Toronto Hit List: City Love, Born Ready, ’83 Til Infinity, Never Forgive Action & more!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm “Season Opener” Opening Reception @ Steam Whisle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. Garrison Creek Bat Co. presents: “Season Opener” – a celebration of baseball and art. Featuring customized baseball bats and art from over 30 different artists, illustrators, and craftspeople + a chance to win a handmade GCBC bat signed by Blue Jays legend and MLB Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar!

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 Weird Winter (Bro)mance @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Alessandra and Kyle play all the songs you want to drink and dance to.

THURSDAY

8 pm This Is Not For You @ Brockton Collective, 442-A Dufferin St. Brockton Collective presents a night of a collective art series, consisting of video artists, illustrators, painters, photographers, and sculptors, all based in Toronto. Until midnight. RSVP only (call 647-725-0896 or emailgeneral@brocktoncollective.com).

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 Different Class @ The Dance Cave (above Lee’s Palace), 529 Bloor St. W. A dance party specializing in dance, rock, new wave, and Britpop. $3.

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

FRIDAY

10 pm City Love / WLFPK Bangers @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Lacey & Tammy blast out the hottest hip-hop and RnB tracks! Downstairs, WLFPK plays all the bangers you want to hear. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Born Ready @ Tattoo, 567 Queen St. W. The newest alt-party to hit Queer West! DJs Regina the Gentlelady, Essence Brown, and Madam D bring the grooviest vibrations: tasty electro, chillwave, and throwback mixtapes to get you good ‘n’ sweaty on the dancefloor. Like-minded people of every sort come to drink, dance, lounge and get their mingle on inside this all-inclusive blowout bash. $7 advance tickets available online, $10 at the door.

10 pm Foundry 2014: Resident Advisor Showcase @ 99 Sudbury St. Presented by Red Bull Music Academy in partnershipship with How Does It Make You Feel. DJ sets by Shed (Berlin), Skudge Live (Stockholm), David Patterson (Toronto), Kevin McPhee (Toronto), and Michael Krochak (Toronto). $19.50-24.50 advance tickets available online. Physical tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Play De Record.

10 pm Bad News @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rare, out-of-control grooves with your hosts, DJs Neil and Derek. ’60s soul, garage, and rockabilly – all on vinyl. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Double K on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Mizz Recklezz, Dionne Whorewick, and Mykel Blackcat Hall. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

10 pm Break Yo’ Self @ 3030 Dundas St. W. DJs Cash Luva and Schooly P play hip-hop, R&B, funk, ’80s, and more. All classics; no wack juice.

10 pm Building Blocks @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ General Eclectic takes you from A to Z of good dance floor music! Funk, soul, reggae, dancehall, disco, hip-hop, Brazilian, Latin, and rock. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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.

11 pm Y2K Millennial Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! Featuring special guest DJ PHNM (Chicago). $7 advance tickets available online, $10 at the door.

SATURDAY

2 pm California Carnivale @ The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W. A state fair and wine tasting EXTRAVAGANZA presented by iYellow Wine Club and California Wines. Session 1: 2-5 pm, $55. Session 2: 7-10 pm, $70. (Ticket price includes all wine samples, entertainment, food vouchers, and special offers from event partners. Available for purchase online.)

8 pm Pop Rocks @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. A new alternative indie rock art and dance party featuring some of the best up and coming original talent from live bands and DJs. This edition’s special guest is Matt Tong of Bloc Party! With live performances by Crisis CTRL Club, Morakoza, Bowjia, Little Ghost, and Columbo + DJ sets from Ankle Mix and Tired Girls. $20 advance tickets available at Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.

10 pm ’83 Til Infinity @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. This dance ain’t for everybody. Only the sexy people. So all you fly mothers, get on out there and dance! DJ Wes Allen returns with a special night of dance floor classics: house, disco, electro, freestyle, lovers rock, and R&B. Free before 11, $5 after.

10 pm Grill$ @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs James Redi, Jon Chetty, Sanga Genesis, and Feel Good Smalls spin Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop, and reggae tunes while the George Forman holds it down front and centre with a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. That’s right – FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Paradise Life @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Hard working selectors join forces to melt dance floors and snap necks. DJs Jason Ulrich, Nep Sidhu, and Todd Westendorp play only the finest records in soul, disco, fonk, boogie, and house music.

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 Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, ’90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, ’80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.

10 pm Foundry 2014: Carl Craig DJ Set @ 99 Sudbury St. Presented by Sapporo in partnershipship with Box Of Kittens. DJ sets by Carl Craig (Detroit), Fabio Palermo (Toronto), Jamie Kidd (Toronto), Hali (Berlin), and Mike Gibbs (Toronto). $29.50-34.50 advance tickets available online. Physical tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Play De Record.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2014, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Let’s go-go APE-RIL! DJ Nico and special guest BjornLate pay tribute to mod culture of the 1960s with a night of mod, R&B, soul, ska, and Britpop tunes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Motown Party @ 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Caff and Fawn BC upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius, Reverend Throwdown, and special guest Splattermonkey downstairs. Video and prizes from Eyesore Cinema! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. $7 advance tickets available online.

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 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 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10:30 pm Tapette: Èdition Porcelaine @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. April showers bring Tapette: Porcelaine édition! DJ Phil V on the decks toute la nuit with French house ‘n’ hits. $5.

11 pm Better Be Good @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Punk rock and other music for uplifting gormandizers. DJs Ex-Teen and Mark Pesci play stuff like The Ramones, Buzzcocks, Stooges, Teenage Head, Blonde, Wire, Devo, Gang of Four, etc.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. This month, Linx and Taktiks of the Mixtape Massacre show guest star in the DJ booth. $10.

11:55 pm Cold Rainbow @ Rainbow Palace, 213 Augusta Ave. (down the alley, make a left). Late night dark dance party. Minimal wave (DJs Datastalker, Neal 2600, Erin Neilly) vs. techno (DJs ŴẸĮŘĐ Ĺ and VINDIK8) vs. rainbow machine. Goes late. $10.

SUNDAY

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.

7:30 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!

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

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