The Social Distancing Weekly: June 5, 2020
Paradise stands with our Black neighbours, artists, audiences, colleagues and friends.
We're proud of the impact and utility of this newsletter for our local community, that's why we always share Toronto news and recommendations. Today we are focusing on Black stories and Black-owned businesses.
Recently, we re-shared a captivating history of Black leadership in the Annex. We encourage you to take a look!
Today in the newsletter, we present:
- Virtual Paradise Theatre
- Free movies
- Ethiopian restaurant row
- Reading recommendations
- Food & drink
Virtual Paradise Theatre
When you buy a ticket to one of the movies below, you're also giving two tickets to front-line workers to enjoy a well-deserved escape to Paradise when we re-open. More info.
An electrifying doc made by two Black filmmakers working and speaking with the activist community during the protests in Ferguson. Proceeds go to the Black Health Alliance.
Set in 1962 Haiti and present-day France, this moody and hypnotic film takes on the horrors of colonialism.
We're delighted to continue offering:
Killer of Sheep
Charles Burnett’s legendary masterpiece was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.
I Am Not Your Negro
This Oscar-nominated doc envisions Remember this House, the book James Baldwin never finished.
Criterion Channel has lifted their paywall on many films, including Kathleen Collins's pioneering 1982 feature, which Wedge Curatorial Projects presented at Paradise in March!
Ethiopian restaurant row
We believe in the power of food—and consider ourselves lucky to be next to so many great Ethiopian restaurants, including:
Always welcoming and warm, African Palace is available on Uber Eats and via direct phone call.
A neighbourhood staple! Available on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Ritual and via direct phone or email.
Selam/Pero Restaurant and Lounge
Specializing in vegan and gluten-free dishes, Selam (formerly known as Pero) is available on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Ritual and via direct phone or email.
The Skin We're In
A perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising activists and writers, Desmond Cole.
Book Club Lite
Whether you're starting to learn about racial justice, or want to share with someone who is unfamiliar, @jenerous on Instagram shared a great list of resources.
A Different Booklist
The legendary and stalwart Black-owned bookstore in the Annex has a great selection available for delivery or curbside pick-up.
Food & drink from Paradise:
We've updated our take-out dinner for two. Now including Salumi Misti, a mixed variety of three salumi served with fennel mostarda. $69
A perfect pairing for (socially distanced) summer in the park! Includes Riopelle cheese, two local salumi and marinated olives. All bundled up in a Paradise tote bag for you to keep! $38
Four popcorns with special Paradise seasoning, four candies of your choice and four beers of your choice from a selection of Henderson's and Burdock brews.
Do you love what we do, and look forward to our re-open? There are many ways to support us:
- Order from Osteria Rialto for dinner
- Order Paradise Theatre concessions for home movie night
- Stream a movie on Virtual Paradise Theatre to support us and front-line workers
- Buy a Gift Card - we have $14 and $21 gift cards, perfect for "pre-buying" ground floor and balcony tickets!
- Review us on Google
- Invite your friends to sign up to our newsletter
- Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
We'll be back with another Social Distancing Weekly next week.
Until then, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, requests or inspiration. We're all in this together.