Toronto Hit List: Queen West Art Crawl, StreetARToronto ‘You’ve Changed’ Exhibit, Trinity Bellwoods Flea & MORE

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

Toronto International Film Festival

The 45th edition of TIFF, running through September 19th, has been reimagined for our current climate with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences, and industry talks. TIFF 2020 includes 50 new feature films and five programmes of short films + interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers.

Bi+ Arts Festival Online Marketplace

Now in its fourth year, the Bi+ Arts Festival is a celebration of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and 2spirit creativity + the 22nd annual Bi Visibility Day held each year on September 23rd. The festival will host an online marketplace throughout the month of September where you can shop for tees, jewellery, art, pins, patches, and more from bisexual and pansexual artists and artisans.

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 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?

Queen West Art Crawl Virtual Online Festival

The Queen West Art Crawl is bringing Trinity Bellwoods Park online for this year’s festival! From September 16-20th, purchase works directly from over 120 artists and artisans + enjoy daily kids entertainment provided by Camp Cowabunga and nightly performances on QWAC’s virtual main stage.

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).

Bloody Mary Film Festival: American Psycho Tweet-Along

The Bloody Mary Film Festival presents a live tweet-along of cult favourite American Psycho to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. Follow along Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they take over Revue Cinema’s Twitter account for the night and use the hashtag #revuetweetalong. The Revue will also be accepting donations during this online event to help its programming team affected by the theatre’s temporary closure.

Question Everything Trivia: Blockbuster Movie Trivia

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedians Arianne Tong and James O’Hara, this Blockbuster edition will be jam-packed with movie references and random Q&A. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. Proceeds will be donated to Six Degrees. 

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, movies, pop culture, technology, and more – then stick around as he plays your song requests. 

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.

The Leslieville Flea

The Leslieville Flea returns to Stackt Markt (28 Bathurst St.) this Saturday from 12-7 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. Admission is free and furry friends are welcome! 

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.

80s Mixtape Dance Party

All ’80s all night! Join DJ Blush as she broadcasts live Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mixcloud, playing a mix of pop, rock, synthpop, ska, and new wave from the decade.

Trinity Bellwoods Flea

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea presents a day of local goods, sweet treats, delicious eats, and plenty of good vibes! Shop from a curated selection of handmade goods, clothing, jewelry, candles, skincare, and lots more this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome!

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