Halloween

Toronto Hit List: Halloween Edition!

WEDNESDAY

9 pm Lifted @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A weekly eclectic and esoteric dance party, built around a psychedelic, dubby, jazz-laden, electronic sound. Not focused on one particular genre or stuck in any given era, Lifted’s sole purpose is to glorify the groove and revel in rhythm. It is music to move the body and sonancy to sedate the soul, in a space where superior sound is fundamental.

9 pm Punk Rock Bingo @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Drink specials, prizes, sporadic performances, and bingo! Featuring a live performance by live performance by Hervana, an all-female quartet playing Nirvana tunes + O-69 shot specials, awesome prizes, and a performance by Toronto’s punk rock drag queen Jenna Syde, appearing as Courtney Love. Dress as your favourite gender-blending punk rock icon and come join the festivities! Stick around after bingo for tunes you shouldn’t be listening to, courtesy of DJ Triple-X and rotating guest DJs. $1 per bingo card, PWYC for live entertainment.

10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.

10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.

10 pm Natural Wednesdays @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Swirve Music and Babylon Warchild present a new hip-hop series by the heads, for the heads. Featuring a fresh roster of up-and-comers and OGs that changed the game + an in-house 12-round battle league, with the winner taking home a $500 cash prize.

10 pm Hallowo’od Nights @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. RN’R tunes courtesy of Mike and Chris. $5 tall cans of Tecate.

THURSDAY

9 pm Boombox @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. What happens inside the box? Come see for yourself at TIFF’s fundraising event in support of the major upcoming exhibition, Stanley Kubrick. Boombox is an all-out explosion of film, art, music, and fun. This event will raise funds for TIFF to continue to showcase its world-renowned film programming and innovative exhibitions, to provide enriching workshops and diverse educational initiatives for youth and aspiring filmmakers, and to support the community through outreach. $160 advance tickets available online.

9 pm SpaceGhostPurrp (Devil’s Night Costume Party) @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Suprise x Matt Almeida x The Bad Habit Group x Raider Klan Present: SpaceGhostPurrp, a rapper and producer from Miami, Florida, and the founder of the group Raider Klan. Best dressed will receive a special prize! $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Strangelove: Devil’s Night Edition @ Weldon Park, 569 College St.The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. Music by Webster. $5.

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.

10 pm DJ Downunda@ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Devil’s Night Dance @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. An evening so funky it’s evil. Music provided by DJs Snake Arms (horror film soundtracks), T-ball (hip-hop), and Rick Jamieson (funk, disco). Decorations by Anna Elisabeth and A/V projection project by Sam Nease.

10 pm Eddie C @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Move to the sounds of the mountain man. Eddie C rollin’ and chuggin’ with guests Cyclist and Roberto S. $5.

10 pm Night of the Creeps @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The dudes of Dogbody return for all you ghouls and goblins to throw yet another amazing-yet-incredibly-awkward social gathering. In other words, they’re throwing a Devil’s Night party!

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Boo! @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park.Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. This week, explore the weird, wild, and wacky from ROM’s collections! (Costumes optional, but if you’re dessing up, please leave face masks and props at home.) $12 at the door.

8 pm Halloweird: Imaginary Solutions 10 @ White House Studio Project, 277.5 Augusta Ave. A night of spooky speaking, freaking, and leaking (cuz you’ll be drinking). Halloween-themed comedy, poetry, film, music, and dance. They also have a psychic in the house ready to give you the bad news. Pay What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law. 93/93.

9 pm Chronologic Halloween @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and anti-pop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2014, played in chronological order). The Goin’ Steady DJs play the absolute best dance tracks from every era – unexpect the accepted except exceptional exceptions and DANCE. Toronto designer Adam Belanger will be transforming Lee’s into a frightening array of spooky mayhem. $10 at the door.

9 pm Subtle Blend: Halloween Edition @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St.Different set ups and new gear are gonna drive this Halloween Show with live improvised sounds by the following acts: CY, Josh Grant, ∆ N Z O L ∆, Stillmonk, and BSMNT. Analog gear, Interactive visuals, experimental sets, dress up. $5 or PWYC.

9:30 pm Decades of Dance Halloween Extravaganza @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Celebrating the best in music from the eras of the ’50s to the ’00s. All the cheese, sing-a-longs, dance-moves, hairdos, denim tuxedos, and everything in between! As you journey through the historic hotel, you’ll find yourself time warping through the eras never knowing who you’ll meet, what you’ll see, where you’ll be or even end up. In the Ballroom, enjoy live music from Oldies 990 playing the hits of the ’50s and ’60s along with DJ Nico. In the Melody Bar, it’s DJ Geoffrol (’70s and ’80s) and on the second floor, join DJ Phil Leithead for all the ’90s and ’00 jams you can handle. $30 advance tickets available online, $35 at the door.

10 pm Terror Vision @ 99 Sudbury St. An all-night audio/visual Halloween music and art party. In the Gallery: DJs EZ, Èbony, Eytan Tobin and Lum (Bedroomer), and Carly Bangs. In the Glass Factory: DJs Jus-Ed, Gingy B2B Kevin Mcphee, Membersonly, Pooyan B2B Andy Capp. $24.50 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.

