Toronto’s Biggest Block Party
From King Street to the OLG Dream Deck, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 offers everyone FREE programming featuring Blitz//Berlin, Gael García Bernal, and Drake Doremus & Shailene Woodley.
Once again Toronto will become a hub of activity as people from all over the world converge in the downtown core to see what the TIFF has in store. Activities not only include film screenings, but also concerts, conferences and street activities hosted by various companies along Festival Street. September 5th through 8th, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will transform into the block party of the year with engaging activations, special performances, patios, and food trucks featuring cuisine from all over the world — open for all to enjoy.
“This September we invite everyone to join us on Festival Street where we take our passion for film onto the streets,” said Jennifer Barkin, Lead Programmer for Special Events, and Festival Street. “Festival Street is really a place to meet and connect with other Festival goers and an opportunity for everyone in the City to take in the amazing energy over opening weekend.”
More Festival Films Than Ever Before
On Sunday, September 8 at 12pm, the public is invited to Roy Thomson Hall for the TTC Free Screening of a Festival title, which will be announced through TIFF’s social channels the evening prior. Please note that the TTC Free Screening is first-come, first-served to those with a PRESTO card or TTC transfer.
Films by trailblazing female filmmakers make up Festival Street’s nightly screening schedule, including Amy Heckerling’s romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking; Lone Scherfig’s charming coming-of-age tale An Education, which played TIFF 2009; and Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood adaptation of a Jane Austin classic, Bride and Prejudice and more to come.
Screenings will be preceded by excerpts from !Toronto, a non-linear and generative exploration of Toronto on film by Dave Kemp, in collaboration with Alexandra Anderson. The project overlays film scenes shot in Toronto onto a map, questioning what the representations of Toronto mean within the discourse of Canadian cinema and identity.
The Sky’s the Limit
Festival Street reaches new heights with the OLG Dream Deck, located on the rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox. The space will feature intimate conversations, as well as panels with key filmmakers and creators who are making waves in the industry right now.
Several notable guests will be in attendance throughout the event. Director, writer, producer, and actor Amy Jo Johnson will give a behind-the-scenes look at her dynamic career — from Pink Power Ranger to director of TIFF ’19 Official Selection Tammy’s Always Dying. Internationally renowned talent Gael García Bernal will discuss his work and his approach to roles, both in front of and behind the camera.
Composing trio Blitz//Berlin will discuss how they bring images to life through their unique sound. The Australian Dream director Daniel Gordon will shine a light on sports hero and Indigenous-rights activist Adam Goodes. Endings, Beginnings filmmaker Drake Doremus and lead actor Shailene Woodley will talk about the art of collaboration.
Tickets for the OLG Dream Deck are free. They can be redeemed as of August 31 for Members, and September 2 for the public, available while quantities last. For full lineup details, visit tiff.net/olgdreamdeck.
Audiences can tune in to nightly musical performances on the Slaight Music Stage, featuring singer-songwriter Sam Drysdale, singer Kayla Diamond, award-winning singer Tomi Swick, and Toronto ensemble Long Branch. Audiences are in for a treat with a special performances on Thursday,
September 5 by Six Nations/Kahnawake band Attic Ramblers. And on Sunday, September 8, Andrée Levesque Sioui will take the stage, accompanied by Acadian pianist Rachel Aucoin. For full lineup details, visit tiff.net/festival-street-2019.
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TIFF 2019 runs from September 5– 15, for more festival announcements and to purchase tickets, visit TIFF.net.
Images courtesy of TIFF.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.