Toronto Hit List: Grilled Cheese, Hip-Hop Karaoke, It’s All Good, 90s Video Dance Party & more!

April 14-16 Standard Apparel Warehouse Sale @ Standard Apparel, 87 Wingold Ave., Unit 1. Standard Apparel is opening their showroom doors for this biannual warehouse sale, featuring men’s and women’s apparel by such brands as Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Todd Snyder, Filson, Aigle, Nau, Cote&Ciel, Rivieras, and HBC at up to 80%. Open Thursday and Friday from 10-7 pm and Saturday from 10-4 pm. Cash, credit, and debit accepted.

WEDNESDAY

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.

7 pm Sophisticated Boom Boom @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Toronto’s only late night poetry open mic. New featured readers every month. Bring in anything to read and share in a fun and safe space. Also; incredibly good music.

8 pm Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)! Lana Leprich will be playing some low-key sleepy comfort tunes.

THURSDAY

7 pm Bad Day Issue 20 Launch @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. Join Bad Day magazine for the launch of Issue 20, featuring Joanna Newsom, Marc Maron, Andre Walker, Bjarne Melgaard, Mac DeMarco, Angela Dimayuga, India Salvor Menuez, and more! Beers graciously provided by Ace Hill Brewery. Music by Kristie Muller. Magazines, tees, and snacks available.

8 pm Drake TV Presents: Spring 2017 Launch @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The DTV spring video reel showcases works by emerging and established video artists from Toronto. This season’s collection features experimental video works that reflect feelings of spring, transformation, the passing of time, love, and the everyday.

8:30 pm Spelling Bae @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate spelling competition. Official Canadian spelling bee rules observed. Spell words, drink beer, compete for glory.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

10 pm Solid Gold Brass @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Towering into the heavens on stacked platforms and gyrating those ball-bearing hips, DJ Madgic lays it all down in the name of glam. Rareified rock from the European underworld and beyond! Dose yourself in glitter, throw on your flashiest satin, and let’s have a ballroom blitz.

10 pm Here’s Your Party @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music provided by professional club DJs Members Only, with amateur assistance from SMKBRK and PEKARSKY.

FRIDAY

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 Friday 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 Grilled Cheese @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs James Redi, Jon Chetty, and special guest Diggy the DJ 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 Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. Hip-Hop Karaoke is all about karaoke hip-hop. Got it? Good, now all you gotta do is come out to Revival and see it in action. You won’t be disappointed. Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les, with DJ Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Off The Rip @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap, R&B, grime, and house all night long with DJs Rollie (Cadence Weapon) and Bambii. $5.

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 Gone Wild @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The only party that rivals a 1970s Memphis TGI Fridays! Rock, roll, soul with your gracious host, DJ Derek B.

10 pm Flashing Lights @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. John and Geoff soundtrack a night of magic, downstairs. Synth pop, new wave, industrial, post-punk, synthesized soundscapes, and new music.

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 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 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 Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Sammy Royale and Chippy Nonstop join the YYY Crew this month. $10.

10 pm Good Enough Live Karaoke @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone’s 20 year Karaoke is kicking into 2.0 with a fresh cast of rotating hosts! This week, channel your inner rock star at Good Enough Live Karaoke! Guests can pick from hundreds of songs and become the lead singer of a real-life four-piece backing band. You sing. They play. No cover.

10 pm Best of the Fest Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. In anticipation for festival season, the Gladstone Hotel is going to help you get hyped up with a video dance party inspired by each festival’s incredible lineup! The first Best of the Fest party will be inspired by the upcoming Bestival line-up, with DD Greedo dropping tunes from Grimes, Porter Robinson, ODESZA, Jamie xx, Thomas Jack, The Wombats + other indie darlings such as LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, M83, Flume, Bloc Party, July Talk, Radiohead, Haim, and much, much more! Tickets available online and at the door.

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 Group Therapy: Bookworms @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Live performance by Bookworms (L.I.E.S. / Bank Records, NYC), with support from Sistem (Cam Lee and Weird:L). $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Sorry Not Sorry: A Bieber Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. A Justin Bieber dance party for all the Beliebers and party people! DJ Lacapone, Max Zims, and Sacha Foster will be playing JB mixed with all the best dance floor anthems all night. $10.

11 pm Lay These Knight 5 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Lay These Knight, which began in the back room of the Red Light until it got a little too big, celebrates its fifth anniversary in style – by ALSO celebrating the 10th anniversary of Famous Players. They’ll be playing sweaty R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’10s. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with an afternoon of classic film screenings, drinks, food, music, retro video games, and of course, Toronto’s best in local art, fashion, handmade, stationary, vintage, and more. Until 6 pm.

8 pm Great Poets Series: Reflections on Rumi @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. This series showcases great poets from Rumi to Hafiz through inspiring performances by local and international artists. Described as “transformative” by Songlines magazine, the incomparable voices of sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat unite with kamancheh, piano, and percussion to deliver exquisite interpretations of Rumi’s poetry. Tickets start at $55 for adults, $44 for students/seniors.

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.

10 pm 90s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. 90s Video Dance Party has partnered with local heavyweights The Best Band from Loving in the Name of to pay live tribute of some of your favourite classics! Proceeds raised go to support the amazing work being done at Girls Rock Camp Toronto, a non-profit organization that builds self esteem through music creation. ’90s music videos selected by DJ Caff, free glowsticks, $100 ’90s-themed costume contest, and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out

all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

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 Get It Together: Bring Spring Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party welcoming all genres, all genres, and all peoples. Drink specials before 11 pm. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

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 Stones Place Saturday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Saturday 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 Hard Bass Adidas @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Stacie Ant and Danielle Dexter play eurodance, ’90s club, early house, etc.

10 pm Francis Oak & Prison Garde @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Come down for this one night affair with Montreal’s Francis Oak and Prison Garde for one night of dancing in the grotto.

11 pm Whatchu Know Bout Me? @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring the ladies of hip-hop and R&B. This month, they’re paying tribute to 2 Kweens of the Nite: Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston! BFFs or Bitter Frenemies: you decide on the dance floor. Special tribute performance by Beardoncé. DJ Orange “Heartbreaker” Pekoe gettin’ the best of you all night long. $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 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. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 4 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.

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 Cara Connors, Camille Côté, Harpreet Ess, Patrick Hakeem, Ali Hassan, Heather Macdonald, Nicky Nasrallah, and Jen Sakato. $5.

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

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