Toronto Hit List: Drag of the Decades, For The Record, With It, Stereo Ferment & more!

April 6th-8th Green Living Show @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. The Green Living Show features over 350 exhibitors focusing on eco home and garden design, local and organic food, wine and beer, health and wellness, eco fashion and green beauty, electric cars, nature exhibit, and more. $14 in advance, $18 at the door for adults; $12 in advance, $16 at the door for students/seniors.

WEDNESDAY

1:30 pm Mass Exodus @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. Explore various forms of art and design executed by graduating fashion students from the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. The Installation provides a glimpse into the future of fashion, with diverse mediums of projects that tackle social issues or suggest new pathways and opportunities for the fashion industry. Until 4:30 pm.

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

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: The Night James Brown Saved Boston @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. On April 5, 1968 – just 24 hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – James Brown was scheduled to play the Boston Garden. The performance almost didn’t happen, but Boston mayor Kevin White, recognizing Brown’s popularity among black and white audiences, decided that canceling it might do more harm than good. 50 years since this infamous night, Royal Stompbox, with the blessing of Brown’s estate and the film’s director David Leaf, presents this essential document of music and civil rights history in America. $12 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.

THURSDAY

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

9 pm Astral Projections @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A monthly out-of-body experience blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs. This edition will feature live performances by Myst Milano and Patrick Grant + DJ sets by Babygirl and Efsharp, and visuals from Cosmic Resonance co-founder James Harris. $5.

10 pm Loose Fit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Kick-ass monthly featuring Britpop, New York noise, psychedelic, and good vibrations.

10 pm RuPaul Drag Race After Party + Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A Drag Race after party with performances by your favourite Queens + a queer synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies!

10 pm DJ Black Dice @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Hideki, a.k.a. DJ Black Dice, graces Swan Dive with his presence and excellent record collection. Rockabilly! Garage rock! Fun tunes and fun times!

FRIDAY

8 pm Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. Underground art show featuring 80+ artists, audio and visual performances, live body painting, FREE pancakes, and more! $13 line jumper tickets available online, $10 at the door.

9 pm Drag of the Decades @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. Drag Queens and Kings channel some of the legendary greats in this time travelling journey from the past to the future! Hosted by Donnarama Versace. Show starts at 10 pm. $15 at the door.

10 pm For The Record @ Tennessee Tavern, 1554 Queen St. W. On the first Friday of the month, Evolved Entertainment and resident DJ Efsharp host local vinyl slangers inside Tennessee Tavern. This edition features local OG and vinyl fancier Raymond Gillespie, a.k.a. DJ Lazy Ray.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party playing all your favorite 90s and early 2K hits. Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night long. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs HRLD, SAYYZON, and Beats Sampras play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.

10 pm On Earth Presents: DJ Python with Babygirl @ Location TBA. Queens-based artist Brian Piñeyro (a.k.a. DJ Python, DJ Wey, Deejay Xanax, and Luis) makes music under several different monikers, each with its own unique sound and flair. Babygirl will be leading you through the late hours and On Earth residents Ceremonies, Efemmera, and Kehdo will also be joining in on the festivities. $15 in advance, more at the door.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life! The Hit Parade DJs play soft rock tunes that fall in the sweet spot between 1975 and 1984. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. A night of mutant and Italo disco, indie electronic, and psych-pop, selected by Digits (of Synthesexer, Silent Shout, Pop Lobster).

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

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, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’: Spring Wings @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Spread your spring wings! DJs Cozmic Cat and Sikh Knowledge spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $7.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party 4 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Y2K, the party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, celebrates four years! Resident DJs Caff and Mensa will be playing guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and psych record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Parka Pat (Mod Club Montreal). Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.

10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, ’60s-90s pop and rock, and the occasional guilty pleasure with DJ Brother Wayne.

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 Motown Party @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Shimmy and shake your tail feather to the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax records labels, played by DJs Dougie Boom, Caff, and Cozmic Cat. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm DJ Champion @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Champion (London, UK) been DJing and playing out for some 15 years now, blending elements of dub and reggae with dancehall drum patterns, garage skip, and a particularly grime-influenced independent outlook. Locals Chippy Nonstop, ELIXAH, and Walmer Convenience B2B LTLT will provide support. $16.66 advance tickets available online.

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 Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.

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 pm Everything Sucks: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Get the Boring High School AV and drama clubs together for a radical dance party. All of your favourite ’90s songs all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with DJs Kevin Ritchie and Jaime Sin.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.

SUNDAY

11 am Toronto Art Crawl Spring Pop Up @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Kick off the start of the spring season with a day full of art, music, interactive activities, and shopping. Over 50 local artists and designers will be on hand selling fashion, jewelry, home decor, vintage, photography, and more. Free VIP swag bags (valued at $80) for the first 25 attendees! 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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