Toronto Hit List: Beatles vs. Stones, The Come Up Market, Live Britpop Karaoke, Promise Cherry Beach & more!

May 29th-June 2nd Inside Out Film Festival @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Inside Out exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production, and exhibition of queer film. Full list of films here.

May 29th-June 2nd ReelAbilities Film Festival @ various locations. ReelAbilities Film Festival returns for its fourth year to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

May 29th-June 2nd Eid Market @ Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr. Eid Market is a celebration of Ramadan and Eid featuring 20+ vendors who will be selling everything from succulent treats to all-natural beauty products.

May 31st-June 2nd Burgermania 2019 @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. A three-day food extravaganza focusing on the greatest invention of all time… BURGERS! Featuring Toronto’s top burger establishments serving up their finest patties along with everything else that relates to the burger experience (meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available). Free entry!

June 1st-2nd Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club Annual Show & Sale @ Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Get stuck among breathtaking cacti and succulents brought in for display by seasoned collectors, and take home with you some spiny friends to sharpen your own collection! Runs 11-4 pm Saturday and 10-3 pm Sunday.

June 1st-2nd The Citizens Collective Spring Market @ 146 Ossington Ave. A curated spring market featuring over 55 talented makers, designers, artists, and creatives selling skin/body care, home decor, leather goods, plants, clothing, textiles, ceramics, art, and more! Runs 11-6 pm Saturday and 11-5 pm Sunday.

June 1st-2nd Riverdale ArtWalk @ Jimmie Simpson Park, 870 Queen St. E. A FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing over 180 established and emerging artists. Runs 11-6 pm both days.

June 1st-2nd Brunch Fest @ Grounds of Hotel X, 111 Princes’ Blvd. Brunch Fest brings together top vendors from across the city for a festival dedicated to millennials’ favourite meal. Guests can raise a mimosa to classics like chicken and waffles and avocado toast, as well as innovative dishes including Nanaimo bar pancakes and mac & cheese eggs bennies. The event will also feature smoothie bowls and vegan options. $7.95-17.95 advance tickets available online.

June 1st-September 22nd The Funhouse @ 101 Lisgar St. The Funhouse is an immersive experience brought to life by visual artists from across Toronto, with featured environments inspired by local musical artists. The adventure begins in a 1920s inter-dimensional hotel. As you descend down the rabbit hole, discover an alternate universe of art, interactive tech and music. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $15 for children (ages 4-12). Kids under 3 get in for free.

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

THURSDAY

7:30 pm A World Away: Drake Immersive Underground Night @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Witness one of the greatest music fusions Toronto has ever seen. Bringing together some of the newest music stars in the up-and-coming Toronto scene as well as a wide variety of amazing artists from all backgrounds and genres. $22.23 advance tickets available online.

10 pm DJ MogPaws & DiabloAvacado @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, psych, tropicalia, and oddities with DJ MogPaws and DiabloAvacado.

FRIDAY

5 pm The Annex Spring Craft Market @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. A pop-up market and neighbourhood fundraiser for essential programs at CAMH and Workman Arts. The market brings together local artists, crafters, and makers. Free swag bags to the first 100 visitors! Until 10 pm.

7 pm Friday Night Live: Palette @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your weekend on the dance floor at #FNLROM, featuring a free sneak peek to the new exhibition In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

8 pm The Future is Queer: Buddies’ 40th Birthday Party @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Buddies is celebrating 40 years of queer with a massive full facility dance party! Arrive before 9:30 for a red carpet entrance with host Fluffy Soufflé and to catch birthday extravaganza performances by Dainty Smith, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Evalyn Parry, Michaela Washburn, members of the The Queer Songbook Orchestra, Katinka Kature, Priyanka, Chy Ryan Spain, Gay Jesus, and Fay Slift. DJ sets by Lushus Lix, John Caffery, and Sofia Fly until last call. Be sure to bring your shiny, sparkly, glitter-tastic, space age, queertopian, and generally fabulous Queer Future Lewks.

10 pm Beatles vs. Stones @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. “Gimme Shelter” or “Here Comes The Sun”? DJ Blush is giving you an evening of hits and rarities from the two greats: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones! $5.

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs Slater and Ty mashin’ heavy tunes from the ’90s to the ’00s, including DMX, J-Lo, Britney, Ludacris, Missy, Spice Girls, Mariah, Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child, and more. $10.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm DJ Moe Funk @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Funk, soul, old skool, jazz, and other treats – strictly vinyl.

10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, and more.

10 pm Disco Fridays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hear a delightful array of disco and its sub genres every Friday at The Piston. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is 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.

11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.

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.

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

1 pm The Come Up Market @ Northern Contemporary, 1605 Queen St. W. The Come Up Market is Toronto’s newest vendor market focused specifically towards up and coming streetwear/lifestyle brands. Each vendor creates, designs, and develops their own goods. Until 7 pm.

4:30 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 02 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! Detroit’s Waajeed headlines this edition, with support from ALi Black, Stacey Sexton, Devv. $37.11 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Live Britpop Karaoke @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. The Mis-Shapes play assorted songs from Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Elastica, Suede, Primal Scream, Ride, Morrissey/The Smiths, Stone Roses, and many, many more. The night functions like a regular karaoke night, only with a live band! Pick a song, write your name down, and submit it. (They have lyrics available, so don’t worry about memorizing the words.) Check out the song list here. $10.

9 pm Deep&Disco @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Disco, funk, and house music played by DJs Marrs Barrs, Big Fun, Andy Roberts, Iced Misto, and special guest Jellybean Benitez (Jellybean Soul, NYC). $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, beat, surf, and funk record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Magnificent. Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Pride Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required, but since this is the Pride Edition, you’re invited to adorn yourself with rainbows and glitter, and to simply rock out as if you were on a Pride Parade float. $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! $10.

10 pm The Groove @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Brother Wayne plays Motown, soul, pop, and rock. Come get your groove on!

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

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 pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

10 pm The Worm @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. The Worm spins disco and funk all night!

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Guv’nor General share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

10 am Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Summer Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto, meet your makers! Shop a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy Etsy sellers and crafters. Fine one-of-a-kind goods, must-have locally-made essentials, and swoon-worthy gift and lifestyle items. Admission is free and first 50 visitors receive a complimentary swag bag. Until 5 pm.

3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Promise returns for its 19th season with titan of Detroit techno Kevin Saunderson throwing down alongside local DJs Ali Black, Loxxe, Automaticamore, and Borella. All ages; ID for beach bar. $20 in advance and at the gate. Until 11 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 Nite Comfort @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This episode features performances by Agencies, the electronic/ambient music project of Piero Frenguelli, and SeniorBeatBox, who uses a mix of hardware and iOS apps to create a melodic mix of goodness. PWYC.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Indigenous Pride @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease.” This edition celebrates some the city’s fierce and fabulous performers of Indigenous heritage, including Betsy Swoon, Daisy Badcock, Irmita La Dulce, Thrasher, Kitten Dahlia Devious, and Miss Exotic World ’10 Roxi D’Lite (Detroit). Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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