Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.
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.
Toronto International Festival of Authors
The 2020 edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors brings a new world into focus with 200 virtual events and activities, including conversations, readings, performances, and podcasts. The festival runs until November 1st.
Running until November 8th, EcoFair Toronto is an online celebration of the people, environmental groups, and eco-businesses that are helping create a greener and healthier planet for all. This year’s event features 12 free events, happening online over four weeks: Carbon Countdown (Week 1), Waste Not (Week 2), Active & Healthy (Week 3), and the Eco-Economy (Week 4).
OCAD Artist Alley
OCAD Artist Alley is going virtual! From now until 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.
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 the video work “Sensus Plenior” by Steffani Jemison, a study of language, gesture, and movement through the practice of pantomime in the Black church.
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?
All of Them Witches
Darren Gallery presents “All of Them Witches,” a two-handed exhibition running until November 1st that features witch-themed works by Spanish Toronto-based artist Suspiria and Darren Gallery director/artist Apollonia Vanova. Tickets are $37.29 and include an art tour and private one-on-one tarot card reading. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, appointments are recommended and masks are mandatory.
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. Catch “Works from A Shot in the Dark and the Remix Series” by Amanda Arcuri at the Clock Tower at Princess Park (214 Doris Ave.) and “Only Lovers Leave to Die” by Vladimir Kanic at Stephen Leacock Community Centre (2500 Birchmount Rd.) on display Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Jarritos & Amigos Day of the Dead Party
Learn how to shake up Jarritos cocktails, make the best guac in town with El Catrin Chef Olivier Le Calvez, and transform your face into a sugar skull with a makeup tutorial at this Day of the Dead Party. There will also be special guest appearances! The event takes place Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register for free here with the option of purchasing a meal kit for two from El Catrin.
Question Everything Trivia: Trivahouse of Horror – Part 1
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 will feature questions from the scariest content in movies, music, trivia, 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 SixDegrees.org, a charity led by actor, musician, and philanthropist Kevin Bacon.
Horror Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus
DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of horror movies and literature for a chance to win a date night for two at Cineplex – then stick around as he plays your song requests.
Purple Glow Mag Presents: Virtual Halloween Film Screening
Join Toronto’s Purple Glow Mag this Friday on Zoom for a virtual Halloween-themed short film screening. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission, with funds supporting local independent filmmakers. The first 20 ticket buyers will receive a complimentary snack from the Toronto Popcorn Company (delivered in GTA).
Devil’s Night with DJ Blush
It’s the baddest night of the year, and DJ Blush is bringing you nothing but spooky tunes and rock ‘n’ roll as hot as brimstone all Devil’s Night long! The party starts Friday at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.
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.
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.
Juicebox: Halloween Edition
Join DJs Tweed and Decibel this Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight as they broadcast live from The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.) to the bar’s socially-distanced patio and into your homes via Mixcloud. They’ll be spinning all your Juicebox faves, including The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Glass Candy, The Fratellis, The Buzzcocks, ABC, Air, The Specials, Le Tigre, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more!
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 2010 comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Question Everything Trivia: Trivhouse of Horror – Part 2
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedian Arianne Tong, this edition will feature questions from the scariest content in movies, music, trivia, 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 SixDegrees.org, a charity led by actor, musician, and philanthropist Kevin Bacon.
Halloween House Party
Halloween House Party is a virtual party to help raise much-needed funds for the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Tune in this Saturday at 9 p.m. on Twitch for live DJ sets (including Halloween classics), costume contests, dance contests, and more surprises to come!
Panic: ’80s/90s Video Halloween Dance Party
Panic is an evening of new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more with DJ Lazarus. This online edition will take place Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mixcloud.
Parkdale Antique & Collectibles Market
Shop antiques and collectibles from high-quality vendors at the Parkdale Antique & Collectible Market, happening every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Parkdale Hall (1605 Queen Street W.). Admission is free and COVID-19 precautions will be in effect.
The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead
The Harbourfront Centre presents eight days of celebration, conservation, and activism as part of its all-digital Day of the Dead celebration, running November 1-8th. The annual event, now in its 17th year, highlights a contemporary artistic vision along with thought-provoking discussions and programming from Canadian, U.S., and Mexican artists.