DAY THREE: ITHouse x Producers Ball ’18

The last, but perhaps the most exciting day of The 2018 ITHouse x Producers Ball, came on September 9th, 2018!

The morning began with the amazing Patrick J. Adams! His kindness and passion for photography showed as he switched roles with our Rolling Stone photographer to test out his equipment. He was enthralled by the set-up the photographer had going on and was intrigued to learn more!

It was a busy morning and the charming Dermot Mulroney was spotted on the luxurious leather couches enjoying a Tim Horton’s black coffee. He shared that he looks forward to the Sour Cream Glazed doughnuts at Tim Horton’s when he visits Canada!

The glamorous Clara Rosager stopped by and tried on the Swarovski jewels. The pieces that were displayed complimented her outfit perfectly and she looked gorgeous surrounded by the vintage scene!

The final day centred around Swarovski’s panel on Fashion in Film with fashion gurus, Annette Ryan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michelle Lyte, and Bronwyn Cosgrave, as our panelists. Moderated by the ELLE Canada Editor- in- Chief, the panel explored the most memorable fashion moments in film history and the power of the right wardrobe. Shohreh Aghdashloo shared her wisdom on the subject when saying that not only does good fashion matter in a movie, but so does music! Both art forms coming together is so powerful in creating impactful and beautiful narratives.

The day once again ended in games as Canadian singer Tyler Shaw stopped by to take a TIFF break and enjoy a game of ping pong! He closed down the ITHouse by picking up the guitar and playing some tunes. The calm before the storm before the evening of the APJ Festival Gala began!

What was your highlight of TIFF this year? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR and @ProducersBall) and let us know!

DAY TWO: ITHouse x Producers Ball ’18

Day two of the IT Lounge 2018 began on September 7th 2018. The Lise Watier activation sparkled and the vintage-inspired corner that Swarovski occupied was ready for another day of glam photoshoots. The morning was filled with interviews behind-the-scenes with Drew Scott, jumping around to parts of the ITHouse- including a mid-interview game of ping-pong with CP24 Breakfast’s Bill Coulter!

The panel of the day was centred on this year’s theme of Music and Film! Moderated by Eric Alper, the panellists discussed the worlds colliding and explored the importance of sound complimenting a storyline. Michael Perlmutter described the relationship perfectly when he said “music and film are two extraordinary artforms that have the ability to story-tell. And they complement each other. Music helps to support. Music helps to support the story and the sonic vision.”

The panel went in depth about the many different types of sound incorporated in film and the influential role of music. The addition of melodies and noises in a soundscape helps to persuade the watcher into believing a story, and while adding music may be crucial to help tell the anecdote; the power of silence is equally as important.

As the afternoon progressed, Canadian legends The Barenaked Ladies stopped by! The band was seen mingling with friends, and even enjoying FLOW and Nomz organic between visits to get touch ups from Lise Watier!

 

Karl Wolfe and London Brown also made a pit stop in the afternoon. They both had lively energy that kept everyone laughing as they posed for photos in The Rolling Stone Photobooth and with the Lise Watier stage!

The day wasn’t over until the sweet Jacob Tremblay stopped by! He expressed his love of Tim Horton’s doughnuts and of course took advantage of the life-sized games throughout the afternoon!

Day two was a full and fun day and continued on with the annual Producers Ball that evening where all guests enjoyed a night of great music, food, drinks, and of course, amazing company!

Stay tuned for the final daily recap tomorrow and see more on #NKPRIT18!

DAY ONE: ITHouse x Producers Ball ‘18

On September 6th Film Festival season in Toronto was kicked off in old fashion with NKPR’s infamous ITHouse x Producers Ball lounge. The Live Nation Lounge in Liberty Village was brought to life with inspiring activations from Lise Watier, Swarovski, and Hounds Vodka. Guests were encouraged to take part in a Rolling Stone photobooth which gave every individual their chance at being on a “Rolling Stone Cover.”

The activations were set up to provide each person with the perfect glam and glitz. Guests could stop by the Lise Watier makeup artists who provided touch-ups throughout the day. Lise Watier eyeshadow palettes were studded with guests initials and there was even the chance for an old school polaroid in front of an old-school microphone. Silver and glitter filled the area and individuals were encouraged to get dolled up to be picture ready at any moment.

The loft-like space was decorated with large and luxurious brown leather couches where Anthony Mantella proved that Lise Watier isn’t just for girls! And everyone gathered as he got to test out his very own Lise Watier eye makeup pallet. “That’s it? It really goes on this easy?!” he obviously doesn’t realize how much work really goes into putting on your favourite shadow colour.

