Canada's eTalk to Lead Coverage at the Toronto International Film Festival

    - Canada's Largest Entertainment Team Dominates the Red Carpets, Owns
    the Parties, Rules the Lounges -

    - Exclusive Access to the Most Talked About Events: Schmooze, ONE X ONE,
    Chanel, Variety Lounge, Running the Sahara and More -

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The stars are coming to Toronto...and to eTalk.
CTV announced today the most comprehensive coverage ever of the Toronto
International Film Festival from eTalk, Canada's most-trusted,
most-experienced and most-watched entertainment brand. Beginning tonight on
CTV in conjunction with the start of the Festival, the all-Canadian series
delivers more stars, more access and more exclusives than any other
entertainment program on television. With the most privileged partnerships at
TIFF, eTalk delivers Canadian coverage that can't be seen anywhere else.
eTalk's Festival coverage airs Sept. 6-17, Monday-Friday at 7 p.m. on CTV
(visit to confirm local listings).

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    Backed by the largest entertainment newsroom in Canada, eTalk's team of
expert hosts and reporters has the Festival covered, from the eTalk studios in
Yorkville and CTV's Festival Headquarters at 299 Queen West to the eTalk Visa
Roots Studio on Bloor and eTalk's exclusive broadcast space from the new,
five-star Hazelton Hotel. Hosts Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim will report from
prime positions at the hottest red carpets events as well as talk to a long
list of A-list celebrities in eTalk's own legendary, must-stop lounge at the
Intercontinental Hotel. Reporters Zain Meghji, Elaine "Lainey" Lui and Susie
Wall will be party-hopping from hotspot to hotspot on each day of the
Festival, delivering late-breaking TIFF coverage.

    "The Toronto International Film Festival is all about access," said
Jordan Schwartz, CTV Vice-President of Daytime Programming and Executive
Producer, eTalk. "It's the one thing everyone wants at the Festival and it's
the one thing CTV's eTalk can deliver more than anyone else."

    Starting tonight, eTalk launches its coverage from CTV's Festival
Headquarters in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district with the first
Festival "T'N'T Report" from Tanya (Kim) and Traci (Melchor). eTalk's Kim and
MuchMoreMusic's Melchor will report throughout the Festival with the inside
scoop on celeb comings and goings. Also tonight, eTalk provides of preview of
Canadian celebrities hitting the red carpets this year and where eTalk will be
throughout the festival. From there, viewers can tune in for exclusive
coverage of Toronto's most glittering festival:

    Friday, Sept. 7 - eTalk is on the red carpet for TIFF's Opening Gala,
Fugitive Pieces; exclusive previews for the weekend's most-buzzed about
parties - eTalk Star! Schmooze and the ONE X ONE benefit gala; plus a first
look at the eTalk Tastemaker's Green Room.

    Monday, Sept. 10 - As the party dust settles after opening weekend, only
eTalk can deliver exclusive highlights from the best events that shook
Toronto, including the eTalk Star! Schmooze, Matt Damon's Running the Sahara
screening and after-party, and the ONE X ONE benefit gala. Plus, reports from
Sienna Miller's clothing line launch at Holt Renfrew, the Variety Lounge party
for the Canadian film Control, and the red carpet galas for Michael Clayton
and Rendition.

    Tuesday, Sept. 11 - eTalk's coverage continues tonight with exclusive
reports from two big events - FashionTelevision Celebrates Valentino, taking
place at CTV's Festival Headquarters; and the Best Buddies gala tribute to
Burt Reynolds, hosted by eTalk's own Tanya Kim. Plus, more from the Variety
Lounge and reports from the red carpet galas for Sleuth, Across the Universe,
Atonement and others.

    Wednesday, Sept. 12 - eTalk has exclusive access to the Chanel dinner for
Cassandra's Dream, starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. Also, more
reports from the red carpet galas, including Silk, King of California and

    Thursday, Sept. 13 - eTalk is on the red carpets for the premieres of
Married Life and I'm Not There; plus eTalk has exclusive access inside the
Chanel dinner for L'Age des Tenebres.

