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TIFF used to be sooo cool when Jesus of Montreal came out in 1989. No guys being whimsical, no celebrity kiss ups. No more. Toronto is sycophant city, Shaun Proulx says.

DEBATE THIS: Are we celeb obsessed sycophants?

SHAUN PROULX/ 24 HOURS In 1989 I stood in a quiet line with my friend Val at the Toronto Festival of Festivals, which was showing a movie called Jesus of Montreal by director Denys Arcand. There were no crowds, advance tickets, lineups and, most importantly, no Hollywood, which meant the number of star stalkers needing to be at the epicentre of celebrity were precisely zero.