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Date TimeSeptember 10, 2017
VoiceHow to find a celebrity at the Toronto International Film Festival
Want to mingle with stars like Jessica Chastain? Pro tip: look busy and bring a backpack.
If you stroll downtown along King Street this weekend, you’ll likely find yourself weaving around hordes of fans with cameras and stepstools hoping for an A-plus view of Hollywood A-listers. But getting that glimpse requires patience and stamina.

Is there a better way for the average fest-goers to find the stars? We were determined to find out.

“We hold each other’s spots for the washroom, for food,” said Mariah Smith, in town from St. Catharines, along with Helena Mirzoyan. They have made it an annual tradition to wake up at the crack of dawn and make their way into the fenced-off “fan zone” outside theatres before big premieres.

The two had been waiting in prime red carpet viewing position since 9 a.m. for Friday’s premiere of I, Tonyastarring Margot Robbie, who plays competitive ice skater Tonya Harding — more than 12 hours before showtime.



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