Toronto Hit List: Halloween on Church, Taste of Iceland Toronto, 6th Annual Celine Dion Party, Gladstone Community Clothing Swap & more!

November 2nd-11th The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Enercare Centre, 39 Manitoba Dr. The Royal brings the country to the city! Enjoy 10 days of world-class livestock and horticultural competition, horse shows, dining, shopping, and entertainment on the historic Exhibition grounds.

November 3rd-5th Horror-Rama @ 918 Bathurst St. Toronto’s only all-horror convention returns with two days of panel discussions, film screenings, exhibits and booths, and special guests! Day and weekend passes available online.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Halloween on Church @ The Village, Church St. between Gloucester and Wood. Toronto’s biggest Halloween block party returns! Enjoy the Halloween spirit as thousands of people fill the streets with their weird, wonderful, eccentric, creative, and fabulous costumes. Many of the local businesses will have special events and menus happening within their shops or restaurants/bars.

7 pm Music Bingo: Halloween Edition @ 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. A $200 Steam Whistle gift card will be up for grabs this week.

7 pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Hot Docs cinema for its annual Halloween screening. Excited Mental State: Toronto’s Rocky Horror Shadowcast will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show. Find your favourite costume and “don’t dream it, be it.” $15 advance tickets available online.

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.

8 pm Sunnydale Homecoming: A Night of All Things Buffy @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. Lee’s Palace will be transformed into the high school gym we’ll pretend didn’t get destroyed for the Sunnydale Halloween Homecoming Dance! Come for the dance party, stay for the tarot readings, trivia, costume contest, and exclusive, one-of-a-kind Buffy merch. $20 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Good Enough Costume Karaoke @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. A special Halloween-themed edition of Good Enough Live Karaoke! Dress like your favourite rock star and take the stage with a live band. Over 300 songs to choose from + prizes for best costumes.

10 pm Britpop Trick or Treat @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Two live sets of Oasis bangers courtesey of Roasis + DJ Davy “Grave-y” Love spinning some Britpop, UK indie, shoegaze, new wave, and assorted gems!

10 pm Spice Girls Halloween @ Dance Cave, 529 Bloor St. W. Grab 4 of your friends, choose a Spice Girl, and get yourself to the Dance Cave this Halloween! They’ll be playing all the Spice Girls hits you love, plus some other girl power anthems. Dressing up is strongly encouraged. $5 advance tickets available online.

THURSDAY

11 am Happy Place Opening @ Harbourfront Centre, 245 Queens Quay W. Interactive pop-up exhibit Happy Place brings its larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms (including the world’s largest confetti dome) to Toronto on its first international stop! Runs through January 1st.

5 pm Pumpkin Parade @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Enjoy the neighbourhood pumpkins as they “parade” for your viewing pleasure. Drop off your pumpkins complete with a tea light anytime after 5 pm (just north of the Recreation Centre on Crawford on the east/west path). Volunteers will be on hand with fire to help light ’em up one last time. Until 9:30 pm.

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

10 pm Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.

FRIDAY

5 pm Taste of Iceland Toronto: Cocktail Kickoff @ Leña Restaurante, 176 Yonge St. This year at Taste of Iceland in Toronto, join renowned Icelandic mixologist Teitur Ridderman Schiöth for a special cocktail class at Leña! Learn about the flavors that make a cocktail uniquely Icelandic with this hands-on class from Iceland’s foremost experts on cocktails. Followed by music from Icelandic DJs Berndsen and Hermigervill and a meet-and-greet from 6-7 pm.

7 pm Friday Night Live: Vox @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your Friday nights on the dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore the ROM’s stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks at #FNLROM. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

8 pm The House Party Presents: Ultimate ’90s Party @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Dig out your favourite neon, overalls, flannel, platforms, and scrunchies and join the RMHC Toronto Young Professionals Committee for the fifth annual House Party in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. It will be a night of 1990s throwbacks, live music, passed apps, dancing, networking, and fun! ’90s outfits encouraged. $97 tickets available online.

9 pm 6th Annual Celine Dion Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Tapette’s annual all-Céline Dion dance party extravaganzahhh! 5+ hours of Céline hits, misses, rarities, and remixes for your mind, body, and soul with Phillippe + Céline go-go twins dancers Spencer Fowlie and Dillon Duran Duran! $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.

10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millenium! Free before 11 pm.

10 pm No Scrubs 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A dance party featuring all your favourite pop and hip-hop tunes from the 1990s. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Künst Kids Presents: Creature Feature @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Slither and slime into your true forms and become the beasts you are meant to be. With your lizard queens Jupiter Darling and Kasper Ghøst. Show your inner creature and win a one-of-a-kind prize. $5.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. 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 and Cyclist. $10.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.

12 pm Taste of Iceland in Toronto: Short Film Festival @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. The short film division of the Icelandic film industry’s premier festival Stockfish (aptly dubbed Shortfish) is coming to The Royal as part of Taste of Iceland in Toronto. The screenings will feature six short films and will run for approximately 90 minutes. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

7:30 pm Taste of Iceland in Toronto: Reykjavik Calling @ The Hideout, 423 College St. Iceland Naturally hosts the Reykjavik Calling concert in collaboration with CIUT as part of Taste of Iceland in Toronto. This Icelandic-Canadian concert will feature Icelandic artists Vök, whose debut LP, Figure, received the award for Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Icelandic Music Awards, and Berndsen. Admission is free and granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early!

10 pm Missing U: Robyn Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s celebrates Robyn by playing all her old hits + her brand new soon-to-be classics. They’ll toss in some other pop tunes as well, just to shake things up. No one will be dancing on their own. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub serves up sonic selections with which you will be familiar AND unfamiliar, which special guest DJ Papa Spicy heats up the #cones with his secret blend of #beatsandsplices.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.

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 rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and psych record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Swankenstein. Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman. $10.

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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm DJ Taye @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The Walmer Convenience crew is proud to bring you DJ Taye (Chicago), with local support from HESK, Chippy Nonstop b2b Vaughan, and Canadian Club Mafia (Eytan Tobin/Fil Jackson/Walmer). $16.66 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Folloween Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. $10.

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.

SUNDAY

11 am Gladstone Community Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds! Bring your friends, grab a drink in the café, and feel good about what you buy. $5 or FREE if you drop off items between 9-11 am. All proceeds go to Sistering, A Woman’s Place. Until 3 pm.

11 am Toronto Downtown Record Show @ Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. Over 50 tables in two rooms, filled with the best slabs of wax you need. All styles and sounds of music will be there for you to dig up, from the good cheap stuff to the rare gems you usually only see in your dreams. Also, look for the return of the $5 ROOM! Until 4 pm. $5.

11 am EcoFair @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. A free, family-friendly event that informs and inspires greener choices in our homes and communities by showcasing the exciting programs, products, and services of over 40 environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses. 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.

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

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