Essentials Lounge 2017
Photography by Ryan Emberley

Here’s What All the Celebs are Getting in their TIFF 2017 Swag Bags

It’s that time of year again! The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival has officially kicked off, and that means our fave A-listers will be in town for the festivities.

Of course, with TIFF comes the celebrity gifting lounges, a.k.a. the places where the stars get the best swag and gift bags (what a tough life they live!). So curious to know what they’ll be receiving this year? Check out the lounges (and the swag) below:

The Essentials Lounge

Essentials Lounge 2017
Photography by Ryan Emberley

Now in its eighth year, the Essentials Lounge by EGPR is an alternative to celeb lounges in that it is exclusively for Canadian media and influencers (#bless). Guests receive:

  • Dior Addict Lipstick
  • Dior FIX IT 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal Face – Eyes – Lips
  • Dior FLASH LUMINIZER Radiance Booster pen
  • Keds by Kate Spade sneakers
  • L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo + EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner
  • L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Renourishing Butter
  • L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray + Elnett mousse
  • Personally engraved 100mL Michael Kors Sexy Ruby Eau de Parfum + 10mL rollerball
  • SkinCeuticals facials, in-depth skin analysis and a selection of skincare essentials
  • Toben Food by Design food truck
  • In-Lounge Brow Shaping by Tweezerman
  • Manicures by Tips Nail Bar
  • Personalized Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
  • Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit
  • Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit
  • Eyelash extensions by Winks Eyelash Boutique
  • Green & Black’s organic chocolate bar
  • TuckShop Trading Co. ‘City of Neighbourhoods’ Collection Tee
  • TuckShop Trading Co. 6 Panel Wool Ball Cap

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart TIFF Suite 2017

This marks the eighth beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart TIFF Suite, but for the first time ever, it’s in partnership with Entertainment One’s TIFF Lounge. Running from Sept. 7th to Sept. 10th, the lounge offers Canadian media and talent the opportunity to be pampered with beauty services such as St. Tropez custom skin finishing treatments by celebrity tanning expert, Sophie Evans and QUO by ORLYmanicures by TIPS Nail Artist and Shoppers Drug Mart Spokesperson, Melissa Forrest. Guests will receive:

  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten
  • St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
  • St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt
  • Phytodensia Serum
  • Ardell Wispie Deluxe Packs
  • Gucci Bloom Perfume


bask-it style
Photography by Evan Bergstra/Ryan Emberley Photography

Touted as the non-traditional gifting suite, Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications essentially brings the lounge to the celebs (read: bags filled with swag are delivered directly to their hotel rooms). Now in its ninth year at TIFF, past celebs who have been gifted with goodies include Elle Fanning, Julianne Moore and Rachel McAdams. This year, celebs will receive:

  • Ace Hill Beer
  • Annie Thompson A-List Super Tote
  • Barefoot Venus skin care products and a $100 gift card
  • Browns Shoes – media bag sponsor
  • Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Coconut Water and Hungry Buddha Coconut
  • David’s Tea Harvest Tea Singles, a 5 Faves Sachet Travel Pouch, and a Tea Press
  • Birds of Canada
  • Helen + Hildegard Joy bath soak and essential oil blend set
  • HP The HP Sprocket Photo Printer
  • Mèreadesso Face and Neck cleanser and microfibre buffing cloth
  • Natur-a chocolate or vanilla almond beverage
  • In This Moment by Karma Brown
  • The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
  • Pureology Clean Volume Shampoo, Clean Volume Conditioner and Colour Fanatic
  • Kobo Aura and $25 gift card
  • An issue of Sharp Magazine
  • Studio1098 sterling silver maple leaf earrings
  • Toronto Popcorn Company Kettle Corn Popcorn
  • Yardley London English Rose perfume

eTalk Sephora Lounge

One of the original gifting suites/interview lounges at TIFF (the first eTalk lounge dates back to 2003!), the eTalk Sephora Lounge at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel allows celebrities to receive makeup touch-ups from Sephora‘s Pro Artists and enjoy treats by Sorelle and Co., Sugarfina candy, Bounce energy balls, Flow Water and Greenhouse Juice Co., before their interviews with the entertainment news show. This year, the lounge will host Priyanka Chopra, James Franco, Elle Fanning and more. eTalk and Sephora will also produce a series of broadcast and social media videos featuring red carpet looks from the festival with expert tips to recreate at home.

