Toronto is taking a prominent role at TIFF this year with several debut films from local directors that explore modern life in the city. “This Place” tells a touching queer love story, coming-of-age drama “Pussy” follows a trio of queer besties, and “Concrete Valley” and “When Morning Comes” delve into the realities of life. new arrivals.
Ten consecutive days of screenings and events can be exhausting for even the most seasoned TIFF viewers. So we asked these four filmmakers to share the must-see spots that help keep them focused, trendy, and caffeinated throughout the festival.
VT Nayani, “This place”
“I never come downtown without passing by Mother’s Dumplings (421 Spadina Ave.). On September 9th, the day of our world premiere at TIFF, know that I will be eating chive noodle dumplings to make me feel comfortable and help me feel at home.
“Moonbean Coffee Company (30 St. Andrew St.) has been a favorite spot for me in Kensington Market ever since my parents started letting me venture downtown on my own. In fact, I go there for the many types of tea they offer. If you’re looking to take a short break in the middle of the festival, it’s a nice little walk from the center of TIFF, especially on a late summer afternoon.
Antoine Bourges, “Concrete Valley”
“My first stop every festival morning is the Common Espresso Bar (1071 College St.). I quit drinking coffee a few years ago and it’s the only coffee I really miss. Now I just go for their pastries. They have the best raisin bread in town.
“During TIFF I spend most of my time watching movies, so I try to run at least once or twice to clear my mind. I love the vibe of the West End YMCA (931 College St .): discreet, without intensity.
“My favorite place to unwind at the end of a busy day at TIFF is Black Dice Café (1574 Dundas St. W.). This is my favorite type of bar – intimate, with character – and they serve great sake and whiskey.
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, “When Morning Comes”
“I head to Hammam Spa (602 King St. W.) for a massage before TIFF to relax, then get another one at the end of the festival to feel rejuvenated. They did an amazing job curating a welcoming and invigorating space.
“Makeway (28 Bathurst St.), a women-owned sneaker boutique located at Stackt Market, is my go-to for comfortable, stylish shoes for TIFF.”
“Café Pamenar (307 Augusta Ave.) has a fantastic Americano and an even better back patio in the heart of Kensington Market. I often escape the hubbub of the festival to grab a coffee with other local artists and filmmakers.
“Bungalow (273 Augusta Ave.) is a vintage clothing staple, with a great selection of interesting and fun fashions that I sifted through to find looks for my film screenings and TIFF events.
“Bar Raval (505 College St.) is a great place to unwind after a busy festival day with friends and a big friendly queer crowd. My favorite drink is an off-menu option aptly named Doctor’s Orders.
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