July 11th-15th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Ontario’s largest theatre festival, showcasing 159 shows at 44 venues. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online or over the phone.
July 12th-29 Brave Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre presents some of the world’s most courageous, outlandish artists, thinkers, writers, and musicians. They’ll share the risks, the failures, and triumphs that have made them synonymous with daring.
July 13th-14th Bit Bazaar x Internet Yami Ichi @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St. Toronto’s favourite video game-themed flea market meets its first internet yami-ichi. Featuring handmade video game goods, comics, art, and internet-ish art and performances! Food and drinks for sale. Admission is free.
July 14th-15th Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Shop a selection of antiques, vintage, collectables, designer objects, crafts, and more from local artisans and sellers. Free admission for all, including your furry friends! Runs 11-6 pm both days.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: Love, Simon with Tomi Swick @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick returns to the Open Roof stage on July 11, followed by a screening of Greg Berlanti’s landmark LGBTQ teen classic Love, Simon. On-site food and drinks available. $15.75 advance tickets available online.
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.
7 pm Harvest Beer Dinner with The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Each Harvest Table Dinner is created by produce and meat dropped off the day before from a farmer at Chick-A-Biddy Acres CSA. The menu will be a surprise as it will be inspired by what is harvested that week. This week’s guest is chef Tara Lee of Eastbound Brewing and the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. $95 advance tickets available online.
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 email@example.com or show up early to reserve a spot.
7 pm Free Outdoor Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World @ Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline! This week’s screening is the cult action-romcom-musical Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which captures The Annex at a time when Honest Ed’s was still standing and Lee’s Palace still featured its original mural. Eats and Treats at 7 pm, films at sundown (9:15 pm). BYOBlanket and chairs.
8 pm Black Gold Presents: Spike Lee’s Crooklyn @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then ’til now, Black Gold invites you to join them for a screening of Spike Lee’s 1994 film Crooklyn. $13.19 advance tickets available online.
10 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.
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 Rock ‘n’ Roll Witchcraft @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Black magic, love potions, garage, punk, surf, psych, and glam selected by DJ Nora Noise.
10 pm DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard plays an eclectic set of tunes from the past and the present, maybe even the future?
8 pm Indie Fridays: Leah Daniels, Cory James Mitchell Band, The Reklaws @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week, Leah Daniels will charm audiences with her impressive vocal range, which includes a background in yodeling and musical theatre. The Cory James Mitchell Band will bring a unique sound with barebones style of country blues mixed with the lively backdrops of classic southern rock n’ roll. Headlining are the brother-sister act The Reklaws, who charted last summer when they were included in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “PM Playlist” for Spotify. Until 11 pm.
8 pm Freaky Friday the 13th @ House of VR, 639 Queen St. W. Calling all horror junkies! Come experience 360° of terror as you walk through a virtual haunted house, escape a mental asylum, or outsmart Bloody Mary. Each VR booth will have its own horrifying experience so you can try all the creepy games and interactions. $15 gets you an all-you-can-VR pass for the whole night.
10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.
10 pm Surf’s Up @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Misty and Cece play surf, vintage R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll on vinyl.
10 pm Puppy Love: A Heckin’ Queer Dance Party @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Flirty, non-binary fun! DJ Johnny B Goode blendin’ a mix of quality pop and remixes with his deep vault of dance tracks and J. Lai keepin’ your energy as high as a Toronto heatwave late into the night with her always on point vibes. $5 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. ’90s/00s guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Vengaboys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm Very Special @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks and Jenno play rap, R&B, and dancehall (now and ’00s classics).
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.
10 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Markoshi plays the songs you can’t help loving – really, really loud. Guilty pleasures all night long!
10 pm On Earth Presents: Turtle Bugg with Yohei S @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. On Earth welcomes “your mom’s favourite deejay,” Turtle Bugg. Originally from Teaneck, NJ, the Sublimate mastermind is best known in the depths of the Brooklyn underground. With support from Yohei S. $10 advance tickets available online.
