Inside the Toronto International Film Festival With Composer Sofia Hultquist
Sofia Hultquist has been one of our girl crushes since we first laid eyes on her: she is a patron of emerging indie brands, isn't afraid to try on bold styles, and has a pretty badass career to boot. In addition to creating her own personal music, Sofi composes for films, fashion, and other forms of media, occasionally with her husband, Ian. Last year the couple created a score for Met Gala documentary The First Monday In May, and more recently they did the same for The Gospel According To Andre, a film that explores the life of iconic fashion editor Andre Leon Talley. For the latter, the Hultquists headed to the Toronto Film Festival, where we asked Sofia to document the sights, the shopping, and (obviously) the fashions she wore while exploring the city.
"Somehow I was able to pack three pairs of shoes into my carry-on for the weekend. All these shoes were indispensable! Left to right: The Palatines boots, The Palatines pumps, Intentionally blank mules."
"Lets just say that this bagel from Schmaltz Appetizing was one of the best I've ever had. The deli-store was small but had all of the toppings and fillings you could ever want. We tried the Chub Chub and the Classy (the lox! Oh my goodness!) and left wanting to go back every day, though unfortunately we couldn't."
"I couldn't come to Toronto without finding the closest synth store, and Moog Audio didn't disappoint. Stocked with all the synths and modular systems you could ever want, it definitely left lusting after a few things."
"The row houses in Toronto were so gorgeous and ornate. Toronto really seems to capture so many aspects of other great smaller cities, which makes it a great surprise, yet really familiar and comfortable."
"We were staying in a neighborhood called Yorkville, and upon landing on Thursday night were really craving an easy but good dinner and a drink to chill out. The Oxley was all of these, plus the dimly lit interior and its plush green leather couches and brass accents were the perfect late night dinner we were looking for."
"Here we are on the red carpet for The Gospel According to André at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday September 8th, right before the premiere. I'm wearing a beautiful dress from Co, shoes from The Palatines and Lotuff clutch. Ian's wearing a Brooklyn Tailors suit, Oliver Spencer shirt and Opening Ceremony shoes."
"On recommendation of a friend, we dragged our sleepy-selves to Trinity Bellwoods to try Saving Grace. It was so definitely worth it: the food was extraordinary and the restaurant is small and cozy in the way your favorite neighborhood spot should be."
"After walking through Trinity Bellwoods Park we happened upon Park and Province, this really great independent mens clothing store in West Queen West. It was great to see new brands and the mister definitely walked out with a few new things."
"West Queen West was the hippest part of the city we got to see. Between the small eateries, independent clothing stores and an Aesop, it was no surprise this area has been mentioned as one of the most hipster neighborhoods in the world."
"While on our walk, we happened upon this alleyway. No longer than just a few blocks and hidden behind the main street, Graffiti Alley was stunning and, obviously, full of selfie-takers."