An Insider's Guide to Toronto
As Toronto's Film Festival nears its final weekend, the man at the helm advises how to make the most of your visit.
This weekend concludes the 37th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Hollywood descends upon the northern city (and soon-to-be Equinox location), top-notch producers and directors mingle with celebrities, and the film world presents the best of both International and Canadian cinema. This year's guests include Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Gosling and Marion Cotillard, at the infamously laidback yet influential event thrown by Piers Handling, TIFF’s CEO and Director. With just two days left to make the most of the occasion, Handling fills us in on the places to be, the libations to consume, and his very own piece of Toronto heaven that tourists, locals, and glitterati alike should experience.
Sip martinis at the Thompson Hotel
"I love the rooftop at The Thompson Hotel. It’s the perfect spot for a great martini with remarkable views of the city."
Have dinner at Luma
"I hang out here all the time. It’s always packed with agents, directors and producers buying and selling films. The food is absolutely great and it’s by far one of my favorite spots.
Shop the city
"First, spend some time on Bloor Street in Yorkville. That’s the shopping area with high-end stores, a great outdoor vibe and a street scene that’s remarkable for people watching. Then check out Queen Street West. It’s near the festival and has a hipper and younger demographic."
Visit Toronto Island
"If you’re in Toronto for TIFF, you must check out Toronto Island. It provides a whole different view of the city and the community there is very distinct and creative. Not enough people know about it, but it’s a must-see."
Walk through Riverdale Park
"I walk through Riverdale Park every day. It’s my favorite spot."