CITY HACKS

Five best spots for TIFF celeb spot­ting

North Toronto Post - - News -

Chas­ing celebri­ties as they fil­ter through town dur­ing the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is a pop­u­lar lo­cal pas­time. But be­fore plunk­ing down a cam­era-tot­ing keis­ter at just any ho­tel bar hop­ing to win the fan photo lot­tery, some ad­vance re­search can cer­tainly up the odds of suc­cess and In­sta­gram fame.

Much of the ac­tion at TIFF has moved south from Yorkville to King West at the Bell Light­box and the sur­round­ing area. Here is where the best op­por­tu­ni­ties lie for red carpet shots.

Amer­i­can film stars tend to look to the fa­mil­iar — the Shangri-La Ho­tel for ex­am­ple. Restau­rants such as Mo­mo­fuku are also good bets, though the tim­ing is tricky. One can only sip soup for just so long.

An­other is the Thomp­son Toronto Ho­tel and its swanky rooftop pool and bar, which has seen its fair share of celebs look­ing for a lit­tle wa­ter-based R & R.

Mon­grel Me­dia’s Mon­grel House was a big hit at last year’s TIFF. Lo­cated in the Camp­bell House, Mon­grel House is set to do it again this year, so ex­pect some se­ri­ous ac­tion at this lo­cale. Ap­par­ently, last year Ge­of­frey Rush dropped a lit­tle B52s karaoke on the crowd.

Yorkville is still a thing with its unique bou­tiques, high-end ho­tels and land­mark restau­rants such as Sotto Sotta and Sas­safraz. It will al­ways be abuzz with celebs.

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