Toronto Hit List: Girls Rock Camp Toronto Cover Show, Jailbreak, Bitch Craft, Disco Amico & more!

April 24th-27th Grow Op: An Exhibition Exploring Landscape & Place @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. four-day event that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices. Each of the 26 new projects symbiotically connect to tell stories about water, memory, urbanism, natural process, public space, everyday materiality, hunting, urbanism, and rural food economies.

 

April 24th-27th Artemano Furniture Warehouse Sale @ Artemano Toronto, 698 Caledonia Rd. 50% off and more on all merchandise. Runs Thursdaythrough Sunday, 10-6 pm.

 

April 25th-27th Green Living Show @ Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Exhibition Place. Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to all things green! $16 advance tickets available online.

 

April 25th-27th Muttonhead Store Opening Weekend @ Muttonhead, 337 Roncesvalles Ave. Muttonhead is opening their first flagship design studio and shop, and are running events all weekend long in celebration! Stop by for a drink and and check out their new home. Opening party on Friday from 7-11 pm.

 

WEDNESDAY

 

7:30 pm It’s Nice To See You! One Year Gallery Fundraiser @ The Westerly, 413 Roncesvalles Ave. In April of 2013, Andrew Williamson was crazy enough to sign a lease, and turn a shabby storefront into what The Black Cat is currently. To mark the first year of the small gallery, they will be throwing a classy ticketed party in the large event space and bar of The Westerly. Featuring a menu of assorted cheese and charcuterie platters, passed hors d’oeuvres, shrimp toast, veggie springs rolls, and more + a large variety of craft beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. $35 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

 

10 pm Where the Vile Things Are @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Doubleyou takes you on a mind-bending musical excursion with educations throughout the evening.

 

THURSDAY

 

6:30 pm So Hipster It Hurts @ Cube, 614 Queen St. W. The NABS Spring Party is here. So comb your beards, lace up your Chucks, and borrow a copywriter’s plaid shirt for a night of drinks, dancing, and looking like you don’t care. $30 advance tickets available online. $40 at the door.

 

7 pm “PAULO – Steps Along the Road” Opening Reception @ Brockton Collective, 442-A Dufferin St. “PAULO explores the concepts of instilling positive nostalgic feelings to the viewer through imagery he has captured on his travels. He believes that the imagery can act as a trigger for thoughts and memories that have happened or will happen in due time.” Invite only – RSVP online.

 

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more.

 

10 pm Twisted Thursdays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, RnB, reggae, trap, and old school with DJ Law. $5.

 

10 pm Weird Silence @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Weird Canada and Silent Shout join forces once again! Join Andrew Pulsifer and Jesse Locke as they play the best songs from their respective music blogs.

 

10 pm Bouffant Babies @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. All bad girls know that Thursday is the new Friday and DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll is going to help you indulge by throwing one helluva’ party at The Painted Lady! So be prepared to tear up the floor to bad-ass girl groups, soul music, and rock ‘n’ roll from the ’50s and ’60s ALL NIGHT LONG!

 

10 pm Work It Out @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Soul music, booze, and good company to keep that heart plenty warm. With DJs Mantis, Arcee, and Famous Lee.

 

FRIDAY

 

6 pm Girls Rock Camp Toronto Cover Show @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Volunteers and supporters cover their favourite songs written over the years at Girls Rock Camp Toronto! Featuring collaborations of members of: Hidden Cameras, The Bicycles, HSY, Laura Barrett, Ketamines, Patti Cake, Planet Creature, The Phonemes, Cobra, Buckets of, Labour Day, and more! All ages show from 7-10 pm following by a 19+ dance party. All money raised will go to Girls Rock Camp Toronto, volunteer based organization that builds self esteem through music creation.

 

10 pm Back Of The Class @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. An open-format throwdown celebrating the emergence of summer, sweat on the dance floor, and every badass who sat at the back of the class. Mashup, old school, hip-hop, garage rock, Britpop, reggae, soul, funk, rock and roll, Motown, dirty pop, bounce, indie rock, electro, and summer anthems.

 

10 pm Jailbreak @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. An evening of ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, featuring music by Todd Rundgren, KISS, Wings, ELO, Stevie Nicks, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Elton John, The Runaways, Burton Cummings, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, and more.

 

10 pm Shindig! Presents: Girl Group A-Go-Go @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A tribute to the women of soul and R&B! With resident 45 selectors Splattermonkey, Parkdale Funk, and General Eclectic. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

 

10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.

 

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Orange Pekoe and Amy Wood play ’90s hip-hop and everything else, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

 

10 pm Mighty Real @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Resident DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid play classic and nu disco, house, and bass to make you work! Special live performance by Manchyna.

 

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $5.

