Toronto’s Open Roof Festival (ORF), celebrating indie film and music, returns for its seventh season for 10 weeks, kicking-off on June 21 with screenings on either Tuesday or Wednesday. New this year, ORF wraps with two back-to-back screenings on August 23 and August 24 during its final week. The Festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from across the globe, paired with live music by emerging artists in a variety of genres — a combination that has established ORF’s reputation as Toronto’s ultimate summer date night and meeting spot. ORF tickets are on sale now for $15 each and can be purchased through OpenRoofFestival.com.
ORF will once again return to 99 Sudbury, located just southwest of Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road, offering guests an intimate and accessible experience. This year we will be partnering with a variety of food trucks, including the Food Dudes— the perfect pairing with a refreshing beer from ORF’s long-standing partner, Amsterdam Brewery.
With a brain trust of industry insiders as founders, ORF has been successful throughout its past six seasons. CEO of Blue Ant Media, Michael MacMillan;Vice-President, Finance of Elevation Pictures, Sandra Singer; media and entertainment lawyer and film producer, Jordan Nahmias; and media, entertainment and technology leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers Burzin Contractor make up the team behind the series. All four share a passion for independent cultural enterprise, film and music, and possess individual skill sets that have come together to ensure the Festival’s success.
Programming information for the Festival is listed below:
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
FILM: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
Matrox, a robot-costumed band, are purveyors of Daft Punk-like digital funk with brilliantly detailed songs full of energy and uplift. From there, the fun continues with Everybody Wants Some!! called the spiritual successor to director Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult hit, Dazed and Confused— which follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
FILM: SING STREET
BAND: FRESH SNOW
Primarily an instrumental band with a core line-up augmented by guest horn and string players, Fresh Snow is not an act that’s easy to label. But with a philosophy that says, “a little mystery makes everything more enjoyable” they’re sure to keep audiences intrigued and entertained. After that, with a musical 180, Sing Street, by director John Carney who brought us indie darlings likeOnce and Begin Again, marries the best of 80s pop music and teen romance, when in 1985, a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock ‘n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model (Lucy Boynton).
TUESDAY, JULY 5
FILM: THE LOBSTER
BAND: KAYLA DIAMOND
Kayla Diamond blends a mix of covers, mashups and original tracks, with a show that promises to have something for fans of almost every musical persuasion. Then, jump to a dystopian society that forms the backdrop for The Lobster, where single people (Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly), according to the rules of the City, must find mates within 45 days or risk being transformed into animals. The film was nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or and won the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
FILM: SLEEPING GIANT
BAND: BRUCE PENINSULA
Sleeping Giant tells the story of three teens (Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett), who cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience while spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior.Bruce Peninsula, who contributed a number of songs to the soundtrack ofSleeping Giant and prides itself on being a “genre-less” act, will kick-off the evening with music that mixes American gospel, African folk and modern progressive rock, as well as a choir made up of a rotating mix of other Canadian music luminaries.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
FILM: OFF THE RAILS
BAND: TOMI SWICK
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tomi Swick learned to play the bagpipes, military drums, piano and guitar by the age of 13. Swick brings his diverse act to the ORF stage and once the sun sets, Off the Rails, brought to us by Toronto filmmaker Adam Irving, will introduce audiences to the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit landed him in jail 32 times for the criminal impersonation of NYC transit employees.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
BAND: GRAND ANALOG
Grand Analog is a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self-described beat junkies. Creator and lead vocalist, Odario Williams, describes the Grand Analog sound as “a beautiful mess of Rap’n’Roll, Dub & Soul.”
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
FILM: A BIGGER SPLASH
BAND: CHLOE CHARLES
Chloe Charles is probably best known for her unique voice, self-taught guitar finger picking style and music that is a fusion of soul, folk, pop, jazz and classical influences. Following Chloe’s set, prepare for an equally soulful story with A Bigger Splash, which showcases the mounting tensions between a famous rock star (Tilda Swinton) and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts) who, while vacationing on an idyllic and remote Italian island, are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of an old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson).
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
FILM: MY BLIND BROTHER
BAND: SAM DRYSDALE
Hailed as a “songwriter to watch” by the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles,Sam Drysdale has already racked up a significant number of accolades. Citing John Mayer, City and Colour, and Coldplay as musical influences, his set is guaranteed to showcase some compelling, lyrically powerful songs. Shortly after, ORF presents the Canadian premiere of My Blind Brother, which will take family conflict to a new level when the rivalry between two brothers (Adam Scott and Nick Kroll) reaches a fever pitch during a charity swim competition, as both vie for the affections of the same woman (Jenny Slate).
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
FILM: BONUS SCREENING, FILM TBA
If you are a fan of classic soul and R&B, then Yuka might just be your new favourite band. The finale week kicks off with the seven-piece act from Toronto followed by a bonus screening to be announced later this season.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
FILM: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
BAND: MOST PEOPLE
Most People, called “arty-experimental-pop goodness” by Lonely Vagabond, are the kind of musical duo that want audiences to get up and dance, and dance you will during their set. The upbeat tempo keeps rolling afterwards withHunt for the Wilderpeople, which centres on a national manhunt, ordered for a rebellious kid (Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Tickets on sale now for $15 each and can be purchased throughwww.OpenRoofFestival.com
Starting June 21 and running through to August 24, 2016
On the day of the event, the on-site box office opens at 7:00 pm for cash-only ticket sales. Food and drink are available at this time. The musical guest performs at 8:00 pm and film screenings start around 9:00 pm