Sail-In Cinema™ has captured Toronto’s imagination and received print, television, online and radio coverage.

    Nothing says summer quite like watching a movie under the stars. And while there are plenty of outdoor movie screenings throughout the city, none are quite as special as the Sail-In Cinema. This year, the Sail-In Cinema returns to Sugar Beach from August 17 to 19. Moviegoers can either catch a flick while seated comfortably on land, or, if they have a boat, they can actually sail in, drop anchor and watch while bobbing up-and-down on Lake Ontario.

    - blogTO

    This three-night stunt event (hey, a floating, double-sided movie screen!) is getting ever more popular—last year’s fest brought a record 11,000 viewers. Landlubbers hang out at Corus Quay and Sugar Beach, while boat owners can anchor in the Harbour and get all the elbow room they want.

    - Toronto Life

    Perhaps the coolest outdoor movie-watching experience you can have come summertime. The event allows film fans watch from land and water, with a screen bobbing in the harbour.

    - Toronto Sun
  • …and don’t forget the Sail-In Cinema festival (August 18-20), when PortsToronto sets up a double-sided screen off Sugar Beach and invites people to watch from their sloops and yachts or from the shore.

    - Torontoist

    Sail-in Cinema is coming back to Toronto this summer. This August, Sugar Beach will once again be turned into the largest outdoor theatre the city has ever seen. And you’ll be able to participate from both the shore and the open water thanks to the only duel-sided floating movie screen in the world.

    2017 will be Sail-In Cinema’s seventh year, and you can expect more than 10,000 people to attend over the 3-days festival. The best part? It’s completely FREE

    - The Daily Hive

    “Toronto could use more events like this! Sail-In Cinema™ takes outdoor screenings to the next level”

    August 17, 2011
    Dereck Flack

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  • "Step off then Toronto International Film Festival. You're no longer the splashiest cinematic happening on the calendar"

    Globe & Mail
    August 13 2011
    Section: What to Do
    Brad Wheeler


    "'Sail In' movie experience
    Big crowds gathered on the Lakeshore Thursday night to enjoy Toronto's newest movie experience."

    Global Toronto News
    August 16, 2012

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    Sail-in movie theatre makes waves; Two-sided floating screen draws thousands
    "The theatre is Lake Ontario, the screen a 700-pound, double-sided inflatable surface sitting on a custom-built barge anchored about 50 metres from shore."

    The Star August 19, 2012
    Jessica McDiarmid

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    Weekend Planner: August 18-19, 2012
    "Set your sails for one of the coolest/most unique events of the summer.”"

    August 17 2012, 10:00pm ET
    Byline: Kyle Bachan

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  • "As abundant as those outdoor screenings have been this summer, there's been a sorry lack of floating screens. The second annual Sail-In Cinema™ series rectifies matters over three nights"

    The Star
    August 17, 2012
    Jason Anderson

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    The Pitch
    "Sail-In Cinema™ is a two-year-old film series that aims to revitalize the waterfront by showing movies by the shore."

    National Post
    August 4 2012
    Ben Kaplan


    "The Toronto Port Authority is doing something cool. They call it Sail-In Cinema™"

    CP24 Breakfast
    Thursday August 16 2012
    Melissa Grelo


    "[…] it is nice to see the TPA (née Toronto Harbour Commission) going back to its roots for its 100th birthday this year, bringing a bargeload of goodwill to the citizens of Toronto in the form of a sail-in theatre."

    National Post
    August 17 2011
    Peter Kuteinbrouwer

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  • "It's cultural fodder such as Sail-In Cinema™ that gives us hope for our waterfront"

    National Post Thursday August 13 2011 "Must Do" Weekend Toronto Section

    If you missed Sail-in Cinema this time around, make sure you try to make it out next year. It is a very cool initiative to get people down to the beach and interacting around this stretch of the waterfront.

    It’s a lovely way to spend your last few weeks of summer.

    -The Scene in TO

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    Is this the next new wave of film? The popular outdoor festival uses a two-sided floating movie screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour to be viewed by land (bring a chair, a cushion or a blanket) or by boat (bring your own anchor).

