Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
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 Alexis Baro, Charlotte Cornfield, Drew Gonsalves of Kobo Town, and Andee.
TIFF’s Stay-At-Home Cinema
Toronto International Film Festival’s Stay-At-Home Cinema is a series curated from Crave’s extensive selection of titles, accompanied by conversations with special guests. This week’s films include Pan’s Labyrinth, Before Sunrise, and The Big Lebowski and will be preceded by virtual Q&As with the actors and directors streamed on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.
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 Mark Lewis, Petra Cortright, Sara Cwynar, and more.
#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.
Music Gallery At Home
Music Gallery At Home is an initiative launched by The Music Gallery in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre that will take place over four consecutive Mondays and Fridays. The series will highlight individuals and musical history in Toronto through interviews and performances from the Music Gallery’s universe of artists, thinkers, and creatives.
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 Fantastic Fungi, the Oscar-nominated Corpus Christi, and L’Innocente.
Rivoli Home Sessions
Iconic Queen West venue Rivoli is hosting a social distancing series called Rivoli Home Sessions, which features musicians performing live daily on their Instagram page.
Arkells’ Flatten The Curve
If you’ve ever wanted to learn guitar, or just feel like sitting in on a music lesson, Max Kerman – lead singer of Hamilton rock band Arkells – is hosting a Flatten The Curve Music Class on the group’s Instagram page every day at 1 p.m.
Opera At Home
The Canadian Opera Company has launched a series called Opera At Home to “bring a bit of opera into your life during these challenging times.” Every day at 11 a.m., they’ll share a performance clip on their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.
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.
The Breakfast Club: Online Edition
The Breakfast Club started as a monthly morning meet up at The Broadview Hotel, but has since switched to weekly online meetings where guests can learn from a powerful female speaker and each other while also supporting local charities with a pay-what-you-can donation. The next edition is happening Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and will feature life coach Brit McQuarrie and a special musical presentation by Paula Perri.
Art in the Time of COVID-19
Art in the Time of COVID-19 is a panel discussion hosted by Myseum of Toronto that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Part 2 of the discussion is happening Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. With some of Toronto’s most influential arts innovators, this event will be moderated by Adil Dhalla (Artscape Daniels Launchpad), with panelists Andrés Sierra (Club Q), Mark Marczyk (URGNT), Tinesha Richards Morris, (Manifesto), and Randell Adjei (RISE.)This event is free, and available to anyone, anywhere, but you need to register. Once registered, you will be sent a link for viewing.
Keeping Score: The Rocketeer Tweet-A-Long Viewing Party
Join Revue Cinema on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a live tweet-a-long of Joe Johnston’s best superhero movie, The Rocketeer. Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account 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.
The citizen-led weekend of neighbourhood walking tours, in honour of Canada’s legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs, is doing things differently this year! Choose from a selection of livestream walks , self-guided walks or 3D walks. Riverside Public Art in and around famed Degrassi Street, Medicine Wonder Wander along Niwa’ah onega’haih’ih (colonial name: Humber River), Casa Loma District, are just some of the many fascinating walks to choose from! We can still safely explore in quarantine. Check out the interactive map and plan your route.
This Thursday at 6 p.m., Glad Day Bookshop presents two hours of stand up performances by Arianne Tong, Bee Bertrand, Brendan D’Souza + the drag debut of D’ushie D’Jour (Lucy Gervais) and headliner Dan Udy. Tune in online here.
Penguin Teen Screen: What A Girl Wants Tweet-A-Long
The Revue’s Tweet-A-Long series continues Friday at 7 p.m. with the 2003 teen comedy film What A Girl Wants, presented by Penguin Teen Screen. Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account 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.
Wax Candy Disco
The Piston’s weekly disco party is switching to online until the venue reopens. Join DJ Efsharp every Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Wax Candy Facebook page as he serves up platters of the sweetest soulful and uplifting disco.
DJ Blush’s Birthday House Party
Join DJ Blush (Saturday Night Jukebox Party, My Bad, 80s Mixtape Party) on Friday night as she dances her way into another year! She’ll be throwing her own birthday party live on Twitch from her living room beginning at 9 p.m. and playing all the soul, disco, funk, new wave, post-punk, indie rock, synthpop, RnR, and dance rock she wants to hear.
Toronto Flower Market
Bring some fresh blooms into your home courtesy of Toronto Flower Market! The digital market will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with deliveries taking place throughout the week of May 4 to arrive in time for Mother’s Day. The market will also be hosting Instagram Live programming throughout the day, including city grower Sarah Nixon and still life photographer Kristin Sjaarda in conversation, a greenhouse tour at Pioneer Flower Farms, field-grown flower tour at FairyPatch Flower Garden, activities with kidKind, and more!
Wavestream: Wavelength + Music Together Livestream Festival
Wavelength is partnering with Music Together to present a full day of livestream performances on Saturday! 10 artists will perform back to back beginning at 5 p.m., including DJ Shub, The Weather Station, Allie, World News, MADDEE, SATE, WILL, Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs, Michael Peter Olsen, and Gurpreet Chana.
Question Everything Trivia
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 take you through three rounds of movies, music, television, and random general knowledge for a chance to win an UberEats gift card and bragging rights. To play, you’ll need to register on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in on Zoom. Half of the proceeds from this PYWC event will be donated to the Toronto Humane Society.
Drunken Cinema: Scream 2 Drink & Tweet-A-Long
Drunken Cinema and The Revue invite you to Windsor College to celebrate Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s critically-acclaimed horror sequel, Scream 2, this Saturday at 8 p.m. Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account 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.
Lavender x Queerstream
Monthly Toronto dance party Lavender presents Queerstream, an online virtual party for LGBTQ2S+ folx happening Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for DJ set announcements and other details.
With It returns with resident DJ Nico spinning her usual brand of ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, funk, and more from her apartment! Tune into Twitch on Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. If you’d like to pay “cover,” funds will be redirected to The Piston (With It’s usual homebase) via PayPal.
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.