The public square. It is a symbol of community connection. A gathering place, a place of celebration, and during City Cinema – a place to see free movies on warm summer nights, under the stars. Since school’s out for summer, why not rock down to Yonge Dundas Square?
Every Tuesday night, at 8pm, all summer long, YonDu is home to City Cinema. It’s the place to watch free outdoor movies on a big outdoor screen, in the heart of downtown Toronto. This year’s theme is “Rocumentaries”. Each screening will open with short film from the Live at Massey Hall series – it’s your chance to see the next generation of Canadian talent, as recorded at the one-of-a-kind concert hall.
Come together and to watch great music being made this summer. Here are the remaining films of the 2018 programme:
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard. The timeline of The Beatles’ career is difficult to believe. Their first hit, “Love Me Do,” entered the British charts during October of 1962. Their final concert took place in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966. They continued to record legendary albums for another three years, never playing live shows again. The final mix of ‘Abbey Road’ was completed on August 20th, 1969, and was the last time all four were in a studio together.
This film chronicles those first hectic years of their career, from the Cavern Club in 1962, to San Francisco in 1966. This film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. It plays on Tuesday, July 24th.
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
The life of a humble background singer is examined in this 2013 film from director Morgan Neville. 20 Feet From Stardom takes a look behind the scenes and gives you a view from the back of the stage. It features interviews from background singers, as well as the stars they backed up. Starring Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Jo Lawry and many others. These are the names you may have never heard, and the voices you never knew you knew.
The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. See it for yourself on Tuesday, July 31st.
Amy documents the meteoric rise to fame, and the tragic death, of singer Amy Winehouse. It is directed by Asif Kapadia.
The film covers Winehouse’s life, and her struggle with substance abuse, both before and after her career blossomed. Kapadia conducted interviews with more than 100 of Amy’s friends and family, as well as compiled footage of Amy herself to build a story billed as “the singer in her own words.” The film begins with a 1998 home movie of Winehouse singing with a friend at a birthday party. It follows her through her early childhood, to her short-lived career, and ends with her early death. The film also features previously unreleased tracks by the artist who passed away in 2011. Winehouse released only two albums – her debut Frank in 2003,and her final album, Back to Black, in 2006. But her iconic voice left a lasting impression on both fans and the music industry.
See her story on the big screen on Tuesday, August 7th.
Movie: Shine A Light (2008)
Shine A Light is the 2008 Rolling Stones biographical concert film from legendary director Martin Scorsese. It takes its name from the song of the same name off of the classic 1972 album, Exile on Main St. It features footage filmed during the Bigger Band Tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 1st, 2006, as well as archival footage from the band’s decades long career.
See it all come to light on Tuesday, August 14th.
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
What Happened, Miss Simone? documents the life of Nina Simone and is directed by Liz Garbus. It was the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Combining interviews with Simone’s friends, family, and collaborators, as well as previously unreleased archival footage, the film brings the multi-faceted Nina Simone to life.
The film begins with a 1968 performance by the classically trained musician-turned-singer. She had dreamed of becoming a concert pianist until the Curtis Institute of Music barred her admittance because of her race. The film delves into her early career playing bars, to the Newport Jazz Festival, to Carnegie Hall, and into her self-imposed exile in Liberia and the activism it sparked in her. From the Civil Rights movement that gave her a feeling of purpose, to the profound emptiness she felt privately – catch a glimpse of it all on Tuesday, August 21st.
Long Time Running (2017)
Long Time Running is a Canadian documentary of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip. It is named after a song off of the band’s 1991 album, ‘Road Apples’. The film is directed by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who are also long time friends of the band. Following the announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, the band and the filmmakers set out for one final goodbye tour – The Man Machine Poem Tour of 2016. This is your chance to say to goodbye to a Canadian legend who wanted to go out on his own terms. Gord Downie died on October 17, 2017.
See The Hip’s tragic and triumphant final run as Long Time Running closes the City Cinema program on Tuesday, August 28th.
Warm summer nights and free movies – what could be better?! Don’t miss City Cinema at Yonge Dundas Square this summer!
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