    -Globe and Mail

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2017 Photos

2017 Coverage

August 1 - You Can Watch Movies on a Floating Screen in Lake Ontario this Month - NarCity
August 11 - Pick of the week for things to do in Toronto -- Sail In Cinema, of course. - She Does the City
August 14 - Things to do this week in Toronto include "The city's coolest outdoor screening" at Sail In Cinema - Toronto Life Magazine
August 17 - Seven things to do in Toronto today -- topping the list is Sain In Cinema - BlogTO
August 19 - Moviegoers gather at Sugar Beach for 7th annual Sail-In Cinema - City News
August 21 - Thousands Join PortsToronto for Sail-In Cinema's Opening Night on Toronto's Waterfront - Canadian Insider
August 21 - Thousands Join PortsToronto for Sail-In Cinema's Opening Night on Toronto's Waterfront - Le Lezard (EN)(FR)

2016 Photos

2016 Coverage

May 18 – Toronto is Hosting a Very Cool Sail-In Cinema This Summer – Notable
May 25 – PortsToronto Bringing Back Sail-In Cinema for the Summer at Sugar Beach - Metro
June 1 - Hot Summer Guide: Beat the heat at the movies - NOW Magazine
June 3 – Free outdoor movies in Toronto for summer 2016 - blogTO
June 9 - The best outdoor film screenings in Toronto this summer - Toronto Life
Summer 2016 - Sail-In Cinema Returns to Sugar Beach – She Does the City
August 12 – Outdoor movies drop anchor on Lake Ontario – Toronto Star
August 16 – 10 Ways to Spend the Rest of Summer in Toronto – Style Democracy

2015 Photos

2015 Coverage

June 7 - Where to Get Your Outdoor Movie Screening Fix in Toronto This Summer - Notable
June 11 - Toronto’s most enchanting summer events - View the Vibe

July 15 - Sail-In Cinema' is the World's First Two-Sided Floating Movie Experience - Trend Hunter Tech
July 17 - Sail In Cinema Is Back In TO This Summer - Hollywood North Magazine
August 2 - Putting a spotlight on T.O.'s outdoor movie scene - Toronto Sun
August 17 - What’s better than a drive-in movie? A sail-in movie! - Lake Ontario Waterkeepers
August 20 - The Sail-In Cinema Is a Thing.. And It’s FREE! - The Edge
August 21 - Cinema That Floats Your Boat - Toronto Star

2014 Photos

2014 Coverage

June 27 Summer's silver screen flicks under the stars Toronto Star

July 21 10 fun ways to watch a flick this summer in TorontoBlog TO
August 12 Jaws to kick off Toronto`s Sail-In CinemaCanadian Press
August 12 Jaws to kick off steven Spielberg centric Sail-in cinema in TorontoCTV News
August 14 Five things to do in Toronto this weekendGlobe & Mail
August 14 Sail-In CinemaCP24
August 15 'Creature craze' to take over waterfront floating film fest; Audiences on boats, ashore can watch classic Spielberg fare on double-sided screenToronto Star

2013 Photos

2013 Coverage

June 12 Sail-In Cinema Wins Prestigious Special Events Award
The Globe and Mail
Aug 12 REEL TALK: The Toronto Port Authority’s Sail-In Cinema
Toronto Is Awesome
Aug 14 Toronto’s floating cinema sails into Sugar Beach680News
Aug 14 Toronto’s Floating Cinema at Sugar Beach CHFI 98.1
Aug 16 Scene Hear Sugar Beach Sail-In Cinema Bigger Than Ever
The Scene in TO
Aug 16 Five things to do in Toronto this weekend The Globe and Mail
Aug 16 Sail-In CinemaCBC Metro Morning
Aug 16 Sail-In CinemaToronto Star
Aug 17 Sail-In Cinema returns with free movies by the water BlogTO

2012 Photos

2012 Coverage

Aug 2 The PitchNational Post
Aug 8 Floating cinema returns to Toronto harbourThe Canadian Press
Aug 8 Sail-In Cinema returns for a second year at Sugar BeachblogTO
Aug 10 The Week in EventsThe Globe and Mail
Aug 16 'Sail In' movie experienceGlobal Toronto
Aug 17 Weekend PlannerTorontoist
Aug 19 Sail-in movie theatre makes waves in TorontoToronto Star

2011 Photos

2011 Coverage

July 21 CinemaniaToronto Life
Aug 13 T.O.DO THIS WEEKNational Post
Aug 13 Finding Nemo in Lake OntarioGlobe & Mail
Aug 17 Thar she showsNational Post
Aug 17 Sail-In Cinema™ takes outdoor screenings to the next level - BlogTO
Aug 18 News Hour FinalGlobal Television
Aug 18 Metro MorningCBC Radio One
Aug 18 Lower your jib sailor – I can't see the screen - Toronto Star
Aug 19 CP24 BreakfastCP24
Sept 7 World's most unique movie watchingToronto Sun