Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
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.
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 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.
The Breakfast Club: Online Edition
The Breakfast Club started as a monthly morning meet up at The Broadview Hotel, but has since switched to weekly online meetings where guests can learn from a powerful female speaker and each other while also supporting local charities with a pay-what-you-can donation. The next edition is happening Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and will feature host Jasmine Baker with special guest Jane Brean, a finance executive and founder of Gratitude 10 who is living with an incurable and progressive form of brain cancer called Glioma.
Ontario-based musical acts will take the virtual stage this Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the Aga Khan Museum’s remixTOGETHER Festival. Each performance will take a much-beloved musical tradition and infuse it with unexpected sonic colours and fresh ideas.
Art in the Time of COVID-19
Art in the Time of COVID-19 is a panel discussion hosted by Myseum of Toronto that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Part 1 of the discussion is happening Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with award-winning playwright Nick Green, actor/playwright/educator Julie Tepperman, dancer Nicholas Isaiah King Rose, and moderator Rania El Mugammar. Free, but you need to register!
Start your Friday morning off with a dance party courtesy of DJ Misty, a former Toronto resident now living in Japan. She’ll be playing vinyl 45s via Twitch to make you shimmy and shake from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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.
Tune into Glad Day Bookshop’s new GDTV platform this Friday from 11 p.m. onwards for ACID: Wired, featuring DJ sets by Jasmine Infiniti (NYC), Ariel Zetina (Chicago), and Aeryn Pfaff (Toronto) + a performance by Manny Dingo and Yovska (Dragula).
World Buskers United
Enjoy 24 hours of performances by buskers from around the world, including several Torontonians, as part of World Buskers United. The festival will be streaming live beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. and is free to watch, though tips are appreciated.
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 take you through three rounds of movies, music, television, and random general knowledge for a chance to win a surprise 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 Sistering, which provides support to marginalized women and trans people.
DJ Cher will be digging deep in her play boxes this Saturday night for a set of Northern Soul favourites, underplayed gems, and soul rarities to get your kicks out on the living room, dining room, or whatever floor you’re spinning on! The party starts at 10 p.m. on Facebook.
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.