Toronto Hit List: Bombs & Rifts, Björk Party IV, Yes Yes Y’all 9 Year Anniversary, St. Patrick’s Day Parties & more!

March 9th-10th OCAD U Zine Fair @ OCAD U, 100 McCaul St. (first floor lobby). The OCAD U Zine Fair is back for its eighth year! Meet creators from the OCAD U zine community and shop zines, prints, comics, and more. Runs 11-6 pm both days.


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.

7 pm Get School’d: DIY Neon Cactus Light @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. In this workshop, Victoria – the owner of Handmade Jungle, a media, and events company with a focus on plant-inspired living – will walk you through the necessary steps to create your very own Neon Cactus Light. The workshop includes everything you need to walk home with your very own light! $30 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Bombs & Riffs @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. A new comedy and music event series bringing together some of the best comics in the city and up-and-coming bands. This month will feature comedians Andrew Johnston, Brandon Ash Mohammed, Cassie Cao, Elisabeth Bailey, Hisham Kelati, Tiyawnda Mcgregor, and Ievy Stamatov, as well as bands Talking in Our Sleep and Louisa and the Planets. $10 advance tickets available online, with a portion of the proceeds going to Lady Parts Justice.

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.

9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.


7 pm “A Place For Wholesome Amusement” Opening Reception @ Makom, 402 College St. In this neon light installation, Beijing-born and Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Shellie Zhang reimagines marquee signage to represent two significant cultural institutions established by Chinese and Jewish newcomers to Toronto. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs through May 22nd.

10 pm Bey Dey @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday in March, Bangs & Blush is breaking out the BEY and throwing the most bootylicious party! Rap, hip-hop, top 40, and loads of Queen B. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Nite Flights @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Craig Dunsmuir plays soul, funk, rock, disco, dub, and jazz.


1 pm Queer Arts & Crafts Fair @ Story Arts Centre (rooms 191 & 193), 951 Carlaw Ave. A fair bringing together LGBTQ2+ artists and makers from all around the GTA and the Centennial College community. Goodies will include pins, patches, stickers, zines, prints, t-shirts, jewelry, and more! Until 4 pm.

9 pm Björk Party IV @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Björk Party returns for a fourth euphoric year! Celebrate the extraterrestrial kween with a night of 100% Björk music, hits, missed, remixes, and rarities played by DJ Phillippe + fluid video projections all night from Michael Soulard and a special guest performance. Dressing up and weirding out is encouraged. $15 at the door.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all 9 Year Anniversary @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party turns nine! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 all night, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to a paramedic diagnosed with PTSD who requires a service dog.

10 pm High On Sunshine @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJs Liêm and Voltaire bring it back to Farside for a serious soul, funk, hip-hop, afro, electronic, and breaks dance floor workout.

10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is back to take 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 Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

10 pm La Rumba Buena @ Yauca’s Lounge, 755 Dovercourt Rd. Drumspeak (a.k.a. Gary Harlow) and Blancon bring you a night dedicated to classic Latin sounds inspired by the salsatecas in Cali, Havana, and New York. No frills, pure vibes, and a non-stop dance floor open to anyone who catches the rhythm. $10.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s and early 2000s! Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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 DJ Granny Pantys @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, psych, and post-punk with DJ Granny Pantys + free Jack Daniels samples and swag!

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.


11:30 am Guinness SPD @ 11 Polson St. The fourth annual Guinness SPD welcomes green-clad party-goers for a free pancake breakfast, all the Lucky Charms you can eat, live music, Irish fiddlers and dancers, local food vendors, instant photo booths, life-sized games, and more at a sprawling 45,000 square-foot party space. Until 9 pm. $15-27 advance tickets available online.

12 pm St. Patrick’s Day Party @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Head up top to the Sky Yard for a St. Paddy’s Day Party with Indie 88, featuring a delicious Irish Breakfast, $5 drink specials, and DJ Soul Proprietor’s beats.

