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Toronto Hit List: UFO Rave, 90s Video Dance Party Benefit, Business Woman’s Special 8th Birthday, Taste of Iceland & more!

November 8th-12th The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Exhibition Place, 100 Prince’s Blvd. Celebrate the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country at the Royal!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $50 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

9 pm Reel Girl Talk and Black Women Film! Canada Short Film Night @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. The MUFF Society’s Reel Girl Talk screening series and Black Women Film! Canada are proud to present an exciting new showcase of short films made by Black female filmmakers followed by a panel discussion. $12 advance tickets available online.

THURSDAY

7 pm “VIATICUS” Opening Reception @ Berenson Fine Art, 212 Avenue Rd. A collection of 18 new works by 75-year-old Toronto-based Italian painter Marco Sassone, whose counts Sophia Loren, the late Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, and the late Luciano Pavarotti among his fans and collectors. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until December 8th.

7 pm ArtAttack! @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. An outrageous art auction unlike anything you’ve ever seen, featuring work from dozens of our country’s foremost contemporary artists. Inspired by Daryl Vocat’s Save Lives, this year’s ArtAttack! will transform Buddies into an art-filled disco beach party. $40 advance tickets available online.

10 pm UFO Rave @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. Celestial techno, intergalactic electro, out of this world house, and everything in between. Dirty Daddy Don, Chia seed, and Efemmera are your captains of the dance floor for the night. Free before midnight, $5 after.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Tribute @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Blvd. Honour and celebrate all heroes, both real and mythical, at #FNLROM. $17 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Bestflix TV Trivia: Stranger Things @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Is there currently a stranger things shaped void in your life? Do you miss the gang and want to relive the joy that season two brought you? Show how well you know our favourite gang at Stranger Things Trivia!

8 pm Astronomy on Tap @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Quench your thirst for astronomy! A fun evening of pints, astronomy news, mind-expanding talks, games, and prizes. Following the talks, you’ll have all your cosmic questions answered by astronomers from the University of Toronto. Until 11 pm.

9 pm 5th Annual Celine Dion Party @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. A night of Celine hits, misses, remixes, and full-out ballads! Phillippe spins 100% Celine + drag show by Amanda Roberts and Coco Tres Jolie. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Girl Power! A 90s Video Dance Party Benefit @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Slam it to the left for a good cause! DJ Greedo, Zane Banyan, and Good Kids play your favourite ’90s music (with a special focus on the Spice Girls and female-fronted artists) + free glowsticks, Spice Girl-themed drinks, and a $100 ’90s-themed costume contest. $10 before midnight, $15 after, with proceeds going to Sistering: A Woman’s Place.

10 pm Saddle Up! @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Dance to Dolly, Waylon, Shania, and and the rest of your twangin’ favourites! You’ll hear all the good tunes and the best of the bad ones. Set by Toronto country legends Hey Stella! at 10:30 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Very Special @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks and Jenno play rap, R&B, and dancehall (now + ’00s throwbacks). $10 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Oblique Strategies @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Trust in the you of now.

Idiot glee. It is quite possible (after all). Babe Decibel and Missing Man play new wave, post-punk, and modern oddities.

10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.

10 pm My Bad: Wayne Stock Edition @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Party time, excellent! DJ Blush brings you another ridiculous My Bad dance party featuring all the ’80s, ’90s, and millennium crap you can handle.

10 pm Daleks Deluxe @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Expect a mind-numbing panopoly of sickening sike sounds selected by top time lords. Beat psych, progressive pop, regressive poop, electric sounds, electronics, exciting sounds, science friction, rhythm und blües, proto atavistic mythological mumbo jumbo jazz, kosmonautical rock and psyched-electronics, and galifreyan freak outs. 4 AM LAST CALL.

10 pm DJ Mensa @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Mensa knows that creating the right vibe trumps all and has spent years perfecting an alchemy of scratching and song selection that weaves between genres and eras to make him a Toronto dance floor favourite.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist. $10.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grump brings a new party to the Underground, featuring a healthy dose of latin bass, dancehall, and trap. $10.

SATURDAY

5 pm Taste of Iceland: Iceland’s Thriving Art Scene @ The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W. Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion of Icelandic visual arts. Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene, both through the artist-driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. Free!

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs ARP 2600, Digits, and special guest Lavender Menace! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $10.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: 8th Birthday Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Come celebrate Business Woman’s Special’s birthday! There will be cake. DJs Nino Brown, Sammy Rawal, and Phil V spinning all your fave celebratory tunes + special performances by Juice Boxx and Allysin Chaynes. $10.

10 pm Tropic of Funk @ Less Bar, 834 Dundas St. W. Tropic of Funk is an attempt to reconnect the roots of disco to a more contemporary and experimental sound while being aware of disco and funk’s underground nature. Beats provided by Myst Milano, DJ Phillippe, and Valeroo. $5 before midnight, $10/PWYC after.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. An all vinyl dance party featuring all hit songs from any genre and decade! Curated by DJ Precious Brett, you can expect all the damn best get silly, get down dance party music all night long.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs James “Small Axe” ACS and Leafy Cheify playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

10 pm Queer As Folk 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance and celebrate the first television series that portrayed the lives of the LGBQT community! $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music selections by Style of Tigers and RVM.Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Hot Cakes @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get down with your bad self to this classic soul, R&B, and funk night! DJ Markoshi plays feel-good music to make you shake, rattle, and roll all night long.

10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.

11 pm Hey Girl Hey @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. After bidding a tearful farewell to The Steady, HGH is hitting the road, and the first stop is Glad Day! DJ Orange Pekoe playing all your favourite hip-hop/R&B by female artists and Beardoncé performing her unmissable 12:30 floorshow. $10.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.

SUNDAY

1 pm Taste of Iceland: Shortfish Film Screening @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. A screening of the Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, which focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. Featuring six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner “Like it’s up to you” from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

5 pm Taste of Iceland: An Evening in Iceland @ Leña, 176 Yonge St. An immersive event showcasing the best of Icelandic music, cuisine, and drinks. Guests will enjoy a live performance by Icelandic/Canadian singer-songwriter Sigrún Stella Bessason during the cocktail reception, followed by the opportunity to meet and hear from chefs Andrésson and Marteleira as they speak to the features and ingredients of each dish. $120 advance tickets available online (includes a specialty cocktail, entertainment, and a four-course dinner with wine pairings).

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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