August 9th-13th SummerWorks Festival @ various locations. Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art, and interdisciplinary forms. This year’s festival features 52 unique projects as well as artist workshops, performance experiments, and nightly parties.
August 9th-16th Plant Life @ Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas St. W. A photography exhibition and botanical retail experience, presented by PhotoEd Platform and LadyBug Florist. 11-7 pm daily.
August 11th-13th Habari Africa Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Now in its fourth year, Habari Africa Festival features local and international artists who bring the evolving traditions and vibrant diversity of African culture to Toronto.
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 and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.
9 pm Cosmic Residents @ Superpoint Pizza (back room), 184 Ossington Ave. Vibe to some cosmically resonant frequencies in the secret Ossington pizza garage. Resident DJs Hemingway and Strange Robotix + special guests Korea Town Acid and Tender Buttons will provide the wax foundation, consisting mainly of, but not limited to: prog jazz, gnarly funk, electric psych, and nautical disco.
10 pm Luv Potion @ The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W. Guest bartender Max Mohenu returns to Fountain serve you that Luv Potion. R&B, soul, and classics all night (Dark & Stormys usually goes best with slow jams, but they’ll also have $6 tall cans and other delicious drinks for you to choose from).
7 pm Play House @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. An exhibition focused on private/public spaces of queer vulnerability, featuring collaborative work by Natalie King and Wil Brask. Until 10 pm.
10 pm Throwback Thursdays @ Prettyugly Bar, 1237 Queen St. W. A weekly party series where Good Kids dim the lights low and turn the bass up on some of your favourite jams to move your hips to spanning multiple musical genres and decades.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.
10 pm Evening Standard Gives You Forever @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Int’l pro club deejays rise from the ashes to play music made for dancing all night wrong, once again.
10 pm Club House @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. House, club, disco, RnB, and more with DJs Vaughan and Katie Lavoie. Hosted by J.Lai and Lalow Mur.
7 pm Brindo Magazine Issue 002: RIPE Launch Party @ Unlovable Gallery, 1415 Dundas St. W. Launch party for the latest issue of Brindo, which invites the reader to consider their own idea of ripening with the seasons through a showcase of visual, poetic, and sonic compliments. There will be drinks, a make-your-own macaroni necklace station, and many other interactive elements! PWYC.
8:30 pm The Breakfast Club Quote-Along @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Relive the angst, the rebellion, and the emotions of one of the most beloved high school movies of all time while saying your favourite lines along with these unforgettable characters. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.
10 pm Hide & Seek @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. An LGBTQ, women’s-focused party at the brand new Broadview Hotel! Whether you’re enjoying the gorgeous outdoor patio or dancing to DJ Steph Honey and Recklezz inside, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience with plenty of surprises. $13 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi are back at it, bringing all those hot chunes for your head top! Expect to hear songs from artists like Vince Staples, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Rihanna, Dreezy, Beyonce, and more. $10.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm Tapette: 6ième Anniversaire @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Toronto’s one and only all-French dance party turns six! Celebrate French pop, disco and house from DJ Phillippe, a couple go-go garçons, and your French kissing and hips.
10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer + sex positive dance party with DJs Nate Nightcall and Dang Kids on the decks, spinning a mix of pop, house, nostalgia, dance floor classics, and R&B. $5.
10 pm Body Heat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Jamieson and guests stir up a hot mess on the dance floor! Full of surprises, void of cover.
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 (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist. $10.
10 pm You Are Home @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A celebration of Antwon Faulkner (Hijacked Recordings Detroit) finally getting his permanent residency in Canada! He’ll be joined on the decks by Wasserman and Ebony. $5.
10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Join the Bangs & Blush ladies for a night full of drinking and bad decisions. Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Hot Cakes @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get down with your bad self to this classic soul, R&B, and funk night, brought to you by Good Kids! Feel-good music to make you shake, rattle, and roll all night long.
10 pm Brown Rice: Mesh Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get out that mesh! A dance party centering around queer/trans BIPOCs (all allies are welcome) with DJs no cops, Ace Dillinger, and Wei Back. $5/PWYC.
10 pm Bangers & Mash @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. An open format dance party with no limits and no boundaries. Diggy the DJ spins party anthems old and new.
11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Famou$ Players play the sweatiest R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites! $10.
10 pm Expansions @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Beam Me Up DJs Cyclist and The Patchouli Brothers celebrate house music’s creative ascendancy from disco and the impetus to all modern dance music.
10 pm Fancy Molasses @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Monthly disco thing with DJsKatie Marie Lavoie, Kathryn Firanski, and special guest Tender Buttons. Disco, boogie, house, ballroom, lovers rock, and tropicalia.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Reclaiming My Time Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. People say summer is almost over, but BWS thinks there’s plenty of time left. So come and reclaim your time. Tunes by DJs Sammy Rawal, Diego Armand, and Nino Brown + a special 59th birthday performance by the one and only Mysty Pizza. $7.
10 pm Wax Museum @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Ry and Twigg spin vinyl for your listening pleasure. Flip through Dundas Video’s collection of cult VHS tapes and win prizes from Kops Records!
10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs Gaven Dianda, Jim Castillo-Henriquez Bravo, Billiam J. Weck, and James Acs playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.
10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. An all vinyl dance party featuring all hit songs from any genre and decade, curated by DJ Precious Brett. $5 rail drinks and shots.
10 pm A Drag Tribute to Glow @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, the Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you, with every queen choosing their favourite track from a film, and debasing themselves for you. Featuring Allysin Chaynes, Anita Bhump, Fisher Price, and Aeryn Pfaff spinning your jock jammies. $5.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $10.
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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Come work it out on the dance floor with the cutest queers in town! DJ Orange Pekoe playing all your fave female hip-hop and R&B + the 12:30 floorshow with HGH BFF and special guest Bonbon Bontemps. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!
10 pm House Party @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. Classic throwbacks to present day sleepers with DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt. Hip-hop, dancehall, house, RnB, trap, and reggae. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor, LOUD! Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Phillipe Noel share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10.
10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.
10 pm D. Tiffany with CL & Emissive @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Taking the best of Vancouver haze, D. Tiffany (DJ Zozi) creates undeniably tough yet textural house and techno. Supported by CL and Groove’s own Emissive. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Baywatch ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Live those dreams of ’90s California with Sneaky Dee’s as they play all the hits you can handle. Swimwear highly encouraged! $5 advance tickets available online.
11 pm Tough Love @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. DJ sets and performances by Chippy Nonstop (Oakland), Myst Milano, Max Mohenu, Valeroo, and Mamalia. House, R&B, Jersey club, Bollywood, dancehall and more. For queers and allies. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before midnight, $10 after, with 10% of proceeds going to Black CAP.
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.
10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
10 am Detox to Retox @ Rorschach Brewing, 1001 Eastern Ave. Led by a certified yoga instructor and followed by a tasting of beers, this two-hour session (one hour of yoga, one hour of beer) will be the perfect way to trick yourself into thinking you’re working out really hard. $30 advance tickets available online.
11 am Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea is back with over 30 local vendors. Antique, vintage, collectables, handmade, jewellery, local artisans, crafts, food and drink, good vibes, and more! Free entry and dog friendly. Until 6 pm.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival Presents: West Side Story @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. A screening of the epic musical romance-drama West Side Story, in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. Film starts at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring Young Animal, Kungfu Dawg, The Pop Stand, Central Roast Inc., and popcorn from the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC donations gratefully accepted.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
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