It’s that time of the year again! We admit TIFF ’20 couldn’t gave come any sooner as it is the highlight of our year every year. While our expectations have been managed of a reduced Festival in light of our current climate, we still plan to celebrate the best Film Festival in the world however we can. We understand the star power won’t be here in the City like previous years, but we are still excited to deliver you content just as you were there with us at the Festival! We’ve got our Films picked-out and look forward to bringing you highlights from some star-studded In-Conversations with the likes of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Saoirse Ronan and more, plus daily reviews of the Festival’s most-buzzed titles! Team Mr. Will are thrilled to deliver you our best coverage just like we do every year, even if on a different scale!
We spoke to The Toronto Sun‘s Jane Stevenson about how this year’s set-up impacts our plans here.
First are foremost we’d like to thank our partners, returning and new this year.
H&M CANADA – H&M still remains our favourite fashion go-to year after year and while there are a limited number of physical events to attend this year, we’re still honoured to showcase pieces from their Fall/Winter 2020 Collection! With the seasons changing, H&M wants to help you build your best and coziest Fall wardrobe. With all H&M stores officially reopened across Canada, they have great, fashionable Fall items and amazing deals happening both online and in store. We’re thrilled to rock a couple new pieces from their Fall/Winter 2020 Collection at some TIFF ’20 in-person events.
CHATIME CANADA – We are obsessed with Chatime and are delighted again this year to give our Readers and Followers a chance to win some gift vouchers. Others try, but Chatime has proven time and again to be the best Bubble Tea available and we’re thrilled they’re branching-out to several new areas for you to see what the crazy is all about! We live a walk away from a location but often just Uber Eats it in as nothing’s better than bypassing the wait! My recommendations are their Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea, Wintermelon Iced Tea or Iced Grapefruit Black Tea! Be sure to try their brand-new Tea of the Month, the Brown Rice Green Tea with Fresh Milk and also their 1 litre Super Cups Also right in-time for Mid-Autumn Festival, you also can find limited edition Mooncakes in select stores by Bake Code!
NTD APPAREL INC. – We understand safety should always come at the expense of fun and style. NTD Apparel Inc.’s official licensed merchandise are available at several retailers like Winners, Walmart, Canadian Tire and more! We offered you a chance to win some JAWS and BACK TO THE FUTURE face coverings in July and those were a huge hit!
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT – One of our favourite purveyor of cinematic hits has in recent months brought us our favourites on Home Entertainment including Bad Boys For Life, Little Women, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Bloodshot and more!
ACURA CANADA – As TIFF this year while largely is digital, it will include a Drive-In component, more than ever do we need an amazing ride for the task. We’ll be arriving in style TIFF ’20 in the 2020 ACURA ILX TECH A-SPEC!
We’ve already got a few Premieres on our schedule that we’ll enjoy in the ILX and we can’t wait to take you along with us for the ride!
NINJA KITCHEN CANADA – One of the joys of our pandemic has been sharpening our culinary skills and we were excited to launch a Cooking section on our website and the feedback has been amazing! Never did we realize before how much the Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer would elevate and simplify our cooking experience. We’ve made everything from Roast Chicken to Doughnuts to Steak and it is a joy to know we can have our favourite Sweet Potato Fries whenever we want now! Being home at TIFF this year more than ever for screenings, we appreciate the value of good food at home while we’re screening the Festival’s hottest titles.
STARBUCKS CANADA – Starbucks was a part of my daily life before the pandemic and it broke my heart that being home meant I couldn’t have my Starbucks every day. We’re so happy their stores are open again full-service and right in time for Pumpkin Spice Latte season – our favourite thing to have every TIFF, iced or hot! And don’t forget to try their brand-new Apple Oat Flat White. The ever-popular Oat Beverage is now available as a dairy alternative!
HAPPY HAND SANITIZER – More than ever before do we depend on staying safe with some sanitizer. Available at retailers like Well.ca and Whole Foods, Happy Hand Sanitizer sprays on easy, moisturizes, dries quick and is unscented. Best of all, it isn’t goopy like many others on the market. It also is safe for continued daily use at 80% alcohol and available in 2 and 8 oz. bottles. We don’t go anywhere without it! And best of all, it’s Canadian-made!
More excitingly, we’re thrilled to give our lucky Readers a chance to enjoy some of the products our partners offer! One lucky Readers will win our MR. WILL’S TIFF SURVIVAL PRIZE PACK which is an annual highlight. This year, the prize is more thrilling than ever!
The Prize Pack includes:
1 Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer, 3.8L (value $189 CAN) 4 Chatime Canada Gift Drink Vouchers with official Chatime Reusable Straws (value $60 CAN) $25 Starbucks Canada Gift Card (value $25 CAN) 1 H&M Canada VIP Discount Card, good for 25% off 1 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment CanadaBlu-ray™ Set including: Bad Boys For Life, Little Women, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Bloodshot! (value $125) NTD Apparel Inc. official licensed BACK TO THE FUTURE and JAWS Face Coverings (value $25) 2 2 oz. bottles of HAPPY Hand Sanitizer (value $15)
A total value of at least $500 CAN! If the drawn winner is from the Great Toronto Area, I will hand-deliver the package to you during TIFF ’20.
