If you’re based out of Toronto or the surrounding GTA, REEL CANADA and a number of partners across the city have prepared some incredible enhanced screening events for National Canadian Film Day, April 18. Here are the events that you won’t want to miss this National Canadian Film Day!
REEL CANADA is hosting a special evening with two of Canada’s preeminent filmmakers as they discuss their work, their lives, and the present moment in Canadian culture. At a live event at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Alanis Obomsawin and Deepa Mehta will talk about their respective journeys as filmmakers, as women, and as Canadians. The discussion will focus on a range of themes as reflected in clips from their many films, and will be followed by an audience Q&A.
The event will be moderated by artist, filmmaker, and podcaster Aliya Pabani, host of CANADALAND’s arts and culture podcast, The Imposter. This is one of largest National Canadian Film Day celebrations in the country. Tickets range from $10 for youth/students and arts workers, and $15 for adults.
Revue Cinema & cléo presents I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Revue Cinema in the beautiful Roncesvalles neighbourhood presents the Canadian classic: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Included in TIFF’s “Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time”, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing made Rozema the first women to be included in the rankings. Since its release, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing has been written about in numerous books on Canadian and Queer film, and has become a classic of our national cinema. The film was lauded for its combination of realism and fantasy, of longing and comedy—and Toronto audiences still enjoy spotting favourite locales from the Sunnyside Boardwalk, to the Bloor Viaduct, to Bay Street’s high rises throughout the film. Director Patricia Rozema will join the audience for a Q&A following the film. Come out to see a Canadian classic and learn more about Canada’s rich cinematic legacy!
REEL CANADA and CBC presents Maudie for new Canadians and English language-learners
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate with us at the beautiful CBC Barbara Frum Atrium in downtown Toronto with a screening of the inspiring hit film Maudie (Best Picture winner at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards), followed by a question and answer period with the film’s producer, Mary Young Leckie. You will have a chance to ask questions, get your photo taken with the producer, and win prizes. This screening is specially-curated for new Canadians and English language-learners, but it is free and open to the public. (Rush–line / Wait-list begins at CBC Atrium at 6:30 p.m.)
The Royal Cinema in Toronto presents Long Time Running, which chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour that The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. If you love movies AND music, this is one of the best places you can be on the evening of April 18! Arrive early (8:00 p.m.) to hear a special live performance of classic Tragically Hip tracks by an incredible cover band — BARBcaygeon. The film screening begins at 9:00 p.m.
The Canadian Film Centre presents 22 Chaser
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Canadian Film Centre will present a special screening of the brand new film 22 Chaser at the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. The film follows a tow truck driver who risks everything on a desperate quest to become king of the road and provide for his struggling family. A high-octane mystery-drama, this is the screening to attend if you’re into action and thriller movies. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this brand new film on National Canadian Film Day!
Oakville Festivals of Film & Art present Porcupine Lake
Time: 8:00 p.m.
The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art present Porcupine Lake, the latest film by director Ingrid Veninger. In it, two girls dangling on the brink of adulthood enjoy a summertime of fleeting childhood adventures. Director Ingrid Veninger and editor, Chris Mutton will join the audience for a Q&A following the film. This is a brand new Canadian film making waves across the country. Not to be missed!
Ontario Media Development Corporation presents Indian Horse
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Private Event)
Featuring the members of the cast and crew, the Ontario Media Development Corporation presents a screening of the critically acclaimed 2017 film, Indian Horse. The film follows the life of an indigenous boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives the residential school system and encounters the systematic racism of Canada in the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. The cast and crew will be taking part in a Q&A session after the screening. A highly emotional film, this event is recommended for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the residential school system, and the treatment of the indigenous peoples of Canada in the 20th century. Note: This is a private event, that is by invitation only.