We adore our Samsung products and in-stores today is the eagerly-awaited SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 and S8+! Further refining the already near-perfect Samsung Galaxy S7, this latest release sees some fascinating improvements including an uninterrupted surface flowing right to its edges, giving you less obstruction in either 5.8″ (S8) or 6.2″ (S8+) display size options and in colours midnight black and orchid gray.
What makes the S8 remarkable is some of its groundbreaking, state-of-the-art features like its Iris Scan option, which is exactly as it suggests – the ability to unlock your phone with the look of an eye. No more clumsy, fumbly passcodes… unless you really prefer that!
Its Bixby system lets you use voice, text or touch to navigate every day life. Need to find a hot restaurant in your area? Ask Bixby!
You can even download faster now as the S8/S8+ come Gigabit Wi-Fi ready!
Love your photos? Know that the S8/S8+ come enhanced with a Dual Pixel Sensor helping you take better action shots, night shots and an 8 MP front-facing camera for those Selfies!
Accidents happen. The S8/S8+ is still good to go after being immersed under 5 ft of water for up to 30 minutes!
We had the absolute pleasure of attending the S8 Launch tonight at Sherway Gardens and had a blast learning all about its exciting new features. In addition to having our iris photographed, we even got to toy with Virtual Reality as the phone is compatible with the Samsung Gear VR goggles. In fact, those who pre-ordered the device were lucky enough to get a free pair of goggles with their purchase!
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TIFFmas is about to arrive and before the insanity begins, we’re proud to announce our official Partners for TIFF ’16! We couldn’t do it without them and YOU! MRWILLWONG.COM has been a part of this City’s colourful wallpaper for seven years now, our unique take on the Festival balancing the celebrity spotlight with a strong focus on the Films which have the Festival abuzz. Contributing again this year on our Team on Reviews are George Kozera, Siobhán Rich, David Baldwin and Justin Waldman!
We hope that once again you’ll be making MR. WILL WONG your go-to source for everything TIFF during the Festival!
CP24 will be featuring us and our TIFF content once again this year after many successful years together! Be sure to tune-in for our sightings and thoughts on this year’s highly-buzzed Films of the Festival!
ACURA CANADA gives us the all-important mobility needed during TIFF ’16 and does it in style. The 2017 AcuraILX is style and sophistication personified. Above this, it’s fuel-efficient! We’re thrilled to pilot this gorgeous ride this Festival!
NIKON CANADAreturns as one of our official sponsors and in addition to relying heavily on our NIKON D3300 with 20-500 mm lens for those gorgeous close-ups of the stars in town, we need that wu-1a adapter to ensure you get to see these Snaps right away, enabling us to upload straight from camera to Smartphone for you all to see!
H&M CANADA has been our main go-to for our fun, versatile fashions for years and once again we will be sporting all H&M this year. TIFF ’16 is the time to be noticed and H&M does just that.
SUBWAY CANADA is the perfect go-to when we’re hungry and we need that Sandwish fulfilled fast! Check back soon as we’ll be launching another $100 SUBWAY® Gift Card Giveaway in October!
HOTEL NOVOTEL TORONTO CENTRE has been our base for several years now. Once again TIFF ’16 we’ll be calling it home, benefiting from a quick commute to and from the star-filled action in Entertainment District. Above this, there are several amenities including in-and-out privilege parking, a gym, a pool, that amazing breakfast buffet at Café Nicole. Best of all, they’re pet-friendly (we’ve gotta have Billy with us!) and we love their cushy beds!
SAMSUNG CANADA makes TIFF ’16 and our year-round connectivity possible with the Samsung S7, which equipped with a spacious 32 gb of memory, phenomenal low-light camera, accessibility to every Social Media app under the moon and above that, being waterproof, is the only Smartphone for us!
