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 11 pm.
10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Monarch Tavern (upstairs), 12 Clinton St. Time to get your dance on, every Wednesday until Armageddon! Come for the Heart, stay for the Strokes.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and Guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.
10 pm Common People @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ Tigermilk plays a mix of post-punk, alternative, Brit-pop, seminal to current indie rock, and whatever else. $4 mixed drinks before 11 pm, $4 tequila, $5 Jameson, $5 pints of PBR, and $7 mug + shot.
10 pm I’m With The Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, a different band and their friends DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Mike Butler of Beta Frontiers and Dan Lee of Phedre/Hooded Fang play you some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and (if you’re early enough) eat fantastic tacos.
10 pm HumbleMania: Revenge! @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. After five long, cold months and through the snow and the ashes like a phoenix, HumbleMania is back for one night only! Tyler Kyte and Nick Rose will be bringing their guitars and their angelic voices to perform and celebrate. The Humble Empire boys will be out in full force providing the best damn all vinyl dance party since CDs were invented.
7:30 pm Long Weekend Lift Off with Anna Cyzon @ The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W. Anna Cyzon and band invite you to the official launch of “Into The Sun” music video (directed by Davin Black). Screening at 7:30 pm followed by a complimentary beverage service from 8-9 pm and an unplugged set by Cyzon and band at 8:30 pm. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or say your here to see Anna Cyzon at front upon entry.
9 pm 60’s Live Music Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An exciting new 60’s Live Music Dance Party series with special guests Revolvers playing all your favourite dance-able tunes! DJ sets in between sets courtesy of Bangs & Blush. $5.
10 pm Stereotypes 2 @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Best of Brit-pop craziness + a buck off all pints! DJs Kevin Knows I’m Miserable Now and The Lauren Wilkins & Mary Chain play stuff like Blur, Pulp, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Smiths, Oasis, Pet Shot Boys, Adam & The Ants, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, Spirtualized, and whatever else you wanna here. No shame!
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.
10 pm Taste The Floor @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs C.I.A. and R Totale serve up a tasty buffet of post-punk, new wave, alternative, and more
10 pm Tha’ Difference @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. If you love real heavy hip-hop beats nice and crispy like a sour cream n’ onion chip and as dirty and grimy as the Ninja Turtles’ feet, this is the night for you! DJs Andycapp (BangTheParty) and Taktiks throw down some of today’s dirtiest and grimiest hip-hop that’ll make that head nod heavy and your neck break like b-boys + yesterday’s forgotten and slept-on classics that’ll make you wanna get down, even if you don’t break, dance OR pop-lock. Hosted by Jazzy Jester. $10.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear!
10 pm Weirdos Of Rap @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A dance party celebration of raps about video games, thrift store shopping, space, and how hard it is being a neurotic, nerdy Jewish MC. $3.50 drink specials from 8 pm to midnight.
11 pm Bitch Craft @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Special long weekend edition! DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. $10.
7 pm “Cymatics” Opening Reception @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. “Cymatics explores sound vibrations and their effects on liquid to create a visual representation of how sound effects matter. Toronto-based artist Turner Wigginton explores the fundamentals of photography [light, time, and a means to record] and sound [12-tone scale]. Concentrating these bare components Wiggintion’s work is dedicated to the beauty of visualized sound and depicts how light-sensitive chemicals react to note vibrations to create photographic shadows.” Until 10 pm.
8 pm “The Super Trash Show” Opening Reception @ The Wonder Gallery, 99 Sudbury St. “A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Glamorizing Lowbrow Trash Culture.” Until 2 am.
9 pm Your Box Club Party @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. Your Box Club sells 100% organic and ethically produced period products, and they deliver them to your front door. They are raising funds to launch their website. Drop by Milk Glass Co. for tarot readings, box humour, belly dancing, and a performance by MiNETA (“sexy electro circus funk”) at 10:30 pm. PWYC, with proceeds going to the launch of Your Box Club’s new website.
10 pm Shindig! 2 Year Anniversary Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig! celebrates two years of amazing crowds, amazing vibes, and sweet sweet vintage rhythm and blues, northern soul, Motown, mod, and early rock ‘n’ roll music! With resident selectors Splattermonkey, General Eclectic, and Parkdale Funk spinning vintage R&B 7″ 45 rpm records all night. Tony Hicks snapping photos + free 2 Year Anniversary CDs for everyone! Free before 11 pm, $5.00 after.
10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.
10 pm Strange Robotix + Chayne Japal @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Astro-themed electronic psychedelic jazz fusion: Sea Funk, otherwise known as New Age Boogie. Biggie Schmaltz a.k.a. Saline Deion a.k.a. Chayne Japal framing rap anthems with indie favourites, jock jams, and culture.
10 pm Foundry 2013 @ Blk Box Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. Foundry is a collaborative month-long series of showcases dedicated to forward-thinking global talent in non-traditional spaces. The first project of its kind in Toronto, they’ve integrated several concepts to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience for our city’s music lovers: the conversion of a unique location; thoughtful series based curation with international artists and local tastemakers; as well as experimentation with technology and music. Featuring Andres, Bruce Trail, and Colin Bergh; curated by Colin Bergh. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. $15 reduced guestlist (valid until midnight and does not guarantee entry) available here.
