May 6th-10th Canadian Music Week @ various locations. CMW spans five nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. Check out our top picks here.
May 8th-10th PYA Sample Sale @ 15 Apex Rd. Up to 80% off select brands. Cash, debit, credit accepted. Runs Thursday from 12-9 pm, Friday from 12-6 pm, and Saturday from 12-5 pm.
May 8th-10th Standard Apparel Warehouse Sale @ 87 Wingfold Ave., Unit 1. A season warehouse sale for Standard Apparel, the exclusive Canadian distributor of leading international brands such as Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, HBC Signature Collection, Filson, Aigle, Ruby + Ed, Mads Norgaard, Gloverall, Nau, and Rivieras. Featuring discounted prices of up to 80% off retail. Runs Thursday and Friday from 10-8 pm, and Saturday from 10-4 pm.
10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.
10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.
10 pm Where the Vile Things Are @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Doubleyou takes you on a mind-bending musical excursion with educations throughout the evening.
10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.
10 pm Twisted Thursdays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, RnB, reggae, trap, and old school with DJ Law. $5.
10 pm Full Moon @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Indie, classic rock, dark grooves, and garage.
10 pm Secret Models @ Scout’s Honor, 1576 Dundas St. W. Secret Models DJs play the songs you love to hear.
10 pm Nite Life @ The Garrison (front room), 1197 Dundas St. W. Drinks and dancing in the front room till 4 am! Psychedelia, mod, soul, and RnB with DJ Gaven Dianda.
6 pm “Party Room II” Opening Reception @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. Milk Glass Co. celebrates its two year anniversary with Party Room II, a group show featuring works from a diverse group of painters, photographers, and installation artists. Party Room is a fun, celebratory exhibit, where the pieces create a lively party atmosphere. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until June 5.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Photo Flash @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG! Sounds: Fefe Dobson, Francesco Yates, DJs DK & Cal, FNL House DJs curated by ElectriCITY Events, Craig Stickland: Craig has perfected a style of harmony driven introspective pop, DJ General Electric, Roger Mooking, Selena Evangeline, and Bill King. Experiences: ROM CONTACT Festival feature, Photography Demystified, AFCY Emerging Artists, and Meet the Scopify Guy. Eats: Gourmet Gringos, HotBunzz Street Cuizine, Curbside Bliss Cupcakes, City Gourmet, Tita Flips, JK Frites, The Saucy Pierogi, Little Tomato Catering, ME.N.U Food Truck, Randy’s Roti, and Liko’s BBQ. $12 advance tickets available online.
8 pm Gladstone TV Trivia Night: 90210 Edition @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Celebrate everyone’s favourite Minnesota twin (sorry Brenda) with a special 90210 trivia night! How it works: Come alone or bring a team of up to six people and prepare to answer very important questions about some of your favorite shows of the past. Your lively hosts will lead you through a night of trivia questions, including audio clues, skits, and more. Winners will be awarded prizes and prestige! Those who dress up will be rewarded with drink specials and special treats. Starts at 8 pm sharp.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play lady Italo, glitter disco, euro synthpop, and weird dad jams.
10 pm The Dirty Hustle @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. DJ Maya Killtron mixin’ it up and keeping you sweaty and grindin’ all night with hip-hop and RnB tunes. $9 gets you a tall can of Old Style Pilsner + a shot of Crown Royal!
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand! They love to play: L’il Kim, Aaliyah, Diana Ross, Betty Wright, TLC, Etta James, Salt N’ Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, The Crystals, and anyone else with a song in their heart.
10 pm Free Ass(ociation) @ Bambo’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The Free Association team is back to melt the dark dance floor of Bambi’s into a molten lava pit of orgasmic disco heaven. DJs Andrew Allsgood, Alister Johnson, and Todd Westendorp play the finest in psychedelic, left field, electric tavern disco, boogie, and house music (the kind of stuff fog machines were made for).
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush present the ultimate guilty pleasure dance party with all your favourites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s (including the ones you won’t admit to)! $5.
10 pm 90s Party: In Living Color Edition @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Dress in your best ’90s wear for a chance to win $200 in cash! (Think Saved by the Bell, 90210, Fresh Prince, Wayne’s World, Full House, or every Clueless outfit ever). DJs Caff and Fawn BC plays all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. Best of all: 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy dance party! DJs ARP 2600, Digits, Little Kicks, and Shudder will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5.
10 pm Radioactive Dreams @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Soul. New wave. Power pop. All vinyl, all the time.
10 pm Look Ma, No Shoelaces @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. A jam to shake off the cabin fever and shake down your spring fever! Stuart and Leanne will be selecting the fun for your feet – a spread of dance floor flavours from reggae, jazz, soul and boogie classics to left-leaning future bass and beats, and maybe even a couple of “not so guilty” pleasures.
