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TIFF 2019 Closures

Jeffrey Halpenny, 680News

Last Updated Sep 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm EDT

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Everything You Need To Know

It’s a sober reminder of the return to the fall routine for downtown drivers: a swath of the city’s entertainment district will be off limits for drivers and streetcars as the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway for another year.

Here’s your list of what’s closed and when during the week-long festival.



For the sixth year running, King Street will become the focal point of opening weekend celebrations.

A sizable chunk of the entertainment district will be a no go for streetcar and vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. September 5th at until 5 a.m. on September 8th.

Streets affected include:

  • King St. West – Peter St. to University Ave.
  • John Street – King St. West to Wellington St. West
  • Ed Mirvish Way – King St. West to Pearl St.
  • Simcoe St. – Wellington St. West to Pearl St.

For the tens of thousands of commuters that rely on the TTC’s busiest streetcar line, the following major diversions will be in place:

  • Westbound streetcars will head north York St., using Queen and Church Streets to get back to King, and head back east.
  • Eastbound streetcars will head north on Spadina Ave., using Church, King and York Streets to get back to King, and head back west.



Following the weekend-long street-side celebration, drivers will still have to dodge some intermittent closures downtown through the rest of the festival.

Sporadic delays are to be expected around screening sites like the TIFF Lightbox and the Princess of Wales Theatre, as red carpet events draw large crowds through September 15th.

Toronto Police officers will be brought in to direct traffic at key intersections.



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