TIFF diary: Your best 12 hours fêting the film fest
Image courtesy of Park Hyatt Toronto Stillwater Spa.
The beauty about the Toronto International Film Festival is that it spans ten days for us all – but that’s where the collective experience ends. And since there are infinite ways to celebrate the festival within a finite period of celebration time, we mapped out your best bet for a surefire red carpet, celeb-filled experience in only 12 hours. Godspeed!
1 P.M. Roll out of bed (or if you’re lucky, your crystal-covered suite) and head to
Suits Lobby Lounge at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto for their pop-up Creperie. Indulge in a truffled burrata with artisanal prosciutto, arugula, pepperoncini (for lunch) or sweet options like baked apple with cinnamon sugar and ricotta (for dessert, or a TIFF-style breakfast). Served daily throughout the fest from 7 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, 325 Bay Street.
Read on for best ways to TIFF in only 12 hours!
3 P.M. Head uptown to continue the star-style indulgence with some
red carpet-R&R at the
Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto. The fittingly titled 90-minute Red Carpet Rescue treatment uses vegan products from FarmHouse Fresh skin care line and begins with a citrus grass salt scrub allover the body. That’s followed by a wrap that warmly cocoons skin while firming and plumping using a cactus toning gel. A face, scalp and foot massage completes the A-list treatment before a quick shower and agave nectar oil application leaves you with a refreshing glow worthy of
your red carpet debut.
Red Carpet Rescue treatment, $235, 90 minutes. Stillwater Spa, 4 Avenue Road.
5 P.M. The star-style sequence of events calls for your first
celebratory cocktail of the evening: you deserve it. Head up to the 18th floor rooftop patio at the Park Hyatt Roof Lounge to martini and mingle with A-list regulars of the storied bar.
Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue Road.
6:30 P.M. Time for your red carpet-prep. The
Quartz Crystal Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto is offering express manis and makeup touch-ups while you sip champagne in
the luxe, three-floor oasis. Stay for a blowout and oxygen boost facial—the spa is open until midnight throughout the fest.
Quartz Crystal Spa, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, 325 Bay St.
8 P.M. If you haven’t chosen your rocking gala gown, make a whirlwind stop at Holt Renfrew for a go-to LBD with flapper tendencies (Parker bugle bead combo dress, $380) or a patent Valentino couture bow pump ($675)
as crimson as the red carpet you’ll soon be standing on.
Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. West.
9 P.M. It’s nightfall—time for some stargazing. But you’re also ravenous. For a sweet view of the King West strip alight with TIFF fever—and more than likely the celebs buzzing through it—head up to Luma on the second floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Order the beef brisket sliders ($13) and a Looper cocktail ($10) and wait for the stars to align.
Luma, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West.
11 P.M. We’re pretty sure our TIFF’s night out roundup wouldn’t be complete without a stop at TOCA Bar at the Ritz. Conveniently located steps away from TIFF venues (TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall) hosting the hottest (and inevitably star-studded)
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, 181 Wellington St. West.
1 A.M. Because all good nights should end on a rooftop, we propose several of the gracious and swanky hosts open until 4 A.M. throughout the 10-day festival: Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St. West), Park Hyatt Roof Lounge (4 Avenue Road) and Sky Yard at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West).