Your at-home viewing is not quite this spectacular, is it? — Photo courtesy of PortsToronto
Things may change significantly every year in Toronto, with a thriving cultural scene and increasingly intuitive technology. One thing that doesn't change, however, is the propensity of Torontonians to comment on the weather. Small talk isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Thus, we will begin our article by doing the same.
When your main complaint in Toronto is the humidity in the outdoors and the overzealous air conditioner at your office, it must be summer. We certainly don't want to take you away from your weather obsession. However, we do want to suggest an essential Toronto experience for the month when sweating and sunscreen are maximal.
Toronto's water-logged outdoor theater event runs in late August, and it's an easy way to inject yourself with a dose of summer satisfaction.
Toronto's islands are a tourist favorite — Photo courtesy of PortsToronto
Toronto's Sail-In Cinema may sound like it's exclusively for boat owners. But luckily, that isn't the case. If the only boat you have yet owned has floated in your bathtub, this one-of-kind event has a two-sided screen for both landlubbers and mariners.
Sit on the edge of the dock or in the middle of a picnic blanket. Take off your shoes. Stay awhile.
The best part is that it doesn't even matter if the movies are good. Look at that view! — Photo courtesy of PortsToronto
You can vote in advance for the cinematic classic that you would like to watch in the great outdoors (or the great downtown, as it were).
Options for summer 2015 include Beetlejuice; Batman; and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The theme is "Flashback to the '80s." If you didn't experience the '80s the first time around, this is a good way to glimpse a life free of smartphones.
Whether you bring your own anchor or lawn chair, the Sail-In Cinema is gloriously free. Prime viewing spots for both land and sea will be snatched up quickly, as everyone in Toronto responds to the word free with unrestrained enthusiasm.
Toronto seems like an entirely different city in the summertime — Photo courtesy of PortsToronto
The Toronto Police Services Marine Unit will be on-site, and markers will be placed to mark the line boaters must anchor behind.
When it comes to lawn furniture, they are hoping that you can figure this out on your own (or that you at least know how to swim).
Boaters will be able to tune in to a standard radio station that will have the movie audio, which is wise, as movies are usually easier to follow with sound.
Those by land have the ease of outdoor speakers set up on the movie barge. There have to be some advantages to not (yet) owning a boat.
The 2015 dates for these movies at the water's edge is Thursday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 22.
By land or legs, we can all come together in the name of entertainment and good weather. Then tomorrow we can go back to chatting about the temperature.