Toronto Hit List: Get Bucked! A Downtown Hoedown, Vinyl Ranch, Fancy Footwork, Taste of Germany Food Festival & more!

July 17th-21st BRAVE Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre’s daring festival BRAVE returns for another spin on what it means to lead a meaningful, multi-faceted life. This year’s iteration of the festival zooms in on “Secret Lives, Second Chances” and uncovers the hidden and concealed parts of ourselves through experiential theatre, immersive art, music, food, and objects.

July 19th-21st Pizza Fest @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto’s top pizza joints and Italian restaurants come together for the second annual Pizza Fest. Serving Italian favourites including pizza, spaghetti carbonara, meatball sandwiches, calzones, ravioli, wine, and more! $7.95-12.95 tickets available online.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Giant Little Ones @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of Keith Behrman’s sophomore feature film Giant Little Ones, a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery, and the power of love without labels + a live musical performance by Heavyweights Brass Band. $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.

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

6 pm Representation: A Conversation on Fashion and Intersectionality @ First Canadian Place Gallery, 100 King St. W. A panel discussion exploring the current landscape of inclusivity in fashion and its future, followed by a mixer. Refinery29 staff writer, Lainey Gossip contributor, and TV producer Kathleen Newman-Bremang will lead the conversation with esteemed panelists Aisha Fairclough (co-founder, Body Confidence Canada), Heidi Ruggier (founder and president, Matte PR), Michele Taras (clothing designer and artist) and Mic Carter (creative director and owner, L’Uomo Strano). $38.15 tickets available online.

6:45 pm Penguin Teen Screen: The Craft with Isabel Sterling @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don’t Burn, talks about her young adult novel about a coven of Salem-based teen wiccans battling blood witches at house parties and sparking queer romances – before a screening of the 1996 gothapalooza The Craft. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: Paper Moon @ Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Corktown Common with Paper Moon, starring real-life father-daughter pair Ryan and Tatum O’Neal (the youngest ever Oscar winner for her performance here). It will screen with Katerine Martineau’s short film Waiting for Lou. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards by The Aviary Brewpub and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Punk, psych, surf, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and good times with DJ Luke Harley.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: The Beresfords, Kris Barclay, Sons of Daughters @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy performances by brother-sister country duo The Beresfords, the reigning Chevy Music Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase winner Kris Barclay, and country duo Sons of Daughters. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Boy Problems III: Dedicated. A Carly Rae Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone Hotel presents the motherload of Carly parties and a night of TOO MUCH on the dance floor! Carly Bops provided by DJ Aeryn Pfaff. $10.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits.

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 Decade: A 1995-2005 Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get out your butterfly clips and studded belts, and relive your best life at Decade! Anthems from 1995-2005 all night. $10.

10 pm DJ Granny Pantys @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of rock, psych, post-punk, and oddities with Granny Pantys.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $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. $10.

11:30 pm Promise Kajama Moonlight Sailing Cruise @ The dock by Harbourfront Centre Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. There’s nothing sexier than a sleek sailing ship gliding into the moonlit beyond. Join Promise on its annual tall ship sailing cruise featuring Los Angeles DJ Cooper Saver and locals Loxxe and Karla Houser. Aquatic costumes practical, piratical, and Viking highly recommended! $57.63 tickets available online.

SATURDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Distillery District, 28 Distillery Lane. A curated flea market featuring vendors selling vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and more. Bargains, rare finds, and one-of-a-kind pieces at every market! Until 5 pm.

11 am Get Bucked! A Downtown Hoedown @ St. George by the Grange (the Martyr), 30 Stephanie St. A day-long, family-friendly outdoor country cookout featuring a full Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast courtesy of HotBlack Coffee, an afternoon pop-up BBQ with Borobbq, drinks, western games and activities, live music, and more. Performances by Big Tobacco & The Pickers, Nicolette & The Nobodies, the Hit Pickers, John Borra & Sam Ferrara + DJ sets by Vinyl Ranch, Barry Spritzer, and Taylin Lougheed. $22.23 tickets available online, with all proceeds going to the Regent Park School of Music and Street Health.

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.

12 pm BIG on Bloor Festival @ Bloor St. W. between Dufferin & Lansdowne. BIG on Bloor Festival returns for its 12th annual free celebration of arts, music, and community magic in Bloordale! Featuring live music, art installations, 100+ shops and vendors, a night market, and lots more. Until midnight.

5 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 05 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! This week’s headliner is UK house heavyweight Josh Butler, with support from Carerra & Tavares, and ADD. $37.11 advance tickets available online.

8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.

10 pm Vinyl Ranch @ Tennessee Tavern, 1554 Queen St. W. Join critically acclaimed DJ and producer Disko Cowboy as he transforms Tennessee Tavern into a honky tonk disco! Since 2007, Vinyl Ranch has brought the worlds of classic country music and disco nightlife culture together. From records, to apparel, to parties, and more – the best of urban cowboy lifestyle from Space City to Music City to New York City and all honky tonks in between.

10 pm Fancy Footwork @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Fancy Footwork has a new home at the Drake Hotel! Resident DJs Kill Them Colour, Mike Don’t, and Mista Jiggz will be playing the best in indie dance, nu disco, future funk, and more. $10. RSVP here for line bypass before midnight.

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 Mad Fun @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Fawn Big Canoe takes you on an odyssey of funk, disco, and beat happy tunes.

10 pm Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaton. Tunes for all headtops.

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 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.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJ General Eclectic as he takes you on a journey through the 1990s, 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 ’80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Break out the Aquanet and the leopard-print leotards: Sneaky Dee’s is bringing you all the 1980s you can handle! Bringing you If you want to rock, bop, or anything in between, this is your stop. $5 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. $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 Taste of Germany Food Festival @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Celebrate the diversity and variety of modern German cuisine at Toronto’s first German food festival! Featuring a diverse line-up of activities for people of all ages – including food, musical performances, a football goal shooting contest, and a kid’s fun zone. Until 3 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea returns with a top-notch selection of local artisans, designers, vendors, and delicious eats under one roof. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

12 pm Sunday Social @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon this summer and listen to the city’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage while enjoying cold drinks on a covered patio. This week’s performers are Claire de la Loopa (3 pm), Moscow Apartment (4 pm), and Birds of Bellwoods (5 pm). Until 9 pm.

3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Promise’s summer series continues with Madam X (UK), Edna King, Sergio SP, Maracatu Mar Aberto, Mike Lambert, and Frankie Gunns. All ages; ID for beach bar. $20 in advance and at the gate. Until 11 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: The Odd Couple @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with The Odd Couple, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as two divorced men – a miserably neurotic neat-freak and a fun-loving slob – who move in together. It will screen with documentary short Brunch Queen, about the elderly gay couple who owns Vancouver’s famed Elbow Room Café. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by the Fiesta Farms hot dog BBQ, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

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: Toronto Burlesque Festival Afterparty @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This week, Sinful Sundays closes out the Toronto Burlesque Festival in style with performances by Betsy Swoon, Scarlett BoBo, and St. Stella. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat playing all the best rock and roll, indie, surf, garage, and new wave hits all night!

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

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