Toronto Hit List: Groovin’ in the Park Fest, 90s + 00s Guilty Pleasures, Pin + Patch Show, Black Owned Summer Market & more!

July 26th-28th Toronto’s Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park (Exhibition Place) Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage! Featuring hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, and live performances by Public Enemy, Dwayne Gretzky, Ja Rule and Ashanti, and more. Limited $60 tickets available online.

 

WEDNESDAY

 

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Push @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of Push, an eye-opening documentary from Award-winning Swedish director Fredrik Gertten that exposes the massive financial players who are turning affordable housing markets in major cities into tradable commodities + a live musical performance by Father Christmas. $15.75 advance 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 Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

 

THURSDAY

 

7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: Some Like It Hot @ Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Corktown Common with Some Like It Hot, which pairs the comedic talents of the riotously neurotic Jack Lemmon with deadpan Tony Curtis. It will screen with Hope Thompson’s Switch, a stylized and delightfully campy lesbian film noir that transports us to Toronto’s gritty 1949 past. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards by The Aviary Brewpub and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

 

6:45 pm Designing The Movies: The Talented Mr. Ripley @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A screening of the 1999 psychological thriller film The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Prior to the screening, series host Nathalie Atkinson will be in conversation with Pedro Mendes, menswear expert of The The Hogtown Rake and host of podcast Unbuttoned, about the roots of preppy style, 1950s Americans abroad, and the fashioning of identity through costume. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

 

9:30 pm Junkshop @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Pre-punk, post-punk, glam, no wave, new wave, powerpop, and garage on vinyl with Royal Bowie and Tweed. Expect the likes of Alice Cooper, The Bad Seeds, Death, The Kinks, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Suicide, Television, The Velvet Undergound, Adam and the Ants, Bauhaus, The Cure, Echo and the Bunneymen, Faith No More, Gang of Four, Joy Division, and more.

 

10 pm Fuzzed & Buzzed @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get buzzed and enjoy some fuzzed-out rock ‘n’ roll tunes hand-picked by the Fuzzed & Buzzed crew!

 

FRIDAY

 

4 pm Groovin’ in the Park Fest @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Enjoy sets by Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr., Tush, DJ Yogi, DJ Jason Palma, Mike Gibbs, Farbsie Funk, and DJ Quesquecest at this family-friendly event as part of the Beaches Jazz Festival. Food and beer garden on site. Until 11 pm. Register for free entry here.

 

8 pm Indie Fridays: Common Holly, Skye Wallace, Garçons @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy performances steeped in indie rock by headliners Common Holly and Skye Wallace, plus groovy Canadian duo Garçons. Until 11 pm.

 

10 pm Hyperwine x New Currency: Lost in Time @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Hyperwine and New Currency come together for the second installment in a series of disorienting, post-gender, post-acid, life-morphing colourful club nights. With locals Chippy Nonstop, Ace Dilliner, and Vaughan + special guests Gaika (London, England) and YAYOYANOH (London, England), who will leave you vibing all night to their left field dancehall, afro, and  melodic trap influenced bubbly yet sorrowful production. $15 advance tickets available online.

 

10 pm 90s + 00s Guilty Pleasures @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Guilty pleasures from the 1990s and 2000s with DJ Fawn Big Canoe. $5.

 

10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Dance Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Join VJ Mobotron for the ultimate ’80s video experience. Playing all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time mixed with classic ’80s commercials. Whitney and Diet Coke? Yup! Devo and Honda Scooters? Yup! Cinderella and Chili Dogs? Yup! 

 

10 pm Creepaway Camp @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Has the city got you down? Feeling out of touch with nature? Despair not! Creepaway Camp awaits your inevitable arrival. Starring Kitty Creäture, Lady Kunterpunt, Aura Nova, and Lucinda Miu + music by DJ Uglyy will be strumming acoustic guitar under the stars. $10 or $5 in a themed look (dress code is camp, but make it camp).

 

10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, and more.

 

10 pm Sucio @ Apt. 200, 1034 Queen St. W. DJs Mensa and Grump bumping dancehall, reggaeton, and trap anthems all night +  pop-up shop curated by Lost Boys Vintage and free soft and hard tacos from Taco Bell. Email info@grumplovesyou.com for limited guest list, first come first serve.

 

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs Slater and Ty mashin’ heavy tunes from the ’90s to the ’00s, including DMX, J-Lo, Britney, Ludacris, Missy, Spice Girls, Mariah, Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child, and more. $10.

 

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

 

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

 

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers. $10.

 

11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.

 

SATURDAY

 

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th. 

 

11 am AlohaFest Toronto @ Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. Toronto’s original and only united celebration of Polynesian culture returns for its fifth year to share the Aloha spirit through cultural musical and dance performances, kids crafts, and unique items available at the AlohaFest Marketplace. Until 7 pm.

