Grand Tour Toronto Films iPhone App & Giveaway!


Before I get into the details of this App, I’ll need to let you know that I worked with the developers on this one to help them with what sort of info should be included in a great City Guide that highlights the Toronto International Film Festival. Being an avid movie fan myself, I’m attending 24 screenings in the 11 days of the festival this year. The developers reached out to me to ask “what info would you like to see in an iPhone App” for the Fest.

My knee-jerk reaction was “ANY!”, since Blackberry is an official sponsor, TIFF doesn’t put out an app for the iPhone (what a damn shame), so any venue, movie, schedule or tips available in iPhone App form would be welcome. It was a great pleasure of mine to bring together my two favorite things in the world, iPhone Apps and TIFF.

Grand Tour Toronto is at its heart, a unique iPhone Travel Guide for the City of Toronto. What it offers is local info about great sights, neighborhoods, helpful facts and tips, as well as a host of helpful information for anyone coming into town for the Film Festival, or otherwise. What it isn’t is a hotel and restaurant guide, you won’t get boring reviews of where to stay, or what to do. There are much better Apps for that, this is something different.

What I’m going to highlight here is the inclusion of lots of really helpful info about the Toronto International Film Festival (aka TIFF), which this year is from September 9th – 19th.

Grand Tour Toronto is the only iPhone App that offers venue address info, and offline map, for every one of the TIFF locations, along with helpful tips (from Yours Truly), links to the official TIFF blog, twitter feed, and schedule info. There’s a full list of each of the movies, listed by Programme, and a great “Don’t Panic” section featuring phone numbers and other emergency info.

This is the only iPhone App with so much TIFF info packed inside. Not to mention all the other detailed local info about Toronto that these guys researched and put in – you really need to check out the iTunes Description to understand how feature-rich this thing is.

If you’re headed to the Film Festival this year, this is a must-have App. If you’re traveling to Toronto anytime soon, you should look into it too. It’s only $1.99 on the Canadian or US iTunes Store. Also there will be an update in the next couple of days, right before the fest!

I have been bestowed A BUNCH OF PROMO CODES* to provide to our readers. If you’re interested, follow me on Twitter (@ChantelleJoytwt), or comment below as I’ll be randomly giving them away between now and Thursday!

*Promo Codes can only be redeemed on the US iTunes App Store – So only enter the contest if you have a US iTunes Account. (Here’s our guide on how to Get a US iTunes Account, in Canada, without a Credit Card)

Oh, did I mention I’ll be blogging daily from the Festival? πŸ˜€

Read my 2010 TIFF Blog on



  • Abhishek Duggal

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Amazin Just what i was looking for. I am going on the 17 to check out some films… this would be helpful. Please take this as my ballot. πŸ™‚

  • Zeus_369

    I’m so headed to Toronto this coming weekend and will be Going to TIFF…this app sounds like it would rock!!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to compare this to what BlackBerry is offering.

    This prob beats it hands down… Although I won’t be going to TIFF, It is good to know that someone is making a very good iPhone app for the event.

    Enjoy the shows Chantelle! 24 screenings is quite a bit. Hope you enjoy it and spot some celebs walking around, or shopping in Yorkville!

  • Half_Pint

    Hey, cool! I’d love to see what kind of work our very own Chantelle did on this app. I was totally impressed with Bell’s Olympics app, and think that interactive guides like this are going to be huge in the future.

  • Alrighty! You’ve Won! πŸ˜€ I’ll need your email address, or you’ll need to follow me on twitter so I can give you the code! I’m @ChantelleJoytwt

  • greg

    With regular trips to Toronto, this sounds like a great app! Would love a promo code

  • Oh, I always see a celebrity or two, totally follow my TIFF Blog if you wanna keep up to date πŸ˜‰

  • Josh

    My girlfriend is a huge film fest fan, I’d love one…

  • @ChantelleJoytwt Awesome! Thank you, it will definitely help! Rather follow ya on here then a boring email address. πŸ™‚ @jamesrego

  • Ari

    I’d like one to Please .. i’m in toronto for the next two weeks!

  • Miltonv

    I just bought it for two bucks but it’s not very helpful with scheduling. I selected the films I was going to see and at which screenings but the SCHEDULE shows all the screenings, not the ones I had chosen.

    What’s up with that? Also, if you live in Toronto, this doesn’t tell you much you don’t know. It’s for visitors from the US. Save your money.

  • Half_Pint

    I just noticed there’s a “Great Canadian Apps” section in the iTunes store. Wonder how hard it is to get listed there?

  • Awesome work on this Chantelle!! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for this Half_Pint! Posted!