Toronto Hit List Virtual Edition: Virtual Pride Festival Weekend, Kensington Flea & Artisan Market, Blockorama & more!
Here’s what’s happening online in Toronto this week.
Virtual Pride Festival Weekend
Pride Toronto is taking its annual festival online for the month of June with its first-ever Virtual Pride. The Virtual Pride Festival Weekend programming serves as a representation of what would have taken place on the physical footprint Pride Festival Weekend and includes events such as Alternaqueer, Dyke Rally, Drag Ball, Black Queer Collective Online, and the Pride Parade.
Flamingo Market, Toronto’s only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ entrepreneurs and makers, is celebrating Pride Month and its one-year anniversary by launching its first ever online marketplace! Shop a curated selection of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and service providers from all across Canada and beyond throughout the month of June.
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 Falana, Divine Lightbody, D!xon, and Loviet.
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 Deanna Bowen, Krista Belle Stewart, and more.
#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 Lucky Grandma, A White, White Day, and Whose Streets?
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.
Breakthroughs Film Festival
Breakthroughs is a film festival that showcases outstanding emerging talent from around the world. This year’s festival runs June 25-28 and follows the theme of TOO MUCH: Stories that explore the ways in which women and non-binary folk are often seen as too much of something or not enough of something else. Single tickets are $5 and passes are $18.
Myseum Intersections – Quarantine Edition: Women In Hip-Hop
Myseum Toronto presents a panel discussion and dramatic reading about the role of Black women within the male dominated space of hip-hop; exploring experiences of race, sexuality, ability, and gender. Register here for this free event, taking place Thursday at 2 p.m.
AGO’s Shape of the Museum
Shape of the Museum invites professionals from around the world who are thinking about art, audiences, and learning in different ways. Helen Chatterjee, a professor of biology at University College London, joins Melissa Smith, the assistant curator of community programs at the AGO, in conversation Thursday at 2 p.m. Register online for this Zoom event.
Drunken TV: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
From the team that brought you Drunken Cinema, comes Drunken TV – an interactive TV viewing party game mini-series based off your favourite ’90s cult TV shows! Join them this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. as they take you back to Sunnydale High, where you’ll re-experience the ultimate frenemy competition: Buffy vs. Faith!
’80s/90s Music Trivia Hour with DJ Lazarus
DJ Lazarus hosts a fun and interactive hour of ’80s and ’90s trivia and music Thursday at 8 p.m. on Mixcloud. Test your knowledge of music from the two decades – then stick around as DJ Lazarus plays your song requests.
It’s All Good Presents: Throwback Thursdays Virtual Dance Party
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 Friday, TIFF celebrates Juneteenth with a screening of Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, which will be preceded by a virtual Q&A with actor and LGBTQ rights activist Matt Bomer at 7 p.m.
Join the common people Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a special night of Britpop, Madchester, and UKindie video favourites! DJ Lazarus will play music videos on Mixcloud from artists like Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, Sleeper, Shed Seven, The Boo Radleys, Wonderstuff, Ride, The Smiths, and lots more.
Friday Night with DJ Blush
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.
Question Everything Trivia: Super Queer Pop Quiz
Put your knowledge, senses, and pop culture savviness to the test at Question Everything Trivia, happening Saturday at 8 p.m. Hosts Arianne Tong and special guest comedian Dan Udy will quiz you on everything loud and proud in pop culture. To play, you’ll need to register on EventBrite, nominate a team captain, and tune in on Zoom. You’re not obligated to pay, but half of the proceeds from this week’s game will be donated to Across Boundaries to provide equitable, holistic mental health and addiction services for racialized communities.
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, and will include the chance to win a Depeche Mode box set worth over $500.
The Piston’s monthly dance party Juicebox goes live on Twitch from DJ Babs’ living room this Saturday at 10 p.m. with guest hosts Derek and MeepMoop the cat. Babs will 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!
Blockorama 22: Blocko Magic
Blockorama celebrates 22 years of creating Black queer and trans affirming art space in Tkaronto! Tune in Sunday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for set lists by Twysted Miyake-Mugler, DJ Prestige, DJ Pleasure, DJ Carma, DJ Craig Dominic, DJ Tamika, DJ Nik Red, and DJ Blackcat.
Join DJs Dwight Hybrid and Paul Dhingra this Sunday at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the dark club sounds of the scene to stomp the darkfloor. Spinning and spanning classic alternative, industrial, EBM, synth, dark/goth, and electronic tracks from 1980 to 1999. Listen here.