Toronto Hit List: Veg Food Fest, Horseshoe Hootenanny Concert Series, Synthesexer, & more!

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

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. This week, catch The Broken Hearts Gallery on Tuesday. Tickets are $20-25 and can be purchased here.

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival

Now in its 29th year, the Cabbagetown Short Film Festival is a juried showcase for some of the world’s best short films. Tickets are $15 and give you access to 12 shorts, which will be streaming online from September 9-11th.

Toronto International Film Festival

The 45th edition of TIFF, running September 10-19th, 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 Jesse Chun 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?

Question Everything Trivia: Throwback to the Nineties

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Comedian hosts Arianne Tong and Kacie Hackett will quiz you on all things ’90s related, with bragging rights and $25 gift cards up for grabs. 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 Black Lives Matter Toronto.

Movie 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 comedy, sci-fi, horror, drama, and more – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests. 

Veg Food Fest: Online Edition

Veg Food Fest is back from September 11-13th! Experience one of North America’s best vegetarian festivals on the new Veg Food Fest Digital Platform, where you’ll find recorded and live speakers, cooking demos, and vegan books.

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. 

Britannia

Join the common people Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a special night of Britpop, Madchester, and UK indie video favourites! DJ Lazarus will play music videos on Mixcloud from artists like  Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, Sleeper, Shed Seven, The Boo Radleys, Wonderstuff, Ride, The Smiths, and lots more.

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.

Horseshoe Hootenanny Concert Series: The Sadies

Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern presents the Horseshoe Hootenanny Concert Series, a series of full band electric professionally shot live concerts streamed directly from its legendary stage. It kicks off this Saturday with The Sadies! Tickets are $17.50-19.55 and allow you to watch the concert until September 14th at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to funding this project and any profits go directly to The Sadies.

Synthesexer

Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party celebrates seven years! DJs ARP 2600 and Little Kicks will be doing their thing from the front window of The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.) this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., so stop by for a street patio hang or tune into the bar’s Mixcloud page from home. Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more.

Retro “Guilty” Pleasures Dance Party

DJ Lazarus hosts an unabashed night of huge retro hits and one-hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s. These are the songs you don’t want your friends to know you sing in the car and shower. The best of the worst. Hear and see popular artists like Madonna, Prince, Wham, Culture Club, Cher, Spice Girls, Ace of Base, Van Halen, Huey Lewis, Britney Spears, Milli Vanilli, Cyndi Lauper, Backstreet Boys, Pat Benetar, and lots more. The party kicks off Saturday at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

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 Mixcloud.

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.

Summer Music in the Garden at Home Finale

The Harbourfront Centre’s online concert series Summer Music in the Garden at Home wraps up this Sunday at 4 p.m. with percussionist Aiyun Huang performing music by John Cage, Mark Applebaum, and Frederic Rzewski, along with improvisations.

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