April 12th-14th The Green Living Show @ Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to all things green. Runs Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. $16.
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 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, different musicians DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Gaven Dianda of Thee Gnostics/The Flashing Lights/The Saffron Sect/Hollow Earth plays some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and (if you’re early enough) eat fantastic tacos.
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.
8 pm Happy Birthday, Dragnet/Print Anthology Fundraiser/Multimedia REALNESS @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Dragnet Mag just turned 2. Let’s celebrate! They have decided to print an anthology of the best of the last 2 years. Let’s celebrate! With what? A party filled with multimedia REALNESS. Featuring the premiere of a new short film by Illya Klymkiw; musical performances by Math Rosen, Devan Boomen, and Dinosaur Dinosaur; DJs Brass Moustache and Jenny Treehorn (Funky Flavours), and ARP 2600 (Silent Shout and Aughtie by Nature; and art/music/books for sale.
9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. DJ Caff plays funk and soul while you drink and dance.
10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for the Strokes.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play Italo, disco house, indie dance, and space shit. Cheap drinks and arcade games!
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
10 pm DuranDuranDuranDuran @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran… Bowie. (A new wave, post punk, and 80’s dance party.)
5 pm Roaring Speakeasy Happy Hour @ Happy Child, 1168 Queen St. W. A swanky after-work affair in the theme of a 1920’s speakeasy. Live jazz music and all the celebrated ragtime tunes of the day + 1800’s-themed cocktail list and FREE canapes while they last. Come sip down your week with some proper handcrafted cocktails over jazz and sweet conversation! Until 10 pm.
9 pm The Pink Party @ Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St. Raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with an all-inclusive night featuring live performances by Enriquez and Sam Roberts Band + DJs Efsharp and Pump & Hedspin. Complimentary Iceberg Vodka, Barefoot Wine, and Amsterdam Beer all night. Dress code: pink casual. $125 tickets available online.
10 pm 90s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Good Kids and She Does the City are excited to bring you another 90s Party! This month, we celebrate Empire Records and Rex Manning Day, so come in your best 90’s wear for a chance to win $200 in cash. Featuring $1 jello shots and a photo booth. DJs Caff and Fawn BC play all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Fuck It: Lindsay’s 6th Mugshot Edition @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. SHE’S DONE IT, FOLKS. Girl be 26 years old and has a mug-shot for every year of her 20’s so far! This calls for a celebration. A sweaty, dirty, guilty-pleasure-filled evening where the Bangs & Blush ladies play whatever the fuck they want! 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s… all the music you know and secretly love. $5.
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand.
10 pm Party Life @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ KOBe’J takes over both floors of Crawford with new and old school hits, hip-hop, RnB, reggae, house, and soca. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Levitate Me @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A mult-genre, shape-shifting dance party with a strong focus on elevation. Indie rock, hip-hop, electro, soul, punk rock, reggae, Brit-pop, rhythm and blues, new wave, chill wave, dark wave, pop, shoegaze, and dub.
10 pm Old Soul Dance Party @ The Wilson 96, 615 College St. Mr. Selector H plays soul, rocksteady, rhythm and blues, and reggae.
10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night free love psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow, etc. $5.
10 pm Bassmentality Presents: Figure with The Killabits @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. DJ sets from Figure (a.k.a. Josh Gard, a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance) and The Killabits (at the forefront of engineering the newest sounds of underground electronic music), with support from DJs HYDEE and SunDrips. $15 earlybird tickets available online. More at the door.
10 pm (ALT)Night: Spring Fling @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Spring has sprung and (ALT)Night is ready to start off year number 3 in style! This month, DJ Brendan B is in control all night. Expect a four-and-half hour all-vinyl set of classics, rare grooves, and e’rything in between: soul, funk, disco, boogie, Italo, electro rap, house trax, garage, Carl Sagan space jams, etc. Drink specials until midnight (drunk feet dance better).
10 pm Music Video Request Party @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Ted Diplock plays music videos (and will try and keep the Nine Inch Nails and Third Eye Blind to a minimum).
10 pm Overfunk’d @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ King Curtiss Winston (the Son of S.O.U.L.) plays funk, soul, and afrobeat.
10 pm Dutty @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. DJs NaNa and Paul E Lopes spin reggae and dancehall all night long. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ 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.
10:30 pm DJ SliiNK + Thugli + DeMiggs @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Itzoweezee presents an evening with DJs Sliink (trap, moombahton, Jersey/Philly/Baltimore club, house, dubstep, and reggae), Thugli (bridging the gap between hip-hop and EDM), DeMiggs (trap, hip-hop, bass, and house), and more. For guestlist, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:30 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. April ShowHERs Edition! DJs Produzentin, Riviera, and OMGBLOG.com spin springtime disco and house. $2.50 drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email email@example.com. $5.
