Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this week.
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.
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.
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 Wu Tsang 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?
Hump Day Hip-Hop with DJ Blush
For the first time ever, DJ Blush is bringing you a weekday livestream dance party! Join her Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight on Twitch as she plays hip-hop, rap, G-funk, new jack swing, and RnB from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s.
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. See Catch Me If You Can + a performance by Harm & Ease on Thursday and Grease + a performance by Pauly & The Greasers on Friday. Tickets start at $89.95 (one car, two people) 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: Y2K Pawty
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Guest host Kacie Hackett will be quizzing you on the best movies, music, television, and more from the ’00s for a chance to win $25 gift cards and bragging rights. 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 Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization that helps improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, including natural disasters.
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 August 14th.
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.)
Roncesvalles United Church (240 Roncesvalles Ave.) hosts their annual outdoor flea market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find antiques, kitsch, collectibles, and more! The market will be observing social distancing protocols in order to help keep both vendors and shoppers safe.
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.
The Leslieville Flea at Stackt
The Leslieville Flea is setting up shop at Stackt Market (28 Bathurst St.) on Saturday from 12-7 p.m. Shop from a curated selection of vintage and handcrafted vendors + grab a drink and some food while wandering around the outdoor market. Social distancing measures will be in effect and face masks will be required of all vendors (visitors are also encouraged to wear a mask).
Wavelength 800 Livestream Mini-Fest
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Wavelength is hosting a livestream mini-festival on Facebook Live this Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Wavelength 800 keeps alive the tradition of the series’ annual August summer festivals, going back to ALL CAPS! on Toronto Island, and includes performances by fiery blues-punk duo CATL., non-binary underground hip-hop emcee DijahSB, Montreal alt-R&B singer/songwriter Janette King, and jangly new-wave popsters Twist.
Artscape Atelier hosts the third and final edition of its Distant Dances performance series, “Limits of Intimacy of Johannes Zits,” at Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen St. W.) this Saturday at 2 p.m. This site-specific performance will see Toronto-based artist Johannes Zits engage with a maple as “an act of connectedness and empathy, while contesting the heteronormative understanding of intimacies that exist among different kinds of living bodies as well as our entrenched notion of hierarchy constructed between humans and nonhumans.”
It’s All Good ’90s Virtual Music Video Dance Party
Join VJ/DJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke this Saturday as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! The party starts at 9 p.m. on The Piston’s Mixcloud.
Weekend At Jerry’s
Stones Place’s Jerry Stone and DJ Blush are throwing a party and you’re all invited – online, that is! DJ Blush will be spinning rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, disco, and pop from the 1950s to the 1980s LIVE, poolside, from Jerry Stone’s secret location. Make yourself a cocktail, grab a silk scarf, fire up your Twitch and get ready to party Saturday from 10-11 p.m.
Toronto Artisan Market
Head to Trinity Bellwoods (790 Queen St. W.) this Saturday for the first Toronto Artisan Market of the summer! Shop original art, handmade jewelry, fashion and accessories, organic skincare, home decor, ceramics, wellness products, baked goods, and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and safety protocols will be in effect (masks are strongly recommended for everyone attending the market).
Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Summer Market
Meet your makers, Toronto! The Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Summer Market invites you to shop and discover a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy Etsy sellers and crafters this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Admission is free and the first 60 visitors will receive a complimentary swag bag.