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.



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.


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.