The GATE’s Interview Lounge at TIFF 2017 welcomes brand partners

by W. Andrew Powell
The GATE Interview Lounge at TIFF 2017

Hamilton Watch, Sparkling Ice, Flawless by Friday, The Macallan, and Roku, join The GATE’s Interview Lounge at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

A fresh, diverse line up of brands will help welcome celebrity, filmmaker, and influencer guests to The GATE’s Interview Lounge at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, presented by Hamilton Watch. These exceptional companies include presenting partner Hamilton Watch, in addition to Sparkling Ice zero-calorie beverage, Canadian skincare company Flawless by Friday, single malt whisky distillery The Macallan, and streaming entertainment brand Roku.

The GATE, Toronto’s online entertainment magazine, invites Canadian and visiting celebrities and filmmakers to its Interview Lounge for a break, a portrait, and an interview, from September 6 to 10 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre (225 Front Street West).

This year marks The GATE’s 17th year covering TIFF, and it is going to be the magazine’s biggest to date with live video interviews, enhanced social media coverage, portraits, reviews, plus highlights from festival parties and events.

The GATE thanks its partners, contributors, and media partners, without whom this event would not be possible.

The GATE’s Interview Lounge is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Presenting Partner

Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton watches combine the American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies. Known for its innovative design, Hamilton has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in over 450 films. The brand also boasts a strong aeronautical heritage. Hamilton is a member of the Swatch group, the largest watch manufacturer and distributor in the world with 160 production sites in Switzerland.

The Ventura is a faithful tribute to the original 1957 model, which made watch-making history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. Design detail of the case of the new model mirrors that of its ancestors. The dial is reminiscent of the 1950s Ventura timepieces, complete with digit markings all culminating in an embossed rounded point looking like atoms. The iconic Ventura, with its striking, shield-shaped case, co-starred with the Elvis, the king of rock and roll in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii”.

Hamilton Watch
Hamilton Watch
Hamilton Watch | Ventura
Hamilton Watch | Ventura

Brand Partners

Sparkling IceAbout Talking Rain® Beverage Company
An iconic brand in the Seattle-area for 30 years, Talking Rain is a Washington-based beverage company situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. This innovative company is outselling global brands in flavour-categories across the U.S., while beginning to find success internationally with the brand’s bold-flavored, lightly carbonated sparkling water.

A part of the Talking Rain product portfolio for over 20 years, Sparkling Ice beverages were often overlooked, until a major organizational shift in 2010 where the new leadership team refocused the company’s efforts on this diamond in the rough. At that time, Talking Rain started to build a strong marketing, sales and manufacturing team to focus efforts on this flavoured, zero-calorie carbonated beverage, which was quietly building a strong following in the Northwest since entering the marketplace.

About Sparkling Ice® Beverages
Sparkling Ice is a great tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage, that appeals to all age groups. The Bold Side of Water™ combines sparkling water, and natural flavours, and is available in Canada in six refreshing flavours: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Cherry Limeade and Coconut Pineapple. Sparkling Ice can be found in retailers throughout Canada. To locate Sparking Ice in Canada, visit

About Flawless by Friday
Flawless by Friday
Flawless by Friday is a revolutionary Canadian skincare company founded by 29-year-old Brittny Skylar Robins. Robins spent several years working with the top skin care lines in the industry becoming passionate about the concept of inner confidence shaping outer beauty. The ethos behind Flawless by Friday is built on three pillars – Speed, Simplicity and Self Confidence. Flawless by Friday believes that time is your most valuable commodity and that feeling like your best, most beautiful self has a direct impact on how you approach your day. That is why all of the products require minimal time and deliver maximum results – so you can feel like your best self for any life event big or small. Flawless by Friday products pair state-of-the-art Korean technology with natural ingredients that have a proven track record of addressing a variety of skin problems to help you feel Flawless.

About Flawless by Friday | 5 Day Detox Facial System
When you feel confident, you can take on the world. Our unique star product, the Flawless by Friday: 5 Day Facial System will have your skin feeling its best by the weekend. Apply a different hydrogel mask each day with a targeted active ingredient to achieve maximum results. Each day targets a specific concern: from Moisture Monday (Hyaluronic Acid), Toning Tuesday (Vitamin C), Wrinkle Wednesday (Green Tea), Tightening Thursday (Collagen and Caffeine) to Flawless Friday (Honey)! Powerful antioxidants let your face do the working for the weekend, get results in 5 days to feel like a 10.

About Flawless by Friday | Good to Go
Good to Go is the first men’s product of its kind. It’s no fuss ingredients help to hydrate, energize and soothe while contributing to your overall skin game. Featuring 3 different treatments with all-star active ingredients that work together as a team to improve skin fast!

About The Macallan
The Macallan Rare Cask
The Macallan sits at the pinnacle of single malt whisky by combing an unwavering commitment to the highest quality with a passion and desire to innovate and challenge the traditions of whisky making. The Macallan was founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. Today The Macallan is now the No.1 brand by value in malt whisky, having grown its worldwide sales by 40% in the last five years.

About The Macallan Rare Cask
The Macallan Rare Cask has been crafted only from handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks- amongst the most precious and scarce in single malt whisky. This exquisite rich ruby-red whisky celebrates two of The Macallan’s created strengths: beautiful sherry seasoned oak casks and natural colour. Rare Cask comes in a stunningly, heavy class decanter reflecting the peerless spirit that defines The Macallan.

About The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old
Double Cask 12 Years Old is the recently launched age statement to be unveiled in Canadian market. It is the perfect balance of 100% sherry-seasoned European and American oak, a marriage of 2 wood types. Smoothly sweet, indulgent and balanced. The defining style is American Oak, vanilla, citrus and light oak and balances the expected Macallan character of rich fruit and wood spice.

About Roku
Roku Premiere+
Roku is a leader in streaming entertainment, with 15 million active accounts and nearly 7 billion hours of video and music streamed in the first half of 2017 alone.

About Roku Premiere+
This powerful streaming player offers stunning HD, 4K and HDR picture quality with vibrant colour. Access 100,000+ movies and TV shows with thousands of channels, including all your favourites. And you can control the action with the included point-anywhere remote, or use the Roku app on your smartphone or tablet!

Founded in 2001, The GATE serves Canadian readers, and readers from around the world, with quality interviews, reviews, features, and news. Updated daily by The GATE’s talented writers, the site is a dependable source for film, television, travel, and music coverage, supported by strong, funny and interesting social media channels. At the heart of The GATE’s coverage is lively, intelligent writing, original photography, and fascinating video interviews.

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To schedule a media appointment or an interview, please contact:

W. Andrew Powell, Editor-In-Chief, at [email protected]
Alina Duviner, Publicist, at [email protected]


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