Toronto Hit List: Forever Young, The Summer Market, Early Birds Queer Day Party, Girl Gang Cabarets & more!

June 5th-September 22nd The Funhouse @ 101 Lisgar St. The Funhouse is an immersive experience brought to life by visual artists from across Toronto, with featured environments inspired by local musical artists. The adventure begins in a 1920s interdimensional hotel. As you descend down the rabbit hole, discover an alternate universe of art, interactive tech and music. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $15 for children aged 4-12 (children 3 and under are free).

June 6th-7th Leslieville Food & Drink Festival @ 345 Carlaw Ave. Enjoy live music, art, local restaurants, craft beer, and more while supporting the vibrant Leslieville community at the fourth annual Leslieville Food & Drink Festival. Runs 5-11 pm both days.

June 7th-8th Breakthroughs Film Festival @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by emerging women directors. This year’s festival will feature 23 outstanding short films from around the world, including eight from Toronto-based filmmakers. $12 single-day and $20 festival passes available online.

June 7th-8th Dundas West Fest @ Dundas St. W. An annual celebration of music, art, food, dance, vendors, family, and community along Dundas Street West from Ossington to Lansdowne. The party kicks off Friday at 6 pm with with a night market experience and continues Saturday until midnight.

June 7th-9th Mac & Cheese Festival @ Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd. North America’s largest food festival celebrating everything mac and cheese! Celebrity chefs, savvy cooks, and talented entrepreneurs come together for one weekend to raise funds for charity by creating new concoctions of mac and cheese. Runs 12-11 pm Friday, 11-11 pm Saturday, and 11-10 pm Sunday. Free admission.

June 7th-23rd Luminato Festival @ various locations. Luminato returns to bring you the best theatre, music, dance, and more from Canada and around the world. This year’s program offers reflections on the world today, with many opportunities to engage with questions about nostalgia, memory, community, and perspective.

June 8th-9th Pehr Pop-Up Kickoff Weekend @ 320 Davenport Rd., Suite 300. Pehr is hosting its first-ever stand-alone pop-up store in Toronto this June! Featuring Pehr’s newest collections of modern, ethically-made baby + kids decor, bedding, storage, apparel, accessories, and more. The products are designed in Canada and capture the beauty, magic, and simplicity of childhood. Open 10-4 pm both days. 10% off the entire store and gift with purchase for the first 50 customers.

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 Power Ball 2019 @ The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W. The Power Plant collaborates with Holt Renfrew to transform the gallery into an illicit speakeasy for Toronto’s most notorious art party, Power Ball: 21 Club. It’s an evening of grit, glitz, and glamour with unique art installations, performances, cocktails, and more in support of the ambitious exhibitions and programming at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. $175 tickets available online.

7:07 pm Pride Night with the Blue Jays @ Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way. The Blue Jays help kick off Pride Month in Toronto as they take on the New York Yankees. Pride Night pregame ceremonies will feature 65 LGBTQ+ community members presenting a giant rainbow flag on field; ceremonial first pitch by a Rainbow Railroad member; and Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus performing the national anthems.The first 15,000 fans entering the ballpark will receive a Blue Jays rainbow hooded henley and all fans in attendance can experience Pride-themed activities in the rainbow-transformed WestJet Flight Deck.

7:30 pm Indie Rock Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Whether you’re a fan of the glorious “Salad Days” of canonical ’80s/90s indie rock, punk, and hardcore; a Loveless shoegazer; or an enthusiast of the more contemporary likes of Interpol, Broken Social Scene, Kurt Vile, et al., you are Urged (as in Urge Overkill) to come to Indie Rock Trivia! Free to play and prizes for the winning teams (teams of up to 6).

10 pm Spice Queens @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Get ready to Spice Up Your Life because it’s Pride Night at The Rec Room! Drag Your Heels presents a drag show impersonation of your favourite girl super group starring Baby Bel Bel as Ginger Spice, Priyanka Love as Scary Spice, Juice Boxx as Baby Spice, Lucy Flawless as Sporty Spice, and Imarra as Posh Spice. Free entry!

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Indigenous Now @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park.

Kick off your weekend at #FNLROM! Dance to top Indigenous talent, enjoy tasty food, and explore the gallery dedicated to First Peoples art and culture. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

10 pm Forever Young: An ’80s Dance Party @ Figures, 137 Avenue Rd. Mista Jiggz and special guest DJ Inferno play the best in ’80s pop, RnB, freestyle, rock, rap, new wave, house, disco, funk, reggae, and more to get you movin’ and groovin’ (keep your eyes peeled for classic ’80s candy giveaways throughout the night). This party is hosted by Huse Madhavji and Salima Rawji, and is in support of the 35th anniversary of the World Partnership Walk. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Welcome to the Jungle @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Classic rock dance party with DJ DangerCat playing AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Fleetwood Mac, and lots more. $5.