10 pm Disco Dungeon @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Creatures of the night: You are cordially summoned to rise from your hip downtown apartment graves (covens, goat sacrifices, satanic rituals, etc) to celebrate Halloween at Unlovable. Spooky tunes right outta the crypt from record ghouls Riff Randell and Yin Zhang + ‘ween tricks and treats and prizes for best costume.

10 pm Dudebox Is Fucking Dead @ Planet Car Wash, 689 King St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, bounce, all drinks $5, spooky shit from the dollar store, live performances and, of course, the Dudebox crew. With DJs James Nightingale, John Chetty, Birthday Boy, and Yes Yes Y’all’s Nino Bown and Jill. 80% of profits donated to Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, 20% reinvested into DDBX.

10 pm Shindig Halloween @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dance to the sweet soulful sounds of resident DJs General Eclectic, Splattermonkey, and Parkdale Funk, and dress up for a chance to win a cash prize for best costume! Hector Vasquez will be taking your photos. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Smithfits / Pay Day @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Upstairs, DJs Scott Wade, Scott Waring, and special guest Andy Rourke (formerly of The Smiths) play Britpop, new wave, and post-punk (starts at 11 pm). Downstairs, DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop and party jams. There will be a photobooth and costume contest, so be sure to dress up!

10 pm Queen of Blood Halloween Fiesta @ Del Ray So-Cal Cantina, 620 Queen St. W. DJs Jeff Kirkwood and Marc de Breyne serve up the tracks while Natalie Howard and Karolina Kisiel serve up the cocktails. 500 peso prize for best costume! $5.

10 pm Dwayne Gretzky Hallowe’en @ Tattoo, 567 Queen St. W. No need to slug your pillowcase door-to-door; Dwayne has prepared the biggest heap of tricks and treats with which to fill your face all night long. Costumes are very much expected! $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Nightmare on Beacs Street @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.It’s Friday night and it also happens to be Halloween. You know the drill. Show up in the most memorable monstrosity and win the Drake’s annual $500 prize for best costume. Your Boy Brian hits the Lounge at 10 pm and Diggy the DJ will get things freaky in the Underground from 11 pm onwards. $10.

10 pm Body Ween @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. All of your death wishes have come true: Body Interface and Halloween, together at last. DJ sets by Laurahhh! McCoy, Cam Ghost Lee, and Sebastian ZomButt. Techno don’t go in there, haunted house, acid for blood.

10 pm Freedom of Choice: Halloween Edition @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Throw on a costume and get freaky with DJs Johnny, Juice, and Babs! The best indie, ’80s, Brit, garage, and psych for your drinking and dancing pleasure.

10 pm Hush: A Buffyverse Halloween Event @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E.Buffy and The Scoobies come alive at this special Halloween costume event! Dress as your favorite Buffyverse character, side sharacter, or reference as WAYLA is transported into Sunnydale for an all-night Slayerfest. Prizes for best costume. $5.

10 pm Dead Celebrity Halloween @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. Sponsored by Jameson, with music provided by DJs Serious and Dopey. No cover – arrive early to guarantee entry.

10 pm Bad News Halloween @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. A special Halloween installment of Bad News with your gracious DJs, Neil and Derek. ’60s soul, garage, and rockabilly – all on vinyl. Live (or undead?) set by the Grave Stonerz + prizes for best costume. $5.

10 pm Scream Me Up: Halloween Disco @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Join A Digital Needle and Cyclist for a supernatural night of fiendishly funky, phantasmically soulful disco, disco-rap, proto-boogie, and other aural oddities that are primed to make you groove! Dressing up is encouraged, but not required. Limited $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Jamz Presentz: Chill or Be Chilled @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Pals Slater and Ty are gonna be raisin’ the dead! ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s. $5.

10 pm Da Phonk Halloween @ Crawford, 718 College St. The waviest, spookiest, trillest, and phonkiest in rap, trap, and hip-hop all night night long + horror movies and scary vibes. There is also a prize for best costume, so get into that. $10.

10 pm Hallow’eave @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Jamie Lee and you and everyone you know. Hip-hop, RnB, dancehall, bangers, guilty pleasures. No cover, just candy!

10 pm Halloween Howl @ The Bristol, 1087 Queen St. W. DJs Davy Love, Tim Hanna, and Rocky Ricardo throw down the ’50’s, ’60s, and ’70s rock, soul, freakbeat, garage, and R&B classics – with some killer Halloween groovers too! There will be serious prizes for best costumes + themed drink specials all night long.

10 pm Heresy’s Haunted House @ Detour Bar, 193 Baldwin St. When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will turn up on the dance floor. Don’t be afraid, HERESY will be hosting a chilling night of dark and dirty house and club music in the hallowed halls of Detour Bar. DJ sets by Cole Burns, SL.Y, Run Animal Run, and a special guest.

