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Toronto Hit List: Art Battle, Beam Me Up Lakeside, It’s All Good, Side-Eye & more!

May 17th-May 31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. An annual event with over 1,500 artists and photographers in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Reel Girl Talk Presents: Girl, Interrupted @ Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. Reel Girl Talk returns with an all-new event centred on women, film, and mental health. Join The MUFF Society for a screening of the 1999 adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir, followed by an intimate discussion about how it compares to the actual experiences of women dealing with mental illness and/or other mental health issues. $12 advance tickets available online.

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.

10 pm Rhinestone Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A karaoke night for all the Dolly-heads and Rhinstoners out there looking to add some extra sparkles and sequins to their Wednesday Karaoke rituals! Glitter, sequins, and garish get-ups are not mandatory, but will be greatly appreciated. $5 PBR.

THURSDAY

6 pm This Is Local Spring Pop-Up Night Market @ The Loft at Baro (third floor), 485 King St. W. Shop, drink, eat, and connect at the launch of This Is Local’s Spring POP-Up Night Market, in support of Artbound charity. Music by DJ Erick Bouaziz. Until 11 pm.

6:30 pm Art Battle: Live Painting Tournament @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. See art come alive like never before! Let professional artists, music, and food stations stimulate your senses and turn the historic Gladstone into something kaleidoscopic. $25 tickets available online, with all proceeds being donated to My Class Needs, a charity that works for social change through education.

7 pm Party Room 4: Milk Glass 5 Year Anniversary @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Milk Glass celebrates its five year anniversary with a group show featuring works from a diverse group of painters, photographers, and installation artists. Party Room is a fun, celebratory exhibit where the pieces create a lively party atmosphere! DJs Ray Gillespie and Andy Capp provide the tunes. Until midnight. Exhibit runs through May 30th.

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 new DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Multi Mode @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. (Hot) machines and other (cold) methods, to create, manipulate and output (warm) sounds. With sets by Edna King, Sergio SP, Acote, and Short Bloom.

FRIDAY

6 pm Beam Me Up Lakeside @ The Slip, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Beam Me Up sojourns to the lakeside for an opening day disco soiree at the Slip! Let residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist take you from sunset to moonlight, with a waterfront soundtrack of underrated and obscure disco, including touches of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house to accompany the well-nigh summer breeze. Until 11 pm.

7 pm #FNLROM: Get Out of Town @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Kick off your Victoria Day weekend with a British invasion at #FNLROM! $17 tickets available online and at the door.

9 pm Queer as Folk Pub Quiz & Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Carl will test your Queer as Folk U.S. knowledge before Kris and Aural take charge of the DJ booth, spinning ‘90s/00s hits from 11 pm onwards. Drag performance at midnight. $5.

10 pm DJ Blush’s ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Super-fun, high-energy, all-’80s dance party with DJ Blush on the decks! $5.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Funk, soul, reggae, dancehall, and classic hip-hop selections with DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. $10.

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 Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty play the best of the Motown label and their contemporaries. $5.

10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. With DJs Neil and Derek.

SATURDAY

10 am “Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound” Opening @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. An immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory portrayal of the current situation in Syria, presented in association with Silkroad, the arts organization established by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. True to its name, “Syrian Symphony” orchestrates music, painting and media arts by some of Syria’s leading artists and musicians. Runs through August 13th. Tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for students) available online.

11 am Waterfront Artisan Market @ HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W. Kickoff for the Waterfront Artisan Market, running Saturdays from 11-8 pm all summer long! Discover over 75 top artisans, crafters, chefs, and bakers.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $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 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 Brown Rice: Toronto Queer Film Festival Launch Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Celebrate the start of the Toronto Queer Film Festival with DJs No Cops, Ace Dillinger, Vaughan, and Wei Back + hosts Cecilicious and TQFF Collective. $5/PWYC (no one will be turned away).

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

10 pm Raw Emotion with Adesse Versions @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. UK DJ and producer Kevin Gorman, makes his Toronto debut under his Adesse Versions alias. With support from locals MembersOnly. $10 advance tickets available online.

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 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 Zoolander: A 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. What is this? A center for ANTS?! Sneaky Dee’s will be taking requests from you all night as well as building the ultimate playlist from your requests on the Facebook page. Super model attire suggested! $5 advance tickets available online.

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 Starting From Scratch and R2. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

SUNDAY

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join 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.

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

8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Spice World @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Sporty, Baby, Scary, Ginger, and Posh take center stage in their feature film debut Spice World! $12 early bird, $15 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Side-Eye @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. The first edition of a brand new weekly Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll party at the Yukon! Expect classics, favourites, and oddities from a rotating set of A-list DJs. Kicking things off is DJ Joel French with top-notch selections for your listening and drinking pleasure.

10 pm Théorie @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Tripped out summer grooves and l8 weekend romance. Selections by CL, KEHDO, and ABHI. $5.

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

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