Parties that happen during TIFF are among Toronto’s most highly sought-after every year and they’re great for catching glimpses of international celebrities strutting their stuff and looking their best on red carpets. But it’s even better when there’s a purpose behind it all.

Artists for Peace and Justice is an annual star-studded cocktail and dinner gala in support of communities in need in Haiti. Many will be in attendance including APJ board members Paul Haggis, Pascal Raffy, Madeleine Stowe and George Stroumboulopoulos. Co-chairing this year’s event are dedicated humanitarian and Director of Brand Development at the Mantella Corporation, Sylvia Mantella, and NKPR president and APJ board member, Natasha Koifman. Previously held in private residences across Toronto, this year, Artists for Peace and Justice will take place at Casa Loma.

“The work we do in Haiti is making a measurable difference on the ground, and with the ongoing assistance of our corporate partners, we are able to draw much-needed attention to the struggles that the country faces, helping to raise funds, awareness and hope,” says APJ CEO, David Belle.

Tickets are still available at a cool $1,500. For more info visit

The annual Producers Ball is said to be the unofficial kickoff to TIFF Festivities (although the charity gala below also occurs on Sept 3rd). Once again it will be hosted by the tall, dark and handsome W Network’s Property Brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott. Proceeds of the Producers Ball support World Vision.

The gala is set to blow its local and international guests away with wild theatrics, a “vintage circus” theme,
​digital integrations, and social media installations.

Check out my photos from last year’s Producers Ball 2013

Shannon Tweed, Sophie Simmons at the Producers Ball 2013 at the ROM

Shannon Tweed, Sophie Simmons at the Producers Ball 2013 at the ROM


The gala is said to be invite only. For more info visit

Perhaps the most highly sought after charity dinner on September 3rd with the one and only Al Pacino for $1,500 each. Only 300 tickets available.

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Nick Lee

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