Looking for something to brighten up your week? These Toronto events, film screenings and performances might bring you some joy.

Viola Desmond Day: Origin (with Ava DuVernay)

Ava DuVernay will attend this special screening of her latest film, Origin, in honour of Viola Desmond Day. The film follows Isabel Wilkerson’s life, as she digs into the nuance of discrimination while writing what would become her New York Times bestselling book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. More info.

When: November 8

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox

Inuit Throat Singing: Lydia Etok and Nina Segalowitz

Nina Segalowitz and Lydia Etok will put on a free throat singing performance at the AGO this week in honour of International Inuit Day. The thousand year old tradition of throat singing is a joyful and competitive duet, mainly performed by Inuit women. More info.

When: November 8

Where: Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Reel Asian International Film Festival is a beloved celebration of Asian storytelling on the big screen. This year, women and non-binary filmmakers directed more than half of the films at the festival! See some of our top picks here.

When: November 8-19

Where: Various venues

Happy Anniversary MOCA: Celebrating Five Years of Contemporary Art

Celebrate five years of this iconic contemporary art hub! MOCA is hosting a weekend of family programming, performances, and events to bring the community together. Tour the museum, see their current exhibits on display, or attend a special after hours event. More info.

When: November 9-12

Where: MOCA Toronto

Older and Reckless

This dance series celebrates dance artists aged 45+ and their tenacious life-long pursuit of physical expression. See five dance works from acclaimed dancers who are continuing to pursue their passion for the arts. More info.

When: November 10 and 11

Where: Harbourfront Centre

The Old Book and Paper Show

Browse through 70 tables stacked with vintage prints, old movie posters, antique photography and much more at The Old Book and Paper Show. Shop from plenty of unique vendors specializing in old and rare books and vintage printed materials, including postcards, magazines, comic books and more! More info.

When: November 12

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 36

This showcase of Indigenous theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary works will gather over 22 artists from across Turtle Island. See contemporary Indigenous theatre, dance, music and comedy performances, book launches, panels and more. More info.

When: On now until November 19

Where: Aki Studio