Films, Celebs, and General Bedlam

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of those cultural events that has risen beyond its stated purpose and become an excuse for a gigantic citywide party in Canada’s largest city. The films are the focus, of course, but the official TIFF-related parties alone could qualify as a whole seperate event. “From long days to even longer nights, it’s just a fact of festival life for the many people in the city that function within or around it. It is, of course, a vast economic boon to the city — $65 million in annual economic impact, according the festival itself, more than half of that in tourist dollars.”

Source: Toronto Star - 09/09/04