This year marks the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival also known as TIFF. Every fall Toronto is buzzing with celebrities, movie producers, writers and directors. It’s a great opportunity to view some wonderful films from around the world.
There are 46 breakout films and 50 international story tellers from 37 different countries. Since there are so many we can’t go into great detail about each one in this blog. But you can for sure find more than one film to spark your interest.
This Year at TIFF
Some notable films include First Man, staring Ryan Gosling and Private War, staring Rosamund Pike. First Man tells the story of the first man on the moon. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, this film throws us right into the cockpit with Armstrong and his crew on their mission to the moon. While Private War tells us a much different story about the bravery of the journalist Marie Colvin. At the turn of the 21st century Marie is one of the most celebrated war corespondents, risking her life trying to capture the horrors of war.
There are awards that are given out each year at TIFF. One award is the People’s Choice Award, given to a feature full length film. The winner is determined by the film that receives the highest ratings by TIFF attendees.
TIFF is known as the most influential fall film festival. The festival runs from September 6th to the 16th. You still have lot of time to plan a night out at the festival and catch some incredible films.
When you are about to travel internationally, not having enough time can be stressful. Making sure you enough time to make it through airport security and checking-in is especially important.
Why is it important to be to the airport 3 hours before an international flight?
This is a question a lot of people ask, even if they’ve travelled internationally before. The time can vary depending on the airline you’re travelling with. Some airlines will say you only need 2 hours, while others go with the more common 3 hours. And most airlines will want you to be at the departure gate a minimum of 30 minutes before boarding the plane.
Then you have to factor in the amount of time it might take you and your group to get through security, or check your bags. Did you check-in online or will you need to at the airport? Checking-in at home will eliminate waiting in long lines at the airport. In many cases you can get your boarding pass electronically on your phone.
Each airline will have it’s own recommendations as to how much time they think you’ll need. It can also depend on the time of day, peak travel hours make this process a lot longer and time consuming. With all of that in mind, you can make sure you’re at the airport on time and you won’t be in a stressful rush to make it to your plane.
How will you get to the airport?
We can help with that, we offer some of the lowest rates. And we can take you to a number of airports that are located in the area, Pearson International, Billy Bishop Toronto Airport, and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, to name a few.
You’re busy getting ready for your trip, whether that’s a business trip or a holiday and you’re in a rush. There’s a lot to get done and you can’t afford to forget anything, but the second that plane takes off you realize that you’ve in fact forgot important things. That’s what happens to so many of us, we are always in a rush and things seem to get missed. Even if that something missed is minor, it’s still missed and that can cause stress. Taking away from the enjoyment and excitement of travel.
We have put together some helpful tips, mostly the benefits of having a good list handy and some other tricks to stay on track. It all starts with that list, once you know in advance what you’ll need and you’ve thought about where it is you’re going, it’s easy. We recommend that a week or more before your departure date, you write down everything that you’ll need to pack. Even down to the clothes you’ll want to wear. A lot like what you might have had to do before packing for summer camp. Once you’ve done that, you can get out and collect what you’ll need.
Next you’ll want to make sure you give yourself enough time to pack, non of this, the night before stuff. Though, we realize that sometimes life gets busy and there just isn’t time to pack earlier. Sometimes it helps to slowly pack throughout the week. Packing toiletries the night before or the morning of, there are somethings that we need to use and they just can’t be packed earlier. But it really does help to start the packing process a couple of days ahead of time.
So what will you wear on your trip? That all depends on what the weather is going to be like in the city you’re visiting. Are you going to a hot place or a cold one? Maybe its the same climate as the one you currently live in. This is information that you need to know so that you can pack accordingly. A lot of us seem to over pack and that always leads to our bags being over the weight limit that they airline allows. So to avoid this costly outcome its worth having a scale around. There are scales made for weighing luggage that you can purchase. It’s also helpful to go online and check to see what the weight restrictions are. It’s best to pack just what you need, most of the time when you won’t wear half of the things you’ve packed anyway.
Alright, now we need to talk about that carry on you’re bringing. This is where you want to pack your essential items, such as your passport, money, ID’s, printed ticket (if it’s not on your phone), laptop and other electronics. Your carry on should have the things you will need to get you through the security check points at the airport. And what you’ll use to keep yourself entertained while on the plane. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared with books and things to do depending on how long your flight is. You don’t want to find yourself bored on a long flight but, you also don’t want to pack more than you need.
As always Toronto Airport Limo is ready to get you to the airport on time. Make sure you make your reservation with us in advance, so it’s one less thing on your list. And finally, take a look at our fleet of vehicles that are ready and waiting for you. We want to make sure that you arrive in comfort and in style.
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So you’ve come to Toronto for a vacation or maybe you live here and you’re having a stay-cation. Maybe you’re not sure what to do and need some tips. We have located a list of events and festivals happening in Toronto to help get you started. With so many festivals and events happening around the city, there’s going to be something that sparks your interest. Summer time in Toronto is all about having a unique experience and as much fun as possoble.
Being outside is also a major factor in Toronto, since this is when we have the best weather, there’s something for everyone. You can count on the city to offer up an activity for you, your family and friends. Plus if there isn’t a festival that you want to check out, there’s always the beach. Toronto has a few to try, there really is a lot to do in the city. But we’ll do a blog about the various beaches another time. Here are a few festivals to get you started and to give an idea of the city has to offer.
Big on Bloor starts July 21st and ending on July 28th, with a Pedestrian Takeover from Dufferin to Lansdowne. This events goes from 12pm-12am Artsite x Bloordale. This festival features various art installations and projects, interactive performances, and a main stage with various musicians.
If food is more your style then you must get yourself to the Toronto Food Truck Festival. It runs from August 3rd to the 6th and its worth the trip to Woodbine Park. This events benefits SickKids and last year they were able to raise $116,000 in donations. Admission is free and there will be a fantastic selection to food trucks to try. If you’re going to be in the city that weekend, get there and enjoy some good eats.
And finally we have to mention the CNE, one of the oldest and most famous festivals in Toronto and that runs from August 17th – September 3rd. The CNE was founded in 1879 as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition and has had the distinguished history as a showcase of the nation. The CNE has changed over the years and has become an annual tradition for many families. The festival includes things such as; food, concerts, rides, games, shopping, exhibits, and so much more.
For a more complete list of Toronto events and festivals click on the link below. There’s so much to do and see in Toronto, so you’re bound to find something that appeals to you.