Toronto Hit List: The Junction’s Window Wonderland, Holiday Night of Lights, The Polar Express at the Drive-In & more!

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

The Junction’s Window Wonderland

From now until January 31, 2021 the Junction BIA will be showcasing local businesses and artists through 10 interactive painted windows accessed through the AR app, Augle. Window Wonderland is Toronto’s first large-scale display of AR and offers an accessible, expressive, and immersive artistic experience for locals and visitors. 

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 until November 19th online and features screenings, live Q&As, artist talks, panels, workshops, and more. Tickets available here.

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. until December 4th.

The Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition

The Leslieville Flea is going virtual for the holiday season! Every Sunday through Wednesday 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, featuring clothing, home decor, eco-friendly goods, skincare, zines, services, and lots more. 

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 Republic” by artist David Hartt, who will also be in conversation with curator Daisy Desrosiers on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.

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 “The Windbag & the Beginning” by Anna Jane McIntyre at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St. W.) and “Interchanges” by Winnie Truong at the Canada Post South Central Letter Processing Plant (969 Eastern Ave.) on display Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Drunken TV: Weird Science – The Series

From the team that brought you Drunken Cinema, comes Drunken TV – an interactive TV viewing party game mini-series based off ’90s cult TV shows! Join them online this Wednesday and Thursday from 7-10:30 p.m. as they revisit a series that was inspired by the movie Weird Science. 

Hump Day Hip-Hop

DJ Blush brings you a weekday livestream dance party dedicated to hip-hop! Join her Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud as she plays hip-hop, rap, and R&B from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s.

Question Everything Trivia: Blockbuster Movie Night

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 jam-packed with movie references and random Q&A from all the best in movies, soundtracks, and more. 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.

Miracle Toronto

Miracle Toronto, the popular Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar, is back for the holiday season! This year’s market is entirely outdoors at Stackt Market (28 Bathurst St.) and will adhere to the city’s COVID-19 guidelines (details here). They’ll be serving festive cocktails and drinks Tuesday through Sunday from 12-9 p.m. until December 26th. 

Holiday Night of Lights

The people behind the sold-out Halloween Nights of Lights are bringing another socially-distanced drive-thru experience for the holiday season! Holiday Night of Lights is an immersive display featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It runs November 20th to January 7th from 5:40-10:30 p.m. daily at Revel Park (80 Interchange Way, Vaughan). Tickets start at $25 per car. 

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back 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.

Scarface at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 1983 crime drama Scarface this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

80s Mixtape Dance Party

All ’80s all night! Join DJ Blush as she broadcasts live Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight on Mixcloud, playing a mix of pop, rock, synthpop, ska, and new wave from the decade.

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 Trinity Bellwoods Flea

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea hosts a day of shopping, drinks, local food, and music this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Shop from a curated selection of over 100 vendors under one roof selling handmade goods, fashion, art, and more (COVID-19 precautions in effect). Admission is free, but you’re encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Parkdale Community Food Bank. 

The Polar Express at the Drive-In

The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 2004 animated film The Polar Express this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

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