TIFF 2013 Opening Party at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto
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.
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.
The "Tifftini" in the new suites of the Ritz-Carlton. Photography by Justin Harrington. On to the actual party in the ballroom – jazzy tunes played as guests nibble on sushi, sake, hand-rolled pasta, onion rings and carved beef, cheese and charcuterie – not to mention an impressive sweets table with mini red velvet cupcakes, macarons, cake pops and hand-crafted chocolates. Jesse Eisenberg was rumoured to be milling about, as was Canadian director Norman Jewison and actor Daniel Brühl. And peering out the floor-to-ceiling windows, I could catch the action as slick black Audis rolled up to the theatre across the street – flashbulbs going crazy while celebs stepped out of their cars onto the red carpet.
Sweets treats at the Ritz-Carlton opening party. Photography by Justin Harrington. Being just steps away from the main action at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the TIFF home of celebs like George Clooney, The Ritz-Carlton is a buzzing hotspot if you can get past the velvet rope.
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