Hospitality Partners

The Toronto International Film Festival would like to thank all of our Official Hospitality Partners for their generous contributions.


Gold Level Partners

25 British Columbia Road
Exhibition Place Toronto, ON
M6K 3C3 
416-LIBERTY (542-3789)

Liberty Grand is Toronto’s premier event facility. Originally constructed in 1926 and dedicated to the highest standard of hospitality, Liberty Grand offers the ultimate experience in customer service.  Made up of four exquisite ballrooms, Liberty Grand is a multi-use special-event and conference facility located on the Exhibition Grounds right on Lake Ontario. Liberty Grand is the ideal setting for weddings or social, corporate and charitable functions, accommodating 150 to 3,000 people.  Make your next event a grand event.

1150 Queen St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M6J 1J3 

The Drake Hotel has become a Toronto cultural, entertainment and culinary landmark. In the four years since our opening, the Drake has come to be known as an energetic hub for visual and performance art, dining and hospitality, providing one of Canada's most unique and sought-after hotel and culinary experiences. During TIFF, Drake presents ten days of concerts, late-night dance parties and a 4 am extended license.

100 Front St.
Toronto, ON
M5J 1E3 

Attached to The Fairmont Royal York, Benihana has been the winner of WHERE Magazine's "Most Memorable Meal" awards in the Japanese category for two consecutive years. Pairing traditional Japanese cuisine with the excitement of Teppan cooking, the chefs flourish knives and salt shakers at your table as they prepare a delicious show of culinary mastery. Benihana also boasts a wealth of sushi and sashimi selections served in an elegantly understated atmosphere.

225 Front St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M5V 2X3 

Located in the InterContinental Toronto Centre, under a canopy of glass and offering views of the Toronto cityscape, Azure Restaurant & Bar is a showcase of contemporary Canadian cuisine inspired by Toronto’s rich culinary tapestry. One of the city’s leading luxury hotels in the entertainment and financial district, Azure can accommodate a wide array of functions, from intimate dining to mid-size dinner parties to standing receptions. Azure features the city’s finest progressive fare served in an environment of warmth and elegance.  Azure is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

100 Simcoe St. 
Toronto, ON
M5H 3G2

Monsoon, declared the best-designed restaurant in North America, was just recently awarded 3 1/2 stars by Toronto Life and is the recipient of the William Ashley Silver Service award as selected by the Clef D'or (Concierge of Toronto). Monsoon is also the winner of the Wine Spectator award of Excellence.

Experience new Asian cuisine in an award-winning atmosphere located just north of Roy Thompson Hall.

19 Toronto St
Toronto, ON
M5C 2R1

Part of the Liberty Entertainment Group, minutes from Toronto’s financial and theatre districts, the Rosewater Supper Club offers the quintessential dining experience.  From the intimate setting of the upper mezzanine level that overlooks the exquisite main dining room to the luxurious self-contained supper club on the lower level, this building lends an air of romance to those dining on the international cuisine of its renowned executive chefs.

600 King St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M5V 1M3

The Spoke Club is a private members club conceived as a gathering place for individuals with an interest in media, entertainment and the arts. It is a comfortable hideaway to meet for a drink, eat well, do some business, entertain friends, and even catch a movie.
Located on King Street West in downtown Toronto, it has a reading room, dining room, several lounge areas, a professional art gallery, a screening room, private event spaces and a rooftop garden.

606 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 1M6

Uniq Lifestyle venues include Brant House, West, Maro, Atelier, Cheval, Club Mansion, Strange Love and Zu Bar.
Uniq Lifestyle is a dynamic entertainment company with expertise in creating singular and distinctive entertainment venues. With an intimate and unparalleled relationship with Toronto's night-life community, Uniq consistently puts on events that are, quite simply, the best in town. Whether you seek to impress corporate clients, arrange a black-tie fundraiser or simply put on a wild party, Uniq is never afraid to push the envelope, ensuring that each event and venue offers guests a uniq experience.

18 St. Thomas St. 
Toronto, ON
M5S 3E7 

The Windsor Arms Hotel is a discreet and luxurious home away from home for the most discerning of travellers. Windsor Arms encompasses elegance, discreet luxury, innovative entertainment venues, sophisticated business and meeting facilities and a full service spa complete with indoor swimming pool. Experience the culinary delights of Chef Stephen Ricci at the newly opened Prime-A Modern Steakhouse or unwind in our *Lounge twenty-two*. The hotel’s aura of warmth combined with exceptional levels of service enhances its appeal and has made it a favourite for local and international celebrities. It continues to be a true Toronto landmark both for its architectural design and for its status as “the” place to be seen.

