Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free block party at TIFF 2010 on Sunday September 12

The Toronto International Film Festival has provided details on a block party it has planned to mark the official opening of its new headquarters, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The party will take place on Sunday September 12 from 11am to 4pm. In addition to some free screenings, music and food, you'll be given free admission to the building and get a chance to have a look at their brand new state-of-the-art facility.

The official ribbon cutting will take place at noon, with officials and dignitaries in attendance. They will provide a number of child-friendly events such as face-painting, balloons and crafts. There will also be a surprise musical performance by a special guest whose identity will only be revealed on Saturday, September 11. It promises to be a fun and exciting launch for the festival's new facility.


Toronto – This summer’s coolest party requires no ticket. Piers Handling, Director & CEO, TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, invite everyone to a free block party to celebrate the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2010. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., TIFF offers an exciting array of programming for all ages in the heart of the entertainment district, right on King Street (between John and Peter streets). 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 September 11. In addition there will be fun family activities, delicious food from local King Street restaurants, free cupcakes supplied by Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, and a movie star look-alike contest.

Following the official ribbon cutting on September 12, TIFF 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.
“For the past 35 years, the public has been our organization’s greatest champion and that support has propelled TIFF to becoming a significant player in the international film scene.” said Handling. “The opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox marks the next chapter in the history of this organization and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this moment than with the public. This block party is our gift to Toronto.”

“TIFF Bell Lightbox will be the place to celebrate the past, present and future of cinema. It will provide both long-time supporters and those new to TIFF with an opportunity to access our programming year-round,” said Cowan. “It’s going to be an exciting day and we can’t wait to open our doors to the public.”

TIFF Bell Lightbox Block Party

Offering fun, food and entertainment, the Block Party will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along King Street (between John and Peter streets). This free signature event is hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus from The National Theatre of the World, a fresh, progressive theatre company known for creating captivating live theatre through the art of improvisation.

Schedule and Event Descriptions

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
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Family Fun Zone – Celebrate one of the Essential 100 films, The Wizard of Oz, as TIFF recreates the movie’s magic with fun family activities. Take a stroll down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City bouncy castle to jump way above the chimney tops.  Be sure to stop along the way for face painting by the Lollipop Guild and step behind the wizard’s curtain and have it captured at a photo booth. Visit the craft table to make a Wizard of Oz prop - a witch’s wand, or perhaps a badge of courage - and be sure to check out The Twisted Ones as they get creative with balloons. It’s rumoured that Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow will be attending the party plus a few magician friends from Magicana.

11:05 – 11:30 am
Los Angeles funk/rock band 100 Monkeys kicks off the TIFF Bell Lightbox celebration.

noon – 12:20 pm
Join TIFF for the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the special guests and dignitaries in attendance. Marking the official opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the building will be open to the public with free admission.

12:20 – 2:00 pm
Polaris Music Prize Showcase: Three Canadian bands shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize perform, Montreal’s Karkwa, Toronto’s The Sadies and Radio Radio from Atlantic Canada. The Polaris Music Prize is a $20,000 prize for the Canadian album of the year, as determined by music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers around the country. The Polaris gala and award presentation on Monday, September 20 will be broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio 86, CBC Radio 3 and on It will also air on MuchMusic on September 25 at 9pm EST.  

12:45 – 1:15 pm
Movie Star Look-Alike Contest: Channel your inner film star for the chance to win a fantastic Tim Burton ticket package. The best impersonators at the party will be featured on the stage and judged by audience applause. The contest will be hosted by Donnarama, Canada’s premier Barbra Streisand impersonator. Check out TIFF’s Essential 100 list for inspiration at
2:15 – 2:45 pm
Toronto’s own pop darling Fefe Dobson takes the stage to perform songs from her upcoming album, Joy.

3:00 – 3:45 pm
Special Guest: Don’t miss a surprise musical performance from one of Canada’s hottest global superstars introduced by CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos.

Time TBD
A special performance by Toronto’s Joy of Dance Studio.

Inside TIFF Bell Lightbox

12:20 pm – 4 pm  * unless otherwise noted

Cinema 1: Celebrating TIFF’s 35th anniversary, TIFF@35, 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 pre-eminent 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 by remixing the famous projection room sequence in Federico Fellini’s 8½.
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 on 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 8 pm.

Atrium: What’s Your Essential 100?, an interactive installation that 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

Gallery: The Essential Cinema exhibition of objects, posters, photographs, artworks by major international artists and other iconic items from 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.

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 TIFF@35 poster exhibition, the Project Grizzly bear suit and a Brian Linehan tribute.

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