Super-8 Festival (July 1-3)
Events like this are probably the main reason you stay in Toronto in spite of the outrageous rents and abysmal air quality. Basically, if you can't drag your wheezing ass out of the oxygen tent and down to Kensington Market for at least one of these three nights of lo-fi movie goodness, you might as well just pack it in and move to Galt or somewhere.
Any night will do. On Friday, local luminaries present their super-8 takes on the theme of Remakes, and art veterans Fastwürms present selections from 26 years of work. On Saturday, Soundstripe mixes film and live music, such that Chris and Howie Parkins's and Brenton McConnell's Hockey Night Tonight illustrates a live cover of the Stompin' Tom anthem with a gripping game of table hockey (in case you're still all flushed from Canada Day).
And on Sunday, Homemade Movies cuts the melancholic voyeurism of watching other people's old home movies with the giddy pleasure of shouting out funny comments in a darkened room.