11 pm The Low Down @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The best in Motown, soul, R&B, and rock hits! $10.
10:30 am Toronto Indie Arts Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. An artisan market featuring art, crafts, food, fashion, small press, music, and more! Promoting Toronto-area artisans and local purchasing. $5 (kids under 12 get in for free), with partial proceeds going to FoodShare.
10 pm Bang The Party! @ Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W. Bang The Party! returns to a new venue after a 5-month hiatus! Music for dancers and dancing: neo funk, futureboogie, and leftfield house. With resident DJ Andycapp and special guests L’Oqenz and Jason Ulrich. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Strictly Business: Third Anniversary @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric celebrate three years of dropping classic rap and R&B anthems! Golden era super jams from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Moon, Mobb Deep, Notorious B.I.G., MC Lyte, Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and much more.
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, 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
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 Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs and Cyclist deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove! Special live performance by Maya Killtron. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Summer Trouble @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Winter was long and cold and lonely. Summer can save you. Celebrate sun, sex, beaches, babes, bicycles, pool hops, patio drinks, park hangs, palance, short shorts, tank tops, rooftops, islands, late nights, and full moon naked everything! Summer songs all night courtesy of DJ Brad Casey.
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff plays bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae, and club musics (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 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Myth Paradise Music @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Astral travelin’ from far away lands. Soul, disco, boogie, and house music for your earholes, so you can keep them shits tight.
10 pm Bangers @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Hits and hooks for body moovin’ with DJs New Money and Chris Poppin’. All dance styles welcome: electric slide-pop’n’lock-get jiggy-lean back!
10 pm Dementia13 CIUT Fundraiser @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ Christian Hamilton of Dementia13 spins heavy and lite psych rarities + an acid folk performance by Toronto’s newest heavy rock spectacular, Hollow Earth. $4 Jameson before midnight. $5, with all proceeds going to CIUT 89.5FM (as part of its vital spring membership drive).
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Slo-mo tunes (115 BPM or less) from special guest DJ Kaytranada (Haiti) with support from DJs Harrison Bennett, Karim Olen Ash, and Lucie Tic. $10 advance tickets available online. For guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Spring has sprung and BWS wants you to celebrate with them. Sammy, Nino Brown, and a special MEGA babe guest DJ will be spinning all night. Kimon will capture you in all your April glory in the photo booth. Arianne and April will be wearing their Spring Breakers best. $5.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.
10 pm Good Timin’ Presents: Prestige @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Rock music, smooth music, good music with DJ Jex Opolis. All wax.
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 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm DJ NaNa @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ NaNa believes that the art of Turntablism is a science. The same precision and dedication scientists put into research and experiments, is what NaNa is known for putting into his own artform. His influences range from the common (Wu Tang Clan, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z). to the not so obvious (Zamfir, Portishead, Lamb, Fleetwood Mac), and everything else in between. $10.
10:30 pm BEVSTMODE @ BLK BOX, 1087 Queen St. W. The love of fashion, music, and art; the rejection of establishment – that’s BEVSTMODE! DJ Kicks plays trap, hip-hop, hip house, electro, and everything current. Dress code: black, no ratchet, look dope, be original. For guestlist, email@example.com.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
10 am Vintage Clothing & Textile Spring Show @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Toronto’s most anticipated spring vintage clothing and textile show is back! Exhibitors include 30 top dealers from across Ontario and Quebec. Shop vintage clothing, vintage designer labels, textiles, estate and costume jewelry, hats, scarves… the list goes on! $8 at the door (kids 12 and under get in for free).
3 pm Sunday Bingo @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Eat food. Drink drinks. Play bingo. Share a lazy Sunday afternoon with new friends, the thrill of the bingo board filling up, cool prizes, DJs spinning, cocktails, and more! $5 per card.
6 pm Toronto Monologue Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Each and every month, Toronto’s hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Toronto’s Best Actor! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, directors, casting directors, producers, and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes, and the honor of defending their title at the next #toslam. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.
7:30 pm “These pretzels are making me thirsty”: Seinfeld Trivia: @ GO Lounge, 1718 Queen St. W. Think you know Seinfeld? Well it’s not a lie if you believe it, and if you can prove you’re the master of your domain, then it’s next stop Pottersville. Toronto’s first ever monthly Seinfeld Trivia night. *No anti-dentites allowed.
8 pm Strangelove @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Fundraiser for Heart in Hand Theatre’s upcoming production of Fool For Love by Sam Shepard for this year’s Playwright Project (May 1-7th, 2013). DJ Riviera and Mr. Jason Grant play back-to-back all night long. $10.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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