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 continued restrictions, the summer of 2022 looks promising. Music festivals are back, theaters have reopened, and many of us feel more comfortable inviting friends and family to join us at home or at the cabin for board games. on the beach and outdoor dining.

But two years of limited fun in the sun might have 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 music, movies, picnic recipes, board games, cabin gear and road trips that will make summer 2022 the best for a long time!

Attend a music festival and compose your seasonal soundtrack

Temples perform during Osheaga on August 5, 2017.Tim Snow

Dedicated festival-goers – and festival organizers – have struggled over the past two years as the pandemic sabotaged plans for music festivals from coast to coast. This year, however, many of Canada’s best-loved and longest-running music festivals are back, including the venerable Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario, which is celebrating over 60 years (with a little hiatus). Also back this summer: the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal and the Winnipeg Folk Festival which, along with tours by The Weeknd and Avril Lavigne, made our top 10 music events of summer 2022.

Every summer needs a score, and to that end, we’ve put together a guide to this season’s biggest new releases (think: Lizzo, whose About this time is a top contender for Song of the Summer, along with Metric and The Sadies). Complete your seasonal playlist with picks from Juno winner Charlotte Cardin, newcomer Tesher and some key pieces from the history Rolling Stones in concert at El Mocamboand you have the perfect summer soundtrack.

Book your summer theater tickets

Luke Kimball, the actor playing Albus Severus Potter, and Trevor White as Harry Potter backstage at the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiere in Toronto.CARLOS OSORIO/The Globe and Mail

The Shaw and Stratford festivals are both celebrating big anniversaries this year: the Stratford Festival, which held its first season in Stratford in 1953, celebrates its 70th season in 2022, while the Shaw Festival, which launched in Niagara- on-the-Lake in 1962, celebrating its 60th season. The math doesn’t quite add up, since Shaw counts the canceled 2020 theater season, unlike Stratford. Either way, both festivals are curating celebration-worthy lineups for 2022.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, the summer stage season kicks off with the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Potterverse musical slated to premiere in 2020. To prepare for the show, which kicked off May 31 and will run through December, our theater critic Kelly Nestruck read all of JK Rowling’s original books and found an unexpected kinship with their titular magician. Additionally, for behind-the-scenes Potterverse action, the Globe followed actor Luke Kimball, who plays Albus Potter in the play, on opening day; take a look at our photo report here.

And, on the west coast, Marsha Lederman has three must-see plays in Western Canada, including the touring production of the Broadway hit hamilton.

Refresh yourself with a must-see TV…

For every perfect, sunny summer day, there’s bound to be one that’s rainy – or one so hot you’d rather hide indoors. Fortunately, as John Doyle reports, the summer streaming TV slate offers easy and airy viewing, like the premiere of Ms. Marvela new season of Umbrella Academy and the Game of Thrones spin-off dragon house, among other escapes on the small screen.

…or a blockbuster on the big screen

Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment via AP

With warm temperatures come big, awe-inspiring summer hits. This year’s summer movie season kicked off with Top Gun: Maverickand will continue with a number of franchise sequels and prequels, including a new Jurassic World movie, more Thor: Love and Thunder and Minions: The Rise of Gru. There’s also non-franchise stuff, like The gray manwith Ryan Gosling, and David Cronenberg’s instantly controversial film Future Crimes. Check out Barry Hertz’s full list of the best summer 2022 movie bets and, if nothing strikes your fancy, consider this slightly shorter list of under-the-radar movies coming out over the next few months.

open a book

Summer is for light and breezy beach reads, sure, but if you fancy a truly chilling dystopia, a gripping memoir, or a deep dive into the Montreal mafia, there’s a new book this season for you. Emily Donaldson rounds up 38 of the best summer reads here.

Host a picnic worthy of a celebrity chef…

Summer meals mean one thing: lots of seasonal produce and eating outdoors. For inspiration for alfresco dining, Gayle MacDonald spoke to three of Canada’s top chefs — Vikram Vij, Susanne Barr and Ryan Oabel — to find out what they’ll be packing in their picnic baskets this year . From butter chicken cutlet to cauliflower steak, their recipes will add unexpected delicious touches to your outdoor feast.

…combined with a sip to go

During the pandemic, hard seltzers and single-serve cocktails have skyrocketed in popularity, as they’re perfect for outdoor social gatherings. If you’re not sure where to start with canned mixed drinks or are looking for something new to try, Christopher Waters has eight picnic-ready choices. Or, if you’re looking for something more classic, consider the Aperol spritz, which can be easily adapted to your tastes.

For oenophiles, there are many wines that taste great over ice. And with sweltering summer temperatures already present in many parts of the country, there’s no better time than the present to enjoy a cool drink (or two). Waters offers some tips on how to enjoy wine over ice.

Non-drinkers, or those simply looking to cut back on their alcohol intake this summer, will know that sparkling waters have never been more popular. From maple sapsucker to cannabis-infused Eau Well, you’re spoiled for choice if you abstain from alcohol.

Try Stanley Tucci’s pasta

Since the start of the pandemic, Tucci has also been sharing his love of cooking and cocktails on Instagram, either mixing up the perfect Negroni for his wife or demonstrating how to make Spaghetti con zucchine alla Nerano. Christopher DiRaddio asked Tucci for some of his summer lodging tips, including how to pair food with cocktails and what book he’ll bring to the beach.

Take the road

Nicholas Stepchuk/Bartlett Lodge

If you’re planning to travel this summer, but are wary of airport delays and travel restrictions, why not keep it close to home? For food-driven travellers, Gayle MacDonald has compiled a list of road trip-worthy restaurants across the country, while those looking to explore some of Canada’s lesser-known destinations can find advice in the travel guide. this year’s Hidden Canada, which highlights under-the-radar travel destinations from coast to coast.

Try a new board game

When you find yourself at the cabin or campsite with no wifi, no data, and a rainy afternoon, few activities can beat a board game. And if you’ve had enough of Monopoly or Scrabble, there are plenty of new classics to turn a rainy day into a day to remember — just ask Vancouver’s Jay Cormier and London, Ont.’s Sen-Foong Li. board game designers who offered their selection of the best games of the summer.

Standing Equipment

A great summer getaway can be awesome with the right gear. From a portable grill to sleek vegan slides to an incredibly powerful Bluetooth speaker, Odessa Paloma Parker packs everything you need for the perfect escape from the city.

And finally, don’t forget the sunscreen

It’s especially important to protect your skin from the sun in the summer, when the sun’s strong UV rays, combined with spending a lot of time outdoors, put you at increased risk for skin damage. For those wary of skincare products that contain lots of hard-to-pronounce synthetics, there are more all-natural “clean” sunscreens on the market than ever before. You do not know where to start ? Truc Nguyen is here to help you with its guide to ecological sunscreens.

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