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Toronto Hit List: Dirty Talk, Stretch, The Junction Summer Solstice Festival, Sunset Drive & more!

Check out our massive 2017 Pride guide here.

June 21st-25th Luminato @ various locations. Toronto’s international multi-arts, multi-platform festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, and programming that cuts across traditional art form boundaries.

June 21st-25th NXNE @ various locations. North by Northeast celebrates 22 years this June! Performances include Passion Pit, Kaytranada, Post Malone, Sleigh Bells, and many more.

WEDNESDAY

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 Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

8 pm Royal Stompbox Presents: Yacht Rock – The Complete Series @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. All 12 smooth sailin’ episodes of the web series Yacht Rock + a live set of yacht rock hits by Koko & Co. Recommended: Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, warm spirits, cool cocktails, sailing caps, life jackets, friendship, the eternal flame. $8 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Sore Hands, Hidden Tears @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Gripe about the people in your life and drown your tears until you feel like picking yourself off the barstool to create new regrets, pain, and suffering. There’ll be a soundtrack of classic country to help you along.

THURSDAY

7:30 pm A Function in the Junction @ 2854 Dundas St. W., second floor. Dance, drink and eat the night away in support of the Haiti School Building Project. Featuring signature food from Chef Anthony Rose, live art from Jessica Gorlicky Designs and Evalisa Natasha, electric performances from Dr. Draw, a silent auction, and DJ Sandy Duperval Perso to set the soundtrack of the night. $65 advance tickets available online (includes food and drink).

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Music for dancing with pleasure models. Music to transport you to the far reaches of Orion, to watch the C-beams glitter in the dark. Music for robots, runners, and replicants. DJs Pammm and Diana McNally (Automaticamore) play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s Euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams.

10 pm The De La + Tribe Video Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. DJs Fathom and Dolo serve up all your RapCity classics on a full-size projection screen! Expect to boogie to the beats and vids of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Boot Camp Clik, The Beatnuts, Wu Tang Clan, Pete Rock, Gangstarr, Jeru the Damaja, Das Efx, Brand Nubian, Busta, Nas, Eric B. & Rakim, Cypress Hill, KRS-One, Redman, Heltah Skeltah, Big L, DITC, and many more! $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

10 pm Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night!

FRIDAY

9 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place with this ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure dance party! Wham!, Puff Daddy, Shania Twain, Guns N Roses, Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Phil Collins, The Go-Gos, The Spice Girls, Pride anthems, and more. $5.

10 pm Stretch @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Join hosts Ian Cheung (June Records) and Marc Dufort (Royale’s Luncheonette) for a quality evening hang with boogie, balearic, electro, yacht rock chunes, and disco/house riddims all night long. Yes vinyl, no cover.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Join the Bangs & Blush ladies for a night full of drinking and bad decisions. Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.

10 pm Best Friends @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Dance party with DJs (and friends) Brains4Brkfst and Death Cohen. $5.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm DJ Digital’s Hair Metal Record Collection @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Bring your favourite metal records or dig through DJ Digital’s crates. You pick ’em, they’ll play ’em!

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents the Patchouli Brothers (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist, who go back to back all night. $10.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grump brings a new party to the Underground, featuring a healthy dose of latin bass, dancehall, and trap. 4AM LAST CALL. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Young to Someone: Alley Art Market @ Kensington Market (exact location to be revealed). An outdoor art market set to pop up directly in the heart of Kensington! Think of it as a drink in the park surrounded by amazing local artists. Until 9 pm.

12 pm The Junction Summer Solstice Festival @ Dundas St. W. from Keele to McMurray Ave. An all-day festival for people of all ages offering music, art, outdoor patios, leisurely shopping, and entertaining programs. Until midnight.

10 pm Luv Dancin’ @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Gerrence, Pooyan, and Raf Reza play the deepest disco, soul, reggae, Brazilian, afro, jazz, and house cuts for your listening and dancing pleasure.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! $10.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of loud rap bangers other trill shit with Family Business DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. $5.

10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.

10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.

10 pm Turbo City @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Turbo City brings another sweaty dance party to the Steady, with guest DJ Lush spinning a special house and garage set, Jeane Darlene of Toronto label BADLQQK, and the home team Terror Tone and El Mark.

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm BodyWorks Presents: The Kount & Riggadale @ Oak Island, 121 Ossington Ave. For their first installment at Oak Island, BodyWorks brings you two close friends and staples in the Toronto music scene, The Kount and Riggadale.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is Tears For Fears. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

11 pm Sunset Drive @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Lose yourself. Go for a drive. Seek the sunset. A night of easy cruising to take you from the never-ending heat, with DJs Chippy Nonstop, Maddee, Oliveboi, and Friendly Tuna. $5 before 12:30 am, $10 after.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.

SUNDAY

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The first Pedestrian Sunday of the season! From 12-7 pm, cars are given the boot for streets filled with food, performers, dancers, music, vendors, and hundreds of happy people.

12 pm Kensington Flea Market @ 214 Augusta Ave. Presented by Trashed & Wasted, Kensington Flea Market is carefully curated and featuring independent vendors selling artisanal, handmade items, vintage clothing, records, up-cycled items, and other local wares. The last Sunday of the month, all summer long. Until 7 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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