Toronto Hit List: Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party, Work It, Bellwoods Flea, Hip-Hop Karaoke & more!

June 12th-21st Ontario Craft Beer Week @ various locations. Ontario Craft Beer Week‘s sixth annual tribute to the great beers that this province has to offer will feature a bevvy of events across Ontario featuring beers made by the OCB’s member breweries.

June 17th-21st NXNE @ various locations. A five-day festival full of music, showcases, screenings, panels, parties, installations, and more! Now in its 21st year. Advanced tickets and wristbands available online.

June 19th-21st Taste of Little Italy @ College between Bathurst & Shaw. Taste of Little Italy features live music performances, amusement park rides, and food vendors dishing up Italian food.

June 19th-28th Pride Toronto @ various locations. Pride Toronto is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Featuring 10 days of world-class community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans March, Family Pride, and much more!

June 19th-28th Luminato Festival @ various locations. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more.

WEDNESDAY

7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its sixth season! Featuring a performance by Tomi Swick and screening of “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” a blend of Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, never-before-seen movies, animation, and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.

10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.

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 and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with 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 Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Spooky Bitch: Hedwig Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month, Spooky Bitch celebrates the beauty of Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Featuring drag, debauchery, and dancing to the retro alternative stylings of Brian Duval. Hosted by Jenna Syde, with performances by Allysin Chaynes and Champagna Enemea.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: FrancoSonic @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. This week, FNL celebrates 400 years of Francophone culture right here in Ontario. $15 advance tickets available online.

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 Work It @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Come get sweaty at the horniest hip-hop spot this Pride! Brought to you by the Work It originators DJ Nix and Nari, in collaboration with Belle Jumelles (of Butch Femme Salon).

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! (June babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs G-Spot and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 Baby Phat @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Big-time rap bangers from the late ’90s and early ’00s. Fawn Big Canoe and Azuree creeping all night for you.

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Music $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.

11 pm Motown Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with Fawn BC, Sean Caff, and DJ Misty. Expect to hear some old favorites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and whatever else they feel like playing. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W & Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a brand new line up of vendors for Father’s Day! Featuring some of the city’s best in art, collectibles, handmade, fashion, and vintage. There will also be classic films, music, food, video games and some fantastic drink specials. Until 6 pm.

5 pm [UNFOLD] Photography Art Show @ 416 Gallery, 404 Queen St. E. Omit Limitation presents [UNFOLD] – a photography art show exhibiting 15 local toronto artists, embodying the theme of “vulnerability.” Drinks and music. Until midnight. $5.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. What better way to ring in the official start of summer than by rapping your ass off? Email hhksongs@gmail.com if you’d like to perform and let them know which song you want to do. Hosted by More Or Les with DJs Numeric, Dalia, and Ted Dancin’. $10.

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 Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party! $5.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s only open-format dance party. All genres, all genres, and all peoples welcome! Hosted by Mikey McFly and DJ Doots. $5.

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

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 5 pm.

12 pm Poochella @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Toronto’s first-ever dog festival hits Woodbine Park! Dog owner or not, come out and chill in one of the best parks Toronto has to offer, listen to music, make friends, eat delicious food, and participate/or watch some epic pooch festivities. Until 5 pm.

4 pm Dad’s Day: Beef + Bourbon Bliss @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. This Father’s Day, bond with your number one Dad Bod over a $36 steak dinner complete with an Old Fashioned cocktail and a DJ playing dad tunes that you know he’ll sing along to (CCR anyone?). Call (416) 531-5042 ext. 1 to book your table. Check out the full menu here.

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

4 Comments

  1. Sonja Marie
    June 17, 2015

    Lela Mitrovic!!!

  2. Lela Mitrovic
    June 17, 2015

    Sonja Marie Jody McLennan Mariko Lauren Vanja Vasic

  3. Sonja Marie
    June 17, 2015

    lets go after power plant!!!

  4. Lela Mitrovic
    June 18, 2015

    There’s so much going on Friday. We’ll see!

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