TIFF Bell Lightbox Throws Itself a Block Party

On Sunday, the TIFF Bell Lightbox opened its doors to the public, and closed down the street for a block party of cinematic scope. A yellow brick road was etched on the pavement, and characters from Essential Cinema were wandering among the crowd. Festival-goers sat curbside indulging in delicious street meat of the fancy variety (think roast pig), and a great roster of Canadian musicians like Fefe Dobson and K’naan entertained the crowds. But the real star of the show was the Lightbox itself. Crowds flocked to the new building, filling every floor of the open, airy structure, taking in what is sure to become a T.O. landmark. Clutching programs and talking film, the spirit of the festival felt a little more accessible and local inside the Lightbox, where everyone from industry types to families pushed and shoved up the staircases, snapped pictures with costumed entertainers, and oohed and aahed the architecture.

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