The Social Distancing Weekly: May 22, 2020

The Social Distancing Weekly: May 22, 2020

We just passed the two-month mark since closing our doors due to COVID-19. Spring has arrived, our grocery lists have turned into mighty tomes, and we'd really rather not know how many hours per day we look at a screen.

In the early days of The Social Distancing Weekly, we wrote about one-off events. Today, we feature full festivals taking place online! Pop star Charli XCX wrote and recorded an entire album during lockdown. How's that for resiliency?

Today, we present:

  • Food, drink, and bottles of wine
  • Virtual Paradise Theatre
  • Festivals online
  • All about masks
  • Toronto starts re-opening

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Food, drink, and bottles of wine:

Wine & Bottle Shop

Great prices and truly unbeatable convenience for wine, spirits and cider! We have your cider and rosé for sunny days. Open daily, 1-8pm at the Paradise front doors. 

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The Rom-Combo

Two popcorns, two candies of your choice, and a bottle of wine to share for a romantic night in. 

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Free Focaccia

Anyone who's been to Osteria Rialto knows to rave about the focaccia. And for a limited time, you can add it to orders over $40 for free!

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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.

Lucky Grandma

A chain-smoking grandma in New York's Chinatown lands herself on the wrong side of luck in this crowd-pleasing comedy.

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Caro Diario

A hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy set across Italy—from riding a Vespa around Rome, to writing in the Aeolian Islands.

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We're delighted to continue offering:

Festivals online:

Homebody Music Festival

The lineup is stacked with local favourites for this weekend fest of live performance and conversation, all in support of Canadian charities.

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In lieu of their annual in-person events, comic arts festivals across Canada are hosting a month-long online celebration with masterclasses, live drawings and more.

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ReelAbilities Film Festival

Now in its fifth year, ReelAbilities Toronto goes online with a packed schedule of films and discussions about Deaf and disability cultures.

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All about masks:

Mask History

In 1958, Sara Turnbull was told to design a bra with newly-developed non-woven material. She came back with another idea. This, and more, in the history of the medical mask.

Listen Now

My Mask Fogs My Glasses

If you can relate to that tagline, you're not alone. This New York Times article outlines solutions from bespectacled healthcare workers.

Read More

Public Opinion

Bringing people together! According to a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, wearing a mask is seen as a sign of respect and a matter of public health—across political lines.

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Toronto starts re-opening:

Toronto Zoo Safari

Take a tour around the Toronto Zoo from the comfort of your car, complete with zookeeper commentary.

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Toronto Parks

More than 850 park amenities are re-opening this weekend, including many picnic shelters, soccer fields, basketball courts and more.

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Quiet Streets

Sometimes you have to close to re-open. Toronto has designated new "quiet streets" to encourage safe outdoor activity!

Learn More

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. 

The Social Distancing Weekly

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