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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Getting Digital with essie at Toronto Fashion Week

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We love fashion, but stunning nail art was on our mind this Toronto Fashion Week! We trotted around town with nail pro, Rita Remark, spying the sweetest new essie shades on the runways. We got to huddle in the crowded backstage areas of renowned designers like Evan Biddell, ASHTIANI by Golnaz Ashtiani, Mackage, Lucian Matis, Matis by Lucian Matis, UNTTLD, VAWK and EXPRESSall of whose stunning models hit the runway with essie-perfected digits, executed with Rita (and her team’s) gorgeous technique. We also got a sneak peek at essie’s three new collections: Sleek Stick, RepStyle and Care. Don’t worry—we got all the exclusive pictures below!

Metallic hues at Evan Biddell. Shades from left to right: Penny Talk, Licorice
Geometrical nails at Ashtiani. Shades: Master Plan, Fiji, Wicked
Essie everywhere! Matte about you, Da Bush and Sand Tropez
Minty cool shades at Mackage. Shades: Sand Tropez and Da Bush
Silver talons at UNTLD. Shade: No Place Like Chrome
Flirty essie shades at VAWK. Shades: Buy Me a Cameo, Licorice

What’s your favourite essie nail look? Tweet us @natashankpr

Celebrating the Month of Love Part One: It’s a Date!

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February is here and NKPR is jumping on the Love Train. Stay tuned all month as we help you get in the mood with the perfect gifts, date ideas and yummy treats to share with the one you love. 

The 14th might be a mandatory date night for those who are attached, but it shouldn’t be the only time of the year to woo your significant other. The NKPR team has put together some activities for you to enjoy with anyone near and dear.

Valentine’s TLC











Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in a bathrobe getting pampered? Treat your plus one to a rejuvenating spa retreat catered to couples that includes massage therapy, a hot steam and lunch at this amazing spa in Bloor-Yorkville! www.sitamaa.com

Dîner Pour Deux












Maybe you can’t take your love to Paris for a romantic getaway, but you can always take them to La Société for a French-inspired meal. We suggest ordering the Grand Tower – a three-tiered seafood feast that is sure to make a memorable Valentine’s date. www.lasociete.ca

Pass the Popcorn








Get together with your fellow cinephiles and head over to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a silver screen escape. From February 10-16 the Academy Awards nominated films for Best Live Action and Best Animated Short will be playing back-to-back so you can choose wisely in your office Oscar pool. www.Tiff.net

Alone Time










The We-Vibe 3 is a great place to start for anyone looking to plan an intimate night in. It’s made for couples and features six vibration patterns, a remote control and a waterproof design. Cue up a Marvin Gaye CD and you’ve got yourself a sexy Valentine’s Day party for two. www. We-Vibe.com

-Daniela DiStefano

Tweet us @natashankpr and tell us how you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day!

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!

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!!!

2008 NKPR Highlights!

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CONTACT – The World’s Largest Photography Festival Returned for its 12th Year in Toronto

The 2008 installment of the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival experienced its most successful year ever. Photographers from Canada and all over the world transformed Toronto into a spontaneous at gallery. From the airport to Queen Street, the city served as a “frame” to the largest photography festival in the world.

(featured: Rodney Graham’s virtual forest under the Gardiner Expressway, 2008 CONTACT)