The streets are steamier than ever for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In the 16 years that I’ve covered the “Festival of Festivals” I don’t recall it ever being quite this hot before, but there’s a first for everything at TIFF. And TIFF is always changing.
Welcome to September, and wow, is it busy. I’ve certainly noticed that I’m busier than usual, but you really know you’re especially busy when publicists start responding to your schedule by telling you, ‘Wow, you’re busy’. There’s busy, and then there’s a level of busy that even a publicist can appreciate.
Don’t look now, but summer seems to be waning even though it feels like it just started. That’s the usual story this time of year, and it’s why I always try to make the most of things. That’s probably my mantra, come to think of it–and at least I’ve had some great things to work with these last couple of weeks.
My earliest memories of my mother, Marilyn, are when I was three or four and my parents and I were living in a basement apartment in Saint John. We would later move to a little village an hour’s drive away, to be with my grandparents, but in Saint John my mother was naturally the centre of my universe, and I still remember how she helped build up my love for things that would always be important to me. She was nurturing and caring, and she loved her family and friends deeply.
Surprise! It’s June and it’s busy! I always know what to expect, and I won’t complain because it’s always a fun, action-packed month full of adventures. Last week started it all off with a few highlights, including the screening for Now You See Me 2, actress Ellen Page and director Patricia Rozema in town to talk about Into The Forest, director Allan Ungar for his film Gridlocked, and star Bianca Del Rio and director Matt Kugelman for Hurricane Bianca at Inside Out Film Festival, to name a few things.
Last Monday week I was handed the keys to a 2016 Ford Focus Titanium for a week of test driving, which came in handy last week for a long-weekend getaway in Muskoka. On Friday we left town early and headed up to the Sherwood Inn Hotel, and we luckily had perfect weather.
This week in the blog you get two for the price of one as I catch up on blogging about what I’ve been up to for both last week, and this week. There has been a lot going on, including an interview with Emily VanCamp, screening X-Men: Apocalypse, interviews with Cabbie Richards and two stars from How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, a Hudson’s Bay x Taste Canada event, and lots, lots more.
The fourth season of Orphan Black returned to Space and BBC America tonight, and I celebrated the series return with an interview this morning with stars Kristian Bruun and Kevin Hanchard. You won’t see that video up on YouTube yet though since we talked quite a bit about tonight’s episode.
Pretty much everyone I know has wild weeks, with more things going on than there generally seems time to deal with. The thing that always amazes me is just how many different things I seem to get involved with some weeks. It’s not just that I’m busy, but I’m busy with a wild mix of things almost every week, and I love it.
Tonight’s a big night in Toronto for film and television as the gala for the Canadian Screen Awards brings Canada’s stars and filmmakers together at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Awards have been handed out throughout the week, but tonight’s trophies cover the big categories, including Best Performances for film and television, Fan Choice awards, and Best Dramatic and Comedy Series.