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TIFF 2017: King Street West to be closed for annual street festival

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A major downtown Toronto street closure will be in effect for the start of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The TIFF ‘Festival Street’ event, which is being held for the fourth straight year, will close King St. W. between Spadina Ave. and University Ave. from 5 a.m. on Sept. 7 until 5 a.m. on Sept. 11.

John Street between King Street and Wellington Street will also be closed during the five-day period.

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This will result in the diversion of the 504 King streetcar for the festival. The 514 Cherry and 304 King night route will also be impacted by the road closure.

Similar to years past, measures will be put in place to make sure the word gets out about the closures.

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They include posting messages on overhead signs on the DVP and the Gardiner Expressway, advanced notification signs at key intersections and additional signage across TTC subway stations.

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place this year from Sept. 7 to 17.

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