Hudson’s Bay’s striped carpet rolls out at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival®

TORONTO – As the city prepares for the arrival of Hollywood’s elite, Hudson’s Bay today announced its return as an Official Fashion Retailer and Red Carpet Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF). From Thur., Sept. 6 to Sun., Sept. 16, the industry’s biggest stars will once again grace the iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall. The Canadian company also expands its festival presence with TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay.

“The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most significant events this city experiences and we are so thrilled to be a part of it,” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “As a Canadian company, we are proud to support another iconic Canadian establishment – one that brings the city together to see the best in film, fashion, and culture. The TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay will be a great way for fans to not only see their favourite stars, but also hear from them.”

Watch the #starsonstripes
Here for the dazzling fashion? The Festival’s red carpets don’t disappoint when it comes to best dressed guests. Don’t miss the daily “Stars on Stripes” press alerts to see what the stars are wearing as they walk the Hudson’s Bay iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall.

“Red carpet fashion is incredible to watch, and TIFF is no exception,” said Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay. “On the carpet this September, I think tailored pant suits and layered lace will lead the way. We’ll also see dramatic back v-cuts and chic silhouettes emphasized. At Hudson’s Bay, we’re excited about silver, leopard print, and statement earrings, which all work well for a red carpet moment or TIFF after-party.”

TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay
Hudson’s Bay will bring its iconic stripes to the podium by joining TIFF’s live broadcast of the red carpet arrivals at Roy Thomson Hall. From Sept. 6-9, tune into TIFF’s social channels to watch anchor host, Amanda Brugel, and guest hosts, Aisha Brown, Anthony Oliveira, and Jordan Sowunmi, meet with the cast and talk film and red carpet fashion. Watch live here.

Amanda Brugel is a notable Canadian actor best known for her roles in the Emmy Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Canadian Screen Award-winning sitcom Kim’s Convenience, comedy film Sex After Kids, for which she won an ACTRA Award for Best Female Performance, and her role in the Oscar Award-winning Room.

Anthony Oliviera is a writer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto. He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets (incessantly) about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.

Jordan Sowunmi is a Toronto-based writer, DJ, comedian, and co-founder of the Boosie Fade Film Club. He has written for publications like The FADER, VICE, Complex, and Title Magazine. As a comedian, he has opened for comics like Eric Andre and Jen Kirkman. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western University in English and Political Science.

Aisha Brown is a stand-up comedian who has appeared at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Guelph Comedy Festival, Sketchfest, and Toronto’s Field Trip festival. She also performs with “Runnin’ at The Mouth”, a hip-hop comedy collective.

Colette and What They Had Cast Dinner
Hudson’s Bay joins The Hollywood Reporter, Bleecker Street and Elevation Pictures in hosting a cast dinner for two of the Festival’s much-anticipated films, Colette and What They Had. Cast members expected to attend include Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner,and Robert Forster, who will be treated to a seated dinner and décor featuring Hudson’s Bay signature stripes, offering a truly ‘Canadiana’ vibe.

Interviews are available upon request with Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay, or Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay.

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HBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home, and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts. It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company.

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