Including the very first 519 virtual gala (with Elton John) and the 20th edition of the BIPOC-focused Reelworld Film Festival.
From a Canada-wide online art festival by Art Toronto to a virtual gala hosted by The 519 to support Toronto’s LGBTQ community, here are all the digital events to mark on your calendar this month and at -of the.
The Gala 519
Each year, 519, Canada’s largest LGBTQ2S community center, hosts a gala to raise funds in support of its programs and initiatives. This year, the Toronto-based organization is hosting a virtual gala with musical performances and special appearances by artists like Elton John, Margaret Atwood, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Barenaked Ladies and more. “Over the years, many of the artists who attended the annual gala have become friends of 519 and they have graciously offered to return this year for this one-of-a-kind celebration,” 519 Honorary Patron Salah J ” Bashir said in a statement. The 519 Virtual Gala will be televised live on Sunday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Find more details here.
ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
As the world’s largest Indigenous film and media arts festival, ImagineNATIVE focuses on the film, video, radio and new media of Indigenous, Indigenous and First Nations people around the world. The Toronto-based festival is, naturally, set to go virtual this year, with a 2020 festival list showcasing the work of 153 Indigenous artists in 23 languages from 13 countries and 97 Indigenous nations. Some of this year’s festival titles include Indian inconvenient, a documentary directed by Métis / Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer; Monkey Beach, directed by Cree / Métis filmmaker Loretta Todd; and The legend of Baron To’a, directed by Maori / Pasifika filmmaker Kiel McNaughton. The festival runs from October 20 to 25. More details here.
Reelword Film Festival
Reelworld is the largest national platform dedicated to including more Canadians who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Latinx in the country’s film industries, and the 20th edition of its annual film festival takes place this year from October 14-19. The 2020 festival showcases its largest lineup of films to date, with titles like KENBE LA, until we win, a documentary on Haitian artist / activist Alain Philoctète; horror movie The curse of Willow Song; and Nolan: here nor there, about a young man on a reserve in Saskatchewan who finds it difficult to come to terms with the unexpected death of his brother. Get more details here.
For the first time in 21 years, Canada’s largest contemporary art fair, Art Toronto, will take place in a hybrid format comprising both a virtual showcase and in-person installations across the country. In a North American premiere, the fair has commissioned an augmented reality work from artist Jenn E Norton of Guelph, which is available for download to the public via Instagram and Facebook starting today. Get details on the art fair, which runs from October 28 to November 8, here.
Reel Asian Festival
The 2020 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival will be fully virtual and available across Canada for the first time. This year’s lineup includes 58 films from countries like Canada, Korea, Japan, China, India, US and UK, 59% of which are directed by women and non-binary filmmakers. . The festival will open with Go down a dark staircase, a documentary on the events surrounding the shooting of a black man in Brooklyn by a Chinese-American police officer. Access to the opening event will be free with the support of the CBC. The weeklong festival, which runs from November 12 to 19, will end with a live reading of the script by Scarborough, the next screenplay adaptation of the novel of the same name by Canadian writer Catherine Hernandez. Get details on the festival here.