Inside NKPR: Coldest Night of the Year Initiative

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Our team at NKPR could not be more excited to be participating in this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk with Toronto’s St. Felix Centre! The Coldest Night of the Year is a national walk held on Feb. 22 to help raise funds for those that are homeless, hungry, and in need of support during the coldest time of the year. Giving back to the community is so important to us, and that’s why we’ve decided to build a team and fundraise for the event during our 26 Hours of Kindness initiative.

Last year, over 21,000 walkers across Canada participated in the initiative, raising just under $5 million dollars! If your New Year’s resolution is to get active and give back to the community, we’d love for you to join our team (or build your own!) to help raise funds to support those that need it the most during the coldest time of the year. We had so much fun last year, and it was such a phenomenal team building activity to help those in need, together. If you’re ready to join our team or help donate to this amazing cause, learn more here.

Can’t join in on the fun? Follow us on social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) to tune in for updates and to see how much we can raise!

#NationalVodkaDay With Hounds Vodka!

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In honour of National Vodka Day, we thought we would share a selection of our favourite Hounds cocktails created by bartenders and mixologists across the country. Read on for some awesome recipes…

‘To the Moon and Black”

1.5 oz Hounds Vodka
0.75 oz Crème de cassis
1.5 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
0.75 oz Simple syrup

Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass until chilled.
Strain over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass.
Garnish with fresh blackberries.
‘Hustle & JLo’

0.5 oz of Hounds Black Vodka 
0.25 oz of St. Germain
0.25 oz Simple Syrup

Shake and top with 4 oz of bubbly.
Garnish with lemon peel on rim .
‘The Bloodhound’

4oz Cranberry juice
A splash of 7Up
1oz of Hounds

Garnish with a lime wedge.
‘Smoking Phoenix’

0.5 Hounds Vodka
0.5 Amaro Nonino
3 Dashes of Salt 
Lemon Zest 

Muddle 1 lemon wheel, stir on ice.
‘Black Tigers Eye’

1.75oz of Hounds Vodka
0.5 Mezcal ( Leyenda Tlacuache Organic)
1oz Lemon juice 
1oz Chilli honey simple syrup
1oz Egg whites ( Vegan option Aqua Fava) 
Splash of Absinthe 

Garnish – dried lemon wheel and edible purple glitter mixed with Angostura bitters sprayed on top.
‘The Judy Garland’

0.75 oz Hounds Vodka
3 dashes of rhubarb bitters
0.5 oz Honey syrup
0.25 oz Grenadine 

Shake, pour, fill with crushed ice.
Top with lemon tonic fever tree.
Garnish with lemon wheel & butterfly pea flowers.
Finish off with 0.25 oz Grenadine.
‘The Harlequin’ created by The One Eighty

Sourpuss raspberry 
Lemon Juice 
Simple Syrup 
Blackberries and raspberries

Check out www.houndsvodka.com for more recipes and info on #HoundsBlackVodka!

Natasha Koifman’s socially conscious ShopNK has arrived!

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The Shop

ShopNK is a curated e-comm platform with a conscience, a new project produced by Natasha Koifman.

With ShopNK launching today, we wanted to share a little bit more about the idea behind it. The main objective is to encourage individuals to be more conscious of the way that they shop. It adds a philanthropic element – shopping for good, shopping with cause. A portion of every sale goes to charity and you get to choose where the money goes. The charity partners include: Artists for Peace and Justice, Best Buddies, Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, G(irls)20 and St. Felix Centre.

The Products

The products in the shop range fall under three main pillars…style, beauty, and entertaining. You’ll find a selection of stylish fashion, home decor pieces, and curated beauty products.

Partners for drop 001 include: Line the Label, NAMESAKE, Thirty-Six Knots, Ciao Sea and Lise Watier.

Another thing that will be offered is mentorship FaceTime sessions with Natasha. You can have a 30 minute conversation about career advice, life advice, information on pursuing your own philanthropic efforts and more! All of the proceeds from these sessions will go to charity.

Check out all of the products at www.shopnk.ca

The NKPR team was so excited about the launch of ShopNK they tried on some of the stylish pieces!

#NKPRIT19 Film Fest Industry Panels

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Once again we’ve lined up a few exciting film festival industry panels taking place at the IT House x Producer’s Ball. You’re invited to join us on September 5th for Get into the Groove: Music & Film, September 6th for The Changemakers and September 8th for The Movie Magic of Meryl Streep! RSVP to filmpanels@nkpr.net with the panel title in the subject line. We hope to see you there! #NKPRIT19


#Flashback: IT House x Rolling Stone Portrait Studio 2019

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#TIFF19 is quickly approaching, and so are the NKPR IT House x Producer’s Ball festivities! Last year we partnered with Rolling Stone magazine and so many stars stopped by for a portrait session. This year, we’re so excited to be partnering with Rolling Stone again! In honour of that, we wanted to share 10 of our favourite portraits from #NKPRIT18.

Colin Farrell
Jacob Tremblay
Liam Neeson
Jamie Lee Curtis
Patrick J. Adams
Keegan-Michael Key
Michelle Rodriguez
Sarah Gadon
Maripier Morin
Quincy Jones

Thompson Toronto #FilmFest Inspired Cocktails!

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Earlier this week, the Thompson Toronto held a Film Fest inspired cocktail event on the stunning rooftop. Bartenders served creative cocktails inspired by movies that will be at #TIFF19. Scroll down to see some of the cocktail creations and stop by during TIFF to sip your own!

This cocktail is called the Happy Face and it’s inspired by the film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. The colouring strikes a real resemblance to the iconic joker makeup.
This cocktail is called the Ruby Slipper. Inspired by the film Judy…a biopic that recalls the life of famed actress Judy Garland, the cocktails are a radiant ruby tone, paying homage to the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.

