Toronto Hit List: Gold Chain, Back 2 Basics, THE BRTHDY PRTY, Business Woman’s Special & more!

November 12th-14th Standard Apparel Warehouse Sale @ 87 Wingold Ave., Unit 1. Standard Apparel is opening their warehouse to the public for their bi-annual warehouse sale. Get up to 80% off retail prices from your favourite brands such as Fred Perry, FILSON, Todd Snyder + Champion, Oliver Spencer, and more (menswear, womenswear, footwear, accessories, and kidswear in all sizes!). Sale runs 10-7 pm Thursday and Friday, and 10-4 pm Saturday.

WEDNESDAY

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

5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.

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.

8 pm Love To Love Disco @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Disco, every Thursday! Rare, groove, classic, italo, and nu. $5.

9 pm Free Salsa Night @ Fonda Lola, 942 Queen St. W. Queen West’s own authentic Mexican bistro Fonda Lola is hosting a free salsa night, with  a complimentary lesson by Christine Walker of Walker Studios and live music from Sol De Cuba! Believing that quality food and drink can transform the spiritual well-being, Fonda Lola is offering up $5 beers, $6 tequila shots, and $8 cocktails for the occasion (9-1 am).

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 launch the unseen, the society in the dark.

FRIDAY

7 pm #FNLROM: Superstition @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences is back for a new season. $15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Long Winter @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Long Winter, the winter concert series, is back for a fourth year! With musical performances, comedy, DJs, zines, a photo booth, a live talk show hosted by music journalist Vish Khannaand, and much more. $10 in advance or PWYC at the door.

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 Back 2 Basics @ Nest, 423 College St. Old school-inspired freestyle party with the Itzsoweezee crew. Hip-hop, house, RnB, disco, reggae, and funk. $10.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. OMFG! Back like a pack of T. Swifts, Bangs & Blush are shaking it off to some seriously guilty pleasures and stare endlessly into your soul. $5.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s only sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs ARP 2600, Digits, and Little Kicks will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5 early, $10 later.

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 Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs King Python and Johnny Hockin as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10 or $5 with guestlist (email jayjolliffe@gmail.com).

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a fresh lineup of local artisans and vendors, music, and cocktails! Featuring a carefully-curated, diverse mix of Toronto’s best local artisans and small businesses including art, collectibles, fashion, food, handmade, skincare, vintage, and more + classic film screenings all day, drink specials, music, retro video games, and a fun and friendly atmosphere for all! Until 6 pm.

10 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music provided by RVM and special guest DJ Justin Bayot. Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Birthday Six @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. BWS is turning six and they wanna celebrate with each and every one of their loyal party goers. Devine Darlin and Miss Moco are performing. DJs Nino Brown, Sammy Royale, and Diego Armand are spinning. Come celebrate six incredible years! $10.

10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

10 pm Pu$$y Pop @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E. Pop it! Work it! Get that fuzzy fizzy! With hostess Blair Ryder, drag queen Ryan Boa, and DJ Cam Lee.

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

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. She’s a melting pot of disco music, the roots of modern dance music, unabashedly embracing funk, soul, reggae, rap, boogie, and proto-house, welcomed open-armed by hustle-hungry revellers! Opener Matt Jameson debuts his disco sound at the Piston and is followed back-to-back (and heart-to-heart) by residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $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 Bump N’ Hustle Fall Launch Party @ The Rivoli (upstairs), 334 Queen St. W. Paul E Lopes and Mike Tull kicking the best in house, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, reggae, and everything else that bumps.
 Hosted by Carlos (Hot Stepper). For $5 early bird guestlist (before 11 pm), email hotstep@sympatico.ca; 
$10 otherwise.

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

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

SUNDAY

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

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