Toronto Hit List: Annex Women’s Day Craft Market, Kuruza, Ossington Pop-Up Sale, Björk Party V & more!

March 6th-17th TOsketchfest @ various locations. TOsketchfest takes over the city for 12 days of comedy performances, parties, and professional development focusing on scripted, ensemble work. This year’s festival features Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall, Hannibal), Adam Ruins Everything, K Trevor Wilson, The Grawlix, APTN’s The Laughing Drum Live, and more.

March 9th-10th Sugar Shack T.O. @ Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr. Celebrate the sweet end of winter at the fourth annual Sugar Shack T.O., presented by Redpath Sugar! Featuring two sugar shacks serving up fresh maple taffy, skating (weather permitting), a winter marketplace with traditional sugar shack treats, ice carving competitions, and more. Runs 11-5 pm both days.

March 9th-17th March Break @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. This March Break, the AGO is hosting nine days of interactive fun for the whole family! Highlights include Secret Ingredient, an immersive art installation and family art-making experience centred around the love of food, and the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School. Runs 10:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

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.

THURSDAY

8 pm Black Gold Presents: Claire Denis’ No Fear, No Die @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Join Black Gold in celebrating their second anniversary with a rare, 35mm screening of French master Claire Denis’ intelligent and stunning 1990 film No Fear, No Die. $13.19 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, disco, and psych tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

5 pm The Annex Women’s Day Craft Market & Party @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. A pop-up market fundraiser and neighbourhood party bringing together local artists, poets, crafters, makers, bibliophiles, ukulele players, free workshops, and positive life-affirming conversations for International Women’s Day. Proceeds will support CAMH. Until 10 pm.

5:30 pm International Women’s Day @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. The Broadview Hotel invites guests to join them on International Women’s Day for a cocktail and speaker panel event. Enjoy bites catered by the hotel, wine sponsored by Medovino Imports, and a cash bar before the panel begins at 6:30 pm. The panel, moderated by Samora Smallwood, a Toronto-based actor and co-chair of ACTRA’s Diversity Committee, will feature prominent female business owners and residents from the city’s east end, who will discuss culture, community and female-run businesses. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Tell Mama – International Women’s Day Dance Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Misty, Waves, and Cher play Aretha, Etta, Jackie Shane, Blondie, The Runaways, The Supremes, Alison Mosshart, Wanda Jackson, The 5678’s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Sade, Martha Reeves, Stevie Nicks, Heart, and soooooooo much more in celebration of International Women’s Day.

10 pm 80s Mixtape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush takes 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 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 Freaky Fridays @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.

10 pm God is a Woman: An Ariana Grande Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Consider your plans made because this Friday, Bangs & Blush will be playing so much Ariana Grande it will make you weep. $10.

10 pm Bambi’s 7.0: Nathan Micay, Nailbiter, Kehdo, Applicant @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Electronic mayhem and fun club chaos from open to close in celebration of Bambi’s seventh anniversary. Sets by Nathan Micay (ESP Institute, Whities, Schvitz Edits), Nailbiter (ORO Records), Kehdo (On Earth), and Applicant (Bambi’s).

10 pm DJ Davey D @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Davey D spins rock ‘n’ roll excellence all night long. Bring your dancing shoes!

10 pm Künst Kids Presents: Hunty Season @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A celebration of queer expression, drag, art, and love! DJ Allysin Chaynes bringing you dance vibes all night + runway after midnight (category is Neon Camo Couture). $5.

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 Kuruza @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. Kuruza Kuruza returns on International Women’s Day for another euphoric night of Afro sounds curated by DJs Ace Dillinger, Elle, Minzi, and Chanlmarshl. This edition is free for females/femmes and $10 at the door for the gentlemen.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The dirtiest reggaeton, dancehall, trap, and world rhythms are showcased by DJ Grump and rotating guests with Blxck Ixn on the mic keeping you moving. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am The Moon: A Voyage Through Time @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. This exhibition showcases ancient artifacts, important miniature paintings, scientific instruments, Islamic manuscripts, and contemporary art. Runs through August 18th.

12 pm Ossington Pop-Up Sale @ 45 Ossington Ave. A mini market that will satisfy vinyl collectors and fashion enthusiasts alike! Shop a curated selection of records, vintage/secondhand clothing, and handmade sterling silver jewelry from independent sellers and makers. Until 5 pm.

9 pm Björk Party V @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Björk Party returns for a fifth year! Join DJ Phillippe as he weaves a spell of five hours of Björk hits, misses, rarities, and remixes + enjoy a special performance by alien queen Mango Sassi. Bring a look! They’ll be giving away a crystal to the best Björk look of the night. Limited $15 advance tickets available online, $20 at the door.

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 Madonna. $10.

10 pm Queer Rock Society Live Karaoke + Dance Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Come prepared to sing some of your favourites by Hole, Garbage, Bikini Kill, 4 Non Blondes, and many more at Queer Rock Society’s Live Karaoke. Dance party to follow! $5/PWYC.

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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

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 Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm A Drag Tribute to Astrology @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you and pay tribute to whatever themed nonsense Fisher pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. This edition features Kitty Creature, Penelope Strange, and The FranDiscos spinning you through this Pisces season. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Precious Brett spinning all the best rock, soul, classic pop, and vinyl rarities.

10 pm Knockout @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $5 before 11 pm, 10 after.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Chicago’s finest, Tim and Teddy, spinning the best and boldest funk across the decades.

10 pm Bambi’s 7.0: RAMZi, Regularfantasy, Raf Reza @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s celebrates its seventh anniversary with sets by RAMZi (12 Isle/RVNG), Regularfantasy (Total Stasis), and Raf Reza (Cosmic Resonance). $11.25 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Lavender 1 Year Anniversary @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks, and trans people – everyone welcome! DJ Zehra spinning us the best SOCA, dance hall, ’90s R&B, and reggaeton. $5 or PWYC.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.

SUNDAY

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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