Open Roof Festival Returns with Movies, Music and Beer! (And Docs!)

POV co-presents Push at Open Roof Festival on July 24
Photo by Janice d’Avila

By Pat Mullen

Enjoy some movies under the stars and looming condo towers this summer as Toronto’s Open Roof Festival returns this week. The festival brings summer fun with a mix of movies, music, and beer with a series of screenings and concerts under the starry sky. The fest kicks off on June 19 with a screening of Us, the latest horror flick from Get Out director Jordan Peele. ORF also features a double-dose of Canadian content with Firecrackers (July 3) and Giant Little Ones (July 17) on the ticket.

On the doc front, POV is proud to support Open Roof Festival by co-presenting the screening of Push, directed by Fredrik Gertten, on July 24. A hit at Hot Docs earlier this year, Push is a timely study of the changing face of cities as the cost of living becomes prohibitively expensive for the average city dweller. The doc features passionate Ottawa-based activist Leilani Farha as she fights to make affordable housing a human right. Catch this relevant film as it was meant to be seen: in the heart of the city, surrounded by the whirs of urban life. The screening is preceded by a performance by psych-pop band Father Christmas. Get tickets to Push here.

Doc fans eager to escape the city might also want to check out the screening of The Biggest Little Farm on August 7. The crowd-pleasing hit spotlights a family committed to creating a biodiverse farm and embracing all the challenges that mission brings. Read the POV review of The Biggest Little Farm here.

Get the full Open Roof Festival line-up here.
All screenings are at 181 Sterling Rd in Toronto. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the films start at sundown with the music in between.

(And stay tuned to win tickets!)