The Swarovski activation was adorned with jewels on every surface with vintage furniture and chars filling the space to create an old-school photoshoot. Guests gathered to try on the most extravagant pieces to go with their TIFF outfits and get the perfect photo to capture the fun!

   

The panel “The Art of the Short” began at 12:00 p.m and was moderated by writer Courtney Shae with a very special musical introduction by Eveta. The discussion explored the art of telling a big story in a small amount of time and featured short film experts discussing why the love the art so much.

Matthew Wilson explained that “the landscape of film is changing. It’s a lot easier to make a short film, there’s no more stigma that a short is lesser quality. They’re all different and they’re all respected.” And we couldn’t agree more with his humble insight about the film industry.

Boyd Holbrook looked trendy and stopped by to say hello and get his shot in this year’s portrait studio put on by Rolling Stone. This portrait studio is going to be bustling the next couple of days! We can’t wait to see who else stops by in the next couple of days.

Hounds Vodka had a special bartender set up serving the Bloodhound and the Black Tonic cocktails for everyone to enjoy. The black vodka created the perfect infused refreshments for the day. And Natasha got her own chance at bartending as she got behind the bar to mix and measure the delicious concoction for guests to try.

Ben Ayres tried his first Hounds Vodka and was pleasantly surprised by the fusion of flavours and was even happier when he found that Tim Horton’s Anytime Breakfast was being served to munch on as he enjoyed the day.

Day one was a huge success! As the day began to quiet down Fefe Dobson was spotted in the Swarovski corner playing around with chords and creating melodies on a Gretsch Bigsby guitar, and Ben Ayres and Adrian Holmes enjoyed a quick round of ping pong before saying goodbye.

We can’t wait to see what day 2 brings! Stay tuned for a daily recap tomorrow!

See more on #NKPRIT18!

NKPR’s 2018 Festival Countdown Recap

On Wednesday, August 23rd, NKPR hosted their annual Festival Countdown to officially kick-off Film Festival season and #NKPRIT18, brought to you by Hounds Vodka and Lise Watier.

The night was filled with glamour and sophistication, with Swarovski crystals dazzling from the trees, fun activations that captured moments of the night and a plethora of refreshments and sweets (of course).

 

Upon entrance, a stunning Lise Watier tree was styled with twinkle lights, hanging crystals (hello, Swarovski!) and white roses as the backdrop for guests’ shared photo booth moments. Designed by the talented Caspar Haydar Design, the entire event was completely stunning and the perfect atmosphere!

As guests mingled, Pusateri’s served delicious hors-d’oeuvres throughout the night along with a full charcuterie spread with Joselito live ham slicing and a fresh mozzarella pulling station. There was something delicious for everyone and even a delicious sweets table that featured an #NKAllBlackEverything cake provided by Cakes by Mickey!

 

The cocktails for the evening were provided by Hounds Vodka, serving up signature and speciality drinks with their charcoal-infused black vodka, including “Ziggy Bardust” and “Hounds On The Rock”. The “To The Moon and Black” cocktail was definitely a crowd favourite, made with fresh lime juice, creme de cassis and simple syrup, and served with blackberries! The bar was also stocked with Ace Hill Beer and various refreshing flavours of Flow Water.

For all that sparkles, guests could visit the Lise Watier makeup playground to get their makeup touched up with the best and newest products. Guests could also take home a personalized Lise Watier makeup compact embossed with Swarovski crystal lettering (Yes, please)!

The surprise musical guest was Toronto star Fefe Dobson, who put on an incredible set of her new songs to celebrate #NKPRIT18. She performed mid-party with her all-girl band with singles like “Get You Off” and “Love” perfectly combining the theme of film and music.

Near the end of the evening, breakfast was served with Tim Hortons, with their Breakfast Anytime items! Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich at 10 PM? These late-night snacks gave guests one last chance to fuel-up and continue the festivities well into the night!

Shayne Stephens, Sangita Patel, Christi Himmelheber, and Grego Minot

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the film festival season with us!

TIFF GUIDE: Black Vodka Cocktails

With all the premieres and industry-insiders in Toronto during the film festival season, there is always a party to attend! This year, Hounds Vodka has curated a menu of some delicious all-black vodka cocktails premiering at TIFF. Whether you’re in the heart of it all in Bloor-Yorkville or throwing your own TIFF celebration- there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of their signature drinks!

TIFF 2018: Red Carpet Looks

This year’s red carpet looks are bold and glamorous. Swarovski and Lise Watier are no strangers to these trends – Swarovski with their statement pieces and Lise Watier with the product to create all the drama one could desire.

