2019 Festival Contest Rules & Regulations

40th edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, taking place October 24—November 3, 2019

(“The Event”)

WIN A FESTIVAL PRIZE PACKAGE

(“The Contest”)

September 12 to November 3, 2019

(“Contest Period”)

Toronto International Festival of Authors

(“TIFA”)

1) HOW TO ENTER

No purchase required. All TIFA fans are invited to enter The Contest simply by posting a photo to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of their favourite book that has been featured at the Toronto International Festival of Authors at least once in the history of the Festival. The post must include the hashtag #FestAt40 on Twitter or Instagram, and the tag @FestofAuthors on Facebook. Alternatively, ticket-holders who do not have access to these social media accounts can visit the TIFA Information Desk during The Event in the Festival Hub (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto) to speak with a Festival representative who can take the photo for them, and post it to TIFA’s own Twitter or Instagram accounts on the entrant’s behalf. Each post that contains a photo of a Festival title and a proper tag represents one chance to win. Entrants may submit up to five (5) entries per person. Entrants who attempt to, or are suspected of, tampering with the rules and regulations of The Contest will, at TIFA’s sole discretion, be disqualified from The Contest.

2) ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open to all residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the time of entry. Employees and representatives of Harbourfront Centre and TIFA, as well as its advertising and promotional agencies, affiliated corporations and other persons, firms or corporations involved in the development or execution of this Contest, are not eligible to enter or win a prize in the Contest.

3) CONTEST ENTRIES

Each Contest entry must:

(a) be an original creation of the Contest participant;
(b) not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to any third party copyright, trademark, intellectual or proprietary rights;
(c) not have been published previously, used commercially, submitted to another competition or contest, or won any other award;
(d) not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about TIFA or its products;
(e) not be libelous, threatening or harassing;
(f) not instigate others to commit illegal activities or violate human rights; and
(g) not contain any viruses, worms, or other interfering computer programming.

4) DRAW AND WINNER SELECTION PROCEDURE

During the week of November 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, twelve (12) eligible entrants will be selected as winners by random draw from all eligible entries received during the Contest Period and will receive a Prize (as detailed below). The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. A second random draw will be made among the eight winners to determine one (1) Grand Prize (as detailed below) winner. All winners will be notified via direct message on the same social media platform on which they entered The Contest. Before being declared a winner, the selected entrants must correctly answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question and confirm compliance with the Contest rules. If the selected entrant incorrectly answers the mathematical skill-testing question, declines the Prize, or fails to comply with the Contest rules, the Prize shall be forfeited and TIFA has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another winner or to cancel the Contest. If a selected entrant cannot be reached within one (1) day following the first attempt of contact, incorrectly answers the mathematical skill-testing question, declines the Prize, or fails to return the required release form which will, among other things, require the winner to (i) confirm her or his compliance with these Rules; (ii) acknowledge acceptance of the Prize or Grand Prize as awarded; and (iii) release the Contest Parties (hereinafter defined) from any and all liability in connection with the Contest, then the Prize or Grand Prize shall be forfeited and TIFA has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another winner.

5) THE PRIZES

Each of the above winners will receive a book package with a retail value of C$500.00 (the “Prize”). It may be in the form of a gift certificate from a publishing company, or a pre-selected bundle of books. The winner will be put in touch with the publishing company to coordinate the delivery of the Prize. One Grand Prize winner will be selected by random draw from the Prize winners and the Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) one-night stay for two (2) people, with breakfast buffet included at The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto valued at approximately C$450 (the “Grand Prize”). The Grand Prize must be redeemed within one (1) year of the date of the Grand Prize being awarded, after which time the Grand Prize will be null and void. The total estimated value of the Grand Prize is approximately C$950.

TIFA shall have no responsibility or liability for any winner who does not redeem her or his Prize or Grand Prize within the time period set out for such Prize or Grand Prize.

The Prizes and Grand Prize must be redeemed as awarded and are not transferrable. There is no cash equivalent available for the Prizes or the Grand Prizes.

6) ENTRY CONDITIONS

By entering this Contest, each participant agrees to abide and be bound by these Contest rules. All decisions of TIFA shall be final and binding upon the participant. To be declared a winner, the selected contestant must first correctly answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question. The Prizes and the Grand Prize shall be accepted as is and may not be exchanged or refunded for an amount of money, sold or transferred. No substitutions will be allowed. Any unused portion of a Prize or Grand Prize will be forfeited. If a Prize or Grand Prize cannot be awarded as described in these rules, TIFA reserves the right to substitute all or part of a Prize or Grand Prize component with another of comparable value, as determined in TIFA’s sole discretion. Refusal to accept a Prize or Grand Prize releases the Contest Parties (defined below) from any obligation toward the winner.

By participating in the Contest, the winner agrees, in perpetuity without any limitation, to having their name, voice, or likeness being used in promotional material relating to this Contest without additional financial or other compensation. All entrants agree to release TIFA, its respective directors, officers and employees, as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (the “Contest Parties”), from all liability for any damage or loss arising from participation in this Contest or from the awarding, acceptance or use of the Prize or Grand Prize. All entrants acknowledge that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

TIFA reserves the right, exercisable in its discretion, to disqualify and ban any participant from this Contest if the participant is found or is believed to have been tampering with the entry process, or the operation of the Contest. TIFA will not be held responsible for missing or damaged entries. TIFA reserves the right to cancel, suspend, withdraw or amend this Contest in any way, without prior notice or obligation, in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, act, request or requirement of any governing authority or body, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of TIFA that interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these Contest rules. Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, TIFA reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. By entering this Contest, each participant agrees that TIFA will not be liable for any injury or damage from whatever cause associated with or in connection with this Contest.

Any decision made by TIFA with respect to any component of the Contest shall be final and binding on all participants of the Contest, without any right of appeal.

This Contest shall be governed by the laws of Ontario and all applicable federal and municipal laws therein, and void where prohibited or restricted.

7) PRIVACY

Any personal information gathered from contest entrants in connection with this Contest will be kept in a secure and confidential database and will not be rented or sold. Personal information of the Contest entrants will be used for the administration of this Contest for the purposes of this Contest only.

8) OWNERSHIP OF CONTEST ENTRIES

All Contest entries become the property of TIFA, and all copyright and moral rights in and to the Contest entry shall transfer and vest absolutely and without restriction in and to TIFA.

BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, EACH CONTEST PARTICIPANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THEIR ENTRY (INCLUDING USERNAME AND PROFILE PICTURE) MAY BE POSTED ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, VARIOUS OTHER INTERNET-BASED SITES AND/OR TIFA’S PROPRIETARY WEBSITE, WHERE IT MAY BE VIEWED, SHARED (BY USERS OF TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTRAGRAM AND VARIOUS OTHER INTERNET-BASED SITES) AND COMMENTED ON BY THE SPONSOR AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.