It’s TIFF time! What are you watching?

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I love attending TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival for those not in the know). The city is full of energy, events and celebrities. Personally, I don’t attend the festival to see stars. I’ve always been in love with film…from the Oscar worthy to marvel comic blockbusters. I love a great story that makes me think, laugh, feel, or learn something new.

Last night, I attended the screening of Borg/McEnroe – the epic Wimbledon showdown from 1980. I’m not a tennis fan nor did I know the outcome of this match but I was aware of  the legendary McEnroe temper.  I was engrossed in the film and the stories of these talented competitors. Shia LaBeouf played John McEnroe quite well emulating his personality and intensity quite well. Sverrir Gudnason as Jurgen Borg was just damn great to watch on all fronts! Luckily both actors were in attendance on stage.

But my movie choices for the festival are not based on the celebrity factor. When planning, I try to avoid choosing alot of films that I know will be in the theatres in a few months and focus on the weird, wacky, unique, fascinating and downright scary. I still remember the movie Shrew’s Nest that was shown at the festival in 2014. I loved this Spanish film that was horrifying and captivating at the same time. Or last year’s Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche in a knock down drag out physical fight. It was unbelievable to see these actresses go at each other! The best part was the two leading women were in the theatre talking about the film. This is what I love about the festival. You’ll see interesting stories and sometimes you have the opportunity to hear from the actors and directors about their vision, struggles and triumphs to make their movie.

The festival runs until September 17th and I have tickets for:  The Lodger’s, Molly’s Game, The Cured, The Ritual, and Gutland. I’m hoping to see a few more films if they release extra tickets but I’ll definitely be enjoying the aspects of the festival: the restaurants, people watching, (hopefully a party), and the street festival on King.

What are you watching?

 

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Getting Wild at Canoe

Canoe Wild is a unique dining event held for the past three years at Canoe Restaurant. This collaborative dinner from the minds of Alex Cruz from Société-Original in Montreal, Chef Anthony Walsh, and Chef John Horne, was created to showcase the love of wild game paired with unusual ingredients.

This is the third year for this event and priced at a $100 per person (including wine), you are treated to an amazing array of hors d’oeuvres and various courses that may amaze you at their uniqueness. You should know that John Horne, the Chef de Cuisine at Canoe, is a hunter and a fisherman and responsible for catching the delights we had at dinner. I admit some of the dishes were quite new to me but I was really surprised that I enjoyed the haggis! It’s the first time I’ve tried it and I ate every bite. But I also did not think about what I was eating. I just focused on the taste and whether I enjoyed it…I did! For those of you who may be cringing right now, don’t worry. If you are unable to eat certain things, the chefs are pros and extremely accommodating with restrictions. I always have a lactose issue and they don’t bat an eye about it. I so miss eating cheese.

Overall, I enjoyed the event a bit too much because I didn’t remember to take photos of everything like the roasted squirrel, the beautiful (and delicious) charcuterie platter containing moose pastrami, duck prosciutto, venison salami and sausage as well as the triffle served for dessert. My bad…

But I do hope you enjoy the photos I managed to take. The meal was 5 star in my book.

**Just to note, this is the second year I have I have attended this event and at my own expense. I just love good food and great events.**