This week Toronto plays host to some of the world's biggest stars thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival. As always, the week also brings with it a bunch of fundraising and charitable events. Here are a few to look out for.
Friends of TIFF
For the first time, TIFF is holding its own fundraising gala. The event, 'Friends of TIFF,' is taking place at the Corus Quay building on September 8th, and it promises to be a stylish party: it has a James Bond theme. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting a Bond exhibit starting in October.
The event will benefit the Film Festival. According to Warren Spitz, a member of the TIFF board, "we wanted to create a special evening for our supporters, people who love TIFF as a renowned institution that does a lot of other great things besides the festival."
No word on who's attending, but if you're planning on it, dressing something like this is probably a good idea:
Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Lunch
At a gala lunch on Saturday, September 8, some of those stars will come together to raise money for a school in Haiti.
The event is called the Artists for Peace and Justice 2012 Festival Lunch. It will be hosted by Paul Haggis, Jude Law, Trudie Styler and our own George Stroumboulopoulos.
And the hosts aren't the only draw: Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk, K'Naan and members of Arcade Fire will all perform. Here's the event flyer:
Proceeds from the event will benefit the APJ's Academy for Peace and Justice in Haiti, the country's first free high school. According to the APJ's site, the school serves "the poorest of the poor," with over 750 students currently enrolled.
Because the event is designed to raise as much money as possible, tickets to Saturday's lunch are a little pricey at $1250 a pop. But if you can't make it to the party, you can definitely follow along on social media.
George will be Tweeting from @strombo, and you can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/strombo. You can also follow Artists for Peace and Justice (@ArtistsForPeace) and @Paul_Haggis on Twitter to see what's happening.
And if you'd like to donate to APJ, you can visit their site right here.
The Stratford Festival Gala
Film isn't the only performing art that will be celebrated at TIFF this year. Ontario's Stratford Festival will hold a fundraiser at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel to pay tribute to Dame Maggie Smith, who was a member of Stratford's theatre troupe for four seasons.
Dame Maggie is in town to promote 'Quartet,' a film directed by Dustin Hoffman that's playing at the Fest. She's not the only legendary actor who will be at the event: Christopher Plummer will present her with a legacy award.
M*A*C Viva Glam Fashion Cares 25
This is the twenty-fifth year that M*A*C's Fashion Cares gala has taken place, and they're going all out - Sir Elton John is hosting, along with Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 and Linda Evangelista.
There will also be performances from Janelle Monae, Scissor Sisters and Sky Ferreira, as well as Sir Elton himself. Check out the preview video below:
The Best Buddies Gala Fundraiser
This event is always a big hit at TIFF. Best Buddies is a national charitable organization that helps provide meaningful friendships for people with disabilities. At this year's event, the guest of honour will be James Earl Jones.
The gala takes place on September 12 at the Fairmont Royal York, with cocktails starting at 6:30 pm. Get the details on the Best Buddies site right here.
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