June 20th-29th WorldPride 2014 @ various locations. A celebration of the history, courage, diversity, and future of LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities around the world. Check out our picks for the hottest parties and events in our Pride Guide!
June 28th-29th Vintage & Flea Community Market @ Vintage & Flea, 1263 Dundas St. W. A community furniture and clothing market happening every weekend! Featuring a selection of vintage clothing, designer consignment, and antique furniture. Starts at noon and goes late.
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. Primordial rock ‘n’ roll, early punk, and soul. ALL VINYL.
7 pm “Lust: A Solo Show By SPUD1” Opening Reception @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. “Lust is an emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body; lust can take any form such as the lust for knowledge, the lust for sex or the lust for power. SPUD1 has assembled an assortment of Lust inspired art for this art show. Using his passion for art, and appreciation for beautiful women, Lust is sure to leave your pleasure neurons tingling for more.” Sponsored by Steam Whistle and Poutinis with burlesque performances by Trixi Jones, Obskyura, and Percy Katt + beats by Barbi Castelvi Gomes. $5.
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 Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
10 pm Neon Nights @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. Queer retro dance party! DJs Pony and Shoegayz play all the ’80s and ’90s jams you love to love.
10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. Opening night music provided by Hunter Siegel. $5.
10 pm Work It Out 2 Year Anniversary @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Work It Out celebrates two years! DJs Mantis, Famous Lee, and special guest Jason Palma play soul music.
7 pm Friday Night Live: ROM Proud @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. An evening of celebration in honour of WorldPride 2014. Sights and Experiences: Out of the Cupboards (objects brought OUT of the cupboards for this night only); In Conversation (engage with ROM experts in the galleries); Arts for Children and Youth emerging arists; Meet the Scopify Guy. Sounds: DJ Deko-Ze, Starving Yet Full (of Azari and Ill), Amy Hef, DJ Sammy Royales, UofT Jazz Music Program, Don Brownrigg. 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.
7:30 pm Warhol Fashion Show @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A fashion show of creativity, fashion, elegance, culture, art, connection, and beauty, inspired by a late world renowned pop artist, whose life and work attracted international attention and acclamation. WARHOL. Show begins at 8:30 pm, followed by The Factory after party. Fashion show: $40. After party: $20. Show + after party: $55. For tickets, firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 pm Opening Party: Summer 2014 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queen’s Quay W. A celebration for the opening of all three Summer exhibitions: Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium; Vasco Araújo: Under the Influence of Psyche; and Akram Zaatari: The End of Time. Party with the artists on the gallery’s lakeside patio under the stars. Cash bar available. Until 11 pm.
9 pm Chronologic Takes The Island @ Island Cafe, Ward’s Island. Join the Goin’ Steady DJs as they take the Island Cafe by storm, playing the absolute best dance tracks from every era! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2015, played in chronological order). Arrive early to avoid sad temper tantrums. There will be a chartered water taxi to take you home.
10 pm 4th Annual Shindig! Beach Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Summer is here, which means it’s time for the annual Shindig! Beach Party. Throw on your best beachwear and come prepared to dance to surf, garage, soul, ska, reggae, and calypso music from the ’50s and ’60s! With resident 7” 45 RPM vinyl selectors General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk (a.k.a. DJ Double K), and Splattermonkey! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Amy Wood play ’90s/’00s/’14s rap and RnB, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.
10 pm Alcohol Music / Ladies & The Trap @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ KOBe’J spins reggae, hip-hop, old school, and RnB. Downstairs, DJs Julie Mango and Alia Caffeina select the traps alongside Pete Funk and Safari647. Expect the trillest tracks with the illest remixes. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Colin Bergh and Bruce Trail play dymaxion house music all night long.
10 pm Pop Lobster: Don’t Call It A Comeback Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. April marked the four-year anniversary of Pop Lobster, and DJs Little Kicks and Digits are snapping their claws in excitement and gratitude. They may or may not play some of this: TLC, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Talking Heads, Robyn, Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Prince, Britney Spears, Le Tigre, Motown, indie, new wave, disco.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm The Art of Hip-Hop @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A music appreciation party involving song selections based on a casual theme, not genre barriers. This edition focuses on hip-hop.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $5.
