Summer will come, and that means another season of great outdoor movies, brought to you by Friends of Sorauren Park and its sponsors.
Save these dates for movies under the stars:
- Saturday, June 22
- Saturday, July 27
- Saturday, August 24
- Saturday, September 28
Several hundred people packed the Town Square and surrounding lawn for Moana on September 22, following the Basketball Jamboree, kids’ games and Teddy Bear Clinic with real vets (!), and capping off a grand 2018 Sorauren Outdoor Movie Season.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the free movie screenings, which began in June and included a special add-on screening of Hocus Pocus in collaboration with City of Toronto and Park People. It takes a community to organize, execute and pay for movies (several thousand dollars in permits, licenses, equipment, insurance, supplies, etc.) Thanks to:
- The volunteers who ran the concession and pizza stands, set up and tore down equipment, and promoted and secured sponsorships for the series.
- City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
- Our devoted Presenting Sponsors: Dundas West Animal Hospital, Master Mechanic High Park, Meridian Credit Union.
- Our hard-working pizza oven operator: Pizzeria Defina (a share of all proceeds gets donated back to the park).
- Moana special event sponsors: Scooter Girl Toys, The Little Paper, Friends of Charles G. Williams Park (proceeds to the Charles G playground fund).
The movie series is produced by the Friends of Sorauren Park. The Friends will be meeting over the winter to plan the 2019 series, including strategies to reduce the long (yet congenial) lines at the pizza oven and concession stand… thanks for your patience! You’re invited to join us the first Thursday of most months, 7 pm in the Sorauren Fieldhouse, for the regular monthly meeting of the Friends.
Pizza Oven Sponsor
Moana Special Sponsors
Join us for the last outdoor movie of the year, the family-favourite Moana, a special presentation in support of the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park (“Sorauren playground”) on Saturday, September 22.
Activities kick off with a Basketball Jamboree at Charles G. Williams Park across Wabash Avenue from Sorauren Park, starting at 4 p.m. Kids aged 7 – 11 can sign up for the jamboree and tournament in person at Scooter Girl Toys on Roncesvalles Avenue, or by calling Scooter Girl Toys at 416-534-211 or emailing the shop.
And the pizza oven will be fired up for park-made pizza with our partner Pizzeria Defina. Come to the parks!
Basketball Jamboree: 4 p.m.
Teddy Bear Clinic: 4:30 p.m.
Kids’ Games: 5 p.m.
Pizza Dinner: 6 p.m. ($10 per pizza, share of proceeds to the park)
Movie: 7:30 p.m. (free – donations welcome)
Kids Games Sponsored by
Outdoor Movie Season Presented by
Pizza Dinners Presented by
2018 Season generously sponsored by:
The Friends of Sorauren Park are proud to support the City of Toronto and the non-profit organization Park People to kick off the Pumpkin Parade season with a special 25th Anniversary screening of the bewitching comedy classic Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
The free outdoor screening will take place on the Sorauren Park Town Square Thursday, September 13, along with pizza dinner from the park’s oven, and a special live performance.
6 pm: Pizza Dinner with Pizzeria Defina staff making fresh pizzas in the park’s oven.
7 pm-ish: Special LIVE appearance from Winifred Sanderson, courtesy Toronto entertainer Heroine.
7:30 pm: Free movie screening, Hocus Pocus.
When three 17th century Salem witches are accidentally summoned by modern-day pranksters, the 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three kids and an immortal talking cat. Get ready for a night of zany fun! Rated PG, 1h 36min.
Pizza Dinners will be available for purchase ($10 each) before the movie from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. Pizza purchases are cash only, with a portion of the proceeds going to Friends of Sorauren Park.
Please take transit, bike or walk to Sorauren Avenue Park. The streets are narrow and busy in the neighborhood, and there is no parking in the park.
The closest subway stop is Dundas West, closet streetcar stop is Sorauren at Dundas.
There are accessible public washrooms in the Sorauren Avenue Park Fieldhouse.
On November 1st of each year, Toronto’s pumpkins shine brightly for one last night in parks across the city. The tradition, started at Sorauren Park, has spread to dozens of parks in Toronto and parks in Montreal, New York and elsewhere.
We’ve been slimed! Tonight’s screening (August 25) of Ghostbusters, and the pizza dinner, have been cancelled due to the weather.
Watch this page, the SoraurenPark social media accounts, and our newsletter for news of a new date.
Thanks again to our sponsors Dundas West Animal Hospital, Master Mechanic High Park, the Roncesvalles branch of Meridian Credit Union, and Pizzeria Defina.