Summer in the City

Posted by Drake, July 16, 2014
Toronto Sklyline

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We’re this close to opening Drake Devonshire Inn in Wellington and a new Drake General Store in Ottawa, but before we bust our geographical boundaries, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate summer in Toronto. Because really, there’s nothing better or busier than a Toronto summer. Here’s a round-up of our favourite upcoming outdoor activities in the city, all of which pair excellently with a classic Drake mojito on one of our patios.


Sail In Cinema is nothing if not democratic. Guests vote on a short-list of films before the three top picks are screened August 14-16th at Sugar Beach. The catch? Movies are projected on a double sided screen for Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event (or so they say). You can decide if you want to pull up your boat and watch from the water or join the rest of us land-bound cinema-goers onshore. Plus it’s a free show, so you can put those pennies towards saving up for your boat.

Catch a classic with the Christie Pitts Film Festival as they screen Hitchcock’s Rear Window on July 27th.

Our friends at TIFF in the Park have a more than solid line-up this summer. Seeing we said goodbye to Bob Hoskins recently, we’ll be rewatching Roger Rabbit with them on August 20th. We also want to catch the stunning dance documentary Pina when it screens on August 6th.

Sail In

Image via: Toronto Port Authority


Pack a picnic and take in a performance in the park as Canadian Stage returns Shakespeare to High Park. The dueling shows will let you pick your preference; feeling funny? Check out comedy As You Like It. If you like your Bard with a side of tragedy, get thee to a performance of Titus Andronicus. The shows are in the amphitheatre until August 31st.

Shakespeare in the Park

So fun, we couldn’t just pick one. Another option for outdoor theatre is taking place high above the Scarborough Bluffs where you can catch a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest. Go for the day; the Bluffs are magnificent and will leave you wondering if you’ve journeyed out of Ontario to somewhere more tropical as the cliffs meet the lake. Then stay for the night; the architecture of the Guild Festival Theatre will make you feel as if you've traveled back in time. You can catch the evening and afternoon performances between July 17 and August 10th.

Bluffs 1

Image via: Guild Festival Theatre


With lots of Toronto flea markets to choose from, this summer we’re going to keep it in the family and visit our neighbours at the Parkdale Flea. Popping up again on August 10th, expect to find vintage, collectibles and more. And unlike some of its Flea relatives; it’s free.

Sticking to shopping local in Parkdale, we love perusing the veggies at the Sorauren Farmer’s Market on Mondays from 3pm-7pm. Meet you by the strawberries.

Sorauren Farmer's Market


We’re heading to the other side of town for a festival with an international reputation; the Beaches Jazz Fest. This year marks the 26th anniversary of this musical event... Toronto's original oldie but goodie. Hosting incredible concerts over ten days, the highlight for us is the Streetfest happening July 24-26th.

When he was starting from the bottom, we had already celebrated our fifth birthday. But now he’s here and celebrating the fifth outing of a hip hop festival that Rolling Stone says boasts “impressive line-up feats”. We are of course talking about the other Toronto Drake. Get to the Molson Amphitheatre for this one on August 3 + 4th.

Closing out the summer is a duo of Scandinavian sweethearts. Check your shoes (no seriously, you can check your shoes at this venue) and go barefoot to meet Robyn and Royskopp at Echo Beach on August 25th.

Echo Beach


Our art recommendations can be found as you bike, walk, and enjoy being outside in Toronto this summer.

It’s easy to overlook reigning Toronto art king Michael Snow, because you’ve probably seen his work so many times. Take a moment to gaze upwards as you wander around Toronto’s landmarks to appreciate his installations at the Eaton’s Centre and Skydome.

If you’re heading further afield, we’re echoing BlogTO’s years-old challenge to track down Richard Serra’s installation in King City. Day trip anyone?

Finally, for a sneak peek of an artist landing at the Drake Devonshire soon, take a very careful look at some spectacular graffiti as you head up Bathurst Street between Davenport and St. Clair.

Happy Summering!

Michael Snow

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