Let’s Go Canada! TIFF Stars Taylor Schilling and Ryan Kwanten Hang with CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos


George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’s Made in Canada Lounge – basically the CBC’s most beautiful green room ever – showcased a whopping 75 homegrown brands this TIFF, talk about setting a new record – or at least, a new gold standard. This is by far the most tasteful, well-curated lounge. With a savvy limitation on flashbulbs. Celebrity guests are encouraged to explore the many delicious treats and innovative concepts – without getting papped when doing so.

Embracing Canada’s heritage, visiting guest were transported into a cozy cabin in the woods, complete with perfectly-Canadian highlights. A Brothers Dressler “Branches Chandelier”; a feature wall of reclaimed wood punctuated by Atelier 688’s famous paddles, and a fireplace feature; rocking furniture by Toronto- and Vancouver-based Style Garage; resin artwork by Christine Flynn of Love The Design; and even a nod to Canada’s national sport—a screen of hockey sticks. The design vision and its orchestration are a collaborative effort between BEST PR Boutique and Apt 4—a Montreal design collective.

Wes Bentley went for a Mini Mioche organic cotton t-shirt featuring the Toronto skyline for his son Charles while Alan Cumming test drove Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers Bitters. Ryan Kwanten rocked a Royal Canadian Yacht Club cap saying, “It’s totally my style” then adding, “the whole lounge reminds me of home.”

Paul Dano picked up a royal blue Greta Constantine dress for his girlfriend Zoe Kazan (her birthday was the next day). Jesse Eisenberg nibbled on Awake Chocolate to keep him sprightly for his next appearance. This chocolate just may be the ultimate in festival must-have. Think of it as divine milk chocolate with the same amount of caffeine in a regular cup of coffee or 250 ml Red Bull — for those long nights of partying after never ending screenings.  A real eye-popping treat.

Saoirse Ronan couldn’t get enough of Bobbette & Belle’s fleur de sel caramel corn, and took home a pair of Jenny Bird’s silver serpent earrings. Bobbette & Belle’s incredible caramel corn treat is by far the most sinfully delicious treat in the lounge, and that’s saying a lot as there is some serious competition here. Take the most amazing, mind-blowing, mouth-watering caramel memory from your childhood – and then multiply it by 100!


Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling went gaga for Greta Constantine and got quickly attached to a JdJ sterling silver sevilla bracelet. These bracelets are made to be layered; the perfect accessory for casual elegance. She also gravitated towards the texture and fragrance of Graydon – Clinical Luxury by Nature: hair smoothie, an all-natural hair product and a big hit with style-savvy talent. Best of all? Each celeb took the time to sign hockey sticks to be donated to children’s charities for auction.

The ‘Made in Canada’ lounge has previously hosted such top talent as: Javier Bardem, Drew Barrymore, Jay Baruchel, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Douglas, Joshua Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Edward Norton, Clive Owen, Robert Plant, Jason Reitman, Seth Rogen, Geoffrey Rush, Martin Sheen, David Spade, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.


By Si Si Penaloza, @SiSiTravels


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