100 Cumberland Street
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This upscale restaurant in the heart of historic Yorkville is a year-round favourite among celebs including Susan Sarandon and Colin Firth. During TIFF, stars frequent this spot for dinner and fans congregate outside. In past years, the street has had to be shut down to let Matt Damon and Michael Douglas exit.
Whether because of its association with Hot Docs and the Canadian Film Centre or chef Geoff Webb’s market-driven French-inspired Canadian menu, Sassafraz is prime celeb stalking ground. Start your evening here, then continue exploring the neighborhood’s many high-end shops for other star sighting ops.
550 Wellington Street
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The mod-boutique style Thompson Hotel is located right in the middle of Festival Fever just south of King Street on Bathurst Street. Its exclusive rooftop patio and infinity pool makes it a hotspot for star-studded TIFF parties.
Last year, the hotel’s rooftop party hosted the official TIFF premiere after-party of Whiplash. Amongst others, the party saw Whiplash stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in attendance.
190 University Avenue
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The Toronto outpost of this New York-based sensation is expected to once again become a hotspot for celebs – especially those with a penchant for Chef David Chang’s famous culinary work.
Last year, the four-restaurant & bar complex downtown offered ramen-loving celebs a taste of home. As host of the 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures and Dolce & Gabbana TIFF cocktail party, the restaurant saw many celebrities pass through its doors, including Robert Downey Jr. and Al Pacino.
461 Queen Street West
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Since 2012, this King-West resto-lounge has housed the Hollywood Reporter’s “Video Lounge,” where interviews have featured Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Alexander Skarsgård and many more. On top of its penchant for hosting buzz-worthy post-premiere parties, Brassaii becomes a hub of activity during TIFF.
Get glammed up and enjoy dinner off the Mediterranean-inspired menu, while keeping your eye and ear out for celebs. You may even make it on TV yourself.
Cabana Pool Bar
11 Polson Street
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What better place for a celeb to cool off with bottle service and a swim than Toronto’s famous luxury outdoor pool? The 50,000 sq. foot space at Polson Pier offers curtain-draped cabanas, a 100-foot poolside bar and panoramic view of the skyline. This may be why Justin Bieber and Deadmau5 have made notorious visits here.
Grab a crew and make a day of lounging poolside. If you don’t spot any celebs, you’ll certainly feel like one.
Star sightings are only part of the full TIFF experience. Plan your visit to the Toronto International Film Festival to include a variety of films and programming. Whether you’re a cinephile or not, Toronto is the place to be during TIFF. Make the most of it!