TIFF 2013 Party Guide

It’s TIFF time, that magical time of year when the Toronto’s nightlife transforms to reflect that of LA, complete with all the glitz, glam, red carpets, beautiful people and, of course, the parties. We wouldn’t be Notable without our annual TIFF Party Guide so, without further delay, here we go…

Thursday, September 5th

A Celebration of Toronto’s Most Stylish cocktail party takes place from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Shangri-La hotel downtown and is sure to attract the city’s event circuit fixtures.

The official TIFF 2013 Opening Party moves to Maple Leaf Square for the second year in a row from the traditional Liberty Grand location. To be honest, it’s always hit or miss.

Private members hub The Spoke Club will host the annual Nikki Beach pop-up from September 5-8, with a 4am liquor license. The best part? Sipping cocktails in their incredible rooftop until just before the sun rises.

The Drake Hotel hosts its Down the Line opening night party from 9pm to 4am. An added bonus besides the extended liquor license? Free tattoos in Room 222. 

Friday, September 6th 

The 4th Annual Glitz and Glamour Film Fest Opening Night Party happens tonight at Arcadian Court in support of one of our favourite charities, motionball for Special Olympics Canada. The dress code is semi-formal and red attire and accessories are encouraged. To win a pair of tickets all you have to do is tweet the following: “ bring me to  at  for !” Winner will be announced tomorrow!

West of Contra & Plus-1 present Ovation, a TIFF event series that takes place over the first weekend of TIFF on the rooftop terrace of the Lightbox building. This two-day event will play host to a top-notch and exclusive YP crowd, and the bar serves until 4am. 

Goodnight Gansevoort at C-Lounge will transform C-Lounge into a Vegas-themed party for one night. Starting with an after party for the cast of “Hateship Loveship,” starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce, the event will continue to the wee hours with a mock casino and showgirls, and feature a poolside bar.

Saturday, September 7th

Storys hosts the annual OneXOne party for Matt Damon’s beloved charity, with special guest Patricia Arquette.

The hot ticket Hello! Hollywood party at the Ritz-Carlton hotel is the place to be between dinner and the late night party on Saturday night – if you can get in.

1812 at the Thompson has Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest spinning dirty beats.

Notable fave DJ Jojo Flores is at CUBE on Saturday night for a packed party sure to attract the city’s easy-on-the-eyes set. 

Sunday, September 8th

The Festival Music House is a two-night showcase for new Canadian music on Sept. 8 and 9 at Adelaide Hall, featuring performers Dragonette, Diamond Rings, The Darcys, July Talk and Maylee Todd.

The Canadian Film Centre BBQ offers a chance for industry folk to mix, mingle and network without the loud music and flowing booze.

Paul Haggis’ fifth annual Artists for Peace and Justice event will include the cast of Third Person, including Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Liam Neeson and Mila Kunis. It takes place at the home of Roots Founder Michael Budman and Diane Bald. Be warned, this event comes with a hefty price tag. 

Monday, September 9th 

On Monday, September 9, Entertainment One (eOne) will host their annual party to celebrate all 29 of their films premiering at TIFF. The Roundhouse will be transformed as it plays host to over 1,000 global film industry elite.

Saturday, September 15th 

TIFF closing Night Gala at Roy Thomson Hall offers one last chance to celebrate with its 1970s Motown theme. By this point, however, most of us are tired out and the celebrities have returned to Hollywood. 

In addition to the parties, of course, there seem to be more establishments than ever across the city with 4am liquor licenses to mark the occasion. These include some of our favourite places like EFS, F-Stop, Marben, Patria, The Everleigh, Weslodge, Uniun, pretty much every luxury hotel in the city and A TON of other places.

Of course, there are the uber-exclusive, impossible-to-get-into film parties that take place at a slew of locations across the city, from Soho House to Liberty Group venues like Courthouse and hotspots like Patria. We’ll let you know how they are – if we can find a way in ourselves, of course.

Cover Image Courtesy of: Nikki Beach