Toronto begins with parties at TIFF 2019

The best part about having a party BEFORE the festival starts is that you get to see people at their best, rested and excited about the 10 days ahead.   It’s not easy to keep it THIS together for the entire festival.    Both ETALK and Birks started things off.

(w/notes from INK.)



Canada’s brightest in entertainment were seen kicking off the festival season at The Spoke Club during ETALK’s 14th annual Canadian Filmmakers’ party. ETALK hosts including Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Reporters Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards, and LA correspondent Liz Trinnear were seen mingling with guests and enjoying the rooftop patio.

Photo Credit: Pedro Marques

The Spoke Club served a delicious selection of charcuterie, salads and canapés paired with Dobel Tequila and 1800 Tequila cocktails and music by local DJ Chris Laroque. Notable guests in attendance included Amanda Brugel from The Handmaid’s Tale, The Social hosts Cynthia Loyst, Melissa Grelo and Jess Allen, Yannick Bisson of Murdoch Mysteries, Vikings and Orphan Black actor Eric Johnson, Love Island reality star Eric Hall, TV host and designer Steven Sabados, celebrated photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and many more.


Birks , the official jewelry sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Telefilm Canada today announced the honourees for the annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film. The Tribute, taking place on Wednesday, September 4 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel, celebrates Canada’s diverse film landscape by way of its storytellers on both sides of the camera. This year’s distinguished honourees include director Micheline Lanctôt; actors Wendy Crewson and Jean Yoon; screenwriter Marie Clements; and emerging directors Jasmin Mozaffari and Sophie Dupuis. Each honouree in the directing, acting, screenwriting and emerging talent categories will receive an honourarium from Birks to support their next project.

Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film
Photo credit: Photo by Sam Santos/George Pimentel Photography


This year’s group of honourees join the ranks of Birks Tribute alumni including: Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Polley, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Gadon, Jennifer Baichwal, Karine Vanasse, Deepa Mehta, Louise Archambault, Catherine O’Hara, Sandra Oh, Patricia Rozema, Amanda Brugel, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Évelyne Brochu, Tantoo Cardinal, Stella Meghie, Susan Coyne, among others.






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