ITHouse x Producers Ball 2018

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As the annual Toronto Film Festival kicked off on September 6th, so did our annual ITHouse x Producers Ball! The Live Nation Lounge in Liberty Village was brought to life with inspiring activations from Lise Watier, Swarovski, and Hounds Vodka. Guests were encouraged to take part in a Rolling Stone photobooth which gave every individual their chance at being on a “Rolling Stone Magazine Cover.” Each day also featured a curated panel focusing on either the “The Art of the Short”, Music and Film, or Swarovski’s panel on Fashion and Film.

DAY ONE: Thursday, September 6th

The activations were set up to provide each person with the perfect glam and glitz. Guests could stop by the Lise Watier makeup artists who provided touch-ups throughout the day. Lise Watier eyeshadow palettes were studded with guests initials and there was even the chance for an old school polaroid in front of an old-school microphone. Silver and glitter filled the area and individuals were encouraged to get dolled up to be picture ready at any moment.

The Swarovski activation was adorned with jewels on every surface with vintage furniture and chars filling the space to create an old-school photoshoot. Guests gathered to try on the most extravagant pieces to go with their TIFF outfits and get the perfect photo to capture the fun!

Hounds Vodka had a special bartender set up serving the Bloodhound and the Black Tonic cocktails for everyone to enjoy. The black vodka created the perfect infused refreshments for the day. And Natasha got her own chance at bartending as she got behind the bar to mix and measure the delicious concoction for guests to try.

Ben Ayres tried his first Hounds Vodka and was pleasantly surprised by the fusion of flavours and was even happier when he found that Tim Horton’s Anytime Breakfast was being served to munch on as he enjoyed the day!

DAY TWO: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH

The second morning was filled with interviews behind-the-scenes with Drew Scott, jumping around to parts of the ITHouse- including a mid-interview game of ping-pong with CP24 Breakfast’s Bill Coulter!

On Friday, Canadian legends The Barenaked Ladies stopped by! The band was seen mingling with friends, and even enjoying FLOW and Nomz organic between visits to get touch ups from Lise Watier!

Karl Wolfe and London Brown also made a pit stop in the afternoon. They both had lively energy that kept everyone laughing as they posed for photos in The Rolling Stone Photobooth and with the Lise Watier stage! And the day wasn’t over until the sweet Jacob Tremblay stopped by. He expressed his love of Tim Horton’s doughnuts and of course took advantage of the life-sized games throughout the afternoon!

DAY THREE: Saturday, September 8th

The last, but perhaps the most exciting day of The 2018 ITHouse x Producers Ball!

The morning began with the amazing Patrick J. Adams! His kindness and passion for photography showed as he switched roles with our Rolling Stone photographer to test out his equipment. He was enthralled by the set-up the photographer had going on and was intrigued to learn more!

It was a busy morning and the charming Dermot Mulroney was spotted on the luxurious leather couches enjoying a Tim Horton’s black coffee. He shared that he looks forward to the Sour Cream Glazed doughnuts at Tim Horton’s when he visits Canada!

The final day centred around Swarovski’s panel on Fashion in Film with fashion gurus, Annette Ryan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michelle Lyte, and Bronwyn Cosgrave, as our panellists. Moderated by the ELLE Canada Editor- in- Chief, the panel explored the most memorable fashion moments in film history and the power of the right wardrobe. Shohreh Aghdashloo shared her wisdom on the subject when saying that not only does good fashion matter in a movie, but so does music! Both art forms coming together is so powerful in creating impactful and beautiful narratives.

What was your highlight of TIFF this year? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR and @ProducersBall) and let us know!

See more on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag- #NKPRIT18!

TIFF GUIDE: TORONTO HOTSPOTS

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TIFF TORONTO HOTSPOTS

With TIFF approaching soon, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto hotspots to visit in between movies. Whether you enjoy a good patio cocktail or want to be on the lookout for A-list TIFF stars in town, we’ve got a little something for everyone to do to make your TIFF experience that much better.

The Thompson Hotel | 550 Wellington St W.

Located in King West Village, Thompson Hotel has one of the best and most popular views of the city. It’s known as a celebrity hot spot during TIFF, but also year round, featuring celebrities such as The Weeknd and Selena Gomez who visited the Diner, and popular guests during the TIFF season such as Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and James Franco. It has also hosted notable premieres and celebrity parties in the past, making it a great place to be during TIFF season to spot your fave celebrity. This year, The Thompson Hotel is even creating film-themed cocktails based on this year’s TIFF lineup- available from September 6th- 16th.

Aside from celeb sightings and film inspired cocktails, The Thompson also offers panoramic views of Toronto from its Rooftop Lounge and seasonal pool. Be sure to dine in comfort in the Thompson Diner open really early and really late, perfect for pre or post movie.

JOEY Restaurant | 1 Dundas St W.