Silver Level Partners

990 Bay St. 
Toronto, ON
M5S 2A5 

At Bistro 990, you can be assured of our utmost attention, professionalism, service and warm hospitality. The décor of Bistro 990's second floor recalls the rooms of a lovely French country inn. The panelled boardroom is perfect for meetings, conferences, corporate functions or any special occasion, while the authentic French bistro bar and mezzanine are suitable for less formal events. Bistro 990's specialty is tailoring menus for your requirements, to suit each occasion and budget.

50 Cumberland St. 
Toronto, ON
M4W 1J5 

With a sprawling patio and white marble bar, Empire epitomizes contemporary style with classical influences. Owner David Laxton has created a multi-functional, two-floor space in Yorkville that appeals to a diverse clientele and provides superior service. The food selection combines a modern twist with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Empire reflects these ideals with a fun and sexy attitude.

145 Richmond St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M5H 2L2 

Located in the lobby of the Hilton Toronto, the sheer and stark beauty of the Canadian Shield sets the stage for world-class cuisine. Executive Chef Kevin Prendergast leads an award-winning culinary team at Tundra Restaurant. Tundra is within walking distance of the Toronto International Film Festival’s gala events. Quintessentially Canadian décor and a worldwide legacy of gracious service await in the hotel’s six hundred guestrooms, including four luxury suites and state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities.

488 Wellington St. W., Suite 102 
Toronto, ON
M5V 1E3 

Located on the southern tier of the King West social scene, Marben is a multi-textural space with cozy nooks and a large lounge for dining. A private dining area below offers parties up to fifty an intimate space to mingle.

Craig Alley, Executive Chef, offers a refined selection of uncomplicated cuisine, satisfying our quest for excellent fare without pretense. Exceptionally designed dishes, using globally sourced ingredients, are presented in a palate-pleasing menu offering shareable appetizers, individual or shared principal dishes and an extensive salad list. The menu is complimented by a selection of old and new world wines and an exciting reserve list. Enjoy fresh fruit cocktails and martinis on the street-side patio on warm summer days.

1033 Bay St. 
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A5 

5th Elementt is a single-level restaurant and lounge specializing in fusion food with emphasis on Italian and Indian food. 5th Elementt’s cuisine is one of a kind:  the menu is the creation of Executive Chef  Johnee S. who brings years of experience from New York City’s fine-dining scene. The menu features many original recipes including goan-style steak, coriander crusted halibut and rack of venison as well as exquisite vegetarian dishes. The open-concept terrace overlooks a beautiful landscape and is available to seat over 150 guests. The restaurant also boasts a full bar menu including a worldwide selection of wines and champagnes.

Bronze Level Partners

461 King St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M5V 1K7 

Brassaii draws together the elegance of a new-world bistro with the comfortable feel of a New York loft. The menu is traditional urban fare with a twist and a strong emphasis on comfort. Guests can enjoy a meal or a beverage in the main dining room or the European piazza style courtyard. Brassaii is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has become an industry favourite for private functions.

922 Queen St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M6J 1G6 

Named after the gold and crimson tropical cashew fruit, Cajú features Brazilian-influenced cuisine.  Brazilian-born chef and owner Mario Cassini has created a contemporary menu that reflects the diverse cultural history of Brazil, taking inspiration from traditional dishes. The restaurant is warm and inviting, Brazilian beats set the mood and featuring the traditional Brazilian cocktail, the Caipirinha. Cajú is located in the West Queen West art and design district, in an eclectic neighborhood of art galleries and shops.

The Food Dudes Catering Company will help you create an event which you and your guests will remember forever. Whatever the affair, our philosophy remains the same: We will provide you with luxury catering services comparable to some of Toronto’s most prestigious restaurants. Through thoughtful planning, a strong commitment to quality, and unbounded enthusiasm to deliver innovative, unique and delicious food, we will provide you with a catering experience like no other.

The menus we provide are a canvas to work with. We encourage creativity and can work together with our clients to develop personalized menus based on unique tastes, interests and budget. It has been our experience, commitment, personality and dedication to a worry-free event execution that sets us apart from the rest.

The Food Dudes offers you more than just a catered event. We deliver food-inspired entertainment experiences.

309 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 1J3

Most memorable meal Award, Best of Toronto and other accolades winner, Dhaba created by Chef P.K. offers the most innovative and taste intensive food in some of his Divine creations with carefully selected vintage wines and creative martinis. At Dhaba, the culinary art gets customized at your table. Try Chef P. K.s four seasons prix-fixe menus or the tasting menus to adventure the taste of India.

