With long summer days winding down, it means one thing: TIFF is just around the corner! The much anticipated annual film festival is kicking off next week on September 7th – 17th. Believe it or not, it really is that time again, so whether you’re planning to attend screenings, spot celebrities on the red carpet, or planning a few glamorous nights out with friends (hoping to catch a few stars in the process) we’ve put together a Bloor-Yorkville Guide to getting TIFF ready. With the best salons, spas, shopping, and dining, you can create your own Hollywood ready moments right here in BY.
Prep for TIFF in Bloor-Yorkville
Skincare & Make-Up: Radford Salon
Radford Salon, 55 Avenue Road
The aptly named Hollywood North Facial really lends itself to the theme of getting read carpet ready! Utilizing a low frequency wand, celebrity make-up artist and skincare specialist, Victoria Radford developed the treatment as a signature offering of the salon. The 60 minute facial includes cleansing, exfoliating, massage and of course, use of the low frequency wand that emits electrical currents into the skin. The wand allows product to penetrate deeper into the skin, leaving skin extra refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for your close up (or at least a selfie with friends).
Once your skin is prepped and ready, let one of the talented make up artists handle your make up for the night. Taking into account your outfit, occasion, and your personal style, their artists will create a look that celebrates your individuality.
Call the salon to book with Victoria or her team or if you have any questions about their treatments.
Red Carpet Hair & Wardrobe
114 Cumberland Street, Suite 201
One look at the LEONETTI+ CO. Instagram and you’ll know they’re the place to go for some Hollywood hair! Whether you’re looking for a sleek bob or Barbie-inspired bouncy waves, you’ll leave feeling ready for your own red carpet moment. Located at 114 Cumberland St, a quick walk over from Radford, the salon is led by Salvatore Leonetti, who you may recognize as a Guest Expert on City Line and a Beauty Expert on The Shopping Channel. If you want the LEONETTI look, be sure to call the salon at 416-964-2424 or email Leonettiandco@gmail.com
55 Avenue Road (Hazelton Avenue entrance)
When you pass by the windows of TNT at Yorkville Village you’ll immediately spot stunning red-carpet worthy gowns and a seemingly never ending supply of attention grabbing party looks. You’ll be in safe hands with the styling team who can put together something as effortlessly cool or over-the-top glamourous as you like. The boutique offers personal shopping sessions so that you can have a personalized experience from start to finish, with a stylist consulting with you before you come into the studio, putting together ideas and options ahead of time. The boutique carries brands from all over the world including Cult Gaia, Balmain, Missoni, and more.
Accessories: Swarovski “Instant Wonder” Boutique
55 Bloor Street West
A TIFF themed night out requires a little extra bling! Stop by the newly opened Swarovski “Instant Wonder” boutique for an immersive experience. The Bloor Street boutique is one of very few “Instant Wonder” designed Swarovski boutiques, which means stepping inside the new space instantly transports you to a world imagined in crystal, accented with bright colours, and unique décor concepts. Consider their cocktail rings to take your TIFF look to the next level; the pieces range from classic to contemporary and fashion-forward styles, ranging in price points from accessible to a more “treat yourself” price point.
Dine Like Celebrities in Bloor-Yorkville
Dinner: One Restaurant
116 Yorkville Avenue
No matter the season, One Restaurant patio at the Hazelton Hotel remains the place to people watch. You never know who might stop by, whether its Drake, Lebron James, or locals dressed up for a fun night out. Plus, during TIFF, the One Patio has remained top of the list for celeb spottings. Even if you don’t catch a glimpse of your favourite star, you’ll feel like one as you walk into the space, surrounded in the lush patio greenery and fairy lights. The restaurant is led by Chef Darby Piquette and features fresh seafood, a raw bar, and a number of plant-based options.
A special night out requires an extra special space to finish off the night! Stop by the rooftop of the W Hotel for cocktails and light snacks at the Skylight Bar. The dreamy boho-inspired area is an indoor-outdoor space with a whimsical feel and is the perfect place to finish off your evening, all while overlooking Bloor Street. The cocktail menu includes fun twists on classics, such as their version of an Aperol Spritz, the “Red Sea” which features Aperol, Soho Lychee, Bacardi White, Fiol Prosecco & Tropical Passion Pineapple Foam.
Reservations can be made online here.
Forbes 5 Star Spa Experience
The Morning After: The SPA at the Four Seasons
60 Yorkville Ave
Decompress like a celebrity and consider a date with friends at the SPA at the Four Seasons. With a relaxation pool, jacuzzi, steam room and outdoor loungers, you can treat yourself to a day of luxury and relaxation. An aromatherapy massage would be the perfect way to finish off your weekend, followed by a day of enjoying the spa amenities. Guests of the SPA can enjoy the Cloud 9 Oasis restaurant, ordering lunch to the balcony in the comfort of your spa robe. The Cloud 9 menu was created with a health-conscious approach to create a well rounded self care experience.
Spa bookings can be made online here.
And just like that … you’ve had yourself a TIFF-inspired glamourous weekend out in Bloor-Yorkville! We hope you enjoy this exciting time and the best that Bloor-Yorkville has to offer!