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Toronto Hit List: Dre Day, Birthday Sex, In The Field, Van She DJ Set & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

8 pm Drake Hotel’s 10th Birthday Party @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Wear your party best and be prepared for a birthday cake unlike any other as the Drake celebrates ten years at Queen and Beaconsfield. With performances by Justin Peroff (DJ set), Ice Cream, Light Fires, The Cruelty Party, and headliners Hooded Fang. $10.

9 pm Steers & Queers @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. Country music and queer culture unite in one tumbling tumbleweed of honky tonk and hanky panky! Starring: Ms. Judy Virago in cuntry/western realness, Bent Beauty Supreme hirself Axel Blows, and House of Shimmy + DJs Joe Blow, Katie Richie, and Sigourney Beaver. Dress code: one-piece long underwear, boots.

9 pm Bad News @ Bambi’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Rare, out-of-control grooves with your hosts, DJs Neil and Derek. ’60s soul, garage, and rockabilly – all on vinyl.

10 pm Dre Day @ Tattoo, 567 Queen St. W. Toronto’s 3rd Annual Dre Day – a party expanding worldwide since its beginnings in Minneapolis many years ago. DJs Yella, itsmattlangille, Kaewonder, and special guests celebrate the birthday and musical genius of Andre Young a.k.a. Dr. Dre by playing bangers and obscurities from his extensive catalog. $4.50 Gin & Juice special all night long. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays Launch Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Clinton’s has a new baby! And the bottle upon which it suckles is filled with bombastic hits to drive you straight mental. 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 Different Class @ The Dance Cave (above Lee’s Palace), 529 Bloor St. W. A brand new dance party specializing in dance, rock, new wave, and Britpop. $3.

10 pm No Need to Argue: All 90s Karaoke @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Campus radio hits, CFNY radio hits, Electric Circus hits, and all the rest.

FRIDAY

9 pm No Pants Society Presents: Beach Party @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. For one night only, the Gladstone Ballroom is becoming a sunroom. Babes. Booze. Burlesque. Frankie and Annette. Polka dot bikinis. Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Let’s drink Tikis and shimmy. $15 for VIP burlesque show + dance party (front row seats and summertime treats; show starts at 9:30 pm), $10 for burlesque show + dance party, $5 for dance party (starts at 11 pm).

9 pm Loving In The Name Of @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! The Best recreates classic songs from David Bowie, Amerie, Prince, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Jennifer Rush, The Cure, Cutting Crew, Led Zeppelin, and more. DJ Scott Cudmore spins the hits all night long. $10.

9:30 pm Screech Karaoke @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Come as you are and sing anything you want! $3 Dark & Dirties all night. Video dance party intermissions. Hosted by Judy Virago.

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Go shorty, it’s your birthday! Diego Bros play ’90s and ’00s hip-hop and R&B all night long. (February babies, post your birthday requests on the event page). Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Feels Weird @ The Deep Luv Kingdom, 1185 Bloor St. W. The two best words for your favourite night: Vacation Party. Music by Jics and Tiefer Sutherland, Tarantula X (DJ set), DJ Drang, and DJ Adrienne Marcella Kammerer. Live performances by Man Made Hill and Kontravoid. Two floors, two subs, too good.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all 5 Year Anniversary Party @ Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam celebrates five years! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. DJs TNT and JJ Rock join the YYY Crew this month. $6.

10 pm Moves @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Non-stop dance music all night with DJs Barbi (Phelyns Of Vedici), Caff (Ignition), and Efsharp (Evolved Entertainment). Get on the dance floor and show them your moves! $5 before midnight, $10 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 Free Association Presents: Dane @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The Free Association crew – Alister Johnson, Andrew Allsgood ,and Todd “Myth Paradise” Westendorp – are tickled pink to welcome kindred spirit Dane, a DJ of 14 years from Edmonton, to cast his musical spell. This loveable cosmic rocker from outer space comes packing heat full of spaceships and lazar beams.

