Spending 72-Hours at TIFF

For the first time in awhile, I was out of town for the majority of the Toronto International Film Festival. With only a few days to catch up on all of my festival activities, I managed to condense the TIFF experience into just a few days. Here is how I made the most of my time at TIFF!
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Beauty Prep
Any celebrity knows that in order to look red carpet ready, it sometimes takes a little work. Luckily, our friends over at Esthetics Plus set up a fast and fabulous beauty lounge at the Deadline Hollywood Sutie to help take care of the essentials for you. This year, guests were able to enjoyed facial treatments from pharmaceutical grade, anti-aging brand IMAGE Skincare, the healthiest, glowing spray tans from all natural, paraben-free Sunescape Pro Spray Tan Products and Red Carpet eyelash extensions from Novalash, the only eyelash company that formulates its own adhesive formula which is entirely oil-resistant. How’s that for an a-list treatment?
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One of my favourite parts about TIFF is that everyone and anyone has the chance to enjoy the films during the festival. With tickets open to the public, it is easy to get your hands on a pair. While some of the hottest flicks sell out fast, opting for a matinee or later screening can be a good way to see some films. There were also a number of events that were free AND open to the public. This year, the AXE Collective x Vanguard Honours hosted a wonderful night celebrating new and emerging filmmakers hosted by Mark Duplass and John Legend (~swoon~). I had the chance to catch up with this year’s three honourees. Stay tuned for their interviews on the site in the new few weeks!
The Parties
TIFF just isn’t TIFF without dropping by a film after party for the chance to glimpse at a celebrity. While odds are you’ll probably only see a past Degrassi star (but not Drake…) or maybe even a few one-hit wonder Canadian singers sprinkled around the party, it is worth showing up for a good cause. This year, I had the chance to attend Peter Tunney’s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Art Reception in support of Artists for Peace and Justice. The Mongrel House was also in full swing this year celebrating Canadian film with a full roster of nightly programming during TIFF giving celebs and industry guests a space to kick back, sing some karaoke and relax after a busy day.
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