An hour-by-hour guide


8:30 A.M.

Break­ing a sweat and want­ing to die isn’t quite so bad when you’re try­ing to de­ci­pher who that dressed­down star gun­ning it be­side you is. SoulCy­cle (55 Av­enue Rd. and 435 King St. W.) al­ways has a celeb-y vibe, but is ex­tra glitzy dur­ing TIFF as stars cash in the free passes they scooped from eTalk’s in­ter­view suite (for the rest of us, a day pass is $30).


TIFF’s Au­to­graph Al­ley is eas­ily spot­ted by the con­spic­u­ous fenc­ing by the Light­box on Widmer St. north of King St., where stars exit af­ter press con­fer­ences. The Dark­est Hour stars Gary Old­man and Kristin Scott Thomas are ex­pected to emerge fol­low­ing their 11:30 a.m. press con­fer­ence.

1 P.M.

The In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Cen­tre’s in-ho­tel restau­rant Azure (225 Front St. W.) offers a com­pli­men­tary side of star gawk­ing as celebs do press in the rooms above. Snap a selfie with hi­lar­i­ous card­board cutouts of Idris Elba, Emma Stone, Daniel Craig and Priyanka Cho­pra. Priyanka Cho­pra did!

2 P.M.

Line up early for one of the Fan Zones out­side Roy Thom­son Hall (60 Sim­coe St.), the El­gin The­atre (189 Yonge St.), or the Princess of Wales The­atre (300 King St. W.) to wit­ness a gala pre­miere from the red-carpet’s edge. We’re talk­ing hours early. The first peo­ple in line for the Shia LaBeouf TIFF opener Borg/McEn­roe at Roy Thom­son Hall were there at 3 p.m. for an 8 p.m. movie. Mon­day’s RTH gala, Breathe, starts at 6 p.m. and stars Claire Foy, An­drew Garfield, and is di­rected by Andy Serkis.

6 P.M.

Dine on mini-grilled cheeses from the Dairy Farm­ers of Canada (across from the Royal Alexan­dra The­atre, 260 King St. W.) which are served daily be­gin­ning at 4 p.m.

7 P.M.

Re­mem­ber Yorkville? The for­mer heart of the fes­ti­val is still worth tak­ing a starskulk­ing stroll through. And if all else fails, an ex­hi­bi­tion of TIFF pho­tog­ra­phy by Toronto’s Ge­orge Pi­mentel at the Four Sea­sons (60 Yorkville Ave.) is a sure thing.

8 P.M.

En­joy a last gasp of pa­tio weather at The Hazel­ton Ho­tel’s ONE restau­rant (116 Yorkville Ave.), at the in­ter­sec­tion of the V.I.P. path­ways of Hazel­ton Av­enue and Yorkville Av­enue, where nib­blies on the TIFF-ex­clu­sive Red Carpet Menu in­clude sweet pea falafel, prosci­ut­towrapped wa­ter­melon, and crispy tuna tar­tar.

9 P.M.

The three-floor event-space Sto­rys (tem­po­rar­ily branded “RBC House” in case you were won­der­ing where the bank is spend­ing your money) at 11 Dun­can St. hosts the Breathe af­ter­party, giv­ing you an­other shot at telling An­drew Garfield your opin­ions of his Spi­der-Man movies.

10 P.M.

It’s across the street from Roy Thom­son Hall, so no won­der that the Ritz Carl­ton’s (181 Welling­ton St. W.) Ritz Bar and Deq Ter­race & Lounge are both pop­u­lar af­ter-af­ter-party des­ti­na­tions for stars who’ve fi­nally ful­filled a long day of con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions bring­ing movie magic to life!


You know how af­ter the Os­cars the ac­tresses are al­ways seen at In-N-Out Burger? The 24-hour Thomp­son Diner, with its pek­ing duck pou­tine, is that kind of what-the-hell last stop for TIFF nightcrawlers.


Au­to­graph Al­ley is where you can meet stars like Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch.

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