It’s here: jam-packed days, sleepless nights (facilitated by the 4am last call), and Toronto in its finest form.
Of course, we’re talking about the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). And each day we are going to bring you three of the most notable things from the day and night before.
So, about last night…
The party: The Humbling
Naturally, there were a few parties happening last night. None, however, were as exclusive as the private party for The Humbling, hosted by Icon Legacy Group and Ink Entertainment at the Virgin Mobile-sponsored lounge at 11 Duncan Street, Storys. The guest list included cast members Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig. While the inevitable crowd of fans waited outside in hopes of catching a glance of the stars, the second and third floors of the venue quickly filled with pretty partygoers. Gerwig kept it low-key in a corner booth on the third floor with partner Noah Baumbach, while co-star Pacino and his girlfriend Lucila Sola were a little livelier, enjoying the music played by DJ SoundBwoy and Ketel One vodka cocktails.
The film: The Judge
The crowd of on-lookers (all armed with cameras, some on ladders) started to gather outside of Roy Thompson Hall before rush hour had even started for the premiere of The Judge, the official opening night Gala for TIFF. Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this drama that centres on a complicated relationship between father and son. When Chicago defense attorney Hank Palmer (Downey) returns home to Indiana to bury his mother, he finds himself representing his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall), who stands accused of murder (not of his mother, by the way). It’s no easy battle, though, and he’s up against ruthless local prosecutor, Dwight Dickham, played by Billy Bob Thornton. So, if you’re into legal dramas…
The fashion: Toronto Life Most Stylish
As always, the Toronto Life Most Stylish party held at the Four Seasons Hotel set the stage for what Toronto’s most fashionable will be wearing this TIFF. It attracted names like Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Kardinal Offishall, Jeanne Beker, Stacy McKenzie, Suzanne Rogers and David Dixon, among others. The event celebrated the chicest in the city, and included an annual list of Toronto’s best dressed. Among them were Ray Civello (Founder of Civello Salon and Spa, President of Aveda Canada), Vanessa Morcom (CEO, Morcom Media), Elaine Lui (Co-host, The Social), J.S. Vann (Creative Director, Garrison Bespoke), Morad Affifi (Director of Business Development, King West Magazine) and Sydney Berchtold and Marisa Buchkowsky (Co-Owners, The Narwhal), just to name a few. We can confirm that there was no shortage of selfies and perfectly posed people on the carpet.
Images: Shawn Goldberg