Toronto Hit List: Country Pickup, A Summer Fling Dance Party, With It, Pay Day & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

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

10:30 pm Triple Possession @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Josh McIntyre and Andrew Wilson play diva hits, violent MP3s, and global club sounds.

FRIDAY

10 pm Country Pickup @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Come hear Hank, Buck, Merle, Tammy, George, Loretta, Willie, Gram, Waylon, Dolly, and all your favourite classic country and western singing stars of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s on glorious vinyl records as selected by your hosts, DJ Chico and Little Orton Hoggett.

10 pm A Summer Fling Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. The Summer Fling DJs play great songs from all of the eras: classic rock, funk and disco, modern indie, and a sprinkle of other dance floor favourites. From Bowie to Black Lips, Blondie to Broken Social Scene. And that’s just the letter B.

10 pm Choice Cuts @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A new semi-regular night featuring resident selectors and pals Kevin McPhee and Nautiluss providing the best in: dolphin techno, pneumatic house, rappin’ Ronnie Reagan, ugly edits, dope jams, anything else they feel like playing to make you dance. Arrive before midnight to be entered in a raffle for a whole chicken (!) from Sanagan’s Meats. $5.

10 pm Drop A Gem On ‘Em @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. Gems rinsed by DJ NV! New, classic, and old-school hip-hop, R&B, soul, trap, and dancehall. $4 tequila all night, $4 shots + mixed drinks, and 60oz pitchers of PBR until 11 pm.

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 Craig Dominic, Phil V, and Sammy Royale. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

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 special guest Ruby Jane on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Walmer @ The Libertine, 1307 Dundas St. W. Raps, house music, transcendence.

10 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, south.

10 pm Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack play that classic leant shit. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Nitty Gritty: (Ho)Motown Night @ Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. A little queer hangout and dance party featuring vintage soul, funk, and R&B. No cover, good vibes, great tunes!

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn Presents: Can I Kick It? @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Attendees are asked to donate a pair of kicks (sneakers, dress shoes, heels, winter boots) that will be dropped off at youth shelters across the GTA. Free before 11 pm with a pair of kicks, $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm.

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 Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A newfangled affair that glorifies those qualities which are held in highest regard when it comes to a ceremony of holy matrimony: dancing, drinking, bad decision-making, gussying up, and annoying the DJ with requests for songs that he won’t play. Trust in guilty pleasures for an evening of eclectic musical merrymaking! Overdressing for this occasion is very much encouraged.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium 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! With DJs PHNM (Chicago) and Caff. $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm Bizarre Beyond Belief x Under Pressure: Out For Fame @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. Out for Fame is a collection of art works from all five continents which mobilizes the international graffiti community. The show is truly a tribute to the graffiti movement and its contributors. Until 1 am.

7:30 pm Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion Screening & Junk Food Extravaganza @ Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. A screening of the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School accompanied by a junk food potluck. Afterwards, you’ll pretend you’re the cool kids at your high school reunion and argue over who invented Post-its.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Nico and Magnificent spin floorshakers and heartbreakers! Go-go dancing by Riff Randell. Mod, soul, R&B, reggae, and more. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by CIUT 89.5FM. $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 pm Beach Party @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Break out your surfboard shorts, summer dresses, bathing suits and water wings – for one night only, the Gladstone Ballroom is transforming into a beach party! Burlesque show at 10:30 pm followed by a dance party. $5-15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Legoblocks @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Robo jams with DJ Linus Booth and special guest Iron Galaxy. $5.

10 pm Vibes & Vices @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Selections of your favourite hip-hop, RnB, trap and house provided by Colin Clark and Creamie. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

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 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 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.

10:30 pm Tapette: Édition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Dance into the new season! There’s also a new Ariane Moffatt album out, which will make partying very easy. DJ Phil V playing french disco and house magic all night. $5.

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 and Dalia spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.

SUNDAY

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

8 pm Short List Sundays: Harold & Maude @ The Drake Hotel (Room 222), 1150 Queen St. W. What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner and a movie! For the month of March, the Drake has you covered with a $20 Drake Burger, Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of their midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits and outliers. Call (416) 531-5042 ext. 110 to save your spot.

10 pm All Cats Are Grey @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (Bangs & Blush) spins ’80s nuwave, post-punk, dance-rock, Britpop, and electro all night long.

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

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