After being cooped up inside for basically the past year and a half, we’re looking for any excuse to get out, get dressed up and hang out with our friends in a safe way. If cinema is your thing, then don’t miss out on The Inside Out x RBC Drive-In Tour that’s making a stop in Toronto this weekend.
The drive-in is coming to Ontario Place and it’s highlighting LGBTQ+ filmmakers from across the globe with live music performances and screenings of films and short films on July 23 and 24.
The festival has been a mainstay for the past 31 years and it’s known for challenging attitudes, changing lives, and inspiring folks through the power of film. RBC has been a presenting sponsor for 13 years, and for good reason as the festival showcases some of the most compelling, thought-provoking and inspiring LGBT+ cinema in the world.
On Friday the 23rd, Swan Song, directed by Todd Stephens will be screening starting at 8 p.m. and it’ll be preceded by the short film I AM GAY which follows filmmaker Ajahnis Charley who returns home to Oshawa, Ontario, in the age of quarantine.
Swan Song is about an aging hairdresser who escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way.
Plus, guests will be treated to a pre-show musical performance by First Up by RBCxMusic featured artist TAFARI.
On Saturday, enjoy a screening of the short film Noor & Layla which is about couple Noor and Layla who are breaking up. It’s the end of the road for these two Muslim women…or is it just the beginning? Five life-changing moments in their relationship are marked by the Muslim call to prayer.
Then at 8 p.m., tuck into Summertime which, directed by Carlos López Estrada follows diverse high school performers and sees Carlos collaborate with young poets, many of whom are LGBTQ, to develop their work into an inspiring narrative and love letter to the youth of Los Angeles.
TÖME and TAFARI
Saturday’s musical guest is featured artist TÖME.
Tickets for the weekend are available now and keep in mind that one ticket admits all passengers of a vehicle. Passengers do not require separate tickets so gather your gang and enjoy some cinema this weekend!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)