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Toronto Mycelial Network

April 1 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 am

Mushrooms can be a great distance apart, but are connected to the same invisible network. Mushrooms grow invisibly, connected to an unseen latticework just beneath the surface. Mushrooms grow on the old, process nature and signify times of change. So,…

Free Online Calligraphy Courses

May 14 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 pm

Join the Happy Ever Crafter for free online calligraphy courses on YouTube! Check the link below for courses.

Toronto Public Library from Home

May 14 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 pm

Explore and enjoy countless online options & activities with the Toronto Public Library. Since library branches are closed, and we're all staying home as much as we can, we want to make sure that you're stocked up with things to…

Hot Docs at Home

May 14 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 pm

To help make these next few weeks speed by, we’re rounding up films and podcasts that make us feel connected and reassured, and remind us of all the wonderful and enriching parts of the human experience that will endure. We…

Boomerang at Home!

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - August 31 @ 12:00 am

The Boomerang community is made up of members who share your passions, hobbies and desire to learn new skills. Connect through online experiences With thoughtful discussion, online coaching and e-learning, Boomerang at Home enables you to connect right from where…

OUTwrites Writing and Critique Sessions

May 27 @ 8:00 pm - August 27 @ 10:00 pm

OUTwrites is a queer writing group where writers of all levels and forms (poetry, fiction, scripts) are welcome. They do writing exercises to get you inspired and if you have a shareable doc with a link, they can provide a…

Virtual Open Mic

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - August 15 @ 12:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until July 31, 2020

SING IN YOUR HOMES! Join Virtual Open Mic for a variety of free performances on Zoom (performers welcome to join as well). 8 p.m. EDT every Saturday. Visit the website for more information.

iSafari Lounge 2020 – Cherry Beach ONLINE Edition!

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - September 24 @ 12:00 am

"SAFARI LOUNGE - 2020" Cherry Beach ONLINE Edition! This event is for lovers of good Afro-Caribbean, Tribal music accentuated with authentic African drumming and ART. What to expect: - Electronic World Grooves, Afrobeat, Afrohouse, etc. - Online Drum Jams -…

The Bentway launches public art initiative #ItsAllRightNow

June 12 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 11:59 pm

It’s All Right Now is a public art project and a collective movement that confronts and captures our varied perspectives, experiences and understandings of life in COVID-19.   Twenty Toronto-based artists were commissioned to respond to a simple inquiry on…

Contemporary Portrait 2020 – Online Exhibition

June 18 @ 12:00 am - August 30 @ 12:00 am

Join the Portrait Society of Canada for the 19th anniversary of their Online Exhibition - Contemporary Portrait 2020. Featuring works of Professional Portraitists from all Canadian provinces. Click here to check out the exhibition.

Call-Out: Family-Friendly Collaborative Installation- A Flock, Apart (Birdies in Trees)

June 25 @ 8:00 am - September 4 @ 5:00 pm

The STEPS Initiative's HomeBase project has selected my family-friendly badminton birdie crafting installation called A Flock, Apart (Birdies in Trees). Use on-hand materials (like embroidery, collage, beading, painting or wire) to create your sculptures and hang them in trees near…

Museums at Home

June 26 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 am

Enjoy the digital offerings of Canada's museums while you practice social distancing. Below are a list of online resources from Canada’s museums.   The list is curated by Canadian Museums Association and includes many notable museums: Aga Khan Museum Art…

Big Band Exchange by North York Arts

July 1 @ 12:00 am - August 31 @ 12:00 am

Hosted by North York Arts This summer, for the first time in over 25 years, we won’t gather on Mel Lastman Square to dance to the sound of the best Big Bands of Toronto and beyond. The safety of our…

Afternoon Art Classes with Dana Zivkovic (Online)

July 1 @ 3:45 pm - August 29 @ 5:00 pm

Welcome to Arts Etobicoke Online! Create a new art project each week online!  Learn art skills, use different mediums and explore techniques with our talented art instructor, Sladana Zivkovic. Please register with the link below. This session will be on…

Luke Parnell – Indigenous History in Colour by MKG127

July 2 @ 12:00 am - August 22 @ 12:00 am

MKG127 is pleased to present Indigenous History in Colour, an exhibition of works by Luke Parnell. Each painting is paired with a surrealist poem created by Parnell that appropriates the original exhibitions' texts and critical writing about the exhibitions. The…

Summer Camp Painting and Drawing – All Ages (Online)

July 2 @ 10:00 am - August 25 @ 11:30 am

Artfully You with Julie Wurtele   Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 25 from 10-11am   This summer join Julie Wurtele for a comprehensive 8-week program as she takes you on a creative journey exploring colour, drawing, painting, shadows, perspective…

Ask An Elder (with Elder Duke Redbird) by Myseum of Toronto

July 7 @ 12:00 am - August 27 @ 12:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 27, 2020

Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 27 This summer Myseum of Toronto and Elder Duke Redbird are bringing back Wigwam Chi-Chemung, this time to an online and physically distanced format. Throughout the summer Elder Duke Redbird will be hosting, "Ask…

Nurielle Stern: Fable (Gardiner Museum)

July 8 @ 12:00 am - November 8 @ 12:00 am

Thu Oct 17, 2019 to Nov 08, 2020 Ongoing The Gardiner celebrates the inauguration of the Joan Courtois Gallery, spanning three levels of the Museum’s soaring staircase, with a commissioned work by Nurille Stern. Drawing from medieval European manuscripts and relief sculpture, Fable features a fantastical cast of cats,…

Online Workshops by The InPrint Collective

July 9 @ 12:00 am - September 13 @ 12:00 am

Check out a few upcoming workshops by The InPrint Collective. These include a workshop on cyanotypes, silkscreen, bookbinding and many more! inPrint hosts a small mini-fridge, so participants may bring snacks. Tea and coffee on site. Children and youth courses…

Free Online Dance Classes for Seniors

July 9 @ 11:00 am - September 30 @ 11:00 am

Hosted by Dancing with Parkinson's Canada   Do you know any senior who wants to stay active, connected and have a great time during this period of isolation? 💫 Spread the word! Free daily online classes available for all seniors…

Gary Evans and Jane Buyers: A Collection-based Survey by Paul Petro Contemporary Art

July 10 @ 11:00 am - August 15 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 15, 2020

July 10 - August 15, 2020 Opens online on July 10 at 7pm. Viewings by appointment during gallery hours, Wednesday-Saturday 11-5pm.   Gary Evans "Gary Evans: A Collection-Based Survey" Jane Buyers "Colddust and Rootglow" Paul Petro Contemporary art is pleased…

Intro to Mural Art: The Hip-Hop Fundamentals of Mural Making with Moises Frank

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - August 18 @ 8:00 pm

Hosted by Arts Etobicoke   Introduction to Mural Art is a free visual art learning program for ages 18+ and all abilities. Through a series of 5 online workshops and one in-person workshop on aerosol paint, the participants learn the…

4th Annual Summer Group Show – Blue Crow Gallery

July 24 @ 8:00 pm - September 24 @ 8:00 pm
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Instagram Live Opening on July 24

SAVE THE DATE!!! 🎉✨💙 It’s that time of year again!!! We are so excited to be hosting our 4th Annual Summer Group Show this year with more artists then ever! So many incredible 12x12” artworks will be available! And now…

Rastafest – Virtual Reggae Festival

August 13 @ 11:00 am - August 16 @ 11:00 pm

Rastafest is Canada’s largest celebration of Rastafarian heritage and culture. The festival is a multi-disciplined, family fun event highlighting different aspects of the Rastafari culture. The festival draws from the rich and diverse Rastafarian lifestyle, culture, and history.   Rastafest…

Fleck Fine Art Exhibition

August 14 @ 12:00 am - August 29 @ 12:00 am

The Elaine Fleck Gallery has curated a group exhibition titled "Fleck Fine Art Exhibition" from over a hundred submissions from artists this year.   The exhibition runs from August 14 to August 29, 2020.   About Founded by Elaine Fleck…

Making It Happen – Workshops by Creativity Everything

August 14 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 28, 2020

Fridays at 11am In the Covid-19 pandemic we can’t do face-to-face workshops, but it has turned out that doing talking-and-creating workshops on Zoom actually works quite well. For the lovely Artscape Launchpad I ran a series called Keys to Creativity, which…

Distance Dances: Breath, Breathe, & Breathing/Limits of Intimacy by Artscape

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Distance Dances is a series of site-specific interventions created by Toronto-based dancers, performance and multimedia artists, organized around themes of resilience, renewal, and emergence. In the last of the series, enjoy performances by artists Grace Channer, Kim Ninkuru, Attiphah Moulton,…

Sweet Grassroots Collective – Cultural Teachings for Indigenous People

August 16 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, repeating until September 13, 2020

Weekly Every Sunday Until September 13   SweetGrassRoots Collective invites the Indigenous community, and our family, friends and allies to join us for a virtual, interactive earth-work project at Black Creek Community Farm.   We will be creating virtual and…

Expressive Arts Writing Workshop Series: Uncertain Times

August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, repeating until August 17, 2020

Hosted by APUS - Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students   Expressive Arts Writing Workshop Series: Uncertain Times (July-August) Date: July 20, July 27, August 10, August 17. Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Online (Zoom) This series of expressive arts…

Decolonial Love by Greenhouse Theatre

August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on August 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on September 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Embodying decolonial love in the time of pandemia   Greenhouse Theatre, a Scarborough-based collective of queer artists of colour, is bringing you the online event: Decolonial Love. They seek to activate healing, creative vitality, and community care through authentic, embodied…

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