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Film buffs, movie lovers, and industry professionals are descending upon Toronto for the first time in almost three years for the Toronto International Film Festival happening September 8 – 18th in the city.
With this comes movie screenings of the year’s hottest new films, street festivals and open-air cinemas for everyone to enjoy, food and drink specials at restaurants and bars, celebrity sightings all throughout the downtown core, and those super exclusive, star-studded parties and events.
Looking to have some TIFF fun? Check out our guide below to some of the hottest spots to celebrate TIFF, watch a film or two, and spot some A-listers.
TIFF Festival Street Party
The seventh Festival Street party will feature screenings, live music, and interactive activations. Best of all, everything is free to enjoy and open to the public!
Festival Street celebrations will take place from September 8 to 11 on King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue. Arrive early to see StreetARToronto creating a live art walk supported by The Micki Moore Foundation.
The Kick Off Event on the Slaight Music Stage will be hosted by Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall and features a variety of special guests and musical performances by Cameron Bailey, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more. Festival Street will feature a number of free, exciting concerts throughout the three-day event. Highlights include Wolf Saga, The 99s, Jessia, Elijah Woods, and Jess and Tay.
OLG Cinema Park
TIFF’s new open-air cinema, OLG Cinema Park, is taking place from September 8 to 18th in David Pecaut Square.
Movie lovers can enjoy some amazing fan-favourite selections showcasing stars in TIFF 2022 Official Selections films.
The OLG Cinema Park lineup includes: The Greatest Showman, UHF, West Side Story (2021), The Mummy, and a 30th-anniversary screening of A League of Their Own (1992). There will also be outdoor screenings of School of Rock and Love & Basketball, both presented by the Next Wave Committee.
Attendees are invited to grab a drink at one of the extended patios, try some delicious dishes from the food trucks on-site, and check out the many partner activations in the square.
TIFF Cinematheque (Free Screenings)
For more free movies during the festival, make plans to visit TIFF Cinematheque and for their five classic film screenings including:
The Stranger (Agantuk)
Satyajit Ray | India, France
World Premiere 4K Restoration
I Shot Andy Warhol
Mary Harron | United Kingdom, United States
Baz Luhrmann | Australia, United Kingdom
Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister harmóniák)
Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Hungary, Italy, Germany, France
World Premiere 4K Restoration
Tales from the Gimli Hospital Redux
Guy Maddin | Canada
World Premiere 4K Restoration
Hotel Hot-Spots for TIFF
1 Hotel Toronto at 550 Wellington Street West is already confirmed as a hot-spot for a few TIFF star-studded activities including the hub for The Hollywood Reporter TIFF studio and a Wellness lounge.
Hanging out in the area? Your likelihood of spotting a celebrity leaving for interviews or returning after a busy day is pretty high. Staycation like a celeb and check yourself into this oasis or enjoy pre-TIFF cocktails at the Flora Lounge with their selection of film inspired drinks or 1 Kitchen’s TIFF inspired menu.
Shangri-La Toronto Hotel at 188 University Avenue is the home of TIFF’s opening night party but throughout the Festival’s duration, the hotel will be offering an inspiring selection of food and drink aptly named after a few of this year’s festival films.
There is also a special Afternoon Tea menu this month that’s fit for Hollywood icons! In the past, we’ve spotted Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terence Howard, and Alex Skarsgård at the Shangri-La.
The ‘No Vacancy Lounge’ by NBP Group
For three days only, (September 8-10th), No Vacancy Lounge will be home to some of the most luxurious and exclusive brand experiences in the heart of the film festival, just off King St.
On the list? You can expect to sip and taste while you enjoy radiant facial treatments, make-up touch-ups, a custom content creation studio, and robust gifting all within NBP Group‘s transformed showroom space to find solace, joy and relaxation in the midst of what is sure to be an incredibly busy yet exciting festival.
Visits are strictly by appointment only and highly exclusive to a limited audience.
NKPR’s IT House
NKPR’s interactive and experiential lounge #NKPRIT22 opens its doors between September 8 – 10th. Located at the Purman Building, IT House has been an anchor space serving as a curated area for media, talent and VIPs looking to “recharge and relax during the hustle and bustle of film festival.”
This year, they will be shining a spotlight on Canadian and international brands that are making their mark in Canada.
Past visitors have included Mila Kunis, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Olsen, Donald Glover, Jared Leto, Adrien Brody, and Daniel Radcliffe.
Hello Canada & Toronto Life‘s Hollywood North Party
One of the most anticipated events in the TIFF Calendar, the exclusive Hollywood North red-carpet party will be held on the 8th of September at Park Hyatt Toronto.
The freshly titled “Jaguar Supper Suite” VIP pop-up will take over MARBL Restaurant located on King Street West just blocks from the TIFF Light Box hub for the four days of the opening weekend of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
Kit Harington, Nicolas Cage, Brandi Carlile, Bill Nighy, Mickey Rourke & Mena Suvari will attend the following premiere parties:
- Friday, Sept. 9: Premiere party for BABY RUBY starring Noémie Merlant, Kit Harington, Meredith Hagner, Jayne Atkinson, and Writer/Director, Bess Wohl.
- Friday, Sept. 9: Premiere party for SUSIE SEARCHES starring Kiersey Clemons, Alex Wolff, Jim Gaffigan, Ken Marino, and Writer/Director, Sophie Kargman.
- Friday, Sept. 9: Premiere party for BUTCHER’S CROSSING starring Nicolas Cage, Rachel Keller, and Fred Hechinger.
- Saturday, Sept. 10: Premiere party for THE BLACKENING starring Dewayne Perkins, Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, Jay Pharoah, Yvonne Orji, Antoinette Robertson, X Mayo, Sinqua Walls.
- Sunday, Sept. 11: Sony Pictures Classics 4-Film reception celebrating:
- THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER: FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE starring Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, and Shooter Jennings
- CARMEN – Directed by Benjamin Millepied and starring Melissa Barrera, Elsa Pataky, Paul Mescal, Rossy de Palma
- LIVING – starring Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke
- ONE FINE MORNING – Directed by Mia Hansen Love and starring Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory, Nicole Garcia
- Sunday, Sept. 11: Stardust Pictures, Electric Panda Entertainment, and Latigo Films festival soiree celebrating the release of THE HUNT CLUB starring Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke as well as WOLF MOUNTAIN starring Keli Price, Tobin Bell, and Danny Trejo and special guests Jessica Belkin, Fernanda Romero, and others TBA
Keep your eyes peeled for even more celeb sightings, events, activations, and screenings you can spot all around the city! Want to have a date night at a TIFF hot spot? Check out the list here!