Downtown Toronto is about to get a bit ridiculous, and not just because of all of the movies playing. There are also a number of activities popping up that don't involve sitting in a movie theater or reaching across a metal barricade for an autograph. Here are some highlights to look out for.
BILL MURRAY DAY
Toronto is saluting Bill Murray with an official Bill Murray Day on Friday, featuring screenings of "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters" during the day before premiering his TIFF entry, "St. Vincent" that evening. And given that this is Bill Murray we're talking, don't be surprised if he pops up at random to take selfies, serve drinks or engage in some other behavior no one will believe you witnessed. But honestly, we try to live every day like it's Bill Murray Day.
Speaking of Bill Murray, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters" and the 25th anniversary of "Ghostbusters II." To mark the occasion, there's a fancy new collectible Blu-ray set coming out the day after TIFF wraps up, but director Ivan Reitman will be on hand during the festival to celebrate the occasion. Wonder what he's got up his sleeve.
CANADIAN MUSIC CAFÉ
On September 8 and 9, downtown's Jazz Bistro will be transformed into the Canadian Music Café, which has previously featured impressive lineups of native talent including Martha Wainwright, Chantal Kreviazuk and Buck 65. If you've got an industry badge, you can show up and mix among the crowd of L.A. and NYC-based music supervisors looking for tracks for new films.
OH RIGHT, THOSE PARTIES:
TIFF wouldn't be TIFF without some truly spectacular parties. If you play your cards — and your RSVPs — right, you'll have plenty of complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres every night of the festival. The Grey Goose-sponsored events at the Soho House are always a favorite, and this year we're particularly curious to see what Mongrel Media does to celebrate its 20th year at TIFF. Who needs sleep?
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