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They say the best place for star sight­ings dur­ing the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is lo­cal down­town bars.

Th­ese aren’t just any wa­ter­ing holes — we’re talk­ing places like Soho House, where a slew of stars have been par­ty­ing it up.

(Soho House and French lux­ury brand Grey Goose vodka have co-hosted film in­dus­try events and par­ties for the last nine years dur­ing TIFF as part of their on­go­ing sup­port of the film com­mu­nity.)

Re­cent pri­vate par­ties have seen such stars as Jake Gyl­len­haal, Richard Lane Jr. and Mi­randa Richard­son to cel­e­brate the premier screen­ing of the film Stronger.

Stan­ley Tucci and Ar­mie Ham­mer also stopped by, along with Dame Judi Dench, who was in the house a day later to cel­e­brate the movie Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul (trays of salmon tartare pizzettes and mini aged ched­dar truf­fle grilled cheeses were passed around), and, later still, Jes­sica Chas­tain was in at­ten­dance (Grey Goose espresso mar­ti­nis along with bite-sized cho­co­late brown­ies were be­ing served).

And then there was Ni­cole Kid­man (dressed in Valentino) and Colin Far­rell while salmon tartare and house-made gnoc­chi and chic cock­tails were be­ing served.

Ap­par­ently Colin re­quested a spe­cial or­der of Dirty Burg­ers — a SoHo favourite.

And that’s just one spot!

We re­cently reached out to a hand­ful of “star­tenders” and asked them about their favourite TIFF mo­ments, and any in­sider tips.

Just take a seat at the bar, we were told, and keep your eyes peeled:

CHRIS RAIL — Bosk Bar, Shangri-La Ho­tel

Q: What is your favourite TIFF/celeb spot­ting mo­ment?

We don’t kiss and tell! I have lost count of the amount of times a guest asks me if I’ve seen any­one fa­mous, all the while there are two or three celebri­ties within 10 feet of them.

I think peo­ple get so blinded by the spec­ta­cle, they re­ally just for­get to look for them­selves!

A: In­sider TIFF Tips:

Make your­self com­fort­able at the Bosk Bar.

It’s al­ways the most ex­cit­ing place to be.

Keep your eyes open. And be in the know as to which stars are in the city dur­ing TIFF. If you have an idea of who it is you are look­ing for, you just might spot them. shangrila


Q: What is your favourite TIFF/celeb spot­ting mo­ment?

I’m more in­trigued by the com­mu­nity of the movie and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try dur­ing such an im­por­tant time of the year.

My high point is to see the en­ergy of ac­tors, ac­tresses, di­rec­tors, writ­ers and pro­duc­ers to­gether in the city show­cas­ing their best work of the year.

A: In­sider TIFF Tips:

If go­ing to mul­ti­ple events in one night, map out your evening ac­cord­ing to lo­ca­tion for ef­fi­ciency. And, of course, make friends with the bar­tenders when you ar­rive.


ISAAC VINER — Bisha Ho­tel

Q: What is your favourite TIFF/celeb spot­ting mo­ment?

My first time in Los An­ge­les, I was stand­ing in front of the Ace Ho­tel. I saw a home­less man walk­ing to­wards me.


As he got closer, I reached into my pocket to get some change. It turns out it was Danny Trejo. We said “Hi” to each other, shook each other’s hands and he went on his way.

In­sider TIFF Tips:

Check out the lobby bar at Bisha Ho­tel and lis­ten to some pi­ano.

JON NEILL — Ritz-Bar at the Ritz-Carl­ton

Q: What is your favourite TIFF/celeb spot­ting mo­ment?

The Ritz Bar is at the epi­cen­tre of the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val. Ev­ery­one who’s any­one wants to be here. There’s al­ways an un­be­liev­able buzz and en­ergy in the air. Nowhere else in the fes­ti­val do you get to see all the stars un­der one roof.

Fully em­brace it. Toronto will be host­ing the best party in the world this week. Take ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing the fes­ti­val has to of­fer. And when you are ready for the best cock­tails Toronto has to of­fer, pull up a seat at my bar, sit back and watch the show.


A: In­sider TIFF Tips:


Jake Gyl­len­haal, left, Jeff Bau­man and Mi­randa Richard­son take in the pre­miere of Stronger at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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