STARBUCKS CANADA partners with us for the first-time ever this year and we are beyond thrilled about this! Fall means one thing and one thing only, the arrival of the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE! We dream year-round of the PSL with its warming comfort. Did you know that beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Starbucks Canada will launch its Fall menu including a Chile Mocha Latte and the return of the Salted Caramel Latte? These will be our official beverages of TIFF ’16!
What’s that? You want to win a Starbucks Gift Card so you too can enjoy a PSL? Canadian Readers simply can click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will on Facebookto enter!
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Dreams really do come true! I think when many of you think of Bloggers, you envision a Hipster tuckered away into the corner of a Starbucks sipping a grande in a venti cup – or better yet, an independent coffee shop – for hours on end. Unfortunately, that Blogger is not me as I am zipping from home with Billy through the City covering launches, spotting stars, attending screenings, at the racetrack visiting Princess, writing/editing reviews, drafting contests and posting news.
I actually enjoy the quiet time I get on the bus or the subway, allowing me time to my own thoughts on commutes, and more importantly, getting sh*t done!
One thing many don’t realize is that a vast majority of my blogging and Social Media are done through my Smartphone. Occasionally I need to do some formatting of posts through my Laptop, but my Brand very much has become dependent on my mobile device. I have always been a Samsung boy. Several Apple-favouring friends give me that judgmental stare when I gush about my phone, but I recognize there are Apple people in this World, and also Android people. Perhaps people are just threatened by what they don’t know? My last three phones in fact have been from the Galaxy series – the S4, the S5 and the S6. I love the large screen size, I love that they’ve improved the battery life, I love the free apps throughthe Google Play store, the camera is amazing and it’s simple to use.
Just having launched a couple weeks back, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge now are in stores and you can imagine my surprise coming home to find a fishbowl filled with gravel and aquarium plants. More importantly, a brand new S7 was plopped right onto the gravel. “Is this real life??”, I asked.
Accompanying the delivery was a card from Samsung Canada, daring me to immerse the gorgeous, unused device into a fish bowl of water as part of its commitment to the promise of being waterproof. Remember that viral video of that guy that queued for days to get an iPhone and then smashed it within minutes? That’s exactly how I felt. My smile turned to a worried frown. Always up for a challenge though, I’d fill the bowl in my sink, as I mustered the courage for what would come next.
In the phone went, sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Something in the back of my mind kept hoping the screen would start pixelating before fizzling-out just to prove my instincts right, but it never happened. The phone was functioning perfectly still after ten long minutes in the water. Apparently it can endure up to 30 minutes immersed. I’m guilty of having washed my phone before and this alleviates a lot of worry for me.
Watch my Snapchat Story about the Samsung Galaxy S7:
Let’s highlight some of the exciting features of the S7 in addition to water (and dust) resistance:
–KNOX Security solution protects you against hackers + malware
–Smart Switch allows you with the simple plug of a cable from your old Galaxy to the Galaxy S7, to transfer all your data and contacts in a breeze!
-Super-fast charge literally is as advertised. In fact as I wrote this post, the S7 gained 30% charge over a bowl of oatmeal and a coffee
-People were miffed about the S6 no longer having expandable memory, so once again the S7 has an SD memory card slot!
-powerful processor is perfect for gaming, i.e. STAR WARS: GALAXY OF HEROES!
–Dual Pixel Sensor and 12 MP camera enables clear pictures in the dark
-It looks gorgeous!!!
Learn more about the SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 + S7 EDGEhere!
You deserve something this cutting-edge and perfect.
We recently helped ring-in the launch of the Galaxy S7 with Kygo! More about that here.
24-year-old Norwegian Tropical House Music sensation Kygo brought the house down at Uniun Night Club last night. In addition to announcing that he is headlining the VELDMusic Festival late July at Downsview Park, the DJ/Produceralso helped ring-in the launch of both the Samsung s7 and Samsung S7 Edge, out now!
