The Toronto International Film Festival is back for another season. As screening tickets are nearly impossible to find, and by now already snapped up, you’re best option for rubbing elbows with some serious A-list talent is to check out some of the parties thrown throughout the city. Now, truth be told, the level of fun you seek may come with a long line and / or hefty price tag, so be prepared. However, history has shown that even the biggest Hollywood stars have eschewed the stuffy, white linen galas for more casual digs.
Who knows? You just might get lucky.
House of TIFF: Posh Supperclub
50 Cumberland Street | Thursday, September 8th | 8PM- 3AM
A night of dinner and dancing—all under one roof—in honour of the festival’s opening night.
350 King Street West | Friday, September 9 + Saturday, September 10 | 10pm – 4am
This post-film event series, presented by Ciroc, hosts a two-evening celebration up on the roof. Tickets sell out every year, so grab them now.
86D Monday x TIFF Hiatus
1150 Queen Street West | September 12th | Drake hotel
The famed Queen West hotel will undoubtedly be brimming with stars and stargazers each and every night, so paying a visit for dinner or rooftop drinks should be a high priority. Alternatively, the Drake will be hosting a special TIFF-themed event on September 12 at 8pm—details are hushed, but will surely revolve around schmoozing and boozing.
Celebrating TIFF at DEQ Terrace and Lounge
181 Wellington Street | Thursday, September 8 | 6PM
Toronto One Social will be hosting a soiree in celebration of TIFF’s opening night on the rooftop of DEQ Terrace and Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Mingle, mix and dress to impress at this paparazzi-heavy event. 19+.
Mongrel House: TIFF16
160 Queen St W | September 8 – 14 | Campbell House Museum |
Mongrel Media, the city’s major film distribution company, is hosting a week-long event at the corner of Queen and University in celebration of their 16 films represented at this year’s festival. Though technically an exclusive affair, you may be able to schmooze your way in. Lucky attendees get to mill around the transformed Campbell House and partake in a night marketing featuring food from St. Lawrence Market, live music and karaoke.
Not Another TIFF Party
RAW: Rooney Actors Workshop | Saturday, September 17 | 428 Dundas Street West
This aptly named fundraising event is your chance to network with emerging and established local artists, win some raffle prizes, and take in a live performance of Toronto indie band Lamb/Lion—admission helps fund their first ever music video.
The End: TIFF Closing Party
510 King Street West | September 17th | Same Nightclub
Same nightclub is hosting a massive closing event with a 4am last call. Tickets are sure to go fast so purchase advanced tickets here.
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