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Toronto film festival — bedbug free and ready to roll


With the Toronto International Film Festival set to kick off  on Thursday, organizers appear to have dodged a nasty subplot that could have turned the 11-day drama into a horror movie.

The trouble began last week after a Toronto woman woke up with itchy spots on her back after visiting the Scotiabank Theatre, where several festival movies will screen. bed bug

Like New York, Toronto has been dealing with a nasty bedbug problem this summer, and the woman’s complaints found their way on to a friend’s Twitter account and then, as they say, it all went viral.

Film festival co-director Cameron Bailey probably did himself no favors when he mentioned the scare on his own widely-followed Twitter feed, which immediately propelled the matter on to the local entertainment pages, whose reporters were happy for pre-festival plotline.