NKPR Film Festival Guide: Part 2

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At NKPR, the film festival is our favourite time of year. And it’s not just because of the IT Lounge, our can’t-miss pop-up shop loaded with star-worthy finds, or the talented celebs who pay IT a visit.

It’s because the film festival shines a global light on our city, and we get to share it and show it off to the stars, the media and all the other visitors who settle in for the cinematic action.

Looking for the best spots to star gaze, hang out or get a hit of festival-worthy style? We know just the place!

What gets us through the film festival? Food, of course! Here’s where we – and the stars – will be noshing (and sipping!) into the moonlight hours.


These King West and Mink Mile restos will be swarming with glitterati looking to see and be seen. To escape the hordes, try Briscola for some of Toronto’s finest rustic Italian in charming Little Italy.

La Société interior and stained-glass ceiling
La Société

  • Brassaii (461 King St. W.) – Kick it on King West at this luxe lounge and patio.
  • Canteen (330 King St.W.) – Located on the ground-level of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this is the best place to star-spot over lunch.
  • La Société (131 Bloor Street W.) – Had your (ahem) “fill” of Toronto? Try Paris for dinner, or weekend brunch.
  • Briscola (501 College St.) – Little Italy’s coolest hideout is a cozy escape from downtown crowds.



Recharge your batteries and satisfy your sweet tooth. Running around town all day calls for the occasional self-indulgent cupcake, no?

A Close Up of Baker Street Cupcakes...
Baker Street Cupcakes

  • Baker Street (Loblaws, Sobeys, IT Lounge) – Cupcake connoisseurs rejoice! Baker Street is stocking the IT Lounge with their decadent desserts.
  • SOMA (443 King St.W.) – When a corner store candy bar just won’t do, try SOMA’s handmade artisan chocolate.
  • Little Nicky’s (375 Queen St.W., Entrance on Peter St.) – A staple in every NKPRers daily diet, we dig Little Nicky’s laid-back vibe… and their old-fashioned mini donuts. YUM!
  • Cool Hand Luc (545 King St.W.) – The real film fest scoop? This premium purveyor of ice cream on King West.



Whether you’re dancing all night or simply taking the edge off a long day, some bar and cocktail suggestions to go with your flow. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

The SKYY Vodka TIFF11 specialty cocktails
The SKYY Vodka specialty cocktails: Lively Temptress, Feelin’ Fiennes and Wilde Ginger

  • IT Lounge (312 Adelaide St.) – The stars will sample special SKYY Vodka Festival Cocktails every day at the NKPR IT Lounge. Taste them yourself at SKYY Vodka’s official festival events. And to ensure media and celebs stay hydrated, we’ll also be stocked with Hollywood’s favourite water: FIJI Water.
  • Tattoo Rock Parlour (567 Queen St.W.) – The ultimate hangout for Alt-grunge groupies.
  • This is London (364 Richmond St.W.) – For ex-pat party-goers who like to dance it off.
  • Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen St.W.) – We listed Ultra as a top spot to star gaze – because with a 4 a.m. license, it’s sure to be an after-hours destination for celebs and their entourages.

Missed part 1 in our film festival guide? Get the lowdown on hotspots, hangouts and star-gazing sites here!

NKPR Film Festival Guide: Part 1

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At NKPR, the film festival is our favourite time of year. And it’s not just because of the IT Lounge, our can’t-miss pop-up shop loaded with star-worthy finds, or the talented celebs who pay IT a visit.

It’s because the film festival shines a global light on our city, and we get to share it and show it off to the stars, the media and all the other visitors who settle in for the cinematic action.

Looking for the best spots to star gaze, hang out or get a hit of festival-worthy style? We know just the place!

Here’s part one in our film festival guide – featuring key festival hot spots, hip hangouts and where to plant yourself for some serious stargazing.


You’ll recognize these locales by the throngs of camera-clutching paps, and eager fans with their cell phone cameras at the ready.

TIFF Bell Lightbox (2010), Toronto

TIFF Bell Lightbox by Uncle Lynx on Flickr

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (330 King St.W.) – This is the epicentre of all things festival! (And fortunately for us, right around the corner from NKPR!)
  • Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.) – This true classic will be the site of many a film festival gala, including the premiere of George Clooney’s directorial debut The Ides of March.
  • The Ritz-Carlton (181 Wellington St.W.) – add text about HELLO Canada party



The city’s best luxe lounging spots!

