Toronto Hit List: Creature Feature, Strictly Business 4 Year Anniversary, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Boozy Bingo & 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.

11 pm Birkenrock @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Your one-stop event for everything female alternative, OLD AND NEW, as curated by Daniel McIntyre and David Van Poppel. Featuring all your Women & Songs favourites, and some modern jams they love! Come sing along, sway along, or cry along. No judgement here.

THURSDAY

6 pm “Barb Choit: Originals, Copies, and Fades” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1161 Dundas St. W. “’Originals, Copies, and Fades’ is a continuation of the artist’s series, Fade Diary, in which Choit photographs fading advertising images repeated within an urban context. Her photographic work as a whole centres on an exploration of fading—a process by which all images are eventually destroyed by the very light that makes them visible.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until May 10th.

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.

FRIDAY

9 pm The Pink Party @ Castlefield Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St. The Sheepdogs and Naughty By Nature headline The Pink Party
in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. $140 advance tickets available online (includes complimentary Iceberg Vodka and Molson beer all night).

9 pm #Undiscovered @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College St. Creators’ Lounge and Noise Freqs combine forces to bring you an evening full of entertainment. Featuring performance by Lina Fuoro, Nyotaimori, Rhythm Works, and Yoshimasakoga (a.k.a. Rainbow Pictures); DJ sets from J-Lah, Caff, Colin Clark (Sundrips), YMASA, Bakhand, David Pucci, and Yuichi; and a fashion show by MEZU.

10 pm Creature Feature @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Wilderness Creature plays a mix of vibey dark melodies, psychedelic fun, smooth blues, songs about the devil, and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. $3 PBR until 11 p.m. so come early and stay late.

10 pm Promise Garden Party @ Lithuanian Community House, 1573 Bloor St. W. After the long clutch of winter, the easy breezy freedom of summer. Imagine time together in elegant comfort, happiness, sunshine, cocktails, wispy dresses, and pastel suits. House, techno, dancing! Your DJs for the evening: Seychelle, Brink, Richard Brooks, and Ben Cormier. Featuring light installations, photo booth, face painting, snacks by Fairy Foods, comfy couches lounge, and more. $40 advance tickets available at Shanti Baba or online.

10 pm Èbony @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Dirty Dale, Sylvermayne, and Jordan Gardner play techno and house.

10 pm Huglife @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Spring is in the air and Huglife is excited to play some seasonal baby-making music for all your body bumpin’ needs. UK garage, booty house, J. Lo deep cuts, bassbassbass, Donna Summer flips.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy dance party! Featuring a special performance by No Breakup. DJs ARP 2600, Digits, Little Kicks, and Shudder will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5.

10 pm 90s Party: Fresh Prince Edition @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Dress in your best ’90s couples/pairs/best buds wear for a chance to win $200 in cash! (Think Saved by the Bell, 90210, Fresh Prince, Wayne’s World, Full House, or every Clueless outfit ever). $3 Tito’s Vodka and sodas all night long. DJ Fawn BC plays all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play glitter disco, sassy synthpop, and weird dad jams.

10 pm Damaged Goods @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Britpop, new wave, post punk hits from bands like: Blur, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, The Cure, Talking Heads, Pulp, New Order, Stone Roses, Billy Idol, Lou Reed, Joy Division, and many more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Phazed / Crawford House Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. Downstairs, MC Jayflex hosts your favourite house party! Old school hip-hop, trap, and R&B all night + red cup drink special ($8.50 gets you a red cup and a Jager shot). $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush invite you to another night chocked-full of the best and worst from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s – only the guiltiest of pleasures will be played! $5.

10 pm Cruising @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Join DJs Moulton Lava (Dwayne Minard and Brian Duval) as they take you to the sexy ’70s with more disco than you can shake a Bee Gee at. $5.

10 pm Frkn Wknd @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Fathom plays the best in current and classic R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall. It’s quite dark in there and the drinks are pretty cheap.

