Toronto According to ... Programmer Jo Addy
The Soho House director of cinema programming within North America dishes on the fest's special ritual.
What’s your best "Canadian politeness" moment?
I once asked a local for directions. I was going in the opposite direction from where they were heading, but rather than just give me directions verbally, they walked me the entire way to my destination. We had a lovely chat along the way.
Your "only in Toronto" moment?
Every year, on the first Sunday of the festival, everyone heads to a certain local strip bar. This is the only time during TIFF you will see all the industry people in town from New York and L.A. under one roof. It’s become a fun tradition of sorts. You never know who you are going to run into.
What have you lost during the fest?
Favorite Canadian actor?
Ryan Gosling. Not only is he a great actor and very easy on the eyes, I love him in The Notebook. That movie has me in a flood of tears every single time I watch it.
What’s your favorite hotel lobby bar?
The Drake Hotel. It’s a really great spot for people watching. They also make a delicious Gin Mule, which I always enjoy at the end of a long day of screenings and meetings.
Place to avoid during the festival?
Happy hour for festival badge holders. I find it is where some very awkward networking takes place!
What do you splurge on while at the festival?
Very expensive, tasty snacks. There is never time to eat a meal during the day, so I stash them in my bag to get me through back-to-back screenings.