Toronto Hit List: Entertainment District Art Crawl, Big Primpin’, Really Really Free Market, Never Forgive Action & more!

July 4th-15th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Ontario’s largest theatre festival, showcasing 159 shows at 44 venues. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online or over the phone.

July 5th-8th The Toronto Art Book Fair @ Chinatown Centre, 222 Spadina Ave. A free public festival that celebrates artists’ books and printed matter. TOABF 2018 features 35 on- and off-site events, including performances, talks, project launches, workshops, panel discussions, and screenings.

July 6th-8th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics. Runs 10-7 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 pm Sunday.

July 6th-8th SHADE Fest @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. A diverse and inclusive comedy show bringing together a community of LGBTQ+ comedians, comedians of colour, and comedians who identify as women. $60 three-day passes available online.

July 6th-8th BurgerMania @ Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. A three-day food extravaganza featuring Toronto’s top burger chefs and establishments serving up their finest patties between the buns (meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free) in addition to everything else that relates to the burger experience. $12.96 advance tickets available online.

July 6th-29th Beaches International Jazz Festival @ The Beaches. Toronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, celebrates its 30th year of unparalleled music from both established and emerging artists. Featuring multiple stages and venues + the return of festival favourites and leading musical talent.

July 7th-8th Maker Extravaganza @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. A celebration of Toronto’s tech, DIY, and maker communities. Maker Extravaganza brings together the city’s most creative people and projects, in order to inspire openness to possibilities, a sense of active participation in shaping our world, and a yearning for a more wonder-filled tomorrow. Register here for free tickets.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Boost with Heavyweights Brass Band @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. A screening of five-time Canadian Screen Awards nominee Boost – Darren Curtis’s Quebec-produced, English-language action thriller – along with a performance from New Orleans Jazz-inspired ensemble Heavyweights Brass Band. On-site food and drinks from El Trompo and Amsterdam Brewery. $15.75 advance 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.

7:30 pm Why is Shakespeare, Shakespeare? @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr.   Discover what makes Shakespeare, whose works have been hailed as the summit of perfection by the whole civilized world, uniquely Shakespeare during an enlightening talk by celebrated broadcaster Zia Mohyeddin. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $30 for students and seniors.

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. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

7 pm Free Outdoor Movies: Roman Holiday @ Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline! This week’s screening is William Wyler’s 1953 film Roman Holiday and the short film Long Branch, directed by Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark. Eats and Treats at 7 pm, films at sundown. BYOBlanket and chairs.

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!

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

FRIDAY

11 am Entertainment District Art Crawl @ David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. E. This free one-day event features 45 amazing artists and designers with a wide variety of works available for purchase. Shop from original art, to photography, fashion, vintage, body care, home decor, jewelry, sculptures, and so much more! Until 6 pm.

6 pm Cultura Festival @ Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars. This week’s film is Wonder. Until 11 pm.

8 pm Indie Fridays: The East Pointers, Megan Bonnell, The Young Novelists @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week, the Heart of the City beats for the eccentric folk sounds of Juno-award winning The East Pointers. Two-time Canadian Folk Music nominee Megan Bonnell opens and travelling musical couple The Young Novelists, winners of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, are also on this down-home line-up. Until 11 pm.

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 SVFE @ Public House (basement), 751 Queen St. W. SVFE is a sweaty dance party where you can be your most extra self. Featuring DJs J Lai, Owabowa, Berma, Nomvdslvnd, and R V I N playing sounds like trap, baile funk, afrobeats, Jersey club, dancehall, and house.

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

10 pm Spellbound @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Spellbound is Ciel and Roberto S, two pals / screwballs / cat lovers united in their shared love of old and obscure dance records. Every once in a blue moon, they find the time to gather at their favourite grotto and go back to back all night long. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.

10 pm Cut Class @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Fawn Big Canoe plays bangers, dance floor fillers, one hit wonders, and nostalgic guilty pleasures from the late ’90s and early 2000s. Nothing is off the table at Cut Class!

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

10 pm Trapluv @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Oh Middy playing southern rap, worldwide turn up music, your girl’s favourite songs, and beats that make people shake their tail feather.

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’: Slurp! @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Still thirsty? Slurp it up with DJs Blackcat and Cozmic Cat spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $7 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Y2K is a party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s. 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.

5 pm Feast in the East 69 @ Prairie Drive Park, 121 Pharmacy Ave. A bi-monthly east end music, food, and art series. This edition features a dinner by Keithen Codner, with music provided by The Highest Order, Eric Landry, and Faun Fables. Free!

7 pm Junction Night Market @ Pacific Ave., north of Dundas St. W. Enjoy some of the best local food and drink that The Junction has to offer, including Aphrodite Cooks, Chic Peas Veg, Dirty Food Catering, Holy Cannoli Toronto, The Beet Organic Cafe, Collective Arts Brewing, Draught Dodger Brewery, High Park Brewery, Junction Craft Brewing, and more. Indie88 will keep the tunes going on Pacific Avenue with some sweet giveaways! Until 11 pm.

10 pm I’m Upset: Drake/Degrassi Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Drizzy is NOT in a good mood and he’s got the Degrassi crew backing him up. Get ready for a night of Drake, Degrassi-era hits and even some Pusha T! $5 advance tickets available online.

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 Jonny Trash. Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman. $10.

10 pm Queer Midsummer Slowdance @ 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. $10.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Philippe Noel (Montreal) share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

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 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 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 Bangers & Mash @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. An open format dance party with no limits and no boundaries. Diggy the DJ spins party anthems old and new.

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

10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.

4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Casablanca @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. CPFF pays homage to outlaws, femmes fatales, unforgiving towns, and Classical Hollywood Cinema with a screening of Casablanca. Film at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring y Mustache Burger, The Pop Stand, Empress Coffee, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

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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