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 Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. The Tomb RaidHER Edition. DJs Produzentin, Cozmic Cat, and OMGBLOG.com spin lost house and legendary disco all night long. Ask her nicely, and hostess Igby Lizzard might show you her hidden cache of gold. For line bypass, email set.her.free@gmail.com. $5.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play sweaty R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites. $10.

SATURDAY

10:30 am Toronto Indie Arts Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. An artisan market featuring art, crafts, food, fashion, small press, music, and more! Promoting Toronto-area artisans and local purchasing. Until 4:30 pm. Free before 11 am, $5 after, with partial proceeds going to Sketch.

8 pm Relive Prom @ The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W. Relive your prom, all for a great cause! Dance the night away to music from 10-piece Motown band The Intentions and DJ Efsharp. Featuring prizes for best-dressed Prom King and Queen + a photo booth to capture the magical moments. $25 advance tickets available online; $30 at the door (includes one free “spike” for your punch.)

10 pm Strictly Business 4 Year Anniversary @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Serious and DJ Numeric on the ones and twos, celebrating four years of Strictly Business with classic hip-hop and R&B sure shots all night long!

10 pm Rock ‘N’ Roll High School @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Did you know there is an ultra-cool rock bunker underneath Smiling Buddha? Were you also aware that said bunker is like a straight-up TIME WARP (seriously, like a high school cafeteria from the ’60s). What better way to celebrate such a mystical rock dungeon than have a weird sweaty dance party! AND also have it in the theme of everyone’s favourite Ramones movie. $pin Lizzy and Archie Hamlyn play tunes in the realm of: punk junk, garage, rockroll, rawknroll, girl groups, metal, pop, head bangers, Ramone-wave, new Joey, toe-tappers, hip-breakers, slam-dunkers, dirty, groovy, oozy.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs and Cyclist deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove! $10.

10 pm Homework @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. From the DJs that brought you Goin’ Steady and Chronologic: Celebrate the evolution of modern club music from techno to future bass, Berlin to the UK, NYC to Chicago, Detroit to Toronto, and everywhere in between. Booty, house, bass, bounce – whatever you want to call it. It’s gonna make you move. These are the sounds of tomorrow today. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm The Brthdy Prty @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music provided by DJs Style of Tigers and RVM. Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Grüber @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Hip-hop, house, party music miscellany brought to you by Canada Thrust.

10 pm Ignition / Imran’s Birthday Bashment @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and The Dirty Frenchman play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (plus more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJ Mista Jiggz presents a night of ’90s hip-hop and RNB. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Magnifique @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Magnifique joins international man of mystery Fan Halen as guest bartender. Mikey Apples joins in on the fun with some gems of tracks one could only imagine. Disco, Italo, nu disco, synth.

10 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Michelle Williams and Andrea Winkler play 111% hits! Hip-hop, R&B, and dancey classic rock anthems.

10 pm HNNY DJ Set @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set from HNNY (Local Talk, Let’s Play House, Sweden) with support from Members Only and Charlton. $12.50 advance tickets available online. For guestlist requests, emailguestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm The Dirty Hustle @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. For this month’s edition, there will be live hip-hop performances by Skyler (11:30 p.m.) and Hua Li (midnight). DJ Sun Sun keepin’ it dancey for the rest of the night.

10 pm Mad City Saturdays @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Law plays nothing but big tunes from the ’90s up. Hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and guilty pleasures. Drink specials all night long.

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 Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $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 Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie—tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $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.

3 pm Boozy Bingo @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Eat food (including gooey, delicious, grilled cheese sandwiches from Cheesewerks in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month). Drink drinks. Play bingo. $5 for your first 5 cards.

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 TV Party Presents: ‘Thrones @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Feast of harvest vegetables and roasted meats + heavy actual medieval boogie, psych, and other waxy wizardry laid down by DJ Balon Greyjoy followed by season four, episode two of Game of Thrones on the big screen (starts at 9 p.m. sharp)! $15 gets you a plate, a pint of Beau’s, and a raffle ticket.

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

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