festival. Additionally, Nikki Beach will be expanding its presence at The Spoke Club this year by operating on the 4th floor of The Spoke Club building as well. Guests will enjoy the classic white décor, delicious cuisine, crisp flowing champagne and the beautiful jet-set crowds who frequent the Nikki Beach locations around the globe. Music will be provided by Nikki Beach Ibiza, St. Tropez and Cannes Resident DJs.
The Courthouse [57 Adelaide St E]
Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and others from Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive will move to historic former courthouse located in the St. Lawrence neighborhood.
Thompson Hotel [550 Wellington St W]
In addition to hosting Bungalow 8 this stylish SPOT will also host The Hollywood Reporter's Breakthrough Awards party and the after party for Ron Howard’s Rush starring Olivia Wilde.
The Chase [10 Temperance St]
Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini and the cast of Enemy will be guests of fashion house and TIFF sponsor Hugo Boss at this fabulously designed hotspot. They will also be dressing the talent for their premiere earlier at the Ryerson Theater.
During the day:
The Variety Studio: Holt Renfrew [50 Bloor Street]
Jason Bateman, Maria Bello and Abigail Breslin are those expected to breeze through The Variety Studio for the fourth annual installment of Variety’s festival-filmmaker video series and portrait studio at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Moroccanoil will gift each guest of the studio with their signature travel kit. British Airways will offer a sneak peek into the 1st class cabin of their new Dreamliner 787. Sheila G's The Original Brownie Brittle will provide delicious snacks and specialty desserts from founder Sheila G. Mains' personal recipes.
NKPR IT Lounge Portrait Studio
Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson and Kim Basinger will take a break at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio in the opening days of the film festival. Coming off a partnership with legendary fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Caitlin Cronenberg will take the helm of the portrait studio.
Artists for Peace and Justice 2013 Festival Lunch: The Budman House [private]
The cast of Third Person including James Franco is expected to support their director Paul Haggis at his annual event to raise money for the annual Bovet 1822 and Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Lunch presented with Roots Canada.
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