TIFF: Festival Street promises four jam-packed days of free activities


Back for its fifth instalment, the excitement and fun of the Toronto International Film Festival  pours out from the theatres onto Festival Street and all the way up to the rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox. On  opening weekend, September 6 to 9, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will  transform into the TIFF street party.     “The excitement of Festival is something we want to share with the entire city,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic  Director of TIFF. “Festival Street is where everyone can enjoy and experience the excitement of the Festival  and its celebration of film. Free screenings, great musical performances, and the impactful Share Her Journey  Rally are just some of the highlights you can expect — and we invite everyone to join us.”

Stand up for change with TIFF on the morning of Saturday, September 8 for the Share Her Journey Rally. All  who want to see and be part of real change in the film industry are invited to join the action down on John  Street at the Slaight Music Stage at 10am. With the support of partners ReFrame, TIME’S UP , and  #AfterMeToo, we will hear from thought leaders and inspirational guests including:     – Dr. Stacy L. Smith , Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading global  think tank studying issues of inequality in entertainment;  – Amanda Brugel , actor.

The beating heart of Festival Street is the people of Toronto — and to say thank you to our great community,  TIFF has partnered with the TTC once again to express some of that gratitude. Through this partnership, TIFF  and the TTC are helping film fans get even more access to great movies for FREE. Street teams are set to  distribute free Festival and TIFF Bell Lightbox tickets, culminating in a special TTC Free Screening at Roy  Thomson Hall on September 9.

This Festival event is open to all TTC riders — just bring your Metropass or  PRESTO card for entry!*    There is something for everyone to participate in on Festival Street. This year, in honour of some of the film  industry’s trailblazing women, audiences are invited to catch a free, 30th-anniversary screening of Penny  Marshall’s classic, Big , starring Tom Hanks as a kid who wishes he was grown up. Attendees can also listen to  great music from Kayla Diamond and other up-and-coming talent on the Slaight Music Stage. For full lineup details, visit tiff.net.

Visitors are also welcome to grab a drink at one of the extended patios, sample delicious treats from an array  of food trucks, and have fun with the many engaging partner activations. Last year, Festival Street saw  150,000 visitors in its four days and was a driving force behind increased revenue for local businesses.

*Free tickets can be reserved online, while quantities last. The TTC Free Screening may be Rushed. Tickets will be issued to the Rush  line approximately 10 minutes before the start of the screening based on availability. There is a limit of one ticket per person with  proof of a Metropass or PRESTO Card. Please arrive as soon as possible to join the Rush line.

Festival Street reaches new heights this year with the introduction of the Refinery29 Festival Rooftop, an  intimate and interactive space that offers exciting and new Festival experiences, combined with an  unmissable after-party on the top floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox.   Tickets for rooftop events will go on sale to TIFF Members starting August 23 (by level). Non-Members may  purchase tickets starting September 3, based on availability.     The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

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