Author | Photo Art by Rachel Joanis, part of AGO x Mrkt Gallery Virtual Pop-Up

Toronto Hit List: AGO x Mrkt Gallery, OCAD Artist Alley, Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party & more!

Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.

AGO x Mrkt Gallery Virtual Pop-Up

The AGO is teaming up with Mrkt Gallery, an online gallery dedicated to works by female artists, to offer a curated collection of open edition and limited edition prints at a reduced price point ($50 each). The prints will be available for a limited time on the AGO website.

Flamingo Market

Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is now virtual! Shop the diverse small business and artisan talent that the LGBTQ2SIA+ community has to offer at their online marketplace. 

MOCA’s Shift Key

In an effort to continue connecting people through art and experimentation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto has created an online platform called Shift Key featuring video and new media works by artists. This week’s feature is “moth maze” by Oliver Husain, a film that connects two otherwise unrelated places on different sides of the planet.

Virtual Paradise Theatre

Paradise may be closed, but they’re still bringing you movies! The theatre has teamed up with some of their favourite boutique film distributors to stream movies through their affiliate links, with proceeds going to both the distributors and Paradise. The films include Kedi, Caro Diario, and Whose Streets?

Culture Days

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture that invites the public to get hands-on and go behind-the-scenes in their community. This year’s event runs until October 25 and includes Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, who will be reimagining the salon-style home concert and offering quick-bite videos for young people. 

Kings of Ragtime: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Drive-In Series

Experience the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in an entirely new way— live from the comfort of your own car — with the TSO at the Drive-In series! This hour-long, contactless concert will be performed live at CityView Drive-In (20 Polson St.) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $159 per vehicle.

BigArtTO

BigArtTO is a city-wide public art celebration featuring free access to over 200 hours of temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks in each of Toronto’s 25 wards. This week’s artworks are “Online//Offline 1” by Enna Kim at Alex Duff Memorial Pool at Christie Pits (779 Crawford St.) and “Sunken” by Nikole Hidalgo at Driftwood Community Recreation Centre (4401 Jane St.), running Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Halloween Nights of Lights

Halloween Night of Lights is a COVID-safe immersive, drive-thru experience featuring more than 700,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Halloween tunes. Running select nights until November 1st at Improve Canada in Vaughan (7250 Keele St.). Tickets start at $25 per car. 

Question Everything Trivia: Planet Magic

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedian Arianne Tong, this edition celebrates the movies that made us and the music that we made our parents play over and over and over again as kids. Bragging rights and $25 gift cards will be up for grabs. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. This week’s proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.

80s Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus

DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of movie trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of ’80s music, movies, pop culture, technology, and more – then stick around as he plays your song requests. 

Club Quarantine

Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening every Friday on Zoom. The party was started by four Toronto-based artists – Mingus New, Casey MQ, Andres Sierra, and Brad Allen – and has featured both local and international DJs. 

OCAD Artist Alley

OCAD Artist Alley is going virtual! From October 10th to November 10th, shop products from local emerging artists and small businesses owned by OCAD University students and alumni through Artist Alley’s curated online catalogue. All proceeds will go directly to the artists. 

Kensington Flea & Artisan Market 

A uniquely Kensington experience, this open-air market features a diversity of independent artisans and makers from across the city and beyond! You’ll find handmade crafts, jewelry, handcrafted and vintage clothing, and other recycled and repurposed treasures. The market runs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 216 Augusta Ave. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party

Move the coffee table aside, because DJ Blush is gonna have you shimmying and shaking into the wee hours this Saturday to the best of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The party gets started at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

Friendsgiving at The Burren

The Burren Pub (1301 Queen St. E.) is partnering with The Collective to host a Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving feast this Sunday from 12-9 p.m. The menu includes turkey ballotine, fall vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and more. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

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