Swarovski introduces the FW18 Crystal Tales Collection – with chokers, hoop earrings, dual-purpose pieces and even brooches to accentuate your film festival looks. These pieces allow you to easily transition your look from day to night – from the day-time film premieres to the red carpet.

Lise Watier offers products that will not only last you the entirety of the film festival but will allow you to stand out in the crowd. The new Haute Nature Eyeshadow Palette allows you to create a multitude of looks, from dramatic night looks to natural daytime glows. Pair this with the nourishing Rouge Gourmand Glow Hydrating Lip Balm! The Lip Balm comes in many different shades and creates the perfect bold lip for any red carpet event.

 

TIFF GUIDE: TORONTO HOTSPOTS

With TIFF approaching soon, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto hotspots to visit in between movies. Whether you enjoy a good patio cocktail or want to be on the lookout for A-list TIFF stars in town, we’ve got a little something for everyone to do to make your TIFF experience that much better.

The Thompson Hotel | 550 Wellington St W.

Located in King West Village, Thompson Hotel has one of the best and most popular views of the city. It’s known as a celebrity hot spot during TIFF, but also year round, featuring celebrities such as The Weeknd and Selena Gomez who visited the Diner and popular guests during the TIFF season such as Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and James Franco. It has also hosted notable premieres and celebrity parties in the past, making it a great place to be during TIFF season to spot your fav celebrity. This year, The Thompson Hotel is even creating movie-themed cocktails based on this year’s TIFF lineup.

Aside from celeb sightings and film inspired cocktails, The Thompson also offers panoramic views of Toronto from its Rooftop Lounge and seasonal pool. Be sure to dine in comfort in the Thompson Diner open really early and really late, perfect for pre or post movie.

JOEY Restaurant | 1 Dundas St W.

Right in the heart of Downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre, JOEY has become a favourite restaurant of ours! The decor and atmosphere help to bring the ultimate casual dining experience that is vibrant and relaxed. Wednesday’s are our favourite days with half-priced bottles of wine and globally inspired dishes to pair! JOEY will definitely be a hot spot during TIFF that is right in the middle of all the Toronto action! Be sure to make your Wednesday night reso now.

Bloor-Yorkville

This neighbourhood is easily Toronto’s most celebrated area! Filled with high-end fashion and restaurants to satisfy every craving, Bloor-Yorkville has something for everyone.

Some cool events happening in this area include:

Toronto Fashion Week | 55 Avenue Road
TFW will be happening from September 4th to September 6th, right during TIFF! It will also feature the exclusive book launch, on September 4th, for Jessica Ennis and Caitlin Cronenberg’s latest project, The Endings!

Get your TFW Tickets here

The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the APJ Film Festival Gala taking place at the beautiful and historic Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Co-hosted by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, the fundraising event is a chance for leading artists, brands and philanthropists to celebrate and empower local communities in Haiti. Although it is sold out this year, the event will be filled with glitz, glamour and TIFF celebrities of course!

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party
This star-studded party will be happening on September 8th at the Four Seasons in Yorkville. An annual event, it is always a big celebrity hot spot, featuring some of our favourite stars such as Margot Robbie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, George Clooney…the list goes on!

TIFF 2018: The Importance of Music in Film

When you think of any iconic movie, chances are you think of a specific song. Music is intertwined with the production and experience of the film. It helps tell the story, becoming the emotional guide for the audience and conveying the tone of the scene. Think of “Don’t You Forget About Me” in The Breakfast Club where Judd Nelson throws up his fist to create the most iconic ending to a classic movie. It’s an action we still do today when that tune comes on. There is a power that music can have to transform and define our experiences.

TIFF has seen the power of music in film year after year, and in 2018, there’s an abundance of movies that use the power of music to tell a compelling story.

Music Inspired Movies

A Star Is Born

The much anticipated romantic musical featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who is both a producer and leading star of the film. We. Are. So Excited! This film is a remake from the 1937 film and follows the story of Cooper’s character, a country musician who falls in love with the young Gaga. The journey encompasses young love discovered in the realms of lyric writing and melodies. Their love story begins to grow but fame hinders them. Jackson is forced to face a failing relationship and his own personal demons all intertwined with the power of music to create a film we have been waiting for!

Green Book

We’re definitely excited about this one. The Green Book (mentioned in a previous blog) combines the history of the American South in the 1960’s and an African American piano prodigy. The storyline unfolds to combine classical music with an unexpected friendship and the trials of racial disparity in the 60’s. The trailer brings out all the emotions and we know the movie will bring out even more!

The Kindergarten Teacher

In this psychologically twisted film, a junior kindergarten teacher becomes obsessed with one of her students when she walks in on him reciting his own poetry. She describes the five-year-old as a young Mozart, and someone that needs to be nurtured and loved for his talent to grow. We love how this movie plays on the classical pianist Mozart to showcase a child’s extraordinary talent. We think this twisted drama will provide all the suspense at TIFF.