    Friday, Sept. 14 - eTalk delivers exclusive coverage from two hot
parties: the eTalk Hello! Party for New York City Serenade at C-Lounge, and
the Urban Male Magazine cover launch party at Brant House, honouring September
cover girl Tanya Kim.

    Monday, Sept. 17 - TIFF wraps for another year and eTalk's unprecedented
coverage wraps up with highlights from the red carpet galas for Emotional
Arithmetic, Weirdsville and Rails & Ties. In addition, eTalk delivers a
complete TIFF round-up featuring the best highlights from the last 10 days.

    eTalk's Legendary Lounge

    The eTalk Lounge is back at the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of
Yorkville. Over the years, the eTalk Lounge has built a reputation of being a
place where celebrities stop by for their interviews but also pick up some
fun, trendy gifts and quick refreshments before they move onto their next
stop. Like last year, eTalk will continue its unique tradition of making a
donation to the ONE X ONE foundation, in lieu of a gift bag. In addition to
the donation made in their name, stars will enjoy treats including: Starbucks
lattes, cappuccinos and a special eTalk/Starbucks creation; Fit Flops, the hot
new British flip flops that tone your legs and core while you walk; Oxia, the
popular portable, personal oxygen canisters which return after becoming a big
hit with celebs last year; Cargo Cosmetics, who have created an exclusive
eTalk lip stick colour for TIFF; and Bark & Fitz high-end doggy products for
the celeb pooch.

    eTalk Tastemakers Green Room

    Additionally, for the third consecutive year, eTalk is the official media
sponsor for the Tastemakers celebrity gift lounge, now dubbed the eTalk
Tastemakers Green Room. Also found in the Intercontinental Hotel, this year's
gift lounge is going "green", featuring eco-friendly products celebrities will
covet. The Green Room has been designed by HGTV's Designer Guys using
environmentally friendly furniture and materials and the World Wildlife
Fund-Canada is the official charitable partner.

    eTalk + Roots= All-Canadian

    Once again, Roots is exclusively teaming up with eTalk to make Roots'
Bloor Street location another celebrity hot spot with the eTalk Visa Roots
Studio. The storefront is yet another location for eTalk to catch up with the
stars as they come in to pick up the latest in cool Canadian gear. A new
feature in Roots this year is eTalkBack, a video message booth for the public
and celebs to sound off about all things TIFF, from movie reviews to star

    eTalk on

    Want to go beyond eTalk's television coverage? eTalk's on-air team will
be blogging on CTV's dedicated TIFF website at throughout the
festival, with daily updates on what they were up to the night before and
everything else behind-the-scenes. In addition to real-time TIFF headlines and
stories, the site will feature daily "eSightings" photo galleries with
exclusive shots from press conferences, red carpet galas and parties. eTalk's
Elaine "Lainey" Lui will star in her own gossip video segment during TIFF on
The CTV Broadband Network at, where Lainey will get a chance to
give her fans a video version of her massively popular website Additionally, longer versions of eTalk celebrity
interviews from TIFF will also be available on demand, as well as video
trailers of the hottest movies at the festival. Finally, visitors to could win one of five, $500, pre-paid Visa(R) cards in the
"eTalkBack Look of the Day" contest.

    As previously announced, CTV's suite of No. 1 entertainment brands is
joining forces to cover every red carpet, every major star, every gala, and
every breaking story for the 10 days of the Toronto International Film
Festival. Combining to bring even more all-access coverage are entertainment
news teams from eTalk, Star!, MuchMusic, MTV, Bravo! and Fashion Television
Channel - each fanning across the City to cover the Festival like never
before. Add in Canada AM, and full TIFF news coverage across a full slate of
CTV News properties, and it's easy to see why CTV viewers will get the big
picture. It's the biggest names, the rising stars and all the breaking
stories. It's massive and multi-platform. This September, viewers will get it
all on CTV and its trusted stable of entertainment experts.

    About CTV

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at

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