Toronto Hit List: Fashion Art Toronto, Toronto Food Film Fest, Dazed and Confused at the Drive-In & more!

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

All Cats Are Grey

Join DJ DangerCat and DJ Blush virtually Tuesday as they play the best/their favourite post-punk, synthpop, new wave, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll tunes all night long as part of their weekday dance party All Cats Are Grey. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

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

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 “Slip” by Celia Perrin Sidarous, who recreates a genealogy of historical, material, and personal remnants as she reflects on archival methodologies, notions of womanhood, and ideas of representation through image-making.

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?

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. 

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 include “Snow Scene Social” by Lily Yunru Lu at Earl Bales Community Centre (4169 Bathurst St.), available to view Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

EcoFair Toronto

Running October 15th to 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). 

Question Everything Trivia: Totally Fandom

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 is dedicated to niche fandoms and favourite franchises (hints: Serenity, Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes). 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 Across Boundaries, who are leaders in providing equitable, holistic mental health and addiction services for racialized communities.

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. 

Fashion Art Toronto: Virtual Fashion Week

Now in its 15th year, Fashion Art Toronto is a multi-arts fashion festival featuring avant-garde runway shows, immersive multimedia installations, performances, design, photography, and film. This year’s festival runs October 15-26th and will showcase 25 fashion collections, streaming live from iconic Toronto locations, natural landscapes, scenic backdrops, and undiscovered sites on FAT’s Instagram account. FAT is encouraging spectators to donate to FoodShare Toronto.

Toronto Food Film Fest

The Toronto Food Film Fest returns virtually for the 2020 season with 29 films, talks, inspiring workshops, and a “screen to plate” experience that will allow you to pair your screenings with meals from curated local restaurants and vendors. The festival is also partnering with CBC Gem to showcase a collection of Canadian talent for free! $45 passes available here

My Bad

DJ Blush invites you to rage to the best/worst/guilty pleasures from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s at My Bad, happening Friday at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

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. 

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.

Dazed and Confused at the Drive-In

Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) hosts a drive-in screening of Dazed and Confused this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film follows the adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. Tickets are $8.85 per person.

Bloor West Flea Market 

The Bloor West Flea Market is a new curated monthly market (and sister market to the Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market) happening this Sunday at Clinton’s (693 Bloor St. W.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a selection of local sellers offering handmade, fashion, art, food, and crafts – and admission is free! COVID-19 safety precautions will be in effect.

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