TIFF boombox returns for Halloween with Heroes vs. Villains

On October 31, TIFF Bell Lightbox welcomes back boombox, Toronto’s finest Halloween bash, and one of our favourite parties of the year.

This year’s event will be an all-out Heroes vs. Villains battle, featuring imaginative creators, interactive installations, and a special performance from Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría.

Be you a scoundrel or a saviour, a superhero or a supervillain, TIFF invites you to don your Halloween finest and prepare for a night of live music, fantastic food, dancing, and healthy competition. With funds from this year’s event supporting TIFF’s year-round initiatives and programming.

So what does this amazing night include? Well, we’ve highlighted some of the features below from a long list of fun, interactive, and undoubtedly entertaining evening.




Cirque du Soleil Alegría

Beloved by fans around the world, Cirque du Soleil brings the energy and exhilaration of Alegría to TIFF Bell Lightbox for one night with a special performance, and this is bound to be something special.


Comedy Battle

Stand-up comedians take the stage and go at each other — do you dare stand in the crossfire? Either way, this addition should be entertaining at worst and laugh out loud funny at best, ready to pull up a chair?

Featuring Leonard Chan, Sarah Ashby, Foad HP, Jennifer Hsiung, Rush Kazi, and Rahil Shaikh.


Runway Battle

Take it to the runway as some of Toronto’s top-performing talent dance, duckwalk and vogue their way to the top, ready for a show, cause we are!

Featuring Kiki, Snoopy, Chantelle Maegan Mostacho, Esie Mensah, Percy Anane-Dwumfour, and Sze-Yang Ade-Lam.


Drag Battle

Featuring appearances by Sofonda Cox, Jada Hudson and Devine Darlin, Toronto’s top drag talent battles it out at boombox: Heroes vs. Villains. Who will take the crown? Who will be the villains? Who will be wearing claws? and who will save the day? Only time will tell.


DJ Battle

Two DJs showcase their talents before they compete in a song for song battle to dance floor dominance!

Featuring  DJs Blackcat and Mr Akil D.


Dance Battle

Whether your style is more Step Up or You Got Served, you’re bound to be entertained when good and evil face off in a war for the dance floor, are you ready to bring your crew and show some moves on the dance floor, if so, we’ll be seeing you there.


So much to do, so much to see, and even more to interact with. boombox truly is one of the most amazing events of the year, and this year, on Halloween, it is not to be missed.

For tickets and additional information please visit  tiff.net/boombox.

Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!