6 hot spots to visit during Toronto International Film Festival

Must-see festival landmarks around Toronto


Thompson Hotel

550 Wellington St. W.

One of the hottest party spots last year for VIPs. The rooftop pool, jaw-dropping view of the city and a strict guest list makes it ultra exclusive. If you can’t get in, settle for some eats at the hotel’s 24/7 diner.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King St. W.

All the festival press conferences are held at this year-round home for the festival. There are five stellar theatres with 1,300 seats, a gift shop and box office. Pop in for some convenient pre-movie bites at Luma on the upper level or grab takeout or a patio table at O&B Canteen, the market café on the street level.

Roy Thomson Hall

60 Simcoe St.

This official gala and red carpet venue saw the likes of George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, U2, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie last year. Be prepared to elbow your way to the edge of the fence or, better yet, show up hours before 6 p.m. to eke out a spot.

The Ritz-Carlton

181 Wellington St. W.

While celeb-oglers stand behind barricades, you can saunter in and grab a table at TOCA Bar. Despite common belief, the hotel restaurants and lobbies aren’t closed to the public. During the 2011 TIFF, George Clooney was spotted having a drink at the chic DEQ with its outdoor patio and signature cocktails.

Fairmont Royal York

100 Front St. W.

Toronto’s grand dame hotel is bound to host fans, filmmakers, industry folk and media from around the world. Sip on a TIFFtini, a festival cocktail highlighting honey from the hotel’s rooftop apiary, at the atmospheric Library Bar.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

189 Yonge St.

This stacked theatre house contains two visually stunning theatres built in 1913. Elegant and ornate, the Elgin features gilt detailing, marble and damasks on the wall. Upstairs, the Winter Garden Theatre’s leafy ceiling and tree-trunk columns give the feel of a whimsical forest.

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