Toronto Hit List: Cut Offs, Dundas West Fest, With It 1 Year Anniversary, Never Forgive Action & more!

June 7th-8th Arts & Crafts’ Field Trip @ Fort York & Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd. Two days of family-friendly programming, an Etsy marketplace, over 17 food and beverage vendors, and amazing musical performances by Interpol, Broken Social Scene, Constantines, Chvrches, A Tribe Called Red, and more! $75 single-day and $125 weekend passes available online.

WEDNESDAY

11 am Off The Hook Sustainable Seafood Day @ Yonge/Dundas Square. In advance of World Oceans Day on June 8, WWF-Canada and Patrick McMurray, owner of Toronto’s popular oyster bar Starfish, are bringing the ocean to Yonge-Dundas Square. Sample sustainable seafood options, take part in an oyster shucking competition, and enjoy the simple pleasures of the beach! Until 5 pm.

9 pm How Does It Feel Launch Party @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. Celebrate the launch of How Does It Feel, Toronto’s premiere RnB magazine edited by Elizabeth Rose Fulton and Alice Carr Blackwell. Music provided by DJ Young Adult.

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 Decade Romance @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All summer, Humble Kyle will select a decade and then play music and visuals from that era. This week: the 1930s.

THURSDAY

9 pm Absolut Makerfest @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Brought to you by Absolut and Fieldtrip, Makerfest brings together the creative minds of Toronto; challenging them to create something that holds, displays or otherwise adds to the Absolut bottle. The winning team will have a chance to compete for a $1,000 cash prize and exhibit their creation at Absolut’s summer party in August beside submissions from across Canada. Featuring musical guests A Tribe Called Red, Brendan Canning of the Broken Social Scene, Shad, and The Darcys.

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

10 pm Mind Warp @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Trip out to space aged soul, future funk, extra-terrestrial electro, astrological acid, inter-dimensional disco, hypnotic house, and time-expanding techno.

10 pm Tune Squad @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Caff and guests play rap, R&B, dancehall, bass, and more in a dark room.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Beats @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Sights and Experiences: Muhtadi International Drumming Festival drummers, The New You: Guided Meditative Drumming, In Conversation: Engage with ROM experts in the galleries, Arts for Children and Youth emerging arists, Meet the Scopify Guy. Sounds: DJ Charlton, FNL House DJs curated by ElectriCITY Events, Andrew Green and Evan Christensen, UofT Jazz Music Program. Eats: Gourmet Gringos, HotBunzz Street Cuizine, Curbside Bliss Cupcakes, City Gourmet, Tita Flips, JK Frites, The Saucy Pierogi, Little Tomato Catering, ME.N.U Food Truck, Randy’s Roti, and Liko’s BBQ. $12 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Cut Offs @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. A night dedicated to dad rock, yacht tunes, and summer BBQ soundtracks of your youth. DJs Fawn Big Canoe and Colin D HotCocks will be your jean-shorted, beer-drinking father figures for the night. Expect to hear: Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Hall and Oates, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Steely Dan, Eagles, BTO, Thin Lizzy, Styx, Creedence, Red Rider, Heart, Lynyrd Skynrd, April Wine, Rolling Stones, and more. $5 all night or free if you’re wearing cut offs.

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 The Struggle @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The struggle is REAL. DJ Smells Gucci + special guests Run North and Toast play rap music.

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 X @ Li’ly, 656 College St. Music made for dancing. Members Only DJs x Èbony x Lapelle x Alex Brooks. $5.

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 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 City Love @ Crawford, 718 College St. Lacey & Tammy blast out the hottest hip-hop and RnB tracks! First 120 people get a free shot of Sauza Tequila. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Lazer Pop @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Magic Marine and PJ play the best of everything! Hip-hop, electro, and your fave hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Max Mohenu, Blackcat, and Phil V. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Pocari Sweat @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Global club sounds, diva hits, and violent mp3s from DJs Prince Innocence, Talvi Faustmann, and Josh Mcintyre.

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

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! Featuring special guest DJ PHNM (Chicago). $7 advance tickets available online, $10 at the door.

SATURDAY

11 am Dundas West Fest @ Dundas St. W. Between Ossington & Lansdowne. Now in it’s second year, Dundas West Fest is a community celebration of food, drink, shopping, and music. Car-free until 10 pm.

11 am Silver Dagger @ Dundas St. W. & Beaconsfield. A gathering of select shopkeepers and independent vendors with scores of vintage finds, locally handcrafted leather goods/jewellery/bathers, and organic skincare as part of the Dundas West Street Fest. Vendors: 69 Vintage, 96 Tears, Armed, Alynne Lavigne, Better Stay Together, Chosen, Eleven Thirty Shop, Filly & Foal, Grocery, OCDVTG, Odds & Mends, Ol’ Faithful, Pedigree Charm, Philistine, Promise to Repeat, Province Apothecary, Mama Loves You, Minnow Bathers, Rosehound Apparel, Saloon, Venture Vintage, and more!

11 am Summer Launch Party @ Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. Join Tiger of Sweden for their inaugural Summer Launch Party as they welcome neighbourhood regulars and new faces to a month of fun on Ossington! This is a not-to-be-missed patio party with delicious lobster rolls from Rock Lobster Food Co., summer-y ladies lemonade and pineapple mojito cocktails from The Painted Lady, and fresh summer hair-dos from Parlour. Until 5 pm.

11 am Toronto Etsy Street Team 5th Annual Springtime Market @ Church of Saint Stephens-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave. To celebrate the time of year when crafty Torontonians like to get out and see the world, the Toronto Etsy Street Team is throwing a spring-themed show featuing more than 30 select handmade vendors + a series of FREE craft workshops! Until 5 pm.

10 pm With It 1 Year Anniversary @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. With It turns one! DJ Nico and Magnificent pay tribute to mod culture of the 1960s with a night of mod, R&B, soul, and ska. Featuring ’60s go-go dancer Mel Appeal. $5.

10 pm #DISCOLOVE 007 @ Detour Bar, 193 Baldwin St. Special debut set by Alko & Bobcat followed by resident DJ McAllister and Bastid closing out with the night in their typical nu-disco/techno fashion. $5.50 tall cans of PBR and Old Style all night long. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Codeine techno + hypno house + subterranean atmosphere with DJ Andrew Ross and special guest Bordello.

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

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 Bodhi @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Bodhi with support from Mix Chopin and Kings of the North. $12.50 advance tickets available online. For guestlist, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

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 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 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 Secret Models @ Scout’s Honour, 1576 Dundas St. W. Unofficial Field Trip After Party. JAMS and JAMS and JAMS.

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.

10:30 pm Tapette: Èdition Mondiale @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. This is Tapette’s pre-World Pride party! DJ Phil V on the 1 and 2s playing sweaty French dance music. Cheap drinks before midnight. $5.

11 pm Etc… @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Back to Basics Warehouse Series Vol. 4. With resident DJs Parkdale Beach, Violca Riviera, Waseem, and Mikey Apples. Visuals by Lightwriter.

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. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Junction Flea @ 191 Sterling Rd. The Junction Flea is back for the summer! Featuring a mix of independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Until 5 pm. $2.

1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love. Until 6 pm.

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

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

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