TIFF Parties 2017: Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brie Larson and the Top Invites

Hint: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s party with InStyle rules the social circuit at the Toronto Film Festival

As a slew of Oscar hopefuls and certified A-listers head to the Toronto Film Festival, the red carpets and Hollywood social circuit is along for the ride. For the next week, Drake’s hometown will earn its nickname, “Hollywood North.”

The Party Report is jumping the gun on awards season by tapping the first honorees of the year: the top industry invites at TIFF 2017.

HFPA & Instyle
Windsor Arms Hotel
Saturday night, Sept. 9, 10 p.m.

As the TIFF social circuit peaks on the opening weekend, this cross-studio, cross-film mashup over champagne and flashbulbs rules the social circuit.

Moving beyond the inherent gloss of getting Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, James Franco, Brie Larson, Elisabeth Moss and more Oscar contenders for the Class of 2018 together for the first time, the HFPA will also do what it does best (besides throwing a great party): give out awards.

HFPA members will bestow voted awards on two short films from TIFF’s Canadian Top Ten Section.

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon”
Saturday, Sept. 9
Location Withheld

The awards hopeful with Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac rolls in hot from the Venice Film Festival. Audi has partnered on the night.

AT&T and DirecTV Restaurant and Lounge at Momofuku
Saturday Sept. 9 – Tuesday, Sept. 12
Momofuku Toronto

This private hospitality space was a hit at the Village at the Lift at Sundance. Now, it comes to Toronto offering talent and tastemakers hosted seated lunches and a select group of film parties. Film soirees with Alicia Vikander, Emma Roberts, Ellen Page and “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood are on the docket.

“Breath” Party
Marben
Sunday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

“The Mentalist,” Simon Baker, makes his directorial feature film debut.

“Call Me By Your Name”
Nordstrom Supper Supper Suite at STK Toronto
Thursday, Sept. 7, 10 p.m.

Armie Hammer stars with Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg in the Sundance hit.

Grey Goose Rooftop at Lavelle
Various Days/Nights

Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Rachel McAdams and Diane Kruger are amongst the names expected poolside. The host is trying to shed the festival trope of stuffy junket rooms. Instead, this rooftop complex is known for killer views above King Street West.

IMDb Dinner and STARmeter Award Party
Brassaii Restaurant
Monday, Sept. 11

Film nerd heaven returns for its unofficial quarterly film festival meet-up. At each IMDb festival dinner, leading film critics, analysts, and a few on-screen talents converge at founder Col Needham’s events to comprise a muscular guest list. Landing after the busy opening weekend, there will be lots of fresh cinema to carve up.

The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Awards
Nordstrom Supper Supper Suite at STK Toronto
Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.

Zach Quinto, Jason Biggs and Julianne Nicholson are slated to present awards to talent at the festival, including the team behind “Who We Are Now.”

eOne
Citizen
Friday, Sept. 9, 10:30 p.m.

eOne’s party will be a celebration of the partnership with The Mark Gordon Company on “Molly’s Game” and the company’s slate of 11 films at the fest.

“Mother”
Bisha Hotel
Sunday, Sept. 10

Darren Aronofsky’s crew breaks in the Bisha Hotel, a new venue to open since last year’s TIFF.

There’s many more, but these are the ones to watch. All events are private and by invitation only.

Please send updates, additions, and invites to the party columnist Mikey Glazer, here.