#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.

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!  
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!).
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…


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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!

Golden Moments at the Canadian Screen Awards

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The biggest names in Canadian film and television came together in Toronto last night for the 7th Annual Canadian Screen Awards. Some of the winners included: Schitt’s Creek for Best Comedy Series, Anne with an E for Best Drama Series, The Amazing Race Canada for Best Reality Series, Catherine O’Hara for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Jared Keeso for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Deepa Mehta received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Kids in the Hall were recognized with the Academy Icon Award, Stephan James took home the first ever Radius Award and Mary Walsh accepted the Earle Grey Award.

Backstage the stars got their pose on for celebrity photographer George Pimentel in the CSAs’ golden portrait studio. Here’s a look at some of the sparkling shots!

Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene Levy & Dan Levy
Cast of Best Comedy Series Schitt’s Creek
Radius Award recipient Stephan James
Yannick & Shantelle Bisson
Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell
CSA winners for Cardinal – Billy Campbell & Karine Vanasse
Jann Arden
CSA winner Sarah Gadon
Cast of Kim’s Convenience
Laura Vandervoort
Teddy Geiger & Emily Hampshire
Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox
etalk’s Chloe Wilde
ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey
Kristin Kreuk
Earle Grey Award recipient Mary Walsh
Lead Actress, Drama winner for Anne with an E, Amybeth McNulty
Academy Icon Award recipients Kids in the Hall
Workin’ Moms star Catherine Reitman
Best Director winner for Firecrackers, Jasmin Mozaffari
Corner Gas Animated star, Brent Butt
Wendy Crewson
Elise Bauman & Natasha Negovanlis
Aaron Ashmore
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television CEO, Beth Janson
Sarah, Jennifer & Tamara Podemski

Inside Square One’s Food District Media Launch

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Last week Square One hosted media and influencers for a preview of their upcoming Food District, opening to the public on April 1st.  The ultimate influencer, the Food God, Jonathan Cheban was on hand to experience all of the deliciousness.

All photos courtesy of Ryan Emberley
Natasha Koifman, Square One’s Marketing Director Toni Holley and Jonathan Cheban
Jonathan being interviewed by etalk

Guests sampled appetizing eats, coffee, juice and beer from some of the merchants and restaurants that will be part of The Food District. Take a look below and prepare to get hungry.

BRøD – The Danish Bakery
Oysters from Pier 87
Seed to Sausage’s charcuterie board
Arvinda’s Specialty Indian Cooking
Blackjack BBQ
Collective Arts Brewing
Village Juicery
Hale Coffee
Sweet Jesus
Tiramisu from Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta to Go
The Macaron Boutique
Gorgeous pink roses provided by Blossom Moments

Details of a grand opening event are coming soon!

Backstage at the Oscars

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The lead up to this year’s Oscars may have been shrouded in controversy (Kevin Hart dropping out as host because of homophobic tweets and the Academy reversing their decision to hand out awards in commercial breaks), but the biggest night in movies still delivered some standout and historic moments. All eyes were on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper during their intimate performance of their Oscar winning song Shallow, Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter made history becoming the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories (Production Design & Costume Design for Black Panther), Mahershala Ali is now the first African-American actor to have won two Best Supporting Actor trophies, and Billy Porter turned heads when he stepped onto the red carpet in a tuxedo gown.

There were also plenty of moments that happened backstage that you didn’t see on TV.

After winning for Best Original Song Lady Gaga got emotional with her co-writers Mark Ronson and Anthony Rossomando.


Best Supporting Actress winner Regina King couldn’t contain her excitement posing in the Oscars backstage portrait studio.


Rami Malek also hit the portrait studio after taking home the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

J.Lo (who looked like a stunning human disco ball in Tom Ford) checked herself out in the mirror before heading to the stage.


When it came to Julia’s bump-in with Paul Rudd, the hashtag says it all…


Former Game of Thrones co-stars Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke shared a sweet squeeze!

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah caught this candid moment of Spike Lee preparing some notes in case he had to accept an award. Spike ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BlacKkKlansman.


Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina couldn’t believe they presented at the Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson was left pretty much speechless while meeting Bette Midler for the first time.

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And Melissa McCarthy spoofed the bunny loving Queen from the nominated film The Favourite, and really got into character.

Take a Look Inside Kindness HQ

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On Valentine’s Day NKPR’s Toronto office was transformed into Kindness HQ for our 4th annual 26 Hours of Kindness.



Over 60 volunteers, made up of our staff, local neighbours and friends, came together to pack lunches for Toronto’s homeless as part of the #hashtaglunchbag initiative. 650 sandwiches were assembled and then packed into bags with juice boxes, fruit and notes of kindness. The lunches were distributed to St. Felix Centre (Liberty and Augusta locations), Ve’ahavta, The Scott Mission and Good Shepherd Ministries.  A huge thank you to Brodflour, The MRG Group, Phil’s Produce, Jonny Kim, Chef Romain Avril and Fiera Foods for donating the food.  Here’s a look at how the day unfolded. 


Commuters on Adelaide picking up coffees (courtesy of Thompson Toronto) outside Kindness HQ.


Hundreds of sandwiches being assembled by our awesome volunteers!

Beautiful notes of kindness were written on lunch bags and on pieces of paper that were put into the lunch bags.

Team love! We’re already looking forward to next year!