NKPR Toronto Film Festival Countdown Event 2016

Festival Countdown 2016: A Recap

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On Wednesday August 24th, President of NKPR, Natasha Koifman opened her doors to entertainment industry influencers, tastemakers and media for her agency’s annual Film Festival Countdown party. In partnership with MEC, Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration, the scene was primed beautifully for guests to enjoy good times outside. Guests chatted amongst an illuminated high-performance bicycle installation, while braver guests posed for selfies in the pool with MEC’s 17ft canoe! As always, the poolside venue was looking its best thanks to Caspar Haydar.

Kicking off Toronto’s film festival season, the annual event also featured a preview of NYC-based artist Peter Tunney’s upcoming charitable exhibit that will be hosted at the NKPR IT House during the festival. 50% of the sales of Tunney’s work will be donated to Artists for Peace and JusticeTunney’s “Don’t Panic” piece set the backdrop for Philadelphia Flyers defenceman, Mike del Zotto, who was the event’s DJ for the evening.

Guests indulged in savoury bites from partners including Emma’s Eatery, Panago Pizza, McDonald’s and a sweet table from Cakes by Mickey. To toast, guests sipped on Apothic Wines, enjoyed bubbles and popcorn from Henkell, beer from Muskoka Breweries and stayed hydrated with Flow WaterPage Activations captured guests in action as they fete the pre-festival celebrations.

Scroll down for some of our favourite moments of the night as we celebrated the beginning of what is sure to be another amazing Film Festival season!



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NKPR’s Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

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Gifts that give

Here at NKPR we’re firm believers that it’s always better to give than to receive–so we can’t think of a better gift than a charitable one. Here are our favourite holiday gifts that give back!

1. SHOP.CA SodaStream Genesis Starter Kit, Red

Perfect for: The Domestic Goddess

Because: As Canada’s largest eCommerce retailer, SHOP.CA knows the importance of giving back. For every purchase over $50, SHOP.CA donates $1 to Me to We and Free the Children and has already helped build a school in Africa.

Where to Get It: SHOP.CA

2 and 4. Donations to Artists for Peace and Justice and Camp Oochigeas

Perfect for: Spreading The True Meaning of the Holidays

Because: Not everyone gets to enjoy the holidays in the way we’re used to. No matter the size of the donation, every festive penny counts towards making a difference.

Camp Oochigeas, a camp for children with cancer, offers year-round programs for children affected by childhood cancer at the Ooch Downtown facility in Toronto, SickKids Hospital and the campsite in Muskoka. A donation of $125 will send a child with cancer to camp for half a day and $250 will cover a full day.

Artists for Peace & Justice supports the poorest areas of Haiti and provides education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to children. Special for 2012, APJ invites you and 11 friends to experience the power of 12: 12 friends giving $12 per month for 12 months; this will send a child to school in Haiti, providing a full year scholarship, including tuition, uniforms, meals and access to medical care.

3. House of Marley Chant Portable Sound System

Perfect for: The Musician

Because: House of Marley’s mission is to create high-quality products in a way that is ethical, environmentally friendly and timeless. By using eco-friendly, renewable and natural materials and packaging, Marley is committed to reducing its impact on the Earth. Additionally, Marley products support 1Love, the Marley family’s charitable organization. A portable sound system that supports youth, the planet and peace? That’s music to our ears!

Where to Get It: www.houseofmarley.ca or Futureshop

5. Kiehl’s Kenny Scharf Creme de Corps

Perfect for: The beauty obsessed and conscious BFF

Because: Considered the most hydrating body moisturizer in the Kiehl’s line, this super-enriched, nurturing body treatment is ideal for extremely dry skin. When you buy one, this high-profile collaboration with New York Pop artist Kenny Scharf will ensure that 100% of the proceeds from sales of this collection benefit local pediatric oncology camps.


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The Artists for Peace and Justice “Let’s Build a School for Haiti” event took place on Friday night in New York and wow!—it was beyond incredible! Over $700,000 was raised—in one night!—for APJ’s new school in Port-au-Prince, the Academy for Peace and Justice. So many stars came out to support the cause: APJ’s founder Paul Haggis, Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sarandon, Edward Norton, Courtney Love, Jesus Luz, Moran Atias, Adrien Brody, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Trudie Styler. The nearly 200 guests in attendance mingled and dined with the celebs in the beautiful Millesime restaurant in Manhattan. And Pras Michel performed with this amazing band and DJ… it was all amazing!

And the auction! So many great moments! Courtney Love bought a walk-on role in Paul Haggis’s next film—I can’t wait to see how that plays out! (She also bid on some gorgeous dresses from Marchesa.) And, although Gerald Butler protested (playfully, of course), Adrien Brody won “tea time” with the P.S. I Love You star! It was hilarious! Brody then made things even more interesting by offering himself up for auction (just for a champagne date though).

Scroll down to see the photos and tweet me about your favourites! twitter.com/natashankpr
XO Natasha
P.S. – Want to give to Haiti but couldn’t make it to the event in New York? Go online and donate at www.apjnow.org.

Celebrity-filled fundraiser in New York City this Friday!

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If you’re in New York City this Friday, there’s an incredible event happening that you do not want to miss: APJ’s “Let’s Build a School for Haiti” fundraiser. This is not your typical charity event! Hollywood stars Paul Haggis, Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe, Susan Sarandon and Trudie Styler — Salman Rushdie, too! — will be there to show their support for Artists for Peace and Justice’s (APJ) new school campus in Port-au-Prince. Proceeds from the evening are going to the Academy for Peace and Justice, which is the first-ever free high school in Port-au-Prince!

The fundraising dinner is being held at Millesime restaurant in New York City and will feature three auctions with incredible items such as designer fashions, an Italian getaway… even a walk-on role in a Hollywood movie! You’ll also be treated to a special performance by Grammy Award-winning Haitian-American rapper Pras Michel (from The Fugees)!

Tickets are:

  • $500 (single ticket)
  • $1,500 (ticket at VIP table, includes a celebrity host)
  • $5000 (table)
  • $10,000 (corporate table, includes logo recognition)
  • $15,000 (VIP table, includes logo recognition + celebrity host)

If you’d like to purchase tickets, e-mail babs@apjnow.org. (You’ll get the full invitation + details then, too.)

Hope to see you there!

XO Natasha

I love this so much! It’s a photo of two students (Germana Moise and Soukan Chery) on their very first day at the Academy for Peace and Justice.

NKPR’s Follow for a Cause Campaign

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Follow for A Cause Campaign

Our Follow for a Cause campaign raised $4515 for Artists For Peace & Justice to help rebuild schools in Haiti! AMAZING!!!