May 1st-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world, featuring over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May. This year, CONTACT expands its scope across Toronto and presents a broad spectrum of physically and conceptually engaging forms of photography.
May 4th-6th Jane’s Walk @ various locations. Inspired by Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations that encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
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 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.
10 pm Witch House @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spooky beats and a groove that will have you feeling witchy. Green beer potions available if you dare!
6:30 pm Electric Dreams @ Design Exchange, 234 Bay St. A free public event on the subject of Art as a Digital Experience that brings together artists, technologists, and art critics to discuss how exponential technologies will impact the next 100 years of art, design, and entertainment.
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 R-Flex and James Baley (a.k.a. Songbird Miyake-Mugler) + DJ sets by Judah Jump and Blip†o, 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 Scalded Radio @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A nostalgic look back on some of the greatest rock, pop, hip-hop, and indie hits in radio edit form from the 1960s to today with DJs Luke Harley and James Hewitt.
6 pm Star Wars Day @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. The Rec Room celebrates Star Wars Day with an all-ages family event followed by a 19+ after party ’til late! Featuring a costume contest, trivia game show, giveaways, celebrity guests, Turbo Street Funk performing Star Wars selections and pop culture classics, a performance of The Star Wars Rap Thrillogy, DJs Greedo and Splattermonkey keeping you dancing all night long, and lots more. Advance tickets available online ($15 for adults/$50 family passes), with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Bollywood Beats @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Kick off another season of #FNL with Bollywood Beats! Learn how Bollywood music has transformed through the decades, from the ’60s until today, spanning the golden era of Bollywood in the ’70s and ’80s when American rock and funk music was a major influence in films, and evolving into more contemporary sounds. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
8 pm Astronomy on Tap @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Quench your thirst for astronomy! A fun evening of pints, astronomy news, mind-expanding talks, games, and prizes. Following the talks, you’ll have all your cosmic questions answered by astronomers from the University of Toronto. Doors at 7 pm.
10 pm Fleetmac Woods Presents: Rumours Rave @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. In February 1977, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was born after a lengthy labour of love. Rumours Rave is a celebration one of the greatest albums of all time, with remixes and edits of the album and back catalogue by DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm On My Way @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night of live dungeon techno and euphoric rave music with 1800HaightStreet (Lobster Theremin, Vancouver), Ciel (Discwoman, TO), and ëoz (Montreal). $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Soul Step @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Cam Hildebrandt and special guest Myth Paradise play the finest in soul, disco, and boogie, with a heavy dose of the gospel goods!
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 Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub and Steptwin play disco, dance, pop, R&B, funk, soul, and hip-hop from the ’70s through to the 2000s, all on vinyl.
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’: Fresh Pick @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Pick something fresh! DJs Blackcat and Tamika spinning hot tracks for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email email@example.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.
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.
4 pm 3rd Annual Leslieville Food & Drink Festival @ District 28, 28 Logan Ave. Enjoy art, music, food, and drink from some of the best local businesses the East side has to offer! $22 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Feast in the East 7 Year Anniversary @ Jam Factory, 2 Matilda St. The bi-monthly east end music, food, and art series celebrates seven years! This edition features a Mediterranean dinner by Alan Kobayashi, with music provided by Gary Wilson, Omhouse, Bernice, and Cindy Lee. $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 Motown Party: Marvin Gaye Edition @ 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 with DJ Misty! Expect to hear 25% more Marvin Gaye alongside all your soul favourites. $10 advance tickets available online, benefiting CAMH: The Center for Addiction and Mental Health.
10 pm Tropic of Funk @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Tropic of Funk is an attempt to reconnect the roots of disco to a more contemporary and experimental sound while being aware of disco and funk’s underground nature. Beats provided by Myst Milano, DJ John Caffery, and Chiclet. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Queer Slowdance: Prom Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required (guests are encouraged to dress to impress in something formal and festive, whatever that means to you). $10.
10 pm Nice For What: Drake Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. It’s party time in the 6ix! Playing Drake all night along with other hip-hop jams. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! 2 Year Anniversary Party @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Brother Wayne celebrates two years of Ready, Steady, GO! with a totally epic, awesome, amazing, off-the-hook dance party! Motown, soul, ’60s-90s pop and rock, and the occasional guilty pleasure.
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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
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 Dave Barnes. Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.
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 Tapette: Édition Bonne Fête @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Tapette’s annual birthday edition with DJ Phillippe spinning his highest qualité French disco and house. Baguettes everywhere! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
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 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 Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.
10 am Flipside DJ & Collectors Record Sale @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Over 30,000 used records in one room from collectors and DJs near and far! Jazz, funk, soul, Latin, Caribbean, rock, library hip-hop, disco, Brazil, reggae, house, breaks, D&B psych, rock, and much more. Until 4 pm.
4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, hosted by Champagna Enemea with DJ Michael K on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
8:30 pm Riverdale Trivia: Use Your (Jug)Head @ The Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade. Test your knowledge of the TV show Riverdale against the rest of Toronto! Teams of up to five players will go through three rounds of progressively more difficult questions spanning both seasons of the show, conveniently timed to coincide with the season finale. Come dressed in your best Riverdale/original Archie comic cosplay or ’50s garb for a chance to win prizes. Entry is $5 per person.
10 pm Nite Flights @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Craig Dunsmuir plays soul, funk, rock, folk, afro, tropical, jazz, blues, dub, electronic, and oddities.
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