December 13th-23rd Toronto Christmas Market @ Distillery District. This annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Admission is free during the week and $6 Friday through Sunday.
December 16th-17th The Leslieville Holiday Market @ Rorschach Brewing Co., 1001 Eastern Ave. For the first time ever, the Leslieville Farmers’ Market and Leslieville Flea combine forces for a whole weekend of holiday shopping and fun. Shop the best in local food, vintage, handmade, and more! Runs 11-6 pm Saturday and 11-5 pm Sunday.
December 16th-17th 3rd Annual Foodie Holiday Market @ Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. Shop handmade artisan products and ingredients from over 40 vendors + enjoy free maker-led workshops, children’s activities, and complimentary beverages and bites! $10 in advance, $15 at the door (children 12 and under free). Runs 10-6 pm Saturday and 11-5 pm Sunday.
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 The MUFF Society Presents: Little Women Farewell Screening @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. The MUFF Society says farewell to their screening series with Little Women (1994), based on the 1868 book by abolitionist and feminist Louisa May Alcott. Pop-up shop + photobooth fun at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.
8 pm Saddle Up! Holiday Hoedown Social @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Join Saddle Up! for a festive celebration. There won’t be room for line dancing, but there will be darts, shuffleboard, vintage table hockey, food, and of course, classic country Christmas songs along with lots of other favourites mixed in. No bro country and no cover.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.
10 pm Nachtcrew @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. An electronic music dance party with Viscera, KTANA, and Dina. Visuals by Nadia Khashan.
8 pm Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal: “Dance Me/Music of Leonard Cohen” Toronto Premiere @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. A vibrant dance homage to poet, artist, and musician Leonard Cohen, inspired by his inimitable music and using a selection of his most beloved songs. $55-145 tickets available online.
8:30 pm Home Alone Quote-Along @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, and little jerks: It’s time to don your ugly Christmas sweater for our fourth annual Home Alone Quote-Along! Screened with subtitles, karaoke-style, so you can get rowdy and shout out your favourite lines (“Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!”), scream with Kevin, and enjoy some lovely cheese pizza. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.
9:30 pm Mariposa Cruises Presents: The Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise @ Pier 6, 207 Queens Quay W. Don your ugliest Christmas outfit while enjoying views of Toronto’s skyline, festive food stations and hors d’oeuvres, a photobooth, a DJ spinning holiday classics, and more. $39.95 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi ensure you’re surrounded by the best crowd in Toronto, hearing the biggest and best tunes from artists like: J Hus, Migos, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Rihanna, Beyonce, and more. $10.
10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Jolly rock ‘n’ soul dance party with DJs Santa and Scrooge (Neil and Derek).
10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. 80s Mix Tape Dance Party is back for the last time in 2017 and DJ Blush is hoppin’ in Santa’s sled back to the 1980s to Jingle-Bell ROCK all night long! $5.
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 Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the best of the Motown label and their contemporaries. $5.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party! Blackcat and Pleasure join the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
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 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 (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist. $10.
11 pm That Way @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come That Way. Go That Way. Dance That Way. Be That Way. With selectors Tribe and Charlton. $10.
11 pm Duel of the Decades: 80s vs. 90s Video Dance Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Two of the greatest cultural eras go head-to-head in the ultimate video dance party with DJ Caff and Benzo. This rad battle is an interactive music competition and YOU decide the winner! Costumes encouraged, dancing mandatory. $10 advance tickets available online.
11 am Toronto Etsy Street Team’s 4th Annual Christmas Marketplace @ Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St. The Toronto Etsy Street Team hosts their fourth annual Christmas Marketplace featuring a handmade, vintage, and delicious ware of team members! Free swag bag for the first 50 shoppers through the door and free entrance all day to all shoppers (including four-legged ones). Until 5:30 pm.
12 pm Xpace Holiday Zine + Maker Fair @ Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Ave. Emerging artists and designers will be selling zines, comics, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, jewelry, ceramics, crafts, and other handmade multiples. Music from DJ Soft Drink, Chanteclair, and Rose Ceremony + cash bar with hot toddys, beer, and soft drinks. Until 6 pm.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights: La Rumba Buena @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. La Rumba Buena, featuring DJs Blancon and Drumspeak, is 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. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.
9 pm Parkdale “R” Us @ Northern Contemporary, 1266 Queen St. W. A holiday toy drive and dance party presented by @parkdalelife and Good Kids, benefiting the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Drinks by Woodhouse Brewing Co. and Club-Mate Ontario, DJs, toy mountain construction, raffle prizes, and FREE pizza from CiCi’s (at 10:30 pm) and Superpoint (midnight). Donations accepted on site or online here.
10 pm Wavers & Ravers @ Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. New wave and post-punk dance party with DJ Triple-X, who’s crawling out of the crypt for one night only. Come hear the obscure. The future is our past. Move to your own groove.
10 pm DJ Shirley Tempo @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, pop, rock, retro, and party music. Cheap drinks, no cover.
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 It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join VJ Splattermonkey as he takes you on a journey from 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 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 pm Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. A night of your favorite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.
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 Die Hard 80s Christmas Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance and cheers a hearty “yippee ki yay” to the holidays! Get those Christmas sweaters out and mix it up with some 80s flare. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Why Can’t You @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Holiday get together with selectors Ensoul (Kourosh Dehghani), Miles Caswell, and Lauren Raham. Positive vibes only.
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 Melody Nelson (France/Senegal) share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10.
10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ and special guest Eric Simon Pearce throw down hip-hop bangers all night! $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 DJs Wristpect. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
12 pm High Noon @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Ave. The first installment of Banded Purple’s lunchtime performance art series. Featuring apprentices from the Royal Conservatory of Music knocking out an anthology of Kanye West’s greatest hits, accompanied by the artistic direction of multidisciplinary artist Ness Lee. $20 advance tickets available online.
12 pm Toronto Vegan Winter Market @ Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W. A curated selection of some of the best vegan-friendly local businesses. Raise money for Wishing Well Sanctuary, indulge your palate, and get all your holiday shopping done! $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Until 7 pm.
2 pm Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah @ Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. George Frideric Handel (a.k.a. Ivars Taurins in character) conducts his beloved Messiah with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, guest soloists, and YOU! $30-49 tickets available online.
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 Screen Queens Presents: Edward Scissorhands @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Screen Queens presents Tim Burton’s twisted tale of Yuletide with a very merry screening of Edward Scissorhands. $15 advance tickets available online.
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