Toronto Hit List: Winnie-the-Pooh at the ROM, Bi+ Arts Festival Online Marketplace ,All Vinyl Everything & MORE!

Here’s what’s happening online and around Toronto this week.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park) invites you to experience the timeless and universal appeal of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time – Winnie-the-Pooh –– in this immersive and playful exhibition, opening September 1st. Admission is limited and time-ticketed.

Bi+ Arts Festival Online Marketplace

Now in its fourth year, the Bi+ Arts Festival is a celebration of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and 2spirit creativity + the 22nd annual Bi Visibility Day held each year on September 23rd. The festival will host an online marketplace throughout the month of September where you can shop for tees, jewellery, art, pins, patches, and more from bisexual and pansexual artists and artisans.

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 September! 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?

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: QE’s Greatest Hits (Pop Culture Trivia)

Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This edition is a trail mix of all QE’s favourite games, music, movies and television trivia (hints: Life on Mars, Aaliyah, Euphoria, The Simpsons, Rebus Puzzles), with bragging rights and $25 gift cards up for grabs. 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 Across Boundaries, who provide equitable, holistic mental health, and addiction services for racialized communities.

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 DJ Lazarus plays your song requests. 

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. This week, catch Mean Girls + drag performances by Boa and Lemon on Friday. Tickets are $59.95 for one car and can be purchased here.

Feel Good Friday

DJ Blush presents a brand new online dance party designed to make you feel good! Join her this Friday at 10 p.m. on Mixcloud as she goes live from her living room, dishing out pop, rock, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and new wave tunes from the ’60s to now.

Club Quarantine

Club Quarantine is a virtual queer dance party happening every Friday 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. 

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

With It returns this Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with DJ Nico spinning ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, funk, girl-groups, beat, pop, and more! The party will be streaming online via The Piston’s Mixcloud and on a video screen at the bar (937 Bloor St. W.), where they’ll also be serving drinks and food curbside.

All Vinyl Everything: Labour Day Long Weekend Livestream Edition

Tune into All Vinyl Everything on Twitch this Sunday from 7-11 p.m. as resident DJs Mista Jiggz, Agile, and Mensa throw down nothing but hot tracks on wax with special guest, Red Bull 3Style world champion DJ Hedspin. No laptops. No serato. Just turntables and vinyl. 

The Fantasy Suite

A socially-distanced evening of stand-up comedy that’s feminist, sex-positive, and LGBT-friendly (no racism, sexism, or any gross -isms), happening this Sunday from 7-8:30 p.m. at an outdoor location near Broadview Station (details will be sent after purchase). Featuring comics Cassie Cao, Al Val, Ryan Dillon, Rachel Manson, and Surer Qaly Deria + hosts Dan Udy and Aidan O’Loughlin. $10 tickets can be purchased here.

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