The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of our city’s most important arts and cultural festivals, is just around the corner. This year, TIFF will be hosting its fourth annual Festival Street, a pedestrian promenade on King Street West, with events from Thursday, September 7, through Sunday, September 10. A portion of King Street will be closed for Festival Street to support the free pedestrian programming and ensure the safety of the large crowds who attend the opening days of TIFF.

Festival Street Details

Beginning at 5 a.m. on September 7, King Street will be fully closed to vehicles between University Avenue and Peter Street, and John Street will be closed between King Street and Wellington Street. During this period, only westbound traffic will be permitted on King Street between Peter Street and Spadina Avenue. Both streets will re-open at 5 a.m. on September 11.

Motorized traffic will not be able to cross the Festival Street closure on intersecting streets such as Widmer Street or Simcoe Street. The cycle tracks on Simcoe Street will remain open and unobstructed, and people with bicycles will be asked to walk across the King Street intersection for safety among the large number of pedestrians.

Festival Street programming will include free outdoor concerts and film screenings. You will also be able to enjoy expanded patios along Restaurant Row. For more information, please visit www.tiff.net/tiff.

TTC Service Plan

The TTC has worked to create a diversion plan that addresses some issues we have seen in past years and better supports transit riders along the King route.

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504 King streetcar will be diverted as follows:

  • From Broadview Station (westbound), streetcars will travel west on King Street, north on York Street, west on Queen Street, south on Spadina and west on King Street to route.
  • From Dundas West Station (eastbound), streetcars will travel east on King Street, north on Spadina Avenue, east on Queen Street, south on Church Street and east on King Street to route.

504 King rush hour weekday bus service will be diverted as follows:

  • Eastbound on King Street to Spadina Avenue, north on Spadina Avenue, east on Adelaide Street, south on University Avenue, east on King Street to route.
  • Westbound on King Street to University Avenue, north on University Avenue, west on Richmond Street, south on Spadina Avenue, west on King Street to route.

514 Cherry and 304 King (night) streetcar will be diverted as follows:

  • Eastbound on King Street to Spadina Avenue, north on Spadina Avenue, east on Queen Street, south on Church Street, east on King Street to route.
  • Westbound on King Street to York Street, north on York Street to Queen Street, west on Queen Street to Spadina Avenue, south on Spadina Avenue, west on King Street to route.

304 King shuttle bus (will operate from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

  • Westbound on King Street, 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, south on Parliament Street, north on Sherbourne Street, west on King Street to route.

Notices are being posted in subway stations, at affected transit stops, and on the TTC’s digital information screens. Regular audio reminders will be announced in subway stations. Information will also be published in an advertisement in the “24” newspaper. TTC Ambassadors will be on the street to remind rides, and to help during the four days of Festival Street.

Please visit the TTC’s website to view a map and detailed description of all the route diversions, including overnight services, as well as Wheel-Trans service changes.

During the remainder of the festival, from Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 17, King Street will be open to general traffic including streetcars. For the safety of crowds during red carpet events, Toronto Police may determine that is necessary to temporarily close King Street. Dedicated TTC supervisors will be on site during headline red carpet events to ensure that any temporary diversions are handled smoothly for TTC riders.