20 Hours of Kindness

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Making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, and putting good into the world are missions that form the core values of NKPR! Keeping this spirit alive, our fifth annual  “20 Hours of Kindness”, returned on the 21st of July and had the team volunteer 20 accumulative hours at various locations across the GTHA. This year the noble organizations that we supported were:

Dr Roz’s Healing Place

Dr B Meisami Foundation

Canada Ukraine Foundation

Canadian Mental Health Association

Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary

St Felix Centre

To recap, we’ve put together a snapshot of NKPR’s Kindness Squad in action:

Women’s Empowerment & Support

In a bid to brighten the day of abuse survivors, team NKPR created gift bags and boxes filled with little luxuries for the women at Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, a centre for empowerment and healing that works towards eradicating violence against women and their children locally, nationally and globally. The team sent out questionnaires to the women at the shelter, and tailor-made each box based on the answers they received. The boxes were all assembled at the NKPR office and subsequently dropped off with personalized hand-written notes, to the centre along with specially prepared meals and treats.

Yoga and Meditation for Mental Health

To promote mindfulness and stillness, an hour-long yoga & meditation session was held at the Toronto Music Garden at 7:30 am on the 21st, led by Meagan Maguire. Participants paid a fee to attend the session, which went towards the Canadian Mental Health Association, a community organization that identifies and responds to Canada’s most pressing mental health priorities.

Meal service at St. Felix

Team NKPR supported the lunch program at the St. Felix Centre, a non-profit community centre in downtown Toronto that provides compassionate and safe services to marginalized communities who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and other complex challenges. The team assisted the centre’s staff in putting together the meals and serving them to the centre’s visitors and residents.

Animal Welfare

This team volunteered their time and raised funds for Happily Ever Esther, an animal sanctuary that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned and abused farmed animals, and spreads Esther’s style of love and compassion. Funds collected went towards helping the farm rescue more animals, pay for treatment and medical supplies and maintain the farm. 

Fundraising for Ukrainian Refugees

This team partnered with Kidney Clothes, a charity that raises funds through the collection of used clothing. The amount collected from the sale and exchange of the clothing went towards the Canada Ukraine Foundation, an organization that coordinates, develops, organizes and delivers assistance to Ukrainian refugees.


REMEMBER, kindness doesn’t have to stop at just 20 hours! At NKPR, we want to ensure that we continue doing our part in giving back to the community, and in turn, encourage others to do the same, because kindness is the way forward to a braver and more benevolent world.

20 Hours of Kindness

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Social responsibility is at the core of our business, and we’ve always worked towards leaving the world a better place than I found it. Keeping this spirit alive, I am excited to announce the return of our 20 Hours of Kindness initiative! 

Back for its fifth year, 20 Hours of Kindness is an ongoing agency-wide initiative that aims to give back, foster a culture of kindness, empower team members to support a cause they are passionate about, and, in turn, inspire others to do the same. Taking place on July 21st, the initiative will have #TeamNKPR spend 20 consecutive hours giving back to the community at various locations around the GTHA.  This year the team will be supporting a selection of causes including the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Ukrainian Foundation, Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, the St. Felix Centre, and The Dr. Borna Meisami Commemorative Foundation.


Dr. Roz’s Healing Place

NKPR is running a fundraiser for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place to support women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. With the proceeds donated, we will purchase items for those at the shelter that empowers and supports their wellness needs and will host a lunch for them on the 21st.

Please donate monetary funds to our GoFundMe or in-kind donations to our NKPR office at 312 Adelaide St. West. 
We are accepting items such as:

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hairbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Loofahs
  • Body wash
  • Chapstick

Please donate monetary funds to our GoFundMe or in-kind donations to our NKPR office at 312 Adelaide St. West


The Canadian Ukrainian Foundation

NKPR is running a clothing drive in partnership with Kidney Clothes to support Ukrainian Refugees. Kidney Clothes will trade NKPR’s clothing donations with Value Village for money which will be donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. 


Please donate the following items to support our clothing drive with Kidney Clothes to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
We will accept the following items:

  • All used clothing
  • Footwear and outerwear
  • Belts, ties and purses
  • Yarn, fabric and patterns
  • Blankets, bedding and linens
  • Draperies, pillows and cushions
  • Luggage and sleeping bags

Donations can be dropped off Monday July 18 – Thursday, July 21 during office hours (9am – 5pm)


The Canadian Mental Health Association

Join us for a mindful morning of yoga and meditation in support of CMHA, with the instructor, Dr. Meagan Maguire. After everything we have endured in the last 2+ years, mental health has never been more important. This year for 20 Hours of Kindness, the NKPR team is hosting a 1-hour yoga & meditation session on Thursday, July 21st from 7:30 am-8:30 am at the Toronto Music Garden.

