January 23rd-27th DesignTO Festival @ various locations. DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, brings you 10 days filled with immersive installations, fantastic exhibitions, engaging talks, and more design and art than ever before.
7 pm Femme Fest @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. An evening for celebrating the divine feminine energy in our local community, aimed at nurturing and offering exposure opportunities to artists in Toronto. Featuring live performances by Jessie Jean, Dalia Dargazli, KARIS, Savannah Somers, and Ariel Gold + vendors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
6:30 pm Shoot From The Hip Cabaret @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. As part of the Gladstone Hotel’s new Thursday night cabaret series, Imogen Quest is pleased to bring you Shoot From The Hip! Featuring performances by Ferrera Rosé, Fluffy Soufflé, Força Burlesque, and Lucinda Miu. Doors at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:30.
7 pm Friday Night Live: DinoNite @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. The ROM presents a special Friday Night Live encore, featuring complimentary access to the new exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
8 pm Winter 2019 Opening Party @ Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W. Celebrate the launch of the Power Plant’s Winter 2019 exhibition season! Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by Shuvinai Ashoona, Omar Ba, and Alicia Henry. Cash bar available all evening. No cover.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Join Boosie Fade DJs Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi + special guest JAYEMKAYEM for another raucous jam featuring the latest and greatest tunes from artists like City Girls, Cardi B, Pardison Fontaine, 21 Savage, Rico Nasty, A Boogie, Meek Mill, Metro Boomin, Beyoncé, and more. $10.
10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs Slater and Ty mashin’ heavy tunes from the ’90s to the ’00s, including DMX, J-Lo, Britney, Ludacris, Missy, Spice Girls, Mariah, Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child, and more. $10.
10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, punk, and more.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
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 Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Yohomo On Ice @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Yohomo, Toronto’s fiercest source for everything LGBTQ+ arts, nightlife and culture, takes over Natrel Rink to make all your queer figure skating fantasies come true! Yohomo DJs Diego Armand and Phillippe spin blades of glory anthems all night long with two very special figure skating shows featuring Toronto drag legend Carlotta Carlisle. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.
10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ JD spins all-vinyl Euro disco and the sweetest tunes to make you feel good.
10 pm TO DO or Die Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. It might be cold out there, but things are about to get real steamy inside The Garrison! Dance the night away to the beats of DJs Joe Blow and Miss Fluffy Soufflé at DesignTO’s annual inclusive dance party. $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.
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 Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is The Cure. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm W A V E S @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A party for the crowd by the crowd and curated by two DJs that will make sure your feet never stop moving. All decades/genres.
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 Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Family Business presents a night of your favourite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tunes. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.
10 pm DJ Bad Credit @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Bad Credit brings you a night of fun, tomfoolery, and shenanigans with a high probability of dance party madness.
10 pm Dance Yrself Around The World: LCD Soundsystem & Daft Punk Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance Yrself Clean while Sneaky Dee’s plays the best of Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem + all the dance punk and electronic rock you can handle. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the UK, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
10:30 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe sheltering your from the cold with the hottest female hip-hop and RnB + the iconic Midnight-ish Floorshow starring Beardoncé! $10.
10 pm DJ Stacey Sexton @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Experimental, electronica, house, techno, post-punk, and leftfield ish with DJ Stacey Sexton.
11 pm Pillow Talk @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. Celebrate the good feelings of dancing into the night with friends and strangers alike. Bring your crush, come alone, or make new friends. DJs Kourosh Dehghani (Ensoul) and Akash Bansal (Tender Buttons) will be holding it down all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
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 line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.
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 Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at TO’s weekly “temple of tease.” This edition features performances by Akynos (NYC), Fionna Flauntit (Vancouver), Kitten Monroe, Richard Herfeld, and Sacha Kommer (Germany). Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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