Toronto Hit List Virtual Edition: Black Summers Night, Hey Girl Hey, 24-Hour True Storytelling Festival & MORE!

Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.

Black Summers Night

Black Lives Matter Toronto and community arts spaces Unit 2 and Tea Base come together to present Black Summers Night, a dance party happening this Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The night will feature DJ sets by Bliptor, Casey MQ, Myst Milano, Raven’s Vision, Sofia Fly, and Syrus Marcus Ware + performances by Dainty Smith, Ravyn Wngz, Stephen Jackman, and more. The party will be raising funds in support of the Regis Korchinski-Paquet GoFundMe campaign.

Flamingo Market

Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is celebrating Pride Month and its one-year anniversary by launching its first ever online marketplace! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond throughout the month of June. 

Virtual Pride

Pride Toronto is taking its annual festival online for the month of June with its first-ever Virtual Pride. This week’s events include Sex Talk with Kat Kova, Family Pride Fridays, New Ho Queen, and more.

CONTACT Photography Festival

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual showcase of lens-based projects by Canadian and international artists that is typically held at venues across Toronto during the month of May. This year’s exhibitions will open on a case-by-case basis once public safety is assured and schedules are confirmed, but in the meantime, CONTACT has launched an online platform featuring new and recent projects by festival participants and partners.

City Hall Live Online

City Hall Live Online features two separate live-streamed sets every weekday at noon and 12:30 p.m. The series will help raise money for Unison Benevolent Fund while creating paid opportunities for local musicians during this difficult time. This week’s performances include Graham Van PeltEyeda SophiaKelsey Vaz, and Meagan de Lima

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 Deanna Bowen, Krista Belle Stewart, and more.

#MuseumWithoutWalls

#MuseumWithoutWalls allows you to explore the Aga Khan Museum without leaving your home. Watch an interview with genre-bending poet and author Tanya Evanson, try your hand at the Puzzle of the Week, take a 3-D virtual tour of the exhibition Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time, 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 Zombi Child, Lucky Grandma, and A White, White Day.

Club Quarantine

Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening every night from 9 p.m. to midnight on the app 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.

Arts In Isolation 

Arts Etobicoke is providing free online art classes and cultural experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home as part of its Arts In Isolation. Their weekly offerings include the interactive online gallery exhibition Shifting Environs and Crafting in Quarantine with Marjan Verstappen.

Queer, Far, Wherever You Are

Queer, Far, Wherever You Are is a digital performance and blog series programmed by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Tune into Buddies’ Instagram account Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5 p.m. as queer artists share intimate performances from their homes.

Festival of Live Digital Art

From June 10-13, the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA) will bring you to the forefront of Canada’s most innovative live performances. The four-day festival will feature livestream performances, discussions, and other events from more than 50 artists and industry professionals.

Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival returns from June 11 to 13 with free, virtual programming from more than 70 artists. Enjoy world premieres, theatre, music, film, intense conversations, late night DJs, burlesque, and more! 

Digital Drag Bingo

Grab your virtual bingo dabbers and join the fabulous Devine Darlin for a night of Digital Drag Bingo this Thursday at 8 p.m. Zoom code made available when you register online

’90s Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus

DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of ’90s trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of ’90s music, movies, pop culture, technology, and more – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests. 

Hey Girl Hey: A Fundraiser for Black Women in Motion

Join Hey Girl Hey this Friday from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for an online fundraiser in support of Black Women in Motion, a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of Black womxn and survivors of sexual assault. As always, DJ Orange Pekoe will be playing music by female and non-binary hip-hop and R&B artists, with a drag performance by Beardoncé. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to Black Women in Motion, including all tips and PWYC cover charges. 

24-Hour True Storytelling Festival

The 24-Hour True Storytelling Festival is an online gathering of storytellers from around the world sharing true personal stories to a live audience. The inaugural festival begins Saturday at 8 p.m. and will follow the theme of “When the Impossible becomes Possible” – stories of unexpected surprises, human resilience, and coming through on the other side. Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted in support of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Supporting Our Youth Toronto, and other organizations based in Canada and the United States.

Leslieville Flea Virtual Market

The Leslieville Flea hosts their second virtual market until June 17th. Follow along on their Instagram stories to purchase items from longtime Leslieville Flea vendors and brand new additions!

Question Everything Trivia: Quest for the QE Cup

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Saturday at 8 p.m. Hosts Ari Xenarios and Arianne Tong will test your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savvy for a chance to win prizes from brands you love + a $1,000 grand prize! To play, you’ll need to register on EventBrite (there’s a $100 entry fee), nominate a team captain, and tune in on Zoom. 

Saigon Sundays

For many years, Saigon Sundays was broadcasted live-to-air from the third floor of the now-defunct Whiskey Saigon nightclub. Now, DJs Paul Dhingra and Dwight Hybrid are making it a regular livestream where they’ll be spinning retro, post-punk, new wave, Britpop, and classic alternative every Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Listen here.

Defund and Abolish: Digital Direct Action

Presented by Tea Base, Friends of Chinatown Toronto, and Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, Digital Direct Action is a way to take action around prisoners’ rights, prison abolition, and defunding the police – and learn about how the fight for prisoner justice is deeply connected to racial justice. The event will take place Sunday at 8:30 p.m. RSVP (free) for the Zoom ID.

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