To enter to win, click “like” on this Post at MR. WILL ON FACEBOOK. You can Re-Tweet this Contest Tweet from @mrwillw or tag two friends on this Post on our Instagram for an extra chance! You must be following and we will be verifying!
Even if you don’t win the Prize Pack, we’ve got some goodies to give away on our Social Media throughout the Fest!
Air Fryer Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter. This is as delicious as it sounds. Our life has forever been changed by our Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer and salmon is one of the many things it does well. I love how crisp the skin gets and also how quickly this cooks.
1 tsp paprika
Sea salt and coarsely-grated black pepper
3 tbsps unsalted butter
1 tsp parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 wedges of lemon
Drizzle of olive oil
1. In small bowl, whip garlic, parsley, Worcestershire Sauce, juice of one lemon wedge and 1/8 tsp salt. Take parchment paper and roll into a log and refrigerate till firm.
2. Season salmon in sea salt, paprika and pepper for at least an hour. Keep chilled and leave out at room temperature about 30 minutes before cooking.
3. Set Air Fryer at 400°F on Air Fryer mode. Pre-heat for 3 minutes.
4. Drizzle salmon with a bit of olive oil and fry salmon for 8 minutes, no need to turn.
5. When ready to serve, slice lemon butter and garnish it with lemon and parsley on salmon.
We’re so thrilled to announce our partnership with NINJA KITCHEN to show you how awesome their Air Fryers are!
Why an Air Fryer? I think you’ll agree with me that most of us are turned-off by having to deal with all the splattering grease and mess of deep-frying on your stove-top. Above this, the amount of oil required to deep-fry some of your favourites makes it unfeasible from a health standpoint to cook like that every day. The Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer gives you the freedom to fry with very little oil, yet still get that crispy coating we love so much in deep-frying whenever you want it. Above this, it cooks super-quick and also there’s very little clean-up!
This Pandemic has awoken the inner Chef in me and I am delighted to welcome the Air Fryer into my life, giving me infinite possibilities. It air-fries, re-heats and dehydrates also, in addition to air-frying!
These next few weeks, we’ll all be about peaches as sweet, juicy Ontario Peaches are in-season through early August, but in addition to desserts (check-out our recipe for Peach Cobbler here!) or just eating them whole, peaches can be infused into your cooking to give your dishes a bright, summery splash!
We’ve partnered with Ninja Kitchen to bring Wing Night to you while social-distancing with Ontario Peach Wings with Sweet Potato Fries and Sriracha-Peach Aioli. 🍑
2 lbs chicken wings
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 1/2 tbsps baking powder
Sea salt and pepper
Drizzle of olive oil
1. Preheat Ninja Air Fryer for 3 minutes at 360°F.
2. After cleaning wings, pat dry with paper towels and toss in spices, salt and pepper.
3. Divide wings in two batches, drizzle wings with olive oil and fry each batch on Air Fryer mode for about 14 minutes. At half-way mark, turn wings over carefully once. While, frying, prepare sauce.
2 Ontario peaches, pitted, skinned and cut into 1″ thick slices
6 tbsps organic Canadian Maple Syrup
3 tbsps organic raw cane sugar
3 tbsps rice vinegar
3 tbsps Honey Dijon Mustard
2 tbsps ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp Gochujang (Korean Pepper Paste)
Sea salt and pepper
1. In sauce pan, bring peaches to boil in raw sugar and 3 tbsps maple syrup on medium-heat. Reduce to low heat. Cook till flesh is soft and broken. Once cooled, strain liquid through a sieve and reserve liquid.
2. In large bowl, whisk all other ingredients together. Add 5 tbsps of peach reduction into the mix. Reserve remainder of reduction for your Aioli.
3. Once chicken wings are cooked, toss them in sauce till coated and allow to sit for about 4 minutes before transferring to serving platter. Garnish with peach slices and serve with Sweet Potato Fries and Sriracha-Peach Aioli.
SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SRIRACHA-PEACH AIOLI
1 large sweet potato, skinned and chopped into thin strips
2/3 cup Mayonnaise
2 tbsps Sriracha
2-3 tbsps reserved peach reduction (above)
1/2 tsp paprika
Sea salt and pepper
Drizzle of olive oil
1. Soak sweet potato strips in salt water for 10 minutes.
2. Pat dry completely with paper towels.
3. Toss strips in olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
4. Ensure Air Fryer is preheated for about 3 minutes.
5. Air-fry sweet potato strips at 360°F for about 10 minutes, shaking once at the half-way point.
6. While frying, prepare Sriracha-Peach Aioli but whisking Sriracha, peach reduction and Mayonnaise in small bowl.
7. Serve fries with Aioli.
We’re sure this will be a favourite and we can infuse different seasonal flavours into this sauce as the year progresses! Check back as we’ll be featuring more exciting Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer creations including a juicy Steak & Taters, Hainanese Roast Chicken, Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon and Maple-Bacon Doughnuts! Yes, Doughnuts!
You can find the Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer at retailers like Canadian Tire.