Playing a packed house for almost 90 minutes, the crowd consisting of lucky contest winners and influencers savoured his uplifting sounds, leading up to his international smash Firestone (ft. Conrad Sewell).
Guests literally freaked out upon exit given chances to redeem passes to the Festival!
The Samsung S7 and S7 Edge promise many improvements over the already state of the art line of smartphones. Among them a 4k video camera, the return of SD-expandable memory, enhanced security against hackers, game control centre, water/dust resistance, extended battery life and an ultra-sleek new design.
In the blink of an eye, the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival has arrived and now in its 40th year, the Festival promises to be bigger than better the year. Loaded with megawatts of star-power, we promise to be there every step of the way, giving you some of the most intimate access in the City to the Festival!
Before the TIFF 40/TIFF ’15 begins, we want to take a moment to thank our partners, many who are returning once again to show their support for the MR. WILL WONG brand! This is our sixth year blogging and we certainly are showing no signs of stopping. Star-spottings, Giveaways, Film Reviews and buzz. Our Team including Jonathan Godfrey, Justin Waldman, David Baldwin, George Kozera and myself have previewed some of the hottest titles at the Festival in advance so you’ll know which Films should be on your radars this Award season. We’ll be right in the thick of things with our unique perspective and you’ll be right in the know.
We’d like to thank:
CP24: For the seventh consecutive year, we are partnering with ultra-popular CP24 for up-to-the-minute celebrity sightings around the City! I’ll be in studio and catching-up with the station throughout the Festival, so be sure to tune-in! In the past we’ve appeared also on affiliates like Virgin Radio 99.9 and CTV News, so don’t be surprised that literally we’re everywhere again this TIFF!
ITV & TOURISM TORONTO: For the first time ever we’re appearing on television in the U.K. and we’re thrilled to have worked together with iTV and Tourism Toronto to draw focus on the excitement our City has to offer during TIFF, with a feature spot on popular morning program GOOD MORNING BRITAIN.
TYRRELLS: Made from the aristocratic potatoes of England, Tyrrells rapidly is gaining a reputation as the perfect chip for entertaining! What makes them unique is their intense taste, crunch and the fact they contain just a sliver of skin for that real potato authenticity. Flavours include Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chili & Red Pepper, Mature Cheddar & Chives, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce & Sundried Tomato and Vegetable Chips! Learn more here. Your friends and family will know you went that extra mile if they know you serve Tyrrells!
FORD CANADA: We’re a huge fan of Ford and once again they are on-board with us for TIFF 40/TIFF ’15! We’ll be driving in style this Festival in a fuel-efficient Ford Focus, which meets out biggest need – compactness and fuel-efficiency – to a t. We won’t miss a step this Festival thanks to Ford Canada. See our sweet ride in all its loaded glory here.
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT CANADA: This year we’re giving our Readers a chance to win a couple awesome new English-themed releases in celebration of the City to City Programme’s focus on London. Although wildly-popular OUTLANDER Season 1, Volume 1 has already captivated fans, we’re giving you a chance to win also Volume 2 (out Tuesday, September 29, 2015) on DVD! Documentary LAMBERT & STAMP (in stores now) also gives us an intimate look at one of England’s most beloved rock outfits, The Who.
H&M CANADA: We love H&M and estimate that 90% 100% of our wardrobe is in fact H&M. They aren’t afraid of taking risks, have a bit of fun and continue to offer amazing value to Canada’s fashion-conscious. We are excited for you to see some the fun fashions we picked-out from their Fall/Winter 2015 Collection on our Social Media channels, during the Festival! We can’t wait for Katy Perry‘s holiday campaign! See some of their hottest new looks here!
