Here's How You Can Enjoy Ontario Place This Summer
Drive-in films, live music and recreational activities will happen all summer long at this iconic waterfront location.
Ontario Place has just been handed $2 million by the Ontario Government to offer on-site activities this summer, including several innovative festivals and events, to give its guests the opportunity to safely re-engage in arts and cultural experiences. As the province safely and gradually reopens, these initiatives are designed help with the economic recovery of the arts, entertainment and hospitality sectors in Ontario.
"Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were hit first, the hardest, and will take the longest to recover from COVID-19," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "As we gradually reopen the province, Ontario Place offers exciting opportunities to safely come together to enjoy arts and culture experiences, while supporting the province's economic recovery."
Here's the summer's line-up at Ontario Place:
• Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival will feature the latest international films from different countries including France, Spain, China, Russia, the US, the UK, Brazil, India and Canada, with a special focus on Italy. It will run from July 20-31.
• Toronto Shines will present the best in live entertainment, comedy and current and classic films. It is running now through October.
• DriveInTO, a new initiative launched by the City of Toronto, will offer free drive-in film screenings in August with programming by Hot Docs, imagineNATIVE and TIFF.
• Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, a not for profit organization that creates opportunities for young jazz artists to showcase their talent, will present a virtual jazz festival in the Trillium Park on September 5-6.
• Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will run from September 10-19, with 50 new feature films, five programmes of short films, as well as interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers tailored to fit the moment with physical screenings, digital screenings, and at drive-ins, including Ontario Place.
Over the summer, Ontario Place will continue to offer small boat rentals and a casual dining experience at Vista Eatery, a patio overlooking Lake Ontario. Visitors can also safely enjoy the sweeping waterfront views, trails and green space offered by the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, while still practicing physical distancing.
With Ontario Place open for public use, staff and partners are working to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Before visiting, guests are encouraged to review Ontario Place's COVID-19 updates and are asked to respect health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Updates September 2020:
The Cineplex has now reopened.
Canada’s First Festival for Emerging Jazzicians Kicks off on Labour Day Weekend
During the Labour Day weekend, Canada’s one and only emerging jazzician’s festival, T.U. Jazz Fest 2020 (Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival) will kick off its 6th annual festival. From Saturday, September 5th to Monday, September 7th at Ontario Place’s Vista Eatery, Toronto will celebrate “Jazz In The Now” together with over 50 featured emerging musicians. This event is FREE but advance registration is required. Visit TUJazzFest for event details and online registration.
For more information on this summer's events, visit www.ontarioplace.com/en/whats-on.