TIFF will close King Street for its annual street festival next month

Aug 21 2018, 5:17 pm

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just around the corner and it’s ready to roll out the red carpet.

But the red carpet isn’t just for celebs, it’s also for festival goers heading to check out the fifth annual Festival Street.

The City of Toronto, a partner of TIFF’s, has announced that parts of King Street West will be closed to traffic for a pedestrian promenade from Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9.

The Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 am on September 6 until 5 am on September 10.

The road closure will also require changes to the 504 King, 514 Cherry and 304 King (night) streetcar services. John Street and Simcoe Street between King Street and Wellington Street will also be closed during the five-day period.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working with TIFF to ensure Festival Street is enjoyed with as little inconvenience as possible to those travelling in this area of the city.

Toronto Police will be positioned at key intersections to assist with traffic flow and TTC ambassadors will be available to help customers.

TIFF Road Closures

Route diversions during TIFF 2018

As per the TTC, the King Street diversions will be as follows:

503 Kingston Rd service

  • Operating west on King Street, south on Church Street, west on Wellington Street, north on York Street and east on King Street to route.

504 King/514 Cherry/304 King (night) 

  • Westbound: West on King Street, north on York Street, west on Queen Street, south on Spadina Avenue and west on King Street to route.
  • Eastbound: East on King Street, north on Spadina Avenue, east on Queen Street, south on Church Street and east on King Street to route.
  • There will be no streetcar service on King Street between York Street and Spadina Avenue.

304 King (night bus service from 2 am to 6 am)

  • Westbound from Parliament Street: South on Parliament Street, west on Front Street, north on Sherbourne Street, and west on King Street, and north on University Avenue, west on Richmond Street, south on Spadina Avenue, west on King Street, north on Bathurst Street to Wolseley Loop.
  • Eastbound from Wolseley Loop: South on Bathurst Street, east on King Street, north on Spadina Avenue, east on Adelaide Street, south on University Avenue, east on King Street, and south on Parliament Street.
  • Night routes will complete service until 6 am. Regular service will resume at 5 am on September 10.

Red carpet service diversions

Due to red carpet events on King Street, service diversions will apply during the following dates and times:

  • September 10 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
  • September 11 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm and 8 pm to 9 pm.

The 43rd-edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16.

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