HOTEL NOVOTEL TORONTO CENTRE: Billy and I dream of our cozy bed at Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre and can’t wait to enjoy what little sleep we intend to get at TIFF 40/TIFF ’15 this year. The Hotel is minutes from the thick of it all and their amazing facilities include Wi-Fi, a gym, accessible parking, pool and amazing breakfast buffet at Cafe Nicole offer exceptional value for anyone visiting Toronto during the Festival. Best of all, they’re pet-friendly (yay for Billy)! It’s always reassuring knowing this as we often stress about our loved ones with those long hours during TIFF. Learn more here.
NIKON CANADA: We get tons of compliments on our photography and wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of Nikon Canada and our amazing D3300HDSLR. We’re gonna take you that extra bit closer with their generosity, helping stay connected with our latest Photo updates via a WU-1a wireless mobile adapter and also a zoom lens. Can you handle that level of intimacy? You’ll basically be right beside the likes of Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp and Matt Damon! More here.
SAMSUNG CANADA: Staying connected is important and there could only be one phone for the job, the Samsung Galaxy S6 with its spacious screen and quick-charge adapter. We’re thrilled to use this TIFF 40/TIFF ’15 and most of our blogging and Social Media will be done through this amazing Smartphone! More here.
But most of all you, thank you Willionaire$ for your making us a part of your day these past six years! We are grateful and appreciative!
Now for a bit of fun, we’re giving one v. English Prize Pack including every flavour of Tyrrells Hand Crafted English Crisps, plus copies of LAMBERT & STAMP and OUTLANDER (Season 1, Volumes 1&2 on DVD)! To enter to win, simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will on Facebook!
I live wholeheartedly for TIFF but before it all begins, I must take a moment to acknowledge and thank you generous Supporters who make it possible for me. We’re doing it bigger and better than ever this year and can’t wait to have you along on one of the most fun Digital Journeys in the City between Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and Sunday, September 14, 2014! We’ll be spotting Stars, interviewing a couple big names and reviewing (with the help of our amazing Contributors Justin Waldman, Jonathan Godfrey and David Baldwin) first all those Films which comprise the Awards Season Trail before everybody else! We know how much you love those Giveaways too. We just might have a trick or two up our sleeves for you Willionaire$!
This year, we’d like to thank:
HOTEL NOVOTEL TORONTO CENTRE
Now that I’m in the ‘burbs temporarily, a downtown presence means so much to me TIFF ’14 and this wonderful Hotel places me right where I need to be. I am so grateful for Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre for their generosity once again this year in providing accommodations for part of the Festival. After a long day at it, the first thing I need most comfort and a desk on which to update my Site. After enjoying my stay so much last year, Billy and I cannot wait to crash on that amazingly soft bed once again! I also am awful excited about that Breakfast Buffet at Cafe Nicole. Hello, Bread Bar! More here.
I’ll admit that I have never used a Tablet in my life so I look forward to trying one for the first time in style, the Galaxy Tab S from Samsung Canada. With its spacious screen, Super Amoled Display and Ultra Power Saving Mode, I’ll be counting on this Beauty to be my Communication Hub and perhaps even be blogging directly from it TIFF ’14!
For the first time also, I’ll be trying-out the Samsung Galaxy S5 as my main means of communication during the Festival. I look forward to Tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming with all of you from that 5.1″ screen and up to 13 hours of battery life, about all my exciting Star Spottings and which Films you should be seeing! More here.
For the first time TIFF ’14, I’ll be operating fully with an SLR Camera thanks to Nikon Canada and their amazing Nikon D3300 HDSLR! I’ll be shooting in 24.2 megapixels and am rather excited about that wireless adapter for easy of uploading. Just think all those amazing Selfies and Red Carpet Snaps I’ll be posting with this! Can’t wait to see who we’ll spot and snap! More here.
I am a strong Believer in driving Hybrid Vehicles, not only for obvious environmental benefits, but also their fuel efficiency. I am so pumped – pardon the pun – to drive the 2015 Ford Fusion ENERGI SE this TIFF as I cruise along the Highway with my SiriusXM! Those heated front seats surely will come in handy on those chilly TIFF nights and its compact size is perfect for those tight spots downtown. More here.
