Virtual events are creating spaces for people to build relationships, collaborate globally, decompress, and rebuild social connections during a time of physical solitude. Whether you are a film critic, a curious mind, an innovator, or just live for the game, we have outlined five top Toronto events happening this fall that will leave you feeling more connected than ever before (while at a distance).
Toronto is an epicenter for arts, culture, sports, and entertainment. As the city navigates the process of safely reopening and getting back to a (new) normal, we have seen creative approaches to hosting events that foster unity in a time of separation
For the critics.
From virtual red carpets to drive-in screenings, TIFF 2020 stepped up this year by demonstrating the magic of film. Event season started off with TIFF partnering with Shift72 to develop an industry-leading online platform to host digital screenings, live-stream talks and special events. As one of Toronto’s largest festivals, access to newly featured films was made more accessible than ever before; offering physical distanced screenings, drive-ins, and digital screenings.
Just when you think TIFF has thought of everything, they introduced the Digital Gift Bag. TIFF launched a digital platform to access special offers, snacks, and Festival Village swag, to create a full cinematic experience at home. The crowd favourite was a Skip the Dishes promo code for Cineplex popcorn.
For the curious.
Dedicated to spreading ideas, building community, and changing lives, TEDxToronto has recently announced their year-round digital event series, “Uncharted.” Based on the theme of uncharted waters, the unknown, and what is to come, the digital event series will tackle big questions about finding sources of hope, seeing the larger picture, and balancing individual goals with those around us.
TEDxToronto is offering a curated digital experience that brings curious people together, introduces experts from various industries, and facilitates meaningful dialogue from the comfort of your own home. Join the community for Part One: Understanding Where We Are on October 29, 2020 and connect with Actor Hamza Haq, Journalist Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Fresh City Farms Founder Ran Goel, Artificial Intelligence Expert Jimmy Ba, and Global Chief Economist Frances Donald. Tickets are now available, learn more about Uncharted here.
For the creators.
Grow, create, and get inspired at The Creativity Conference hosted by Adobe MAX this October. With over 350 sessions, three full days of luminary speakers, and global collaborative art projects, this conference will fuel you with inspiration that will last you until the end of the year. Access real-time and on-demand content covering 3D and AR, business productivity, creativity and design in business, graphic design, illustration and digital painting, photography, social media, UI and UX design, and video. The best part about this digital event is that it is offered at no cost.
The interactive nature of the digital platform is what truly makes this conference unique. Participants have the ability to customize their conference schedule by browsing all of the sessions, labs, creativity workshops, and keynote speakers. With this interactive platform, participants can strategically plan their experience and ensure they are making the most of the event.
For the entertainment goers.
“Drive into the live experience” at the OLG Play Stage. Located at Ontario Place, the OLG Play Stage is Toronto’s newest entertainment venue offering live-streaming of Raptors playoff games, TFC games, special movie screenings, and live concerts from the comfort of your own car. This experience is a combination of both digital and social distance elements that fosters collective pride, excitement, and joy in a safe way.
You can conveniently purchase your ticket online, pre-order food and beverages, pre-order select merchandise, and receive your designated parking spot. The OLG Play Stage will run until the end of October, browse all of the upcoming events here.
For the crafters.
Gifting season is soon approaching, and the One of a Kind Show has officially announced their Winter 2020 show must go on. This year, the event will be hosted on their digital platform where exhibitors have the opportunity to create virtual booths offering live chats, direct purchases, and DIY workshops. With the event shifting to an online platform, OOAK has been able to connect with artists across Canada in a way that has never been available before.
OOAK Online allows makers to share their brand story, showcase their creations, access web traffic and digital analytics, and complete transactions through their own shopify stores. The most innovative piece of this platform is the ‘MATCHMaker’, connecting customers with new makers who match their shopping preferences. Support the creative economy and get ready for the OOAK digital experience.
Innovation is the overarching theme of 2020 for all businesses, including Blue Door. As we test new avenues and platforms, virtual events will continue to foster new learning that could change the way we interact with live events forever. Maybe by 2021, all events will be virtual!
About the Author:
Julie is our driving creative force at Blue Door. As our Senior in-house graphic designer, Julie is responsible for managing all design projects, developing rich content marketing strategies, creative direction, design execution, and implementing organizational processes.