Sunday, May 29, 2011

FREE films this summer

The film festival's Lightbox centre will be hosting several free film screenings this summer and running a weekly outdoor film series, beside Roy Thomson Hall.

The Free Screen
Wed.01/Jun @ 7:00pm
Independent/avant-garde cinemaCanada Day
Celebration of Canadian cinema
Classic Musicals in the Park
Outdoor screenings in David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square)See you at the fest!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Above Lightbox: Festival Tower, pt.3

Festival Tower, the residential condominium built atop the Lightbox centre, is almost complete. It's the final component of Reitman Square at King & John streets — a three-way partnership between the festival, the Reitman's, and Daniels.

Lightbox (the film festival's new headquarters) and Oliver & Bonacini's new restaurants (Luma, O&B Canteen) opened last summer during the film-festival.

Occupancy in Festival Tower began last fall,
amenity areas started to take shape this past winter,
As the building will soon be turned over to the purchasers, we're very grateful for Daniels allowing us a follow-up photo-shoot — most of the amenity spaces are now finished, so here are the snapshots!

Lobby lounge
The Fantasm, an art installation by New Brunswick sculptor Peter Powing; located in the lobby lounge, but the animated lighting easily visible from the outside sidewalk.
Tower lounge
Also has an outdoor terrace – adjacent to the rooftop patio of the Lightbox film centre.

Sports bar
The balcony overlooks the Casa Malaparte inspired roof-top of Lightbox.Cinema
Theatre has room for 66 – with the same Quinette Gallay cinema-seating, and Christie digital cinema projection used in the theatres at Lightbox.Party room
Decor for the building was handled by Mike Niven Interior Design – with furnishings from Kiosk Design.
Roof-top terrace
Fitness areas

The fitness areas are operated by Results Fitness Lifestyle – scheduled classes include pilates, yoga, spinning, and vary each month. Personal training sessions are also offered.

Spa services in the building are provided by Family Tree Health Clinic – registered massage therapists available, and osteopathic care coming soon.

A full-time resident services director is provided by Zebrano life|style|solutions.

Festival Tower

Just like the Lightbox centre at it's base, Festival Tower was designed by KPMB and built by Daniels — and both buildings are equally impressive, in design and construction. In fact, they were recently nominated for the 2011 PUG awards – the people's choice award for architecture.

There are still a few units for sale through Baker Real Estate at the website – and rentals & re-sales can be found at

The sequel: Cinema Tower

Daniels has already begun construction on the sequel to Festival Tower: Cinema Tower. Sales will be handled by Baker Real Estate (– the presentation centre had it's final touches just recently).

The 43 story building was designed by Kirkor Architects (– they provided KPMB with design support for Festival Tower), and the interior design is by HOK.

The forum has posted several snapshots of the construction site, and the Toronto Star featured Another condo blockbuster — a spotlight on Cinema Tower (May 28/2011).

The official website is — you can follow @Cinema_Tower on Twitter.

...and that's a wrap... ;-)
see you at the fest! :-)

Special thanks to everyone at Daniels who helped us make arrangements – Niall, Simona, and Jake – plus Aurora at Zebrano, for taking us on the tour! ;-)

UPDATE: On Jun.6/2011, Toronto Star's Condos on the Market featured the Toronto's downtown west neighbourhood; locations & prices of all new residential buildings in the area are listed, including Festival Tower.

UPDATE: Site Seeing Downtown West appeared in the Aug.27/2011 Saturday Star.

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