#NKPRIT19 Film Fest Industry Panels

Once again we’ve lined up a few exciting film festival industry panels taking place at the IT House x Producer’s Ball. You’re invited to join us on September 5th for Get into the Groove: Music & Film, September 6th for The Changemakers and September 8th for The Movie Magic of Meryl Streep! RSVP to [email protected] with the panel title in the subject line. We hope to see you there! #NKPRIT19


#TIFF19 is quickly approaching, and so are the NKPR IT House x Producer’s Ball festivities! Last year we partnered with Rolling Stone magazine and so many starts stopped by for a portrait session. This year, we’re so excited to be partnering with Rolling Stone again! In honour of that, we wanted to share 10 of our favourite portraits from #NKPRIT18.

Colin Farrell

Jacob Tremblay

Liam Neeson

Jamie Lee Curtis

Patrick J. Adams

Keegan-Michael Key

Michelle Rodriguez

Sarah Gadon

Maripier Morin

Quincy Jones


Earlier this week, the Thompson Toronto held a Film Fest inspired cocktail event on the stunning rooftop. Bartenders served creative cocktails inspired by movies that will be at #TIFF19. Scroll down to see some of the cocktail creations and stop by during TIFF to sip your own!

This cocktail is called the Happy Face and it’s inspired by the film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. The colouring strikes a real resemblance to the iconic joker makeup.

This cocktail is called the Ruby Slipper. Inspired by the film Judy…a biopic that recalls the life of famed actress Judy Garland, the cocktails are a radiant ruby tone, paying homage to the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.


After wrapping up yet another successful Festival Countdown…we wanted to share a behind the scenes look of everything that goes into the making of this film fest kick-off party! Check out the video, as well as some images from the event below.

Our partners for the event were TREC Brands, Blissed and WINK.

Blissed’s activation.

Wink’s activation.

Gusto Green served up cannabis infused dishes.

The evenings cocktails were courtesy of Hounds Vodka.

Flow kept guests hydrated throughout the evening!

Maker pizza was passed throughout the party.

Anthony Mantella & Natasha Koifman.

DJ Lissa Monet spun all of the hottest hits.

Michael Budman & Diane Bald.

Natasha Koifman, Cory Vitiello and Caitlin Cronenberg.

Carly Stojsic.

Chloe Wilde, Devo Brown, Meghan Yuri Young.
David, Madelaine & Kate Daniels.

The TREC Brands team.

Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Brandon Gonez & Kayla Grey.

Shea Hurley & Renata Kaveh.



With the Toronto International Film Festival around the corner, we asked some of the NKPR team which films they’re looking forward to seeing! From the story of Harriet Tubman, to Mr. Rogers, to Jennifer Lopez playing a stripper, it’s bound to be an exciting festival! Keep reading below for our picks!

Western Stars
Natasha Koifman, President

I’m a huge Springsteen fan so I was beyond excited to see that Bruce will be making his directorial debut with his concert film Western Stars. The film is a cinematic adaptation of his recent album of the same name! I’m so looking forward to singing along!


Lucy In The Sky
Mark Rupert, Director of Content

Natalie Portman is one of the best actors out there. From Black Swan to Thor, I will watch anything she’s in. Her co-stars Dan Stevens and Jon Hamm aren’t bad either.  Definitely looking forward to catching this one during the festival!


Tammy Kung, Account Coordinator

This film tells the inspiring and revolutionary story of Harriet Tubman, and stars Leslie Odom Jr, Janelle Monae and Cynthia Erivo – who plays the lead character. Cynthia already has an Emmy, Grammy and a Tony. If she gets good reviews for this film and wins an Oscar, she could become an EGOT winner (which would make her the 16th person ever!).


Lucas Chimiski, Account Coordinator

There are so many big stars in this film: Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Keke Palmer (just to name a few!). And they are all very strong female leads. Another reason for my choice is the fact that this movie speaks to the theme of diversity and inclusion within Hollywood. I believe that in these times movies should have equal representation and address societal issues that speak to the viewers ability to relate and connect with the content displayed.


A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood
Danielle Mossman, Social Media Coordinator

Tom Hanks!!! Enough said. Tom is a master of character transformation, I adore each and every one of his films. I feel like Tom Hanks has this inherent goodness about him that makes him the perfect choice to play the beloved television host. Cannot wait to watch.

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!