 

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 The Art of the South @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A music appreciation party involving song selections based on a casual theme, not genre barriers. This edition focuses on Southern hip-hop.

 

10 pm Regreto: School’s Out Edition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Party McFly, Wei Back, and special guest Lilo bring you all your favourite retro-ish jams. Hide those school notes away forever!

 

10 pm #MIZTIKDIZKO @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music by Matty Dee and Tony Price.

 

10 pm Scissors @ Bassline, 782 King St. W. DJs Sham, Whitewolf and Fawn BC play luscious and heavy house music for ladies that like ladies, boys who dig boys, and everyone in between. $5 or free before 11:30 pm with guestlist (leave your name on the wall before 3 pm Friday).

 

10 pm B@$$ 1N$T1NT @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS BASS. DJs Richy Fingers and John M (Tarantula X).

 

10 pm Fuck Winter, Let’s Dance! @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Youth Line is having a fundraiser! With DJs John Caffrey, Carma, and Zehra + performances by Nikki Chin and Fay Slift. Sliding scale of $10-20 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds), with all proceeds going to LGBT Youth Line.

 

10 pm Nightcap Fridays One Year Anniversary @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ KOBe’J has been at this party for one year now! Treats and giveaways all night long + new and old school hits of the hip-hop, RnB, reggae, and old school variety. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

 

11 pm Party Machine @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Montreal’s Daddy Maysr joins DJ Fathom (On Vacay, Blue Gates) and STEP TWiNS (a.k.a. Caff and Walmer Convenience) for a night of classic to current hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and club music. In the Lounge, DJ Your Boy Brian (More Proof) plays a feel-good party mix. $10.

 

SATURDAY

 

11 am City of Craft: Spring 2014 @ Trinity St-Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. City of Craft‘s annual celebration of post-hibernation, now in its third year, is your spring epicentre for all things crafty! Treat yourself, your mom, or anyone else you know to handmade goods, vintage, rummage and supplies from a happy clutch of Toronto’s best makers and studios. Until 6 pm. $1.

 

11 am Makers Market @ Crawford, 718 College St. Food, drinks, and lots of handmade greatness! Vendors TBA. Until 6 pm.

 

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The Spring Has (Head) Sprung Edition. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

 

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 Mötorhome @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Elaine and Christina spin power pop, punk, glam, soul, rock, and more – always on vinyl, always danceable!

 

10 pm Baltic Avenue’s One Year Anniversary @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. Baltic Avenue celebrates their first year anniversary the only way they know how: Dancing hard. DJs Mark Andrada, This Broken Mixtape, and thatboyrichie play everything from hip-hop and RnB to retro and trap. $10 tickets available online and at the door.

 

10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.

 

10 pm Mojo Workout @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. A night of wild R&B, early rock ‘n’ roll, and soul scorchers with DJs Chico, Misty Rock n’ Roll, and Sean Dean (of The Sadies).

 

10 pm Discussion In Percussion @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Good music to make your butt move courtesy of DJ Maya Postepski.

 

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 Ice Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. Family Business presents an evening of rap bangers, old school classics, and a whole lotta twerk music. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

 

10 pm Mad City Saturdays @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. Walmer Convenience plays nothing but big tunes from the ’90s up. Hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and guilty pleasures all night long.

 

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is Pulp vs. Blur. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

 

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Paulo Superfly share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

 

10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’80s night with DJs Tweed and Sarah Le Bon! Pop, rock, new wave, punk, funk, electronic, soul, R&B, and everything else ’80s. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.

 

10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Alikulapo, Hoiking, and Teej Mahal. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

 

11 pm Disco Amico @ Amico’s Pizza, 1648 Queen St. W. Spring is here and the smell of fresh basil and garlic is wafting from our Nonna’s basement (a.k.a. the upstairs party room at Amico’s Pizza). Joining Muscle & Heat this time around for the pasta throwdown is Andycapp! $5.

 

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

 

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, ΛV, and Laocapone play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

 

SUNDAY

 

1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know you love. Until 6 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.

 

7:30 pm Bad Movie Night Toronto Presents: “Never Too Young To Die” @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A screening of the 1986 thriller “Never Too Young To Die.” The folks at Bad Movie Night Toronto describe the flick as follows: “It’s John Stamos vs. a cross-dressing Gene Simmons in this silly ‘James Bond Jr.’ knock-off that flopped at the box office. If you have a sweet tooth for campy, B-movie goodness though, then this is the flick for you! Explosions. A completely out of place post-apocalyptic biker gang. Simmons chewing up the scenery like he hasn’t had a meal in a month. NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE has all of this, PLUS one of the most ridiculous character theme songs ever to (dis)grace the silver screen.”

 

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


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