Kardinal Offishall takes home the swag at IT Lounge 2010
Kardinal Offishall at the IT Lounge in 2010

  • TORO After Dark (Ame, 19 Mercer St.) – The toast of the 2010 film festival, on Friday, September 9, this special cocktail event will benefit international charity Artists for Peace and Justice with co-hosts that include Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis, Gerard Butler, Jason Reitman and George Stroumboulopoulos presiding over a crowd of celebrity supporters. On September 10, industry insiders can drop in after a screening or a meeting at their hotel, have a drink and enjoy the company of other filmmakers. It’s the perfect evening destination for VIPs!
  • IT Lounge (312 Adelaide St., Invitation Only) – You never who will pay our celebrity gifting suite a visit… Just check out our photos from the past few years!
  • Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen St.W.) – They’ll be no shortage of beautiful people at this “ultra” chic club.
  • Thompson Toronto (550 Wellington St.W.) – Our pick for the best place to enjoy a rooftop round and a view of the city.



These are the spots where the “Stars are just like us!” segments in the gossip rags will be shot!

Holt Renfrew on Bloor
The Holt Renfrew flagship on Bloor Street. Via Alanah on Flickr

  • Starbucks (370 King St.W.) – Located across the street from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this is where you’ll want to loiter with your morning latté.
  • Fresh and Wild (69 Spadina Ave. at King St.W.) – A fave of NKPR staffers for their delish salad bar and gourmet bites, we’re betting our daily snack runs are about to get a lot more interesting.
  • Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor St.W.) – Even the stars need retail therapy!
  • Four Seasons (21 Avenue Road) – A lot happens uptown late at night and well into the early morning. Plant yourself in the lobby and lounge away the late night hours.

Kiehl’s Midnight Eye Cream Launches!

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream, Kiehl’s and NKPR hosted an intimate evening for beauty editors to learn about the new product. Held at Natasha’s lovely abode, editors sipped on blossom-infused cocktails and dined at a candlelit, poolside dinner. Sounds like a perfect late summer evening, no?
Introducing the midnight recovery eye  The site of the intimate poolside dinner with some of the city's top beauty editors

Following the successful introduction of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the 99.8% naturally-derived botanical elixir, Kiehl’s Since 1851 launched its ideal companion: Midnight Recovery Eye to help achieve fresher, younger looking eyes by morning by diminishing puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Cammie Cannella, Kiehl's Global Education Director

Kiehl’s Global Education Director Cammie Cannella gave Toronto beauty editors a little seminar on the Midnight Recovery Eye after dinner.

Menu from our Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye dinner!

The dinner menu, by the way, incorporated each of the botanical ingredients from the cream! Good on your plate, great on your skin.

Have you tried Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate? What’s your fave Kiehl’s product?

Get your tickets for TORO After Dark!

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Ever wanted to be a part of the Toronto film festival’s hottest, most exclusive parties? Now’s your chance!

TOROMagazine.com is bringing back its TORO After Dark parties – the toast of the 2010 film festival (see for yourself!) – with a special event benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice.

TORO After Dark Benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice

For just $150, you can rub elbows with co-hosts Paul Haggis, Gerard Butler and George Stroumboulopoulos, enjoy SKYY Vodka event-themed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in a lounge atmosphere. It’s all happening during the film festival’s opening weekend on Friday, September 9 at AME (19 Mercer St.) from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Sound like fun? Here’s the best part: 100% of the proceeds will benefit health, education and dignity initiatives in Haiti through APJ!

There’s less than 100 tickets left, so order your ticket today!

See you… after dark.

RW&CO Gears Up for Fall!

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Wondering what media like for breakfast? We’ll tell you: SHOPPING! Especially when it’s at RW&CO.

Fall wears from RW&CO.

The fall collection at RW&CO

Caitlan Moneta (FASHION Magazine), Afiya Francisco and Natasha Koifman

FASHION Magazine‘s Caitlan Moneta, Afiya Francisco and Natasha Koifman

Yesterday we had a great time picking out some new threads for the film fest – which is quickly sneaking up on us! Our trendy stylist, Afiya Francisco, showed us all the best ways to get the most out of our wardrobe. Versatility is key, particularly during the film festival when you’re going from the office to a premiere to an after-party!