Anyone who peeks into my wardrobe would know it’s basically all H&M. I adore H&M Canada and will be wearing them till the day I die. Once again this, I’m so honoured to be sporting pieces from the Powerhouse Retailer’s Fall 2014 Men’s Collection. My look has always been casual, fun, colourful and no-fuss, making H&M my perfect Companion. More here.
Anyone who lives in Southern Ontario knows exactly what to tune into any which time of the day. For the sixth consecutive year, I’ve been asked to contribute to CP24‘s TIFF ’14 coverage. Tune-in at any point throughout the Festival to see me either in-studio or on-the-street, in addition to the many Snaps I’ll be taking! Also at points during the Festival, I’ll be on Sister Station, CTV NEWS too! More here.
IT LOUNGE 2014
One of the most coveted Celebrity Gift Lounges won’t be that far away for my Willionaire$ this year! We are partnering with our friends at NKPR to give you a chance to win an exclusive IT Lounge Prize Pack/VIP Experience! Always been curious what Celebs get access to in those ultra-exclusive Lounges when they visit for TIFF? You’ll soon find out! More here.
OUT THERE TIFF HOSPITALITY SUITE AND LOUNGE
We love Melissa DiMarco and once again this year we’re thrilled to give Readers a chance to enjoy her Oasis situated out of Intercontinental Hotel. Don’t be surprised if you see a Star or four milling about! A great opportunity to relax, grab a bite/drink and mingle with Industry types.
Stay tuned, we’ll certainly have some surprises here throughout TIFF ’14 and were happy to bring some of our Readers to Red Carpet Premieres up-close and personal with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Some even got to attend some glam Parties!
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TIFF ’13 certainly was one of our most star-filled Festivals yet and we wouldn’t have made it through without the generosity of our Partners. A warm-hearted thank you goes to Hotel NovotelToronto Centre, Honda Canada, Out There with Melissa DiMarco, Grosch Film Works Open House, eOne Live, Mongrel Media, Touchwood PR, Remstar Films, CP24, George Stroumboulopoulos’ Made in Canada Lounge, Olympus, Samsung Canada, Nella Bella and H&M Canada for their amazing generosity.
HOTEL NOVOTEL TORONTO CENTRE – with a classic European charm and situated right in the heart of Downtown Toronto (close to the action of the Film Festival!), I enjoyed my stay immensely in my Executive Suite. The Staff were amazingly-attentive and friendly and the biggest plus of all is that they are Dog-friendly, alleviating a lot of my stresses as it enabled me to check-in on Billy throughout the day. Billy and I already miss our spacious suite, extremely-cozy bed, large-screen Television at our desk. We hope certainly to visit again soon! And did I mention the amazing Breakfast Buffet? They understood fully my need for Caffeine, giving me my own Coffee Carafe! I soon discovered for myself why it is that Café Nicole is known for having the “best bread in the City” and once you see for yourself their Bread Counter, you too will know why!
HONDA CANADA – this was my first opportunity driving the 2013 Honda Accord Touring and it was amazing. I made full use of its Econ button and made it through the Festival on less than $30 in gas. Comfy leather seats, a USB port to charge my phone and listen to my MP3s through the superb sound system, plus lightning quick response places this Vehicle at the top of its class. The customizable temperature for Driver and Passenger also came in ultra-handy. And did I mention it’s quite a Looker too? Stunning.
OLYMPUS – although I struggled with the Selfies on this slippery and fast, state-of-the art Camera, several were happy to help me snap my Photos with the Stars. Of the Photos I did take on it, the resolution (16 MP) and clarity were astounding. It was remarkably quick to get the Shot under every varied degree of lighting in which it was tested. I am proud of the Photos the Olympus PEN E-PL5 took for me during TIFF ’13 and it is a great median for those of us who demand more than the quality of a Point-and-Shoot, yet are turned off from the lack of discreteness of a full-on SLR. Review some of my awesome Snaps here.
