News Release
August 22, 2019

The City of Toronto is a proud partner in the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This year, TIFF is holding its sixth annual Festival Street Initiative, a free pop-up street festival with music, screenings and activations, from September 5 to 8, 2019.

Festival Street will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Peter Street and University Avenue from 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 5 until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 9. The following streets will also be fully closed during the time:
• John Street between King Street West and Wellington Street West,
• Ed Mirvish Way between King Street West and Pearl Street, and
• Simcoe Street between Wellington Street West and Pearl Street.

Eastbound lanes on King Street West between Spadina Avenue and Peter Street will be closed, and westbound lanes on King Street West between York Street and University Avenue will be closed.

The road closure will also result in service adjustments to the 504A King and 504B King, 508 Lake Shore (service starting September 3) and 304 King (night) streetcar services. More information about the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) service changes for Festival Street is available at

The City of Toronto and the TTC are working with TIFF to ensure Festival Street is enjoyed with minimal inconvenience 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 engages more than 450,000 film lovers annually through film screenings, industry programming and free Festival Street events. Last year, Festival Street drew in 280,000 visitors in four days.

More information about TIFF Festival Street and its events is available at

People who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. The City’s web-based map to help residents make travel plans can be accessed at

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Hakeem Muhammad
City of Toronto, Strategic Communications
TTC Media Relations
Negaar Hatami
416-599-8433 ext. 3248