Toronto Hit List: Duel of the Decades, The Big Sound, Fancy Footwork, Word On The Street Festival & more!

September 22nd-24th Bi Arts Festival @ various locations. A three-day arts festival celebrating bisexual visibility, culture, and history, featuring an art exhibition, zine, pop-up market, and film screening.

September 23rd-24th Queen West Art Crawl @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. A weekend-long festival of creativity and community designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture, and diversity of Queen West.


6:30 pm Harvest Wednesdays @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A harvest table dinner featuring the duo behind Well Preserved, chefs Dana Harrison and Joel MacCharles, and guest winery Rosewood. Together with the Gladstone’s Chef de Cuisine, Rudy Boquila, and Sous Chef, Anne Novo, the chefs and local food advocates will be incorporating seasonal produce picked just the day before from Chick-a-biddy Acres C.S.A. and other Ontario producer partners. $70 tickets available online.

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.


9:30 pm HER Fall Party: Pajama Jam Rewind @ Broklynn, Queen St. W. Rewind with HER and snuggle into the pajama party of your dreams! Hip-hop, old school, and ’90s/00s throwbacks with DJ Recklezz upstairs; ambient, deep house, and bangers with DJs Mavis and Okaay downstairs. Come dressed to impress in your jamers of choice for a chance to win prizes. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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 Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Crisis Klub @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Escape your demons with Burglar, Viscera, Katana, and Luxury ’66.

10 pm Beyonce & Jay-Z All Night @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Jules Bangsworth giving you exactly what you want. Drink specials!

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise comes in peace to planet Earth to bring you the best tunes ever! Rock ‘n’ roll, surf, garage, psych, glam, punk rock, and other sounds from outer space. $4 shots of Four Roses and $6 tall cans of Nickel Brook Cause & Effect.


10 pm Duel of the Decades: 90s vs. 00s Video Dance Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Good Kids present an interactive battle of the two biggest decades in pop music videos! Which decade will come out on top? YOU decide. Costumes encouraged. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. It’s that time again, to celebrate the glory days of classic soul, Motown, and the Motown sound with The Big Sound. Featuring BIG renditions of the BIG classics guaranteed to make you shout and shake + DJ Wes Allen dishing up the biggest dance-floor banger. $15 online and at the door.

10 pm Squad Goals: A Golden Girls 80s & 90s Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Bring your squad or make a new one! Come dance to all the hits from the golden era of television and music just like you’re all the way in Shady Pines, courtesy DJ Misty and The Garbage Golden Girls. Prizes for best costumes and dance moves + Golden Girls cocktail specials and vendors. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

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 Saddle Up! @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Scuff up the floor to the sounds of Dolly, Waylon, Shania, and and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites at the Owl’s Club! Don’t dawdle: there’ll be a special 10:30 pm live set featuring the straight-outta-Orillia sounds of Terry Savage & The Wonky Honkees. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ and special guest Mensa throw down hip-hop bangers all night! $5.

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 Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. With DJs Neil and Derek.

10 pm Artificial Parallel Reality @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The sound of sounds to come. Basic Soul Unit and Dinamo-Azari come together to help release your hearts and souls from all the negative tension and expand your total self. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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, he’ll play ’em!

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 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 RUDE presents: ALT @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. RUDE feels it necessary to say and do something about the recent events in Charlottesville, and the upcoming white supremacist rallies scheduled to take place in Toronto. DJs Chippy Nonstop and Blackcat serving up R&B, Jersey club, dancehall, house, trap, Bollywood, and more. $7 in advance, $10 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Charlottesville Solidarity Legal Fund and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.


10 am Etsy: Made In Canada @ MaRS Discovery District Atrium, 101 College St. The fourth annual Etsy: Made in Canada show, co-hosted by the Toronto Etsy Street Team and 416Hustler. Featuring over 100 top handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers + workshops (full vendor and workshop list here). Until 6 pm.

5 pm For The Low Market Pop-Up @ Blank Canvas, 890 St. Clair Avenue W. A curated market of vintage/handmade clothing, accessories, art, and housewares made by local designers. The quirky, unique items await you (and most importantly, they’ve got it for the LOW). Until 11 pm.

9 pm Feast in the East @ Matt Durant Studio, 1401 Queen St. E. A monthly east-end music, food, and installation series. This edition features a free grilled cheese dinner by Brendan Lehman and Josiah Tsang, with music provided by Petra Glynt, Zacht Automaat, Fet.Nat, and Joanne Pollock. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door. All ages.

10 pm Fancy Footwork @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. What do you get when you have Daft Punk vs. Blondie? Chromeo vs. Parliament? AlunaGeorge vs. Duran Duran? This party brings together the best of indie dance, nu-disco, disco, funk, and new wave, spun by DJs Mista Jiggz and Mike Don’t. This inaugural edition also features producer Mix Chopin. $10.

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 Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place 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 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 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 New Currency & Friends @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A celebration of underground music from around the world. The goal is to expose new music while still keeping up with what’s current and trending. Music Selection: Kazeem Kuteyi. $5.

10 pm Rock Sucker @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Starboy takes you through 60 years of rock ‘n’ roll – garage rock, psych rock, glam rock, classic rock, punk rock.

10 pm Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. A night of your favorite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.

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. $10.


11 am Sterling Road Block Party @ The Drake Commissary, 128-A Sterling Rd. The Drake Commissary is teaming up with their neighbours for an all-in Sterling Road Block Party! Pop-up artisans including Pixel & Bristle Design Market, delicious eats by Drake Commissary and fresh produce by Kawartha Mark, ice-cold brews by Henderson Brewing Co, DJ Grump and Dee Jay Ing, and a bouncy castle. Until 5 pm.

11 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. A curated market selling vintage, salvage, antiques, collectables, handcrafted goods, and more! Until 6 pm.

11 am The Word On The Street Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Since 1990, The Word On The Street has hosted the finest talent in Canadian literature. This year’s festival features appearances by David Suzuki, Emma Donaghue, Ron Sexsmith, and more. Free! Until 6 pm.

12 pm FAITH / VOID Flea Market @ FAITH / VOID, 894 College St. Get a bargain on records, clothes, art and other neat stuff to keep you occupied over the winter. Featuring stall holders old and new. Until 5 pm.

12 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 502 Adelaide St. W. (inside the Old Paint Factory). Toronto’s first-ever vintage streetwear flea market featuring over 25 local and international vendors selling hand-picked garments catering to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic. Until 7 pm.

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

12:30 pm Handlebar Vintage Sale @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Peruse hand-picked vintage duds from Black Diamond Vintage, Obelisk, Goo Girl, White Tiger Vintage, My Clementine Vintage, Miss World, Happy Sarcastic, Bad Moon, Roundhouse Apparel, and more + $20 tarot readings and $5 drink specials. Until 6:30 pm.

1 pm High Power Pon Di Roof @ Mascot Brewery, 31 Mercer St. Manifesto’s High Power series takes over Mascot Brewery for a rooftop dance party! Music provided by Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi, Coco Supreme, and Chanlmarshl; food provided by Mascot Food Truck. $12 in advance, more at the door, with all profits supporting Manifesto.

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

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