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TIFF JOURNAL: The ultimate film festival playlist

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TIFF JOURNAL: The ultimate film festival playlist

ELLE asked a top Toronto DJ to select 11 songs for 11 nights of TIFF madness.

[caption id="attachment_1281" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The amazing Janelle Monae comes in at Track 2."] [/caption] Welcome to ELLECanada.com’s official TIFF journal! This festival, Laura deCarufel and Jennifer Lee, the co-editors of Hardly magazine , have the high honour of reporting from TIFF’s coolest events. Stay tuned for party coverage, red carpet style, and behind-the-scenes scoop! At this point in the festival—five days left!—even the most dedicated cinephile and partygoer could be forgiven for looking longingly at the couch, instead of at the cocktail list at the Four Seasons. We have just the thing to put the bounce back in your step! Odario Williams, a DJ and member of Grand Analog, is spending TIFF spinning up to three parties a night. Highlights of his dance card so far? The Aveda/FILLER party for Julia's E yes (the Guillermo del Toro-produced Spanish film), and the Passion Play party at Buca, in which Bill Murray got up to shake it on the dancefloor. (Read on to find out which track got him into the groove.) And the playlist begins... TRACK 1 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by the INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND Why "A perfect party starter for any occasion. The Incredible Bongo Band's bongo solos and guitars are infectious and funky." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 2 "Tightrope" by JANELLE MONAE Why "I'm a big fan of the classic throwback tune. Monae's flow channels a young James Brown over a groove that makes you want to cut-a-rug or shake a tail-feather." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 3 "What's Going On" (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix) by MARVIN GAYE Why "My favourite voice in music, period. I'll always find a way to include Marvin into my DJ mixes. This remix is sure to put one nation under a groove." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 4 "Valerie" (Mark Ronson version) by AMY WINEHOUSE Why "Say what you want about Amy Winehouse. When her extremely soulful voice channels through the speakers you easily forget your problems...and hers." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 5 "OMG" by USHER Why "Out go the Black Eyed Peas, in comes Usher (once again). This is arguably the summer song of 2010. Not only did 'OMG' fill up a dance floor instantaneously, it even had Bill Murray tapping his feet and bobbing his head to this catchy beat." The next six tracks are after the jump! ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 6 "Set Me On Fire" by PENDULUM Why"This track is only used for the deepest darkest moments of the week. It's strictly for the night crawlers that refuse to retire after the initial party and want to turn it up a notch during the next." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 7 "Sugar On My Tongue" by TALKING HEADS Why "Not all parties have dance floors or are conducive to dancing. This is a great tune for those that want to party without busting a sweat. It's funky, raw and sexy." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 8 "Crazy You" by OSUNLADE Why "I've had the joy of spinning a rooftop party under the setting summer sun. This cover of Prince's early classic is the perfect soundtrack to that." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 9 "It's Only A Paper Moon" by ELLA FITZGERALD Why "I love a good cocktail party. And there is nothing better than some classic jazz to accompany those short few hours in the outfit you've waited all week to wear." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 10 "Shutterbug" by BIG BOI Why "I've been addicted to Big Boi's space funk filled album all summer. I dance around to it as I'm getting dressed before I head out the door. It sets my mood right." ___________________________________________________________ TRACK 11 "I Want You Back" ( Z-Trip Remix) by JACKSON 5 Why "The perfect sing-a-long song once everyone has taken advantage of the open bar. Even though it's a remix, you'll still find yourself humming the tune hours after you've left the party." [caption id="attachment_2103" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Odario Williams on the tables."] [/caption] Read more of our TIFF Journal! Day 5: Tastemakers Lounge, Beautiful Boy & the Black Swan gala Day 2, 3 & 4 at the Grey Goose SoHo House Club TIFF vs. Cannes: A tale of two film festivals in star gazing, hot restos and party It spots At the film festival's best party: 5 Reasons why the Vanity Fair bash was TIFF's top fete Meeting Sally Hershberger: Seven questions for the world's top hair stylist At the Nikki Beach lingerie fashion show Meet Katie Boland: Our pick for Canada's sweetheart on TIFF style, rappers and Daydream Nation At the Black Swan gala: Inside the exclusive premiere of the fashion set's most anticipated film of the year The festival's A-list drink: Black Swan as a blackberry cocktail. Why not? Beauty 911: Expert tips on looking rested, refreshed, and camera-ready Skin care 911: Healthy skin tips during TIFF madness Snaps from last night's best party Meet Lauren Lee Smith: In conversation with one of Canada's coolest acting talents Day 1: At the Aveda Experience Centre and the Bell Lightbox On pre-festival party duty: At Birks and 99 Sudbury
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TIFF JOURNAL: The ultimate film festival playlist