Toronto Hit List: Freaky Friday, Planet Gazing Party, Devotion, Toronto Garlic Festival & more!

September 13th-16th Tapestry Briefs: Tasting Shorts @ Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St., #316. Tapestry Briefs: Tasting Shorts presents 11 bold world premiere opera shorts from Canadian and international composers paired with a flight of tapas, transporting one from the salty depths of the Marianas Trench to the sweet sounds of sibling nostalgia. $35 advance tickets available online.

September 15th-16th Roncesvalles Polish Festival @ Roncesvalles Village. North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture! Now in its 14th year, the festival brings together local and international music and entertainment + cuisine from over 40 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros along Roncesvalles. Runs 11-11 pm Saturday and 11-7 pm Sunday.

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

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 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?

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.

FRIDAY

10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.

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 Puppy Love: A Heckin’ Queer Dance Party @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Flirty, non-binary fun! DJs Fawn Big Canoe and Myst Milano spinning all the best in: that gay shit, pop and remixes, bubbly deep house, danceable disco, R&B jams, and allllll the floor fillin’ classics. $5 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

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 Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.

10 pm DJ Cheff @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Old school rock ‘n’ roll, post punk, rockabilly and psychedelic blooze explosions!

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco 6 Year Anniversary @ 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.

SATURDAY

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 Pignic @ Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave. A fun-filled day for guinea pigs, their pet parents, enthusiasts, and anyone in between. Events will include a red carpet to showcase your furry friends, The Piggie Pageant, exclusive PetSmart store, a mini market, prizes and giveaways, and more! Admission is free with the option of donating upon entry (proceeds from the day go directly to Helping Homeless Pets and Piggles Cares). Until 4 pm.

2 pm DDBX Presents: Dear Summer II @ Chinatown. Dudebox is kissing summer goodbye with a daytime, outdoor gathering they call Dear Summer. Immerse yourself in giant art installations, eat one too many burgers by Burger Drops, enjoy hand-crafted boozy drinks and mocktails, buy cool things made by local people, and BYOD (bring your own dog). Sounds by Minzi Roberta, James Redi b2b Jon Chetty, Knockturnal, Macala, Shaine CRSB, Willson, and Abscvnd. $5.84-8.99 advance tickets available online, with 100% of profits going to Sistering.

7:30 pm Planet Gazing Party @ Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics (University of Toronto), 50 St. George St. See the planets as you’ve never seen them before! On September 15, Dunlap Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada with telescopes, planets, and prizes. See the moons of Jupiter as Galileo first saw them more than four hundred years ago (arrive before 8:30 pm) and the craters and mountains on the Moon in stunning detail.

9 pm Feast in the East 70 @ Jam Factory, 2 Matilda St. A bi-monthly east end music, food, and art series. This edition features a vegetarian gumbo dinner by Sam Davis, with music provided by Whimm, Whip Kisser, Slurry, and Leucrocuta. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door. All ages.

10 pm One More Time: Daft Punk Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Are you up all night for good fun? Dance to Daft Punk + all the electronic anthems of the ’90s and 2000s you can handle! $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm The Look Goes As Follows @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A nightlife series that challenges you to get into the fashion game and pull the piece for the party. It only takes one piece to make the look, and this month’s call is HATS! Get creative. Be original. Turn that look. DJ Scooter McCreight on the decks. $5 with a hat, $10 without.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join DJ General Eclectic as he takes you on a journey 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 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. $5.

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 Bleach @ Remix Lounge, Dundas St. W. Toronto’s first and only all-90s alternative audio and visual experience. Dance to videos from: Nirvana, Blur, Massive Attack, The Cure, Suede, Prodigy, Radiohead, Filter, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, New Order, Hole, The Cranberries and more. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Saturday Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of rock ‘n’ roll and cheap thrills with DJ Nora Noise.

10 pm The Realness featuring The FranDiscos @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. House, rap, disco, funk, and bass music mixed and blended by the brothers FranDisco.

10:30 pm Divas Only: Starring 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 dangerous women Ariana. DJs Aeryn Pfaff and Maggy on the decks + special performances by legendary Queen Jezebel Bardot throughout the night. $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 Pump, 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.

SUNDAY

9 am Toronto Garlic Festival @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Stock up on your winter supply of fresh garlic, taste delicious garlic-inspired food and desserts, and find fun garlic-themed products while enjoying live music, craft beer and wine, fascinating talks, art workshops, cooking demos, a virtual reality farm tour, and film screenings. Until 5 pm.

10 am Open Streets TO @ Bloor & Yonge St. Open Streets programs, also known as Ciclovias, open streets to people and close them to cars encouraging participation in physical activity and healthy recreation. They are free, regularly occurring programs, and offer communities the opportunity to experience their city streets in a whole new way. Until 2 pm.

10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.

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.

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

7 pm Screen Queens Presents: Grease @ 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 the movie musical Grease! Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8. $13.19 early bird, $15 in advance and at the door.

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

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