Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Spring Virtual Market
Support local makers at Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Spring Virtual Market! The online market will showcase over 60 Etsy sellers throughout the month of May.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and other comics festivals across Canada have banded together to launch a month-long digital initiative called #CanCAF. Each participating festival or event is programming a variety of comics-related events, from workshops to interviews, live drawing to panel discussions, podcasts to videocasts, 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.
Trinity Bellwoods Flea
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea can’t hold their market in person, so they’re doing it online! From now until May 31, they’ll be showcasing local makers, artisans, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists you can purchase from virtually.
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 Siddartha, Praises, Jeremy Voltz, and Bruno Capinan.
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 Slumdog Millionaire and Crazy Rich Asians, 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 Yazan Khalili, Fatma Bucak, 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, Free Lunch Society, and Kedi.
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.
OISE Stay At Home Club
The OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Stay At Home Club is a Twitter live series featuring alumni and friends of the Institute leading interactive lessons for children and adults alike. Tune into OISE’s Twitter account Friday at 11 a.m. as Dr. Jillian Roberts does a live reading of her new book, On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy.
Ladies Night In
Be transported to the Napa Valley for a night of bites, bubbles, and beauty at Ladies Night In. For $75, guests will receive a package that includes a bottle of Domaine Chandon Brut with two branded glasses, a gel under-eye mask from Fancy Face, and a gourmet charcuterie board. Guests can also join a live Zoom call Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to be taken on a tour through Chandon’s Napa Valley vineyard followed by an at-home makeup tutorial. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross.
Stay Home Festival
Bring the May long weekend vibes inside at Stay Home Festival. From May 15-17, get access to 15+ virtual experiences handcrafted to enjoy from the comfort of your home – from trivia to live music to workout classes to cooking demonstrations, and lots more. Tickets are $28.25, with proceeds from the event supporting CAMH.
Drunken TV: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
From the team that brought you Drunken Cinema, comes Drunken TV – an interactive TV viewing party game mini-series based off your favourite ’90s cult TV shows! Join them this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. as they take you back to Sunnydale High, where you’ll re-experience the classic Buffyisms, the Scooby gang, monsters of the weeks, and swooning over the then-WB heartthrobs.
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.
’90s & ’00s
Get ready to rage all night to your favourite tunes from the ’90s and ’00s with DJ Blush! She’ll be playing everything from Nirvana to Jamiroquai to The Spice Girls to *NSYNC to Missy Elliot to Pulp to The Strokes to Bjork – it’s gonna be a massive throwback to some serious good times. Tune into Twitch on Friday at 9 p.m.
The Harbourfront Centre presents Virtually JUNIOR, an online edition of Toronto’s international children’s festival running from Saturday, May 16, to Monday, May 18. Enjoy films, dance, food workshops, and much more – all free to be enjoyed from your own home!
Question Everything Trivia: Trivia Gone Wild
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 Campers Helping Campers, which supports children and adults living with disabilities who want to attend summer camp.
Bad Boys Drink & Tweet-A-Long Party
Drunken Cinema and the Revue Cinema invite you to participate in a drinking game tweet-a-long for 1995’s buddy cop action comedy, Bad Boys! Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account on Saturday at 8 p.m. 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.
It’s All Good
Join VJ Mike Luke this Saturday as he takes you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! The party kicks off at 8:30 p.m. on Twitch.
Hey Girl Hey
Hey Girl Hey is partnering with Glad Day TV to bring their party to your kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and couches! Tune in Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. to see a performance by HGH Royalty Bonbon Bontemps, DJ Orange Pekoe serving up hip-hop and RnB by female and non-binary artists, and YOU making a splash and serving lewks on the Zoom jumbotron.
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.