10:30 pm Anomaly @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. The RUDE Collective hosts the official closing night after party for the Summer Love-In Dance Festival. With selectors Myst Milano and Chippy Nonstop playing club sounds, ballroom, house, disco, Bollywood club, disco-kunt, electronic, trap-house, ghetto house, anti-colonial pussy pop trap. $5 for festival attendees, $10 otherwise.
10:30 pm Lavender @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. IBPOC, queer women, and trans people to the front; everyone welcome! DJs Zehra and Recklezz on the decks. $5 or PWYC (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).
11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The dirtiest reggaeton, dancehall, trap, and world rhythms are showcased by DJ Grump and rotating guests with Blxck Ixn on the mic keeping you moving. $10.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W. Toronto Flower Market returns for its biggest season ever to celebrate local growers, florists, craftspeople, and gardeners. Until 3 pm.
11 am Toronto Artisan Market @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. A curated outdoor indie market designed to celebrate Toronto’s talented makers. Until 6 pm.
2 pm Dudebox Cookout @ Ossington Tire, 146 Ossington Ave. Dudebox went out, found a tire garage, called their DJ/chef friends, and now they’re gonna throw the best goddamn cookout! Sounds by: Nino Brown, JAYEMKAYEM, Willson, McCalla, Vaughan, Asey, Kazeem of New Currency, and James Redi b2b Jon Chetty. Food (meat and plant-based options) by: Roy Woods, Legendary Corn Soup, Marina’s Funnel Cakes, Arepa Queen Food Truck, and more. Plus live murals/installations a scavenger hunt, and more! BYOD (the D is for dogs). Goes late. $11.09 advance tickets available online.
8 pm Dancing in the Park: On Stage with Colectro & Noventa Dance Projects @ Aga Khan Park, 77 Wynford Dr. Aga Khan Museum’s Dancing in the Park series continues with FREE performances by Latin Grammy-nominated band Colectro and Noventa Dance Projects. Lifting spirits (and feet!) with upbeat Colombian-Caribbean rhythms and moves, the event will include various food offerings. Guests are also invited to explore the galleries, with admission by contribution.
9:30 pm Temper Tantrum 1 Year Anniversary @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St. Queer feminist-curated online marketplace Temper Tantrum is officially one year old, and they’re ready to celebrate with you! Beer tasting by Muskoka Brewery, DJ set by LL Cool Wei, visual installation by Carly Whitmore and Caitlynn Fairbarns, and live tattoos by Jesse Sousa (walk-ups welcome or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot). $6 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm Meneo Dulce @ Cool Hand Of A Girl Cafe, 2804 Dundas St. W. Feminist music from the homeland to the diaspora. DJ Coco plays salsa, reggae, merengue, cumbia, and more. Didicious plays dembow, reggaeton, hip-hop latino, salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, top 40 y electrónica. PWYC, with a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds from this event will be supporting our Decolonizing Latinx Feminisms Course.
10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs James “Small Axe” ACS and Leafy Cheify + special guest Jim Bravo playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Lana, Digits, 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 Up Late @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Watu plays tunes to keep you up all night: ’70s funk, ’80s pop, ’90s hip-hop and R&B.
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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Chicago’s finest, Tim and Teddy, spinning the best and boldest funk across the decades. $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!
10 pm Toxic Complicated: Avril & Britney Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance the night away to all your favourite Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears tunes. $5 advance tickets available online.
10:30 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music selections by AV and Yuknodis.
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. $10.
10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with a selection of Toronto’s finest vendors, artisans, designers, and food vendors. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: In the Mood for Love @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. What would city life be without the space for private retreat? CPFF screens Wong Kar-Wai’s masterful work of romantic formalism, In the Mood for Love, which looks to the unassuming corners of Hong Kong. Film at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring Feasto Dumpling Food Truck, Eva’s Original Chimneys, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
7 pm Screen Queens Presents: Jurassic Park @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Screen Queens presents a screening of Steven Spielberg’s massive 1995 blockbuster, Jurassic Park. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8. $16.34 advance tickets 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.
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