tiff-partyWine and champagne glass waiting to filled at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto’s TIFF opening party. Photography by Justin Harrington.

Where better to officially start of this year’s
celeb-packed, fan-frenzied Toronto International Film Festival than at the swish
Ritz-Carlton? The hotel has been rolling out the red carpet this week for a bevy of A-list guests, and after weaving my way through paparazzi and a stream of black SUVs to get into the hotel, you could feel the energy buzzing on the first official day of TIFF.
ritz suite
This Ritz’s plush new suites just in time for TIFF. Photography by Justin Harrington. First thing’s first though. I had to get the first peek at the hotel’s new elegant suites (only 4 in the entire hotel) that were finished literally hours before I stepped in. With a picture perfect view of the water and CN Tower, and a bathroom big enough to live in (I would stay in the giant soaker tub all day if I could), it’s easy to picture a full-length gown hanging in the closet and a celeb getting primped with hair and makeup here before hitting up a premiere.