Toronto Hit List: DiscOh!, SoulSkank: 2 Year Bashment, Gladstone Flea, Ignition & more!

June 8th-9th Woofstock @ St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, The Esplanade. North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs. Dog lovers and their four-footed friends come together for this wildly popular doggie love-in! 10 am to 6 pm.

WEDNESDAY

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 11 pm.

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 Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.

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 I’m With The Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, a different band and their friends DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Dustin Hawthorne (Breeze / Beliefs / ex Hot Hot Heat / Islands) plays you some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and eat a taco or two.

THURSDAY

9 pm DiscOh! @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. A Thursday night shakeout that spans the entire history of disco (with a hefty slice of electropop thrown in for good measure). From Blondie to Donna Summer to Viceroy, DJs Ratty Mouse and R+D play whatever the hell they feel like + requests too. (Danceable only, though.)

9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. DJ Caff (Motown Party) lays down funk and soul while you drink and dance. Drink specials all night long!

10 pm Neighbourhood Watch @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A community focused on local talent whether that be established artists or those coming up. These parties are an opportunity to hear producers’ new tunes and their works in progress, to hear live music and collaborations, and to (mostly) have fun. Come introduce yourself to the neighbourhood! With Gingy, Egyptrixx, Bruce Trail, Marcus V, St. Mandrew, and Seb Diamond. PWYC (suggested $5-10), with proceeds going to future parties/releases.

10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for The Strokes.

10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear!

FRIDAY

6 pm “Kurt Bigenho: The Disorganizers”  @ PM Gallery, 1518 Dundas St. W. “A new project from the NYC-based conceptual artist Kurt Bigenho, ‘The Disorganizers’ is framed as a fictional service organization, one that architects localized scenarios of disorder, disorganization, and chaos – in the home, office, or in public space. Referencing equal parts Monty Python skit (The Ministry of Silly Walks), Apple and American Apparel era marketing savvy, Surrealist parlor games, the Cutup Method of Burroughs and Gysin, as well as Trickster mythologies (Loki, Seth, Coyote), ‘The Disorganizers’ is the latest in a series of fictive companies and organizations that Bigenho has invented.” Until 9 pm.

6 pm Gina Beavers & Devin Troy Strother Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1161 Dundas St. W. A two person exhibition featuring the work of American artists Devin Troy Strother and Gina Beavers who “exhibit a collection of work that relate to each other through lighthearted interpretation of the real. Using representational imagery, each artist’s work challenges the typical structure of painting and uses humour as a vehicle to access a response in the viewer. Devin Troy Strother’s paintings reference old master works and touch on social taboos and his experiences growing up in the United States as an African American. Gina Beavers’ paintings are built from thick layers of acrylics in such a way that the paintings become 3-dimensional reliefs.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until June 29th.

7 pm Friday Night Live! @ The ROM, 100 Queen’s Park. Celebrate Aboriginal History Month with DJ Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red, Craig James Laur, and Duke Redbird. See fashion by designers Charm Logan and Sage Paul, experience visual/installation art by Amanda Strong and learn how to make a canoe (by hand) in How’d They DO that? Drink and food tickets available onsite starting at $6. $12 advance tickets available online (entry is guaranteed only if you book tickets online and arrive before 9 pm).

10 pm SoulSkank: 2 Year Bashment @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. SoulSkank celebrates two years of playing funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Double K and Gramera on the decks and Dennis P on the saxophone. 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 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 Evveryday Wavvy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Smells Gvcci and Coolin Cregg select splashy drug rap all night long.

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes!

10 pm City Love / In Love With the Underground Vol. 2 @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Crawford’s sweethearts Lacey & Tammy blast out hot hip-hop and RnB tunes! Downstairs, it’s a celebration of the sounds of the underground. Get drink, get ratchet with Medi, Draeday, and GNGRN. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Deckade @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. 2000-2009: A Retrospective. Hey scenesters! Was 2006 just one giant hangover for you? Take a trip to the not-so-distant past and relive all those fresh memories of a simpler time. You know, that special time between teen angst and dubstep, when white ties, beehives, and leather jackets that were too small for us were the only thing worn. DJs Candy-O and Snatch play alllll the hits! The Hives! The Strokes! Interpol! Franz Ferdinand! Ladytron! The White Stripes! Phoenix! The Kooks! Lily Allen! Amy Winehouse! The Black Kids! The Vines! Yeah Yeah Yeahs! More!

