With attendance exceeding 260,000, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Canada is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Held for 11 days, the Festival rivals Cannes for being most likely to generate award-winners each year. Among celebrities by the score, thousands of film fans from around the world venture to Toronto in September and October to be the first to catch this year’s Oscar-bound films, and maybe even rub shoulders with a movie star.
Toronto hotels are easy to come by in Canada’s largest city, but with thousands of film buffs streaming into the city in September, prudent planning will save you some headaches. The best hotels in Toronto fill the Harbor Front streets downtown, but many fill up quickly in the weeks leading up to the Festival. If you don’t mind taking public transportation or a taxi into town, festival-goers can save some money by staying in a hotel a few miles outside of Toronto’s center.
Tickets to TIFF are offered in different tiers for members and non-members. For the main festival months of September and October, members are charged $12 for regular screenings and $18.75 for premium screenings. There are also discounts for seniors, children and family packages. For non-members, regular screening tickets are the same price, but extra charges apply to view the many festival exhibitions. It is important to note that Visa is the only type of credit card accepted at TIFF.
Coffee shops and markets abound throughout the city provide the perfect venue for relaxing or debating a film’s merits between screenings. Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto’s most famous commercial market square and one of the busiest intersections in the city, showed free programming from Toronto’s film festival to 239,000 people in 2009. The Toronto hotels in this square are not price-friendly and are likely to be booked by wealthy actors, producers and directors attending the festival. If you’re willing to splurge (or you know someone who knows someone), this area is the epicenter of TIFF’s celebrity spotting scene.
For Festival attendees who want to experience all the area has to offer, Toronto offers some spectacular sights and attractions. Visitors to the city should make some time to check out the Canadian National Tower, the Toronto Islands (the largest car-free urban area in North America), the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Center.
Any film fan visiting Toronto this fall is sure to be confronted with an cornucopia of choices. Set free in this cosmopolitan city brimming with fellow film lovers, the cold weather is just one more reason to stay indoors and enjoy the best films from around the world.
World Famous Luxury
The name Trump has become synonymous with luxury, and you can be sure to get exactly that when getting a room at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto. A five-star hotel, Trump Tower is located in the financial district of the city, affording you access to all the city’s sights and sounds.
Steaks and Spas
The Park Hyatt is located just across from the University of Toronto. At the five-star hotel, you can relax at the full-service spa and entertain you and your movie-going friends at the Morton’s Steakhouse located onsite.
Wine and Chocolates
Free Wi-fi, an indoor pool, and suites featuring full kitchens, fireplaces, balconies, two flatscreen televisions and complimentary wine and gourmet chocolates. Enjoy all the comforts of home, without worrying about a mess at the Canada Suites on Bay.