Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
Running until July 23rd, Vector Festival 2020: Online Edition will showcase more than 60 artists through digital artworks, live-streamed performances, video games, panel discussions, workshops, and screenings. Themes of solitude, distanced interaction, digital art-making, and curation will be explored along with new forms of community, solidarity, and care.
Myseum of Toronto & Elder Duke Redbird Present: Ask An Elder
Myseum of Toronto is partnering with Elder Duke Redbird this summer for Ask An Elder, an intimate online experience to engage with, ask questions of, and learn from his perspectives. The sessions will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays (register here).
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 film is Parasite, and will be preceded by a virtual Q&A with Sharon Choi, filmmaker and interpreter for director Bong Joon-ho, streamed on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is hosting an online marketplace throughout the month of July! 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 Basma Alsharif, Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton, 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.
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?
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.
Myseum Presents: Over-Policing Black and Indigenous Lives
Myseum of Toronto presents a panel discussion about the history of policing in Canada, the communities most affected, where things stand now, and where we go from here. Panelists include Sandy Hudson (founder, Black Lives Matter Canada), Robyn Maynard (author, Policing Black Lives: State Violence From Slavery To Present) and Caitlyn Kasper (Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto). The event takes place Thursday at 2 p.m. on Zoom (register here).
Summer Music in the Garden at Home
Hosted by the Harbourfront Centre, Summer Music in the Garden at Home is a series of short online concerts that offer a unique approach to accessible classical and world music from Canadian and international artists. Performances take place Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Question Everything Trivia: Across the Multiverse (Marvel/MCU Edition)
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosts Ari Xenarios and Arianne Tong will be quizzing you on all things Marvel Cinematic Universe-related/adjacent for a chance to win $25 gift cards and bragging rights. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. Half of the proceeds from this week’s event will be donated to SickKids.
On Distance: A Digital Storytelling Event
On Distance is a storytelling event about the emotional, physical, geographical, and social aspects of distance. This Thursday at 8 p.m., storytellers from across Canada will come together online to talk about what distance means to them. Tickets are PWYC ranging from $5-20 (with free tickets reserved for those who need them).
Ride The Tiger
Ride The Tiger performs classic Motown, Stax, soul, and RnB deep cuts live on Facebook for the first time ever this Thursday at 9 p.m. They’ll be paying tribute to the legacy of The Orbit Room (which sadly announced its closure) and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Foodshare Toronto.
’80s/90s 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 music from the 1980s and 1990s – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests.
Kuarentine Kulture Cabaret: All Indigenous Fundraiser
Glad Day Bookshop hosts an all-Indigenous cabaret show and fundraiser this Friday at 8:30 p.m. The evening will highlight several First Nations performers from across Canada and feature all kinds of burlesque, drag, and gender performances! Tune in on Glad Day’s Zoom channel.
Mick Jagger’s Birthday Party with DJ Blush
Mick Jagger is turning lucky number 77 on July 26th and DJ Blush is throwing a dirty little dance party this Friday night to celebrate! She’ll be playing rock ‘n’ roll, soul, R&B, glam, funk, disco, pop, and all the stuff Mick would dance to from the ’50s through the ’90s. The party starts at 10 p.m. on Twitch.
The Leslieville Flea at Stackt
The Leslieville Flea is setting up shop at Stackt Market (28 Bathurst St.) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop from a curated selection of vintage and handcrafted vendors + grab a drink and some food while wandering around the outdoor market. Social distancing measures will be in effect and face masks will be required of all vendors (visitors are also encouraged to wear a mask).
Curbside Collective BBQ Series
Curbside Collective (852 King St. W.) is hosting a mini farmers market and street food pop-up on their front patio every Saturday and Sunday. The farmers market will feature one to two vendors from Wychwood Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a rotating food pop-up from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Note: This is a socially-responsible event. Guests will order from the sidewalk while following socially distant markings on the ground and cash won’t be accepted.)
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.
Slow Fizz All Day
Slow Fizz hosts a day-long virtual party this Saturday featuring a lineup of 12 DJs representing Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and the USA! They’ll be spinning the best in Northern soul, funk, R&B, popcorn, boogaloo, and more all on vinyl from 3 p.m. to midnight.
Juicebox broadcasts live from The Piston this Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with DJs Tweed and Decibel spinning all your faves! Expect to hear The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Glass Candy, The Fratellis, The Buzzcocks, ABC, Air, The Specials, Le Tigre, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more.
Panic: ’80s/90s Video Dance Party
Panic is an evening of new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more with DJ Lazarus. This online edition will take place Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mixcloud.
WANITA Facebook Livestream Special
Toronto’s DJ Nico and others are hitting the virtual decks to spin their favourite female-fronted music on vinyl from the ’50s to the ’80s. They’ll be broadcasting live this Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. on Facebook.