Outside of the screenings, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) parties are the heart of the festival.

Ever wondered what it is like to rub shoulders with your favourite directors?

Or enjoy a signature cocktail with Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep or one of the hundreds of other stars in attendance this year? Keep reading to discover the must-attend parties of TIFF 2019.

Artists for Peace and Justice, a charity founded by Paul Haggis, holds an annual gala that has become one of the most coveted TIFF party tickets. Held at the Windsor Arms Hotel on St. Thomas Street, the event has attracted stars like Susan Sarandon and Gisella Marengo. This year, the organization has taken a focus on education, raising over $32 million to support schools in Haiti. The event will be hosted by Zoomer Magazine Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Boyd and PR legend Natasha Koifman, on September 7th.

One of the most coveted invitations of TIFF, the Best of the Fest party, is one of the festival’s most exclusive functions. The bohemian-inspired lounge is the perfect place to dance the night away or get an insider’s perspective as directors and studio executives wheel and deal. Past attendees include Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Idris Alba. The private event will be held on Friday, September 6th.

RBC House, located at 11 Duncan St. in the heart of the Entertainment District, is a natural hub for TIFF events. Its legendary, star-studded parties are a reflection RBC’s support for film and the arts. A private event will be held on Saturday, September 7th. RBC also sponsors a Red Carpet Gallery, where film fans can see their favourite stars up close. Open to the public, the carpet will be open for all Gala presentations at David Pecaut Square. Reserve a place at rbctiff.com.

MARBL Restaurant will be a TIFF hotspot from September 6−8, when it hosts a series of exclusive festival and industry cocktail parties, dinners and press briefings. Don’t forget to come back in February for their annual Oscar viewing party.

The TIFF Tribute Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF programming. Held at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel on September 9th, this year’s edition will feature the inaugural presentation of the TIFF Impact Award to celebrate social action through storytelling.

If a simple street party is more your scene, King Street West will be closed to traffic between University and Peter for a days-long celebration of all things cinema. The public event runs from September 5−8 and attracts thousands of filmgoers and stars alike. Expect live music and ample photo opportunities.

So pop a bottle of champagne and get ready to see famous faces and gorgeous venues. If you’re coming to Toronto for TIFF, take advantage of a great deal on a hotel so you have more to spend at the city’s best restaurants. And for more about the festival films and events, visit the official TIFF website.

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