Toronto Hit List: Bowie’s Berlin, Loving In The Name Of, Nuit Blanche, With It & more!

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Harvest Wednesdays @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Harvest Wednesdays seeks to connect urbanites with rural producers and spark conversation about Community Shared Agriculture, eating locally for global change and of course, enjoying seasonal Ontario produce, harvested just the day before. Each event features notable guest chefs, inspiring community speakers, produce from Chick-a-biddy farms, local wine partners, and more! This week features sampling stations from Parkdale restaurants and producers. $30 tickets available online.

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.

THURSDAY

6 pm “A Room Full of Black Boys” Opening Reception @ Blank Canvas, 1544 Bloor St. W. An installation by Olu Seye and Jah Grey. Until 2 am. Exhibition runs until October 5. Email rsvpblankcanvas@gmail.com with the subject line RSVP RFOBB and your first and last name (plus any guests) to ensure entry.

8 pm Bowie’s Berlin @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Get out your makeup, shine your boots, dig out the (p)leather, and get ready for a night of Bowie in Berlin hosted by Yell Rebel. Featuring a Bowie lip-sync battle, dance performance by Pebble Bottom Movment, and a dance party by DJ Hrbrt and Crystal Whisper, packed full of music from Bowie, his contemporaries, and those he inspired. $10 in advance and at the door.

9 pm Rock Lite On A Weeknight @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. The maiden voyage of the sister night to Yacht Rock at the Boat. All your soft rock favourites from 1975-1985 – Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Toto, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Billy Ocean, Lionel Richie, Journey, Captain & Tenille, and so many more. Work hard, play soft.

9 pm Steers & Queers @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. DJs Joe Blow and Sigourney Beaver play songs about old flames and dead dogs. With performances by Tynomi Banks, Coco Framboise, Allysin Chains, and Dottie Dangerfield. Dress code: Outlaw couture, posse chic. $7.

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 Dancehall To Make Your Pants Fall @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A night of reggae and dancehall to make your pants fall (off), with master selecter Al Parkins. All vinyl, all night.

10 pm Innit @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Garage. Grime. Bass. Funktion-One. Sounds by Freeza Chin and JAYEMKAYEM. Free before midnight, $5 after.

FRIDAY

6 pm Oktoberfest @ Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Dust off your lederhosen and ring in the fall at the Gladstone’s classic knee-slapping Oktoberfest jamboree. They’re turning the Melody Bar into a good ole fashioned German beer hall, featuring live Polka, pretzels, bratwurst, and of course, steins of beer! $15 early bird tickets available online (includes entry, your first Stein of Mill Street, free beer samples, and giveaways).

7 pm #FNLROM: Spark @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. ROM Friday Night Live is back! Kick off this #FNLROM season and explore colour, light, and form, with complimentary access to the special exhibition Chihuly. $15 tickets available online and at the door.

9 pm GUTS Does the Internet: A Dance Party @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. Feminist magazine GUTS is throwing another fundraiser to help pay their contributors and keep the party going! The theme is the Internet, so leave the tl;dr drama at home and bring your dancing shoes. Come early for the conversation, zine fair, and installations; stay late for the hot tunes and big bad dance party. $10 in advance, $15 at the door (but no one will be turned away).

10 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! The Best recreates classic songs from Bjork, David Bowie, Prince The Tragically Hip, Bill Withers, Bonnie Tyler, The Strokes, and Alicia Keys. DJ Scott Cudmore spins the jams all night long. $12.

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 Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. $5.

10 pm Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig is back with another edition of your favourite all vinyl ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B party! With resident DJs Parkdale Funk and Splattermonkey spinning the best soul and R&B 45s from the era.

10 pm Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack play that classic leant shit. $10 before midnight, more after.

10 pm More Boy Problems: A Carly Rae Jepsen Queer Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. For everyone who has had it with Canadian national treasure and literal angel of pop music Carly Rae Jepsen not getting the recognition she deserves (or even a headlining tour), Boy Problems is here for you. Music by DJsGayDrama. $10.

11 pm Forward @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Selectors Jay Jolliffe and DJ Kicks come with crates chock full of forward-thinking hip-hop, RnB, and dancehall – but it’s not just about bringing the brand new, it’s about bringing the unexpected. Come get sweaty on the dancefloor while the DJs take you on a ride through genres, tempos, and eras. $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm Nuit Blanche @ various locations. A FREE all-night contemporary art event featuring nearly 90 contemporary art projects by more than 300 local, national, and international artists. Until sunrise.

7 pm Even Stranger Things Nuit Blanche Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Expect the unexpected at the Gladstone’s ’80s sci-fi themed Nuit Blanche party. See some extraordinary installation art and lighting displays, projections, and performances in the Ballroom (a.k.a. Joyce’s living room). Make your way into The Fort (BYO Hazmat Suit), catch a glimpse of the upside-down, and dance the night away to kick-ass ’80s rock music. This is a FREE all night party!

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJs Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, reggae, and soul. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $10.

10 pm Can You Feel It? @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Join DJs Valerie Dour and Digits for a trip through the golden years of late ’80s/early ’90s rave, including a special mid-90s electronica anthems set guaranteed to help you relive those days of big baggy jeans, snug hoodies, and big-bead necklaces. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

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.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Philippe Noel (Canicule Tropicale, Montreal) share a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

10 pm Baltra / CL @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Palisade and Work In Progress are proud to welcome Baltra (Hokkaido Dance Club / Craigie Knowes, NYC) and CL (Work In Progress / It’s Not U It’s Me, T.O.) to the grotto. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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 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.

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

SUNDAY

10 am Etsy Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Join over 20 Etsy sellers at Evergreen Brick Works to discover unique and locally crafted wares from some of Ontario’s top artisans. Shop one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade goods from ceramics to knits, toys to home décor. Until 3 pm.

3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 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 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 of the Nite is an exercise in contrasts: Dreamlike states, instability, complexity, and minimalism. Featuring URM, the solo project of Toronto-based electronic artist Jamie Todd, and Johan Seaton. PWYC.

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

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