Toronto Hit List: Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party, Gone Wild, Chronologic, House For All & more!

WEDNESDAY

1 pm Opera For All @ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. So you want to be an opera singer? The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre will be offering a seven-week Opera Choral Workshop ($50 or $10 drop-in/weekly) for opera enthusiasts ages 16 and up of all skill levels and abilities. Led by internationally renowned conductor Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutiérrez, participants will learn to sing eight popular opera choruses during the course of the seven-week workshop, culminating in a lively community concert on April 17. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary and no audition is required. Runs Wednesdays from 1-2:30 pm and Thursdays from 7:30-9 pm.

6 pm Notable Awards: Dinner, Awards Ceremony & After Party @ The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., 7th floor). This year’s Notable Awards will celebrate and recognize Canada’s most noteworthy millennials. This red carpet event will feature a sit-down dinner prepared by Oliver & Bonacini, an inspiring awards ceremony, VIP award presenters, live music, an epic after-party and an open bar with drinks from Brown Forman, Robert Mondavi Private Estate and Steam Whistle. $175 awards tickets and $75 after party 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 BOSS Comedy @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. BOSS represents the diversity of the community we live in. Showcasing comedic talent of all diverse backgrounds (gender, heritage, cultures, ethnicity, orientation/LGBT, disability and diversity of POV). Featuring stand-up from Nour Hadidi, Courtney Gilmour, and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, with host Preeti Torul. $5.

8 pm Sexy Psychedelic Bingo @ The Grand Trunk, 1718 Queen St. W. Come play, come drink, and come give back some love to those in need within your community. Lots of games, psych rock, and a ton of extra sexy prizes! Bring: $10 donation of toiletries (i.e. body lotion, razors, etc., particularly children’s items and medical needs + a $2 entry fee (includes one bingo card). Cards are $2/piece after that, with all donations supporting the Native Child and Family Services in Parkdale.

8 pm The MUFF Society Presents: American Psycho @ Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. Is your busy life of murders and executions getting you down? Are the cran-apple stains you can’t get out of your sheets driving you crazy? Do you think everyone is wrong about Huey Lewis and the News’ early work being their best (clearly, it was a little too new wave and they really came into their own, commercially and artistically, when Sports came out in ’83)? Then join The MUFF Society for a night of film, fun, and utterly insane prizes! Doors at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.

THURSDAY

5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.

10 pm Steers & Queers @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. Like a tumbling tumbleweed, Steers & Queers rolls back into town. Prepare yourself for a night of lust in the dust! Starring Belle Jumelles, the madame of this rancho notorious, and Aviva Mirage, a woman who’s lived too hard and loved too much. Special guest pickers Geordie Gordon and P.S I Love You + Chris Gostling and the Tempo. Dress code is saloon formal. $7.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.

11 pm Back to the Rack @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The official launch of the Gladstone’s weekly art party. The series aims to provide a space for artists, art appreciators as well as the Toronto arts and LGBT communities to come together after their respective art openings, enjoy drink specials, dance to music by a rotating roster of local DJs, connect with other like-minded folk, and get a little crazy. No cover!

FRIDAY

7:30 pm Space Jam Movie Night & Junk Food Potluck @ Younger Than Beyonce Gallery, 563 Dundas St. E., Unit 201. Looney Toons fans and ’90s kids come together to watch Space Jam. It’s been 20 years since Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny teamed up to defeat an alien basketball team, so YTB Gallery thought they would screen the film. Bring junk food! $5.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

10 pm Gone Wild @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Friday’s GONE WILD a.k.a. The Blitzkrief Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, rock ‘n’ roll, all on vinyl. With DJ Derek.

10 pm Gin & Phonic @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Turntables and fancy computers side by side, with DJs Mogpaws and Diabloavacado pushing out some music you might know and some you hopefully don’t. Top-notch songs regardless of era or geography. Special treats and giveaways. Tantalizing video projections. Old soul, future soul, hip-hop, house, reggae, ska, dancehall, cumbia, samba, afrobeat, re-edits, and more. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros are back to play the sweatiest ’90s and ’00s RnB and hip-hop jams all night long! (February babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Hamburger @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Linus Booth and Geoff Snack play music from their record collections, including: techno, post-punk, disco, italo, dub, and industrial.

