Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Free TIFF Events at Yonge-Dundas Square

The festival announced a number of free events to take place during TIFF from September 10th to 19th. The events will be held at Yonge-Dundas Square, which is an open space on the southeast corner of Yonge St and Dundas St, across from the Eaton Centre and from the AMC theatre. The closest subway stop is Dundas station on the Yonge line.

Events include:

Daily at lunchtimes and some evenings will be the "TIFF In Concert" programme, showing concert and musical films, including Woodstock, Stop Making Sense, Rattle and Hum, The Last Waltz, Don't Look Back, Ziggy Stardust, Shut Up & Sing, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man and The Harder They Come.

Weekdays will be "TIFF Shhh!", which will show silent films including Tillie's Punctured Romance, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, It, Steamboat Bill Jr. and The Busher. The films will be preceded by shorts from the NFB, the City to City programme of the festival, and Canadian music-themed shorts.

Special events at night include:

  • Thursday, September 10, starting at 7:00 PM: a live satellite feed from the Opening Night Gala at Roy Thomson Hall, followed by a live set with DJ Champion.
  • Friday, September 11 at 6:30 PM: concert featuring the stars of the Canadian rock'n'roll vampire comedy Suck; performers TBA.
  • Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 PM: events for the kids, including face-painting, green-screen activity and more.
  • Saturday, September 12 at 3:00 PM: The Toronto Zombie Walk: Special Director's Cut Edition, with an appearance by George A. Romero, followed by Night of the Living Dead (1968). I'm thinking you might want to watch the timing of the previous event if your kids are easily scared by hordes of zombies walking around :-)
  • Saturday, September 12 at 4:00 PM: Poet and author Sapphire reads in support of the festival showing of the film based on her novel Push, the film appropriately being titled "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire".
  • Sunday, September 13 at 4:00 PM: A roller derby exhibition with the Toronto Roller Derby League and stars from the film Whip It (Drew Barrymore's directorial debut).
  • Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 PM: a concert with The Topp Twins, New Zealand's top yodelling comedy duo (that's got to be a niche if I ever heard one), hosted by comedienne Elvira Kurt.
  • Monday, September 14 at 8:00 PM: Jonathan Demme hosts the North American premiere of The Neil Young Trunk Show, featuring an appearance by Neil Young himself.
  • Tuesday, September 15, starting at 7:00 PM: Swing lessons and a live concert by the Kings of Swing in support of the film Hipsters, showing at the festival.
  • Thursday, September 17 at 8:00 PM: New York artist Adam Pendleton's BAND repurposes Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil into a contemporary art happening that places the celebrated indie art-rock/post-punk band Deerhoof at the centre of the action.
  • Friday, September 18 at 6:00 PM: the world premiere of American Masters - Joan Baez, featuring a short concert by Joan Baez.
  • Saturday, September 19, starting at 7:00 PM: The world premiere of Copyright Criminals followed by the Festival Wrap Party. The Festival Wrap Party features the audio/visual mash-ups of Eclectic Method. Special guests include Clyde Stubblefield and others.


"featuring an appearance by Neil Young himself."

"featuring a short concert by Joan Baez."

Does this mean that they're going to be in person in Yonge-Dundas square? Or just that their premieres feature them in the film?

Apparently festival co-director Cameron Bailey indicated both will actually appear:


Unfortunately, Neil Young has just cancelled his appearance: http://tinyurl.com/m8rbkv

My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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