Participation is $30 per person, and all donations are to be made through our fundraising page: https://cmha.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=10363


Because one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue in any given year. But five in five – all of us – have mental health, and we all need to take care of it.

What: Morning Yoga & Meditation Class

When: Thursday, July 21st from 7:30 am-8:30 am

Where: Toronto Music Garden (weather dependent)

Donation: $30 to attend the class (or as much as you would like to donate) 

Class sign up: https://forms.gle/do1NzeTk5rccaDJM6


Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary


NKPR will be raising funds for Happily Ever Esther, a farm sanctuary that rescues abused and neglected farm animals. Team NKPR will be spending the day volunteering at the farm and assisting as farmhands.

All donations are to be made through our fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-support-happily-ever-esther-farm-sanctuary


St. Felix Centre

Email vitoria@nkpr.net for information on how you get can be involved.

On July 21, the NKPR team will volunteer at St. Felix Centre, supporting with meal service at lunchtime. St. Felix Centre is a non-profit community centre dedicated to providing compassionate service and a safe, welcoming and respectful environment inclusive of all religions, genders, cultures and abilities. 


The Dr. Borna Meisami Commemorative Foundation

Through the Restoring Smiles initiative, they offer free dental and
oro-facial reconstructive services to women who have survived domestic violence. To date, Restoring Smiles has provided over $800,000.

https://drbmeisamifoundation.com/




NKPR Spring Events Recap

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These past few months, our events calendar has kept us on our toes and we absolutely loved it! From rolling out the red carpet and organizing press days, to hosting launch parties and unveiling brand experiences – events form a huge part of NKPR’s DNA. Our personalized approach and strong relationships with our clients allow us to tailor each event to their unique needs, and create unforgettable experiences that leave guests asking for more! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of all the events that Team NKPR worked on in the last month:

