FESTIVAL STREET TO IGNITE TORONTO WITH WOMEN’S RALLY, FREE SCREENINGS, AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
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.