Toronto Hit List Virtual Edition: TIFF Stay-at-Home Cinema, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Myseum Intersections, Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party & MORE!

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

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Now in its fifth year, ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. The festival runs May 20-24 and features 12 virtual film screenings, Q&As, and more.

Reel Girls Film Festival

The first annual Reel Girls Film Festival is an international student film festival devoted entirely to encouraging and supporting young female filmmakers. Selected films will be available to watch online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the last two weeks in May, leading up to the festival’s Winners Showcase and award announcements on May 29th. Categories include Narrative Short Film, Music Video, Documentary, and Animation.

Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Spring Virtual Market

Support local makers at Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Spring Virtual Market! The online market will showcase over 60 Etsy sellers throughout the month of May. 

#CanCAF

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and other comics festivals across Canada have banded together to launch a month-long digital initiative called #CanCAF. Each participating festival or event is programming a variety of comics-related events, from workshops to interviews, live drawing to panel discussions, podcasts to videocasts, and more.

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 Aqua Nibii WaawaaskoneDesiireAriexile, and Adam Solomon.

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 A League of Their Own, Slumdog Millionaire and Crazy Rich Asians, 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 Yazan Khalili, Fatma Bucak, 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 Fantastic Fungi, Free Lunch Society, and Kedi. 

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.

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 Wednesday at 11 a.m. to try out the Zentangle Method – a form of meditative doodling.

Throwback Cinema: Tremors 30th Anniversary Tweet-A-Long!

Throwback Cinema and the Revue take you back to Perfection, Nevada for the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as two handymen who discover bloodthirsty creatures lurking beneath their small town, devouring the unsuspecting residents one by one. Follow along through the Revue’s Twitter account on Thursday 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.

AGO’s Shape of the Museum

Julian Cox, deputy director and chief curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, joins Asma Naeem, chief curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for a discussion on how culture and our experiences will be shaped, created, and experienced in the near and distant future. Register online for this Zoom event.

Myseum Intersections – Quarantine Edition: Pull Up!

Myseum presents a panel discussion on the state of digital music experiences and how creatives are restrategizing in the age of COVID-19, featuring Toronto-based collective Pull Up! in conversation with Joelle White, IMVNZI, and Sovnd Cvrator. The discussion will take place Thursday from 4-5 p.m. (register online for a webinar link) and will be followed by a DJ set by Pull Up! founders Lovebonez and Fresh Moses from 7-8 p.m. on Myseym’s Instagram account.

Quarantine Cooking Class with Chef Matt Dean Pettit

Join Matt Dean Pettit, the chef and owner behind the online grocery store Salt Gourmet Foods, this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. as he leads you on a gourmet cooking experience from your own home. Tickets are $10, with proceeds from the event going towards the WoodGreen Foundation’s ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. 

Music Gallery At Home

The Music Gallery wraps up its Music Gallery At Home initiative with a live-streamed performance by artist Charles C. Smith this Friday at 7 p.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.

Afternoon Jams with DJ Swags & DJ Lee

DJs Swags and Lee bring you the afternoon jams you need! Tune into Glad Day Bookshop’s Zoom channel Saturday from 3:30-6 p.m. for a mix of reggae, soca, R&B, and hip-hop.

Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party

Move the coffee table aside, because DJ Blush’s Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party is going to have you shimmying and shaking into the wee hours to the best the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s have to offer! The party is happening Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Twitch.

Saigon Sundays

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.

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