Toronto offers many outdoor music and film festivals during the summer. Open Roof Festival is one that combines the two. Founded by Michael Macmillan, Sandra Singer, and Jordan Nahmias, Open Roof boasts a solid line up of North American films and Canadian musicians every Thursday night with a helpful serving of beer and food catered to the specific screening. Contrary to the name of the festival, there is no actual roof and ticket holders are seated under the stars. The music will get you grooving while the food and drink allows for a laid back atmosphere.
This was the festival’s 5th year and it ran from June 19- August 21. Opening night showcased the energetic pop rock of Hamilton, Ontario’s Thought Beneath Film and a screening of The Enemy directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and starring Jake Gyllenhal.
Manatee, an 11-piece improvising ensemble from Guelph, Ontario entertained a full house on the closing night. After a small speech thanking all of the volunteers involved in running the festival, the stars came out and the closing film, Chef (directed by and starring Jon Favreau) had audiences roaring with laughter.
It’s quite an experience to be watching a movie under an open sky. If that is on your list of things to do then Open Roof is definitely something to look forward to.