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Toronto International Film Festival: SheKnows reviews the hottest parties that will light up the scene!

Celebs are starting to arrive (Natalie Portman, Matt Damon and Ryan Gosling, to name a few). The movie screens are lighting up. And movie watchers are lining up for tickets. The party scene is also about to get underway. With uber-tight guest lists and some that are open to everyone) we’ve rounded up the must-go-to places and events for TIFF 2010.

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All week – Sept. 9 to 19

The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St. W., thedrakehotel.ca
Open to: Everyone

Go for cool cocktails and to spot celebs who like to stay away from the mainstream Hollywood circuit.

natalie portman black swan movie posterOne Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel
118 Yorkville Ave., thehazeltonhotel.com
Open to: Everyone (reservations are recommended)

This patio in the heart of Yorkville is always packed with celebrities and is recommended for anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of someone on the A-list.

The Park Hyatt Rooftop Patio
4 Avenue Rd., parktoronto.hyatt.com
Open to: Everyone

Go early to catch the best view of the city as well as your best chance to see celebs enjoying a little downtime in between party hoping and movie-going. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been spotted cuddling in the lounge.

Nikki Beach Club
C Lounge, 456 Wellington St. W., libertygroup.com/c_lounge
Open to: Invite-only

One of the hottest places to party after-hours, Nikki Beach features outdoor cabanas and music from some of the city’s best DJs.

Toro After Dark (Sept. 9 to 12)
PEARS on Avenue, 164 Avenue Rd., toromagazine.com
Open to:
Invite-only

A Porsche dealership cum soon-to-be condo tower is set to host a number of parties and previews, including the New York Times Canadian Photo Archive Exhibit curated by Caitlin Cronenberg.

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