Toronto Hit List: Chris Hadfield’s Generator, Diva Video Dance Party, Turning Point, Made By Feminists & more!

November 14th-17th Regent Park Film Festival @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. Toronto’s longest-running free community film festival showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films presented break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story.

WEDNESDAY

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

8 pm Chris Hadfield’s Generator @ Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s famed comedy, music, and ideas extravaganza returns for its fourth year with BBC’s Robin Ince as emcee house, band Tupperware Remix Party, Evan Hadfield, and special guests. Past years have seen a guest lineup that included Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day, architect Moshe Safdie, poets, cyborgs, exoskeletons, bionic superhero arms for children, and much more! $72+ tickets available online.

10 pm Back On @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A new weekly Thursday night party playing all the brand-new Top 40 tracks you can handle. Casual dress, casual feeling. $5.

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.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Mic Drop @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Explore three generations of Toronto hip hop culture ranging from b-boyism to turntablism and controllerism at #FNLROM. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

8 pm Long Winter @ Tranzac Club, Brunswick Ave. Long Winter is back to help get Toronto through those long and cold winters with immersive and interactive music, visual art, installation, reading, food, and dance! This month’s edition features music by Harrison (DJ set), WLMRT, Perfect Health, Chippy Nonstop (DJ set), Hezi, Nice Going, and Avrha; the Toronto Zine Library; Long Night with Vish Khanna; and lots more. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Diva Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Dance to iconic videos of the biggest divas of the decades: From Madonna to Miley and Whitney to Britney. VJ Sean Caff will have the best of the best on screen while you take over the dance floor like a wrecking ball. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A night of Motown and classic soul cuts with a wrecking crew of 30 musicians and singers performing as many tunes as there are bodies. DJ Wes Allen dishing up the biggest dance floor bangers throughout the night. $15 online and at the door.

10 pm 80s Mixtape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush takes you on a trip back to the 1980s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness. Overload on hairspray, break out the shoulder pads, and get ready to start your weekend off right! $5.

10 pm No Scrubs 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A dance party featuring all your favourite pop and hip-hop tunes from the 1990s. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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.

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

10 pm New Wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hardwood classics! Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more.

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.

10:30 pm Lavender @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A party for queer women and trans people, with DJs Zehra on the decks. IBPOC, queer women, and trans people to the front; everyone welcome! $5 or PWYC (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

11 pm Collectif Nude Presents: Pawty Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Featuring new lineups with Toronto’s best DJs every month + specially curated hosts and photographers, Pawty Time aims to bring together many elements from the arts and music community and to empower them with a stage to do their thing! $10.

SATURDAY

10 pm Turning Point: 16th Year Anniversary Edition @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Turning Point celebrates 16 years of sharing tropical sounds of vintage vinyl on the dance floor – LOUD! Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest La Mano Peluda (Montreal) share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join VJs Mike Luke and Efsharp as they travel back to the ’90s, playing everything 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 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.

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 Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and other trill shit with Family Business DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. $10.

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 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 pm Mallrats: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Party all night long as Sneaky Dee’s plays all the 90s jams you can handle from artists like Blink 182, Green Day, Bush, Weezer, Sublime, and more. And remember: Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn for Sega. $5 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Divas Only: Starring Robyn @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Glad Day and Juicy Moon Productions are bringing divas from across the decades under one roof with all the glamour, high notes, and wind machines you can handle. Special Spotlight on Robyn. DJs Aeryn Pfaff and Maggy on the decks + special performances by dancing queen Vachina Dynasty and Little Maverick. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

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 Hedspin, 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 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.

SUNDAY

10 am Made By Feminists @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Shop handmade goods, natural products, and textiles made by persons who identify as feminist. Until 4 pm.

10 am Old Book & Paper Show @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. The biggest one-day vintage-print sale of the year! Discover every conceivable type of vintage printed material – including rare and antique books, old advertising, movie posters, photography, maps, and more – all under one roof. Until 4 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea. Featuring 70 vendors + drinks, local food, and music. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 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.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at TO’s weekly “temple of tease.” This edition features Aura Nova, Dolly Dagger, Madi Purrr, Marquise de Bawd, and host Ivory. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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