NKPR Festival Countdown 2018

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On Wednesday, August 23rd, we hosted our annual Festival Countdown to officially kick-off Film Festival season and #NKPRIT18, brought to you by Hounds Vodka and Lise Watier.

The night was filled with glamour and sophistication, with Swarovski crystals dazzling from the trees, fun activations that captured moments of the night and a plethora of refreshments and sweets (of course).

Upon entrance, a stunning Lise Watier tree was styled with twinkle lights, hanging crystals (hello, Swarovski!) and white roses as the backdrop for guests’ shared photo booth moments. Designed by the talented Caspar Haydar Design, the entire event was completely stunning and the perfect atmosphere!

As guests mingled, Pusateri’s served delicious hors-d’oeuvres throughout the night along with a full charcuterie spread with Joselito live ham slicing and a fresh mozzarella pulling station. There was something delicious for everyone and even a delicious sweets table that featured an #NKAllBlackEverything cake provided by Cakes by Mickey!

 

The cocktails for the evening were provided by Hounds Vodka, serving up signature and speciality drinks with their charcoal-infused black vodka, including “Ziggy Bardust” and “Hounds On The Rock”. The “To The Moon and Black” cocktail was definitely a crowd favourite, made with fresh lime juice, creme de cassis and simple syrup, and served with blackberries! The bar was also stocked with Ace Hill Beer and various refreshing flavours of Flow Water.

For all that sparkles, guests could visit the Lise Watier makeup playground to get their makeup touched up with the best and newest products. Guests could also take home a personalized Lise Watier makeup compact embossed with Swarovski crystal lettering (Yes, please)!

The surprise musical guest was Toronto star Fefe Dobson, who put on an incredible set of her new songs to celebrate #NKPRIT18. She performed mid-party with her all-girl band with singles like “Get You Off” and “Love” perfectly combining the theme of film and music.

Near the end of the evening, breakfast was served with Tim Hortons, with their Breakfast Anytime items! Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich at 10 PM? These late-night snacks gave guests one last chance to fuel-up and continue the festivities well into the night!

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Thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the film festival season with us!

NKPRIT18: Top 5 Most Empowering Films of TIFF 2018

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TIFF’s Year of Change: The 5 Empowering Films We Can’t Wait to See

In the past couple of years, we have seen an uprising in empowerment, with individuals and communities raising their voices and championing their causes. TIFF’s 2018 line up is embodying this movement and features films with stories that need to be heard. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 empowering films we’re looking forward to the most (that are inspiring and emotional all in one)!

The Hate U Give

The trailer begins by telling the story of young Starr growing up in a majority African American, small but tightly knit neighbourhood, with her long-time friend. It begins to tell how she separated from her roots to continue education at a more prestigious high school. Eventually, an old friendship rekindles and as their relationship blooms, they are put in a situation where they are pulled over by a Caucasian police officer. The Hate U Give is an emotionally charged film that brings forward the heartbreaking reality of many African American youth. We’re excited about this one because it’s a realistic story that stays true to a real-world phenomenon that continues to beg for true change.

Beautiful Boy

Starring the hilarious Steve Carell and the talented Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy tells the moving story of a father-son relationship. This story of change focuses on Carrel’s character who realizes that sometimes being a father is creating a fluid relationship, that is accepting and unconditional. It has a unique twist to tell a common story of losing touch with a loved one, and we’re excited to see how it unfolds!

Widows

Who doesn’t love a lady-power movie?? In this girl boss film, a group of women have become widows after their husbands have died during a criminal heist. With Viola Davis in a leading role, the women come together to pull off the unexpected. The group of widows show ultimate femme fatale to stand up and do something. We are obsessed with this action-packed movie that is a twist on the usual criminal storyline and empowers the typical damsel in distress character. It is one for all the girl bosses to watch!

Green Book

This movie looks phenomenal! Based on a true story, it tells the story of two worlds colliding. A working Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South. This film tells the story of true friendship during a highly controversial time in America’s history. We love how both music and companionship overcome the racial issues of the time. This movie is one for all audiences and has been beautifully created to evoke all emotions.

