TOPS Accessibility Features
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) strives to make each and every one of its screenings accessible to every member of our community. Accessibility is an ongoing commitment and we work to have policies in place that create an accessible and safer screening environment. On this page you can find information about the accessibility features at each of our screenings. If you have any questions, or suggestions for further improvements to our accessibility features or communications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL TOPS SCREENINGS
All short and feature films are open captioned. At this time, we cannot provide audio description for our films, ASL interpretation for opening remarks and announcements, or attendant care.
All events are held outdoors and are free and open to the public (we solicit and welcome donations). All current TOPS venues offer well-lit entrances from street access, ensuring that audiences feel safe arriving and leaving our venues (though please remember that the parks become quiet shortly after the screenings conclude).
Patrons are asked to bring their own blankets and chairs, and all seating is first-come, first-served. All venues easily accommodate mobility devices and strollers.
Food and snacks are available for purchase at the TOPS tent and from partnered food vendors. Bottled water is not sold at any screening and all patrons are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles (parks have water fountains and/or refilling stations). Information on the types of food available from vendors can be found on each screening’s Facebook event in the weeks leading up to the screening.
All TOPS staff and volunteers are provided gender-inclusive training.
pARK aCCESSIBILITY fEATURES
Christie Pits Film Festival
The screening location at Christie Pits Park is located a 2-minute walk west of Christie subway station.
In summer 2019, CPFF provides a free bike valet on Sunday evenings to attendees arriving by bicycle. The valet is operated and supervised by Cycle Toronto.
Screenings are held in the natural amphitheatre formed by the park’s perimeter. The screen is located at the bottom of the hill near the picnic shelter, and patrons are invited to set up their blankets on the grassy hill. At the top of the hill there is a flat gravel path and two lookouts with a concrete pad - these flat areas are well suited for folding chairs and mobility devices and afford a very good view.
Two gendered public washrooms are available behind the screen. These washrooms are wheelchair accessible via a steep paved path from the top of the hill.
There are trees on the east side of the screening location and at the top of the hill that can provide some shade.
There is a water bottle filling station near the splash park towards the washrooms.
Bell Manor Park
The screening location at Bell Manor Park is TTC accessible via the 66 Prince Edward Bus, a 5 minute walk from the Berry Rd & Park Lawn Rd stop. The 66 Prince Edward bus can be boarded at Old Mill subway station on Line 2 or at the Humber Loop via the 501 Queen Streetcar.
The screening area is flat, grassy and open, with many opportunities for shade along the sides and at the north end of this area with a view of the screen. There are paved paths throughout the park.
There are no permanent washrooms at Bell Manor, though gender-neutral portable restrooms will be installed for our screening events (including one wheelchair accessible washroom).
Corktown common park
Corktown Common Park is accessible via the 501/502 Queen 503/504 King streetcars. The screening venue is located near the intersection of Bayview Ave and Mill Street, and is a 6 to 7-minute walk from streetcar stops at Queen St E & River Ave (501/502), King St. East & River Ave (503/504B), or Cherry St & Front St E (504A).
The screen is set up on the flat grassy open field at the south end of the park with no trees except those surrounding the area (the park affords many areas for shade beyond the immediate screening location).
Two wheel-chair accessible, single-stall, gender-neutral washrooms are accessible via a sidewalk that follows the edge of the park and leads up a gentle slope.
There is a water bottle filling station located near the washrooms.
Fort York National Historic Site is TTC accessible via the 511 Bathurst and 509 Exhibition Streetcars. The screening venue is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Fleet Street & Fort York Blvd TTC stop. When patrons arrive at Fort York, you can access the screening area (inside the “walled fort”) either by walking up a flight of stairs with approximately 30 steps, or up a gentle paved slope that loops around the west side of the visitor centre through the parking lot.
There is a paved path that leads into Fort York and near the screen. Washrooms are located just inside the entrance of the walled fort and are wheelchair accessible.
Washrooms are not gender-neutral.
The screen is set up on a flat grassy open field with no trees.
There is a water bottle filling station located near the washroom.