Author | Photo 2020 Feeling Tree Ornament by Gettin Thready, Flamingo Market

Toronto Hit List: Akin Virtual Holiday Market, Flamingo Market , The Junction’s Winter Wonderland & more!

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

Akin Virtual Holiday Market

Support your neighborhood artists through the Akin Virtual Holiday Market! From December 1-20th, local arts programming organization Akin Projects will be showcasing a group of artists who make unique, handmade works including fine art, jewelry, textile work, ceramics, and custom pieces ready to sell. 

Virtual Trinity Bellwoods Flea

Stay home and shop local through the Trinity Bellwoods Flea! From now until December 4th, the flea will share Toronto’s most noteworthy small businesses, makers, crafters, and artists (and offer exclusive discount codes) so you can shop their online shops this holiday season. 

Parkdale Art Window Project

Presented by Gallery 1313, the Parkdale Art Window Project is helping to bring more attention to local businesses in a safe (and creative!) way. Artwork by local and Toronto-based artists will be on display in various storefront windows along Queen West from Dufferin St. to Roncesvalles Ave. until December 4th.

The Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition

The Leslieville Flea is going virtual for the holiday season! Every Sunday through Wednesday until December 9th, vendors will take over the Leslieville Flea’s Instagram stories to showcase their goods. 

Holiday Night of Lights

The people behind the sold-out Halloween Nights of Lights are bringing another socially-distanced drive-thru experience for the holiday season! Holiday Night of Lights is an immersive display featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It runs from 5:40-10:30 p.m. daily until January 7th at Revel Park (80 Interchange Way, Vaughan). Tickets start at $25 per car. 

The Junction’s Window Wonderland

From now until January 31, 2021 the Junction BIA will be showcasing local businesses and artists through 10 interactive painted windows accessed through the AR app, Augle. Window Wonderland is Toronto’s first large-scale display of AR and offers an accessible, expressive, and immersive artistic experience for locals and visitors. 

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, featuring clothing, home decor, eco-friendly goods, skincare, zines, services, and lots more. 

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 “Mood Rings, Crystals and Opal Coloured Stones” by Zadie Xa, who uses performance, moving image, textiles, and painting to playfully interrogate the cultures that inform her experience within the Asian diaspora. 

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?

Question Everything Trivia: Distantly Social & Questioning Everything

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedians Arianne Tong and Kacie Hackett, this edition is jam-packed with movie references and random Q&A from all the best in movies, soundtracks, and more! 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 Movember Canada.

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada, in partnership with Cineplex, presents an online performance of The Nutcracker, captured live at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2008. The acclaimed production features principal dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Peter/The Nutcracker. Stream the production beginning December 4th for $29.99.

Tenet at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

Feel Good Friday

Join DJ Blush this Friday at 9 p.m. as she goes live from her living room and on Mixcloud, dishing out tunes that put a smile on your face and put a little kick in your step! Expect to hear a mix of pop, rock, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and new wave from the ’60s to the ’00s. 

Club Quarantine

Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening 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. 

With It

With It returns this Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight with DJ Nico spinning ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, funk, girl-groups, beat, pop, and more! The party will be streaming online via The Piston’s Mixcloud

Britannia

Join the common people Saturday at 9 p.m. for a special night of Britpop, Madchester, and UKindie video favourites! DJ Lazarus will play music videos on Mixcloud from artists like  Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, Sleeper, Shed Seven, The Boo Radleys, Wonderstuff, Ride, The Smiths, and lots more.

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