March 7th-17th Toronto SketchFest @ various locations. The best live, scripted comedy in North America! Check out the website for a full list of shows.
March 8th-10th Drake General Store Warehouse Sale @ 442 Dufferin St., Unit 1. With salvaged furniture, curated curiosities, and clothing up to 70% off, you’re going to want first dibs! Plus, the Drake General Store is teaming up with Pendleton for even more great items. RSVP to email@example.com to receive access to their special pre-sale on Friday (2 to 8 pm). Sale runs Saturday from 11 to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm.
6:30 pm The Art of Night Photography @ TBA. This 3 hour introduction combines a presentation of background information with a hands-on outdoor shooting session. You will need a DSLR digital camera and a tripod to support your camera if you want really sharp pictures. While no experience in night photography is necessary, for participants to enjoy this workshop they need a good grasp of the basic controls of their camera (i.e. aperture, shutter speed, and ISO). Location will be disclosed once you RSVP.
7 pm “Insaturation” Opening Reception @ The Brockton Collective, 442-A Dufferin St. “In her latest body of work, Beck Pura demonstrates the questionable boundaries that colour maintains within nature as well as in a society hued by highly manufactured pigments. The common theme is chromaticity and luminance, as she experiments by painting landscapes in a variety of artificial light. The result is the simplicity of shape vs. space in the candor of neon toxicity.” Join her for a chromatic evening filled with art, discussion, music, and rad people.
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you;ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11 pm.
10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Monarch Tavern (upstairs), 12 Clinton St. From Heart to The Strokes. Time to get your dance on, every Wednesday until Armageddon! Photobooth, AC/DC pinball, and pool tables.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and Guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.
10 pm Common People @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ Tigermilk plays a mix of post-punk, alternative, Brit-pop, seminal to current indie rock, and whatever else. $4 mixed drinks before 11 pm, $4 tequila, $5 Jameson, $5 pints of PBR, and $7 mug + shot.
10 pm I’m With the Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, a different band and their friends DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Tom Avis and Neil Rankin of Gay play you some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and (if you’re early enough) eat fantastic tacos.
6 pm Women Strut For Women @ Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St. E. A fun fashion event for women benefitting the Fred Victor Women’s Shelter and Services. This year will feature a Bollywood theme where guests will have the opportunity to try out Bollywood dancing, get crazy photos taken, and see a fashion show featuring David Dunkley. The evening will also include food, drinks, a silent auction, giveaways, and three deserving women will be presented with the Fred Victor’s Women of Purpose – Mary Sheffield Award. $55 tickets available online.
6 pm “Totally Barely” Opening Reception @ Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, 1086 Queen St. W. “David Hanes’ ‘Totally Barely’ features two new bodies of sculptural works addressing cultural developments in the use and distribution of images and objects. The digital images in the series Aware have been culled from online image searches of popular works of art, manipulated with Photoshop’s ‘content aware’ function, and printed on nearly sheer polyester nylon fabric and stretched to look like a painting. Somewhere between photography, sculpture and painting, Aware could be understood as image-objects that are innately a combination of all three mediums.” Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until March 17th.
7 pm “Best In Show” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. “A fresh look at a very talented group of emergent, late-emergent and mid career artists who are making waves in the art world. ‘Best In Show’ is a perennial survey of works by artists on the cusp of great success in their artistic careers. The artists’ works show a strong maturity through years of refining and honing their craft, to yield very exciting and fresh works to salute the season.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until March 31st.
7 pm “Mother Line: A Self-Portrait” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. A thesis solo exhibition by York University’s Visual Arts MFA student; Carly McAskill. “Using drawing and collage, ‘Mother Line: A Self Portrait’, chronicles McAskill’s abiding interest in bringing together an assemblage of different representations of women. She believes in the magical powers of representation through collage: ‘the fragments are significant as they become a tool to tell a story and reflect a pattern’. From the Victorian era to the present, ‘Mother Line: A Self-Portrait’ addresses McAskill’s relationship to her matriarchal family line in terms of the psychic production of ‘feminine’ identity.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until March 17th.
10 pm B-Sides & Remixes @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop, reggae, soul, funk, and R&B b-sides and remixes. Music for the soul! $5 Cosmos, $5 pints, and $10 pitchers.
11 pm Wack Slack’s 90’s Dance Party @ The Beaver,1192 Queen St. W. Brit-pop Edition! Remembering the Brits who made great 90’s hits. DJs Kris Kadas and Robin Sharp play the best 90′s jams + a working SNES hooked up to a projector for you to play. The 90’s are alive in our hearts. Always.
