Here are a few of the splashiest shindigs lined up for TIFF 2018.

By Chris Metler

Maisie Williams, Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, and Bel Powley attend the premiere party for Mary Shelley at RBC House.

If there is any part of TIFF that serves as a reminder that the Festival is about so much more than exceptional movies, it has to be the parties. Wind up on the guest-list of these gatherings, and you’re guaranteed to rub shoulders with many of cinema’s stars, studio executives, and industry heavyweights who flock to Toronto for the annual celebrations.


In collaboration with Refinery29 (a digital media and entertainment company and the creators of the internationally renowned 29Rooms experience), 1 Oak (the ultra-ritzy, celeb-favourite nightclub in NYC where Rihanna held her Met Gala after-party) and Oliver & Bonacini Events, the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s scenic rooftop welcomes multiple exclusive film premieres, including Fox Searchlight’s The Hate U Give and Caitlin Cronenberg’s The Endings. The rooftop will also have the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, where the talented Shamier Anderson and Stephan James—two brothers born and raised in Toronto, each of whom have major films at TIFF this year—play host to leading actors and filmmakers.

TIFF and Refinery29 will also be celebrating female filmmakers with an invite-only cocktail event and premiere of their 2018 Shatterbox Anthology, in partnership with Turner. With just seven per cent of 2016’s top films directed by women, Refinery29 is helping change that stat by getting women behind the camera.

Finally, TIFF is partnering with Refinery29 and Inside Out to host the 2018 Queer Brunch, a gathering of the world’s top LGBTQ+ film talents.


A dazzling hub of activity at the Festival and celebration of all things cinema and art, RBC House returns for its sophomore TIFF season. By day, the space at 11 Duncan plays host to film junkets and celebrity panels through its co-sponsorship with Nespresso, dubbed Coffee with Creators. By night, it turns into a bonafide TIFF hotspot with no fewer than 10 star-studded parties on the books, as well as three RBCxMusic events in the Avion Lounge, featuring performances from local, national, and international artists.


For the first time ever, the former bank at 320 Bay will be transformed by the Substance Group into a majestic event destination, sure to be one of the most exclusive and highly sought-after red carpet venues at this year’s Fest. Its high ceilings and historic architecture create the perfect setting for hosting film premiere parties, industry networking soirées, press junkets, and media activities. Incidentally, co-organizer David Manning of A-List Communications has been hosting celebrities and premier TIFF private parties for years.

Don’t feel like partying but still want to run into a star?

Fret not, for the stars don’t just come out to party at TIFF. They’ve got to eat, too. Especially at the following hotspots, each prominently ranked by Canada’s 100 Best, the definitive guide to Canada’s culinary scene:

  • Alo
  • Bar Isabel
  • Bar Raval
  • Brothers
  • Buca
  • Buca Yorkville
  • Café Boulud
  • Canis
  • Canoe
  • DaiLo
  • Dandylion
  • Edulis
  • Grey Gardens
  • La Banane
  • Scaramouche
  • Shoushin
  • Skippa