12 pm #StMascotsDay @ Mascot Brewery, 31 Mercer St. Join Mascot as they convert the brewery into Toronto’s largest neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day event. Featuring live music, top-notch beer, and DJ sets by local favorites. Until 2 am. $15-20 advance tickets (timed entries) available online.

12 pm St. Paddy’s Day Long Extravaganza @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a jamboree for the ages! They’ll be serving up fine suds and stouts all day long, with special deals on Woodhouse brews. There will also be live performances and the legendary Good Enough Live Karaoke (at 9 pm). No cover!

12 pm St. Patrick’s Day @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Live music by The St. Royals, FREE BBQ, $5 shots of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, $6 pints of Murphy’s Irish Stout and Heineken, an Irish-themed photo booth, games on the patio, and DJ sets in the basement all night long. $10-15 advance tickets (timed entries) available online.

2 pm St. Patrick’s Day Party @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. Enjoy brewery-fresh pure Pilsner, traditional Irish eats from the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill, traditional Irish Dancing from Brogue & Scoil Rince Le Cheile, and live music from Poor Angus and Fresh Eire at Steam Whistle’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. $24 advance tickets (timed entries) available online.

2 pm Dumpling Party @ Henderson Brewing, 128-A Sterling Rd. Steambox pops up inside Henderson Brewing with a selection of meat and vegan-friendly handcrafted dumplings. No tickets required, just come with an appetite and enjoy!

8 pm “SAD!/FAKE!: A Year of Velvet Trump Paintings” Opening Reception @ Lipstick & Dynamite, 992 Queen St. W. 52 velvet paintings of Donald Trump, painted one per week during the first year of his presidency. Exhibition runs through April 14th.

9:30 pm Drunken Cinema: Leprechaun 25th Anniversary Screening @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Drunken Cinema invites you to participate in their most ambitious holiday-themed interactive drinking game event yet! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cult horror flick Leprechaun by following their customized drinking game rules, drinking your favourite beer, and watching Warwick Davis chase a then unknown Jennifer Aniston around in a wheelchair with a rowdy crowd. $14 advance tickets available online.

9:30 pm NSFW: Not An Office Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. A night of fun and sexy times that will make you forget about the weekday grind. Come be titillated by the striptease of Miss Mitzy Cream. Be seduced by sexy Daddy Red and his sword-swallowing talents. Escape the mundane repetition and dance your ass off, or more, with the hard auditory sounds of DJ Care Failure of Die Mannequin … and more surprises. $5 before 10 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. All vinyl ’50s/60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party with DJs Neil and Derek B.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs Splattermonkey and General Eclectic as they take you on a journey from House of Pain to The Cranberries, Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up: Connection @ The Beaver, 1192 St. W. Beam Me Up residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist explore the connection between disco and house, both through songs that laid the groundwork for house music and those modern and classic edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and other trill shit with Family Business DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. $10.

10 pm Laguna Beach: 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Welcome to the REAL Orange County, where Sneaky Dee’s plays only your favourite hits from the 2000s. Come jam to Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Kanye West, Missy Elliot, and all of your other 2000s anthems. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Tapette: Édition Mon Mec @ Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W. A special mid-month edition of Tapette. DJ Phillippe spins French disco, house, and pop all night! $10.

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 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 DJ Shirley Tempo @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures. Get your dancing shoes on!

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.

10:30 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 DJ Starting From Scratch and R2. Email for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.


10 am Gladstone Flea: March Maker’s Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Come meet fine folks making fine goods with their bare hands! The Gladstone has rounded up authentic artisans and cool craftspeople for the March edition of their flea market. Until 4 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.

7 pm Screen Queens Presents: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, The Angels (Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz) are ready to go undercover to retrieve two missing silver wedding bands containing valuable encrypted information – the new identities of every person in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8. $15 advance tickets available online.

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