TIFF 2014 brings out the Legends of 70′s & 80′s Film & Music

Since the early nineties, I’ve always anticipated the late August announcement of films being presented at TIFF and the actors that would potentially make it down the Canadian red carpet.

It was a TIFF encounter with Robert De Niro on 1993 that really changed autograph collecting from a hobby to a full-fledged career in entertainment memorabilia.

 

TSl talking to Robert De Niro outside Prego restaurant at TIFF 1993

TSL talking to Robert De Niro outside Prego restaurant at TIFF 1993

The festival has changed significantly since then from small and intimate gathering at one of a handful of hotels and hot spots to a frenzied festival that takes over a large part of the city for almost two weeks. This year, even part of downtown King Street was closed for TIFF fans and film buffs.

Bigger audiences and crowds at premieres, new autograph collectors and lucky fans who can now snap a photo with a celeb, along with an army of publicists has radically changed the landscape of the festival and have elevated the Toronto International Film Festival as event of international significance and repute.

Despite the ever increasing barriers, bodyguards and crowds, this year couldn’t have started better with a John Hancock from Al Pacino himself after a private dinner at Opus restaurant on Prince Arthur the night before TIFF kicked off.

 

Al Pacino gives TSL a beautiful signature on the classic Scarface poster at TIFF 2014

Al Pacino gives TSL a beautiful signature on the classic Scarface poster at TIFF 2014

 

From seventies legends Michael Douglas to Jane Fonda, Richard Gere to John Travolta, and eighties legends Bill Murray and Kevin Costner, there was no shortage of talent from the classic films I grew up watching this year at TIFF.

TSL exclusively signed posters at TIFF 2014

TSL exclusively signed posters at TIFF 2014

Some of the classic film posters signed at TIFF 2014 for TSL

Some of the classic film posters signed at TIFF 2014 for TSL

But it wasn’t only film legends that came out for the festival, there were major music legends in attendance too. Brian Wilson made an appearance for the screening of his bio-pic “Love and Mercy”, Roger Waters premiered his latest concert film “The Wall” and Canadian Neil Young attended the director’s cut of the eighties film “Human Highway”.

Classic albums signed at TIFF 2014

Classic albums signed at TIFF 2014

Just as the festival has expanded, so have the parties which have become bigger and glitzier. One major difference this year was the InStyle party which was moved from its usual Monday night back to the first Saturday night of TIFF. Held annually at the Windsor Arms hotel, this ‘be-seen’ soiree was THE party of the festival, with almost every actor in town coming through.

TSL hits the 2014 InStyle TIFF party at the Windsor Arms Hotel

TSL hits the 2014 InStyle TIFF party at the Windsor Arms Hotel

 

From established actors like Kevin Costner and Michael Douglas to more recently popular talent like Benedict Cumberbatch and Chloe Moretz, the InStyle party was the biggest party of the lot.

Holding court outside on the terrace was Ben Stiller, Mark Ruffalo, Anna Kendrick and Naomi Watts.  While Benedict Cumberbatch hung out with his “Imitation game” co-star Matthew Goode.  Inside the main room and the only celebrity who brought his own private security was Robert Downey Jr -cordoned off! Even Captain America (Chris Evans) had to be cleared before he could talk to Iron Man. I remember when Robert Downey Jr came to TIFF in 1995 and walked around town with a skull cane at his side, handling it all with coolness and class. Back then “Chaplin” didn’t need security I guess?

 

The St.Vincent party held at Patria on King St West

The St.Vincent party held at Patria on King St West

Another incredible party at this year’s TIFF was the rocking Weinstein party for the film St.Vincent (starring Bill Murray) held at King St West eatery Patria. When Bill Murray is your guest of honour, you can be sure you are at the right party! Everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves late into the night. And Bill Murray was getting down with anyone and everyone. The man knows how to have a good time.