Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is celebrating Pride Month and its one-year anniversary by launching its first ever online marketplace! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond throughout the month of June.
Pride Toronto is taking its annual festival online for the month of June with its first-ever Virtual Pride. This week’s events include Sex Talk with Kat Kova, Family Pride Fridays, Strapped Brunch Takeover, and more.
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 Jocelyn Gould, Daymé Arocena, Julian Taylor, and Cris Derkson.
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 Deanna Bowen, Krista Belle Stewart, 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 Zombi Child, Lucky Grandma, and A White, White Day.
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.
Pride Concert: A Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit Indigenous Showcase
The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO), First Nations House, and Hart House at the University of Toronto present a showcase of Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ musicians and performers this Thursday at 4 p.m. The lineup includes performances of experimental classical music, spoken word, traditional Indigenous hand drumming, and a DJ set spinning QTBIPOC artists. Register for free here.
Movie Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus
DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of ’90s trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of movies (comedy, sci-fi, horror, drama, and more) – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests.
It’s All Good Presents: Throwback Thursdays Virtual Dance Party
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 Friday, TIFF celebrates Juneteenth with a screening of Steve McQueen’s Widows, which will be preceded by a virtual Q&A with Cameron Bailey and a special guest at 7 p.m.
QUEERantine: A Pride Video Dance Dance Party
We Keep Each Other Safe
An online community forum to discuss creating a community-led alternative to policing in Toronto, taking place Saturday from 4-8 p.m. The event will be publicly live-streamed on all social media platforms, and participants who register in advance can give statements.
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 test your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savvy for a chance to win $25 gift cards + bragging rights! To play, you’ll need to register on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in on Zoom. You’re not obligated to pay, but half of the proceeds from this week’s game will be donated to the Black Health Alliance.
It’s All Good ’90s Virtual Music Video Dance Party
Join resident VJ/DJ 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 starts at 8:30 p.m. on Twitch.
Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret
CBC Arts and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre team up to bring you an evening of boundary-pushing and wild expression from some of Canada’s top queer performers in drag, burlesque, storytelling, and music. Tune in Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBC Gem.
Myseum Intersections – Quarantine Edition: Care Work Stories
Kwentong Bayan Collective hosts a discussion with Filipino Care Workers and allies to explore their long history fighting for (and winning) human rights in Canada, taking place Sunday at 2 p.m. You will meet artists who support migrant communities to tell their stories, and listen to the personal stories of migrant care workers whose labour is currently keeping communities safe during COVID-19. Register here for this free event.
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. Listen here.