Recently, the City of Toronto has experienced an influx of rain, practically turning Union Station and the Lakeshore into a lake. Now, the 6ix is preparing for another flood, and this time it’s of the celebrity kind. That’s right, the Toronto International Film Festival is only a few weeks away, which means there is about to be an influx of visitors, from massive movie stars, international media, and adoring fans hoping to get a glimpse of their favourite Hollywood hunk.

Over the next few weeks, as these stars are expected to arrive, they’ll be gravitating to some of Toronto’s finest boutiques and services to make sure they’re flawless for every premiere. If you’re planning on walking the carpet, attending a movie, or just hoping to see some movie makers, we’ve curated a go-to list for all your TIFF prep needs.




The MM-approved Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie, located at the Shangri La Hotel, provides some of the most sought-after treatments in the city. The slimming wrap treatment is a 45-min contouring experience, through the application of warm clay over Caudalie’s Contouring Concentrate to ensure thorough detoxification and elimination of excess water, revealing a trimmer silhouette. New treatments include Hot-Stone Manis & Pedis, where guests can indulge in a hot stone massage alongside a perfect polish application, exfoliation with Himalayan Salt Crystals, and massages with Hot Basalt Stones for ultimate relaxation.





In the heart of Greektown lies a skincare haven, where the masterfully skilled Jessica and Sachi of The Freeze Clinic will rejuvenate your skin. Using their own Canadian-made FREEZE products, their popular diamond microdermabrasion (a deep exfoliant to remove dirt and dry skin without damage), and series of cold laser treatments applied with a collagen mask, the signature FREEZE facial is everything you dreamed and more. Plus, they also carry a DTK fave, Graydon Skincare, in their retail area. You’ll walk out with glowing skin, and a newfound sense of Zen, thanks to their clean, minimalistic interior and calming aura. The more you go, the more you’ll glow. Who doesn’t want their skin to shine bright (like a diamond)?





If you’re seeking a VIP environment and an Oscar-worthy ‘do, you’re going to have to venture north of Bloor. Jason Lee is an award-winning stylist, known for his work on red carpets and in New York Fashion Week, and he has opened up a salon in Toronto. A few blocks up from Yonge & Eglinton, the Jason Lee Salon offers exceptional service and consistently flawless haircuts, colours, and blow-outs. Jason splits his time between his salon here and Serge Normant at John Frieda in NY, but his Torontonian team is just as talented. You may even get a new glamorous head shot a la the salon’s stellar Instagram.





Yorkville’s one-stop shop for high-end luxury items is Archives Toronto, which boasts some of the most stunning jewelry, bags and eyewear that money can buy. Located just a block away from the celebrity favourite Four Seasons Hotel, TIFF stylists and stars are sure to be popping by the boutique to find the best pieces for all the red carpet moments. They also have a stand-out selection to fit all your street style and Instagram needs.







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