Right in the heart of Downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre, JOEY has become a favourite restaurant of ours! The decor and atmosphere help to bring the ultimate casual dining experience that is vibrant and relaxed. Wednesday’s are our favourite days with half-priced bottles of wine and globally inspired dishes to pair! JOEY will definitely be a hot spot during TIFF that is right in the middle of all the Toronto action! Be sure to make your Wednesday night reso now.

Bloor-Yorkville

This neighbourhood is easily Toronto’s most celebrated area! Filled with high-end fashion and restaurants to satisfy every craving, Bloor-Yorkville has something for everyone.

Some cool events happening in this area include:

Toronto Fashion Week | 55 Avenue Road
TFW will be happening from September 4th to September 6th, right during TIFF! It will also feature the exclusive book launch, on September 4th, for Jessica Ennis and Caitlin Cronenberg’s latest project, The Endings!

Get your TFW Tickets here

The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the APJ Film Festival Gala taking place at the beautiful and historic Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Co-hosted by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, the fundraising event is a chance for leading artists, brands and philanthropists to celebrate and empower local communities in Haiti. Although it is sold out this year, the event will be filled with glitz, glamour and TIFF celebrities of course!

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party
This star-studded party will be happening on September 8th in Yorkville. An annual event, it is always a big celebrity hot spot, featuring some of our favourite stars such as Margot Robbie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, George Clooney…the list goes on!

NKPR Festival Countdown 2018

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On Wednesday, August 23rd, we hosted our annual Festival Countdown to officially kick-off Film Festival season and #NKPRIT18, brought to you by Hounds Vodka and Lise Watier.

The night was filled with glamour and sophistication, with Swarovski crystals dazzling from the trees, fun activations that captured moments of the night and a plethora of refreshments and sweets (of course).

Upon entrance, a stunning Lise Watier tree was styled with twinkle lights, hanging crystals (hello, Swarovski!) and white roses as the backdrop for guests’ shared photo booth moments. Designed by the talented Caspar Haydar Design, the entire event was completely stunning and the perfect atmosphere!

As guests mingled, Pusateri’s served delicious hors-d’oeuvres throughout the night along with a full charcuterie spread with Joselito live ham slicing and a fresh mozzarella pulling station. There was something delicious for everyone and even a delicious sweets table that featured an #NKAllBlackEverything cake provided by Cakes by Mickey!

 

The cocktails for the evening were provided by Hounds Vodka, serving up signature and speciality drinks with their charcoal-infused black vodka, including “Ziggy Bardust” and “Hounds On The Rock”. The “To The Moon and Black” cocktail was definitely a crowd favourite, made with fresh lime juice, creme de cassis and simple syrup, and served with blackberries! The bar was also stocked with Ace Hill Beer and various refreshing flavours of Flow Water.

For all that sparkles, guests could visit the Lise Watier makeup playground to get their makeup touched up with the best and newest products. Guests could also take home a personalized Lise Watier makeup compact embossed with Swarovski crystal lettering (Yes, please)!

The surprise musical guest was Toronto star Fefe Dobson, who put on an incredible set of her new songs to celebrate #NKPRIT18. She performed mid-party with her all-girl band with singles like “Get You Off” and “Love” perfectly combining the theme of film and music.

Near the end of the evening, breakfast was served with Tim Hortons, with their Breakfast Anytime items! Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich at 10 PM? These late-night snacks gave guests one last chance to fuel-up and continue the festivities well into the night!

SHAYNE STEPHENS, SANGITA PATEL, CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, AND GREGO MINOT

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the film festival season with us!

NKPRIT18: Top 5 Most Empowering Films of TIFF 2018

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TIFF’s Year of Change: The 5 Empowering Films We Can’t Wait to See

In the past couple of years, we have seen an uprising in empowerment, with individuals and communities raising their voices and championing their causes. TIFF’s 2018 line up is embodying this movement and features films with stories that need to be heard. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 empowering films we’re looking forward to the most (that are inspiring and emotional all in one)!

The Hate U Give

The trailer begins by telling the story of young Starr growing up in a majority African American, small but tightly knit neighbourhood, with her long-time friend. It begins to tell how she separated from her roots to continue education at a more prestigious high school. Eventually, an old friendship rekindles and as their relationship blooms, they are put in a situation where they are pulled over by a Caucasian police officer. The Hate U Give is an emotionally charged film that brings forward the heartbreaking reality of many African American youth. We’re excited about this one because it’s a realistic story that stays true to a real-world phenomenon that continues to beg for true change.

Beautiful Boy

Starring the hilarious Steve Carell and the talented Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy tells the moving story of a father-son relationship. This story of change focuses on Carrel’s character who realizes that sometimes being a father is creating a fluid relationship, that is accepting and unconditional. It has a unique twist to tell a common story of losing touch with a loved one, and we’re excited to see how it unfolds!

