Author | Photo @periwinkleflowers is one of the many floral shops participating in this week's Fleurs de Villes

Toronto Hit List: Fleurs de Villes, Grace JerkFest, Leslieville Flea & more!

Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.

Flamingo Market

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.

Myseum of Toronto & Elder Duke Redbird Present: Ask An Elder

Myseum of Toronto is partnering with Elder Duke Redbird this summer for Ask An Elder, an intimate online experience to engage with, ask questions of, and learn from his perspectives. The sessions will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays (register 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 Wu Tsang and more.

#MuseumWithoutWalls

#MuseumWithoutWalls allows you to explore the Aga Khan Museum without leaving your home. Watch an interview with genre-bending poet and author Tanya Evanson, try your hand at the Puzzle of the Week, take a 3-D virtual tour of the exhibition Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time, 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?

Fleurs de Villes

Fleurs de Villes is a five-day event showcasing the finest in floral artistry from some of Toronto’s top floral talent.Floral pop-ups on display throughout the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood from August 5-9 and there will be a flower market on Sunday in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and local florists, gardeners, and growers.

Toronto Shines

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 a double feature of Bazodee and The Harder They Come on Thursday, Kingston Paradise and Yardie on Friday, and Rain and Battledream Chronicle on Saturday. Tickets start at $89.95 (one car, two people) 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.

Question Everything Trivia: Greatest Hits Edition

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosts Ari Xenarios and Arianne Tong will be quizzing you on random pop culture goodness with a few surprises along the way for a chance to win a $25 gift card 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 Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.

Club Quarantine

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 August 7th. 

Welcome to the Jungle

classic rock dance party featuring DJ DangerCat playing AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Queen, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and lots more! Tune on Friday at 9 p.m. on Twitch.

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.

Fast Times ’80s Stream Party

Live from The Piston, DJs Babs and Jorge will be spinning ’80s vinyl from all genres for the cool kids, jocks, and nerds. Tone Loc? Yeah. Skinny Puppy? Yeah. And everything in between: Smiths, Cure, INXS, Simple Minds, and all the cheese you can dance to! The party is happening Friday beginning at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud

Grace JerkFest

Toronto’s annual jerk festival goes online this year with two days of livestream performances from local and international reggae and soca artists, including Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Lila Ike, Jam Cure, and more + jerk food available for purchase via curbside pickup and delivery. Runs Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 p.m. 

Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party

Move the coffee table aside, because DJ Blush is gonna have you shimmying and shaking into the wee hours this Saturday night! She’ll be playing rock, pop, soul, funk, disco, and psych tunes from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s beginning at 10 p.m. on Twitch.

The Leslieville Flea

The Leslieville Flea returns to Ashbridge Estate (1444 Queen St. E.) this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a curated selection of handcrafted, vintage, and artisanal items. There will be plenty of space to spread out and shop the best vintage and handcrafted vendors in the city.

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