December 14th-15th City of Craft: Winter 2013 @ BLK BOX (The Great Hall), 1087 Queen St. W. Featuring 70+ vendors and exhibitors, workshops, installations, interactive booths, and more! Runs Saturday from 11-6 pm and Sunday from 11-5 pm. $2 admission.
December 14th-15th Parkdale Flea Indoor Christmas Market @ 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea is hosting a DOUBLE-DAY flea market with extended hours for the holiday season! Featuring local vendors selling crafts, vintage, cookies, handmade goods, clothing, furniture, antiques, and more – with different vendors each day. Runs Saturday from 1-midnight and Sunday from 10-6 pm. Admission is free!
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm.
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.
7 pm “I’m No Wallflower: A Lisa Brown Respective” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel (2nd Floor), 1214 Queen St. W. “Lisa Brown was a Toronto-born, Paris and Berlin-based artist who passed away from cancer in 2001, at the age of 31. Working in the frenetic creative atmosphere of Berlin in the late 90s, Lisa’s signature drawing and painting style blends Modernist, Pop and street art influences with her own whimsical outlook and symbolism. In her short life, her insatiable appetite to create produced a prolific body of work, including a mural on the Berlin wall. ‘I’m No Wallflower: A Lisa Brown Retrospective’ is a celebration of Lisa’s life and work, and aims to evoke the vitality and creativity that defined the artist herself. This multimedia exhibition showcases over forty of the artist’s original pieces, many of which have not been seen publicly in over a decade.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs 12-5 pm daily until January 5th.
8 pm C Magazine 30th Anniversary Issue Launch @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. C Magazine celebrates their 30th anniversary with the launch of Issue 120/Winter 2014, which features a sharp redesign and the inclusion of several new sections. “Happy Birthday” performance by Regina the Gentlelady at 9:30 pm. DJ Paul Petro spins at 8 pm, DJ Luis Jacob at 10 pm. $3 PBR until 11 pm.
9 pm A Gothmas Fundraiser @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Celebrate the year by going all goth (instead of the cliche ugly sweater crap) with lots of great music and great art! DJ sets by Alex Low, Adrienne.k, Brian Schirk. Art/projections/decorations by Mohammad Rexaei, Morris Hunter Fox, Laurie MacInroy, and Brandon A. Dalmer. There will be door prizes and lots of hot magic! Sliding scale entry of $10-5 at the door (dress in ALL BLACK including nail polish and lipstick and enter for $4.50), with proceeeds going to the artists and Whipper Snapper Gallery.
9 pm Holiday Party with Body Interface @ InterAccess, 9 Ossington Ave. Body Interface is a body positive, dance-focused social environment and monthly event currently hosted by Bambi’s. Started in 2012, current Body Interface members include Sebastian Butt, Laura McCoy and Cameron Lee, all of whom share a love of dance and electronic music and its subcultures. PWYC, with all proceeds supporting the arts centre.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
10 pm Fuck It Holiday Bash @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush throw the ultimate guilty pleasure holiday dance party full of the best (worst?) tunes from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s! $5.
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. This month, DJs Sara McCulloch and Drew Nelles fill in for Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack, bringing you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand! They love to play: L’il Kim, Aaliyah, Diana Ross, Betty Wright, TLC, Etta James, Salt N’ Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, The Crystals, and anyone else with a song in their heart.
10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. It’s the best day of the year, girl! Diego Bros play ’90s and early Y2K hip-hop and R&B all night long. (December babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) Free beore 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy dance party! Resident DJs Arp2600 (Silent Shout) and Little Kicks (Pop Lobster) rid you of all that goofy holiday cheer and replace it with steamysexyfuckfeelings. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get By Friday @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night. $5.
10 pm BEASTDJ / Crawford House Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, BEASTDJ plays hits from all the decades, plus jello shots! Downstairs, MC Jayflex hosts your favourite house party! Old school hip-hop, trap, and R&B all night + red cup drink special ($9.50 gets you a red cup and a shot). $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.
10:30 am Toronto Indie Arts Market: Small Press & Literary Festival @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Toronto Indie Arts Market has jam-packed their first Small Press & Literary Festival with over 70 vendors of amazing things to read (or write in) – from comics to cookbooks! Until 4:30 pm. $5 at the door, with partial proceeds going to Parkdale Project Read.
11 am Toronto Etsy Street Team 1st Annual Christmas Marketplace @ Church of Saint Stephen-In-The-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave. This cozy, intimate, handmade show will be filled with holiday magic! Along with Etsy’s handmade vendors, you can enjoy live music, take part in one of their FREE craft workshops, and even expect a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. The Marketplace will include a bake sale of tasty goodies and a charity raffle. The show features 20+ Toronto Etsy Street Team hand makers and includes; one of a kind jewelry, art, fashions, toys, hand-bound books, handmade body care items and one of a kind Christmas ornaments, cards, and gift wrap. Browse the vendor lookbook here. Until 5:30 pm. Admission is free!
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco: Xmas @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. It’s a holiday miracle: Disco! Join DJs A Digital Needle and Cyclist for a bit of Yuletide revelry as they countdown to Christmas with those funky, soulful grooves that are bound to make you move. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. It’s the last Strictly Business of the year! End 2013 off right with classic hip-hop and R&B super anthems courtesy of DJs Serious and Numeric.
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and The Dirty Frenchman play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, new jack swing, and dancehall (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Bang The Party! @ Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W. Music for dancers and dancing: neo funk, futureboogie, and leftfield house. With resident DJ Andycapp + special guests Alister Johnson, L’Oqenz and the ageless birthday boy, Son of S.O.U.L. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Codeine techno + hypno house + subterranean atmosphere with DJ Andrew Ross and special guest Marcus Marcus.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul. Free before 11pm, $5 after.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.
10:30 pm Communion @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Kieran Adams and Max Mohenu bless you with house, rare, new jack, pop, and classics.
10:30 pm Born To Party @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll plays new rock, alternative, ’80s, ’90s, and guilty pleases like: The Cure, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Lorde, The Strokes, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Grouplove, Run-D.M.C., and more!
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.
10 am Junction Flea Outdoor Winter Market @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. Skate, shop, eat, drink, and celebrate winter with Evergreen Brickworks and the Junction Flea! Bundle up for this one-day outdoor holiday market and lace up for the season opening of Evergreen’s outdoor ice rink. Stay cozy with a warm drink in the heated dining tent or around one of the wood burning fire pits. $2 admission donated to Evergreen.
10 am Leslieville Flea @ Jimmy Simpson Rec Center, 870 Queen St. E. The Leslieville Flea features over 50 vendors selling vintage, salvage, up-cycled, and handcrafted designs – and now, food vendors to keep you fueled! Until 4 pm.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Drink specials, new knowledge, and prizes. Until 10 pm.
8 pm 1st Annual Bonspiel Christmas Sweater Party @ No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St. Wear your worst Christmas* sweater, sip on holiday drinks for $5, and enjoy some of Bonspiel Theatre’s favoure comfort foods. Snacks at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. (*Kwanza, Chanukah, Yuletide, Festivus sweaters also accepted.)$10.
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