Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.
Virtual Trinity Bellwoods Flea
Stay home and shop local through the Trinity Bellwoods Flea! From now until December 4th, the flea will share Toronto’s most noteworthy small businesses, makers, crafters, and artists (and offer exclusive discount codes) so you can shop their online shops this holiday season.
Parkdale Art Window Project
Presented by Gallery 1313, the Parkdale Art Window Project is helping to bring more attention to local businesses in a safe (and creative!) way. Artwork by local and Toronto-based artists will be on display in various storefront windows along Queen West from Dufferin St. to Roncesvalles Ave. until December 4th.
The Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition
The Leslieville Flea is going virtual for the holiday season! Every Sunday through Wednesday until December 9th, vendors will take over the Leslieville Flea’s Instagram stories to showcase their goods.
Holiday Night of Lights
The people behind the sold-out Halloween Nights of Lights are bringing another socially-distanced drive-thru experience for the holiday season! Holiday Night of Lights is an immersive display featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It runs from 5:40-10:30 p.m. daily until January 7th at Revel Park (80 Interchange Way, Vaughan). Tickets start at $25 per car.
The Junction’s Window Wonderland
From now until January 31, 2021 the Junction BIA will be showcasing local businesses and artists through 10 interactive painted windows accessed through the AR app, Augle. Window Wonderland is Toronto’s first large-scale display of AR and offers an accessible, expressive, and immersive artistic experience for locals and visitors.
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is now virtual! Shop the diverse small business and artisan talent that the LGBTQ2SIA+ community has to offer at their online marketplace, featuring clothing, home decor, eco-friendly goods, skincare, zines, services, and lots more.
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 artists. This week’s feature is “Mood Rings, Crystals and Opal Coloured Stones” by Zadie Xa, who uses performance, moving image, textiles, and painting to playfully interrogate the cultures that inform her experience within the Asian diaspora.
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?
BigArtTO is a city-wide public art celebration featuring free access to over 200 hours of temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks in each of Toronto’s 25 wards. Catch “Dreamscapes” by Courtney Dookwah at Lawrence Heights Community Centre (5 Replin Rd.) along with “Angular Translucence” by Idalina Leandro and “Encuentros/Encounters” by Luis Cisneros at Meadowglen Place (2 Meadowglen Pl.), on display Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
The second edition of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will be held online from November 26-29th with runway films, panels, and an online marketplace featuring 40 artists and designers in fashion craft and textiles.
Choir! Choir! Choir! Sing-a-long Fundraiser: Love Is Stronger Than Cancer
Choir! Choir! Choir! hosts a virtual sing-a-thon this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised through this event will support groundbreaking research to better detect, diagnose, and treat Canadians with cancer and help ensure that people affected, including families and caregivers, get the support they need this holiday season.
Question Everything Trivia: Planet Magic
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedian Arianne Tong, this edition is a throwback to family animated classics with amazing sing-a-longs. Bragging rights and $25 gift cards will be up for grabs. To play, you’ll need to purchase a $10 ticket, nominate a team captain, and tune in here. This week’s proceeds will go to Movember Canada.
2000s Trivia Hour 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 2000s music, pop culture, movies, and more – then stick around as he plays your song requests.
Mixto Online Festival
Launching Friday, Mixto is a three-day online festival that brings together diverse local music while also bridging communities, cultures, and contemporary intercultural experiences. Enjoy live performances by Witch Prophet, Bruno Capinan, Aline Morales, and more + DJ sets, a Zoom party, workshops, and discussions.
Frozen II at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of Disney’s Frozen II this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Beatles vs. Stones
Léon: The Professional at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 1994 English-language French action-thriller Léon: The Professional this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
Join DJs Tweed and Decibel this Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight as they broadcast live from The Piston’s Mixcloud 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 at 9 p.m. on Mixcloud and includes the chance to win a New Order Movement box set.
Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening Saturday on 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 Polar Express at the Drive-In
The Ontario Place Drive-In (955 Lake Shore Blvd W.) presents a screening of the 2004 animated film The Polar Express this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.