Opening Tiff Soiree
Celebrating 40 years of TIFF, this year’s TIFF Soiree is one of the most anticipated events of the festival. Dedicated cinephiles and patrons of the arts mingle with Hollywood filmmakers and actors at this once-in-a-lifetime soirée that raises funds to support TIFF programming year-round.
This year’s Opening Gala features an exclusive onstage conversation with a celebrity guest, followed by a rooftop party, live entertainment, special guests and a few surprises. If you can afford the $300 price tag, you can join the festivities on Wednesday, September 9th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Otherwise, star-gaze outside the theatre pre-5:30pm to watch the crème de la crème as they stream in.
Red Carpet Galas
In addition to the Opening Gala, TIFF premieres several “gala films” every year –high-profile screenings featuring big-name stars and red carpets. Last year’s red carpet galas saw the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Watts, Robert Downey Jr. and Al Pacino grace us with their presence.
TIFF has already announced its major gala premieres for 2015. Keep your eye out for some of these Hollywood celebs on the red carpet this September – and be sure to arrive early to get a prime view (and perhaps an autograph).
- Matt Damon stars in The Martian, a sci-fi adventure epic of a stranded astronaut surviving on the harsh surface of Mars as his ground team plans a rescue mission from director Ridley Scott (World Premiere). This film is receiving much hype and should attract a number of celebs.
- Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carrell and Michael Shannon star in Freeheld, a true-life drama about a terminally ill New Jersey police officer and her quest to pass on her pension benefits to her domestic partner from director Peter Sollett (World Premier).
- Johhny Depp stars in Black Mass, a true-story based on the life of Whitey Bulger, an Irish-American mobster-turned-informant prominent from the Boston underworld, from director Scott Cooper (Canadian Premiere).
- Eddie Redmayne stars in The Danish Girl, a biopic on the life of 1920s Danish transgender artist Lili Elbe directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (North American Premiere).
Check the TIFF website for the full list of galas, dates and ticket information.
Ever dreamed of partying with the stars? Now’s your chance. While a lot of TIFF parties are invite-only, a few are open to the public. In any case, you can expect to find the stars continuing the festivities until late in the evening at one of the many Toronto bars that have extended last calls (4 AM) during the Festival.
- The Spoke Club will be hosting its annual Nikki Beach pop-up from September 10-13. In previous years, Bono, George Clooney, Edward Norton, Madonna and Will.i.am have all celebrated TIFF on The Spoke Club’s rooftop patio. The club is only open to members, but if you’re lucky enough to be one you can expect to see many other stars at this exclusive sanctuary.
- Last year during TIFF, the recently restored Soho House hosted several different Grey Goose-sponsored parties a night, welcoming the likes of Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer and Kate Beckinsale through its doors, amongst others. This 10,000 square-foot converted 19th-century hotel is sure to be a hotspot again this year, so arrive early and keep your eyes peeled for celebrities.
- Other party locales worth checking out include The Hoxton, Adelaide Hall, F-Stop and Brassaii. James Franco and Michael Fassbender love to unwind at The Hoxton, while J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller were both spotted at the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop patio during last year’s Whiplash afterparty.
TIFF is the one time of year in Toronto where everyday people get to mix with the Hollywood elite. Let your inner star out and get the full A-list experience this year at TIFF 2015!