Toronto Hit List: Fancy Footwork, Brewers Backyard, Gladstone Community Clothing Swap, The Bazaar of the Bizarre & more!

April 17th-21st Gro Op @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Grow Op celebrates its seventh year with an exhibition of art, design, and ideas across a range of disciplines. The 2019 edition considers ENERGY; Clean energy, dirty energy, social energy, positive energy, negative energy, climate energy, embodied energy, resilient energy. Do we hoard, waste, commodify, burn it, or do we store, reuse, renew it? How humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life. $10.

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

6:45 pm Designing The Movies: Mon Oncle @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A screening of Jacques Tati’s 1958 film Mon Oncle, a deadpan slapstick satire of modernism, materialism, and technology featuring Jacques Lagrange’s artistic collaboration on screenplay and set design. Preceded by a conversation between series host Nathalie Atkinson and Toronto Star urban columnist Shawn Micallef on privacy, the smart home, and what the past got right about the future. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Fancy Footwork @ Thompson Toronto Rooftop, 550 Wellington St. W. Roller skating jams from the 1970s and 1980s brought to you by a selection of surprise DJs playing the best boogie, disco, funk, R&B, and more! This event is in support of Fred Victor, an organization working to end homelessness in Toronto.

10 pm Bohemian Rhapsody vs. Mamma Mia! @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. It’s time for the clash of the titans – which will bite the dust? (Trick question: when it’s ABBA and Queen, there are no losers!) Dance the night away to music from both of these legends at this two-level party. $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Rave Echo & Vibrant Matter @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Rave Echo (ISO Radio) and Vibrant Matter (Kieran Adams) playing colourful dance music of all varieties. Leftfield house, techno, classic house, breakbeat, acid, and obscurities. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Shameless @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Kick off your long weekend by being totally Shameless! The Bangs & Blush ladies will be throwing down everything you want to hear, from pop to hip-hop. Good vibes only. $10.

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Punk, psych, surf, and good times with DJ Luke Harley.

FRIDAY

11 am Brewer’s Backyard @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Brewer’s Backyard is back for their special “Great Friday” event, featuring nine breweries from across Ontario pouring delicious beers. They will be accompanied by a tasty food lineup from FeasTO, Food Dudes, Meltdown Cheesery, Delite Bite, and Dogg Shoppe. Until 5 pm.

10 pm Agu Agu: An African Disco Party @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night for the freaks lovers and dancers with adventurous ears. Sugar D, Phuk Hugh, and Kool TY boogie, disco, and funk from around Africa to make you sweat.

10 pm Selections @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. New, old, and obscure house, garage, techno, and disco records from deep within the vaults. With residents Toronto Hustle and Roland Gonzales + special guest DJ Dangerous.

10 pm 80s Mixtape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush takes you on a trip back to the 1980s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness. Overload on hairspray, break out the shoulder pads, and get ready to start your weekend off right! $5.

10 pm Whas Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Good vibes dance party! Hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and dancehall – old school to new school.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is 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 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits.

10 pm Decade: A 1995-2005 Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get out your butterfly clips and studded belts, and relive your best life at Decade! Anthems from 1995-2005 all night. $10.

10 pm Beverly Hills 90210: 90s Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Throwing it back to all the best ’90s music to help you relive the drama from everyone’s favourite five seasons of television. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm DJ Granny Pantys @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Granny Pantys plays rock, psych, post-punk, and oddities. A pants shakin’ good time for one and all!

10 pm Disco Fridays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hear a delightful array of disco and its sub genres every Friday at The Piston. $10.

10:30 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe playing the best hip-hop and R&B by female and non-binary artists + the midnight floor show featuring Beardoncé. $10.

11 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. This month’s lineup: Freeza Chin, Jamie-Lee, and Mike Roc. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Gladstone Community Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds! Drop off from 9-11 am, swap from 11-3 pm (maximum 20 items per person; all items must be clean, new or gently used, and functional). Volunteers from the Repair Café will also be on site to teach you how to fix any clothing or jewelry in need of small repairs. $5 entry or free if you drop off items, with all proceeds going to Sistering, A Woman’s Place.

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. $10.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly.

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 Moon Hop @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Move and groove to the finest ska, reggae, and rocksteady all night long!

10 pm Funk Off @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. A night of classic and future funk, house, and disco.

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 4:20 with DJ Misty @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. It’s 4:20 and DJ Misty is spinning the best tunes to suit the stoner vibe all night! Even if you don’t smoke, the drinks will be flowin’ and the vibe will be friendly.

10 pm Heidy P & Roberto S @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Coming to Toronto from her adopted home of Lisbon, Montreal native Heidy P. brings an uplifting vocal house and disco sound honed over 14 years of playing here and abroad. Also featuring Roberto S supporting the release of his new EP. Free before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaeton. Tunes for all headtops.

10 pm Cowabunga: Ninja Turtles 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Climb out of the sewers, put down the pizza, and for the love of God, leave your samurai sword at home! Sneaky Dee’s will be spinning all the ’90s classics that’ll make you go “Yowza!” $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

10:30 pm Divas Only: “Green” Edition Starring Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Ariana Grande @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Glad Day and Juicy Moon Productions are bringing divas from across the decades under one roof with all the glamour, high notes, and wind machines you can handle. Special spotlight on the next generation of “green” divas in celebration of 4:20. DJs Johnny B Goode and DJ Maggy on the decks. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Wristpect, R2, and J-Class. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Devotion: House & Disco @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. Join Cyclist and the Patchouli Brothers as they burrow into the birth of dance music, rejoicing in the likeness and probing the unconformity of house and disco.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with a curated lineup of Toronto’s finest vendors, artisans, artists, small businesses, and food vendors. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

11 am The Bazaar of the Bizarre: Circus Sideshow @ Pia Bouman School for Ballet & Creative Movement, 6 Noble St. The Bazaar of the Bizarre brings you arts, fashion, and crafts that are different, interesting, weird, strange, one of a kind, macabre, whimsical, or just things to flip your brain out! This edition will also feature entertaining freaks, dancers, tarot readers, and other oddities. Until 8 pm.

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

9 pm Overdose Prevention Sites Save Lives: A Fundraiser @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. A fundraiser for the St. Stephen’s Community House OPS and Street Health OPS, two overdose prevention sites that have been defunded by the provincial government in spite of the opioid crisis remaining unabated. With DJs Jaime Sin, Roberto S, Automaticamore, and Julia Dickens. PWYC, with all proceeds going to St. Stephen’s and Street Health.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Biblical Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. On Easter proper, Skin Tight Outta Sight! Rebel Burlesque and friends anoint Cherry Cola’s weekly temple of tease with forbidden fruit, revelations revealed, and sexy sacrilege in this “church pageant gone wrong.” Free entry; tipping encouraged.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.

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

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