There's something about Toronto when the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city: while excited line-ups grow along sidewalks outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the other cinemas, everything suddenly goes to eleven in restaurants, hotels, clubs, and while you've never seen so many taxis on the street, they've never been so hard to grab. Toronto simply never seems more alive than it does during the festival.
It's that vibe that has informed the creative process at The Daniels Corporation's Cinema Tower. Following on their skyscraping success at Festival Tower, Cinema Tower builds on the theme at a more accessible price point, allowing more people to live at the heart of Toronto's most electric festival. Cinema Tower residents will benefit from 3 years of membership at the TIFF Bell Lightbox just steps away, while their own building will feature a technologically advanced screening room (if it's anything like Festival Tower's, you won't find better ones anywhere else in the city) which will be home to special movie events during the year, and viewing possibilities on a daily basis.
Before the building is even complete – the photo above shows that construction has progressed to include work on the ramp to the podium parking levels – purchasers were treated last night to a bit of what it is going to be like living here during the film festival. Daniels rolled out the red carpet with a party and a festival gala screening at Roy Thompson Hall, while over the Cinema Tower site itself, three acrobats from Circus Orange performed "Human Mobile", while passersby gathered on the sidewalk to watch.
Daniels will give everybody the chance to catch the performance 6 more times over the coming 3 evenings: this evening at 8 and 9, Sunday evening at 8 and 9, and wrapping up on Monday evening at 8 and 9. Should you find yourself in the Entertainment District, make your way to the corner of Adelaide and Widmer to enjoy the spectacle yourself! If you can't make it down, but would like to see the performance now, click below…
A special one day sale of limited edition of select suites in the 43-storey tower – dubbed the Legends of Cinema Series – will be held on September 17th. If you are interested, you need to register. UrbanToronto has the link, and more info on our dataBase page for Cinema Tower, below. The entry also includes renderings of the building's cool lobby and some of the podium-top amenities.