When Hollywood rolls into town, it brings with it not only the films it's promoting, but all of its associated hedonism - parties that last until the wee hours, five-digit dinner bills, literal red carpets, and of course, luxury items.
Free, fancy, luxury items. The Toronto International Film Festival is now a well-oiled machine, and so too are its gifting lounges that the stars peruse at their leisure - as well as the lending 'libraries' and media recovery centres. Wondering what it is that celebs get to bring back home? Let's just say we hope they brought more than carry-ons.
The lounge: Tastemakers Lounge by rock-it promotions
Where: Intercontinental Toronto Centre on Front St.
Why: "To bring talent items that they find practical as well as useful," said Debra Goldblatt, founder of rock-it promotions. There's also a focus on Canadians brands for international exposure.
The highlights: Pandora charm bracelets (beloved by collectors), jeans from the Mavi Gold line, an oh-so-Canadian hat from Nathaniel Cole by Crowncap, hyper-audiophile ClarityOne earbuds, silk pillowcases and eye masks from Cilque, and a very cool line of glittery and '80s-coloured Sharpies, just perfect for autographing. For sustenance, President's Choice introduces their gourmet black label, and the gorgeous reusable Bobble water bottle will surely be a necessity.
Who: Expected talent: Matthew Goode, Cory Monteith, Heather Graham and Kathleen Turner.
How much: Depending on what's chosen, over $1,000
Charity: A donation will be made to CNIB, a commitment supported by the involvement of Wescan Optical and their gifting of stylish frames to celebs.
The lounge: IT Lounge by NKPR
Where: NKPR offices, 312 Adelaide St. W.
Why: Global and local - "A can't-miss pop-up shop loaded with star-worthy finds that all give back."
The highlights: An RW&Co. dressing suite, Fila's 100th anniversary celebration (complete with Swarovski-encrusted sneakers), artists from Stila Cosmetics, Ardell Lashes and Goody hair products for glamour, Simply You Jewelry and Coccinelle handbags for extra touches, Kobo readers for those with a minute to breathe, and ConScent scented tees (yes, you read that right) for fun.
Who: Monika Schnarre, Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak, Colby Armstrong and Mike Brown, with Paul Haggis, Gerard Butler and Jason Reitman expected.
How much: Gift bag is valued at over $1,500.
Charities: International charity partner Artists for Peace and Justice, and local partner Camp Oochigeas.
The lounge: Bask-It-Style by Jsquared2 Public Relations
Where: Living Shangri-La Toronto Presentation Centre
Why: While they do have a drop-by gifting lounge, the Bask-It concept actually hand delivers bags to the celebs' hotel suites, "taking the stress out of swag." In the lounge proper, Canadian authors are part of the charm.
The highlights: Authors Wayne Johnston, Adrienne Kress and Tish Cohen signing their books, spectacular smelling Yummy Skin body lotions, Donna Koster's unique artwork (celebs are each given one piece of a whole), reiki treatment gift certificates from Healing Hands on the Go, Mèreadesso cleansers and newly launched lip treatments, and gift certificates from Blo Blow Dry Bar.
Who: Won't release names until after check-out from hotels.
How much: Approximately $800
Charities: Hope 4 Help, supporting the Tumaini Community Orphan School in Kenya; sponsor and media donations for Windfall, a charity that gives new and donated clothing, as well as job skills and other basics, to those in need in the GTA.
The lounge: Swarovski Fashion Suite
Where: Four Seasons hotel
Why: To showcase the Wings of Fantasy Catwalk Collection, and give stars the opportunity to borrow creations for their red carpet events.
The highlights: Exclusive items for stars including Peacock Dancing (a necklace that ends in a belt made up of thousands of stones) and Perpetual Rhythm (a dress literally made of chains).
Who: Past visitors included Kristen Scott Thomas, Catherine Deneuve and Tilda Swinton.
How much: Pieces aren't even available for sale - so there are no prices attached to them.
The lounge: First Weekend Club's Canadian Film Lounge
Where: Fairmont Royal York
Why: A place for Canadian films to get promoted, the lounge acts as a networking space as well as a gifting suite featuring some environmentally and socially conscious products.