Festival Countdown 2019

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After wrapping up yet another successful Festival Countdown…we wanted to share a behind the scenes look of everything that goes into the making of this film fest kick-off party! Check out the video, as well as some images from the event below.

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Our partners for the event were TREC Brands, Blissed and WINK.
Blissed’s activation.
Wink’s activation.
Gusto Green served up cannabis infused dishes.
The evenings cocktails were courtesy of Hounds Vodka.
Flow kept guests hydrated throughout the evening!
Maker pizza was passed throughout the party.
Anthony Mantella & Natasha Koifman.
DJ Lissa Monet spun all of the hottest hits.
Michael Budman & Diane Bald.
Natasha Koifman, Cory Vitiello & Caitlin Cronenberg.
Carly Stojsic.
Chloe Wilde, Devo Brown, Meghan Yuri Young.
The TREC Brands team!
David, Madelaine & Kate Daniels.
Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Brandon Gonez & Kayla Grey.
Shea Hurley & Renata Kaveh.

NKPR’s Movie Picks for #TIFF19

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With the Toronto International Film Festival around the corner, we asked some of the NKPR team which films they’re looking forward to seeing! From the story of Harriet Tubman, to Mr. Rogers, to Jennifer Lopez playing a stripper, it’s bound to be an exciting festival! Keep reading below for our picks!


Western Stars
Natasha Koifman, President

I’m a huge Springsteen fan so I was beyond excited to see that Bruce will be making his directorial debut with his concert film Western Stars. The film is a cinematic adaptation of his recent album of the same name! I’m so looking forward to singing along!
Lucy In The Sky
Mark Rupert, Director of Content

Natalie Portman is one of the best actors out there. From Black Swan to Thor, I will watch anything she’s in. Her co-stars Dan Stevens and Jon Hamm aren’t bad either.  Definitely looking forward to catching this one during the festival!  
Harriet
Tammy Kung, Account Coordinator

This film tells the inspiring and revolutionary story of Harriet Tubman, and stars Leslie Odom Jr, Janelle Monae and Cynthia Erivo – who plays the lead character. Cynthia already has an Emmy, Grammy and a Tony. If she gets good reviews for this film and wins an Oscar, she could become an EGOT winner (which would make her the 16th person ever!).
 
Hustlers
Lucas Chimiski, Account Coordinator

There are so many big stars in this film: Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Keke Palmer (just to name a few!). And they are all very strong female leads. Another reason for my choice is the fact that this movie speaks to the theme of diversity and inclusion within Hollywood. I believe that in these times movies should have equal representation and address societal issues that speak to the viewers ability to relate and connect with the content displayed. 
A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood
Danielle Mossman, Social Media Coordinator

Tom Hanks!!! Enough said. Tom is a master of character transformation, I adore each and every one of his films. I feel like Tom Hanks has this inherent goodness about him that makes him the perfect choice to play the beloved television host. Cannot wait to watch.

Holiday in July 2019

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Last month it got very festive at the NKPR office in Toronto and at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal for our annual Holiday in July! Our media friends checked out everything cool for the upcoming holiday season. Scroll down for a peek of the products that will get you excited for that holiday wish list!


The office decor for the day was courtesy of Urban Barn. We loved all of the adorable ornaments that adorned the trees!
A selection of Aveeno hair products that all are sulfate & paraben free and made with natural ingredients to keep your hair in tip top shape.
Hounds was shaking up some delicious cocktails with their mineral infused black vodka.
Elle Dee Holiday Cake made specially for Pusateri’s
Stay hydrated over the holidays with flow.
Planning some outdoor adventures over the holidays? MEC will outfit you with all the latest outerwear and gear to keep you warm and stylish.
OGX’s Pracaxi line is made using natural oil found in the Amazonian rainforests that has many benefits for hair including being a natural detangler and strengthener.
The beautiful Maui Moisture spread at the Montreal Preview.
Sequins, colour blocking and mesh, oh my! Ciao Sea’s new line will keep you looking stylish for those warm holiday weather getaways.
Lise Watier’s OH-MY-GRIP primer creates a beautiful base for your makeup and keeps your face looking fresh all day long.
Beauty products galore at the Montreal preview.
Olsen’s new collection is full of beautiful fabrics and textures…and these velvet bombers are no exception.
Nature’s Bounty Montreal brand ambassador Lili Defrancesco!
Genius100 is the world’s first ever 3D printed book!
Add a little sparkle and shine to your holiday look with Links of London.
Cheers to two lovely events! Until next year…

OUR TOP 5 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE F WORDS WITH DAX DASILVA

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Lightspeed and Never Apart founder Dax Dasilva joined Natasha, Anthony and Taylor on The F Words to discuss his new book Age of Union and some of its intriguing points. Here are the top five things you should know from the podcast courtesy of Dax himself.

#1: Age Of Union was written to help people stop thinking of themselves through their projects. Dax says, “building yourself as the best instrument to take your projects to where they need to be will ignite the flame inside you.”

#2: Dax describes our souls as under nourished. “The soul will burn down to its embers, but will never fully extinguish. When we nourish the soul with things that benefit our personal development, the flame inside us grows.”

#3: Everyone has the responsibility to take care of their body, Dax says. “Your physical health works with your mental health in bettering yourself to become the best instrument you can be.”

#4: Dax insists taking some ‘me’ time is key. “Take time out of your week to leave work aside and do something that is just for the soul. These are the acts that connect you to a greater purpose.”

#5: Last but not least, Dax says “when you have pure intentions about things, it gives you clarity!” We couldn’t agree more.

Listen to the full podcast here!