Cynthia Cheng (Delectably Chic) and Afiya Francisco

Cynthia Cheng of Delectably Chic and Afiya chat about fall style

We want to know: What’s your film fest fashion must-have? Tweet us! Check out more RW&CO. looks in our Flickr gallery.

SKYY Vodka, RW&CO. & NKPR Kick Off TIFF

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To celebrate the two weeks to TIFF mark, SKYY Vodka, RW&CO and NKPR joined forces to host one swinging cocktail countdown bash.

The SKYY Vodka bartenders at the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

At the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

While this year was a little bit of a departure from previous years’ media-only presentations, we figured what better way to ring in the film fest with a very L.A.-esque party around an azure pool in a candlelit backyard?

The Property Brothers at the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

The Property Brothers, Jonathan Scott (@MrSilverScott) and Drew Scott (@_DrewScott)

Much Music's Lauren Toyota and Sarah Taylor at the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota (@laurentoyota) and Sarah Taylor (@sarahmaytaylor)

The SKYY Vodka TIFF11 specialty cocktails

SKYY Vodka revealed this year’s specialty cocktails and a list of this season’s hottest festival parties, while RW&CO. styled some TIFF party looks.

RW&CO TIFF styles at the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

Cocktails flowed while handsome caterers carried trays of delectable hors d’oeuvres. And what would a film festival party be without movie snacks?! Guests munched on salty theatre-style popcorn and were like kids in a candy store loading up take-out boxes with jelly beans, chocolate pretzels, and of course, a glorious assortment of Baker Street cupcakes.

Baker Street Cupcakes at the SKYY Cocktail Countdown

We don’t want to be boast, but we think the film festival may have a hard time living up to our kick-off party! NKPR will be at the helm of other film fest events. Check out all the details on our IT Lounge microsite!

Indochino at NKPR!

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On August 23rd the NKPR offices were transformed into a design studio. The occasion? Indochino co-founders Kyle Vucko and Heikal Gani came in to meet and outfit the men of Toronto’s fashion media with dapper custom suits.

Our offices transformed to make Indochino feel fight at home!

To make them feel at home, we decked the place with spools, buttons, pin cushions, more buttons, measuring tapes – you couldn’t tell the place from Savile Row!


In addition to the debonair journalists from Sharp and Flare among others, we also welcomed some pro-hockey players! Look out for a soon-to-be well-suited Al Montoya of the New York Islanders and Mike Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs rocking their Indochino suits. We think it’d be fun to see them worn on ice, but maybe that’s just us…

Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Brown being measured for his Indochino suit

Co founders Kyle Vucko and Heikal Gani with New York Islander Al Montoya

If you’re not familiar with Indochino, the web-based company was launched in Vancouver in 2007. The custom suit site puts you in charge of every decision of your purchase (Pleats? Buttons? Lining? You’re the boss!) for a suit that’s tailor made to both your style and your measurements.

At the NKPR Indochino event, August 23rd, 2011

A Sequel We Can Get Behind

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If we’ve learned anything from Hollywood, it’s that sequels are almost always a terrible idea. But  Food Truck festivals? That’s an entirely different plot, one where there’s always room for seconds!

Luckily, the folks at the Distillery District have tapped into this with Food Truck Eats Part 2, with 13 trucks and 13 vendors. Word on the street is that Baker Street will be serving our favourite mini apple, peach and strawberry rhubarb pies. Heck, it’s enough to make us cross our fingers for a Food Truck Trilogy!

Be sure to come by early, see you there!

Food Truck Eats, this Saturday!

Food Truck Eats Layout

Happy 160th Birthday Kiehl’s!

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Hey Kiehl’s, for 160 years old, you’re looking pretty good! That’s right, this year the venerable New York apothecary is celebrating 160 years in the biz! Up here in Toronto, we decided to celebrate by throwing a little fête at the Kiehl’s Yonge and Eglington store.

The store and snapshots!

Members of the media and street passersby were able to test out the heritage collection, have a hand at old-school manufacturing techniques and get their photos taken in a Kiehl’s photobooth!

