TIFF UP CLOSE: TORONTO’S UP AND COMING STARS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES IN ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS TIFF hosts exclusive, intimate event WITH LOTTO MAX Up Close

Toronto, ON –  Pairing the dream of making it to the big screen with the dream of lottery, LOTTO MAX Up Close presents Toronto on the Rise at the Toronto International Film Festival ®, an engaging conversation and intimate meet & greet with Toronto’s up and coming stars. Etalk Senior Correspondent, Traci Melchor will guide a panel discussion with Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk), Shamier Anderson (Destroyer), Jess Salgueiro (Mouthpiece), Lamar Johnson (The Hate U Give) and others, exploring themes like building a legacy for Toronto’s talent locally and abroad, while the stars also share their expertise in relationship building, auditioning and leveraging social media to achieve their dreams. Free tickets, courtesy of LOTTO MAX Up Close, are available at tiff.net/rooftop.

“We’re thrilled to partner with TIFF to bring film lovers closer to the artists and creators that inspire them to dream bigger,” shared Greg Dermer, OLG’s Brand Manager for LOTTO MAX. “LOTTO MAX Up Close is all about bringing big dreams to life – by hosting big stars in an intimate environment, LOTTO MAX is heightening the experience for festivalgoers.”

Toronto on the Rise: Building a Legacy for Toronto Talent in Hollywood

On Monday, September 10 at 2 p.m., LOTTO MAX Up Close is hosting Toronto on the Rise, an intimate conversation and meet & greet with Toronto’s up and coming stars. Etalk Senior Correspondent, Traci Melchor will guide a discussion exploring themes like building a legacy for Toronto’s talent locally and abroad and making Toronto a world leader in fostering fresh young talent. The audience, limited to 140 guests, will learn what these stars have done to achieve their Hollywood dreams, including relationship building and networking, how to make a splash in an audition, and how to leverage social media to put your name in lights. Traci will be joined by Stephan James, former TIFF Rising Star and featured at TIFF in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon’s Homecoming, Shamier Anderson, featured at TIFF in Destroyer, Lamar Johnson, TIFF Rising Star and featured at TIFF in The Hate U Give, Jess Salgueiro, TIFF Rising Star and featured at TIFF in Mouthpiece, Mouna Traoré, In Contempt, American Gods, Murdoch Mysteries and Yasmine Pearl, a top talent agent at WME. Toronto on the Rise will take place at the luxe Refinery29 Festival Rooftop at TIFF. Score free tickets on tiff.net/rooftop, courtesy of LOTTO MAX Up Close. First come, first serve basis.

About LOTTO MAX Up Close

LOTTO MAX is the big jackpot lottery game that wants you to dream bigger.  Draws occur every Friday and have jackpots that range from $10M to $60M.  The LOTTO MAX Up Close platform was launched in 2017 to allow music fans to bring their concert dreams to life. LOTTO MAX Up Close’s purpose is to deliver elevated entertainment experiences to fans (we want to get them closer to their entertainment dreams than anyone else – whether it’s music, sports or film)!

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