Corny as this sounds, this blog would be nothing without you coming to visit every day. Some of you have been visiting for years. This is my 4th TIFF – thank you, love you, owe you for helping to make it happen.

As long time readers know, it’s policy not to keep event gift bags.

This is a challenge. Not because I want the items, but because my mother has a key to my hotel room and picks through my sh-t every day. She doesn’t want you have the gift bags because she thinks they belong to her. So I will be cussed out this weekend when she comes over to deliver my Chinese soup and I tell her to take my hands off your swag.

The IT Lounge is the first gifting suite in North America to have each and every sponsor contribute to a charity or cause. As a part of sponsor involvement, the brands will raise funds and awareness for a dozen important causes. Participating sponsors include FILA, Kiehl's, Goody, Brooks, J.Rox and more. The 12 charities that will benefit include World Vision, Camp Oochigeas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kidsfest, Girls on the Run and a new charity founded by Oscar-winning Director Paul Haggis, Artists for Peace and Justice.

In other words, you’re getting AND giving.

The IT Lounge Gift Bag is valued at over $1,000 (estimated). We have one (1) bag to give away.

If you’re interested, please send an email to [email protected] with IT LOUNGE 2009 as the title by 11:59pm Pacific on Friday, September 18, 2009. Standard Contest Terms apply.

The IT Lounge Gift Bag includes*:

Fila: Apparel from Fila
Fila, the iconic sport-fashion brand will launch items from their fall 2009 season at the IT Lounge. Product from Fila’s multi-purpose performance Function line, the sport lifestyle women’s Form collection, and F-Box vintage street apparel and footwear will be showcased. An exciting introduction into the Fila apparel collection is outerwear product – think warm, functional and fashionable jackets for both men and women. Fila truly is the fashionable alternative to traditional sports brands. Also, for each celebrity that visits the IT Lounge, FILA will donate a Function fitness pack to ParticipACTION's youth physical activity program Sogo Active, a national initiative to inspire youth to get physically active.

Teva: A pair of mush sandals
Outdoor footwear brand, Teva is launching their new fall 2009 collection with a message – regardless of the season, Teva offers versatility in performance and lifestyle outdoor footwear. Guests of the IT Lounge will choose from a selection of performance-based innovative styles like the B-1 multi-sport shoe for men or the more fashion forward product from the women’s Lodge Life Collection. Each guest that visits the Lounge, Teva Canada will volunteer one hour of community service to a local Waterkeeper Alliance watershed.

Brooks: Easy Tees, Water Bottle, and Hat
Brooks is a leading running company that designs and markets high-performance footwear, apparel and accessories with a mission to inspire people to run and be active. This year, Brooks brings their technical running shoes for a celebrity test drive to the IT Lounge. For each celebrity that visits the IT Lounge during the Toronto Film Festival, Brooks will donate a pair of children’s shoes to Kidsfest Reading and Running Club, a charity designed to break the vicious cycle of poverty and help children across the country improve their physical fitness and literacy.

J. Rox: Bracelet
Toronto jewellery designer Jane Apor has been receiving high praise from fashionistas for years. Her lariats, bracelets and necklaces, created with an array of semi-precious stones, make a distinct statement. Her designs range from subtle to awe-inspiring and are sure to be adorning celebs on many of the festival’s red-carpets. For this year’s IT Lounge, Apor has created the Ooch Bracelet to be sold for the month of September with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Camp Oochigeas, a camp in Ontario’s Lake Muskoka region for children with cancer. The Ooch bracelets and other J. Rox Originals can be purchased at Finn boutique located at 1 Yorkville Ave.

Kiehl's: Travel Set
The cornerstone of the Kiehl's philosophy is to give back to the communities in which they serve. As a proud supporter of Camp Oochigeas since 2004, Kiehl's is delighted to contribute to the new "Ooch in the City" project, a recreation centre for kids battling cancer. As part of the IT Lounge, celebrities will have the opportunity to partner with Kiehl's in selecting and donating much-needed sports equipment. In addition to making this special contribution to Ooch, Kiehl’s introduces IT Lounge guests to the performance-proven, 100% Natural Origin Acai Damage-Repairing Skincare Collection, with Super-Antioxidant Organic Acai Berry. This highly effective, paraben-free formulation, which is clinically proven to rejuvenate skin damaged by lifestyle stress and protect skin from environmental aggressors, is sure to keep IT Lounge goers’ skin glowing and film-festival ready.

