Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
Music Gallery At Home
Music Gallery At Home is a new 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.
Created in 1987, Images Festival expands traditional definitions and understandings of media art by experimenting with a multiplicity of artistic forms. A selection of this year’s programming will be live streamed online for free from April 16 to 22 (if you can, consider making a donation in place of an admission fee to support the festival and its artists).
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is going virtual for the entire month of April while continuing to support local makers, artisans, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists. From now until April 30, they’ll be showcasing local sellers who you can purchase from online.
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 Session
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.
Wax Candy Disco
The Piston’s weekly disco party is switching to online until the venue reopens. Join DJ Efsharp every Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight on the Wax Candy Facebook page as he serves up platters of the sweetest soulful and uplifting disco.
Welcome To The Jungle
DJ DangerCat’s classic rock dance party has moved from Stones Place to Twitch! Tune in Friday at 9 p.m. to hear her play tunes from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Queen, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Fleetwood Mac, and much more.
Drunken Cinema: Scream Drink & Tweet-A-Long
This Saturday, Drunken Cinema invites you to Woodsboro to celebrate Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s slasher film that revived the horror genre in the late ’90s in a live tweet-a-long drinking game. They’ll be taking over Revue Cinema’s Twitter account for the night and providing you with a Vimeo pre-show (that can be accessed on the event page and Revue’s Twitter account beginning at 7:30 p.m.) followed by a screening of the movie on Prime Video at 8 p.m.
It’s All Good: ’90s Music Video Dance Party
VJ Mike Luke 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 webcast starts Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and will go as long as there is wind in his sails.
Glitch is a party spanning and spinning decades and artists that define a scene and sound. This Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dw/ght Hybrid and DJ Shok will be playing a live-to-there set of electronic, synthpop, synthwave, retrowave, indiewave, indietronic, EBM, darktronic, and remixes.
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.