H&M CANADA – it definitely was chilly this TIFF on the whole, but I managed to be dressed for the weather in my Cardigans from H&M’s Fall 2013 Collection. I am proud to say that in one of my appearances on CP 24, super-popular Television Personality Stephen LeDrew took a moment to praise my style on- air and I definitely couldn’t have earned that without H&M!
MONGREL MEDIA – for the first time, my Readers were given a chance to get the VIP Experience including Passes to their Premieres and annual TIFF Party, thanks to one of Canada’s most important Film Distributors. John Curran‘s Tracks easily was one of my fave TIFF ’13 Films and I look forward to supporting some of their exciting new releases!
SPOKE AGENCY & eONE LIVE – having just launched in time for TIFF, eOne Live takes Film Fans on a digital experience behind the scenes at TIFF unlike any other. Where else can you snoop what Celebs took in their Tim Hortons’ Coffee? Thanks to eOne Live, Mr. Will Readers got into the Red Carpet Premiere of Enemy seeing Jake Gyllenhaal up-close and personal and also the well-received Documentary One Chance! We love eOne Films and are mega-excited about eOne Live!
TOUCHWOOD PR & REMSTAR FILMS – Mr. Will Readers went berserk for the chance to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Don Jon with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson and we owe them a huge thanks for the opportunity! We are thrilled to partner and spread the word about their exciting slate of Films including TIFF-premiered Oscar Contender Dallas Buyers Club!
NELLA BELLA – my one trusty Sidekick this TIFF was my amazing and spacious Stockholm Bag by Nella Bella. The Canadian-made, Vegan-material Bag endured super-long days, gruelling wear-and-tear, plus torrential rainfall, protecting my all my important gear. It also saw its share of Stars along the way! Stockholm, you’ve been promoted to my permanent Bag of Choice!
OUT THERE WITH MELISSA DiMARCO – we were extremely well-cared for by the Team behind this wonderful Entertainment Staple (now seen on FOX in the U.S.!) during TIFF ’13, an Oasys amidst the chaos. Thank you Team Out There for your hospitality and thanks for giving Mr. Will Readers a chance to be on the inside at your amazing Hospitality Suite!
SAMSUNG CANADA– A big part of the Mr. Will TIFF Experience is the Social Media aspect and if you spotted me at some point during the Festival, I probably was buried in my Smartphone Instagramming and Tweeting away. I wouldn’t have been able to survive the long 20-hour days with any less a Smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy S4. When I didn’t have enough time to grab for my Camera, the S4 was there to get the Snap in amazing 13 MP-resolution! Its remarkable style, large touchscreen and super-fast processing speed make it the only possible go-to for days as draining as TIFF. It certainly has the goods to back-up its self-proclamation as a “Life Companion”!
GROLSCH FILM WORKS OPEN HOUSE – Although I’m not a huge Beer Drinker, there is only one thing and one thing only htat I wanted after standing on-foot for hours on-end in the sun… some ice-cold Grolsch Lager – the official Beer of TIFF. Thank you Grolsch Film Works Open House for the refreshment and some relaxation away from the bustle!
GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS’ MADE IN CANADA LOUNGE – It’s always been a dream of ours to visit a TIFF Gifting Lounge and this year we went straight to the top, getting an exclusive invite into Canadian Icon George Stroumboulopoulos’ highly-coveted Made in Canada Lounge where we got to enjoy some of the amazing homegrown products which several A-Listers like Joseph Gordon-Levitt took home. We will never forget. Thank you Best PR Boutique for the hospitality.
CP24 – Last but not least, thank you to the Team at CP24 for having me again this year, providing me an Outlet to share my TIFF Excitement with all of Southern Ontario! I look forward to TIFF ’14 already!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all official Mr. Will Partners.