Here’s what else the stars will leave with:

  • Province of Canada gear
  • Guess watches
  • David’s Tea
  • Soul Cycle passes
  • Hound Collection Collars
  • Indigo gifting
  • NBA/New Era caps
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op gifting
  • Georgian Bay Spirit Company drinks
  • Rowenta Steamers
  • Sephora goodies, including products from Milk Makeup, Ouai, Drunk Elephant and Sephora Collection

Suite on the Sixth

After 13 seasons and hundreds of celeb guests, including Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Brie Larson and Liam Hemsworth, rock-it-promotions’ Tastemakers lounge has rebranded to Tastemakers Presents: Suite on the SIXth. Located at rock-it-promo’s new office on Richmond St. W., this year’s lounge highlights Canadian brands, as a nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. On-site is celebrity skincare guru and founder of peoni, Jennifer Brodeur, who has worked with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, and Ink & Water Tattoo, who will be offering fine line micro-tats to guests who wish to receive them.

Suite on the SIXth will also continue with the charitable mandate of Tastemakers by asking guests to sign their names on an autograph board that will later be given to SickKids Foundation for auction. Suite on the SIXth will also contribute with a monetary donation.

Here’s what guests will take home:

  • Perth Soap Co. body lotion and soap
  • Smoothies by InBalance Smoothie Cubes + treats
  • McGregor socks
  • peoni skincare products
  • Fiji Water’s new 700mL bottle
  • Lypsyl sweet mint and basil lip balm
  • M&M’s Caramel
  • F as in Frank Paper Goods Notebook
  • Hudson’s Bay Company tote

The Stylist Suite

Hosted by fashion showroom, Stylist Box, The Stylist Suite, presented by Yorkville Village, allows celebs to be styled for the red carpet and special appearances by Canadian designers, while also getting prepped by hairstylists from Salon Daniel & Spa and beauty experts from P1M. Master injector Dr. Jennifer Pearlman of PearlMD Rejuvenation is also on-site to provide a range of red carpet beauty and skin enhancing treatments such as lip enhancement, facial contouring and skin tightening.

Additionally, celeb guests have the opportunity to pose in The Pull Magazine Portrait Studio with celeb photographer Matthew Lyn in support of WE Charity.

They will leave with the following:

  • My Cinema Lightbox
  • Mode Canada 150 T-shirt
  • WRKDEPT men’s tshirt
  • KODA NIVOLI canvas bag
  • Pearl Rejuvenation gift certificate
  • Subtle Green Champagne Facial Mist
  • Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
  • Smartwater Sparkling
  • LACEDSILK corset belt
  • Potrol vegan leather arrow cuff
  • Grownup Gummies
  • Kormar jewellery
  • Maya Charbin jewellery
  • Hilary MacMillan feminist pins
  • Vitaminwater
  • Core Power protein milk shake
  • Ohh Products bites
  • Salon Daniel gift certificate
  • One month membership to Brass Vixens
  • Daniel Wellington watch
  • Modern Optical gift certificate
  • JY GAO gift card
  • Parc City Boot shoes

NKPR IT House x Producers Ball

For the second year in a row, NKPR has teamed up with Scott Brothers Entertainment (a.k.a the Property Brothers) on the IT House x Producers Ball. The two-storey building serves as a sort of chill-out spot for celebs, media and industry insiders during the festival. The IT House showcases collections from Swarovski and Annabelle Cosmetics and features activations such as an on-site aura reader, a Barilla pasta bar, Pinkberry yogurt and a pop-up merch shop by Lightspeed, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to Artists for Peace and Justice.

The IT House will also include two celebrity portrait studios with Nylon Magazine (shot by fashion and celebrity photographer Sophie Elgort) and The Coveteur (shot by Jake Rosenberg). Portrait studios in the past have seen Julianne Moore, Eddy Redmayne, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Portman and more.

Here’s what else the celebs will be leaving with:

  • Swarovski jewelry
  • Lug travel bags
  • Annabelle cosmetics

The Gate Interview Lounge by Hamilton Watches

What do celebs need during an action-packed TIFF? Puppy therapy! This year, online entertainment magazine, The Gate, is teaming up with Hamilton Watches and offering an oasis of sorts at the InterContinental Toronto Centre for celebrity, filmmaker and influencer guests. Those in attendance can play with puppies from Save Our Scruff, test out Virtual Reality guided meditation from House of VR and enjoy healthy, gluten-free paleo-friendly treats from Impact Kitchen, along with a beer from Woodhouse Brewing.

Guests will leave with:

  • Roku Premiere+
  • Flawless by Friday 5 Day Detox Facial System, or Good To Go (for men)
  • Sparkling Ice naturally flavoured water
  • GATE notebook