If you've been living under a rock, one of Toronto's most anticipated annual events officially begins Sept 8 and runs to the 18th. TIFF, better known as the "Toronto International Film Festival" will be showcasing over 300 films from over 60 countries. It's a time of celebrity sightings, red carpets and lots of parties. TIFF is held every year in September and has grown exponentially. A film festival originally located in Yorkville has now taken over most of Toronto, including the TIFF Bell LightBox located in the Entertainment District. There is quite a buzz even days before the actual festival begins. Numerous celebrities have already been sighted recently such as Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Julianne Hough and Jason Priestley to name a few. I enjoy the variety of flicks even though I'm not a huge movie buff. In reality, all the fun is in the celebrity sightings. Tons of on-lookers and fans takeover the streets of Toronto to catch a glimpse of their favourite celebs.
So where do the celebrities hang out when they are here for the festival? During press conferences, they'll be located at various "Gift Lounges" around the city. As mentioned some of the key locations to spot the celebs are places such as One Yorkville, Sotto Sotto, Four Seasons and Park Hyatt hotel in the Yorkville area. If you are in the Entertainment district, hotspots such as Maison on Mercer, Nota Bene, Ritz Carlton and Thompson Hotel are always celeb friendly. To the more obscure sightings, Ossington street has also been known in the past for celeb sightings. In most cases, stars are probably staying put within the hotels they stay at to avoid all the hoopla and paparazzi.
Some of the expected celebs to attend this year's festivities are Madonna, Marisa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Woody Harrelson, Jane Fonda, Blake Lively, Gerard Butler, Keira Knightley, Megan Fox and George Clooney. This year, I'm hoping to watch some movies and attend some of the cool parties. Hopefully, you will get a chance to experience "Hollywood North" too when the celebs takeover TIFF this year.