The crowds, the dress code, the movies—we’ve rounded up TIFF’s top “see and be seen” soirees.
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The Toronto International Film Festival has many faces. For every flashbulb-popping red carpet on King Street there is an underground indie being celebrated in the far reaches of Toronto’s west end. While the films are purportedly why everyone is there, sometimes it feels like the cart is leading the horse, with the parties taking the spotlight. TIFF parties are as varied as the films - splashy open bar galas, intimate indie gatherings and everything in between compete for best guests, drinks and most importantly buzz. Here are our picks for six of the most anticipated parties this festival: big, small, glam and grungy.
TIFF party: Grey Goose Parties at Soho House Toronto
Date: September 6th to 10th
Movie tie-in: With Soho House finally established in their own Toronto home, they are ready to play host to some of the festival’s hottest tickets of 2012, including Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions and Byzantium.
Crowd: Triple-A-listers and strictly invitation only, this will be the gathering place for celebs looking to get away from the gawking crowds, mix with their own kind and get their hands on a cocktail or two.
Dress code: Everything from gala gowns to chic and simple cocktail wear. This clubhouse is where celebs go once they’ve done their work and just want to hang out, so by the end of the evening ties are loose and everyone has let their flawless hair down.
Likely to overhear: Relatively unguarded celebrity banter, former cast mates reconnecting, and plenty of truly good gossip (Lainey of LaineyGossip loves her Grey Goose, so eavesdropping on her conversations is probably a fantastic way to get the best dirt).
Party notes: If you are part of the 99% - meaning those without access to this buzzing hub of fabulousness, take heart – you can drink like a celebrity if nothing else. Globetrotting mixologist and GREY GOOSE Global Ambassador, Dimi Lezinska, created the film-inspired cocktail collection being served at the venue. He has also created a how-to video for aspiring mixologists and cocktail aficionados alike demonstrating how to recreate these cocktails when entertaining at home. Or for drinking alone and dreaming up ways to sneak in to the party – up to you. Check the video out here.
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