Toronto Hit List: Freaky Friday, All That, Denim & Leather, O.C. Inspired 2000s Dance Party & more!

August 24th-28th Sample & Warehouse Sale @ Muttonhead, 337 Roncesvalles Ave. Muttonhead’s bi-annual sample sale is back with their largest selection of samples and sale product yet. Runs 10-7 pm Wednesday, 12-7 Thursday and Friday, 10-6 Saturday, and 11-6 Sunday.

August 26th-27th Super Naughty Summer Show @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. An exhibition of steamy hot erotic art from 80 contributing artists, featuring hundreds of erotic-themed paintings and sculptures + provocative installations and exotic performers! 8-2 am both nights. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

WEDNESDAY

Hawaiian Luau Dinner Cruise, at Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queen’s Quay West. Say ‘Aloha’ to a gorgeous view of Toronto’s iconic skyline! A Hawaiian inspired dinner cruise, this festive event will celebrate the end of summer with a tiki bar, delicious like sweet coconut rice, and savoury pineapple chicken, professional hula dancers to teach you how hula, all while cruising by the city’s gorgeous skyline at sunset. Tickets can be found here.

6:30 pm Harvest Wednesdays @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Harvest Wednesdays seeks to connect urbanites with rural producers and spark conversation about Community Shared Agriculture, eating locally for global change and of course, enjoying seasonal Ontario produce, harvested just the day before. Each event features notable guest chefs, inspiring community speakers, produce from Chick-a-biddy farms, local wine partners, and more! This week, cooks from Newcomer Kitchen will prepare a traditional Syrian meal. $60 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 Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. The final Open Roof Festival screening kicks off a performance by duo Most People. The upbeat tempo keeps rolling afterwards with Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which centres on a national manhunt, ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. $15 tickets available online.

8 pm Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)! Mary Mack is at the wheel this week.

THURSDAY

8 pm Throwback Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Vinyl vibes on the Sky Yard all summer long with DJs spinning R&B, soul, hip-hop, and funk.

9 pm Otto’s Turns 1 @ Otto’s Berlin Döner, 256 Augusta Ave. Otto’s is turning one and they’re celebrating in the only way a Berliner would, with a proper dance party! Tunes provided by Squirt DJs and Shifra Rifka, döners and drinks until late.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

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 Teenage Rampage @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Glam, punk, power pop, and rock with DJ Joel French.

10 pm Exile On Bloor Street @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. DJ Wes Allen plays oddities, discoveries, reminders, secrets, lost and found, surprises and antiques. 197? and earlier. Soul, psych, reggae and various sounds.

FRIDAY

10 pm Freaky Friday @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get freaky with DJ Teenage Werewolf, playing surf, punk, Motown, rock, all the good shit. $5 Jameson and Jager shots.

10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros are back to play your favourite throwback RnB and hip-hop jams all night long! (August babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) $5.

10 pm Gold @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Soul, funk, boogie, disco, rare groove, jazz, and music that inspired the golden age of hip-hop. Ian C and DJ Nova on the decks, spirited in part by June Records. No trap, no cover.

10 pm Trap Luv @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Oh Middy plays banging 808s. If you wanna have a night that is lit up like a Christmas tree, then come out.

10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. $5.

10 pm You Dig? @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Resident DJs The Crate Bugz and special guest Jordi Laforty spinning all vinyl: funk and soul, funky disco, breaks, jazz, classic/old school hip-hop, and more.

10 pm Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig is back with another edition of your favourite all vinyl ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B party! With resident DJs Parkdale Funk and Splattermonkey spinning the best soul and R&B 45s from the era.

10 pm Feministry @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A project growing from music, fashion, writing, conversation, ideas exchange, centred by intersectional feminism; acknowledgement of difference, assertions of love and respect. This month, DJs Kinshasa Underground and Arab play techno, house, weird stuff. PWYC or $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.

SATURDAY

11 am Summer Cool Down @ Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. A one-day sale featuring up to 70% off Tiger of Sweden’s spring and summer collections; complimentary Steam Whistle, prosecco, and snacks from Cote de Boeuf; live DJ set by Mike Juneau of Record Collective; and men’s accessory pop-up shop by Kish Wear. Until 5 pm.

12 pm Do Learn @ Dundas-Manning Community Garden, south side of Dundas St. W. at Manning Ave. A FREE pop-up block party featuring business and community-led workshops, including life drawing from #Hashtag Gallery, nail stamp art from Wow Wow Nails, and chocolate tasting from Odile Chocolat. Until 5 pm.

10 pm California: An O.C. Inspired 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. California, here we come! Sneaky Dee’s is diggin’ deep into Seth Cohen’s music collection to bring you a night full of music from The O.C. and other 2000s jams. They’ll be transforming the bar into The Baitshop, so you can live all of your O.C. dreams! $5 advance tickets available online (guarantees entry).

10 pm Denim & Leather @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Put on those cut-offs and leather vest, and celebrate the dog daze of summer with a heavy dose of rock ‘n’ roll! CC Ryder plays glam, hard rock, punk, boogie, and metal.

10 pm Wimmin @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A raging queer dance party, playing music from all and only female rock goddesses. Expect: Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, ESG, Hole, Janis Joplin, Betty Davis, Slits, Bush Tetras, Thao, The Gossip, Sleater Kinney, Le Tigre, Garbage, L7, and so much more! Attendance is open to everyone. PWYC ($5 suggested).

10 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Do Saturday night right with a hip-hop and R&B dance party for queers! DJ Orange Pekoe playing your fav all-female jams + Drag-Queen-in-Residence Beardoncé slaying you at 12:30. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Tenderness @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. DJ Roberto Pinto Jr. and special guest Jeffrey Gross dropping wax all night long for your boogie body and listening pleasure. Disco, funk, soul, and boogie.

10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Music for your dancing pleasure with pals Well Said, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty. $5.

10 pm Cold Shoulder @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Adam Jackson and special guest Geoff Snack playing rap music from 1990 to 2020. $5 all night, fun all night.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! $5.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Misty playing Motown, pop, rock, soul – stuff that will make you wanna shake! Good times guaranteed.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Guv’nor General share a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

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. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by David Good Yoga. BYO: yoga mat, sunscreen, and friends.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from 12-7 pm! Pedestrian Sundays don’t permanently change the streets; they forever change the way you perceive them.

2 pm Beyoncé Dance Class @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Lemonade lovers, it’s time to shake that booty with the girls from Army of Sass. Spend your Sunday afternoon working on some of Queen B’s fiercest dance moves! To register, email admin@armyofsass.com (limited spots available).

3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 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.

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

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