Summer 2022 to-do list: The movies, music, recipes, drinks, festivals and board games that will make this season unforgettable

Summer 2022 to-do list: The movies, music, recipes, drinks, festivals and board games that will make this season unforgettable

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After two years of false starts and constant constraints, summer 2022 looks promising. Music festivals are back, theaters are reopening, and many of us feel more comfortable inviting friends and family to join us at home or at the cottage for beachfront board games and an al fresco dinner.

But two years of limited fun in the sun might leave you feeling a little rusty when it comes to making the most of Canada’s warmer months. With that in mind, The Globe has put together a to-do list of the music, movies, picnic recipes, board games, cabin gear, and road trips that will make summer 2022 the best in… some time!

Check out a music festival, put together a seasonal soundtrack

The temples perform during Osheaga on August 5, 2017.Team Snow

Dedicated festival-goers – and festival organizers – have struggled with this over the past couple of years, as the pandemic spoils plans for a coast-to-coast music festival. But this year, many of Canada’s long-loved music festivals are back, including the popular Mariposa Festival in Orillia, Ont., which celebrates over 60 years (with a small break). Again this summer too: Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival which, along with tours from The Weeknd and Avril Lavigne, made our list of the top 10 music events for Summer 2022.

Every summer needs a hit, and for that, we’ve put together a guide to this season’s biggest new releases (think: Lizzo, which around that time He is an early strong contender for Song of the Summer, as well as Metric and The Sadies). Round out your seasonal playlist with picks from separate Junos Award winner Charlotte Cardin, rookie Tesher, and a few key tracks from the historic track Rolling Stones live at El MocamboAnd you’ve got the perfect summertime soundtrack.

Book summer theater tickets

Luke Kimball, the actor who plays Albus Severus Potter, and Trevor White as Harry Potter backstage before the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Toronto.Carlos Osorio/The Globe and Mail

Both Shaw and Stratford Festivals celebrate big anniversaries this year: The Stratford Festival, whose first season was held in Stratford in 1953, is celebrating its 70th season in 2022, while the Shaw Festival, which took off in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 1962, it celebrates its 60th season. The math is completely nonsensical, given that Shaw calculates the 2020 theater season has been canceled, while Stratford is not. Anyway, both festivals make for celebration worthy lineups for 2022.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, the summer season begins on stage with much-awaited Harry Potter and the cursed Child, a Potterverse music group that was slated to debut in 2020. To prepare for the show, which opens May 31 and runs through December, theater critic Kelly Nestruck read all of J.K. Rowling’s original books, and found some unexpected kinship with them as The Emeritus. Additionally, for some of the Potterverse’s behind-the-scenes work, the Globe followed actor Luke Kimball, who plays Albus Potter in the play, on opening day; Take a look at our photo article here.

And on the West Coast, Marsha Lederman has three picks for must-see theater in western Canada, including a touring production of the smash Broadway hit. Hamilton.

Cool off with some must-watch TV…

For every perfect, sunny summer day, there’s bound to be a rainy day—or so hot that you’d rather stay indoors. Fortunately, as John Doyle reports, the summer TV slate makes for easy and fun viewing, like the premiere of a movie Mrs. Marvella new season of Umbrella Academy and Game of Thrones spin-off Dragon House Among other escapes on the small screen.

…or from blockbuster movies on the big screen

Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment via AP

With warm temperatures come big and amazing summer movies. This year’s summer movie season started with Top Gun: MaverickIt will continue in a number of franchise series and prequels, including the new Jurassic World movie, as well as Thor: Love and Thunder And the Minions: Rise of a puppy. There are things that aren’t franchise related as well, like gray manStarring Ryan Gosling and David Cronenberg’s controversial film on the spot future crimes. Check out Barry Hertz’s full list of summer 2022’s best movie bets, and if you’re not into it, consider this slightly shorter list of under-the-radar movies coming out over the next few months.

open a book

Summer is made for a light and breezy beach read, sure, but if you’re craving some seriously creepy dystopia, a catchy memoir or a deep dive into the Montreal Mafia, there’s a new book release this season for you. Emily Donaldson gathers here 38 of the summer’s best read.

Collect a worthy celebrity chef outing…

Summer eating means one thing: plenty of seasonal produce and al fresco dining. For some outdoor dining inspiration, Gayle MacDonald spoke to three of Canada’s top chefs — Vikram Vig, Susan Bar, and Ryan Opel — to find out what they’re packing in their picnic baskets this year. From butter chicken schnitzel to cauliflower steak, their recipes will add some unexpected tasty touches to your fresh air feast.

… paired with a ready-to-use pit

During the pandemic, solid sodas and one-off cocktails have skyrocketed in popularity, as they are ideal for outdoor social gatherings. If you’re not sure where to start with canned mixed drinks, or if you’re looking for something new to try, Christopher Waters offers eight picnic-ready selections. Or, if you’re looking for something more classic, consider the Aperol spritz, which can easily be tailored to suit your tastes.

For wine lovers, there are plenty of wines that taste great on ice. And with summertime sweltering temperatures already here in many parts of the country, there’s no time like the present to enjoy a chilled cup (or two). Waters offers some tips on how to enjoy wine on the rocks.

Non-drinkers, or those simply looking to reduce their alcohol consumption this summer, will know sparkling water has never been more popular. From Mapley Sapsucker to cannabis-infused Eau Well, there’s plenty to choose from if you’re abstaining from heavy drinking.

Try Stanley Tucci pasta

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Tucci has also shared his love of cooking and cocktails on Instagram, either by blending the perfect Negroni for his wife or demonstrating how to make Spaghetti con zucchine alla Nerano. Christopher Diradio asked Tucci for some summer hosting tips, including how to pair food with cocktails and what book he’d bring to the beach.

Take to the road

Nicholas Stepchuk / Bartlett Lodge

If you’re looking to travel this summer, but still wary of airport delays and travel restrictions, why not keep it close to home? For food-savvy travelers, Gayle MacDonald has put together a list of road trip-worthy restaurants across the country, while those looking to explore some of Canada’s lesser-known destinations can get some tips from this year’s Hidden Canada travel guide, which highlights travel destinations below Coast-to-coast radar.

Try a new board game

When you find yourself in the hut or campground with no wifi, no data, and a rainy afternoon, few activities can beat backgammon. And if you’re sick of Monopoly or Scrabble, there are plenty of new classics to turn a rainy day into an unforgettable one – just ask Vancouver’s Jay Cormier and London, Sen-Foong Li of Team Ont. Picks the best summer games.

get ready

A good summer vacation can become a great day with the right gear. From a portable grill to a stylish vegetable slicer to an impressively powerful Bluetooth speaker, the Odessa Paloma Parker packs everything you need for the perfect escape from the city.

Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun is especially important in the summer, when the sun’s strong UV rays, along with spending a lot of time outdoors, can increase your risk of skin damage. For those wary of skincare products that contain too many synthetics to pronounce, there are more “clean” natural sunscreens available now on the market than ever before. Not sure where to start? Truc Nguyen is here to help with her guide to eco-friendly sunscreens.

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2022-06-03 17:36:16

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