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Festival Street


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September 10-13
Thursday, September 10
Friday September 11
Saturday September 12
Sunday September 13
Take your photo with the giant letters that say it all.
Take a break from the cinema in an expanded strip of outdoor patios along King Street.
Festival Street is all about the action but when you need a moment to rest, settle into one of our many seating areas.
You don't have to be a concert pianist to entertain Festival Street. Don't be shy, tickle the keys on our street-side piano.

The Festival Street Piano was designed and painted by local artist Jonathan Peterson for last year's Festival. He is the proprietor of the Weird Things Antique Shop & Clubhouse, a local gallery and shop that showcases and sells fascinating trinkets and memorabilia.
Calling all Warhol Superstars! This photobooth transforms filmstrips into .GIFs you can share with your friends on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen is presented by TIFF and StarTouch, with presenting partners the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and American Friends of TIFF. This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and is presented in collaboration with TIFF. Curated by Geralyn Huxley and Matt Wrbican from The Andy Warhol Museum, with Jon Davies as Managing Curator for TIFF.
Hungry and in a hurry? Get some grab-n-go from Toronto's best food trucks including Localista, Hogtown Smoke, Koi Gourmet, Bgood, Chimney Stax Baking Co., and Heirloom.
This portable micro-cinema was commissioned by Toronto-based media-arts exhibition group Pleasure Dome, filmmaker Solomon Nagler, and architects Thomas Evans and Jonathan Mandeville. Step inside to catch the world premiere of Pilgrimage, an experimental 16mm film loop by filmmakers Nagler and Alexandre Larose.

Drawing on issues of memory, decay, palimpsest and the rubbing together of archive, fiction and situations, Pilgrimage was constructed from 8mm strips of found footage that the artists gleaned during a residency in Sydney, Australia. The original footage—a  tourist’s voyeuristic, filmed impressions of a pilgrimage in a crowded urban space, where the faithful painfully stumble before the entrance of a temple—was reworked using an optical printer and other handmade techniques. It is presented as a 16mm loop in the Situated Cinema, which is particularly resonant, as the ephemerality of this analogue, mobile cinema re-frames the presence of the spectators; watching while watched in an experimental architecture and in urban space.

Solomon Nagler is a Halifax-based experimental filmmaker, an associate professor of film production at NSCAD University, and co-founder of Winnipeg’s WNDX: Festival of the Moving Image. His work has screened internationally, and he has had retrospectives in Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand. Most recently, he has been creating 16mm celluloid installations that engage with experimental architecture in galleries and public spaces.
Alexandre Larose is a French-Canadian artist based in Montréal. His critically acclaimed films have screened at major institutions and festivals, including the European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Art Gallery Ontario, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, New York Anthology Film Archive, Austrian Film Museum, Media City Film Festival, Rotterdam’s International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Images Festival, Toronto. His recent installation work has been exhibited at the Audio Foundation, Auckland and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan.

Thomas Evans is an intern architect in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has worked on a variety of projects for theatre, interiors, temporary pavilions, and mobile structures. This is the fourth iteration of The Situated Cinema Project that he has been involved with. He is currently in the process of developing Passage Studio, a new design and architecture office, with Jonathan Mandeville.
Jonathan Mandeville works as an architect in Halifax, where he also teaches at Dalhousie’s School of Architecture. He has worked on various types of projects: studios, residential, social housing, mixed-use projects, a city library, and a worship space. This is the second iteration of The Situated Cinema Project that he has been involved with. He is currently in the process of developing Passage Studio, a new design and architecture office, with Thomas Evans.
A major new installation by experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist Richard Kerr, demi monde is a mesmerizing slow dissolve of Hollywood movie trailers, which degrades and replenishes at a near imperceptible pace.
Runs September 10–20, 8pm to 1:30am.
Richard Kerr is an experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist known for his expansive body of work which has explored a multiplicity of genres and media since the 1970s. In the mid-90s Richard expanded his practice to encompass meta-cinema, installation work, and most notably the conceptualization of the Motion Picture Weaving Project. Richard Kerr is presently a Professor of Cinema at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Montreal, Canada. 
Can't dance? Don't sweat it. Through stop-motion animation, the Pop n' Lock Dance Machine gives you legit moves and the video evidence to prove it.
Catshrine are Toronto-based mixed-media artists Christopher F. and Irene A. They specialize in strange creatures, enviro-sculpture, portraiture, wearable art, and animation. Their work has been featured in Vice, The Toronto Star and The Torontoist, and at Nuit Blanche. Their installations The Magnificent Transmogrification Station and Pop and Lock Dance Machine are selections of TIFF’s digiPlaySpace exhibition. 
In the spirit of TIFF 40, we challenge you to ace our “Questival” walking quiz. Look up along Festival Street and you’ll spot a fleet of balloons emblazoned with flashy icons, each one representing a past Festival film. Decode the balloons at to win free film tickets to this year’s Festival. May the best film nerd win!

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Slaight Family Zone

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm: Painting, dancing, magicians, and bubbles! Kids of all ages can engage in all kinds of creative, family-friendly activities — and yes, there will be seating for parents to kick their feet up!

Magic on the big screen is one thing; magic right before your eyes is something else! James Alan has spent the past 10 years creating magic and turning tricks and illusions into astonishing memories.
James Alan has taught magic in schools, community centres and children’s hospitals with Magicana’s My Magic Hands, and is a feature performer with Senior Sorcery, which brings magic to the young at heart in nursing and retirement communities. He has created two one-man shows: The Uncertainty Project and the SummerWorks Festival production Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks. He currently hosts Magic Tonight, a weekly dinner show in downtown Toronto that showcases the best magic in the city and helps mentor younger talent.
Magician Chris Mayhew will disarm you, charm you, and make you laugh out loud with his unique and entertaining brand of magic.
Chris Mayhew has spent the past decade developing a beautifully unique way to create, perform and entertain with magic. Practicing magic since his teens, Chris has established an international reputation as a premier performer and lecturer. He has taken his act on the road across North America, with stops at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and New York City.
Grab a paintbrush and join artist Jeff Blackburn to collaborate on our epic, street-spanning colouring book, and check back daily to see the panels take shape with every new dab, stroke, and blob.
Jeff Blackburn is an illustrator and painter based in Toronto. His artwork has a graphic quality with a strong emphasis on line and texture. The work is often character-centric, with his subjects seemingly lifted from narratives that have yet to be written. His everyday observations inform these works, allowing him to acknowledge the core of a figure and twist or distort it any way he desires. He has worked with clients such as Pabst, Live Nation, and Microsoft.
Got two minutes? Canadian comic artist and illustrator Steve Manale (Superslackers) will blow your mind with his lifelike, hand-drawn headshots that you can (and should) use to book your next audition! Stage

Day and night, join the crowds for an exciting slate of performances by up-and-coming Canadian bands, a ballet world-premiere, a one-of-a-kind cinematic live score presentation, children’s story time (narrated by celebrity guests!), high-octane quiz shows, and movie-themed ukulele jams.



Come visit the All You Need Is Cheese booth to taste delicious popcorn made with Canadian Cheese and for a chance to win great prizes, including Festival tickets!
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Stop by for free giveaways, prizes, and a sneak peek at the Express Fall Collection.
Presenting Partners
Supported by
The Slaight Family Foundation
Special thanks to
Toronto Transit Commission, Entertainment District BIA