July 31, 2021 - September 5, 2021
TOPS & Friends: Summer 2021 at Fort York
Hosted by Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
Over the course of Summer 2021, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) proudly presents TOPS & Friends, a five-week programme of film screenings celebrating community and cinema in the great outdoors. After successfully presenting Toronto’s first in-person festival of 2020, safely and memorably, we’re returning once again to the walls of Fort York National Historic Site.
This time we’re bringing a few friends along for the show! TOPS will launch the season with a three-night opening weekend beginning Saturday, July 31, and throughout the month of August we will host screenings guest-curated by a who’s who of Toronto’s local film festivals and arts organizations, including Inside Out, Vector Festival, Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Breakthroughs Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Sou Sou (by Bonjay’s Alanna Stuart), and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Finally, TOPS will wrap up the summer with a bang: a jubilant five-night closing weekend of movies, plus live music performances each night from local indie artists, curated by Wavelength Music Series.
TOPS’ opening and closing weekend programming is curated around the theme of community celebration. Lavish weddings and prom night ragers, dinner parties both triumphant and disastrous, legendary drag balls and spectacular fireworks - after the year we’ve all had, this programme reminds us of the importance of joyful celebration and community in any and all forms, even in the face of adversity.
As always, TOPS screenings will pair feature films with short films by Canadian creators, including the premieres of several brand-new original shorts funded last year as part of TOPS’ tenth anniversary. In keeping with the theme, TOPS & Friends brings together cultural curators from across the city and a diverse selection of films from around the world, from nostalgic pop classics to international art cinema and cutting edge experimental works. Come celebrate with us for another season of unforgettable summer nights.
The 2021 TOPS programme is co-curated by TOPS co-founders, Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and Board President Felan Parker, with contributions by Jon Petrychyn, Olena Decock, Isabella Brown, Aisha Jamal, Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and Nikin Nagewadia. This series is made possible by a partnership with Toronto History Museums.
All short and feature films are open captioned, unless specifically noted. All events are held outdoors and are free and open to the public (we solicit and welcome donations). All venues easily accommodate mobility devices and strollers.