10 pm Palmes d’Or @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. In the spirit of celebration and appreciation, and honour of outstanding craftsmanship in all of the creative worlds, Prison Garde and Alister Johnson would like to offer you a night of outstanding music, mostly in the flavour of boogie, disco, and house (and all the warm places where these musics intersect). Modern classics, underground staples, and deep unknowns will all be treated as equals on the dance floor.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin spins the ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke 9 Year Anniversary @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. Hip-Hop Karaoke is turning nine years old and they’re celebrating with none other than Del the Funky Homosapien of the mighty Hieroglyphics Crew! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les, with DJ Ted Dancin’. $20 before 11 pm, $25 after.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Grilled Cheese @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Grilled Cheese is back! New venue, same cheesy party. DJs James Redi and Jon Chetty hold it down on the decks with hip-hop, RnB, reggae, trap, house, Motown, and funk tunes while the George Forman holds it down front and centre with a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. That’s right – FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR!

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. Von Kiss (L.A.) joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before 11:30, $10 after.

10 pm It’s Not U It’s Me @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. Jeremy Underground (My Love Is Underground) and Members Only (Evening Standard) on the decks. A collaboration with Deep Gold, Evening Standard, Hypnotic Mindscapes, and Chord VII. $15+ advance tickets available online.

11 pm Diggy The DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with a fresh lineup of local artisans and vendors, music, and cocktails! Featuring some of the city’s best in art, collectibles, handmade, fashion, and vintage + a fun and funky mix of ’80s and ’90s classics! Until 6 pm.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Finale with Tony Touch @ Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Sharpen your skates and skills on the Natrel Rink as Toronto’s best winter block party returns to Harbourfront Centre! This week, Tony Touch shows Toronto why he’s one of the most recognized hip-hop DJs in music today. From his pioneering days as a mix tape king to his current reign as one of NYC’s top DJs, Tony Touch could teach a clinic on how to rock a party!

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2015, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm House For All @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A colourful spectrum of new and classic house, disco, and boogie for your mind, your body, and your soul. With Basic Soul Unit, James Duncan, and Guy Freedom.

10 pm Dick Jagger @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A night of dirty vinyl debauchery with DJs Gina Hoops and Shevil Knevil. Funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, disco, and hip shakers.

10 pm CAKE: Rihanna Dance Party @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. A very special birthday party for the REAL Queen of Pop, Rihanna. They’ll be bumping all the hits, her best features, deep album cuts, and the sneaky remixes and rarities we’ve come to love from RiRi over the past 11 years. No cover. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of rap bangers and other trill $hit with DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Nitty Gritty @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party featuring Motown, soul, and rhythm and blues. PWYC, with all proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter TO Solidarity Group fundraising team.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party welcoming all genres, all genres, and all peoples. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Splattermonkey and General Eclectic spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $5.

11 pm Voodoo @ 76-A Geary Ave. DJ sets by Andycapp and Sacha Williamson (The Voice). For adult adults. $10.

11 pm Guilty Pleasures Dance Party @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. LUM and DCF team up to bring you a guilty pleasures, no limits dance party at Adelaide Hall following DCF’s headlining performance earlier in the night. All your favourite oldies, some newbies, and stuff you probably forgot about. $5 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

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. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. The Leslieville Flea returns to the Distillery District for the winter. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 4 pm.

10 am Gladstone Winter Flea Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. If you’re on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles, this is the place to be! Until 4 pm.

11 am Detox to Retox @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. Led by a certified yoga instructor and followed by a tasting of beers, this two-hour session (one hour of yoga, one hour of beer) will be the perfect way to trick yourself into thinking that you’re sticking to those New Year’s resolutions (nothin’ like a clear conscience, right?). $30 advance tickets available online.

3:30 pm Sunday Afternoon Social @ Loft404, 263 Adelaide St. W. Box of Kittens + Justin of alienInFlux Sound System, Boreal Canoe Trip, and the founder of Harvest Festival are happy to invite you to the next installment of the Sunday Afternoon Social. Performing in the south wing: Box of Kittens (Jamie Kidd, Fabio Palermo, and Mike Gibbs), Richard Brooks, and Rick Lapante. In the north wing: A Man Called Warwick (Turning Point), Greg Gow (’90s hip-hop set), Niko (deep bass music), and Takin with Rouzbeh Heydari (playing the rare Persian classical instrument, Tanboor). Advance tickets are highly recommended.

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

1 Comment

  1. bibelotandtoken
    February 18, 2016

    shedoesthecity – art ‘therapy’ posters lovingly supplied by bibelotandtoken! get there, it goes late!

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