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Are you a hero? Or a villain?

Good and evil collide on October 31 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where heroes face off against villains and Cirque du Soleil dazzles with an exclusive, one-night-only performance.

Do you have what it takes to leave your ordinary life behind and enter a world of extraordinarily high stakes and jaw-dropping adventure? Battle lines have been drawn and the dramatic moment of fate is beckoning.

Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain — the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. What happens next is up to you.

Choose your side:


Heed the call on October 31 for a Halloween experience and dance party like no other! Live music, amazing performances, comedy, costume prizes, an open bar, fantastic food, and surprises lurk around every corner...

October 31, 9pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tickets & Packages

You were born for this.




– An open bar with custom hero cocktails
– A selection of edible delights
– Your very own heroic mission
– Private performance from Cirque du Soleil’s production Alegría
– Honour, justice, and moral superiority
– A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount

Indulge your dark side...




– An open bar with custom villain cocktails
– Assorted tempting treats
– Your very own evil mission
– Private performance from Cirque du Soleil’s production Alegría
– A cunning nature and a willingness to work outside the rules
– A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount

Your invisible jet* awaits!




Includes all the heavenly delights from the HERO ticket, plus:
– Exclusive access to the inner sanctum — no superhero is complete without their secret headquarters
– Early event entry
– A pre-party performance
– Level up with divine ambrosias and sacred nectars
– A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount

*Trust us, it’s there. You just can’t see it.

Ready to overthrow the world?*




Includes all the forbidden pleasures from the VILLAIN ticket, plus:
– Exclusive access to the inner sanctum — no supervillain is complete without their evil lair
– Indulge in even more forbidden fruits and libations
– Early event entry
– A pre-party performance
– A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount

*Please don’t actually overthrow the world.

Forge your alliance in style!


Super Friends


Includes 12 tickets, a dedicated seating section with a server, text recognition of your support,
and a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount.

Contact jdunphy@tiff.net for more information.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact loyalty@tiff.net.

By attending, guests agree to being photographed, filmed or recorded at the event, and to the publication, reproduction, sale, license, distribution, broadcast and other use of all photographs, video or other recordings of the guest's voice or likeness for any purpose without further notice or compensation.

This is a 19+ event. This event contains references to themes that may not be suitable for all audiences.


Kyle Kofsky — photo by Tara Noelle

Since the dawn of cinema, iconic characters have played a starring role on Halloween. This year, TIFF boombox celebrates these iconic characters with Heroes vs. Villains. Creative Producer Kyle Kofsky returns with his team at everyoneisanartist.ca to bring you a Halloween night of battles at TIFF Bell Lightbox. We invite you to choose your side and begin.

Cirque du Soleil Alegría®

Recognized over the world, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke imagination, invoke senses, and provoke emotions. TIFF boombox is delighted to have Cirque du Soleil as a partner connected to the magic of transformational experiences.

Beloved by fans around the world, Alegría is returning to the Big Top once more to share its timeless story of resilience and hope. The classic power struggle of old-meets-new has been reinterpreted through today’s lens. Carried by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light and harmony to their world. With its joyful spirit, Alegría is a vital, energizing force driven by a thirst for a brighter world.

Alegría is playing from September 12 to December 1 under the Big Top at Ontario Place.

Past Events

50,000 confetti pieces, 1,300 guests, 1 night.

Since its genesis in 2012, boombox has raised over $1.3 million in support of TIFF’s charitable endeavours. Proceeds enable TIFF to continue its work in film-based education and outreach, film preservation, and filmmaker development.

Past boombox celebrations include:

2018: Wicked Costume Ball
2017: Fame
2016: Star Trek
2015: Andy Warhol
2014: Stanley Kubrick
2013: David Cronenberg


boombox 2017


boombox 2016

boombox 2015

boombox 2014

boombox 2013



Hero or villain? What is the difference?

The difference, along with your costume choice, will be some fun experiences that will be tailored to either hero or villain. You will also have a mission for the evening that will be revealed upon ticket purchase.

What if my friends choose a different side?

Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the party together!

What if I don’t want to wear a costume?

boombox can be enjoyed in any matter of dress!


To access mobile tickets or add tickets to your iOS passbook, log in from your mobile device. Check out our guide on how to use mobile tickets!

If you purchased online or by phone, tickets can be found in your TIFF Account Manager. Once logged in, you can choose to print your tickets at home or forward tickets to friends.

If you purchased in person at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office, please remember to bring your physical ticket for entry to the event.

Attire and/or Costumes

Though dressing to theme is not required, we are excited to see some of your inspired outfits! If you are planning to dress up, please review TIFF’s costume and props policy.


Make sure to “check in” at TIFF when you arrive and share your journey with #TIFFboombox as you post photos throughout the night!

The safety and security of all our visitors and guests is a priority for TIFF. Security measures are in place at all TIFF events and bags are subject to inspection. Hazardous, inappropriate, offensive, and suspicious items, including aerosols and alcohol, will not be permitted.