That’s right. The hostel is in the middle of a TIFF. (As in Toronto International Film Festival).
There are more than 50 film festivals worldwide every year. Some are well-known (like the Cannes and Sundance Festivals) and others quite obscure like the Busan (South Korea) Festival or The Morelia (Mexico) Festival.
Better known venues include Berlin, Rotterdam, Miami and Hong Kong. But none are quite like ours – right here in Toronto! So forget Cannes, Sundance and New York.
The TIFF, is in its’ 36th incarnation. It has grown over the years from a tiny beginning in 1980 to what is now, straight up, “the most successful public film festival in the world”.
World premieres, galas, associated shmoozes and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry honchos make the rounds.
In previous years, the focus of the film festival centered around the upscale Bloor/Yorkville area of Toronto. It’s the chic, expensive area; sort of a Toronto version of Rodeo Drive.
But the city has shifted focus and a new Film Festival HQ has been built in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. That is EXACTLY where our hostel is located!
The Festival HQ/Bell Lightbox Theatre is located precisely one block south of the hostels doors and the Scotiabank Theatre (a venue for many of the films) is right across the street from us.
Celebrities attending this year’s festival include: Brad Pitt; Clive Owen; Catherine Deneuve; Glenn Close; George Clooney; Jane Fonda; Juliette Binoche; Keira Knightly; Megan Fox; Willem Defoe; Viggo Mortensen; Salma Hayak, to name but a few.
If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, the Festival is the place to be.
As mentioned, we are situated one-block from the epicentre of festival events. If you are a movie buff on a limited budget, THE Canadiana Backpacker’s Inn (voted #1 in North America in 2003) is the place to stay.
Check out the action just one block from the hostel: