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Free! Block Party


Come celebrate the opening of our new home TIFF Bell Lightbox!

Sunday September 12
King Street West (between John St. and Peter St.)
11:00am - 4:00pm (Rain or shine)

TIFF invites everyone to a free block party to celebrate the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox.  A fantastic concert line-up includes some of the biggest names in indie rock, pop and hip-hop, plus a very special surprise guest to be announced on Saturday, September 11. In addition there will be fun family activities, delicious food from local King Street restaurants, and a movie star-look-alike contest.

Following the official ribbon cutting at noon, we will offer free admission to the building, welcoming visitors to enjoy the spectacular design of Canada’s newest cultural destination and experience a diverse selection of screenings, film-based artworks from major international artists and filmmakers, and the Essential Cinema exhibition, which features iconic objects and photographs from the history of cinema.

Block Party Breakdown

11:00am  Event starts – hosts are improv masters Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus from The National Theater of the World
11:00am – 11:30am  100 Monkeys perform
11:30pm – Noon    Polaris nominated band – The Sadies perform
Noon – 12:30pm   TIFF Bell Lightbox – Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – 3000 free cupcakes generously supplied by Madelines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream
Free public admission to the building
12:30pm – 1:00pm   Polaris nominated band – Karkwa perform – Learn more about the Polaris gala and award presentation on Monday, September 20
1:00pm – 1:30pm   Movie star-look-alike contest hosted by Donnarama – the best costume (voted by audience applause) wins a fantastic Tim Burton Exhibition ticket package!  Check out TIFF’s Essential 100 list for inspiration
1:30pm – 2:00pm    Polaris nominated band – Radio Radio perform    
2:00pm – 2:15pm   A special performance by Joy of Dance Studio
2:15pm – 3:00pm    Fefe Dobson performs
3:00pm – 3:45pm    SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – This is so big we can only tell you on Saturday September 11.
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3:45pm – 4:00pm     Closing remarks

Family Fun Zone

Starting at 11:00am – Amazing family events around the Wizard of Oz theme

  • Emerald City bouncy castle
  • Face Painting by the Lollipop Guild
  • Yellow Brick Road inspired Chalk Art
  • Photo Booth – step behind the wizard’s curtain and have your photo captured
  • Craft Table – make a Wizard of Oz prop
  • The Twisted Ones – balloon centre
  • Appearances by Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Lion and The Scarecrow as well as a few magician friends from Magicana
  • Event closes at 4:00pm

Inside TIFF Bell Lightbox

Noon – 4:00pm

Cinema 1:

Celebrating TIFF’s 35th anniversary, [email protected], directed and produced by Barry Avrich, features the history of Festival trailers, red carpet footage and images from the past 35 years. Also screening is Starting Over: The Legacy of Leslie and Clara Reitman, a film paying tribute to the parents of Ivan, Agi and Susan. This film was commissioned by TIFF and directed and produced by Nobu Adilman.

Cinema 2:

Screening on a loop, Preludes consists of ten original short films by preminent Canadian filmmakers that were originally commissioned for the Festival’s 25th anniversary.

Cinema 3:

A cinematic trailer produced by Stephen Garrett incorporating images from all films on the Essential 100 list.

Cinema 4:

8½ Screens, a special new commission from Atom Egoyan reverses the relationship between projector, audience and screen with the famous projection room sequence in Federico Fellini’s .

Cinema 5:

E-100, by James Andean and François Xavier Saint-Pierre is a sound installation in which key samples of film dialogue culled from the films in the Essential 100 list are heard both clearly and obliquely in conjunction with a randomizer algorithm patched to various instrumental samples.

In NYman with a Movie Camera, Michael Nyman revisits one of the high-points of his career: the composition of his now-famous score for Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera substituting new images, shot-for-shot, for Vertov’s own, and then reapplying his score.
This event starts at 8pm.


The Essential Cinema exhibition of objects, posters, photographs, and other items iconic of the Essential 100 films and TIFF commissions including Guy Maddin’s Hauntings I, eleven projections that recreate fragments of lost or unrealized film masterpieces.

Gallery Annex:

Douglas Gordon’s 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro, consisting of two side-by-side projections of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Both projections are slowed down to a duration of twenty-four hours, one playing forwards and the other in reverse so that they meet at one point.


What’s Your Essential 100?, an interactive installation, invites visitors to text in their favourite films from the Essential 100 list and see a dynamic visualization of images projected above the box office.

Starting Over: The Legacy of Leslie and Clara Reitman, a film paying tribute to the parents of Ivan, Agi and Susan. This film was commissioned by TIFF and directed and produced by Nobu Adilman.

Home is a short film commissioned by TIFF and the King and John Festival Corporation as part of the HOME heritage programme.

RBC Learning Centre:

Features two pieces by Ming Wong, the first inspired by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and the second by Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Canadian Film Gallery:

Three elements – a [email protected] poster exhibition, the Project Grizzly bear suit and a Brian Linehan tribute– will be found in the Canadian Film Gallery on the fourth floor.

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