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With TIFF approaching soon, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto hotspots to visit in between movies. Whether you enjoy a good patio cocktail or want to be on the lookout for A-list TIFF stars in town, we’ve got a little something for everyone to do to make your TIFF experience that much better.

The Thompson Hotel | 550 Wellington St W.

Located in King West Village, Thompson Hotel has one of the best and most popular views of the city. It’s known as a celebrity hot spot during TIFF, but also year round, featuring celebrities such as The Weeknd and Selena Gomez who visited the Diner, and popular guests during the TIFF season such as Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and James Franco. It has also hosted notable premieres and celebrity parties in the past, making it a great place to be during TIFF season to spot your fave celebrity. This year, The Thompson Hotel is even creating film-themed cocktails based on this year’s TIFF lineup- available from September 6th- 16th.

Aside from celeb sightings and film inspired cocktails, The Thompson also offers panoramic views of Toronto from its Rooftop Lounge and seasonal pool. Be sure to dine in comfort in the Thompson Diner open really early and really late, perfect for pre or post movie.

JOEY Restaurant | 1 Dundas St W.

Right in the heart of Downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre, JOEY has become a favourite restaurant of ours! The decor and atmosphere help to bring the ultimate casual dining experience that is vibrant and relaxed. Wednesday’s are our favourite days with half-priced bottles of wine and globally inspired dishes to pair! JOEY will definitely be a hot spot during TIFF that is right in the middle of all the Toronto action! Be sure to make your Wednesday night reso now.


This neighbourhood is easily Toronto’s most celebrated area! Filled with high-end fashion and restaurants to satisfy every craving, Bloor-Yorkville has something for everyone.

Some cool events happening in this area include:

Toronto Fashion Week | 55 Avenue Road
TFW will be happening from September 4th to September 6th, right during TIFF! It will also feature the exclusive book launch, on September 4th, for Jessica Ennis and Caitlin Cronenberg’s latest project, The Endings!

Get your TFW Tickets here

The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the APJ Film Festival Gala taking place at the beautiful and historic Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Co-hosted by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, the fundraising event is a chance for leading artists, brands and philanthropists to celebrate and empower local communities in Haiti. Although it is sold out this year, the event will be filled with glitz, glamour and TIFF celebrities of course!

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party
This star-studded party will be happening on September 8th in Yorkville. An annual event, it is always a big celebrity hot spot, featuring some of our favourite stars such as Margot Robbie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, George Clooney…the list goes on!

Artists for Peace and Justice Gala 2014 – A recap

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On Sunday September 7, Artists for Peace and Justice hosted their annual benefit sponsored by Bovet 1822 at the historic Casa Loma. The organization, founded by Oscar-winning director/producer Paul Haggis, supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare and dignity through the arts.

The night was co-hosted by Pascal Raffy of Bovet 1822, Madeleine Stowe, and George Stromboulopoulos and co-chaired by dedicated humanitarian, Sylvia Mantella, and APJ board member (and NKPR President!) Natasha Koifman.

In one night, we were able to raise 1.5 million dollars! This incredible generosity will dramatically change the lives of Haitian children with 100% of the money going directly towards empowering local communities and fostering economic growth through education.

From red-carpet moments to inspiring speeches…see some of the highlights from the Artists for Peace and Justice Film Festival Gala 2014.

For the full gallery of pictures, click here.

Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg
Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg
APJ Board Members
APJ Board Members
Director Jason Reitman
Director Jason Reitman
Property Brother's Jonathan and Drew Scott
Property Brother’s Jonathan and Drew Scott

NKPR Fantasy Shopping Sprees

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This week, Beyonce ignited a bit of controversy (and NKPR discussion) with her $14,000 London shopping spree.

We all had to know: “If you had $14,000 and 90 minutes, where would you shop and what would you buy?” Since Beyonce went international, it gave us free reign to fantasize about our ultimate shopping destination.

Ignoring the 90-minute time limit altogether, Cat said she’d fly to Spain to eat at the famous El Bulli restaurant.

Heather also had the travel bug, and said she’d scoot off to Les Puces market in Paris to discover new treasures.

It’s no surprise New York was also a preferred shopping spree destination.

Laycee said she’d hit up Saks for shoes and summer dresses, and the Sephora flagship to buy a few dozen cosmetic bags worth of Stila makeup.

Since Lauren is jet-setting to NYC this weekend, she’s planning to buy out the shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman with her imaginary $14,000. “Starting with these Front-Zip Riding Boots by Givenchy. I work in long lead times, so I’m already thinking about Fall!”

Ever the multi-tasker, Rebecca would divide her time up at Barney’s:

“Thirty minutes in shoes (stocking up on Prada Fall/Winter 2012 Velvet and Leopard Print delights, Rag & Bone Tough Girl Boots and electric McQueen pumps), 45 minutes in clothing (Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim, basics from The Row and maybe a Leger or two) and 15 minutes in purses (A Chanel 2.55 bag? If you insist…)”

A brand new bag was also at the top of Kaley’s list:

“Even with the $14,000, I’m gonna need a $500 advance on my next pay cheque to cover the cost of a Proenza Schouler PS1 in Midnight Croc. LOVE.”

And Elli’s too: “Paris. Hermes. A Birkin.”

Reflecting her Company’s commitment to give back, Natasha would turn that $14,000 into $28,000 (via an online matching dollar-for-dollar campaign, of course!) and donate half to Artists for Peace & Justice and half to Camp Oochigeas. “That way I’d get to give give back and raise awareness!”

So we want to know: where would you power shop and how would you spend $14,000? Leave a comment or tell us in a tweet!

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!!!