11 pm BEVSTMODE @ Moskito + Bite, 423 College St. The love of fashion, music, and art, the rejection of establishment, that’s BEVSTMODE! DJs Kicks and Vanity Muscles play trap, hip-hop, hip house, electro, and everything current.
10 pm 1nniversary @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s celebrates its first birthday! Performance by Dentata and DJ set by Kontravoid + Mistress F, and strippers (open pole night y’all). Hors dourves psychédélique and a Bambi birthday cake. PWYC ($5 suggested), with every cent going to the bands.
10 pm (ALT)Night 2 Year Anniversary: Space Cats @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. This always dancey, always fun, always queer-friendly party is two years old and to celebrate, they’re throwing an out of this world space cat dance party! DJ Dislexia and special guest Betti Forde on the decks playing whatever makes those paws pounce on the floor! (No scratching please.) Drink specials until midnight because drunk feet dance better.
10 pm 90s Party: 90210 Edition @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Good Kids and She Does the City are excited to bring the 90210 edition of 90s Party! Come in your best 90210 wear for a chance to win $200 in cash. Featuring $1 Brandon Walsh jello shots and a photo booth. DJs Caff and Fawn BC play all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play the bangers you know and love. Only the best in hip-hop, R&B, pop, and trap. Bring your dancing shoes, you’re going to need ’em! Sponsored by Kraken Rum. FREE SAMPLES OF KRAKEN RUM BEFORE 11:30 pm! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm This Broken Mixtape @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJ Justin Lee plays all your favourite songs! Including songs from LCD Soundsystem, New Order, The Strokes, The Stone Roses, Pulp, Oasis, The Smiths, The Cure, The White Stripes, Animal Collective, Joy Division, M83, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, The Kinks, Solange, Hall & Oates, David Bowie, Wolf Parade, Stevie Wonder, Belle & Sebastian, The Black Keys, Queen, Otis Redding, and so much more.
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night free love psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow, etc. $5.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sweaty, dirty, guilty-pleasure-filled evening where the Bangs & Blush ladies play whatever the fuck they want! 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s… all the music you know and secretly love. $5.
10 pm L33T / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Combo and Romeo bring you the hottest tracks in RnB, rap, trap, reggae, and house. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz spins hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and top 40. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Floored @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Fathom and crew play hip-hop, funk, groove, and dance hits. Expect breakdancing!
10 pm The Get By @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night.
10 pm Rustie, Jackmaster & Oneman @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ sets by Rustie, Jackmaster, and Oneman. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For gueslist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:30 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Ruby Slip-HER Edition! Get all up in HER Em-HER-ald City with DJs Kris Steeves, John Caffery & The Robotic Kid, and OMGBLOG.com. $2.50 drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email email@example.com. $5.
10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Drag Edition! The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers, and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin. Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, bee starts at 11 pm. $10.
11 pm Johnny & Jay’s Red Cup Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Johnny & Jay + special guest Graham Zilla spin house, hip-hop, and party slam jams whilst bringing a living room vibe to the Underground. Remember those nights you’d spend in a familiar place with old pals, new faces, and the red cup that would never be empty? Yeah, just like that. $10.
11 am Seedy Saturday @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. Kick-off the garden season with Seedy Saturday – an event bringing together people to buy, sell, and trade local seeds including vegetables, herbs, flowers, and native species. Until 4 pm.
8 pm “The Cooney Brothers… A Solo Show” Closing Reception @ Don’t Tell Mama Gallery, 108 Ossington Ave. Your last chance to check out the Cooney brothers’ works before they move on to their next exhibition in Waterloo. “Leigh and Rolo are internationally collected Irish born Canadian artists. Due to the self-taught nature of their paintings, both have often been closely associated with the marginal artists known as ‘Outsiders’. Shunning both the ‘Outsider’ and ‘Fine-Arts’ labels, the Cooney Brothers consider themselves Neo-Folk painters… Rolo is also self-taught, and has only recently decided to take up painting as a way of coping with his Ochlophobia (the fear of groups of people) that often prevents him from leaving his home. For Leigh, painting was originally a therapeutic way of coping with his Attention Deficit Disorder and high anxiety. Both Leigh and Rolo draw heavily on pop culture for inspiration.”
10 pm 1nniversary @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s celebrates its first birthday! Performances by Cellphone and Fan Fiction + DJs LBC and Rob Gordon. Hors dourves psychédélique and a Bambi birthday cake. PWYC ($5 suggested), with every cent going to the bands.
10 pm Myth Paradise Music @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Your soul and disco DJs for this evening are Todd and the always wonderful Pooyan.