10 pm Pride Toronto & Deep Gold x Verse Present: Tama Sumo & Lakuti @ MOCA, 158 Sterling Rd. Pride Toronto has partnered with Deep Gold and Verse to bring you world-renowned house DJ duo Tama Sumo and Lakuti. From their residency at Berlin queer mecca, Panorama Bar, this married couple routinely create a shared space where lovers embrace, friends become family, and a diverse international community of talented selectors, musicians, and dancers come together to celebrate inclusion and the triumph of love. With support from Hong Kong-born, Canada-raised Stuart Li. $31.19-36.29 advance tickets available online.

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

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 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 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. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’ @ Club 120, 120 Church St. DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, Tamika, and Sammy Rawal spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ+ people and their guests. $10.

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. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Roncy Rocks @ Roncesvalles Village. Roncesvalles Village abounds with creative talent. Artists, entrepreneurs, inspired community leaders, and volunteers make marvelous things happen. Roncy Rocks celebrates this spirit by showcasing accomplished and rising local talent along Roncesvalles Avenue each year in June. Until 9 pm.

11 am Toronto Blogger Bazaar @ Mogo Lounge, 797 Queen St. W. Shop the closets of Toronto’s fashion bloggers! Featuring brand new and lightly used women’s and men’s clothing, beauty and skincare products, shoes, handbags, and accessories at a steal of retail price. Cash and eTransfer welcome (most items will be $3, $5, or $10 and almost nothing over $20), with portion of proceeds going to Dress for Success. Until 5 pm.

11 am The Summer Market @ Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1605 Queen St. W. A collaboration between the Parkdale Flea and Toronto Designers Market, the Summer Market brings together 80+ local entrepreneurs selling the city’s best and most unique products. Until 6 pm.

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

2 pm I’m Your Venus: Queer Patio Party @ The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of queer DJs and drag performers as part of Dundas West Fest! Sets by Phillippe, LL Cool Wei, The FranDiscos, Tam Ika, and John Caffery. Performances by Jade LeQueen, Helena Poi Son, Justin Toast Gray, and Naomi Leone. Until midnight.

3 pm Early Birds: Queer Day Party @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. A safe and inclusive party for all queer and trans folx to be daytime sexy on a cute outdoor patio! DJ Vaughan playing reggaeton, hip-hop, dancehall, icons, trap, twerk, dembow, and cumbia + bar grub, tarot readings, and more. $10 in advance and at the door (if capacity permits).

4 pm Amazing Grace @ Cinesphere (Ontario Place), 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. A screening of the 2019 documentary Amazing Grace, presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. Additional screenings June 9th, 15th, and 16th. Tickets are $13.27 for adults and $9.73 for children.

6 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 03 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars!nDJ Steve Lawler (VIVa Music, UK) headlines this edition, with support from Arman & Beynon. $49.10-55.10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Digits, ARP 2600, and Little Kicks! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $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 pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

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 Knockout @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s.

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 A Drag Tribute to Toronto @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you and pay tribute to whatever themed nonsense Fisher pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. This edition features Fisher Price, Tiffany Boxx, Nancy Bocock, and the Frandiscos on the decks. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.

10 pm Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.

10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett. Come shake your rump!

10 pm Thank U, Next 2: Ariana Grande Dance Party @ The Mod Club, 722 College St. Throw your hair in a high pony and get ready for more Ariana Grande than you can shake 7 Rings at! A night filled with Ariana’s biggest hits that’s sure to get your hips shaking and your feet moving. $10 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Lavender @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks, and trans people – everyone welcome! DJ Zehra spinning us the best SOCA, dance hall, ’90s R&B, and reggaeton. $5 or PWYC.

11 pm Lovers & Other Strangers: Improvised @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W. Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CFHI 98.1 in the ’90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. Featuring Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, D.J. Mausner, Zohaib Khan, Tom Hearn, Atony Hall, Kyah Green, Coko Galore, Akahnis Charley, and Rosh Abdullah. $10 online or at the door.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

10 am GH Marketplace: Queer Makers Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone Hotel and Yohomo are teaming up to present a special Pride edition of GH Marketplace! Find all the crafty wares, fashion statements, art thingies, and gorgeousness you ever needed. Vendor list here. Until 4 pm.

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. Over two acres of green space to explore food, beer, music, and the best of vintage and handcrafted goods in the city. Until 5 pm.

5:30 pm Girl Gang Cabarets @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. An unboxed variety show and inclusive safe space to meet, empower, and share stories with all kinds of feminists. Featuring performances by artists Amian Black, Chelsea Preston, Sarah Webber, and Chanty Marostica followed by an open stage cabaret and jam (open to comedians, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, or anything else you can think of). Doors at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6.

6 pm Toronto Taste @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. The very best of Toronto’s food scene come together for one spectacular evening in support of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity. $260 tickets (includes a $150 tax receipt) available online.

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 this weekly “temple of tease.” This edition features Bianca Boom Boom, Blak Swan, Brad Puddin’, Imogen Quest, and Midnite Wolverine. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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