The highlights: A Fashion Capsule Closet lending out Canadian clothes and accessories for red carpets, designer Brian Bailey's Bailey Cosmetics line, Lise Watier's fragrances and cosmetics with which to beautify, Ecco shoes for when the stilettos get to be too much, Montagne Jeunesse natural face masks, Ecocessories recycled jewelry from Vancouver designer Jessica Hill, and the My Therapy Bar - composed of all natural chocolate for that quick sugar high.
Who: Some RSVPs: Tre' Armstrong, Don McKellar, Katie Boland, Julia Maxwell, Jian Ghomeshi.
How much: Up to $1,000 depending on choices.
The lounge: Made in Canada lounge
Where: CBC Building, 250 Wellington St. W.
Why: For guests of the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Show, Canadian-only brands to promote our country's best
The highlights: All of the usual suspects are there in their Canadiana glory: Roots sweats, Canada Goose coats, Reebok hockey jerseys, Spin Master toys, Umbra coffee sleeves and even Mott's Clamato Caesars. Indie touches include gorgeous Biko jewelry, Oliberte's stylish footwear and great headpieces from Blair Nadeau Millinery.
Who: Booked in guests this week include Woody Harrelson, Jodie Foster and Donny Osmond, with plenty of A-listers sure to follow.
The lounge: Essentials Lounge for Media by Esther Garnick PR
Where: Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square
Why: "All partners of the Essentials Lounge are committed to making the crappy long hours that come with covering the Toronto International Film more pleasant," said lounge coordinator Esther Garnick. "Every item in our 'Survival Kit' gift bag is an essential and 100% useful for the 10-day push ahead."
The highlights: In lounge service include eyelash extensions from Winks Eyelash Boutique and Spa, hair styling from John Frieda consultant Alain Larivée and makeup done by Hard Candy artists. Take home treats include Ban antiperspirant (a great call), Elizabeth Grant Skin Care masks, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt gift certificates and the ever-essential vitaminwater.
Who: Writers, bloggers, reviewers and other exhausted members of the media.
How much: Approximately $800
The lounge: The TDot TV Lounge
Where: Bata Shoe Museum
Why: To let guests indulge in their love for shoes, and give interviews with TDot TV. Dean McDermott and Billy Boyd will be donating shoes to the museum's celebrity collection.
The highlights: Celebrity photography Don Miller will be shooting headshots for celebrities and personalities, while celebrity makeup and hair artist Anna Nenoui will be there to get them ready for it. Gift bags include mineral rich Mayawater and Luxury Caviar Eye Pads from Elizabeth Grant Skin Care.
How much: Up to $1,000.
Charity: Raising awareness for CANFAR.
The lounge: RealTVfilms Social Media Lounge
Where: Spin Toronto, 461 King St. W.
Why: To create a fun and relaxed atmosphere for celebs and filmmakers to come have a drink, enjoy themselves, and do an interview with RealTVfilms and canadiansabroad.com.
The highlights: Lots of booze from companies like Ketel One Vodka and Appleton Rum, Treccani Milano shoes and shirts, hairstylist Justin Rousseau from Brennen Demelo Studio to help out with 'dos.
Who: No reveals yet, but since the Spin chain was co-founded by Susan Sarandon, there are some heavyhitters who could drop in.
The lounge: The Hazelton Hotel gifting items
Where: In celebs' rooms at The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto's only 5-star hotel
Why: Because there can never be too much luxury for celebrities.
The highlights: A Rado watch, Kiehl's gift sets, Rowenta travel iron, fragrances from Bandiera Jewellers and Shiseido, jewelry from Thomas Sabo, a leather bag from Roots, Hudson Bay Company Collection exclusive items - the list goes on and on.
Who: The 20 or so A-listers staying at the hotel, whose name are unutterable.
How much: "Priceless!" says a rep, explaining that the Rado watch starts at over $20,000.
The lounge: Premier Celebrity Gift and Style Lounge by B.A.D PR
Where: The Hazelton Hotel
Why: This "TIFF-ting" lounge boasts personal concierges for each celebrity, as well as a style room in which stars can get dressed, accessorized and beautified.
The highlights: Though some items are being kept under wraps, there will be definitely be Soma sleep products, which can include an organic mattress, artists from Greg May Hair Architects, skin care from Quantum Hydrox, Micalla jewelry and Gorreana Tea from the islands of Portugal.
Who: Guest list is on a strictly need-to-know basis.
How much: From $1,500 to $3,000, depending on celebs' choice