TIFF Weekend Recap: Hustlers Premiere at Sofia, The Friend Premiere at KOST & more

A busy weekend for INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues Sofia Restaurant & Bar, KOST, Patria and Bisha Hotel & Residences as the opening weekend of TIFF hit Toronto’s entertainment district. Sofia, KOST and Patria played host to premiere parties and Bisha had many a star sighting from Friday to Sunday.

The Friend – based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film focuses on a man who puts his life on hold when his friend is diagnosed with terminal cancer – hosted its premiere party at KOST this past Friday night. Cast members Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Isabella Kai, Marielle Scott and the film’s producers were all in attendance to enjoy specialty cocktails and canapés mirroring the restaurant’s menu.

World Class and Audi presented the Hustlers premiere party this past Saturday at Sofia Restaurant & Bar. The comedy-drama depicting strippers out for revenge stars the festival’s biggest cast and cast members Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer were all in attendance on Saturday night. Other notable guests included Bo Burnham, Tie Domi, Madeline Brewer, director Lorene Scafaria, Mette Towley, Tracey Ullman and Mitchell Travers.

Patria hosted the premiere party for Knives Out this past Saturday, as well, which included appearances from cast members Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Katherine Langford

Bisha was also no stranger to a celebrity sighting – From Friday to Sunday, stars such as Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Redmayne, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, Kristen Stewart, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Felicity Jones, Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe all made an appearance at the luxury hotel.

Click the gallery below to see photos courtesy of Joel Levy Photography.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”4″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Premiere party photos courtesy of Sonia Recchia and Sam Santos of Getty Images and Jemal Countess.

Yorkville Murals unveils programming and presents sponsor Romeo’s Gin

INK Entertainment is pleased to announce festival programming for the first ever Yorkville Murals presented by Romeo’s Gin. Launching this week, from September 12th to 14th, Torontonians can rejoice in a celebration of contemporary muralism.

The three-day festival will feature unique activations to celebrate the new murals displayed in the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue. Launching with a block party, activations include but are not limited to art panels, a meet and greet with Montreal-based artist Whatisadam, live DJs, a movie screening, sculpture displays, special light installations and a few artistic surprises.

“We have been working tirelessly to deliver a festival that will be appealing to the biggest art lovers, as well as local and visiting guests alike,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries & Yorkville Murals. “The three days are jam packed with live entertainment, art, music, film and food and drink courtesy of Sofia Restaurant & Bar. There is something for everyone and we cannot wait to see the festival grow in years to come.”

Presented by Romeo’s Gin, Yorkville Murals is also supported by partners such as Aston Martin, Christian Louboutin, Spaces, Sofia Restaurant & Bar,
Cumberland Financial, Taglialatella Galleries, INK Entertainment, Annex Hotel, The Hazelton Hotel, OCAD, the Bloor-Yorkville Improvement Area and View the Vibe among others.