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Toronto rolls out the pink carpet as the Canadian "Barbie" actors return home to celebrate the highly anticipated film
TORONTO, ON – June 29, 2023 – Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu, stars of the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster BARBIE, brought a big dose of Ken-rgy and a glimpse of Barbie Land to life last night with a five-story immersive fan event in downtown Toronto. Big bursts of colour and excitement transformed the heart of Toronto’s King West Village into the magical world of BARBIE.
Hundreds of lucky Kenadian fans were invited to an exclusive event at 600 King St. West where they could leave the real world behind and step into the film. A complete venue takeover allowed guests to enjoy complimentary Barbie and Ken makeovers in a Barbie-fied Beauty Bar, dance their hearts out at the best dance party ever, and even surf the gorgeous pink sands of Kenada Beach!
Gosling and Liu took the stage to welcome everyone and surprised the audience by awarding a grand prize, which included a trip for two to Los Angeles with tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, a one-year supply of NYX Cosmetics, and a signed Kenada surfboard. The Kenadian duo then participated in a national pink carpet press line, speaking with Canadian broadcast, radio, digital, and print outlets.
The exclusive Kenadian long weekend kick-off was hosted by etalk’s Traci Melchor and included DJ sets from Recording Artist, Producer, and the Official DJ of the Toronto Raptors, 4Korners. To make sure everyone left tickled pink, all attendees received passes to see the film in theatres and bright pink gift bags filled with BARBIE keepsakes.
The event instantly became the hottest ticket in the Country as multiple brands, partners and fans shared their sheer excitement on social using the hashtag #Kenada.
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.
From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”) comes “Barbie,” starring Oscar- nominees Margot Robbie (“Bombshell,” “I, Tonya”) and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land,” “Half Nelson”) as Barbie and Ken, alongside America Ferrera (“End of Watch,” the “How to Train Your Dragon” films), Kate McKinnon (“Bombshell,” “Yesterday”), Michael Cera (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Juno”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “65”), Issa Rae (“The Photograph,” “Insecure”), Rhea Perlman (“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “Matilda”), and Will Ferrell (the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights”). The film also stars Ana Cruz Kayne (“Little Women”), Emma Mackey (“Emily,” “Sex Education”), Hari Nef (“Assassination Nation,” “Transparent”), Alexandra Shipp (the “X-Men” films), Kingsley Ben-Adir (“One Night in Miami,” “Peaky Blinders”), Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education”), Scott Evans (“Grace and Frankie”), Jamie Demetriou (“Cruella”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education,” “Emma.”), Sharon Rooney (“Dumbo,” “Jerk”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton,” “Derry Girls”), Ritu Arya ("The Umbrella Academy"), Grammy Award- winning singer/songwriter Dua Lipa and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”).
Gerwig directed “Barbie” from a screenplay by Gerwig & Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story,” “The Squid and the Whale”), based on Barbie by Mattel. The film’s producers are Oscar nominee David Heyman (“Marriage Story,” “Gravity”), Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, with Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Ynon Kreiz, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams serving as executive producers.
Gerwig’s creative team behind the camera included Oscar-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“The Irishman,” “Silence,” “Brokeback Mountain”), six-time Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Anna Karenina”), editor Nick Houy (“Little Women,” “Lady Bird”), Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”), visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt (“Paddington 2,” “Beauty and the Beast”), music supervisor George Drakoulias (“White Noise,” “Marriage Story”) and Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (“The Shape of Water,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Heyday Films Production, a LuckyChap Entertainment Production, a Mattel Production, “Barbie.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and released in theatres only nationwide on July 21, 2023 and beginning internationally on July 19, 2023.
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