Five best spots for TIFF celeb spotting
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.