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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 7

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The film: A new print of Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s 1991 film The Adjuster, a work of dark humour depicting the emotional isolation of urban and suburban dwellers.

The venue: Jackman Hall, an event space housed among the 79,000 artworks at the prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario.

It might be a couple of hours of waiting in the admittance line, so how do you amuse yourself beforehand?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 6

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Foreign film Gigante is a romantic comedy between a grocery store security guard and a cleaning woman; while Videocracy from Sweden examines of how Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi uses his control of the nation’s TV empire to wield power over the people.

The venue: Cineplex Odeon Varsity at Manulife Centre, a movie theatre where patrons aged 19 and over can receive full in-seat service during Varsity VIP film screenings.

How do you round out your day of international fare?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 5

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould investigates the life of the acclaimed classical pianist, and The Art of the Steal explores art collector Albert Barnes and the mysterious disappearance of his world-famous assortment of art.

The venue: AMC Theatres, a multiplex within Toronto Life Square at the buzzing intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets.

What else to do to make your day of documentaries complete?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 4

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: The comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which George Clooney portrays a member of a U.S. military unit that trains in the paranormal and psychic, and the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Road, in which a father and son embark on a threatening journey of survival.

The venue: Ryerson Theatre, where Ryerson University student shows and convocation ceremonies are also held.

What are you going to check out with your spare time before the films?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 3

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: It’s all about dark and disturbing human psychology in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, and kids internalize fascism in White Ribbon, which earned writer-director Michael Haneke Palme d’Or at this year’s Festival de Cannes.

The venue: Scotiabank Theatre, a multiplex in the midst of partying clubland.

If not at an after-party, where are you going to be post-show?

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Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 2

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Matt Damon plays an executive at an agro-megacorp who’s forced to spy on his company’s dirty business practices in The Informant!, while the love affair between poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne is brought to life in Jane Campion’s Bright Star.

The venue: The Elgin Theatre’s Visa Screening Room at the historic Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last operating set of double-decker theatres in the world.

What are you doing between whistleblowing and falling love?

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Weekend Roundup, September 11 to 13

It’s a festival frenzy in Toronto this weekend!

Friday, September 11th
Even if tickets are sold out, show up outside the Toronto International Film Festival screening of The Informant! and try to catch a glimpse of the film’s leading actor and Hollywood star Matt Damon.

For the last weekend, be mesmerized by the strange and fascinating art works in the Surreal Things exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Take a break from tasting veggie-friendly treats and check out The Real Iron Chef, a race to the finish to serve up meatless but high in iron meals, at the 25th Vegetarian Food Fair.

Saturday, September 12th
Bite into hot, roasted corn-on-the-cob
in the afternoon, then do-si-do at the barn dance in the evening at Riverdale Farm’s annual Fall Harvest Festival.

Join the Junction Arts Festival‘s street art party and follow dance ensemble rad (Random Acts of Dance) as they give a tour of the neighbourhood using dance rather than narration.

Explore the quaint community of Cabbagetown on a historical walking tour, offered by the Cabbagetown Festival. Stick around for the parade, short film festival, arts and crafts show and sale, amateur boxing show, food vendors and street entertainment.

Sunday, September 13th
Nosh on a pancake breakfast, nurse a lager in the beer gardens and take in Scottish country dancing at the fall fair cum food fest Taste of the Kingsway.

If you need more than fancy Scottish footwork to get your Celtic fix, head to The Beach Celtic Festival and clap your hands to the rousing music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Maritimes.

At the Butterfly Migration Festival, meander through meadows for the one-of-a-kind experience of watching monarch butterflies take flight en masse to migrate south.

Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 1

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The film: TIFF’s opening-night gala screening of Creation, a period drama about the tragedies and triumphs of Charles Darwin.

The venue: The massive upside-down glass bowl of Roy Thomson Hall, home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and located in the heart of the entertainment district.

So what to do while your friend holds your place in line?

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