Toronto Hit List: Boobyball, With It, Garrison Fall Flea, Toronto Art Crawl Urban Exhibit Market & more!

October 2nd-5th 29Rooms @ Queen Elizabeth Building (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. Refinery29 is bringing its immersive pop-up event 29Rooms to Toronto for the first time! The 29Rooms: Expand Your Reality experience will create new, bold, and thought-provoking moments that bring Refinery29’s mission and multi-sensory spaces to life in collaboration with global artists, creators, visionaries, meaningful causes, and brands. Tickets start at $30.

October 2nd-27th Halloween Haunt @ Canada’s Wonderland. Face your fears when darkness falls as Canada’s Wonderland is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during Halloween Haunt. Experience the thrills of your favourite rides at night and the frights awaiting you in our terrifying haunted attractions and shows. $31.99 tickets available online.

October 2nd-31st Legends of Horror @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. An immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures. Audiences are led through a one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public. $42.83 tickets available online.

October 5th-6th Nuit Blanche @ various locations. From sunset to sunrise, experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists and nearly 90 art projects. This year’s Nuit Blanche program responds to one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum.

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 the hosts 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 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Nuit Noire @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Dance, drink, and embrace the night at Nuit Noire, where live music, delectable cuisine, and stunning galleries will keep you on your feet before the sun comes up. $22.60 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

8 pm Boobyball Presents: Into the Ocean @ REBEL, 11 Polson St. Plunge into the exotic underworld where the mythical and fantastical comes to life at Canada’s hottest fundraiser in support of Rethink Breast Cancer’s work to impact young women affected by breast cancer. Whether you’re swaying to the hottest beats in sequins or scuba, the style factor will be at high tide! $120 general admission and $75 25 and under tickets available online (tax receipt included).

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.

10 pm Le Pas @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of French music! Enjoy live performances from 10-11 pm followed by DJs playing France’s best electro, house, and hip-hop. Stay late for some famous (and extremely cheesy) French hits + snacks after midnight. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’ @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, and special guest Tamika play hip-hop and hot tunes for LGBTQ+ people and their guests. $10.

11 pm Kuruza @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Kuruza is more than a party; it’s an experience, a vibe, the urge to do whatever that makes your soul happy. Afro-inspired sounds selected by Kuruza’s collective of DJs + special guest Miles Freedom. $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.

8 pm Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Revival, 783 College St. Underground art show featuring 75+ artists exhibiting over 300 pieces of artwork, audio and visual performances, live body painting, FREE pancakes, and more! $14.64 line jumper tickets available online, $10 at the door.

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 + guests. Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party Turns 5 @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music as Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party celebrates its fifth birthday! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Nights in White Satin 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.) Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required, but feel free to wear something white in celebration of Nuit Blanche. $10.

10 pm It Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJ Do Not Push spins a sinister selection of hip-hop, pop, dance, and trap in celebration of Halloween and the new release of It Chapter 2. Clips from the movie will be playing throughout the night.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.

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. Motown, soul, rock, and classic pop with Brother Wayne. Dust off your dancing shoes and get your groove on!

10:30 pm Love Saves the Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with DJs Kevin Ritchie and Jaime Sin.

10:30 pm Lavender @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks, and trans people – everyone welcome! DJ Sofia Fly spins the best SOCA, dance hall, ’90s R&B, and reggaeton. $10 or PWYC.

11 pm Area Trinity One @ Trinity Bellwoods Park (location TBA). A top-secret alien dance party for Nuit Blanche. Sounds by Valeroo + art installation by Izzy Paez and Jooyeon Kim. Come early for alien snacks.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Numeric and Dalia spin hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall anthems all night long. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Drop, Shop & Swap @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy, and connect with your community at Evergreen’s Drop, Shop & Swap! Bring up to 20 items in exchange for tickets that can be swapped for something new-to-you – everything from clothing to housewares and musical instruments to children’s toys. Until 4 pm.

10 am The Wellness Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Toronto’s newest health, wellness, and natural therapies event! Peruse through over 30 vendor booths, taste delicious and healthy treats, explore mini treatment sessions with various practitioners, enjoy amazing workout classes hosted by BOLO, and take part in a wellness discussion panel with top industry experts. Until 5 pm. $13.13 tickets available online.

11 am Toronto Art Crawl Urban Exhibit Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Shop directly from the hands of 50 local artists and designers selling original art, fashion, jewelry, home decor, vintage, photography, body care, and more! The afternoon will also feature a live DJ, interactive demos, and face painting for the kids. Free swag bags for the first 25 attendees. Until 5 pm. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

12 pm Garrison Fall Flea @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Black Diamond Vintage and The Garrison are teaming up once again for the return of the Garrison Fall Flea. Featuring lots of new vendors and a few old favourites, you’ll find the best vintage, independent makers, and record collectors. Until 6 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.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Frightful Fantasies @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This week’s show features the darker side of striptease with spooky acts full of thrills and chills! Free entry; tipping encouraged.

10 pm Space Rock Sunday @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Spaced-out stoner rock from DJ Granny Pantys + $5 rail drinks.

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

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