The Social Distancing Weekly - May 1, 2020

The Social Distancing Weekly: May 1, 2020

It's May 1, International Workers' Day. Today especially, we celebrate and bear witness to the important work being done across our communities.

It's also rent day, the second one since the shutdown. Here at Paradise, we support, who are doing crucial work to make sure we continue to live in a country with great restaurants. We also support the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, who are advocating for relief for local businesses across the province. 

Today, we present:

  • Virtual Paradise Theatre
  • Musicians at home
  • Virtual tourism
  • Ideas on what's next
  • Food to your door

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Virtual Paradise Theatre 

When you buy one ticket through Virtual Paradise Theatre, you're also giving two tickets to front-line workers to enjoy a well-deserved escape to Paradise when we re-open. More info.

Joseph of Mercury

We're joining up with Subculture to bring you free live music! Join us next Friday for a special one-off livestream from catchy, classic crooner Joseph of Mercury. 



"Every now and then comes a documentary that feels like an American landmark. Pahokee is one of those films." – POV Magazine

Tune in for a virtual Q&A with the directors on Saturday at 8pm.



An Italian classic cocktail, perfectly paired with classic Italian drama from director Luchino Visconti: L'Innocente!

● 45ml dry gin
● 45ml Contratto Bitter
● 45ml dry vermouth

1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice.

2. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled Old Fashioned glass (if possible).

3. Garnish with orange peel.

4. Contemplate a trip to Rome, because this cocktail is so darn good.

We're delighted to continue offering:

Something free:


Did you take advantage of our free three-month Mubi subscription? (Psst, it's here!) Today only, they're presenting an exclusive preview of Pablo Larraín's intoxicating new film.


Musicians at home: 


Join the Hamilton-based folk-rock duo this week and every week for their Happy Hour Friday concert series.


Alex Cuba

Toronto-based online venue hosts Latin Grammy and Juno award-winner Alex Cuba for an invigorating livesteam.


Torquil Campbell

The Stars vocalist performs from his full catalogue, along with stories from the road throughout his three decades in music.


Virtual tourism:

Studio Ghibli

The beloved Japanese animation studio has released a selection of backgrounds you can download and use for your Zoom calls.


Paradise Theatre

We released a selection of Zoom backgrounds, too! Transport yourself back to Paradise Theatre in the safest way we know.


Field Trip

Art galleries and museums across Canada are presenting programs, talks and workshops on this new online platform.


What's next?

Wuhan's Return to Life

Face masks, an "anti-virus task force" and taking the stairs. Bloomberg's cover story details how the first virus epicentre is re-opening.


Esther Perel on Grief

In the New York Times, world-renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel speaks on collective losses and grief as part of living through this current moment.


What If No One Pays Rent?

NPR podcast Planet Money explores "what if" scenarios around rents and mortgages—and it goes further than you may think!


Food to your door:

St. Viateur Bagels

No better time to discover that you can order from Montreal's famous bagel shop and have them delivered fresh to your Toronto home!


Real Food Delivery

Something for the family! Previously a catering company for Toronto schools and daycares, Real Food for Real Kids has pivoted to delivering food direct to homes. 


Wine Case for Osteria Rialto

Buying wine has never been more rewarding. If you purchase a Restaurant Relief Case with the link below, you'll be supporting our restaurant Osteria Rialto, Community Food Centres Canada, and Wine Align.


Paradise photo

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 with any questions, requests or inspiration. We're all in this together. 

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