For television personality Chloe Wilde, the work isn’t done when the cameras go off. That’s especially true for the E! Canada and Movie Night correspondent during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), when her days are stacked with red-carpet premieres and celebrity interviews. Here, we asked this insider where we can find her when she’s not on the job.
The Roof Lounge
Preparation is the key to any successful shoot, but preparing for TIFF can feel like climbing Mount Everest. With 300 films and only 10 days, it can be a little overwhelming. Running around the city to attend screenings and junkets isn’t uncommon – plus, sometimes I need to make a quick meeting and a hotel bar is the perfect place to do so. The Roof Lounge at the top of the Park Hyatt on Avenue Road is picture-perfect for an impromptu get together. Not only is the view of the city incredible, but you’ll usually get to see a few A-list celebrities.
Fresh on Spadina
Normal work hours are thrown out the window during TIFF – and I love it! When you have 14-hour days, making sure you eat and hydrate enough is the key to survival. I will forever have my mother’s voice in my head asking if I’ve eaten enough during stressful times. Eating healthy can be tough, but it’s important for me in order to feel great and to make sure those LBDs fit like they should. To make this happen, I venture a few blocks from the TIFF action to Fresh on Spadina for my favorite dish, the All-Star salad. You are what you eat right? Let’s all be all-stars.
If I’m going to be interviewing famous stars at an international festival like TIFF, I better bring my A-game. This means being mentally prepared and alert (coffee, coffee and more coffee) but also looking the part. There’s nothing worse than a bad hair day when doing a big interview or covering a red carpet, so multiple hair appointments are a must. My favorite place to get glammed up is at Civello Salon on Queen West. Not only is it a stone’s throw from my office, but they also start every appointment with a relaxing head and shoulder massage using essential oils. Breathe in, breathe out and voila! Great hair does not go unnoticed ladies: Hugh Jackman gave me a wink last year when we chatted on the red carpet for his film Prisoners, and I’m certain it was all because of my ‘do.
David Pecaut Square
“Relaxing is at the bottom of the priority list during the festival, but a girl needs a little R&R now and then. There’s nothing I like more than playing hooky from the office during lunch, throwing on sunglasses, putting my earbuds in and parking my butt in the middle of David Pecaut Square near King and John. Having theatres everywhere, TIFF Bell Lightbox around the corner and pedestrians filling the streets makes the area feel electric – and I may or may not use it as a celeb-spotting hub. Let’s just say I was steps away from the very good-looking cast of Rush when they stepped out of their limos last year. Girl crush on Olivia Wilde? Check. Love at first sight with Chris Hemsworth? Check.”
The Drake Hotel
All work and no play is no way to live. Located on Queen West, the Drake Hotel is the perfect spot to escape a lot of TIFF traffic. It’s also a stomping ground for actors and directors and it's often open until 4 am during the festival. Whether the gorgeous rooftop, the low-key main floor or the basement’s live shows appeal to you, the Drake is where you can enjoy a cocktail and celebrate another job well done at TIFF. It’s also one of the best places to potentially rub elbows with my favourite TIFF attendees. And it’s not only on my radar at night – word on the street is that Amanda Seyfried is a big fan of their pancakes.