Toronto Hit List: Cruising, Strictly Business, The Junction Flea, On Vacay & more!

August 8th-18th SummerWorks @ various locations. Ontario’s premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre. It is the breeding ground for the mainstage shows of the future and the hub for Toronto’s most dynamic, dedicated theatre professionals.

WEDNESDAY

8 pm Momofuku Summer Party @ Momofuku Toronto, 190 University Ave. The official launch of Momofuku’s outdoor terrace with music by Phantom Signal and The Soul Proprietor
+ food by Momofuku and and open bar with summery cocktails and beer from Beau’s. Food covered in ticket cost includes Bo Ssäm, bun station (featuring burger, falafel and shrimp steamed buns), summer salads, and desserts. $75 advance tickets available online, with proceeds benefitting the City Life Film Project (a programming stream of The Remix Project).

9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm.

10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.

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.

THURSDAY

8 pm “Two Astronauts” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. “A collection of maps and artifacts from Southern Ontario’s foremost young psychonauts, Neal Armstrong and Devon Marinac. Shooting high and drilling deep, with a commitment to a new vision, Armstrong and Marinac present the art of tomorrow, today.” With backyard DJ sets by Toronto artists guilt_ and Ian Schober with psychedelic visuals provided by Mandelbrut. Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until August 13th.

10 pm Dirty, Golden Summer @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. D.G. and CruelTO present the last Dirty, Golden Summer of the year…and the first ever in Toronto. With sets by Dirty Gold, Chef Brian, and T-Flex. Hip-hop, R&B, house, garage, trap, future shit. $5.

10 pm Bigger Than Hip-Hop @ Crawford, 718 College St. A heavy mix of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, house, and all sorts of other flava in between with DJ NV.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm lay down glittery italo disco, spaced out euro synth pop, and weird dad jams.

FRIDAY

10 pm Cruising @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Dwayne Minard and Brian Duval present a night of 70’s disco and rock (think San Fran, 1978). With DJ Moulton Lava + a special performance by Fay Slift. $5.

10 pm 90s Party: In Living Cover Edition @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Good Kids and Shedoesthecity are excited to bring you another 90s Party! This month, we booked a dance troupe. Dress in your best 90s wear for a chance to win $200 in cash! Featuring a dance performance by The Fly Girls, $1 vodka jello shots, and free glowsticks for the first 50 people. DJs Caff and Fawn BC play all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Scott Seewhale and Colin Bergh play dymaxion house music all night long.

10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand. (L’il Kim, Aaliyah, Diana Ross, Betty Wright, TLC, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Salt N’ Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, Missy Elliot, etc.)

10 pm City Love / Phazed @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Crawford’s sweethearts Lacey & Tammy blast out hot hip-hop and RnB tunes! Downstairs, it’s old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush throw an intimate evening full of the best (worst?) tunes from the 90’s and 00’s! $5.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Family Business presents another epic hip-hop dance party! DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play rap bangers and other trill $hit all night. Bring comfortable shoes because they’re gonna make you TWERK. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Overfunk’d @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ King Curtiss Winston (the Son of S.O.U.L.) plays funk, soul, and afrobeat.

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.

10:30 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. The HERillas in the Mist Edition. DJs John Caffery, The Robotic Kid, and DKTO spin animal house and disco beats all night long. There will be a fog (mist) machine and lasers! $2.50 drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email set.her.free@gmail.com. $5.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.

SATURDAY

7:30 pm Let’s Cook: A Breaking Bad Theme Party @ The Office Pub, 117 John St. What’s that? A Break Bad theme party? YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT. Celebrate the return of Breaking Bad this summer with a trivia competition (prizes!), costume contest, and compilations of the serie’s best moments. $5.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Another healthy dose of classic hip-hop and R&B super anthems! Soundtrack provided by DJs Serious and Numeric.

10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul. Free before 11pm, $5 after.

10 pm Ignition / Ice Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff plays bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae, and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi present an evening of rap bangers and old school classics. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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 Who’s She @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Detroit House. Deep House. Chicago House. Bitch House. Dance party for fancy ladies and admirers with DJs Max Mohenu and Cam Lee.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s 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. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

SUNDAY

10 am The Junction Flea @ Dundas & Keele. Held on the second Sunday of every month, the Junction Flea features a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Check out their blog for vendor profiles. Until 5 pm. $2.

12 pm Clothing Swap @ Arts Market, 846 College St. Update your wardrobe, be part of a sustainable movement, and help support homeless or at risk youth! Bring gently used clothing (with the exception of socks or underwear) and swap them for new-to-you pieces. Until 4 pm. PWYC.

1 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, buckets of Corona + a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or tacos then dance to the sounds of weekly live DJs from 2-6 pm.

2:30 pm Girls Rock Camp Toronto Showcase @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Join Girls Rock Camp Toronto for their final showcase concert of 2013! Check out Toronto’s finest talent (our campers, ages 8-16) as they perform original songs created in only five days with their rock camp bands. All ages. $10 suggested entry for adults, $5 for kids. (Girls Rock Camp Toronto is a volunteer based organization that builds self esteem through music creation. They provide a safe space for girls aged 8-16 to learn instruments, write songs, and rock out on stage.)

4 pm On Vacay @ Bovine Tiki Patio, 542 Queen Street West (upstairs). Beach blanket music with special guest DJ Caff (Air Horns, Motown Party). Enjoy Tiki cocktails and on-site BBQ specials including the famous Big Kahuna burger! Goes late.

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

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