Toronto Hit List: Reel Asian International Film Festival, Parkdale Art Window Project, TTES Holiday Market & MORE!

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

The Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition

The Leslieville Flea is going virtual for the holiday season! Every Sunday through Wednesday from now until December 9th, vendors will take over the Leslieville Flea’s Instagram stories to showcase their goods. 

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 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?

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. Catch works on display at Leaside Memorial Gardens Arena (1073 Millwood Rd.) and Etobicoke Olympium (590 Rathburn Rd.) Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is an annual showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora, including films and videos by East, South,and Southeast Asian artists from Canada and around the world. This year’s festival runs November 12-19th online and features screenings, live Q&As, artist talks, panels, workshops, and more. Tickets available here.

Question Everything Trivia: Back to the Eighties

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 a throwback to the ’80s (hints: ’80s ’stashes. Windbreakers. Stranger Things). 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 Movember Canada.

Parkdale Art Window Project

Presented by Gallery 1313, the Parkdale Art Window Project is helping to bring more attention to local businesses in a safe (and creative!) way. Artwork by local and Toronto-based artists will be on display in various storefront windows along Queen West from Dufferin St. to Roncesvalles Ave. from November 13th to December 4th.

Star Wars: Episode IV at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

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.

24 Hour Party People at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 2002 British comedy-drama biopic 24 Hour Party People this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party

Move the coffee table aside, because DJ Blush will have you shimmying and shaking into the wee hours to the best rock, pop, soul, funk, disco, and psych from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s this Saturday night. The party starts at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

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.

Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Holiday Market

Join Team Toronto Etsy Sellers this Sunday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) for all your holiday shopping needs! There will be 75 vendors on hand offering local, handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Admission is free and kiddos and dogs are welcome!

Die Hard at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 1988 action-thriller Die Hard this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

 

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