Widows

Who doesn’t love a lady-power movie?? In this girl boss film, a group of women have become widows after their husbands have died during a criminal heist. With Viola Davis in a leading role, the women come together to pull off the unexpected. The group of widows show ultimate femme fatale to stand up and do something. We are obsessed with this action-packed movie that is a twist on the usual criminal storyline and empowers the typical damsel in distress character. It is one for all the girl bosses to watch!

Green Book

This movie looks phenomenal! Based on a true story, it tells the story of two worlds colliding. A working Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South. This film tells the story of true friendship during a highly controversial time in America’s history. We love how both music and companionship overcome the racial issues of the time. This movie is one for all audiences and has been beautifully created to evoke all emotions.

What 2018 TIFF film are you most excited to see? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

NKPR HOLIDAY IN JULY 2018

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Welcome to the NKPR Holiday in July 2018 Preview!

The NKPR office got a little chilly last week with our annual Holiday in July preview! We hosted media and influencers in our NKPaRlour to take a look at the exciting new products coming their way this winter. Ok, ready to start your wishlists? Take a look and let us know what you’ll be gifting this year 🙂

Nothing says the holidays like a gift guide! The NKPR team put together the best ones for the busy shopper including The Best Beauty and Fashion Gifts Under $100, For The One Who Likes to Splurge, The Best Last-Minute Gifts, and Gifts for an Avid Traveller! An office favourite? Stocking Stuffers (and Hounds Vodka seriously stole the show here)!

Upon entering our winter wonderland, guests peeked under the tree for the winter must-haves from MEC! They also showcased the best picks for an NYE Bucket List and gift guides for the globetrotter, for little explorers, for the coffee lover, and more!

Guests also enjoyed breakfast throughout the day with Tim Hortons’ new Breakfast Anytime menu. Have you ever seen a happier face?

Pusateri’s also made an appearance and they’ve exclusively partnered up with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes to develop limited-edition holiday gift baskets with his picks from Pusateri’s (including a few products from his own brand)! There are two boxes available in different sizes (with different price points) with custom artisanal offerings like Pusateri’s Maple Roasted Pecans and Marcona Almonds (Roasted and Salted), and Chuck Hughes’ Balsamic Vinegar and Hot Pepper Spread! These boxes feature some seriously delicious items to keep in your winter pantry, including all the snacks you could ever need for a snow day!

A tea-lightful sight, DAVIDsTEA created their own cosy holiday space in our boardroom (with a tree and fire no less)! Guests were given a sneak peek into their holiday selection, including their ever so popular advent calendar as well as their endless array of warm winter flavours like the classic Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret. To be honest, nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like warm delicious drinks!

Links of London was a popular destination with their NEW Narrative Collection! Links of London has now introduced new engravable disc charms and necklaces with horizontal bars in Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Vermeil and Yellow Gold Vermeil, all embellished with the collection’s iconic bubbled edges. Each beautiful piece can be engraved with a message or memorable date, making it the perfect gift for someone you care about with sentimental meaning! Our showroom also received a new permanent addition- a Links of London telephone booth (which was incredibly popular with our guests).

Lise Watier is introducing a new Holiday collection, “Neiges”, inspired by their iconic fragrance! The collection features a highlighting powder, two 5- colour eyeshadow palettes, sparkling lipstick, metallic liquid lipsticks and more! Think of your stocking overflowing with these… yes, please! They are also offering tons of amazing gift sets, great for making gifting a breeze this year.

Flow also debuted their newest flavours (Strawberry and Rose, Watermelon and Lime, Lemon and Ginger, and Cucumber and Mint), offering a point of hydration for guests as they browsed the room.

OGX and Maui Moisture showcased how you could enjoy a spa at home! Maui Moisture’s hair masks are incredibly moisturizing, perfect for the dry cold air of winter (and with many options for all hair types and needs). The OGX stylers are perfect to finish off the job and were a huge hit with guests as they enjoyed an on-site touchup throughout the preview.

Swarovski had some simply stunning pieces on display from their Fall/Winter 2018 Collection! Some of the necklaces were so sparkly the guests couldn’t put them down- and we can’t blame them. Who would you gift a gorgeous Swarovski piece too? Get ready! Winter is closer than you think!

Have you started your holiday gift list? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

Urban Beekeeping at Square One

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This upcoming Monday, Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga is hosting an exclusive event to launch their new sustainability initiative, featuring urban beekeeping! Yes, beekeeping! The Square One rooftop will now be home to four beehives, in an effort to support the growth of their population. It’s amazing to see Square One making use of *all* space, and giving these bees a new home!

To help kick-start the initiative, Square One will be partnering with health and wellness superstar Steph Shep, and Nike trainer, Eva Redpath, including a free body conditioning and flow class led by Eva on the roof!