Together over the years we’ve built a Brand which has become synonymous with Celebrity Culture, Entertainment and Toronto. We’re thrilled about all the possibilities which this year’s Toronto International Film Festival holds and with the enthusiasm of a Child, we count down the hours till it all kicks off.
Having already previewed a fair number of this year’s Marquee Films receiving their Premieres here including hotly-tipped Opening Night Gala The Fifth Estate, I can say this is definitely one of the strongest Festivals in recent years not only in terms of quality of Films, but also the Star Power. And you know how much we love those Stars!
Please join us here at Mr. Will Wong over the next two weeks as we preview and review some of the most buzzworthy Films to make a splash at TIFF ’13. In addition, you know you can count on us to spot both A-List and Up-and-Coming Talent in town in their most candid moments with Fans.
In addition to being present and visible here, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I will be allover your Television Screens as I partner once again with CP24 as their TIFF Correspondent before upwards of three-million people in Ontario who watch the Channel on a weekly basis. Be sure to follow my every step online as you won’t want to miss a beat! My first appearance is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM EST, followed by various appearances throughout the Festival to be looped throughout the day. I will be capping it all off with an appearance on CP24 Breakfast Live on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
I would not be able to survive the grueling 18-20 hour days that come with TIFF without the generosity of our official Partners. With gratitude I thank our Friends who kindly have shown their support:
MONGREL MEDIA who for the first time are giving Mr. Will Wong Readers a chance not only to win Red Carpet Premiere Passes, but also access to their mega-exclusive TIFF Party. I look forward to partying with my lucky Readers! And just so you know, it’s still not too late to enter here. Mongrel Media‘s Line-up is fantastic this year, including Only Lovers Left Alive (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston), The Past (Bérénice Bejo), Tracks (Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver) and The Face of Love (Annette Bening, Ed Harris).
OLYMPUS who generously have provided me their state-of-the-art E-PL5 to photograph with this Festival. That tiltable Monitor excites me and I can’t wait to capture some unforgettable Selfies and candid moments with the Stars. Its Small Target AutoFocus and Fine Detail Processing will ensure that I get that Snap with great precision. Did I mention it also photographs in phenomenal 16 MP quality? More on the E-PL 5here.
HOTEL NOVOTEL TORONTO CENTRE who amazingly are sponsoring my stay for the most hectic part of the Festival. I know extremely well the importance of a good night’s rest if even just a Power Nap to recharge just in time to capture more of the Celebrity madness. Located right at the heart of Downtown Toronto and only a short distance from some of the most glamorous Red Carpet Premieres in the City, I will make a point of making time for their Indoor Pool, Gym, Restaurant and free WiFi! Cannot wait to see the beautiful scenic view from my window, the Hotel overseeing the bright lights and heights of our fabulous City. If you’re looking for an affordable option with charm and convenience, there is no better value than Hotel Novotel. More here.
HONDA CANADAwho as always are wonderfully supportive. This TIFF, I will be driving the gorgeous and amazing 2013 Honda Accord Sedan which not only boasts superb Fuel Efficiency but also exciting Performance, much needed as I’ll be zooming from venue to venue effortlessly. Its compact style is perfect from City Living (…and parking!). Learn more about the Accordhere.
SAMSUNG CANADA who graciously are empowering me with a Samsung Galaxy S4 this TIFF! Its full HD 1080p Display gives me something to look forward to with great excitement as does its dual front (2 MP) and rear (13 MP) Cameras which give me no reason to not snap that perfect Selfie with a Celeb! Its spacious 5″ Display will equip me with the ability to properly type, text and navigate as I communicate with my Readers and Followers throughout the Festival! More importantly, its extended Battery Life of up to 17 hours Talk Time and 8 hours Internet Usage on the LTE Network will help me get through each long day where others before have failed me. More on the Samsung Galaxy S4 here.
