Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.
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 until November 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.
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?
Water Docs Film Festival
Running November 4-8th, Water Docs is an environmental documentary film festival that informs, educates, and activates audiences about water and water issues. Festival passes are $40 and give you access to all of the online screenings + discussions with filmmakers and guest speakers.
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 “Dia de los Muertos” by Emma Lopez with OCAD student artists (R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen St. E.) and “Keep That Energy” by Ayo Tsalithaba and Imad Elsheikh (Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Ave.), on display Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Question Everything Trivia: QE’s Greatest Hits Pop Culture Virtual Pub Quiz
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 features favourite QE Trivia games + some new ones to spice things up. 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.
Femme Fatale Film Festival
Now in its third year, the Femme Fatale Film Festival provides a space for young female-identifying and non-binary filmmakers to share their work on the big screen. This year’s festival runs November 6-8th on YouTube and will feature a collection of short films from young Canadian femmes + a lineup of international shorts for the first time ever. Tickets are free!
Paprika at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller Paprika this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Feel Good Friday
Join DJ Blush this Friday at 9 p.m. as she goes live from her living room and on Mixcloud, dishing out tunes that put a smile on your face and put a little kick in your step! Expect to hear a mix of pop, rock, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and new wave from the ’60s to the ’00s.
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.
Buy Good. Feel Good. Virtual Market
The annual Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo is holding a virtual market November 7-8th and offering free shipping on all purchases for the entire weekend! Shop fair trade apparel, accessories, organic foods, artisanal home decor, and much more from small, ethical, and eco-friendly businesses.
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.
69 Vintage and other local vendors take over the parking lot at 1200 Dundas St. W. this Saturday from 12-6 p.m. for another Hippie Market. You’ll find nomadic vintage, slow fashion, and more at this open-air marketplace (masks required).
The Parent Trap at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of 1998 romantic comedy The Parent Trap this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
With It returns this Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight with DJ Nico spinning ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, funk, girl-groups, beat, pop, and more! The party will be streaming online via The Piston’s Mixcloud and on a video screen at the bar (937 Bloor St. W.), where they’ll also be serving drinks and food curbside.
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 Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition
The Leslieville Flea is going virtual for the holiday season! Every Sunday through Wednesday from November 8th to December 9th, vendors will take over the Leslieville Flea’s Instagram stories to showcase their goods.