What 2018 TIFF film are you most excited to see? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

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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Film Festival: Top 5 Favourites

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As the Film Festival came to a close this past weekend, we took a look back at all the incredible films that have premiered in our city.

The Toronto International Film Festival introduces some of the best movies across the globe and attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood. This year is certainly no exception with appearances from Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Wiig, Bill Murray and more.

From thought-provoking social media to sci-fi musicals, we’ve rounded up our top five favourites (in alphabetical order) from TIFF 2014…

Bang Bang Baby

A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare. (Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Justin Chatwin)

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Maps To The Stars

From director David Cronenberg, this film takes you on a tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. (Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon)

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Men, Women & Children

This comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman takes a look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. (Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner)

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St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. (Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy)

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Whiplash

This film tells the story of a young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer while attending the best music schools in the country under the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz. (Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons)

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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
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APJ Board Members
Director Jason Reitman
Director Jason Reitman
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Property Brother’s Jonathan and Drew Scott

NKPR’s Top Film Festival Cocktails

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Although we near the end of Film Festival, the city is still bustling with movie screenings, classy after-parties and high-profile events. One of our favourite parts of Film Festival is the specially curated menus and cocktail lists made specifically for sophisticated, celeb-inspired taste buds.

From the highest rooftop to the heart of of the Entertainment District, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Film Festival cocktails (plus a non-alcoholic option!)…

The Toronto Sunset

(an original cocktail created by Robin Kaufman, Toronto Temperance Society)
1oz bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial
1.5oz Tequila Tromba Blanco
0.5oz fresh lime juice
0.25oz fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit zest

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Thompson Toronto’s Strawberry Fields

1oz Gin
1/2oz Maraschino Liquer
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne
Mix in a chilled shaker, pour into a champagne flute, and garnish with strawberries.

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Montecito’s The Beekeeper

1.5 oz Irish Pot Whiskey
.75 oz Rosewood Honey syrup
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
House Floral Bitters

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Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

bottlegreen Sparkling Pressés

Elderflower: The fresh, clear taste of hand-picked elderflowers blended with pure, sparkling spring water. Serve over ice.

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Elderflower & Pomegranate: Hand-picked elderflowers are combined with fruity pomegranate for a refreshingly exotic fusion of east meets west. Serve over ice.

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TIFF 14 Hot Spot: Montecito Restaurant

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Last week we had an amazing opportunity to discover Montecito, a new restaurant partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, world-renowned New York chef Jonathan Waxman, and local restauranteurs Tom and Jordan Bitove from Innov8 Hospitality.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District and just steps away from film festival headquarters, Montecito’s decor (inspired by Reitman’s expert eye) combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication. The menu, which changes daily, marries the simplicity of California cuisine (that Waxman pioneered) with ingredients that pay homage to the best of Canada coast-to-coast.

Montecito welcomed 50 of Toronto’s top foodies to sample a specially curated menu with some of the best signature dishes served family-style from Jonathan Waxman and exec chef Matt Robertson.

From cocktails to homemade pizza, see our favourite moments from the night here.

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Festival Countdown – A Recap

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Wednesday night we kicked off the Toronto film festival with our annual Festival Countdown event. Along with Canadian fashion line RUDSAK, who showcased their 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection, we inspired guests to get into the film festival spirit! Despite the rain, we partied poolside while dining on film-inspired comfort foods and custom cocktails.

Some of the irresistible eats included charcuterie boards from Vertical Restaurant, fresh Portside Shucker oysters, Fancy Franks gourmet hot dogs and Yogurty’s frozen yogurt! To toast the Fest, guests were treated to bottlegreen Sparkling pressés in Elderflower and Pomegranate & Elderflower (official sparkling beverage of the IT Lounge), Pommies Dry Cider, a selection of beers from Stiegl and FIJI Water.

After a fun-filled night, guests left with our Know-IT-All guide giving them a sneak-peek at the upcoming film festival events and film critic Richard Crouse’s top 10 films to see!

Here are some of our favourite highlights as we rang in film festival season in true NKPR style…

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RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
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Jill Godin & Natasha Koifman
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Chloe Wilde

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

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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

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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

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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!