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Toronto film fest continues–but parties are called off

Directors of the Toronto Film Festival decided Wednesday to continue presenting scheduled movies this week but to cancel all “celebratory events,” including the closing night party. Festival director Piers Handling told a news conference, “Obviously a pall has been cast over the festival. It will become now, and should become, a subdued event.” The Canadian National Post observed that this will mark “the first time in the event’s 26-year history that events such as the parties, which are considered the life of the festival, have had to be canceled.”

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