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For 10 years running Toronto’s Open Roof Festival has thrown the ultimate summertime party every Wednesday night from mid-June through August. Music, movies, drinks, and food trucks all converge in the city’s West End for ten (ten!) weekly outdoor parties that end up being some of the most memorable summer nights that Toronto has to offer. Our seemingly endless winters ensure that Canadians make the most out of summer and outdoor film screenings are becoming hugely popular. What makes ORF special is their lineup of blockbuster films, underappreciated indie gems from Canadian filmmakers, and documentaries as riveting as anything Hollywood can dream up.
This year’s festival lineup includes Jordan Peele’s Us, Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum (pot legalization came to Canada just in time for this one), and Firecrackers, a film by Canadian director Jasmin Mozaffari that debuted at TIFF last September.
Jasmin Mozaffari’s FIRECRACKERS, starring #TIFFRisingStar @mishkakurimska, and Karena Evans (director of @Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “I’m Upset”). 🍁 #TIFF18 https://t.co/bm3gYbewnf pic.twitter.com/Hw6IeoM5sh
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 1, 2018
But film is just the beginning with this fest. A $15 ticket gets you a movie and a live set by an buzzworthy local band. Yuka, Ghost Cavern, and Sauna are just of few of the musicians who’ll be getting the party started at this summer’s screenings. And if all that partying makes you hungry, don’t stress: food trucks including Fidel Gastro’s, Buster’s Sea Cove and Rancho Relaxo will be on hand serving up snacks — and Amsterdam Brewery will be there to keep your thirst at bay.
Toronto’s Open Roof Festival kicks off this Wednesday, June 19 with a screening of Us starring Lupita Nyong’o (in not one but two terrifying roles) and Elizabeth Moss. ORF’s new location (right across the street from the West End’s new Museum of Contemporary Art) is at 181 Sterling Road in the Lower Junction. Tickets can be bought online and in advance at the festival’s site.