Toronto Hit List Virtual Edition: The Fringe Collective, Toronto Online Art Fair, 80s Mixtape Dance Party & more!

Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.

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 Tuesday, TIFF will screen hard-hitting drama Clemency, which will be preceded by a virtual Q&A with actor Alfre Woodard at 7 p.m.

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 RapportLiquid SunshineLOR, and Andres Sierra.

The Fringe Collective

The Fringe spirit is alive this July! The Fringe Collective features 50+ companies who slated to present work at the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival. They’ll be offering unique, pre-recorded video, audio, written, and interactive content divided into four “acts,” with each act only available for three days at a time from July 1-12. Passes are available on a Tip-What-You-Can model ($13 per act suggested).

Toronto Online Art Fair

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair, is moving its annual exhibition online this year. From July 2-12, they’ll be hosting art talks and other virtual events alongside works from over 300 juried artists

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 Nicholas Galanin and more.

#MuseumWithoutWalls

#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

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.

City of Toronto’s Virtual Canada Day

The City of Toronto will be showcasing T.O.’s brightest talent this Canada Day with morning, afternoon, and evening livestream programs showcasing Toronto’s brightest talent. Enjoy music, dance, comedy, the CN Tower Canada Day Light Show, and more beginning at 9 a.m.

AGO’s Shape of the Museum

Shape of the Museum invites professionals from around the world who are thinking about art, audiences, and learning in different ways. Join Wendy Ng and Syrus Marcus Ware, two leading voices in anti-oppressive museum education, in conversation with the AGO’s Audrey Hudson and Devyani Saltzman on Thursday at 2 p.m. Register online for this Zoom event.

’80s Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus

DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of ’80s trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of ’80s music, movies, pop culture, technology, and more – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests. 

80s Mixtape Dance Party

Join DJ Blush this Friday for an all-80s dance party! She’ll be playing pop, rock, synthpop, ska, and new wave live on Twitch from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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. 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.

With It

DJ Nico hosts another edition of With It this Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. She’ll be spinning ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, funk, and more records live on Mixcloud from her apartment. 

Pump Up The Volume

A retro party featuring DJ Lazarus playing the videos that shaped dance music from the late ’80s to the early 2000s. These are the jams that filled the clubs and raves during the golden age of dance music. Tune in Saturday at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud.

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