The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is one of the best things about summer in the city. For the 2022 season, they will be screening 21 FREE films in parks across the GTA, and kicking things off with Beyoncé’s Homecoming on June 23rd at Fort York. The powerful documentary gives an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically Black colleges and universities.
It’s the perfect choice to launch this year’s film programme titled Curtains Up!, which will spotlight the wide variety of performers we’ve so dearly missed seeing live during the pandemic, from dancers and musicians to drag queens, athletes, circus acts, and much more.
“After such a long period of frequently darkened stages, shuttered cinemas, empty seats, and limited-capacity events, I am thrilled — and truly relieved —that we are able to return to our fully inclusive programming model,” says Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid. “It’s been a long time since Toronto parks have been animated with accessible public programming, and we really look forward to reconnecting with audiences across the city once again.”
This year’s 21 screenings will take place between June 23 and August 28, in a variety of parks including Christie Pits, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and the grounds of Fort York. The full lineup of programming will be announced on May 31st, but screening schedule is posted now, if you’re itching to organize your calendar.
All TOPS screenings are free/PWYC. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @TOpictureshow, and share your magic movie moments this summer with #curtainsuptoronto.