14 things to do in Toronto this week while physical distancing: June 22 to 28

Jun 22 2020, 5:00 am

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are beginning to reopen, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.

Welcome to Summer 2020, Toronto. It’s the first full week of the season and with warmer weather here in full force, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city while staying safe during these unprecedented strange times. This week is also FULL of great (virtual) Pride events and it’s your last week to enjoy them.

Kensington Market Flea

After a slightly delayed start to the season, the flea launches on June 20 and will run from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, through to October 18.

The flea will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city, which means you’ll be able to browse handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Saturday and Sundays, June 20 to October 11 
11 am to 7 pm
214 Augusta Avenue — rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods

Dyke Rally [March]

The Toronto Dyke March is a grassroots event that allows all identified dykes to create a political and visible space. In past years, women and trans people of the community have taken to the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate, but this year you will be able to connect on Zoom and participate.

When: June 27
Time: 11 am to 12:30 am

Drag Ball with Brooke Lynn Hytes

The Toronto drag community is unstoppable. This event will showcase Canada’s drag artists and will also include the BIGGEST drag surprise. Drag queens and kings have enhanced their performances during quarantine to give the fiercest performances from home. Toronto Pride will also be putting on an all-local Drag ball that will include a drag hour every Saturday of the month.

When: June 27
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Online Pride Parade

Toronto’s Pride Parade is one of the largest in North America. This year, the procession begins simply by turning on your TV. CTV and CP24 will be covering the event, so be sure to tune in and stand loud and proud.

When: June 28
Time: 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Take a virtual tour of Toronto

Missing the sights of the city? Us too. But don’t worry, you can still feel connected to it through this aerial, 360° panoramic view of Toronto and explore the city from a whole new perspective.

Cook an incredible meal using recipes collected from Torontonians

Taste the many flavours that make up this city.

Chefs from across Toronto have come together (figuratively) to curate a digital cookbook for the masses, filled with meals designed to be made at home. The dishes in the virtual pages are simple — one recipe is titled Jesse’s No Knead, No Skill Needed Square Pie With Bacon, for instance.

And they look devilishly good.

Stream Toronto artists online

ISO Radio, founded by @jayemkayem and @freezachin, has been hosting DJ sets online featuring local DJs that are no longer able to perform at your favourite venues. They also have a live chat so you can stay connected over music while supporting local artists in your community.

Watch a comedy show online

It’s important to stay positive during times like these. Toronto’s very own The Corner Comedy Club has brought its shows online to continue to support Toronto’s comedians. Interested in becoming one yourself? The Second City Toronto is also offering classes online.

Take a free online course through UofT

Want to increase your knowledge on a subject? Forget YouTube videos. Get some real education through the MOOC and online learning portal. The page connects you to multiple courses from institutions around the world, many with a scheduled structure and others that go at your own pace. From computer science to social science, there is a lot to choose from.

Tour the AGO online



Get your art fix by visiting the AGO through its online collection. If you’re feeling inspired for your own paint night, Above Ground has a wide selection of art supplies and is now offering delivery across Ontario and Quebec.

Get into a podcast or three

If you need some background chatter while you work from home, it’s never too late to discover a favourite podcast. From true crime to just hanging out and joking around, we’ve found 22 podcasts to appeal to anyone with a set of headphones and time to kill.

Listen to free audiobooks

Toronto Public Library’s Overdrive program is a great way to stream or download a massive collection of audiobooks and ebooks. It can be done over a computer or even through the Overdrive app on both android and iOS.

Learn something new about the city, the world, or even the universe. All it takes is a library card. You can also check out the free reading app Libby, by the same company.

Play some online Dungeons and Dragons

Failing being self-isolated with a group of roommates or the family, a lot of people will be looking for ways to pass the time and get some social contact beyond a phone call or a text thread.

Enter online Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

Most people think of D&D and picture a dining room table surrounded by people and covered with miniatures. And while in-person sessions are fun, there is an entire world of online D&D just waiting to be explored.

Here’s how to go about playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons while still physical distancing.

Remember, the times we stay at home are what we make of it. Stay indoors as much as possible, stay safe, and stay up to date with daily news on Daily Hive.

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