14 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: July 20 to 26

Jul 20 2020, 3:02 pm

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopening, 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.

Who’s ready for a new week of interesting things to do — while staying safe of course. Toronto doesn’t disappoint, so try one of these fun things this week.

Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

“Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival,” will feature a thoughtfully curated selection of movies from some of the countries most affected by the global health crisis. A different nation will be represented each night, including France, China, Russia, the US, the UK, Brazil, India and Canada, with a special “Focus Italia” series.

When: July 20 to 31
9 pm
Ontario Place
Tickets: Start at $20 per car

Three Cellos Tie Some Knots

As soon as it became clear that no one would be able to gather in the Toronto Music Garden – or anywhere else – the artists at Summer Music in the Garden decided that the show must go on… at home. This Sunday, enjoy Baroque cellists Mélisande Corriveau, Elinor Frey (direction) and Andrea Stewart performing music by Giuseppe Dall’Abaco, J.S. Bach, and Maxime McKinley.

When: Thursday, July 23
Time: 7 pm
Where: Watch online

Free Bob Ross Class – Online wine and paint

Put a happy little smile on your face with a class in the style of the landscape master himself, Bob Ross. Follow along, have some fun, and enjoy yourself. You supply the materials, they provide the company.

When: Saturday, July 25
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Tickets: Register online

Gogh By Car

Gogh by Car, a drive-in version of the visually-striking Immersive van Gogh art experience. Take your car through a one of a kind experience redesigned to keep you safe but stimulated.

When: On until July 30
Time: Times vary depending on availability
Where: 1 Yonge Street
Tickets: Available online

Have a distanced drink on the water

Mariposa Cruises is offering a unique dining experience aboard its ship docked on Queen’s Quay. Ontario’s liquor laws have officially been adjusted to allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked.

Where: Queen’s Quay
Tickets: Start at $32, available online


With spine-tingling vocal polyphony and blue notes, intimacy and power, the four women of the Swedish a capella group Kongero bring Scandinavian traditional music into the 21st century.

When: Sunday, July 26
Time: 4 pm
Where: Watch online

Catch a drive-in movie in the GTA

You’ll have to head out of the city for this one, but if you have access to a car (or someone does in your bubble) then you can enjoy a movie in a very old school way.

The 5 Drive-In and The Starlight Theatre (both in Oakville) are open as is the Starlite in Hamilton and The Stardust Drive in Theatre in Newmarket.

Some of the movies include E.T., The Invisible Man, and Troll World Tour.

Take a drive through the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is now open and has introduced a new Scenic Safari. “Take a drive on the wild side” from the comfort of your own car. You can now safely take a tour of the Zoo by driving through the site.

Timed-tickets must also be purchased by zoo guests in advance. Facial coverings are required inside all buildings including the African Rainforest Pavilion and the Gift Shop.

CN Tower EdgeWalk

This thrilling attraction is now open. You can participate in the EdgeWalk as a larger group if you live in the same house as them.

Masks or face coverings are required in order to gain access inside the CN Tower. Your temperature will also be taken as you pass through security.

Aga Khan Museum

You can now visit the galleries at the Aga Khan Museum. Tickets can be bought online, in advance. Timed entry tickets have been put into place to control the flow of visitors. Face masks are also required to be worn by all visitors over the age of two.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is now welcoming guests back to the Castle. They have implemented protocols to ensure the safety of guests, including limiting the number of people in the castle at one time. They have also increased their cleaning schedule.

The onsite patio dining is also open for guests to grab a bite in the Gardens at Casa Loma or the Blueblood Steakhouse.

Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are open. Visitors must buy tickets online in advance. There will be a limit of 5,000 tickets per day, as the ferry service is operating at a 50% maximum capacity. Tickets will also only be valid for the selected day of purchase.

All passengers on the ferry will be required to wear facial coverings. To reduce crowding, the City is encouraging visitors to travel outside of peak times. The busiest time for travel from the terminal to Toronto Island Park is between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and between 3:30 and 6:30 pm for the return trip.

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.

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.

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