Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.
BLACK FOODIE Week
Taste the diaspora without leaving Toronto! Running through September 27, BLACK FOODIE Week is an event dedicated to celebrating Black food culture and the city’s Black chefs, restaurants, and food entrepreneurs.
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is hosting an online marketplace throughout the month of September! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond.
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 Erin Johnson 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?
StreetARToronto You’ve Changed Exhibit
Running until November 29th, the You’ve Changed Exhibit tells the story of how local street artists have taken Toronto street art to a level of international renown. This free exhibit features videos, special displays, and photographs showcasing more than 100 StreetARToronto (StART) projects between 2012 and 2019. Enjoy a self-guided visit at the Market Gallery (95 Front Street E., second floor).
D.O. Rueda’s 40th Anniversary Virtual Wine Tasting
One of only five Master Sommeliers in Canada and 266 in the world, Bruce Wallner presents an educational class on the Verdejo grape and D.O. Rueda region this Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This virtual trip to Spain features a presentation on the region, informative tasting notes alongside a gourmet cheese and meat package to enhance the wine experience. Tickets are $89 for a three bottle tasting or $189 for six bottles.
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, check out Daniel Oh’s “United We Fall, Divided We Stand” at Don Mills Library (888 Lawrence Ave. E.) and Akshata Naik’s “Song of the Water” at Amos Waites Park (2441 Lake Shore Blvd. W.) Wednesday through Saturday from 8-11 p.m.
Take Back The Night
Join the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape this Thursday at the 40th annual Take Back The Night as they help dismantle toxic masculinity and let survivors know they’re not alone. The milestone march will get underway at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) at 6 p.m. and will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
Nuit Talks: Thinking through Public Space in the Time of COVID
This edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto’s Nuit Talks, taking place Thursday at 8 p.m. on Zoom, will consider the current public health crisis of COVID-19 and the necessities of reconfiguring audiences and the process of public participation. Speakers will also address global concerns about the future of public art.
Ride The Tiger Facebook Live Stream
Enjoy an evening of Motown, Stax, and classic soul gems performed by Toronto’s Ride The Tiger this Thursday at 8 p.m.
Question Everything Trivia: Lightning Round
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, the Lightning Round edition will feature random movie, music, television, and pop culture trivia for a chance to win a $25 gift card. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. This week’s proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.
90s 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 ’90s music, movies, pop culture, technology, and more – then stick around as he plays your song requests.
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 September 25 to 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.
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.
The Word On The Street 2020 Virtual Festival
The Word On The Street hosts their first-ever virtual festival of storytelling, ideas, and imagination! Tune in online this Saturday and Sunday for readings and author discussions + support Canadian and Indigenous authors, publishers, and local bookstores by browsing books and magazines in the virtual marketplace. Tickets are free or you can make a $15 donation.
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.
It’s All Good ’90s Virtual Music Video Dance Party
Join resident VJ/DJ Mike Luke this Saturday as he takes you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! The party starts at 9 p.m. on Twitch.
90s & 00s with DJ Blush
Get ready to rage to your favourite tunes from the ’90s and ’00s with DJ Blush this Friday night! She’ll be playing everything from Nirvana to Jamiroquai, The Spice Girls to NSYNC, Missy Elliot to Pulp, The Strokes to Bjork – it’s gonna be a massive throwback to some serious good times; and the good times keep comin’. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. on Mixcloud.
Join DJs Tweed and Babs this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. as they broadcast live from The Piston’s backroom to the bar’s socially-distanced patio and into your homes. 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!
Panic: ’80s/90s Video 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 1 a.m. on Mixcloud.
Bloor West Flea Market: Grand Opening
The Bloor West Flea Market is a new curated monthly market (and sister market to the Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market) opening this Sunday at Clinton’s (693 Bloor St. W.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a selection of 40 sellers offering handmade, fashion, art, food, and crafts – and admission is free! COVID-19 safety precautions will be in effect.