Toronto Public Library and Hot Docs Expand Accessibility Through the Sun Life Financial MAP Program

April 10, 2017 | MAP Coordinator

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If you have a valid adult library card and you’re a fan of great documentaries, Toronto Public Library has some good news. This year, as part of its Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass program, the library is teaming up with the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (April 27-May 7) to offer a limited number of festival passes to people living in high needs neighbourhoods.

The Hot Docs Festival Passes can be signed out* at the following participating branches on Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22, 2017:

Fifteen passes are available for signing out each day. The Hot Docs Festival Passes are good for one person for up to six screening tickets, with a maximum of two tickets per screening.

Library patrons with a Hot Docs Festival Pass can visit a special webpage,, to select their desired screenings. They then call the Hot Docs box office to reserve their tickets. Patrons will be required to present their Hot Docs Festival Pass, along with the receipt issued by the library, their library card and photo identification at the Hot Docs Festival Box Office to claim their tickets.

The Hot Docs Festival Pass partnership is a precursor to a performing arts pilot extension of the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass program. Starting Saturday, April 29, the branches listed above will begin distributing performing arts passes which can be redeemed for tickets to any one of the following venues: Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Tafelmusik. The performing arts pilot is scheduled to run for eight months. More details will be posted on MAP website soon.

*While quantities last.