Toronto Alert

Toronto Alert
September 2008

Fall marks many exciting occasions in the city of Toronto. Nuit Blanche brings an international 12-hour art blitz to our streets, L’Oréal Fashion Week brings the best of Canadian talent to our runways, and the Toronto International Film Festival brings some of the highest profile stars and their coveted films to our theatres.
Laura Lanktree


FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE The Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the best in the world, measuring up to Venice and Cannes in terms of big names and big titles. This year is no exception. With a massive line up of A-list stars arriving (including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Natalie Portman, among many) and a plethora of highly anticipated films (from Paul Gross’ Passchendaele to Adam Egoyan’s Adoration), it’s best to hit the box office sooner than later.


MANGEA MANGEA If you’re looking to celeb watch during the film festival, why not do so while indulging in some of the finest Italian dishes in the city? Sotto Sotto is a celebrity hot spot during TIFF and the paparazzi snapshots lining the entrance stand as proof. Reservations are an absolute must at this time of year.


NIGHT MOVES The Drake Hotel is another well-known hot spot during the Toronto International Film Festival and with so much partying to do and so little time to do it, the popular social haven has decided to extend their nightly hours. From September 4th to September 13th, join the music, food, and fantastic patio until 4 in the morning.


ONEXONE Since its 2006 debut, the annual OneXOne gala event has come to be the most coveted evening of TIFF. Hosted by Matt Damon and featuring the musical direction of Wyclef Jean, this year’s gala, taking place on September 8th at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens is set to honour recording artist John Legend, and Canadians Ryan Hreljac of the Ryan’s Well Foundation and Marc and Craig Kielburger, founders of Free The Children.


CULTURE HIT Once Hollywood has made its way back to tinseltown, it’ll nearly be time for the art world to take over where film left off. Starting Saturday, October 4th at 6:52 p.m. and ending at sunrise the next morning, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, featuring over 155 exhibits, will scatter works of art throughout the streets, tunnels, bridges, and galleries of TO. From visual art to installations and happenings, there is more to see than 12 hours can afford, so map out your path and make it an all-nighter.