Toronto Hit List: AGO Massive Illusion, The Big Sound, Purple Experience, Gladstone Earth Day Flea Market & more!

April 18th-22nd Gladstone Grow Op @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A four-day festival that will transform the Gladstone with 30+ immersive installations that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to urbanism, environmental sustainability, landscape design, and contemporary art. $10 tickets available online.

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.

9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.

10 pm No Boss @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ James Kearns and Cameron Gilpin play an eclectic mix of tracks that run the gamut from Lou Reed to GZA to New Order to Sonic Youth to CCR to Kate Bush… you get the idea.

THURSDAY

9 pm AGO Massive Illusion @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. For centuries, we have come together around illusions—to be awed by them and to attempt to discover the mysteries of their making. At Massive Illusion, guests are immersed in larger-than-life installations and performances that astound, mystify and hypnotize. $175 tickets available online (includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and access to Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden).

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

10 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.

10 pm Nite Flights @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Craig Dunsmuir plays rock ‘n’ roll, folk, jazz, blues, dub, soul, funk, and oddities. $4 shots of bourbon and $6 tall cans.

10 pm Rotten L’Eggs @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer dancey social type of thing. DJ Cam Lee will have you flossed and feeling fresh with a mix of housey, techno-ish weird stuff.

FRIDAY

7 pm Screen Queens Goes Green: Dazed & Confused @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Screen Queens presents a special Friday night screening of the stoner Americana classic, Dazed & Confused. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A night of Motown and classic soul cuts with a wrecking crew of 30 musicians and singers performing as many tunes as there are bodies. Bangers and huge hits throughout the night courtesy of DJ Wes Allen. $15 online and at the door.

10 pm Gone Wild @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Riot on the Dundas strip! DJ Derek spins 45s of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and garage from the ’50s to the present day.

10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is back to take you on a trip back to the 1980s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness. Overload on hairspray, break out the shoulder pads, and get ready to start your weekend off right! $5.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party! ABSCVND joins the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s and early 2000s! Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Carlton Ranks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

10 pm 10 Karat Devotion @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Disco, new wave, ambient, and UK soul business with DJ Jodie Lee.

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 pm Collectif Nude Presents: Pawty Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Featuring new lineups with Toronto’s best DJs every month + specially curated hosts and photographers, Pawty Time aims to bring together many elements from the arts and music community and to empower them with a stage to do their thing! $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Grow Op Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Swap your gently-used clothing, accessories, toys, housewares, and art/entertainment items for some sweet new finds! Each item equals one ticket (maximum 25 items per person; drop off between 10-11 am), or you can purchase any item for $1.00. Leftover items will be donated to Sistering: A Woman’s Place. Until 3 pm.

10 pm Purple Experience @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Andy Capp, Pop District, and Lazy Ray celebrate the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson on the second anniversary of his passing. Nothing but Prince jams, deep cuts, side projects, unreleased material, and associated artists/protegés all night.

10 pm Remote Control: ’80s Video Party @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time + classic ’80s commercials.

10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Andrew Ross on the buttons. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Connection @ The Beaver, 1192 St. W. Beam Me Up residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist explore the connection between disco and house, both through songs that laid the groundwork for house music and those modern and classic edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements.

10 pm All Soul’d Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join DJ General Eclectic as he takes you on a journey from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

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 Retro ‘Guilty’ Pleasures Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. An unabashed night of huge retro hits and one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Lazarus. The best of the worst; the ear worms that haunt you day and night. This month’s spotlight is Boy George and Culture Club. $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 Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10 pm DJ Shirley Tempo @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, funk, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures to make you dance!

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Baby Yu and R2. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

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.

SUNDAY

10 am Gladstone Earth Day Flea Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. If you’re on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores, and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles, come to the Gladstone Flea! This month’s edition features goods from local, ethical, and environmentally sustainable makers and artisans. Until 4 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Head to the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

3 pm Designing the Movies: Forbidden Planet @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Join host Nathalie Atkinson for a movie matinee and on-stage conversation with award-winning Canadian cartoonist, designer, and artist, Seth. With a visual essay slideshow, they will explore elements of the film’s art direction and inspirations – from Bauhaus, Russian Constructivism, and 1940s industrial design to the genre design of spaceships, buried cities, interstellar costumes and, of course, Robby the Robot. $15 tickets available online.

7 pm Bechdel Tested: Wadjda @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Bechdel Tested returns with a screening of Wadjda, the first feature film ever directed by a woman in Saudi Arabia, for the final edition of their second season. Preceding the film will be a panel discussion focusing on women in cycling featuring some of the most vocal advocates of gender justice in the Toronto cycling community. They’ll also have fabulous prizes and special cocktails by Swan Dive. $13 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

7 pm The Lemonade Experience: A Burlesque Tribute to Beyoncé’s Lemonade @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. An interactive burlesque show unlike any other, paying tribute to Beyoncé’s sixth studio album and second visual album, Lemonade. $22 in advance, $30 at the door.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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