10 pm Keep It Cute @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A beat box plays on the sidewalk below. Loud. The bass buzzing its limits. The heat and City traffic cutting in. Flesh on flesh. A smoke out on the fire escape. You pour another cheap glass of wine. Heavy vibes. Turntables in the park, juice stolen from the man. Graff`s not Graff if you pay for the paint. A love supreme. A Kiss 98.7 mastermix overheard in the afternoon, while you’re sexing someone else’s wife/husband. A well worn copy of Arthur Russel’s “Let’s Go Swimming”. Within the repetition, the truth. Within the call and response, the ecstasy. Eytan Tobin (Guilty Pleasures) guest DJs.

10 pm Muckrattle & NicoTeenWolf Play Records @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Cold beers and warm tunes! Mark (Muckrattle) plays country and funk. Josh (NicoTeenWolf) plays inexplicable combinations of pop, rap, and novelty singles. Josh has already picked up this summer’s biggest jams on vinyl. Mark will probably play a 45 of Yakety Sax a few times.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Craig Dominic, Sammy Rawal, and Mykel Blackcat Hall. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm The Famly @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. Before, in-between, and after The Famly, the prodigal’s son, Mr. Patrick Grant, will be spinning soul and funk vinyl to ensure the shaking of your hips and the kissing of your lips. $5.

10:30 pm Tits & Toques @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Queer dance party. Bring your ladies, your lesbros, and all your homogays out for a night of dancing that will see you jumping and destroying your vocal chords to your favorite indie jams!

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play the best R&B anthems from the 90’s to the 00’s to the 10’s that will forever make you dance/grind/twerk. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Gladstone Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. On the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles? The Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Anita Clarke of I want I got & Jen McNeely of She Does the City to bring you an organized, handpicked, marketplace! Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more, Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. Until 4 pm.

11 am Dundas West Fest @ Dundas St. W. from Ossington to LansdowneDundas West takes to the street! A full day of arts, music, kids’ activities, food, drink, and shopping. Until midnight.

10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ 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 (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Another healthy dose of classic hip-hop and R&B summer anthems! Soundtrack provided by DJs Serious and Numeric. Max and relax on the back patio until 11 pm.

10 pm Smithfits / White Girl @ Parts & Labour / The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. Parts & Labour 3rd Anniversary Weekend! On the main floor (party starts at 11:30 pm), DJs Scott Wade and Mark Pesci play punk, new wave, Brit-pop, and 90’s alternative. In the Shop, it’s rap bangers all night with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre, and ItsMattLangille. $5.

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 Pump It Up! @ The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. 80’s & 90’s retro hits all night long! New wave, post punk, Brit-pop, and alternative with DJ Downey Jr. RSVP on Facebook to be added to the guestlist +1.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.

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 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 Nitty Gritty @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. A soul night: Motown hits, rare soul cuts, disco fevers, R&B gems, and everything in between! (Bring your dancing shoes, PBR is only $3 until 11 pm.)

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Pre-Pride Party! Celebrate summer by wearing your best tank/crop/tube top – prizes will be given for Best Top. Drink specials, dance floor jams, hot males and females, and Romy and Michele references. With DJs Sammy and Nino Brown. Kimon heads up the photo booth and Arianne brings her perfection to the door. Come early to avoid the line. $5.

10 pm Actress + SlowPitch @ BLK BOX, 1087 Queen St. W. Sapporo and Mansion present live sets by Actress (Werkdiscs — London), SlowPitch (iNSiDEaMiND, Phonosaurus), and Alex Brooks (Neighbourhood Watch). $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online. $15 guestlistavailable until midnight (does not guarantee entry).

11 pm Diggy the DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Club Nowhere @ Loft TBA. Underground dance parties the way they were meant to be. With Graze (New Kanada), Nautiluss, and Dinamo Azardi (of Azari & III). Goes late. $15 early, more late. For $10 reduced guestlist (before midnight), email names to ClubNowhereRSVP@gmail.com.

SUNDAY

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.

7:30 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. “After a month away, Bad Movie Night returns with a evening of motivational philosophy espoused by the likes of an articulate feline and gold-chain laden 80s celebrity. A TALKING CAT!?! The magic of the talking cat is that he can speak to any human, but only once, because mystical things like this require rules I guess, and sure, why not this one? Shot in the same house as bunch of gay porn! BE SOMEBODY OR BE SOMEBODY’S FOOL: Learn to flourish through your childhood and adolescence with the wisdom of Mr. T! Do you like break-dancing and/or paying proper respect to your mother? Then this is the 40-minute video program for you!”

7:30 pm 80’s Music Trivia: @ GO Lounge, 1718 Queen St. W. Dig out your mix tapes, douse yourself in Drakkar, and get yourself ready for this week’s trivia – 80’s music. Win prizes!

10 pm Mad Men Screening @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Watch Mad Men’s 6th season on the big screen every Sunday while sipping on $10 2oz throwback cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Gin Fizz, and Bloody Mary.

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

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