Toronto Hit List: Designing The Movies, B UR SELFIE, Urban Exhibit Market, Girl Gang Cabarets & more!

February 5th-29th Kuumba @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Kuumba marks 25 years of celebrating the heritage, culture, and traditions of Black Canadians with a series of talks, workshops, events, and performances throughout February. 

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Music Bingo is easy + fun: Host Kaleb plays a song, and if it’s on your bingo card, you get to hit it with the dabber. First one to get a line yells BINGO. It tests your musical knowledge too – you’ve got to know what the song is to be able to cross it off the card!

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 fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

6:45 pm Designing The Movies: Now, Voyager @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A Bette Davis tour-de-force performance and the ultimate makeover movie: Now, Voyager (1942), introduced by host Nathalie Atkinson in conversation about women’s pictures and transformation with author and illustrator Maurice Vellekoop. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia: The All-Movie Edition @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A special all-movie edition of Pop Culture Trivia. Questions from the entire history of cinema all wrapped up in four pages of trivia goodness. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

7 pm Douglas Coupland Onstage @ Paradise, 1006 Bloor St. W. World-renowned and award-winning Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland is interviewed onstage about his new visual projects, creative practices, and cultural influences. $10-15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.

10 pm The Hook Up @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A party where the jams are just as hot as the gossip! Banging out the best music from the 2000s all night. $10.

10 pm Pep Rally Presents: Jadalareign & Leonce @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Pep Rally presents the debut Toronto show by NYC DJ Jadalareign + sets by Atlanta’s Leonce and locals Nino Brown, Minzi Roberta, and Karim Olen Ash. $20 at the door.

10 pm It’s Soul Funky Presents: The Amethyst Birthday Jam @ The Little Jerry, 418 College St. Calling all February-born Aquarians and Piceans, and those with a reason to celebrate: DJ Ron Jon is throwing a birthday jam filled with soulful, funky vinyl selections. 

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.

10 pm Rhythm & Booze @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweet sounds of R&B, soul, and funk music from the ’60s-90s all night with DJ Blush. $5.

10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Groove to rhythms and various electronica from around the globe with DJs Oreku and Coy Haste.

10 pm R, RISK, Maks & Korea Town Acid @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A showcase of local artists playing techno, acid, industrial, and IDM sets. With R, RISK, Maks Chipov, and Korea Town Acid. $5 before midnight, more after. 

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Emo Night @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Revisit your teen angst! Spinning your favourite emo anthems all night every Friday at Sneaky Dee’s. $5 early bird tickets available online.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’ @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ+ people and their guests with DJs Blackcat and Craig Dominic. $5 before midnight, $10 after. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com

10:30 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Baby G, Dundas St. W. The Patchouli Brothers play a disco mix of gospel, funk, soul, boogie, rare groove, house, and jazz sounds surrounded by smiling faces.

SATURDAY

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Soca On Ice @ The Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), 235 Queens Quay W. Sharpen your skates and skills as Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights. This week, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince brings his Caribbean soca sound to the ice, mixing the hottest vibe of the summer with a favourite winter pastime. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm. 

8 pm B UR SELFIE: A Clueless Screening Featuring Poolbood & More @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Come early for a screening of Clueless, stay late for a Poolblood set, drag by the magnificent Joee Smith (Manny Dingo), dancing, and more surprises to follow. PWYC.  

10 pm Heroes: Bowie & Prince Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. This annual event celebrates the music of David Bowie and Prince while also honouring the musical heroes who died this past year, including Mark Hollis of Talk Talk, Keith Flint of The Prodigy, Rankin Roger of English Beat, Peter Tork of The Monkees, Andy Anderson of The Cure, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, Eddie Money, and Marie Fredriksson of Roxette. Remix Lounge will be outfitted with video projections around the venue showing the visual legacy that was left to us. Music selections by DJ Lazarus. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

We 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. $10.

10 pm Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.

10 pm Passion Fruit @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Toronto’s fully-immersive queer, all-gender, sex-positive event is back! Beats by Bliptor, Sofia Fly, Discoraphy (Raphael Sanchez), and Kai Zhou + a performance by Bom Bae. $10 before midnight, $15 after.

10 pm John Kong x Base Soul Unit @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Do Right! Music and Lab.our team up to give you a broad stroke of deep dance music. With DJs John Kong and Basic Soul Unit. $5. 

We 10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett. Come shake your rump!

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

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 Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.

10 pm ’90s House Music Tribute Party @ Revival, 783 College St. Taking you back to the rawness of the ’90s dance floor sounds by the likes of Masters At Work, Todd Terry, Roger S, Basement Boys, MK, Basement Jaxx, KOT, Chez N Trent, 95 North, Blaze, Kerri Chandler, and more. With DJs Yogi, Ron Allen, Dirty Dale, and Kevin Williams. $16.29 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Saturdays are for getting loose and being on your Worst Behavior! Bangs & Blush roll out rap and hip-hop from now and then. $10.

10 pm Romeo @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Homo house and vocal house with DJs Jeremy Glenn and Phillippe B2B all night.

10 pm ’90s Night @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s takes you back to the 1990s with the best tunes of the decade. $5 early bird tickets available online.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick shares a top-notch selection of Indo, African, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Arabic, Asian, and Balkan. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

SUNDAY 

10 am GH Marketplace: Wellness Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. This market explores well-being as more than just purchasing products in a consumer society. Gain the tools for self care and relaxation by learning about yoga and Thai massage, build community by supporting local artisan vendors, and exercise the act of giving by assisting local charities. Until 4 pm.

12 pm Toronto Art Crawl’s Urban Exhibit Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Toronto Art Crawl for their inaugural Urban Exhibit Market and shop directly from the hands of 50+ amazing local artists and designers selling fashion, jewelry, home decor, vintage, photography, and more. VIP swag bags to the first 25 attendees! Until 5 pm. $8 advance tickets available online (kids 10 and under free).

5:30 pm Girl Gang Cabarets @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. An unboxed variety show and inclusive safe space to meet, empower, and share stories with all kinds of feminists. Featuring performances by artists Wild Black, Rahkee Morzaria, Belle Jumelles, and Nicolette & The Nobodies followed by an open stage cabaret and jam (open to comedians, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, or anything else you can think of). Doors at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6. $15 in advance, $12.58-20 in advance, $20 at the door.

7 pm Red Carpet Trivia & Awards Party @ The Rec Room Toronto, 255 Bremner Blvd. A special night of movie trivia followed by the 92nd Academy Awards. Not an Oscars historian? Come early to cast your votes in the Rec Room’s Oscar pool and play Oscars bingo for your chance to win fantastic prizes!

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

10 pm Sunday Night Karaoke @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come sing your heart out in front of the most supportive karaoke crowd going. Rotating hosts, cheap beers, good times!

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: My Smzutty Valentine @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This week, Sinful Sundays presents a brazen nod to Valentine’s. On stage: Betsy Swoon, JJ Jiggleheimer, Quik Lewinsky, Sauci Call Horra, Tygr Willy, and host Dainty Smith. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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