Shoot for the stars:

Best spots to catch fes­ti­val A-lis­ters,


Ev­ery year at TIFF time, Toronto venues vie to host the hottest stars and the coolest par­ties. Here, the who’s who or where’s where:

1. Mon­tecito This two-storey res­tau­rant, owned by Ivan Reit­man (and also some other peo­ple who did not di­rect Ghost­busters) opened its doors shortly be­fore TIFF 2014. This year, it was the site of many of the fest’s most megawatt bashes in­clud­ing the Van­ity Fair party for Free­held on Sun­day (the one where Ellen Page showed up with her girl­friend, Sa­man­tha Thomas) and the Hud­son’s Bay-spon­sored party for Trumbo on Satur­day. More im­por­tantly though, it’s the place where Ge­orge Clooney (who pro­duced the TIFF movie Our Brand Is Cri­sis) hung out for four straight hours, min­gling and drink- ing and prov­ing that hon­est-to-good­ness movie stars still ex­ist.

2. Hoot­ers Spot­ting a celebrity at a res­tau­rant that spe­cial­izes in curly fries and curvy ladies is funny enough. Spot­ting Kris­ten Stewart — paragon of youth­ful fem­i­nism and solem­nity — was like find­ing Glo­ria Steinem in the Play­boy Man­sion. The ac­tress and her co-star Ni­cholas Hoult (as well as di­rec­tor Drake Dore­mus) ditched the Sun­day screen­ing of their TIFF movie Equals to grab a few drinks at Hoot­ers on Ade­laide. #busted

3. Soho House The nu­cleus of TIFF ac­tiv­ity has tran­si­tioned from flashy new kid to faith­ful stal­wart. On Mon­day night, the House and Grey Goose vodka hosted the af­ter-party for Spotlight, which meant a chance to hob­nob with Michael Keaton, Rachel McA­dams, Mark Ruf­falo and Liev Schreiber (as well as the real-life Bos­ton Globe journos they por­tray in the movie).

Also seen cel­e­brat­ing be­hind Soho’s mem­bers-only doors dur­ing the fest: Drew Bar­ry­more, Toni Col­lette, Su­san Saran­don, Ed­die Red­mayne, Emily Blunt, Beni­cio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

4. Michael’s On Sim­coe How does a Toronto res­tau­rant with min­i­mal pro­file score the su­per-VIP, no-press-al­lowed party for Black Mass (a.k.a. the Johnny Depp movie)? Who knows, but it was cer­tainly an un­ex­pected and im­pres­sive coup.

5. The Wind­sor Arms Ho­tel The InStyle/Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press party is an an­nual tra­di­tion, as well as one of the last re­main­ing ves­tiges of TIFF’s for­mer life in Yorkville. The great thing about this party is it’s not hon­our­ing a spe­cific movie, which means the celebs can let loose a lit­tle.

This year’s A-list at­ten­dees in­cluded Naomi Watts, Ed­die Red­mayne, Su­san Saran­don, Idris Elba, Chris­tian Slater, Dakota John­son, El­iz­a­beth Olsen, Rachel Weisz, Elle Fan­ning, Michael Shan­non and Ge­of­frey Rush. 6. Shangri-La Lobby Bar The best place for ran­dom A-list runins this year has been the bar and res­tau­rant in­side the Shangri-La lobby. Johnny and Am­ber had din­ner, Clooney and Jake and Dakota had drinks.

7. By­b­los The Pearl St. resto-club has hosted a whole whack of celebs, both in­ti­mate cast din­ners and larger, more bois­ter­ous af­fairs such as the af­ter-par­ties for The Dressmaker, where Kate Winslet worked the room like a pro, or High-Rise, where Jeremy Irons smoked out the win­dow.

8. Patria The King West hot spot was last year’s res­tau­rant mojo top dog, hav­ing hosted the now in­fa­mous Bill Mur­ray, Melissa McCarthy conga line. This year, things were a lit­tle more low-key at the open­ing night party for Jake Gyl­len­haal’s De­mo­li­tion.

9. Mongrel House This sprawl­ing out­door/in­door ven- ue (known as Camp­bell House for the other 51 weeks of the year) is the place where Ge­of­frey Rush karaoked “Love Shack.” ’Nough said.

10. Holt Ren­frew The swanky depart­ment store and Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine hosted a VIP din­ner to hon­our Ed­die Red­mayne’s The Dan­ish Girl. Smart money says Ed­die will be­come the third ac­tor ever to win back-to-back Os­cars, fol­low­ing Tom Hanks and Spencer Tracy, which made this in­ti­mate meal into a pretty hot ticket.


Ac­tor Ed­die Red­mayne at­tended a party dur­ing the 2015 Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val at the Wind­sor Arms Ho­tel on Sept. 12.

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