Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
The Leslieville Flea is holding its first-ever virtual market from now until May 10. Each day, a select group of vendors will share their products on the flea’s Instagram Stories and help you select the perfect gift for Mother’s Day (or for yourself)!
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 Sydanie, Early Bird, Dynesti Williams, and Joyia.
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 Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse and Bridesmaids, 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.
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 puzzle designer and doctoral student Stacy Costa shows you the power of puzzles on the brain.
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.
URGNT x Music Together = Online Festival
URGNT and Music Together are teaming up to present 10 back-to-back online performances! Enjoy live sets by Gryphon Trio, Laila Biali, Stewart Goodyear, OKAN, Skratch Bastid, and more beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday.
We Really Like Her: The Baby-Sitters Club Tweet-A-Long Party
We Really Like Her and The Revue invite you to a group rewatch and live tweet of The Baby-Sitters Club, Melanie Mayron’s 1995 feature film adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s iconic novels about teenage girls dealing with life while running a burgeoning babysitting service in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account on Saturday at 2 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.
Question Everything Trivia: My Favourite Trivia Crime Time
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 Camp Ooch, a camp for kids who have cancer.
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.