884 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
M4M 1J3

Joy Bistro is the cornerstone of the newly hot Leslieville strip. With its cozy candlelit dining room, three spectacular patios, and a beautiful old world appeal lounge for private events, Joy has space for you. We offer exceptional food, using local produce, naturally-raised meats and sustainable fish, reflecting the finest of Ontario's agriculture. All of our pickling, preserving and smoking is done in house to ensure the best quality year-round and leave the smallest environmental footprint we can. During our lush Ontario growing season expect only the freshest and best of our local bounty at Joy.

51 St. Nicholas St. 
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1W6 

Matignon is a sweet little French restaurant.  It recalls everyone’s favourite French bistro:  friendly, small and sincere.  Matignon transports you to a small and unpretentious spot somewhere between the Mediterranean and the Alps.  It is down-home cuisine that harks back to a simpler time, offering the loveable, long-ago charm of a France that has mostly disappeared.

265 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON
M5R 1J9

Mistura restaurant boasts excellent quality, and seasonal menus prepared Chef Massimo’s way and served by the professional and knowledgeable team. Mistura is about hospitality that’s fun and comfortable set in an elegant candle-lit atmosphere. A contemporary Italian cuisine with an award wining wine list reflects a simplified yet refined approach to taste.

Sopra is the sumptuously sexy new supper club just outside of the Yorkville area, is a throw-back to the original supper clubs of the 1920s and 1930s. It features global cuisine with a sweeping martini and wine list. A glass enclosed private dining room, with a floor to ceiling fireplace, overlooking Davenport Road comfortably accommodates 30 guests.

1221 Bay St. 
Toronto, ON
M5R 3P5 

Combining food from all corners of the world, Pangaea’s exotic fare is an interesting contrast to its minimalist decor. Fresh and unique dishes are guaranteed with a constantly evolving menu. In addition, Pangaea restaurant has two private dining rooms that offer the same wonderful room features that have won Pangaea restaurant international recognition.

22 Cumberland St. 
Toronto, ON
M4W 1J5 

Operating on three floors – the original main floor, the second-floor Stealth Lounge for private functions, and the roof-top patio a.k.a The Flight Deck – The Pilot has been a fixture on the Toronto restaurant/bar scene for over sixty years. The pub-style menu features daily specials, homemade soups and Pilot favourites such as Calgary Ginger Beef, Thai Noodles, Pilot Pizza, a terrific steak sandwich and the famous Pilot burger and fries. The Pilot offers nineteen types of draft beer, great weekend jazz every Saturday and Sunday afternoon (for which there is never a cover) and a relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere that makes first timers feel like they've been there before. In front, there's a small heated patio to sit outside rain or shine. The Pilot staff are welcoming, friendly and efficient. We are open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks until 2am.

100 Cumberland St. 
Toronto, ON
M5R 1A6 

Sassafraz restaurant, located in the heart of Yorkville, provides an elegant atmosphere ideal for romantic dinners, group receptions or a night on the town.  For a unique dining experience, book our exclusive balcony overlooking our indoor garden with a flowing waterfall and a twenty-foot living wall. For private functions, climb upstairs to The Bellair and The Cumberland rooms, fabulously designed and complete with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.  Come and enjoy our contemporary Canadian cuisine in our dining room or enjoy the live music in our bistro.

1100 Queen St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M6J 1H9 

Located on Queen Street West at Dovercourt, The Social is a night club with a capacity for 350 patrons. Now in its fourth year, The Social has hosted such DJs as Diplo, Digitalism, Boyze Noise, Groove Armada and Erol Alkan. Friday’s patrons will hear eighties rock and New Wave; while most other nights, electro is dominant. Bottle service is available but tables are hard to come by, especially during the Festival, so be sure to call or email us for reservations.

303 King St. W. 
Toronto, ON
M5V 1J5 

A character century building in the heart of downtown’s theatre and club districts has transformed into an airy urban loft-like dining room.

Urban boasts a spacious yet secluded rooftop deck where you can relax under the stars. The patio is perfect for people-watching from the sidewalk patio while a crackling fire in the cozy back bar is perfect for the colder months.  The eclectic menu features steak and seafood, well-balanced wine and martini lists and exceptional desserts. Toronto is a city of many cultures and tastes.  We celebrate that, every day, using the best, freshest ingredients, local and imported.  Nothing less.