Toronto Hit List: European Short Film Festival, XtraLRG, Really Really Free Market, Mixed Bizness & more!

January 2nd-6th ROM for the Holidays @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park. For 12 exciting days, the ROM will be transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience the special exhibitions Spiders: Fear and Fascination; Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur; and Wildlife Photographer of the Year + daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing.

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 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 European Short Film Festival @ Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton St. A showcase of the best of European short films from around the world today. Tickets are free or PWYC to cover cinema costs. Email tickets@wildsound.ca to RSVP.

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 Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.

10 pm Back On @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A weekly Thursday night party playing all the brand-new Top 40 tracks you can handle. Casual dress, casual feeling. $5.

FRIDAY

10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millenium! Free before 11 pm.

10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Music from around the globe with DJ Oreku. Afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and more.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

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.

11 pm XtraLRG @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Big Jacks playing your favourite XtraLRG big tunes all night (rap, R&B, dancehall). $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.

7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery, and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night. Doors at 7 pm, sign-up starts at 7:30. $7.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Cherry Bomb on Ice @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Cherry Bomb, Toronto’s hottest monthly party for queer women and friends, returns to heat up Natrel Rink! Get in on the action as CB resident party-rockers Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson blend tight, high-voltage sets of house, funk, bass, electro, hip-hop, dancehall, and more. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub serves up pop and un-pop bangers from past, present, and future.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and reggae record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Parka Pat. Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman. $10.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Yas Queen 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. $10.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm Empire Records: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Celebrate Rex Manning Day early and dance all night to your favourite ’90s jams. Shaving your head is optional. $5 advance tickets available online.

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!

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! $10.

10 pm Drag Babies! New Year, Who Dis? @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A monthly open stage event for drag and performance artists of all levels of experience, with dancing courtesy of DJ Uglyy Onee. This month’s theme is open to interpretation!

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades.

SUNDAY

7 pm Rose Beef @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Sunday evenings from 7-9 pm, Glad Day serves up a curated comfort food menu to accompany a suite of episodes of Our Favorite Ladies. There will be Golden Girls-themed menu items and drink specials, post-episode quizzes with prizes, and a Talk-Back to figure out if there is any relevance to the Girls’ parables from these shows in our post-truth cultural moment. Hosted by Mikiki Burino, Toronto’s ‘Aging-Out’est Drag Queen.

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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