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Halloween @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Brooklynn will be re-born into a Tim Burton nightmare. Dress up and be prepared for the worst! Music by Conor Cutz and Shain Christian. $15 advance tickets availableonline.

10 pm Halloween Death Disco 2014 @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With Kings of the North, City Kid Soul, and Hey! DW. $10 advance tickets availableonline. For guestlist, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm Halloween Pop-Up @ 86 1/2 Bathurst St. Premiering a new venue in Toronto. Costume party + pop-up + Halloween. $20 with guestlist (call 647-896-2357 for info), $25 without.

10 pm Haunted Embassy @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Luke and Jordan DJing cool spooky music til way past the witching hour. Costumes! Candy! No cover! You’ll hear: Death From Above 1979, The Cure, Joy Division, Anagram, Crystal Castles, Bauhaus, Pixies, SINS, Creeping Nobodies, Ramones, Fucked Up, We Are Wolves, Trust, Interpol, Grimes, Austra, Tarantula X, The Smiths, SALEM, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Deadly Snakes, Pretty Girls Make Graves, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Kontravoid, and other unsettling hits!

10 pm Halloween Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. All the great, spooky jams for the best party night of the year! $5.

10 pm Pop Lobster: So Long, Farewell Halloween Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. After 4.5 amazing years of sweaty happy feel-good partying, Pop Lobster is retiring. It’s not goodbye forever, just “until next time.” Costumes are encouraged and if you dress up as a lobster or your favourite Pop Lobster DJ, they’ll buy you a shot. DJs Little Kicks and ARP 2600 will be at your service.

10 pm Blood, Sweat & Queers Halloween @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W.DJs Aeryn Pfaff and Frustra together in Hell for the first time. $5 Bitches Brew. Psychic Betsy Balega doing 10 minute readings. Costume contest. $10.

10 pm Hallow Groove @ Brush, 106 Front St. E. With DJs Jason Ulrich (boogie, disco, classics), Rico Diaz (soulful house, retro classics), Gerrence and Uncle Mattie (boogie, disco, rare groove), and J. Lee (old school, hip-hop, reggae).

10 pm Studio Bizarre @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Featuring the musical stylings of Free n Losh, some of the most exciting electronic producers of the moment with credits for Mac Miller, an official Pretty Lights remix, and multiple trips to the Hype Machine Top Ten charts. Costumes mandatory. $10.

10 pm Boos! @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Ultra-spooky dance craziness!

10 pm Regretro: Halloween Edition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W.Time to dance it up monster-mash style and and find your Devon Sawa on the dance floor. There will be treats at the beginning of the night, so arrive early to indulge. As always, requests welcome! Time to turn back time.

10 pm Back In The Day: ’90s Halloween Party @ The Sound Academy, 11 Polson St. A tribute to old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop from the ’90s. With DJs Wristpect and DJ Mensa. Cash prizes for best Halloween costumes. $30 advance tickets available online, more at the door.

SATURDAY

10 pm 4th Annual Bangs & Blush Halloween Spooktacular @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. If you know Bangs & Blush, you know they love to do it BIG – so they’ll be spinning all your favourite guilty pleasures from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s + an entire witches brew of scary selections! Make sure to come dressed your best (dancing shoes included), because there will be some totally terrifying prizes to be won. $5.

10 pm All Saints Day @ The Libertine, 1307 Dundas St. W. Make the day after better than the night before. The Dirty Frenchman will play rap and some house music, and probably a bunch of other wacky music too.

10 pm X-Feels @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. An X-Files-themed dance party featuring video projections of the show’s highlights and visions of our human-alien hybrid futures. Dress up as Mulder or Scully (or an alien) for a chance to win prizes. DJs Cam Lee, Lulu Wei, and Sarah D’Angelo will be stirring up a dark conspiracy on the dance floor all night.

10 pm Motown Party: Monster Mash @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Halloween special spooky soul revue with DJ Caff + an all-vinyl set with Brett Millius, and Reverend Throwdown. Video and prizes from Eyesore Cinema. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Booyakasha: Halloween Edition @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Bambii and Miss Jamaica play reggae, dancehall, b-more, neo-RnB, trap-slap, dance, bump and grind, and zombie whine. Dress up in costume. Dress down to nothing. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Nico and Magnificent spin floorshakers and heartbreakers! Mod, pop, R&B, reggae, and soul. $5.

10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. All rap all night with DJs Patrick McGuire and ItsMattLangille. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shameless Karaoke @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Yes, it is back… but better because it’s SHAMELESS! Join Gladstone for an outrageous, ridiculous, knock-your-socks-off fun night of karaoke.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, ’90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, ’80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ‘Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

11 pm Elegantly Wasted: The Haunted Edition @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Things get spooky, dark, and haunted at the Velvet Underground. Retro ’80s and ’90s + your Halloween favourites! To get on the guest list, click attending on Facebook and you’re good +1.

11 pm Shriek A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Why only wear your costume on actual Halloween? Shake A Tail gives you one more night to dress up. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

SUNDAY

1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love. Until 6 pm.

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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