The Toronto International Film Festival brings its usual red carpets, critical buzz, and celebrity sightings to Toronto Sept. 8-18, and with it, the film festival’s 41st season also means some disruptions to local traffic. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working with TIFF to ensure everything goes smoothly, but in the meantime, prime yourself with a quick guide to TIFF road closures and other traffic changes.
KING STREET CLOSURE
The return of TIFF’s third annual free pedestrian-only Festival Street means drivers and TTC riders should anticipate longer commutes as King Street experiences a complete closure from Spadina to University Avenue from 5 a.m. on Sept. 8 until 5 a.m. Sept. 12. 504 King streetcar service will reroute along two separate paths throughout, while there will be no service between York Street and Charlotte Street.
Streetcars traveling west from Broadview Station will divert south on Church Street, west along Wellington, and back to King via York Street, while those travelling east from Dundas West Station will redirect north on Spadina, east along Adelaide, and back to King via Charlotte Street.
JOHN STREET CLOSURE
A section of John Street spanning King Street to Wellington Street will also shut down starting Sept. 8.
Following Festival Street, the Toronto Transit Commission anticipates sporadic delays and potential safety diversions around the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West, between Duncan and John Street) as red carpet events attract large crowds Sept. 12-18. Toronto Police officers will be positioned at key intersections to assist with traffic flow throughout.
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