The Social Distancing Weekly: June 5, 2020

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!

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Today in the newsletter, we present:

  • Virtual Paradise Theatre
  • Free movies 
  • Ethiopian restaurant row
  • Reading recommendations
  • Food & drink

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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.

Whose Streets?

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.

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Zombi Child

Set in 1962 Haiti and present-day France, this moody and hypnotic film takes on the horrors of colonialism.

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We're delighted to continue offering:

Free movies:

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.

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I Am Not Your Negro

This Oscar-nominated doc envisions Remember this House, the book James Baldwin never finished.

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Losing Ground

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!

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Ethiopian restaurant row

We believe in the power of food—and consider ourselves lucky to be next to so many great Ethiopian restaurants, including:

African Palace

Always welcoming and warm, African Palace is available on Uber Eats and via direct phone call. 

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Lalibela Restaurant

A neighbourhood staple! Available on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Ritual and via direct phone or email.

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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.

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Reading recommendations:

The Skin We're In

A perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising activists and writers, Desmond Cole. 

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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.

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A Different Booklist

The legendary and stalwart Black-owned bookstore in the Annex has a great selection available for delivery or curbside pick-up.

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Food & drink from Paradise:

Neighbourhood Dinner

We've updated our take-out dinner for two. Now including Salumi Misti, a mixed variety of three salumi served with fennel mostarda. $69

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Picnic Set

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

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Brew Crew

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.

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Do you love what we do, and look forward to our re-open? There are many ways to support us:

We'll be back with another Social Distancing Weekly next week. 

Until then, email sonya.william@paradiseonbloor.com with any questions, requests or inspiration. We're all in this together. 

The Social Distancing Weekly

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