Toronto is launching a drive-in entertainment program as the city extends its ban on outdoor festivals and large gatherings until September.
Announced today, the DriveInTO program will be providing movie screenings, concerts, and other festivities at no cost to attendees.
To facilitate the screenings, the city will be working in collaboration with a number of Toronto’s leading film curators including Hot Docs and TIFF.
The events will take place at four locations throughout the city, including Ontario Place and Downsview Park.
Mayor John Tory says the program will help fill the gaps between revamped, digital-only events such as the Nuit Blanche arts festival and the outright cancellation of major street festivals such as Caribana.
Large outdoor gatherings and full-capacity concerts will remain illegal as the province transitions into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 reopening strategy.
- Ontario Place, featuring screenings. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Hot Docs, imagineNATIVE and TIFF.
- CityView Drive-In at 20 Polson Pier, featuring concerts, screenings and broadcasts. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Reelworld Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival.
- Friday Night Lights at Downsview Park, presented by Canada Land Corporation and MADE, featuring free made-in-Canada films.
- CF Movie Night at CF Sherway Gardens.
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