H&M CANADA who have been amazing these past few TIFFs in fashioning me with some of their latest looks. The Mr. Will Look generally is low-fuss and more about comfort and practicality, especially with the unpredictable weather we get in September. I know I’ll be Camera-ready for TV and my moments with the Stars with my Pieces (especially excited about my Cardigans!) from the H&M Fall 2013 Men’s Collection. Nobody understands the synergy between Celebrity and affordable Fashion like H&M with several exciting Collaborations in recent memory with the likes of Beyoncé, David Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Joel Kinnaman and more!
NELLA BELLA who are so thoughtful to provide me with one of their signature Bags to use this Festival. How else would I survive the day without sophisticated, sturdy and stylish storage for all my gear? This Canadian Handbang Maker offers sleek looks and durability. Above all else, they are made with Vegan Materials! I look forward to my treasured Accessory this TIFF, the Stockholm Bag (see above). Check-out their entire Collection here.
OUT THERE WITH MELISSA DIMARCOwho so kindly is giving my Readers a chance to visit her TIFF Interview Studio and Hospitality Suite at InterContinental Centre Hotel this year. We all know her on Television for her stunning beauty and big heart! I myself look forward to visiting her Oasis amidst all the bustle and am excited for my Readers to get to mingle with Industry and Media Types, not to mention some awesome Food and Drink. Learn more about the Contest here.
GROLSCH OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC FESTIVAL LOUNGE who are giving Festival Goers an opportunity for refreshment from Friday, September 6 – Monday, September 9, 2013 with amazing Eats, Art Installations, intimate Musical sets from DJs and emerging local Acts… and of course, Grolsch Premium Lager – the official Beer of TIFF. Do not forget to check it all out at the corner of Pearl x John! We’ll definitely see you there. More here.
What would I do without my Pal Saul Porto? Saul was at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launch tonight at Kool Haus – which several excited Fans braved the wind and rain to attend, and he got these fantastic Snaps of Korean Megastar PSY in-action performing his massive Hit, Gangnam Style. That makes for a total three Outfits he changed into today – I think this one is my Fave!
I had the pleasure of meeting PSY earlier in the day. Click here to see Snaps and Video of that and also find out how you can win a Photo signed by him too!
Hey, Sexy Lady! Korean Megastar PSY cut it awful close, but would not let a little setback like Hurricane Sandy get between him and his Fans. The Rapper/Singer known best in these parts for his Smash Hit Gangnam Style, originally was scheduled to arrive last night in Toronto, but due to flight cancellations amidst the Storm – which has crippled much of the U.S. East Coast – he opted for an overnight flight in from New York City.
Currently sitting ever so patiently at Number Two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, PSY is working hard for that elusive Number One, although Canadian Fans have not been shy with their support, making Gangnam Style the number one Song in the Country on the Canadian Hot 100. The Viral Sensation who currently is under the guidance of Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen) and also Universal Music Canada, is set to make an appearance to Kool Haus tonight to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a Party which Fans clamoured to get Tickets for on Facebook last week. Five lucky Fans tonight will be dancing his way to PSY‘s heart, winning a chance to meet him and also an Autograph.
Although he was v. focused on work at the Bell Media Building earlier today with Interviews scheduled for eTalk, MuchMusic and also The Marilyn Denis Show, he took a couple moments out to re-energize with a Cigarette Break after an early start to his day which saw him visit Virgin Radio 99.9 and also KISS 92.5 prior. Myself and another lucky Fan were extremely thrilled to be called over by his Handler. Appearing a bit tired, PSY was more than gracious, looking impeccable in his gray Blazer to snap a couple Photos.
I am thrilled to offer my Readers a chance to win a Photo signed by PSY! To enter to win, simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook. You should also be following on Twitter. All are welcome to enter a chance to win this v. rare Prize! Your deadline is December 1, 2012. Good luck.
Watch a quick Clip of PSY on his Break earlier. The Audio Commentary is hilarious!