Toronto Hit List: Bad Music Trivia, She’s Electric, Hip-Hop Karaoke, Saturday Night Jukebox Party & more!

August 30th-September 2nd Fan Expo Canada @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd. Fan Expo Canada is about celebrating ALL things fandom, from comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, sci-fi, and fantasy to cosplay and horror to gaming, toys, movies, and television. $25 tickets available online.

August 31st-September 3rd BuskerFest @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Music, magic, and mime; feats of the impossible and the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beatboxers, and more awaits at BuskerFest 2018. Suggested donation of $5 at the gate.

WEDNESDAY

4 pm Craft Caskapalooza @ Craft Beer Market Toronto, 1 Adelaide St. E. Featuring over 20 unique casks from local breweries, Craft Caskapalooza is the perfect party to try some great new cask brews while raising money for a great cause. Entry is $10 per person, with 100% of the proceeds supporting Dixon Hall Music School. Cask tasters are $2 per fill.

6:30 pm A Taste of Devour! @ The Chefs’ House, 215 King St. E. Presented by Devour! The Food Film Fest, A Taste of Devour! features a mouth-watering lineup of films and culinary delights designed by six of Canada’s preeminent chefs. The chefs will create gourmet dishes inspired by six engaging short films from the upcoming 2018 festival program, which will be previewed throughout the evening. Tickets are $125 and include all food and beverage.

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. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

6:30 pm Hawaiian Luau Cruise @ Pier 6, 207 Queens Quay W. Mariposa Cruises sets sail for a three-hour getaway through Toronto’s harbour, islands, and iconic skyline at sunset in true Hawaiian style. Guests will be greeted with a welcome aboard Hawaiian lei and will enjoy a delicious menu of Hawaiian-inspired dishes prepared by Andrew Capone, a live professional hula performance, and a DJ spinning into the night. Tickets are $85.95 + HST.

7 pm Bad Music Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night dedicated to all the misunderstood, unfairly maligned artists who have touched our lives with their art. Free to play and teams of up to six are allowed. Questions start at 7:30 pm.

10 pm L’eggs @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJ Marilyn Mansion plays housey techno-ish weird stuff.

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: Clairmont The Second & The Dirty B-Sides @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays comes to a close with the latest and greatest in Toronto hip-hop artists flaunting local pride. Clairmont The Second, fresh off a 2018 Juno nomination, commands the stage with his buzzworthy gospel-inspired tone. His opening act, the experimental collective The Dirty B-Sides, combine hip-hop with drums, synth, strings and horns for a show that needs to be seen to be believed! Until 11 pm.

8 pm She’s Electric @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. A celebration of local powerhouse gals who rock ‘n’ roll all night long and work their buns off everyday! Featuring performances by Maldito, Cherry Hooker, Häxan, McGee & The Lost Hope, Head, and a secret guest + tarot card readings and local vendors like Black Diamond Vintage and Female Treble.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. Join hosts Abdominal and More Or Les + DJ Ted Dancin’ for another round of Hip-Hop Karaoke. Sign-up happens the night of on a first-come, first-serve basis (both for spots and song selection), so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

10 pm Disconnect @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Disco, Italo, classics, new wave, and left field with Diana McNally, Aleksandar Kojic, and Johnny Lopez.

10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time and mixes it up with classic ’80s commercials.

10 pm Queens of the World @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. A drag celebration of culture! Toronto’s exciting diversity will be represented by drag queens honouring their respective backgrounds, including Lucinda Miu, Bonaqui, Halal Bae, Jade LeQueen, and Mallika. DJ Maya Killtron spinning midnight to close. $11.09 advance tickets available online.

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 EIGHTIES + NINETIES @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Dance the night away to the best tunes from the 1980s and 1990s, courtesy DJ Blush! $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.

10:30 pm Wild, Wild Party @ Tennessee Tavern, 1554 Queen St. W. All-vinyl dance and pierogi hop with DJ Derek B. Garage! Rockabilly! Dance crazes! Early soul! RnB!

SATURDAY

10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.

4 pm Sunnyside 20: Episode 007 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside is back for its 20th season of summer music events under the sun, moon and stars! Their seventh installment will feature Dubfire (SCI+TEC) alongside Arman & Beynon, Amalia Leandro, Jonathan Rosa, Jonathan Coe, and Wonka. $50 (plus HST) tickets available online.

8 pm Ballerina Screening @ Aga Khan Park, 77 Wynford Dr. Celebrate the final weekend of summer with a FREE screening of the family-friendly film Ballerina, as part of the Aga Khan Museum’s Dancing in the Park series. The film follows Félicie, a young orphan with only one passion: dance.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Ring in September with a night of dancing to jukebox hits and classics! DJ Blush plays soul, Motown, funk, disco, rock ‘n’ roll, glam, psychedelic rock, and pop from the ’50s/60s/70s. $10.

10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub and Shreddie V play disco, new wave, rap, dance pop, and some special selections, all on vinyl.

10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, rock, pop, and the occasional guilty pleasure with DJ Brother Wayne.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and psych record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Jonny Trash. Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman. $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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Kinky Love @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. DJs Mike Ness and Rob Judges playing funk, rock, new wave, soul, hip-hop, reggae, and disco. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Xena: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Attention all Warrior Princesses and Princes: Sneaky Dee’s will be pumping 90s jams all night like Xena pumps iron in that badass Amazon type of way. Come dance to all the throwbacks you can handle! $5 advance tickets available online.

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 PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

10 pm On Earth Presents: B. Hayes @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s welcomes These Things Take Time label boss B. Hayes, with support from Ceremonies. Expect slow burns and tender melodies. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

SUNDAY

10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.

2 pm Electric Island @ Hanlan’s Point Stadium, Toronto Island. Electric Island fully-licensed concert and picnic series returns with world class talent for Labour Day weekend! On the Main Stage: Loco Dice, Charlotte De Witte, Danny Daze, Shelley Johannson, Sean Roman, and Night Vision. On the Moog Stage: Rodriguez Jr., Nature of Music, Borzoo, Alberto Jossue, and Aleksandar Kojic. $49.99 (plus HST) tickets available online.

3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Bring your friends and lovers, sisters and brothers, four-legged wonders, toddling toddlers, picnics, and hammocks, and hang out on the beach while Promise’s underground DJs create the soundtrack to a perfect summer. House, techno, dub, disco, electro, and beach party grooves. And sometimes a secret surprise international guest. Until 11 pm. Your contribution is appreciated, though not required to enter (suggested donation of $20 to help cover costs). Children are always free.

4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.

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

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favorite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night!

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

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