Toronto Hit List: Acid Test, Solar System Social, Bowie & Prince Video Dance Party, Girl Gang Cabarets & more!

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 $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

8 pm “The Sunshine Eaters” Opening Reception @ Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W. ( ground floor). A multi-sensory exhibition highlighting how contemporary artists and designers look to the land, plants, flowers, and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of crises. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs through April 15th.

10 pm Night Shift @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Italo disco, mutant disco, synthpop, and more with DJs Diana McNally, Julia Dickens, Mark PM, and the Night Shift gang.

THURSDAY

8 pm Chris Hadfield’s Generator @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s famed comedy, music, and ideas extravaganza returns! This year’s theme is “The Second Genius” and will welcome guests from the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Chris Hadfield hosts, BBC’s Robin Ince emcees, and Tupperware Remix Party provides the music. $45-85 tickets available online.

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.

10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage.

FRIDAY

8:30 pm 4th Annual Vintage Prom Toronto @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Vintage Prom is back for a fourth year with another jam-packed night of vintage-themed music, fashion, and fun! This year’s theme, “Dreams of the Silver Screen,” celebrates classic hollywood, so drape yourself in your best and prepare to be greeted by a barrage of paparazzi. $25 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Acid Test @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night of techno, house, acid, and electro with Detroit DJ Carlos Souffront in his Toronto debut + Andrew J. Stephen and Warm_Bodies. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Soul Flower @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Shake your pants to DJ General Eclectic’s curated collection of ’60s/70s psych rock, southern soul, raw funk, and classic rock.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer, sweaty dance party with DJ Johnny B. Goode on the decks, spinning a mix of pop, house, nostalgia, dance floor classics, and R&B. $5.

10 pm Off The Rip @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Trap, R&B, dancehall, afrobeats, and grime with DJ Cadence Weapon. $5.

10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush brings you another ridiculous guilty pleasure dance party featuring all your favourite ’80s and ’90s tunes. $5.

10 pm Futura @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Bass, dancehall, leftfield hip-hop, futureboogie, wave, and minimal R&B with Wavgods, Andycapp, and Andy B Bad. For futurists only. $5.

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 Nora Noise @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise plays psychedelic garage rock, sexy glam, soulful funk, and wild punk rock all night long!

10 pm Body Heat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Jamieson and guests stir up a hot mess on the dance floor. Rock, funk, disco, house, hip-hop, dancehall, techno, and elevator music. Full of surprises, void of cover.

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 (no bro country). Set by Lenny Bull & The Main Offenders at 10:30 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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 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 and Cyclist. $10.

11:30 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.

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

SATURDAY

6 pm Solar System Social @ Burdock, Bloor St. W. A space-themed speaker series that brings exciting ideas and research from the field of planetary science to the general public in form of short, informative, and interesting talks that last about 20 minutes each. Dr. Matt Russo will explore the deep connection between music and astronomy, Kristen Cote – mechanical team co-lead of the AlbertaSat group who designed, built, and launched a cubesat earlier this year – will give a talk titled “The ExAlta-1 Cube Satellite and the QB50 Mission,” and Joel Buxton will deliver a set of space-themed comedy. $9 in advance, $20 at the door.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Cherry Bomb @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queen’s Quay W. DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson bring Toronto’s hottest and best-loved monthly women’s/queer party to the Natrel Rink! Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

8 pm SHADE’s One Year Anniversary @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. A live stand-up comedy show celebrating comedians of colour, comedians from the LGBTQ+ community, and comedians who identify as women. $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Heroes: Bowie & Prince Video Dance Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. This annual event celebrates the music of David Bowie and Prince while also honouring the musical heroes who died this past year. These include Gord Downie of Tragically Hip, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Malcolm Young of AC/DC, David Cassidy of Partridge Family, Felix Flaucher of 18 Summers/Silke Bischoff, Chuck Mosley of Faith No More, and Fats Domino. Music selections by DJ Lazarus. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Moon Hop @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Spinning the finest, choicest, deluxest ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This month featuring guest DJ Boss Chops.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. All vinyl, all night dance madness with DJ Precious Brett! Rock, pop, and oddities from any decade.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits! 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 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 Spellbound @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. From the depths of recent history, Bambi’s bring you a pair of selectors who once found magic behind the decks and who have since longed to reunite for one night of golden era house, garage, and techno: Ciel and Roberto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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.

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

10 pm A Drag Tribute To Junk Food @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you, celebrating and paying tribute to whatever themed nonsense she pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. with every queen choosing their favourite track from a film, and debasing themselves for you. DJ Oliver will be twisting tunes all night long. $5.

10 pm Beavis & Butt-Head 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Better grab some T.P. for your bunghole – Beavis and Butt-Head are having a dance party at Sneaky Dee’s! Featuring your favourite 1990s tunes and MTV classics all night. $5 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music selections by DeMiggs. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.

SUNDAY

4:30 pm Girl Gang Cabarets @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. A celebration of women-identifying people and artists! Featuring performances by musicians Ivy Lea and Evangelia Kambites, Lunar Bloom, and comedian Anasimone George followed by an open stage lady cabaret (open to comedians, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, or anything else you can think of) and jam. $10.

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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