Toronto Hit List: Essence Brown, Lemonade Views, It’s Not U It’s Me, Hot Summer Night & more!

WEDNESDAY

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 Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)! Atfab is at the wheel this week, taking you to lovey realms with her music selections.

9 pm Camp Karaoke @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. Come roast some karaoke classics over an open stage with your counsellors Woodsy and The Gee’g!

THURSDAY

8 pm Throwback Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Vinyl vibes on the Sky Yard all summer long with DJs spinning R&B, soul, hip-hop, and funk.

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 Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!

10 pm Spooky Bitch: Gwen Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month, Spooky Bitch pays tribute to the peroxide ska punk pop queen Gwen Stefani! Stop by for drag, debauchery, and dancing, with performance and tunes provided by Allysin Chaynes.

FRIDAY

6:30 pm 12 Beers of Summer @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Don your ugliest Hawaiian shirt and cozy up with a beer (or 12) at the Gladstone’s biggest summer full-venue extravaganza! They’ve gathered a long list of their favourite breweries who will all be pouring glasses of good cheer in the form of ice cold beer. $30 advance tickets available online.

2 pm Got A Girl Crush Pop-Up @ Likely General, 389 Roncesvalles Ave. Join Got A Girl Crush for their first-ever Canadian pop-up along with pals Rosehound Apparel and Lee Meszaros! They’ll have magazines, pins, patches, shirts, and more for sale + treats by The Hogtown Vegan. Until 7 pm.

10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. $5.

10 pm Lemonade Views @ Hard Luck, 772-A Dundas St. W. Weston Road Flows to Becky with the good hair: Hard Luck will be spinning all your favourite Drake and Beyonce jams. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Flashing Lights @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Geoff Snack and Diana McNally playing electronic records downstairs. Synthpop, dollar bin disco, new wave, industrial.

10 pm Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig is back with another edition of your favourite all vinyl ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B party! With DJs General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk, and Splattermonkey. $10.

10 pm This Broken Mixtape Presents: Naked & Famous @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. An all-night dance party featuring the best hip-hop, R&B/soul, electronic, and funk jams.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.

10 pm Hardcore UFOs @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Are you amplified to rock? Are you hoping for a contact? Sawnik Vizhinz and Rogue Tenant spin all your favourites from the past, present, and future, but especially alternative, noise, rock, garage, and prog. Get lifted, earthling.

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Mad ’90s dance party with pals Slater and Ty! $5.

10 pm Peak Freaks @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. A mind-melting mix of original heavy heavy monster sounds, mod, psych, beat, psych and prog, freak sounds, and wiggle rock + heavy, loving lashings of soul, rhythm und blües, and gummy gummy rocksteady. All vinyl.

10 pm Paradigms @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night of heavy tunes and dirty grooves to keep you sweating until the very end, courtesy of Sergio Levels, Xavier G, and Yohei Saka.

10 pm Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack play that classic leant shit. $10 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Lost in the Sauce @ Eden Hall, 193 Baldwin Ave. Fiji La Drip with those dirty phonk vibes, Modern Youth with those funky house vibes, TrIpPy ViSuALS, $5 Pilsner tall cans and Jameson shots.

10:30 pm No Games @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Midsummer OVO weekend madness with DJs Yung Adult and Marko Orlic.

11 pm Drake Night @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. It’s OVO weekend in Toronto, so get down with DJ-bro-friend duo Famou$ Players as they bring their energetic set dedicated to Drake to the Drake Underground. $10.

SATURDAY

1 pm Sailor Moon Pop-Up Cafe @ Hirut Cafe, 2050 Danforth Ave. An intimate gathering for fans of Sailor Moon. Enjoy special service from in-character Sailor Moon staff, a delicious Sailor Moon themed menu, and a special Sailor Moon art and colouring competition every hour with great prizes to be won! $15 tickets available online (includes a senshi drink, cupcake, cookie, parfait, and coffee or tea).

2 pm It’s Not U It’s Me @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queen’s Quay W. This world class summer party series transforms The Power Plant into a space celebrating the diverse cultures and DIY community spirit of underground dance music with internationally renowned DJs, AV performance art, sculptural installations, and dance floors you can lose yourself in. Until 3 am. $10-40 advance tickets available online.

7 pm The Office Trivia @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Think you know everything there is about The Office’s cast of off-beat characters? There are 201 amazing episodes and your wonderful hosts Scott Marleau and Shawna Edwards are going to bring all the best scenes back. Bring your squad (up to four people), have a drink and show us your A-game. Winners will be awarded prizes and prestige!

10 pm Hot Summer Night @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Adam Bronstorph, Raymond Gillespie, and Pooyan play the finest in soul, disco, house, reggae, Brazilian, Afro, and AOR.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed, What’s Her Problem, and special guest Babe Decibel. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Misty playing Motown, pop, rock, soul – stuff that will make you wanna shake! Good times guaranteed.

10 pm Prince vs. Michael Jackson @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Come get loose in celebration of two great pop music legends! All the greatest hits and pop anthems from the past and present. $5 advance tickets available online (guarantees entry).

10 pm Deny Everything @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Modrobez and Weed Mom present the last night of Deny Everything, and they’re gonna make sure it counts. Expect to hear punk, post-punk, new wave, no wave, disco, post-disco, rock, Britpop, synthpop, dream pop, etc.

10 pm Panic @ Cabal, 782 King St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is Duran Duran. $10.

10 pm Hot Sand @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Disco, house, video art, and palm trees with Stacie Ant and Danielle Dexter.

10 pm Footprints @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. Footprints returns with a special Caribana edition! Resident DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic will be spinning more of those tropical island grooves (soca, afrobeats, reggae, house, disco, dancehall) in celebration of one of the hottest weekends of the year. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For guestlist, submit names here (closes at midnight). $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by Power Yoga Etobicoke. BYO: yoga mat, sunscreen, and friends.

11 am Summer Pop-Up Market & Mingle: A Fundraiser for Toronto Queer Zine Fair @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Buy work from some of your favourite zinesters, enter a raffle to win fun prizes, and catch up with all your zinester and creative pals! Sliding scale tarot readings will also be available by Clementine Morrigan. Funds raised will help the TQZF pay for accessibility costs including ASL interpretation, an accessible venue, and extra space for a quiet room for the fair in October.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets of Kensington Market are yours to shop, eat, and explore car-free from noon to 7 pm.

3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The Christie Pits Film Festival celebrates its sixth summer season! This week’s screening is Baz Luhrmann’s iconic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Eats and treats provided by Caplansky’s and Be Good. 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.

10 pm GLTY PLSRS @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Playing all those songs you love to hate, but hate to love. Featuring: Justin Bieber, Spice Girls, Journey, Vanessa Carlton, NKOTB, Avril, Britney, Christina, Robyn, emo, and more. $5 advance tickets available online (guarantees entry).

10 pm DJ Shannon’s Long Weekend Retro Party @ The Dance Cave, 529 Bloor St. W. DJ Shannon plays retro ’80s and ’90s, indie, rock, dance, and more!

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

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