  • Fleur De Villes at Bloor-Yorkville: Our favourite Toronto neighbourhood, Bloor-Yorkville was abloom with colour from May 4th until the 8th! Fleur de Villes paid tribute to trailblazing and trendsetting women throughout the ages with its theme for the year, ‘FEMMES.’ As a self-guided floral trail through Bloor-Yorkville, the event featured over 40 innovative, fresh floral installations and pop-ups across the neighbourhood, allowing visitors to learn more about these notable women through interactive displays. Team NKPR worked to secure press coverage to promote the week-long event by offering private tours to a select group of influencers and media for an educational walk-through of the district! Through our private tours, NKPR  secured coverage in Narcity, Blog TO, Daily Hive and The Toronto Guardian.
  • Adrak Restaurant Launch: Fantastic Indian cuisine in Toronto has a new name – Adrak! We hosted previews for select media and influencers and took them on an unparalleled immersive Indian culinary journey. As guests dined, they got to watch the restaurant’s expert chefs (trained under renowned Chef Vineet Bhatia) in action; expertly whipping up classic and contemporary dishes derived from both the streets and the palaces of South Asia. Adrak is truly the BEST Indian restaurant that Toronto has to offer!
  • Lanterra Spring Forward: The Spring Forward was held at #31 Parliament and applauded many of Lanterra’s top and platinum brokers for their excellence in sales. In addition, the event celebrated the launch of Lanterra Living— Lanterra’s creative new program, established to help the next generation get into home ownership. Lanterra introduced #TheFive outstanding individuals who will be the first to experience Lanterra Living and ultimately move into their new homes at Natasha The Residences!
  • Gumball 3000: On May 27, Bloor-Yorkville was abuzz with sleek cars and superstars for the 22nd Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. The international celebrity rally was a 7-day drive from Toronto to Miami, and had superstars including deadmau5, Bun B, Ken Griffey Jr., David Hasselhoff, CeeLo Green come together to raise money for the Gumball 3000 Foundation, supporting a variety of youth-based projects in low-income communities. For the Toronto leg of the event, the street was transformed into the Gumball Grid, and visitors were invited to come view the incredible supercars before they took off. Team NKPR managed to secure segments and coverage across top-tier print, online and broadcast media including Toronto Star, BlogTO, CP24 and CTV among others.
  • Distinguished Social Affair: NKPR proudly supported and participated in Eric Hendrikx‘s Distinguished Social Affair—a fundraising cocktail event in support of prostate cancer awareness and men’s mental health. This fundraiser took place days in advance of this year’s ‘Gentleman’s Ride’—a global motorcycle event raising funds for men’s health. Eric Hendrikx has been a global ambassador for the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride since 2018, named Orange County’s 2019 Grand Marshal, leading more than 2,000 dapper motorcyclists along California’s Pacific Coast Highway. At NKPR, eventing is in our bones –– We work directly with clients to assist in the planning, promotion, and execution of events. For the Distinguished Social Affair, NKPR worked with Eric to raise awareness for the initiative and staff the venue to create an intimate experience, with a hand-selected guest list including notable Toronto media and philanthropists. 
  • Shantelle Bisson Book Launch: Shantelle Bisson‘s third book, ‘Loving yourself without losing your cool,’ is out and we celebrated the occasion by hosting an intimate launch event for Shantelle to promote her newest release and to celebrate her incredible accomplishments. An authority on parenting, Shantelle’s latest book is a super inspirational read filled with sincere life lessons, practical advice and personal stories of Shantelle’s own triumph over childhood trauma. 
  • Peter Triantos X Eric Hendrikx “Rock & Roll Forever”: NKPR was a proud part of the launch of “ROCK & ROLL FOREVER”, a collaborative exhibition by Rolling Stone contributor, Eric Hendrikx and Toronto-based contemporary painter, Peter Triantos.  Held at 21 Avenue Road in Yorkville from June 18—29th, 2022, the show featured Hendrikx’ signed, limited edition black and white photographs of iconic rockstars—Slash, Ben Harper, Fergie, Foo Fighters—along with a unique collaboration of original mixed media artworks by Triantos and Hendrikx. Proceeds from all sales went towards men’s mental health and suicide prevention through Movember and The Unison Fund. Working directly with the team at the Peter Triantos Gallery, NKPR facilitated the curation of a targeted guest list to ensure that both art lovers and media alike had the opportunity to tour the gallery and get the inside scoop on the pieces.
  • Yorkville Exotic Car Show: On Father’s Day, Bloor-Yorkville rolled out the red carpet to showcase some of the fanciest cars from around the world at the 12th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Spanning across 9 car corrals, visitors to the neighbourhood were treated to over 100 classic, rare, and exotic cars! The Yorkville Exotic Car Show is the country’s largest luxury car show and attracted a record crowd of over 100,000 people, and raised $100,000 for the Melanoma Network. NKPR worked to secure coverage on Breakfast Television, CBC Toronto, Global News, CityNews 24, CP24, CTV News, Fairchild TV and across notable online portals too.
  • Joseph Ribkoff Amplify 231 Sales Meeting: Team NKPR headed to Montreal for a celebration of fashion with Joseph Ribkoff. Present in 60 countries worldwide, the meeting brought together 200 country managers to immerse themselves in a week-long celebration of #JR. To kick off the occasion, Natasha was asked to deliver her 2018 TEDx Talk on The Importance of Showing Up to inspire the team, and set the tone for the exciting week!

NKPR Client Spotlight: Mandy Rennehan adds another feather to her cap with new HGTV Canada show ‘Trading up with Mandy Rennehan’

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At NKPR, we commit ourselves to working with clients that we’re excited about; those who are disruptors in their fields, drive innovation and empower others – and construction mogul, MANDY RENNEHAN is the perfect example of that! Mandy’s entrepreneurial journey began at the young age of 10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, when she started selling bait to local fishermen for profit in order to help her family financially. She left home at 18 to learn more about construction, opened her first company at 20, and soon found herself at the top of a male-dominated industry, all before she turned 30.  

Truly a woman on a mission – Mandy is currently CEO of construction company Freshco, an accomplished author and a TV show host too! Following the recent launch of her book ‘The Blue Collar CEO,’ Mandy is now riding high on the success of her new TV Show “Trading up with Mandy Rennehan,’ which is produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, and airs every Thursday on HGTV Canada.  

What we did 

Team NKPR has been a proud part of Mandy’s inspiring journey; right from the early stages of the show, all the way up to her most recent press appearances for it! Our first meeting with Mandy, years ago, was enough for us to see that she was a superstar in the making, and this was the opportune moment that the idea for ‘Trading up with Mandy Rennehan’ came to life. We worked with Mandy on the early development of the show and played a part in getting the show picked up by Scott Brothers Entertainment and greenlit by HGTV Canada!