10 pm We Think The World Of You @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Craig Dunsmuir and Peter Merriman play disco, boogie, soul, electronic, and dance.
10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes!
10 pm Mighty Real @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. The ultimate dance floor work out! DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid play acid, disco, and funky house. Midnight performance by Igby Lizzard.
10 pm HALFWITS Clothing Co. 2nd Annual Family Reunion @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. HALFWITS will be using this night to launch the release of their new Spring/Summer ’13 line titled, ‘HTO’. With Exeter, Geronimo & Scartch, and The Based Boys. $3 beers until midnight. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.
10 pm Massive Gritty @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Jahtari plays all styles of reggae: new and old dub, roots, ska, dancehall, and more.
10 pm M7 iParty @ Crawford, 718 College St. M7 takes over two floors with explosive hip-hop, RnB, and reggae + a free iPhone giveaway! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10:30 pm Dance For Holly @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. In memory of a true friend of many in the community, Holly Beetham. To know her was to love her, and two of her greatest passions were dancing and cycling. DJs Triple-X, Nix, Chiclet, and TK dropping beats to dance and party to as Holly would have wanted. This is also an official fundraising event for the Friends for Life Bike Rally in support of PWA, with 100% of all donations going directly to the organization. Holly completed this journey six times, and was planning to ride again this year. Online contributions can also be done under Ride for Holly. PWYC ($10 suggested donation).
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks and DeMiggs play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For guest list, email email@example.com (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.
8 pm Headquarters Presents: Edgewater Hotel Live @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. 90 minute set by Edgewater Hotel + psychedelic body painting, local band merch table, Edgewater Hotel T-shirts tie-dyed on the spot, and an open jam in the basement after the show (bring your own instruments). No club music – strictly rock, funk, punk, hip-hop, and soul all night long! $10.
10 pm Ice Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. An evening of rap bangers and old school classics. Wear comfortable shoes because DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi are gonna make you TWERK all night long! What’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after
10 pm UNO NYC @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. UNO NYC is steadily building up one of the most diverse rosters in the American electronic-music underground: Jacques Greene, CFCF, Mykki Blanco, Aquarian, Malcolm, Fatima Al Qadiri, and the unhinged Gobby. This will be a night of new age, open-ended party music with Gobby, Malcolm, Mr. UNO, and Easyboy. Limited capacity, get there early! PWYC ($5 suggested).
10 pm Boogie Nights @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Diana McNally (Dirty Talk) and Geoff Snack play Italo disco, Canadian disco, synth pop, 80’s, post-punk, new wave, and more. All vinyl!
10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Your favourite psych, mod, glam, and rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and present day.
10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party.
10 pm Panic 10 Year Anniversary Party @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party celebrates 10 years of DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life! 80’s, 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is Depeche Mode. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Foundry 2013 @ Blk Box Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. Foundry is a collaborative month-long series of showcases dedicated to forward-thinking global talent in non-traditional spaces. The first project of its kind in Toronto, they’ve integrated several concepts to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience for our city’s music lovers: the conversion of a unique location; thoughtful series based curation with international artists and local tastemakers; as well as experimentation with technology and music. Featuring DVS1, David Patterson, Michael Krochak, and Kevin McPhee; curated byHowDoesItMakeYouFeel. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. $15 reduced guestlist (valid until midnight and does not guarantee entry) available here.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party thrown by the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. $5.
10 pm Pressure Drop @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. The FINAL Embassy edition. DJs Chuck Boom and Guv’nor General dig out their very favourite dancefloor hits from over the past few years for one last big throwdown! Only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more.
10 pm Gay Nite @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Dancing and drinking in a non-breeding friendly environment! With DJs Boots Boogie, Betti Forde, The Husbears, Cozmic Cat, Dislexia, Fawn BC, and Shanelle Williams.
10 pm Go Bang! @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. DJ Andy Capp and special guest Andrew Allsgood play Atlantis disco, carribean new wave, boogie 3000, and cyberfunk.
10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. 80’s night with DJs Brendan Canning and Tweed!
10 pm Miami Music Week Reunion Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by Arno Cost (Paris) with support from eMDy (Toronto). $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop and beyond. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Hoi King as Hieronymus Fresh, Mansquay as Salvador Ballin’, and Turfmayne as Pop-Lock Picasso. PWYC.
11 pm A Love Bizarre @ down in the basement. An intimate space with good friends, dancing to great music; lovely vibes all night long! Music provided by DJs Ali Black, Paul Revered, and our friend Pooyan. Bring a lover and a friend, or come out and find yourself a lover and a friend. (Find this party halfway down the alley beside Lula Lounge, on the right hand side, behind a wood fence door, and down into the basement.) Until 5 am. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Members Only spin everything from disco renaissance to house classics. $10.
11 pm Quatro Easter Long Weekend Jam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between 4 different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Around midnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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