There were a headache-inducing 22 TIFF events/parties on Saturday, starting with fest co-founder Bill Marshall's annual luncheon at Bistro 990, where the host was decked out in a spiffy Etro blazer from Off The Cuff, a designer consignment shop run by a film scriptwriter -- the floor of the shop is covered with quotes from his favourite movies.
(Bono attends Fox Searchlight Pictures, Belvedere Vodka And Vanity Fair Celebrate Martha Marcy May Marlene And The Descendants during TIFF at Thompson Hotel on September 10, 2011. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
The Hello! Canada party at the Ritz Carlton attracted a Canadian contingent including Kim Coates, Paul Haggis, Dean McDermott, Yannick Bisson, Rising Star Keon Mohajeri, Leah Pinsent and Peter Keleghan. Viggo Mortensen was pulling up as we pulled out.
We make a point of attending parties sponsored by champagne companies. At the Fox Searchlight/Vanity Fair at the Thompson Hotel, the Moet Chandon flowed; the boldface not so much.
There was George Clooney, James Franco, Juliette Lewis, Alexander Skarsgard, Elizabeth Olsen, Kirsten Dunst and the ubiquitious Bono.
Everybody else seemed to be at the Grey Goose/Soho House on Duncan St. swigging vodka: everyone including TIFF golden boy Ryan Gosling, Keira Knightley, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Emile Hirsch, Jon Hamm, Jason Reitman, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Brian Cranston, Rachel Griffiths, Jimmy Kimmel, Anna Faris, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ewan MaGregor and Emily Blunt, the latter two fresh from the Blackberry party at Brassaii, where they laughed all through dinner.
Bono also dropped by Soho House. He simply refuses to leave TIFF. He should apply for a green card.
Meanwhile on West Queen West, Goon's castmembers Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel nightcapped at The Drake.