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

Virtual Pin + Patch Show

The Toronto Pin + Patch Show is going virtual! From now through September 9, they’ll be featuring dozens of pin and patch artists from across Canada and around the world. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for info about exclusive deals, discounts, and promo codes offered by each vendor. 

Flamingo Market

Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is hosting an online marketplace throughout the month of August! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond.

Aga Khan Museum’s PWYC Admission

Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Dr.) has reopened to the public and is offering pay-what-you-can admission until September 7 to celebrate! The museum has two exhibitions running – Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and Sanctuary – and has implemented a number of safety protocols. Reserve your timed-entry ticket here.

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 Vvzela Kook 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?

Toronto Shines

A new pop-up drive-in theatre has arrived in Toronto! Toronto Shines presents the best in live entertainment and current and classic films in a safe and family-friendly setting at the water’s edge of Ontario Place. Catch Metric: Dreams So Real + performances by Ron Hawkins and Stephen Stanley on Thursday and Queen & Slim + a performance by Kolette Easy on Friday. Tickets are $59.95 for one car and can be purchased here.

Summer Music in the Garden at Home

Hosted by the Harbourfront Centre, Summer Music in the Garden at Home is a series of short online concerts that offer a unique approach to accessible classical and world music from Canadian and international artists. Performances take place Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Question Everything Trivia: U.N.A.G.I. (Friends Edition)

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosts Arianne Tong (a.k.a. Girl Ari) and Lisa Marie will be quizzing you on all things Friends-related, including Ross’s girlfriends, friendly pets, and Chandler Bing. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. Proceeds from this week’s event will be donated to Black Lives Matter Toronto.

Geek Trivia Hour + Comic Movie Trivia with DJ Lazarus

DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of movie trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of comics, movies, anime, video games, and fandom at this special Fan Expo-sponsored trivia hour for a chance to win some prizes – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests. 

Club Quarantine

Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening weekly 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. The next party is this Friday. 

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.

Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day

Party 4 Paws is a family-friendly, fully-accessible event where you can meet animal rescue heroes and pets looking for their forever homes, learn responsible pet ownership, and support a great cause! The event takes place this Saturday from 12-6 p.m. at the Trinity Bellwoods Park dog bowl (790 Queen St. W.) and is free to attend, with all donations going towards helping animals in need.

Manifesto 14: Livestream Edition

Manifesto Canada and Manifesto Jamaica come together this Saturday for a 12-hour live stream edition. Beginning at noon, catch Grammy Award winner Koffee, Nigerian-Toronto soul singer and rapper TOBi, and other local stars performing live on Manifesto’s website


Join DJs Tweed and Decibel this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. as they broadcast live from The Piston’s backroom to the bar’s socially-distanced patio and into your homes. They’ll be spinning all your Juicebox faves, including The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Glass Candy, The Fratellis, The Buzzcocks, ABC, Air, The Specials, Le Tigre, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more!

Panic: ’80s/90s Video Dance Party

Panic is an evening of new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more with DJ Lazarus. This online edition will take place Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mixcloud.