10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Alikulapo. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Party Machine @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Family Business (a.k.a. F-Bomb and Ry-Fi) joins DJ Fathom (On Vacay, Blue Gates) and STEP TWiNS (a.k.a. Caff and Walmer Convenience) for a night of classic to current hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and club music. In the Lounge, DJ Your Boy Brian (More Proof) plays a feel-good party mix. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
11 am Canada Day Celebration @ Tiger Loves Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. Tiger Loves Sweden’s final shopping event of June celebrates Canada Day in all of its red and white glory! Featuring craft beer from local breweries, including Bellwoods Brewery (124 Ossington Ave.), Canadiana-themed gifts from the Drake General Store (1144 Queen St. W.), and Canada’s signature snacks.
10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Goin’ Steady: The Final Party @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. RIP Goin’ Steady: 2005-2014. After nine year of sold-out shows and insanely sweaty dance floors, it’s time to say goodbye to this ’50s/’60s-themed party. Fear not, though! The Goin’ Steady DJs will be continuing with Chronologic and their other adventures. $10.
10 pm The Breakfast Club @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Do you remember the ’80s? Leg warmers, Rubik’s Cubes, The Walkman, crazy hairstyles, neon clothing, Atari, John Hughes movies, and an AMAZING era of music! After an overwhelming response to the first edition, The Breakfast Club is taking you back to the ’80 with all your favourite radio hits and rarities. Soundtrack provided by DJ Starting From Scratch. 4 AM LAST CALL. Before midnight: $10 with ’80s gear, $20 without. After midnight: $15, with ’80s gear, $20 without.
10 pm Ice Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs FBomb, Ry-Fi, and K.Dilla play the best hip-hop, pop, and party anthems. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Free Ass(ociation) Release Jam @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The records have arrived and they sound and look really great. This is your chance to come celebrate with the Free Association crew and grab a copy or just look at them for a while. DJs Andrew Allsgood, Alister Johnson, and Myth Paradise play the finest in psychedelic, left field, electric tavern disco, boogie, and house music.
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 One Leg Up @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. An all-vinyl sexy dance party featuring strictly hits from any genre and any decade.
10 pm Waves @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. With ColeCo, HRMXNY, Noahplause, and Rich Tuck. Get Wavy.
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 F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Music for your dancing pleasure with pals Well Said, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty. $5.
10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’80s night with DJs Tweed and Sarah Le Bon! Pop, rock, new wave, punk, funk, electronic, soul, R&B, and everything else ’80s. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Skate Night @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Skateboarding. Skate rock. Skate Bettys. $10 pitchers. $4 shots.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, Soundbwoy, DeMiGGs, Techtwelve, and special guest M-Kutz play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. 4 AM LAST CALL. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email email@example.com (closes at midnight). $10.
11 am Annex Flea @ Honest Ed’s parking lot, 581 Bloor St. W. In the grand tradition of Toronto’s neighbourhood markets, the Annex Flea brings the best vintage and handmade goods in Toronto together under one roof. Until 6 pm.
12 pm Drip x American Apparel BBQ @ House Maison, 580 Church St. Join Drip and American Apparel for an exciting daytime BBQ and tea dance! Free giveaways all day + music by Maya Postepski (Austra, Trust), Prince Innocence, Shaydakiss, Vanessa (Lioness), and Uncle Dickies. $10 (includes one drink ticket). Until 9 pm.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from noon to 7 pm!
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 loved. 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 Bad Movie Night Toronto Presents: Ripent Your Sin-ema @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A screening of some of the most bizarre religious videos ever made. Mystical Jesus powers, Melodically inept music videos, The Jr. Christian Science Bible Lesson, BIBLEMAN, and more.
~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at firstname.lastname@example.org