Did you know? Bee populations are currently in decline all around the world, with urban development and climate change as just two causes for their habitat loss. “At least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to spread and thrive, and here in Canada, bees are our most important pollinators.” – Source

Want to learn (and see) more? Keep your eyes peeled on @ShopSquareOne and @NatashaNKPR‘s Instagram stories for an inside-look to the event!

50 Scollard Luxury Condominiums

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Lanterra Development’s Newest Project: 50 Scollard Condominiums

Luxury condominium developers, Lanterra Developments, recently introduced their brand new project, 50 Scollard! They truly never cease to create the most elegant structures and living spaces, and they’re at it again with this exclusive and luxurious condominium in Yorkville, Toronto (with 64 suites throughout 41 floors)! Just a few weeks ago they welcomed guests into their gorgeous presentation centre for the grand opening of the project, in collaboration with Architectural Digest! Designed by world-acclaimed architects, Foster and Partners, and interior designers, Studio Munge, 50 Scollard is honestly a showstopper.

We wanted to show you what’s coming down the pipeline as well, so check out the incredible renderings below for a sneak peek into the project! Want to see more? Check out our IGTV (@NatashaNKPR) for behind-the-scenes of the grand opening, as well as a recent Coveteur shoot of the showroom! Want to plan a visit and see it for yourself? The showroom is now open to the public, by appointment only.

 

NKPR GUIDE: CANADA DAY 2018

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How to Celebrate Canada Day this year!

Canada Day is only a few days away so we’ve put together a quick list of some summery and Canadian celebratory essentials for what you can do and what you can eat this weekend!

WHAT TO EAT

Pusateri’s has some incredible recipes that will last you the entire long weekend. Check out their recommendations for the most delicious meals to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Check out their store hours here to see if you can make any last minute trips on Monday!

Canada Day typically means lots of chilled beer and cocktails, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler with less of an edge (and low caffeine), try DAVIDsTEA’s most Canadian blend, the Maple Syrup Oolong!

WHAT TO DO

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL and HOT weekend (remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!), so what better way to make the most of it than by getting out of the city and enjoying nature! MEC has some great items for literally anything and everything you could want to do outside this weekend- from kayaking, camping amidst the trees, and even cooking your own pizza anywhere you go!

If the city is more your vibe, catch some sun and some sangrias on the Thompson Toronto rooftop! They’ve recently redesigned the space and it is simply stunning (and they also introduced some new summer cocktails that you just have to try)!

What are your Canada Day long weekend plans? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: SUMMER OUTSIDE THE CITY

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how to enjoy the summer within a 2 hour drive of toronto!

The hot weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great outdoors (that’s within a 2 hour driving radius)! We’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to escape the city life this summer:

Lavender Farms

Visiting a lavender farm is a perfect way to spend a day in the summer (and you’ll leave smelling great)! Many of these beautiful farms are only a short drive away from the city. Terre Bleu is one of the biggest lavender farms in Canada and is conveniently the closest to Toronto, near Milton. Terre Bleu is definitely Instagram worthy with a giant yellow door in the middle of the field, lavender ice cream, and tons of other scented and flavoured goodies at their gift shop!

Hamilton’s Waterfalls

Just hop on the QEW and check out the amazing waterfalls in Hamilton! Great for the active or those looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are over a hundred waterfalls where you can hike or even have a picnic. If you’re feeling a bit overheated, you can even stand in the waterfall to cool down!

Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Take a day trip to Elora Gorge or spend a few nights camping (with a breathtaking view to wake up to)! Canoeing, tubing, a splash pad, sport fields, trails, and access to great fishing on the Grand River, makes Elora Gorge Park a family favourite!

Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-lake

Spend the day (or weekend) in the picture perfect town of Niagara-on-the-lake, with gift shops, fine dining, historical sites, infinite ice cream options, and sooooo much more. The Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boats ride is a must when visiting this cute little town. Take on this Class 5 white water that’s guaranteed to leave you absolutely soaking wet and amazingly refreshed. Not a fan of getting wet? The Jet Dome tour follows the exact route as the Wet Jet but shelters you from the water. If arcades, zip-lining, and ferris wheels interest you, drive to Niagara Falls for a fun-packed weekend! 

GO Transit is also offering weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls from June 22 – September 3. 

What are your summer plans? tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: Father’s Day 2018

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:

The Outdoorsman

There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!

Portable Fridge/ Freezer with WIFI

This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!

UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball Pint

This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!

The Food Connoisseur

Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.

Leather Grilling Apron 
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.

Espresso Gift Set 
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.

The Workaholic 

These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!

Driver Silver Dial Watch

Every look is completed with a sleek watch! Gift your dad this classic accessory- there’s no doubt it’ll be his new outfit staple.

Black Tone Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.

The Car Junkie

Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!