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Here’s What George Did At TIFF This Weekend
September 9, 2013
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George with James Van Der Beek, prepping for the Harvey Weinstein Mavericks session, and hanging with Kardinal Offishall outside the Hello! Canada party

It's TIFF time: the Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and a ton of talented people have descended upon the city.

The last few days have been a whirlwind — here's a look at some of the events and excitement George has been involved in, as well as a sneak peek at some of the guests who have already been to Studio 43 for interviews.

And there's still more to come: George is hosting a Q&A after tonight's premiere screening of Russell Peters' latest stand-up special Notorious.

In The Red Chair: Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Idris Elba, Isabella Rossellini, Adam Driver And Plenty More
Some of the guests who have been in the red chair so far

The season doesn't start for another week, but the red chairs have already had quite the workout, with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Isabella Rossellini, Alan Cumming, Jesse Eisenberg, Idris Elba, Brendan Gleeson, Isaac Mizrahi, Adam Driver, Alfonso Cuarón, Zoe Kazan, James Van Der Beek, Denis Villeneuve and many more stopping by the show.

Look out for all those interviews once the 10th Season of George Tonight gets underway on Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Hello! Canada Party
George with Adam van Koeverden

The Ritz-Carlton played host to the seventh annual Hello! Canada party, and George was in attendance.

He ran into some familiar faces, including Kardinal Offishall (check out that pic at the top of the post) and Olympic kayaker Adam Van Koeverden, pictured above.

The Canada Party At CBC Toronto
George and Jian talk to CBC Live at the Canada Party

This year, the CBC partnered with TIFF, hosting actors and directors at the Glenn Gould Studio and throwing the Canada Party at the Toronto Broadcast Centre on Saturday. CBC stars attended the event alongside visiting TIFF talent, and George took the opportunity to chat with CBC Live along with his friend Jian Ghomeshi.

Ron Howard Mavericks Session
George with Ron Howard

Ron Howard was in town for the premiere of his new Jay Z doc, Made In America, and George chaired the post-screening discussion. The chat ranged from what it's like to interview Jay Z to the infamous episode in which Happy Days jumped the shark.

Artists For Peace And Justice Party

The annual Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) fundraiser took place on Sunday at the home of Roots co-founder Michael Budman and his wife Diane Bald. Check out video from the event, created by CBC Live.

The garden party raised more than $550,000 for APJ's efforts to fight poverty by building schools in Haiti.

George with Rufus Wainwright at the APJ party

As always, the event was a great party for a good cause. And if you're wondering whether the guest list included Michael Bolton... Wonder no more:

Yep, that's Michael Bolton; he later took the stage

Harvey Weinstein Mavericks Session
Harvey Weinstein onstage at the Mavericks session

Movie producer and exec Harvey Weinstein was in town for a TIFF Mavericks session on Sunday night, where he discussed the business of making films and introduced 12.12.12, the doc about a concert to benefit those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

George moderated the event, which was titled The Arbiter of Taste. Weinstein was joined by two other executives who produced the concert, James Dolan and John Sykes, and promptly engaged in a little ribbing about their appearance in the film: "What I'm really amazed by is how young I looked, and how old these two looked."


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