Toronto Hit List: Bowie (Let’s) Dance Party, Hold Tight, With It, Love Saves The Day & more!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm A Dark and Stormy Hip-Hop Colouring Night @ Harlem Underground, Queen St. W. Colour inside the lines of hip-hop greats as you sip on gin ‘n’ juice. Flex of All Trades will be throwing down some hip-hop favourites and remixes from the likes of Snoop Dogg or Lion, Tupac, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, and many others. Feel free to bring your own colouring pencils, colouring sheets, or books, but there will be plenty to colour on hand. $14 Chicken ‘n’ Waffles, $6 Dark ‘n’ Stormys, and $5 Red Stripe specials all night long.

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.

10 pm Pretty Pretty @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. The Beaver turns 10 this week, and will be reviving some of their old classic parties to help celebrate! Returning for one night only is Pretty Pretty, a party that ran from 2009 to 2011. With DJs Josh McIntyre, Elliot Vincent Jones, and Andrew Wilson.

10 pm Paisley @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. From the ashes of the ridiculous Smiths Is Dead evening comes Paisley. Britpop, indie, twee, post-punk, alternative, etc.

THURSDAY

5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.

9 pm The Return of Mainline @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Live disco band Mainline reappears at the sonically superior hallowed halls of the Piston for a one-night affair! Born from the rib of Beam Me Up, Mainline plays a mixed bag that embraces the all-encompassing diversity that disco music and its culture typify – equal parts funk, jazz, afro, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house. Beam Me Up resident selectors A Digital Needle and Cyclist will provide the pre-, post-, mid-Mainline soundtrack!

10 pm Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer, synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Bjork, Kate Bush, Broadcast, Robyn, Erykah Badu, Elastica, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Glasser, and on and on.

10 pm Live Piano Karaoke: Bowie Party @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. With a legacy of 25 albums, David Bowie has left us with a lifetime of unchallengeable wisdom and grace to remember him by. This will be a most special celebration of a life well lived. PM your karaoke requests here.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.

10 pm Draught Funx @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Old rock ‘n’ roll/punk, ’60s garage/psych, disco,’80s stuff, doowop, soul, rockabilly, whatevs! All on vinyl.

FRIDAY

7 pm #FNLROM Encore: One Love @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences is back for a special tribute to Bob Marley, with a colourful and rhythmic night to celebrate One Love! Early bird tickets have flown, but there will be some available at the door.

8 pm Midnight MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. Toronto’s sexiest night MRKT returns with some of the best local retailers, street food, craft cocktails, and DJs Toronto has to offer. Music provided by DJs Fawn BC and Lucie Tic. Until 1 am. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).

9 pm Bowie (Let’s) Dance Party @ Burdock, 1184 Dundas St. W. A very special night celebrating the music of David Bowie, featuring DJs PS and Choozey. Let’s Dance!

9 pm Stardust to Blackstar: A Tribute to David Bowie @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A night to celebrate the one and only David Bowie! Great bands covering great songs: Darknesses, Lips + friends Jordan Kern and Danny Gorman, Mark Holmes (Platinum Blonde), The Autumn Stones, Poppy Seed & The Love Explosion, The Goon Squad, Petey AC (The Diableros), Amy Bowles, John Orpheus, and more. $5, with all proceeds going to The Kensington Hospice.

10 pm Hold Tight @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. Two of Toronto’s most prominent DJs/party animals, DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) are bringing a brand new hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s legendary live music and eclectic party space, The Rivoli – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Lose your inhibitions and take a walk on the wild side. Hibernating is not permitted. DJs HRLD + Sayyzon play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae.

10 pm Undisposable Presents: Paranoia @ Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Ave. Undisposable and Red Bull Sound Select come together to bring you what is inevitably going to be a crazy night. Sticking to their roots and keeping things D.I.Y., they’re taking over Angell Gallery and turning it into their paradise. Music by Bambii, Teo Nio, Foster, and special guests. $10 or free if you bring a disposable camera!

10 pm Groove Presents: Wet Lips @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. February 5 is international smooching day. What better way to celebrate than with sexy music and make outs in one of Toronto’s most beloved grottos? For music of the night, think sexy thrills, deep moans, and sonic meditations on the highs and lows of contemporary sexuality. Spinning for the evening: BSMNT, Ryan Pierre, and Emissive. $5.

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with guest selectors DJ G-Spot and Sonny Dunn alongside resident DJ Gramera. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Cry Baby: 10 Golden Years @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Calling all intergalatic freaks: Cry Baby is returning to celebrate 10 golden years of our beloved queer planet, The Beaver. There will be drinks. There will be dancing. There will be gays.