Goody: A film festival hair essentials kit
Time is tight and no one knows that more than celebrities. So this year, they will love what Goody is creating for film festival hair.Visitors to the Lounge will enjoy a 'Goody Film Festival Essentials Kit' containing some of Goody's best new hair-saving solutions, the Ouchless Flex Pressure-Free headbands, LUXE Jeweled Clips and the new Colour Collection Petite Bobby Pins. As a proud sponsor of Girls on the Run, an international organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through physical and emotional fitness, every celebritythat visits the lounge will be invited to design their own Goody Ouchless Flex Headband that will later be auctioned off for Girls on the Run.

Sharpie: Stainless steel pen and marker
The Sharpie brand is synonymous with the autographing experience, so who better than celebrities to test out the latest must-haves from Sharpie? They will love the sleek design and fine tip of Sharpie Markers, the first-ever Sharpie Stainless Steel Marker and the new Sharpie Pen which won’t bleed through paper!
September is Big Brothers, Big Sisters month and Big Brother and Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) has been the charity of choice for the IT Lounge since 2006. This year, Sharpie will make a contribution to the charity by asking the celebrities in the Lounge to sign a teddy bear, which will be auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for BBBST.

Find out more about BBBST at and about Sharpie or at

SoU!: Liquid vitamins
As a new sponsor to the IT Lounge, SoU! (pronounced So You!) is an ideal fit for weary festival-goers. This liquid nutrition provides 100 percent natural, ultra-high purity vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients to support the body and mind. Taken as-is or mixed with a little of your favourite juice, these concentrated liquid nutrients vials provide an immediate energy boost, stress relief, detox and hangover support, antioxidant replenishment or immune system protection. Because SoU! is made from natural medicinal plants from our earth’s ecosystems, there is a natural feeling of responsibility to maintain the integrity of our environment. As a result, SoU! has launched the SoU! Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that receives 5% of SoU! profits. During the IT Lounge, SoU! will raise awareness of the need to protect the natural medicinal resources around the world.
For information on SoU! and the SoU! Foundation, see

Universal IT Lounge CD

Each IT Lounge guest will receive Universal Music Canada's custom IT Music from the IT Lounge: Give IT Back CD featuring new music from Anjulie, Florence & The Machine, Cindy Gomez, Lights, Alexisonfire and more. The one-of-a-kind collection of hot new tracks include details that raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Please Mum: raincoat
Searching high and low for a gift to bring back home to your little one? The IT Lounge has you covered! Please Mum is a Canadian children’s clothing retailer that provides high quality, high value and highly adorable children’s wear in more than 90 stores across the country. In addition to making growing up fun, giving back has always been part of Please Mum’s mandate. Please Mum is a long-time supporter of World Vision and for every celebrity that visits the IT Lounge, an outfit will be donated to a child in need in a developing country in Africa through this charity.

Richart: Chocolates
Attention celebrities with a taste for great chocolate and beautiful art! The French-based haute couture brand of chocolates has just arrived in Canada and will bring its elaborately designed gourmet products, made only from the highest and freshest ingredients, to the IT Lounge. The Richart family has been innovating the chocolate industry since 1925, and while the top secret remains unchanged, Michel Richart (aka the world-renowned chocolate designer) introduces a new dazzling collection each year. RICHART's motto, La Maison de la Dégustation, has the chocolate connoisseurs coming back for more each year, as the chocolate collections bring an unforgettable experience to emotions, feelings, and of course, tastebuds. This year, Richart is proud to make a contribution to the Sick Kids Foundation with a specially made Richart gift basket, which will be displayed in the Lounge and later auctioned off on eBay with proceeds going to the Sick Kids Foundation.

*Please note that not all of the items pictured in the attached photo will be included and may be different than those displayed