As the agency-of-record, our main goal once the show was greenlit, was to continue generating awareness for Mandy Rennehan and contribute to her overall brand recognition and growth with new audiences across North America by successfully leveraging her show and her book through broadcast, online, and print opportunities. We facilitated strategic partnerships and media relations with long and short-lead pitching to secure coverage for “Trading up with Mandy Rennehan,’ and provided ongoing counsel on media opportunities and promotions that would help catapult Mandy’s profile and success as an industry leader and credible personality across North America. 

The Show 
Set in Yarmouth, ‘Trading Up’ follows Mandy and her apprentices as they transform run-down properties into extraordinary homes for resale. Mandy has been a passionate advocate of getting tradespeople the respect they deserve and diversity in the field, and her new show reflects this commitment. Filled with funny moments, a remarkable cast and crew, life lessons, positivity and even appearances by her near and dear ones (including her father), ‘Trading up with Mandy Rennehan’ is an absolute must-watch as Mandy proves yet again that she’s truly a Master of the trades! 

NKPR Speed Dating

NKPR Speed Dating

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Speed Dating at the Office? Something that many companies are working through right now is maintaining the same sense of belonging and comradery that was more prevalent back when everyone was in the office full-time. And while we at NKPR are currently exercising a hybrid of working in the office and remotely, we value and are excited for this in-person exchange of positive energy and communication between everybody, as well as the chance to participate in more team activities at the office once again.  

Last week, we hosted a fun NKPR Speed Dating event, where our entire team got to spend a few minutes facing each other with fun questions to keep the conversations moving (What is your all-time favourite movie? What’s your go-to karaoke song?), before rotating to the next person. By the end of the exercise, our entire team was smiling, laughing and taking away some new fun facts about their peers.   

Team building exercises like Speed Dating are simple to organize and fundamental to building increased communication, employee motivation and collaboration, and help to harvest a healthy culture in the workplace.  

Socializing and making friends in the workplace is one of the best ways to increase productivity in the virtual, hybrid or in-person workplace. It’s also a great way to build social bridges across departments, help unlock leadership potential and foster creativity from the teams.  We’re excited to try more team-bonding activities!   

NK’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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The holiday season is a time for self-reflection, a time to think about what we’re grateful for and a time to get together with family and friends. Here are a few of my favourite things that would make great gifts for your loved ones… or to treat yourself with!

Links of London 

Nothing is more thoughtful, I think, than a personalized gift. Links of London’s Sweetie Bracelet is beautiful on its own, but it can also be customized with diamond keepsake charms. Above is an idea of how I would customize my own Sweetie Bracelet, using my initials and my lucky number!

Hounds Vodka

If you know me, you know I live for the colour black, and what’s so cool about Hounds is the vodka is…black!  It’s perfect for that innovative mixologist in your life who loves creating unique and striking cocktails.  And I have to say it also looks great on a bar cart! 

Available at the LCBO and La Saq

SPINCO

Spinning has become an important part of my life and weekly routine. For that 45 minutes on the SPINCO bike I’m able to disconnect from the world and work up an amazing sweat.  Grab a gift card for that special someone and book a class together, or buy yourself a package to get motivated for those New Year’s resolutions.  I’m also a fan of SPINCO’s workout gear, which you can pick out at one of their studios.

Thompson Toronto // Bloor-Yorkville 

A sleepover or staycation at a beautiful hotel is always a good idea and The Thompson Toronto is the place to do it! On top of the amazing service, stunning lobby and rooftop with panoramic views of the city (perfect place for a cocktail), the hotel was voted #1 in Toronto on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.

Once you’re checked in, head up to Bloor-Yorkville for some of Toronto’s best shopping (Holt Renfrew is a must), a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, indulge in float therapy at Rest Nest, have a magical selfie moment in front of the holiday lights on Cumberland Street, and grab a bite at neighbourhood staple Trattoria Nervosa.

South Hill Home

If you’re on the hunt for something one of a kind (and ready to invest) South Hill Home has you covered. From furniture and lighting, to accent pieces and board games (like this KIFU Paris chess set) their designer collections are incredibly curated and like no other.