10 pm How Does It Feel? @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. W. DJs Yung Adult and Liz Fulton play stuff like The Dream, Ciara, Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, Jenet, Popcaan, Mary J, Drake, Rihanna, Miguel, Brady, and more. Come do your thing. $5.

10 pm Leant @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack play that classic leant shit. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

10 pm Comfortable Closure @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Disco, boogie, psych, house, dance-pop, deep house, J-pop, and pop tunes courtesy of DJs Zones, Daicon, G Stewart, and bighotbeach.

10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm Let All The Children Boogie @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. The gritty, the grimy, the sparkling and the shinin’. Glam rock, disco, punk, post punk, electronic – all the good stuff.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Party like it’s 1993! Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Sikh Knowledge and Mizz Recklezz. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Wedding Night returns for an eclectic evening of dancing! Basement soul, MJ, funk, Marvin, R&B, Phil Collins, yacht rock, Dolly Parton, Mystikal, and disco.

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

SATURDAY

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Kizomba, Bachata, Kompa on Ice @ Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Sharpen your skates and skills on the Natrel Rink as Toronto’s best winter block party returns to Harbourfront Centre! This week, Deejay NS, DJ Kafe, and DJ Duckbring the heat to the Natrel Rink! Expect a fresh mix of Kizomba, Kompa, Zouk, Bachata and more!

9 pm Feast in the East @ Anchored Social Club, 899 Queen St. E. A monthly east-end music, food, and installation series. This month’s edition features a free, all-pink dinner by Zoe Solomon and Katie Jensen, with music provided by Bile Sister, Dorothea Paas, Eyeballs, and Cupcake Ductape. Environs by Kirsten Webb. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door. All ages.

9 pm Dispatches From Tomorrow @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Don’t miss Grandfather of Rap, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, in his first spoken word performance in Canada. Nuriddin has recorded with legends of American music including Jimi Hendrix, and is one of the founders of the influential group The Last Poets. In this landmark performance hosted by Northern Griot Network, Malik Al Nasir, a protégé of Gil Scott-Heron, and JustJamaal, join him to explore the deep connection between Islam and hip-hop. $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Go-go stylings by Riff Randell. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Out, Demons, Out @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Best in hard psych, prog, early heavy metal gems, and rarities on vinyl all night + light shows, drinks, and freaked out films! Spun by Sean of Blood Ceremony and Christian of Dementia13.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10:30 pm Tapette @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. Tapette celebrates l’amour on Bloor West – french kisses for everyone! DJ Phil V plays french disco, pop, and house (and a few sad french love songs). $5.

10 pm Over & Over @ A warehouse space from your magical dreams (location TBA). For one night, Over & Over invites you to come together in the ritual of dance, and feel the warmth of togetherness. Hosted by: Aftab, Anah, and David Gillespie. Sets by Myth Paradise + O&O residents. Alee Black and Pooyan. BYOB (there will also be a bar with $5 adult beverages and array of virgin drinks to keep you lubricated and hydrated). Until 4:30 am. Click “going” to add yourself to the entry list.

10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Codeine techno + hypno house + subterranean atmosphere with DJ Andrew Ross, The Beat Escape, and Tony Dancer. $5.

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

10 pm Queen B vs. JT: Battle of the Sexes Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Who rules the roost? Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake? Who has more anthems, the best clips, or the best dance moves? It’s going to be Queen B vs. JT in the ultimate battle of the sexes. There will be drink specials, live performances by The Girls Club and Tynomi Banks, and of course a sea of rad tunes to drown in. $12.25 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Stones Place Saturday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Saturday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ‘Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

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

SUNDAY

3 pm Super Bowl 50 Party @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. Join Early Mercy to celebrate Super Bowl 50, buffet style! Featuring a $25 pub-style buffet (assorted layered dips, chicken wings, nachos, potato skins, kimchi rice balls, fish cakes, sliders, and more), buckets of beer, and music activities. For group reservations and inquiries, email hello@earlymercy.com.

5 pm The Big Game @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. Help 3030 celebrate their re-opening weekend with one of the biggest sports nights of the year! Beer, snacks, mains, pinball, and football on the big screen – they’ve got your Superb Sunday bases covered.

6 pm Super Bowl Sunday @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrate Super Bowl 50 with The Drake! They’ll be tailgating a feast of goodies including wings, nachos, burgers, beer. Cheer on your favourite team, and keep your ears and eyes peeled for half time surprises.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

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

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