Are you tired of the articles about the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) telling you what films you should see? Us neither.
Still, we figured that you may want to hear something else about the scene in Toronto in September that doesn't involve a movie reel.
In no particular order, here are the things we think you should get excited about during TIFF.
The television lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival hasn't been announced yet, but imagine your favorite show here — Photo courtesy of Kenneth Lu
Those Red Carpets
Even without seeing a film, there's something about the way a red carpet transforms people. The rare few make it look effortless and always know how to hit the right angles. We personally don't know how to take a selfie.
People watching at Trattoria Sotto Sotto or Sassafraz. These restaurants are fantastic to begin with, but even better with a side of Michael Douglas or Oprah.
This is how Brad Pitt has dinner — Photo courtesy of Chris Harte
This opening event takes place on the rooftop terrace of the Bell Lightbox. Sure, it has an exclusive guest list, but the great news is that even the average Joe can buy tickets.
Imagine it's dark, and you're up on the roof — Photo courtesy of TIFF Bell Lightbox
You can watch television on the big screen. We realize this is a little bit of a cheat when it comes to our title, but TIFF is recognizing what we have all known for the last little while: television is rocking our worlds.
Watch PrimeTime on the big screen to add another layer to the art of binge watching.
The Producers Ball
This September event brings together the visionaries of the industry: the producers in film, television and visual production. The people who entertain you on those long, cold nights when your best friend is a tub of popcorn.
They might not be the famous faces of Hollywood, but you have to give them major props on the red carpet in front of one of Toronto's most confronting architectural landmarks: The Royal Ontario Museum.
And PS: The Property Brothers guys are hosting.
This is a different kind of lights, camera, action than the ParaPan Am games — Photo courtesy of Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games
The ParaPan Am Games will be over. Don't get us wrong: we were big fans of the dedicated athletes. But no one will miss the accompanying gridlock that clouded the city.
Driving again in September will be heaven!
Toronto Life's Most Stylish Party
Held at the Shangri-La, this event makes us all feel bad about ourselves, but it helps us to finally realize that yoga pants are not appropriate for every occasion.
Even the food is stylish at this party — Photo courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
The best restaurants in Toronto are often just steps away from the cinemas. Because nothing increases the appetite more than being entertained at full speed.
Check out our favorite dining destinations in the Entertainment District, or just follow the line of ravenous film-goers (as long as they aren't congregating at a hot dog stand).
Pizzeria Libretto's pizzas are worth skipping your fall trip to Italy and choosing Toronto instead — Photo courtesy of Courtney Sunday
Hello! Canada's TIFF Gala
Held at the Ritz Carlton (which we highly recommend as your hub of the action, can you swing it), this gala is an invitation-only party that expects your name to be as big as your filmography.
If that's not the case, then you can always buy a pair of binoculars.
If the building is this pretty, just imagine the people inside — Photo courtesy of The Windsor Arms Hotel
InStyle & Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gala
This Windsor Arms event is notoriously difficult to get into, or more appropriately, impossible to get into. So we have added it to our list as a challenge to our readers. If you do get in, please let us know how (and tell us the contents of the swag bag).
Worse comes to worse, there are other parties that week at the Windsor Arms that are easier to attend.
We came, we saw . . . and that wasn't it. It's time not only to conquer TIFF but also the city that Toronto becomes as a result.