DAVIDsTEA

When everyone else is bringing bottles of wine as host/hostess presents to holiday parties, why not bring a DAVIDsTEA gift box instead?  It’s a great idea for friends you know aren’t big drinkers.  The boxes include a variety of their delicious flavours and some even come with a portable tea press.

Swarovski

Some of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world shine bright with the help of Swarovski crystals, and this year the brand has three trees on display at Toronto’s Union Station.  Escape the cold and head inside for a festive outing with the fam, and if you’re looking for another thoughtful host/hostess gift, there’s the 2018 Swarovski Ornament.  It’s a beautiful keepsake to help commemorate the past year.

 

Flow x LCBO

This month the LCBO has partnered with my favourite water, Flow, to encourage people to drink responsibly! You’ll be able to pick up special co-branded Flow at different LCBO stores across Ontario over the last two weekends leading up to Christmas. You can also find it at Union Station on December 14th.  It’s a great reminder to include water in the mix when serving those festive cocktails at your holiday parties.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit with Swarovski & Win a $1000 Shopping Spree

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That’s right! The Holiday season is now upon us and we can’t help but embrace it with all of the fun upcoming events to help us get in the festive spirit!

What better way to kick-off the holiday season than with Swarovski at one of Canada’s most iconic heritage buildings? Join us at Union Station for the official unveiling of this year’s Swarovski Holiday Tree on Friday, November 16th starting at 5:00 pm. Liz Trinnear will be hosting an official lighting countdown ceremony, holiday mingle AND a special live performance from TD Music!

BONUS: Snap a pic of the iconic holiday tree and tag @Swarovski @TorontoUnion and #BrillianceForAll #UnionHoliday – the best post will win a $1,000 shopping spree. Download full contest rules and regulations here.

 


 

#NKCLIENTLOVE: A NIGHT IN LA DOLCE VITA

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It was a night to remember as the Grand Rotunda was transformed into beautiful Italian landscape to welcome guests into this year’s La Dolce Vita event. The second annual fundraising gala was held in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation and The Trillium Health Partners and raised a record-breaking $90,000! The evening featured a pizza cook-off, shopping for a cause, and of course, some Italian antipasto.

Over 1500 community members, influencers and celebrity guests came to Square One Shopping Centre to experience a large variety of food stations, cocktails, and espresso. The vendors included the cutest gelato bar truck, and guests could indulge in a charcuterie spread as people on stilts paraded around the venue in Venetian masks.

The event featured special culinary host Bobby Flay, who personally judged the pizza making contest between two representatives from the foundation. Flay was pictured trying different vendors and commenting on how to make the perfect pizza to event emcee and Top Chef Canada judge Janet Zuccarini.

The mall was transformed into a beautiful Italian-inspired piazza with fountains, bite-sized decadent Italian pasta, and even Italian treats do try. Guests were transported into a sweet night for a good cause and the evening did not disappoint!

Thank you to everyone who supported La Dolce Vita we can’t wait to see what happens next!

Want to see a preview of the night? Check out this highlight reel here.

#NKClientLove: DAVIDsTEA 10TH ANNIVERSARY

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS WITH DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA was founded in 2009 and the company quickly spread across Canada. The many flavours, bright blue and signature tea accessories have become iconic to the tea landscape. The 10th Anniversary dinner was decorated with sophistication and created to display the passion behind each tea. The company was created to bring people together from all over and show how fun and delicious the beverage can be — which the event successfully captured!

The elevator chimed at the Thompson Toronto and as the door opened, the sight of DAVIDsTEA blue welcomed the select media to celebrate the 10 incredible years with the beloved tea retailer.

The table was decorated elegantly with blue and details of gold with floral andDAVIDsTEA accents as the centrepieces. Hosted by chef Eden Grinshpan, the dinner took place at The Thompson Toronto rooftop and overlooked the gorgeous skyline of the city. The weather was sunny and warm allowing media to enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio.

The drink and food menu was curated to be paired with popular DAVIDsTEA flavours. Each course had a tea pairing such as the Apricot Glazed Lamb Rack that was paired with the David’s Tea Organic Nepal Black tea. The finale was a tea-infused dessert, which featured a Forever Nuts glaze over ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.

There were photo opportunities and Customizable DAVIDsTEA Glass Nordic Tea Mugs with the onsite calligrapher Sarah Skrlj for each guest to take home.

What’s your favourite DAVIDsTEA? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

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!

SHAYNE STEPHENS, SANGITA PATEL, CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, AND GREGO MINOT

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