10 pm Strictly Business: 93 ‘Til Infinity Edition @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Strictly Business switches things up this month and presents a tribute to arguably one of the best years for hip-hop! DJs Serious and Numeric drop classic rap and R&B anthems from 1993 throughout the night. Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Souls of Mischief, The Beatnuts, KRS-One, Onyx, Black Moon, Tha Alkaholiks, Ultramagnetic MCs, The Roots, Cypress Hill, Lords of the Underground, Fat Joe, The Pharcyde, Redman, and much more!
10 pm Foundry 2013 @ Blk Box Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. Foundry is a collaborative month-long series of showcases dedicated to forward-thinking global talent in non-traditional spaces. The first project of its kind in Toronto, they’ve integrated several concepts to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience for our city’s music lovers: the conversion of a unique location; thoughtful series based curation with international artists and local tastemakers; as well as experimentation with technology and music. Featuring Omar-S, Reference (Luke Hess + Brian Kage), and Martin Fazekas; curated by Breakandenter. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. $20 reduced guestlist (valid until midnight and does not guarantee entry) available here.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs, Cyclist, and special guest Maiko deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm IRQ> 10 Year Thing @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. 10 years ago, we were analog. 10 years later, anachronisms creates an alternate history, which explores the impact of technology by endowing past eras and civilizations with artifacts and objects before their time. IRQ is an electronic arts and media collective based in Toronto that has been throwing events with a strong electo-art twist. Music by DJs i am robot and proud__, ghettocyb.org, cerebral_itch, Ell V, and gorf. Anachronisms by Fox Xoft, Mat Brown, Adrienne Kammerer, Eunice Luk, Justin Cozens, Reid Jenkins, Kaley McKean, Emily Taylor, and Mark McAdam. Vids by dropFRAME, nwodtlem, Skeeter, Jubal Brown, Roxanne Luchak, RUIN, and MANDELBRUT. $5.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Paulo Superflyrecords (Paris) share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat!
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff plays bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae, and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, 90′s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80′s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Good Timin’ Presents: Prestige @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Rock music, smooth music, good music with DJ Jex Opolis. All wax.
10 pm Still Ill @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. ‘Ill’: Adjective meaning ‘wild’ or ‘crazy’. Not always derogatory, but used when something may be so outrageous so as to be unruly. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop, post-punk, new wave, and guilty pleasures for you get wild and crazy to.
10 pm Ladies of the 80s @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sheryl (Kelly McMichael, Robin Dann, Bram Gielen, Thom Gill) and special guests Devon Sproule and Phil Melanson play music from 80s ladies like Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Hayes, Jan Siberry, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading, Edie Brickell. PWYC.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party thrown by the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. $5.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. April Wozny and Miss Margot are your hosts. Sammy, Nino Brown, and Phil V are your DJs. Kimon will meet your every smizing demand. $5.
10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Bangers @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Hits and hooks for body moovin’ with DJs New Money and Chris Poppin’. All dance styles welcome: electric slide-pop’n’lock-get jiggy-lean back!
10 pm Oliver Twizt @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by Oliver Twizt with support from Kevin Zanardo. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For gueslist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Elegantly Wasted @ The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. DJ Shannon spins retro 80’s and 90’s tunes.
11 pm Diggy The DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy from Down With Webster hits the decks and plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.
6:15 pm “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” Screening @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. “In the 1960s and early 1970s, Greenwich Village attracted numerous artists and activists. This creative and politically minded community banded together, imagining a better future amidst the social and political chaos of the time. A new generation of singers and songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Don McLean and Carly Simon helped develop a genre of music, political folk music, which challenged the status quo. They held peaceful gatherings singing songs that tackled issues like civil liberties and the war in Vietnam, but these events were often violently disrupted by the authorities. Featuring archival footage from concerts and interviews with musicians, ‘Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation’ is a fascinating glimpse of a moment when music and politics collided.” Director Laura Archibald will be in attendance for a Q&A.
8 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. This month, Bad Movie Night presents a veritable Cavalcade of Incompetence! Movies that aren’t just bad, but so poorly made that it will boggle your heretofore sweet, innocent minds. Here’s what they’ve chosen… Cool As Ice: “In the auspicious year of 1991, the world was bestowed with a cinematic blessing entitled ‘Cool As Ice’. Winning international acclaim from the public and critics alike, this movie would launch the illustrious film career of Vanilla Ice – who went on to star in numerous flicks including Cooler as Ice, Coolest as Ice, Vanilla Dippity Doo: Revenge of the Iceman, and an Oscar award-winning adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.” The night starts off with a compilation of godawfully awesome rap videos featuring the musical “talents” of The Insane Clown Posse, Mr. T, Speak the Hungarian Rapper, and many more.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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