NKPR’s Annual IT House x Producers Ball hosted a media day on the first day of TIFF19 (Toronto International Festival 2019). This year, The Purman Building was home for the five-day event, and it was an excellent choice. Within the 7000 sq. ft. loft-like space, there were a variety of installations to see and experience.
As we toured the space, we got to spend time in each installation and learned so much. During our appointment time, The Property Brothers‘ Drew Scott and Linda Phan were in attendance as well. Jonathan and Drew Scott of Scott Brothers Entertainment has been a partner with NKPR for this event for several years.
Our first stop was at Shop NK. This new e-commerce site was founded by NKPR’s Natasha Koifman. Products include a curated collection of eco-conscious style, entertaining and beauty products. With the mandate of giving back, a percentage of each purchase goes to the client’s choice of five local and international charities.
“Age of Union, Igniting the Changemaker,“ by tech entrepreneur Dax Dasilva, is an extraordinary book. Dasilva shares his personal vision of bringing people together by casting aside differences and then working to solve the world’s problems. He describes the book as a “creative, artistic and spiritual journey through which it will walk you.”
Swarovski’s Fall Tarot Magic Collection incorporates tarot card icons with Swarovski crystals to create stunning jewellery pieces. Evil eyes, hamsa hands, lucky spades, hopeful swallows and sparkling keys bring positivity to those who wear them.
Walking into sleepenvie‘s Mean Girls inspired bedroom brought back so many memories. It felt like head Mean Girl Regina was still living there. sleepenvie’s bed was also super comfortable. Their foam and hybrid mattresses use the latest technology to give all kinds of sleepers the best experience possible. No counting sheep required.
OGX had talented hairdressers who style and explained the various OGX‘s beauty products. The Argan Oil of Morroco extra strength dry shampoo was very appealing, and no doubt is a great help in looking good between hair wash days. The Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen shampoo helps thicken and add texture to hair, with just on use. The Coconut Milk Conditioner brings the feeling of the Caribbean while giving more strength to hair.
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics had a makeup station and offered touch-ups using their products. With the Foundation Shade Finder, it is now easy to find one’s correct undertone shade. The Instant Full Cover Concealer makes under the eyes brighter and even younger!
We tasted the two Protein Power’s smoothies, Chunky Monkey (Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk, Banana and Chocolate Protein Powder) and Very Berry (Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Strawberries, Raspberries and Vanilla Protein Powder). Both were delicious. There were a variety of Protein Power bars to enjoy as well. The Birthday Cake flavour was outstanding.
George Lagos of Hounds Black Vodka offered up his unique cocktails. Hounds Caesar (.5 oz of Hounds Black Vodka, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice and Clamato) and Hustle & JLO (.5 oz of Hounds Black Vodka, .25 oz St. Germain, 4 oz of champagne and simple syrup) both were wonderful.
In a clear glass box was “Genius 100: Visions of the Future“, the first 3D book printed in one piece. The Genius 100 organization decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein‘s General Theory of Relativity in this most extraordinary way. Working with industrial designer Ron Arad, this magnificent book was produced in the shape of Albert Einstein‘s head. Genius 100 enlisted 100 of the world’s top thinkers and visionaries to contribute their writings on the future to the book. The single copy (signed by all 100 contributors) will be auctioned off in 2019.
There was a lot of space to chill as well, or if one wanted to be more active, then there was Ping Pong and Connect Four.
Throughout the five days, there were also a series of panels that were fun and educational.
GET INTO THE GROOVE: MUSIC & FILM
Discussion of favourite films with music, including biopics and docs.
Writer Courtney Shea, moderator
- Director, Daniel Roher (Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band)
- Actor/Musician, Noah Reid (Schitt’s Creek, Clifton Hill)
- Music Journalist/Radio Host, Alan Cross (102.1 The Edge)
- TV personality, Liz Trinnear (LA Correspondent, ETALK)
- Actor/Singer/Producer, Tyler Shaw
The ChangemakersDiscussion on the qualities of changemakers and why anyone can be one.
Radio host Taylor Kaye, moderator
- Avi Federgreen, President at Federgreen Entertainment & Indiecan Entertainment
- Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO of Lightspeed / Author, “Age of Union”
- Trang Trinh, Founding Director & CEO, TREC Brands
- Helen Hatzis, Chief Community Officer, Genius 100 Foundation
- Matthew Willson, Producer, Actor & Financier of Films
Swarovski Fashion and Film
The Kit’s Editor-In-Chief Laura deCarufel and Canadian- born, Celebrity Stylist Kara Welch, had a one on one conversation about fashion and film.
The Movie Magic of Meryl Streep
This is a discussion of multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep and her acting roles, passion and her talent.
Writer Kathleen Newman-Bremang, moderator
- Actress, Hannah Gross (Mindhunter, The Sinner, Clifton Hill)
- On-Air Host/Documentary Filmmaker, Michael Yerxa (1 Girl, 5 Gays)
- Film Critic, Sarah Marrs (Cinesnark, Lainey Gossip)
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