IN THE CITY: Open Roof Festival

IN THE CITY: Open Roof Festival
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by Lisa Mesbur     photography courtesy of Open Roof Festival

Summer in Toronto is at its best after dark, when the humidity wanes and people emerge from office towers and A/C to enjoy what the city has to offer. This year, we’re spending some of those hot summer nights under the stars at the Open Roof Festival, a not-for-profit outdoor music and film festival showcasing independent filmmakers and musicians, paired with a rotating menu of snacks and craft beers. (With a festival hashtag like #MOVIESMUSICBEER, you can’t really go wrong.)

Summer 2017’s roster includes films such as Beatriz at Dinner, as well as the lesser-known Brimstone & Glory, a documentary showcasing the literally explosive National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. Upcoming musical highlights include performances by Luke Lalonde (of Born Ruffians fame) and the experimental psych-rock sounds of Blonde Elvis. The best part? All profits raised from ticket sales directly support Canada’s independent film production and music communities. 

See you there.

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