Life Itself

Not only does this movie have a strong cast, award-winning producers and writers and a storyline that encompasses the unexpected twists of life’s journey – it also has a soundtrack we can’t wait to download! With the trailers featuring soft indie music, iconic songs like “The Funeral” by Band of Horses, we can expect this film to use music to capture emotional scenes (get your tissues ready!). From the creators of This Is Us and Crazy, Stupid, Love, the producers behind this movie have a history of creating the perfect soundtrack to reflect a storyline. Life Itself has a plot that will satisfy and touch on all walks of life, and we can’t wait to listen to the music behind the scenes.

TIFF GUIDE: The 5 Empowering Films We Can’t Wait to See

In the past couple of years, we have seen an uprising in empowerment, with individuals and communities raising their voices and championing their causes. TIFF’s 2018 line up is embodying this movement and features films with stories that need to be heard. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 empowering films we’re looking forward to the most (that are inspiring and emotional all in one)!

The Hate U Give

The trailer begins by telling the story of young Starr growing up in a majority African American, small but tightly knit neighbourhood, with her long-time friend. It begins to tell how she separated from her roots to continue education at a more prestigious high school. Eventually, an old friendship rekindles and as their relationship blooms, they are put in a situation where they are pulled over by a Caucasian police officer. The Hate U Give is an emotionally charged film that brings forward the heartbreaking reality of many African American youth. We’re excited about this one because it’s a realistic story that stays true to a real-world phenomenon that continues to beg for true change.

Beautiful Boy

Starring the hilarious Steve Carell and the talented Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy tells the moving story of a father-son relationship. This story of change focuses on Carrel’s character who realizes that sometimes being a father is creating a fluid relationship, that is accepting and unconditional. It has a unique twist to tell a common story of losing touch with a loved one, and we’re excited to see how it unfolds!

Widows

Who doesn’t love a lady-power movie?? In this girl boss film, a group of women have become widows after their husbands have died during a criminal heist. With Viola Davis in a leading role, the women come together to pull off the unexpected. The group of widows show ultimate femme fatale to stand up and do something. We are obsessed with this action-packed movie that is a twist on the usual criminal storyline and empowers the typical damsel in distress character. It is one for all the girl bosses to watch!

 

Green Book

This movie looks phenomenal! Based on a true story, it tells the story of two worlds colliding. A working Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South. This film tells the story of true friendship during a highly controversial time in America’s history. We love how both music and companionship overcome the racial issues of the time. This movie is one for all audiences and has been beautifully created to evoke all emotions.

It House x Producers Ball Day 2

It’s Back! Located in the heart of all things film festival, the 7th annual Producers Ball, hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott of the Property Brothers was a night to remember. Made possible by gold partners, Fandango and Swarovski with support from CAA, this elegant evening helped celebrate the integral role that producers play in the entertainment industry and their dedicated roles. As one of the most anticipated events of the Toronto International Film Festival, the intimate gala was shared with the best in the industry, including international directors, producers, talent, artists, and media.

The intimate concept and location definitely make the IT House x Producers Ball party guests couldn’t miss.

IT House x Producers Ball has been a success because of the incredible partners we’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years. Brands like Swarovski, Annabelle, Flow Water and Fandango, to name a few, are committed to using their platforms to create one-of-a-kind experiences and make a positive impact in the community by engaging guests at the IT House and on a digital platform.

This year, the It House x Producers Ball was transformed into a place for all types of talent to relish in innovative experiences, philanthropy, and fun! Speaking of fun, guests were entertained with a giant Jenga game in the middle of the room,  bar beverages from CIROC, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Steam Whistle and Palatine Hills Estates Winery , an aura reader and typists by Swarovski, a make-up tutorial by Annabelle Cosmetics, and entertained with music by  The Smoking Guns.

Upstairs the Swarovski Lounge invited guests to mix, mingle and try on the new Remix collection, with vibrant crystals on display.

Day two at the IT House x Producers Ball brought in more of Hollywood’s brightest, rising stars and industry veterans. With appearances by Director X, Ben Schwartz and Elle Wong it was an eventful day. Guests had their photos taken in the Nylon Portrait studio shot by NYC-based talented photographer, Sophie Elgort.

After some time in the spotlights, guests could enjoy the rest of the stations at the IT House x Producers Ball, including delectable Pinkberry frozen yogurt, make-overs from Annabelle, a drink from ladies at the Concierge Club, wine from Fleur Du Cap and goodies from Lug bags and food provided by Gusto 54 Catering.