If you missed it, the iconic Heritage Collection is available this September. We’ve also taken it upon ourselves to give a little history lesson on the prolific 160 years of Kiehl’s. Read closely, there will be a mandatory quiz* at the end!

The Kiehl's history wall

1851: Kiehl Pharmacy is opened on the corner of Thirteenth Street at Third Avenue in New York City. The company flagship is still in the same location.

1921: In 1921 Irving Morse, John Kiehl’s apprentice, takes over the company. He kept the name, but expanded the business from pharmaceutical tonics and medicinal salves to a full-service pharmacy stocking teas, herbs, tinctures, honeys and the first ever Kiehl brand products.

1963: Kiehl’s Original Musk Oil is created

1975: Kiehl’s opens its first counter outside of New York in the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. The company is still among one of the most exclusive brands.

1978: Mr. Aaron Morse noticed that in the early years, when couples would come into Kiehl’s, the gentlemen didn’t have an interest in cosmetic products. Mr. Morse decided to turn a corner of the store into a museum with vintage Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles from his collection. These were great conversation pieces and were talked about all over town. People would come into the store just to see the antiques. At one point there was an actual airplane in the NY store!

From the vault

1988: Jami Morse, daughter of Aaron Morse takes over the company.

1991: Jami Morse has a daughter and with the assistance of famed Dr. Peter Waldstein, decides to launch a product line for babies that were pediatrician tested. Products include Baby Body Wash, Shampoo, Diaper-rash treatment cream, body lotion and the unique baby lip balm.

1997: Kiehl’s launches Kiehl’s Hand Care for a Cure to benefit AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research). 100 % of the profits are donated to AmFAR.

May 18, 2006: Kiehl’s opens first Travel Retail store in Hong Kong International Airport welcoming patrons on the go.

January, 2011:  Celebrating 160 years of service, Kiehl’s continues to serve the finest skin and hair care made with uniquely efficacious, natural ingredients.

*Just kidding!

Meet The NKPR Interns: Sam Detwiler

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Summer always brings a fresh crop of interns to NKPR – and we’re grateful for a few extra sets of hands, especially leading up to the Toronto film festival and the NKPR IT Lounge.

In return for bringing their enthusiasm and fresh ideas into the office, these aspiring PR stars get an all access pass to the inner workings of a leading boutique PR firm. It’s a whirlwind course in creative communications, media relations and event production you just won’t find behind ivy-covered walls.

Think you’re up to the challenge? Get in touch to learn more about our internship opportunities.


What do shoes and NKPR have in common? Spend an hour in our office and you’ll notice that the topic of footwear tends tends to worm its way into conversation rather frequently. It’s no surprise, then, to hear that our current intern Sam actually got her start in PR over a pair of shoes during her part-time job at Aldo.

When Aimee, one of NKPR’s account coordinators, stepped in to the store where Sam worked, the two got to chatting, which got Sam to thinking. As a recent graduate of communications and public relations programs, she took down the contact info for NKPR and got in touch not long after.

The underlying message here isn’t about shoes. It’s about seizing the opportunity that’s in front of you, regardless of how nosy or imposing it may feel. That, and always having the nerve to follow up. Read Sam’s story after the jump to find out how a pair shoes got her a summer internship at NKPR.


What did study and where?
“I studied Communications at Laurentian University, then completed a post-graduate program in public relations at Cambrian College.”

Why PR?
“I’m a really outgoing person and love working in a team environment. PR is an exciting industry with new challenges everyday and I like that.”

Salty or sweet?
“Definitely sweet: I love any kind of candy. Especially the little multi-coloured gum called Chews!”

Daily must-read:
Metro News, Man Repeller and all the people I’m following on Twitter!”

What’s the most exciting/bizarre thing that’s happened to you at NKPR?
“I don’t think that moment has happened yet. Just being an intern at NKPR has been pretty exciting!”

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How about now?
“As a kid I wanted to be a dancer; I’m not sure why since I was never very good at it. Now I’m striving to be successful in the PR industry.”

Facebook or Twitter?

What company, brand or product would you love to work on?
“I’d love to work on anything related to fashion, beauty or animals. TIFF would be cool too, since I’m a huge movie fan.”

Favourite song-of-the-moment?
“Anything by Teenage Kicks.”

What’s your idea of happiness?
“Being proud of who you are, inside and out.”