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FAQ

In-Person Events

When is the Festival?

The 43rd Edition of TIFA, Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas, will take place September 22 – October 2, 2022.

Where is the Festival held?

The 43rd Edition of TIFA is headquartered at Harbourfront Centre. A few select events will take place elsewhere. For specific venue locations, please review each event’s dedicated webpage. Learn more about getting to Harbourfront Centre here.

#FestofAuthors22 also features a select number of digital events, as listed here.

Where do I purchase tickets for the Festival? 

To purchase online, browse the full event schedule here, or go directly to the online box office here. Alternatively, you can contact Harbourfront Centre’s box office at 416-973-4000 (select option #1) or tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com for help purchasing tickets.

You can visit the box office in person during the Festival on the following days: 

September 22: 12–9pm
September 23: 12–9pm
September 24 to Oct 2: 10:30am – 9pm

How does Passes work?

TIFA’s new passes offer easy, multi-event access so you can explore a full day or weekend of programming, or experience as much as you can all festival long. Quantities are limited. Purchased passes will be available for pick-up at the Harbourfront Centre box office, starting at 1pm on Wednesday, September 21.

Weekday Single Day Pass: $45
Weekend Single Day Pass: $65
Weekend Pass (2 Days): $125
All-Access Pass (11 Days): $325

Passes exclude access to masterclasses, TIFA Kids workshops, The Moth, the CCBC 2022 Awards Ceremony, walking tours and Freedom to Write and to Read: Standing with Salman Rushdie. Get your pass here.

Are there any discounts for book clubs? 

Yes! Book Clubs can save 25% on ticket prices when booking five or more tickets to the same event, by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416-973-4000 (choose option 1).

How can I buy the book?

The Festival’s official booksellers are Indigo and Rakuten Kobo. E-books and audiobooks can be purchased from Kobo, and paperbacks or hardcovers can be purchased from Indigo. Browse the full list reading list here.

Indigo will be selling featured books on campus during the Festival weekend. Their bookstore will be located in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space inside Harbourfront Centre. The pop-up bookstore will be open: 

September 22 & 23: 4pm – 9:30pm
September 24 & 25: 10am – 9:30pm
September 26 to 30: 4pm – 9:30pm
October 1 & 2: 10am – 9:30pm

Will there be book signings?

Yes! Most authors will be signing books immediately after their scheduled events. Meet them in Harbourfront Centre’s West Corridor space located inside the Artport Building (235 Queens Quay West). Be sure to check individual event listings closer to the Festival for details. Book signings are free to attend.

How will my visit be impacted by COVID-19?

Following Ontario provincial health guidelines, Harbourfront Centre has modified its restrictions at its campus and venues. They are as follows:

  • As of May 2, 2022, visitors to Harbourfront Centre’s campus and venues will no longer be required to wear a mask; however, we strongly recommend doing so.
  • Harbourfront Centre will no longer be checking proof of vaccination for the public, but the mandatory vaccination policy for staff, contractors, artists and volunteers continues to be in effect.
  • Health and safety precautions, including enhanced cleaning routines, remain in place, and we ask that any visitors who feel unwell to please postpone their visit.

For more health and safety information, click here.

I can’t make it to the Festival in person, can I watch the live events from home?

No. At this time, the events taking place live and in person will not be available to view digitally, except for a select few: The Moth, Theater of War: The Waste Land Project and the CCBC 2022 Awards Ceremony. Please check individual event pages for details. The 2022 Humber Liberal Arts Conference is also available to view online for free, here.

I purchased tickets to an event, but never received the ticket in my email!

Please email tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com with your booking information, and a member of the Harbourfront Centre box office will re-issue your tickets. If you haven’t received the tickets by the day of the event, please visit the box office onsite to seek further assistance.

When is the box office open during the Festival?

Harbourfront Centre’s box office hours will be open: 

September 22: 12–9pm
September 23: 12–9pm
September 24 to Oct 2: 10:30am – 9pm

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com.

What is TIFA’s refund policy?

Please note that ticket sales are final and non-refundable unless an event is cancelled or postponed. In these rare circumstances, ticket-holders will be notified by phone or email of the event cancellation or postponement and a refund for the ticket(s) purchased will be issued. A notice will also be posted on the website and at the venue.

Questions about ticket purchases can be directed to tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com.

Digital Events

How do I sign up to access digital Festival events?

The Moth, Theater of War: The Waste Land Project and the CCBC 2022 Awards Ceremony will be available to watch online as part of #FestofAuthors22. Please check individual event pages for details on how to watch the event digitally.

The 2022 Humber Liberal Arts Conference will be livestreamed on the TIFA Website here. To register, simply click here and create a free account, or use your existing Harbourfront Centre login information. Once you’re logged into the website, click the “Register” button on the Humber Liberal Arts Conference events you wish to watch.

Oops – I missed my digital event’s start time!

Events that take place on Zoom, or that are produced by third-party partners, are only available to view live.

However, the Humber Liberal Arts Conference events will remain active for all registrants to view for three (3) days after their initial broadcasts, and for ten (10) days for TIFA’s donating Friends and for an unlimited time for TIFA’s Patrons. You may become a Friend or Patron at any time to unlock this extra viewing time. 

Do I need to sign up and register in order to watch digital events?

Yes. It is necessary to sign up on the website in order to register for and watch events taking place directly on the TIFA website. For events taking place on Zoom, like The Moth and Theater of War: The Waste Land Project, you will need to follow the instructions on the event page to register to watch online.

However, you may explore TIFA’s podcasts and the Small Press Interactive Map without being logged in to the website.

Help! I can’t access my digital event!

If you are trying to access the Humber Liberal Arts Conference, here is a check list: 1) Make sure you have signed up for a free online account on the website, and that you are actively signed in. You must have an account in order to register for events, and you must be signed in to watch them. 2) Once you are signed in to your account, ensure you have clicked the “register” button on the event page. The video window will only appear once you have clicked “register”.

If you need help with other digital events, the support team at support@festivalofauthors.ca. is on standby to assist you, Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm ET, plus during events.

My digital event doesn’t seem to be playing…

Once you are logged in to your TIFA web account, the Humber Liberal Arts Conference event should automatically begin playing in the video window at its scheduled start time. If an event is delayed, we will let you know by posting a message in the chat box. If you think the event has started, but your video hasn’t begun to play, try refreshing your webpage (some web browsers require this step). Still need assistance? Type us a message in the event chat box, and a support team member will happy to help.

If the event takes place on Zoom or another platform, the support team at support@festivalofauthors.ca. is on standby to assist you, Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm ET, plus during events.

My video doesn’t have any sound!

The first time you watch an event on our website it might be necessary to adjust the video settings to enable audio. To do this, hover over the video’s toolbar (lower right-hand side of the video) and click the volume setting to un-mute. Need more help? The support team at support@festivalofauthors.ca. is on standby to assist you, Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm ET, plus during events.

Can I watch digital events from overseas?

Most likely, yes! Digital events are open to everyone around the world, however, access and optimal viewing quality may be limited in areas where internet connections are unstable.

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