10 pm Get By Friday @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night. $5.
10 pm Cruising @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ABBA Edition! Join host Fay Slift and DJs Moulton Lava for a fun filled night of DISCO, DISCO, DISCO! $5.
11 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. The Stage Moth-HER Edition. DJs Kiki LeFreak, Blake, and OMGBLOG.com will make you shine with all the right house, disco, and electro tunes. For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
11 pm Pacific High @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Dymaxion house music all night long + amazing visuals by Phillipe Blanchard. $12.50.
10 am Toronto Young Designers Spring Sale @ Ani + Wren, 1172 Yonge St. Jewellery, home decor, paper goods, baby gifts, clothing, tote bags, art, and beauty care from: rtg designs, The Health Hut, Lockett Jewels, Ry & Gi, Keaton and Co., Whistle and Work, Maddy q, and Ollie Jones. Until 6 pm.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ Great Gulf, 1056 Queen St. W. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience for urban dwellers looking for high-quality and affordable plants and flowers. Featuring an abundance of fresh-cut, potted, and bedding flower varieties sourced directly from Ontario greenhouses. Until 3 pm.
8 pm Undisposable Presents: Eric Dingus @ 7 Fraser Ave. Houston native Eric Dingus make his Canadian debut. Vibes made possible by music, travel, people, and disposable cameras. (Undisposable seeks out rising producers/DJs looks for unique venues/ locations around the world, then give guests disposable cameras to capture the party from their perspective.) To RSVP, email email@example.com. $15.
10 pm Wildlife @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. All that is good is wild and free. With DJs Wes Allen, Andycapp, and Pooyan. Goes late.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs and Cyclist deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove! $10.
10 pm Michael Jackson Video Dance Party @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. On the heels of his posthumous CD release “Xscape,” video DJ Truewind pays tribute to the King of Pop. Featuring pop, top 40, latin, house, and hip-hop with added attention to MJ.
10 pm The BRTHDAY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music provided by DJs Style of Tigers and RVM. Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Sweet Groove @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Sweet Touch Foundation (DJs Riccachet and Thera-P) and Grand Groove (DJs Big Jacks and Royale) on four turnables, spinning hip-hop, R&B, reggae, mash-up, trap, old school, and more. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and The Dirty Frenchman play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (plus more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Wigs @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Grab your best lace front, beehive, kicky bob, Cher, Marge Simpson, or Nicki Minaj. Be it synthetic or human hair, BWS DON’T DISCRIMINATE. (There will be prizes for best wig!) DJs Nino Brown, Phil V, and Sammy Royale will be turning it all night long. Kimon will capture you in all your wig photo shoot glory. $6.
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.
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 pm Box of Kittens Presents: Luke Slater @ 99 Sudbury St. DJ set by Luke Slater (Ostgut Ton, Mote-Evolver, Peacefrog Records) with suppot from Mike Gibbs, Jamie Kidd, and Fabio Palermo. 4 AM LAST CALL. $20 early bird and $25 limited advance tickets available online.
10 pm LZRQST @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Playing house, techno, and other pro-sexy sub-genres of die Tanzmusik, BWV addresses sonically the interrelationship between utopian and dystopian technofutures—an excursion into Mcconaughey-esque understandings of time and space.
10 pm Renaissance @ C Lounge, 456 Wellington St. W. ALL ’90s, ALL night! DJs 4KORNERS (official DJ of the Toronto Raptors) and Mista Jiggz (Electric Touch, CHRY 105.5FM) play a mix of ’90s hip-hop, RnB, house, pop, reggae, rock, and more. $10 before 11:30 pm, $15 after 11:30 pm.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Hoxton House Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Big room house music from KTRON, Steem, Mizcreation, Geeksquad DJs, Arivo, Fero, and Ebony & Ivory. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Uma Nota’s Worldwide Ting @ MOJO Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Fresh off a Mexican tour, where he did up a nearly one-hour mix special for Noisey Mexico (that country’s arm of the VICE music property), Uproot Andy continues the worldwide global bass takeover. This is all the roots music you love remixed to dance floor perfection. Joining him is resident DJ General Eclectic and Maracatu Mar Aberto (Afro-Brazilian drums and song). $10 advance tickets available online; more at the door.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie—tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.
1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know you love. 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.
7:30 pm These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty: Seinfeld Trivia Night @ KITCH, 229 Geary Ave. Think you know Seinfeld? Well it’s not a lie if you believe it, and if you can prove you’re the master of your domain, then it’s next stop Pottersville. This is the Famous ORIGINAL Ray’s of monthly Seinfeld trivia, not some knock-off with their own case at the end of the aisle. Featuring trivia, episode screenings, tacos, junior mints, and more!
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