Toronto Hit List: Cask Days, Saddle Up, Spooky Vibez, The Garrison Fall Flea & more!

October 17th-19th Toronto After Dark Film Festival @ Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W. 50 thrilling new feature films and shorts will be showcased at the 13th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Attendees can also look forward to Q&A sessions with visiting filmmaker guests, the popular Zombie Themed Night, and Pub After Dark, where fans get to mingle with filmmakers and other guests.

October 17th-21st Rendezvous with Madness Festival @ various locations. Now entering it’s 26th year, Rendezvous with Madness Festival is one of the largest – and first – art and mental health festivals in the world. Rendezvous 2018 will embrace a wider range of multidisciplinary art forms along with the provocative films the festival has become known for, including media installations, visual art, theatre, film, panel discussions, and in-conversation events.

October 17th-21st Holding Patterns @ Planet Storage, 1655 Dupont St. This exhibition curated and presented by Art Spin will animate a series of storage lockers with commissioned and site-specific art projects.

October 19th-20th YouTube Music Night Market @ King & Spadina, 464 King St. W. YouTube Music is bringing together the culture, sound, and people that moves Toronto’s music scene. Sip and snack local Toronto favourites from Maker Pizza, Grape Witches, Burdock Brewery, and Short & Sweet Bakeshop; find your new favourite threads at Siberia Vintage; and enjoy a live performance by Roy Woods on Saturday night. Runs 7-11 pm Friday and 5-11 pm Saturday. Entry is free!

October 19th-21st Cask Days @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. A three-day festival celebrating the love for cask ale: unpasteurized, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated beer that is served direct from a cask barrel and showcases more than 400 beers and ciders from producers across Canada and the U.S., with new beers being tapped each day. New this year, and in conjunction with Celebrate Ontario, Cask Days announces the inclusion of new educational programming with world-renowned brewers, industry-leading cask ale panelists, and bus transportation packages from select cities! Tickets and passes available online.

October 20th-21st Toronto Soup Festival @ Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd. Enjoy a wide variety of gourmet soups, fresh baked goods, live entertainment, hot beverages, and demonstrations at the Toronto Soup Festival. Runs 12-4 pm Saturday and 12-3 pm Sunday.

WEDNESDAY

12 pm Legalization Day @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Torontonians come together to celebrate the long-awaited legalization of cannabis. Until 7 pm.

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 hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd 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

6:30 pm The Rocky Horror Sort-of Show: A Burlesque Mystery Game @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. You’ve been invited to a Rocky Horror-themed Halloween party, but SOMEONE’S BEEN MURDERED! Solve the crime and enjoy an evening of striptease, murder, suspense, hilarity, and audience immersion. It will leave you shivering with antici… $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.

10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Surf, rock, psych, and soul with DJ Luke Harley.

10 pm Bingo Bango @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Real electro music all night with DJs Castelvi, Cryogenetic, and Butr.

FRIDAY

6 pm 187’s Fall Clothing Swap @ 187, 187 Augusta Ave. Bring your unwanted clothes and exchange them for something new! Until 10 pm. PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

6:30 pm The Rocky Horror Sort-of Show: A Burlesque Mystery Game @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. You’ve been invited to a Rocky Horror-themed Halloween party, but SOMEONE’S BEEN MURDERED! Solve the crime and enjoy an evening of striptease, murder, suspense, hilarity, and audience immersion. It will leave you shivering with antici… $20 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Friday Night Live: The 6ix @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your Friday nights on the dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore the ROM’s stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks at #FNLROM. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

8 pm Fall 2018 Season Opening Party @ Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W. Celebrate the launch of the Power Plant’s Fall 2018 exhibition season! Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by artists Karla Black, Beth Stuart, and Vivian Suter with Elisabeth Wild, as well as the continuation of Abbas Akhavan’s variations on a landscape. Cash bar available all evening. No cover.

10 pm Saddle Up! @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Dance to Willie, Dolly, Loretta, and the rest of your honky tonk favourites! You’ll hear all the good tunes and the best of the bad ones (no bro country). Set by The Handsome Devils at 10:30 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after (bar is cash only).

10 pm Alright, Alright, Alright: Legalization Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Celebrate the legalization of cannabis with DJ Blush! She’ll be playing rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, reggae, and psych from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. $5.

10 pm Goddess: Witches @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Channel your darkest witch or be a good witch, but just make sure to come in a look. Performances by Beardonce, Bon Bon Bontemps, and Jacklynne Hyde + music by DJ Scooter McCreight and Aeryn Pfaff. Cast some spells and enter the runway competition for the fiercest-dressed witch! $10.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time and mixes it up with classic ’80s commercials.

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 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 and Cyclist. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W. Toronto Flower Market wraps up its biggest season ever with local growers, florists, craftspeople, and gardeners. Until 3 pm.

2 pm Pop Culture & Social Insight with Zarqua Nawaz @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Best-selling author and creator Zarqa Nawaz shares insights from a successful career in mainstream media creating stories of growing up as a Canadian woman of Muslim faith. $20 tickets available online.

10 pm Posi Vibez & Feel Your Fantasy Present: Spooky Vibez @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Posi Vibez presents the Feel Your Fantasy Issue 3 launch party featuring drag performances by Allysin Chaynes, Jacklynne Hyde, and Lady Kunterpunt + music by The FranDiscos, a screening of the Dragula season 2 finale episode, and an onsite glitter station! $5 at the door or $10 with a new issue of the zine (serve a full drag lewk and get in for free).

10 pm Night Shift @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, and more with DJ Murdasaki.

10 pm It’s All Good: 3 Year Anniversary Jam @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs Splattermonkey and General Eclectic as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, 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 10 Karat Devotion @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Funk, disco, new wave, and UK soul business to cast a golden glow with DJ Jodie Lee.

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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Knockout @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s.

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

10 pm Riverdale + Josie & The Pussycats Halloween Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Riverdale High cordially invites you to the spookiest Halloween bash of them all, featuring all your favourite guilty pleasure anthems. Who will reign supreme: Riverdale High or the South Side Serpents? $5 advance tickets available online.

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 Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaton. Tunes for all headtops.

10 pm I Think I’m Making A Comeback Dance Party @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, rock, pop, and guilty pleasures to make you dance!

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, R2, and J-Class. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Devotion: House & Disco @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. Join Cyclist and the Patchouli Brothers as they burrow into the birth of dance music, rejoicing in the likeness and probing the unconformity of house and disco.

11 pm Cardio @ Edenhall, 193 Baldwin Ave. A movement-oriented event presented by SL.Y, with support from 2Shay.

SUNDAY

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea brings you a stellar lineup of Toronto’s best local, handmade, fashion, handmade, art, food, and vintage vendors. Admission is FREE and four-legged friends are always welcome. Until 5 pm.

11 am Punk Rock Flea Market @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s gnarliest curated pop-up market, featuring the most rad selection of curated vendors, your old fave tunes, new buds, cold brews, and good times. Until 5 pm.

12 pm The Garrison Fall Flea @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Shop local vintage and handmade goods from vendors like Black Diamond Vintage, Phoenix Vintage, Freebird Intimates, Female Treble, Ramble On Silver, Outpost Vintage + Thrift, and lots more. Food provided by Kungfu Dawg (vegetarian and vegan options available). Until 6 pm.

5 pm Haunted Market @ Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor St. W. Get in the Halloween spirit at Toronto Indie Horror Fest’s Halloween Market. Featuring arts and crafts, collectibles, clothing, toys, posters, and more! Until 11 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.

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

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