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Festival Street: What you can do outside the cinema during the festival

The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t all about the movies, but also about Festival Street where people can take in some TIFF history, catch a free concert and spot celebrities.

Festival Street runs from September 8-11.

A stage has been set up on John Street south of King Street West as part of the TIFF Festival Street free screening and concert series that runs from September 8-11. (CBC News)

The Toronto International Film Festival isn't all about the movies; it's also about Festival Street where people can take in some TIFF history, catch a free concert and spot celebrities.

For the third year in a row, festival organizers have made King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue a pedestrian-only zone for the opening weekend of TIFF.

A stage has been set-up on John Street south of King Street West for free concerts throughout the first weekend of the festival.

One of the biggest performers expected is Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams. He'll be playing some of his music from the film Hidden Figures on Saturday afternoon.

As part of TIFF Festival Street programming, organizers have set up virtual reality viewing stations on King Street west for people to watch a free flick. (CBC News)

Fans can also get a different kind of movie watching experience in virtual reality.

A woman watching a virtual reality film set up on TIFF's Festival Street on King Street West. (CBC)

Virtual reality cubes have been set up on King Street West for people to take in some free films.

A group of TIFF festival volunteers play a life-size chess game as part of the Festival Street activities. (CBC News)

You can also play life-size chess along Festival Street while waiting for your screening.

Festival organizers are also providing some walking tours along theatre row on King Street West, which will include some history about venues like The Princess of Wales theatre and Roy Thomson Hall. 

"We hope that people are in cinema and out of cinema and that everyone is staying around the area and that everyone is making it their home for the duration of the festival," said Jennifer Barkin, TIFF Festival Street programmer.

Festival Street runs until Sunday.

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