Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this week.
The Fantasy Suite
Join comics Natalie Norman, Hoodo Hersi, Olivia Stadler, Jordanne Brown, Dan Udy, and Arianne Tong for a socially-distanced evening of stand-up comedy that’s feminist, sex-positive, and LGBT-friendly (no racism, sexism, or any gross -isms). The event takes place this Sunday from 7-8:30 p.m. at an outdoor location near Broadview Station (details will be sent after purchase). $10 tickets can be purchased here.
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea celebrates the end of summer and their anniversary this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Shop handmade goods, clothing, jewelry, art, records, skincare, and lots more from over 50 local vendors. Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome!
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is hosting an online marketplace throughout the month of August! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond.
Aga Khan Museum’s PWYC Admission
Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Dr.) has reopened to the public and is offering pay-what-you-can admission until September 7 to celebrate! The museum has two exhibitions running – Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and Sanctuary – and has implemented a number of safety protocols. Reserve your timed-entry ticket here.
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 Vvzela Kook and more.
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?
Wigwam Chi-Chemung: Powwow Dance Workshop
Myseum of Toronto and Elder Duke Redbird present an online participatory experience exploring the significance of dance in Indigenous culture, and an opportunity to learn Powwow dance. Taking place this Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Zoom, the event will feature a poetry reading by Elder Redbird, dance performance by Nimkii Osawamick of Wolf Clan, and a performance and dance workshop facilitated by Angela Miracle Gladue of A Tribe Called Red. Register here.
A new pop-up drive-in theatre has arrived in Toronto! Toronto Shines presents the best in live entertainment and current and classic films in a safe and family-friendly setting at the water’s edge of Ontario Place. Catch Longtime Running + a performance by UIC on Thursday and Hustlers + a performance by Jully Black on Friday. Tickets are $59.95 for one car and can be purchased here.
Summer Music in the Garden at Home
Hosted by the Harbourfront Centre, Summer Music in the Garden at Home is a series of short online concerts that offer a unique approach to accessible classical and world music from Canadian and international artists. Performances take place Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
’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, pop culture, movies, and more – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests.
All You Need
All You Need is a stand-up show mixed with a bit of variety (characters, music, videos, who knows!) taking place this Friday at 8 p.m. at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W.). The show is hosted by Luba Magnus (SiriusXM, CBC Comedy) and features some of the best comics in the city from JFL, Winnipeg Comedy Fest, and more. Tickets are $81.36 per table of four (available in advance only), with 20% of sales being donated to the Second Harvest Food Rescue.
Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening weekly on the app 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. The next party is this Friday.
Presented by Glad Day Bookshop, Category Is is a Zoom show the likes of which you’ve never seen! Join a cast of Toronto’s top performers this Friday at 7 p.m. for drag, games, and weekly themes that will spin your wig and get you thinking.
’80s Mixtape Dance Party
Frankie says RELAX – ’80s Mixtape Dance Party is BACK! Join DJ Blush this Friday at 10 p.m. on Twitch for a night of ’80s pop, rock, synthpop, ska, and new wave.
Curbside Collective BBQ Series
Curbside Collective (852 King St. W.) is hosting a mini farmers market and street food pop-up on their front patio every Saturday. The farmers market will feature one to two vendors from Wychwood Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a rotating food pop-up from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Note: This is a socially-responsible event. Guests will order from the sidewalk while following socially distant markings on the ground and cash won’t be accepted.)
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.
Womxn & Taiko – Moving Beyond Binaries: Gender & Racial Justice
Womxn & Taiko gathers Angela Ahlgren, Michelle Fujii, Kristy Oshiro, Deborah Wong, and members/alumni of Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers for a panel discussion on noticing and dismantling the gender binary in artistic and activist practices within and beyond the taiko community. This free event will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. and is open to people of all genders. Register here.
Question Everything Trivia: Hyper Trivia Time
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Saturday at 7 p.m. Hosts Arianne Tong (a.k.a. Girl Ari) and Andrew Shenkman will be quizzing you on badass pop culture movies, music, television, and more for a chance to win $25 gift cards and bragging rights. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. Proceeds from this week’s event will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative, which seeks to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S. and racial and economic injustice.
A Period Piece
Missus Productions presents a livestream workshop performance of “A Period Piece” this Saturday at 8 p.m. “A Period Piece” is all about menstruation; more specifically, it’s an exploration of the questions “What does it mean to have your period?”, “What does it mean to be a woman?”, and “How are those two things not synonymous?” PI/WYC (Pay If/What You Can) tickets available here, with half of the proceeds being equally distributed amongst the artists and to Diva Day.