 

11 am Taste of the Middle East @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Explore the vibrant art, music, and dance that will surround you as you expand your palate and taste the 1001 flavours that the Middle Eastern culture has to offer while giving back to the largest food rescue charity in Canada, Second Harvest, at Taste of the Middle East. Until 11 pm.

 

12 pm Pin + Patch Show @ Toronto Media Arts Center, 32 Lisgar St. The Pin + Patch Show returns with over 50 pin and patch vendors from across Canada and around the world. General admission is free and the first 50 people in line will get a swag bag. Until 6 pm.

 

12 pm Black Owned Summer Market @ Heritage Court, 19 Nunavut Rd. Shop a range of products from skin care, fashion, and professional services to amazing afro-caribbean food by black-owned businesses! Admission is free, but contributions made at the door will go towards funding business development programs to support black youth entrepreneurs. All are welcome. Until 8 pm.

 

12 pm Rosé Picnic @ Stanley Barracks, 111 Princes’ Blvd. Canada’s largest picnic, The Rosé Picnic returns for the third annual celebration of all things rosé! Enjoy great wine, delicious food by celebrity chef Mark McEwan, music from Canada’s top DJs, and 30+ Instagram-worthy activations. $49.10 tickets available online.

 

4 pm The Leslieville Night Market @ Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave. Join the Leslieville Farmers’ Market and Leslieville Flea for an evening of delicious food, drink, farmers, vintage and handcrafted goods, incredible music, and more! Admission is PWYC, with proceeds supporting the Leslieville Farmers’ Market and the Neighbourhood Food Hub. Until 10 pm.

 

7 pm Feast in the East 74 @ Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Rd. E. A bi-monthly east end music, food, and art series. This edition features a Nigerian Suya-spiced dinner by local Nigerian-inspired caterer Twins In Kitchen, with music provided by Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar from Niger, kulintang ensemble Pantayo, and DJ Raf Reza. Limited capacity. Reserve your free ticket here.

 

8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.

 

10:30 pm Jelly @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. DJs Sammy Rawal, Tamika, and Diego Armand serving sounds all night to bounce to. House, trap, dancehall, vogue, club, dembow, afro, electronic, and baile funk. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

 

10 pm Supersonic: Oasis Brit-Rock Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Have you been lacking Brit-rock in your life? Join Sneaky Dee’s as they celebrate all the legendary rock acts that put the Great in Britain. (There will be sing-alongs – “Wonderwall,” anyone?) $5 advance tickets available online.

 

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Babs and Jorge spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.

 

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

 

10 pm Lost Plot @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Ben Dare plays eclectic electronic music to get lost to. 

 

10 pm Queen: Summer Rhapsody Party @ Hard Luck, 772-A Dundas St. W. Warm up that voice, let your worries bite the dust, and take part in all the sing-alongs your voice can handle as you celebrate Summer 2019 the way Freddie would want you to. $10 advance tickets available online.

 

10 pm Footprints Presents: Bailor Tropical Disco @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Toronto’s longest-running open format dance party featuring DJs General Eclectic and Jason Palma. This month, they’ll be serving up beautiful tropical grooves from across the globe – past to present to future. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

 

10 pm Wedding Party @ The Boat, 152-A Augusta Ave. Everyone is the bride at Wedding Party! Playing the golden hits for any and all to groove to – soul, funk, new wave, and hip-hop.

 

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

 

10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is James vs. Psychedelic Furs. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

 

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the UK, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

 

10 pm The Bitch is Back @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo makes her triumphant return to Swan Dive with a night of Motown, soul, rock, pop, and guilty pleasures to make you dance!

 

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.

 

SUNDAY

 

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

 

11 am OssFest @ Ossington Ave. from Queen to Dundas. For the fourth consecutive year, OssFest returns for a pedestrian take over of the Ossington Strip! Beginning with a yoga class in the morning, followed by artisans and local businesses showcasing their goods all day. There will be over 20 extended patios, music, and entertainment programming all day and into the evening. Until 11 pm.

 

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration, featuring live music, games, performances, art, food, and more! The streets are yours until 7 pm.

 

12 pm Sunday Social @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon this summer and listen to the city’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage while enjoying cold drinks on a covered patio. This week’s performers are Falcon Jane (4 pm) and Lost Cousins (5 pm). Until 9 pm.

 

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Internal Affairs @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. 

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with the Hong Kong cult classic Internal Affairs (the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set The Departed). It will screen with first-time filmmaker Naledi Jackson’s slickly choreographed short film The Drop In. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by Feasto Dumpling Food Truck, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

 

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

 

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Bi Arts Festival Fundraiser @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This week’s show is brought to you in collaboration with Bianca Boom Boom to benefit the 2019 Bi Arts Festival. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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