10 pm Art School @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Collaborative musical, visual dance-ucation. With Mr. Furious, DJs Participant and Clone Tool, and Paper Cuts.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Motown, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With pals Well Said, Slater, and Ty. $5.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #85 @ Revival, 783 College St. Sign up for your favourite rap tracks and show off your skills! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Fly By Night @ Crawford, 718 College St. World DMC Champion DJ Dopey and special guest DJ Serious spin the best in hip-hop, R&B, and party hits. Sponsored by Nixon watches, so come early and walk away at the end of the night with some free Nixon swag! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SATURDAY

10 pm In The Field @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Wild For The Night and Weldon Park present: In The Field 001. Rnb, hip-hop, trap, house, and top 40 selections by Silky, Chunk, and Colin Clark. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Van She DJ Set @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Australian electropop band Van She with support from Natural Animal and Kings of the North. $12.50 advance tickets available online. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers from 2001-ish onwards with DJs Patrick McGuire and itsmattlangille. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Secret Models @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.

10 pm Famous Players Are Dumb Idiots @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Jeff and Adam (a.k.a. Famous Players DJs) play whatever from whenever till whenever.

10 pm Ice Cold Dranks / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Family Business presents an evening of rap bangers, old school classics, and a whole lotta twerk music. Downstairs, DJ Law replicates your high school video dance party. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’80s night with DJs Tweed and Sarah Le Bon! Pop, rock, new wave, punk, funk, electronic, soul, R&B, and everything else ’80s. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Crush Grease Lightning @ Club 120, 120 Church St. Guys and dolls! Get ready to cream for Crush Lightning… ’50s attire suggested, not mandatory. Featuring The Yes Men + private booths to get hot and heavy in (consensually). #CrushTO is a flirty event series for hot, nerdy people who want to make sex-positive like-minded friends. An invitation for any and all: hetero, homo, queer, trans, kinky, lesbian, gay, vanilla, bi, flexible, poly, and open minded young people (or young at heart). $10.

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 F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Music for your dancing pleasure with pals Well Said, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty. $5.

10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Alikulapo as Aaliyah Stark, Hoiking as Hoidor, and Teej Mahal as Tyrion Jannister. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Techtwelve, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar (Distillery District), 28 Distillery Lane. The Leslieville Flea features over 70 vendors selling vintage, salvage, antiques, upcycled furniture, handcrafted items, and more! Until 5 pm

12 pm February Clothing Swap @ Arts Market, 846 College St. Show up with vintage clothes and accessories you no longer want, and leave with a great new haul! You’ll get a ticket for each clean, good quality vintage item you bring (max. 30 tickets). Each ticket can then be redeemed for a new swap find. There will also be snacks, DIY tips, and on-site alterations. All leftover clothing will be donated to charity. Until 4 pm. $5.

1 pm Alexandra Park Skating Party @ Alexandra Park, Dundas St. W. & Bathurst. Groove to the tunes of DJs Marcus Boon and NextBillion + hot chocolate, apple cider, snacks, games, and more. Until 4 pm.

7:30 pm Bad Movie Night Toronto presents Gymkata @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bad Movie Night is back with a pseudo-topical movie (you know, with the Olympics and all) that failed horribly at turning an Olympian into a world-famous movie star! Here’s their description: “GYMKATA (1985) stars Olympian Kurt Thomas as a world-class athlete enlisted by the U.S. government to go on a one man mission of American glory to the exotic (albeit backwater) country of Parmistan. Sure, the government could give the assignment to someone more ‘appropriate’ – like a CIA operative or marine – but in a life-threatening situation, would either of those individuals know how to perform flairs on a pommel horse or choreograph an exciting floor routine? No! And that’s why they’d be useless! Based on a novel that has absolutely nothing to do with gymnastics whatsoever, GYMKATA will get your adrenaline flowing and your American patriotism riled up to levels unseen since the end of the Cold War.”

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

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