Toronto Hit List: Handsome Leisure, Biggity Boop, Soul Clap & Dance Off, One Night Only & more!

WEDNESDAY

9 pm Groove Thing @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. DJ Caff plays all R&B, new jack swing, hip-hop, soul and future R&B feels inside the brand-new bar/resto, Thoroughbred Food & Drink.

9 pm Lifted @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A weekly eclectic and esoteric dance party, built around a psychedelic, dubby, jazz-laden, electronic sound. Not focused on one particular genre or stuck in any given era, Lifted’s sole purpose is to glorify the groove and revel in rhythm. It is music to move the body and sonancy to sedate the soul, in a space where superior sound is fundamental.

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 Natural Wednesdays @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Swirve Music and Babylon Warchild present a new hip-hop series by the heads, for the heads. Featuring a fresh roster of up-and-comers and OGs that changed the game + an in-house 12-round battle league, with the winner taking home a $500 cash prize.

10 pm What’s My Age Again? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington St. Pop punk pleasures and beyond brought to you by your fave Ossington barbacks!

THURSDAY

6 pm Hookerson-Blough Auction @ Mrs. Huizenga, 28 Roncesvalles Ave. Featuring a considered collection of vintage goods and antique finds you will not want to miss! Commandeering the auctioneering is Jonathan Hagey of Kingpin’s Hideaway.

10 pm Handsome Leisure @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. A night of leisure. A night of disco and house.

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.

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. $5.

10 pm DJ Downunda @ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Home Brew: Halloween Edition @ The Central, 603 Markham St. Featuring screenings/visuals of Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, and Casper. Music provided by Hey dw, Aeryn Pfaff, and Dript. $3.50 Jameson, Jager, and Pilsner. $3 at the door.

10 pm Rare Beef Presents: Cake 004 @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Exeter, Mike Din, Ango, and Michael Imperial. $5 beforemidnight.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Africa Alive @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. This week, FNL celebrates African arts and culture! $12 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Biggity Boop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B with your hosts Alikulapo, Hoiking, and Teej Mahal. It ain’t nothin but a biggity boop! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 Boosie Fade @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Be prepared to turn up at the turn up of your favourite southern gangsta rap obsessives. With DJs Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Def Jam 30th Anniversary Edition @ Revival, 783 College St. HHK and Def Jamare teaming up to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the legendary and ground-breaking record label that launched the careers of so many hip-hop pioneers! Def Jam prizes for performing a Def Jam song. Simple as that. Choose from a catalogue of hits featuring Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, EPMD, Method Man, Redman, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, 3rd Bass, LL Cool J, Ludacris, and many more! $10.

10 pm Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelica, freak beat, surf, sludge, grime, no wave, and more.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play glittey Italo disco, euro synth pop, and outer space dad jams for the sexy, spaced-out sci-fi nerd in all of us.

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 Beat Junkie Fridays @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. Funk, soul, and hip-hop with DJ Dopey.

10 pm BeastDJ @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more with BeastDJ and friends. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Friday Night @ Montauk, 756 Dundas St. W. Everything, everything! This Friday you’ll hear a mix of hip hop, R&B, house; classic to current.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ RYZE, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. Toronto-based MC Progress joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before midnight, more after.

10 pm 45 RPM @ Parlour, 270 Adelaide St. W. Roman K and Dirty Shirt Vic dig deep into their vinyl vaults for some of their favourite house tunes from the years past.

10 pm Feel So Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, slow jams, crunk, and beyond. Shake your ass till the early morning.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A laid back, sugar-sweet Friday evening to woo loves (new and old) by sunset. More a peck-on-the-cheek than a full on makeout. A night for people who aren’t into the club scene but want to shake their booty and make new friends. Also: dance floor for you to get spOoOoky on (costumes suggested), board games/truth or dare/spin the bottle, outdoor patio, tons of sex-positive friends to meet, lots of places to sit and talk! $7.

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 + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.

10:30 pm Help @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Oh papa, another help! Another time to dance and prance. Featuring the Membersonly DJs.

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 Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am “Michelangelo: Quest for Genius” Opening @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Arriving straight from Italy, “Michelangelo: Quest for Genius”features 30 drawings by the Renaissance sculptor, painter, poet and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti. Exhibition runs until January 11th. $25 advance tickets available online.

4 pm “Moon Room” Opening Reception @ Narwhal Art Projects, 2104 Dundas St. W. Featuring works by Adrienne Kammerer, Alexandra Mackenzie, Alicia Nauta, Carly Waito, Eli Langer, Eunice Luk, Hanna Hur, Heather Goodchild, Jennifer Murphy, Karen Azoulay, Kendra Yee, Lisa DiQunzio, Maggie Groat, Margaux Williamson, Maryanne Casasanta, Naomi Yasui, Nikki Woolsey, Patrick Krzyzanowski, Rebecca Fin Simonetti, Sab Meynert, and Vanessa Brown. DJ Set by Maryanne Casasanta. Snacks from Club Sandwich. Until 8 pm. Exhibition runs until November 15th.

9 pm Soul Clap & Dance Off @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Brooklyn’s funnest monthly dance party takes over The Garrison! New York Night Train is the party machine of Jonathan Toubin and the subject of feature articles in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Pitchfork, BBC World Service, VICE, Huffington Post, and other prestigious publications. $100 prize for a dance off winner to be selected by judges Sandy Miranda of Fucked Up, JL EngLund of The Beverleys, promotor Ewan Exall, and Nick Flanagan of Wrong Hole / Stand Upster. Come early and sign up to compete! $10.

10 pm One Night Only @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Andrew Roti plays new and old raps.

10 pm Lookout Weekend @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. The best in hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and club, classic to current, with DJ Caff.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee will be on hand and armed with a cornucopia of vinyl funk and modern soul delights! $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 Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of rap bangers and other trill shit with DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Tramp @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS who love GIRLS (and their friends). Music by DJ Fawn BC. $5 pints of Hogtown + $4 Dirty Talk shots. $5.

10 pm Get It Together: Life After Death Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s super bangin’ open format dance party! All genres, all styles, all peoples welcome. $5.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.

10 pm All Vinyl Everything @ Ballet, 227-A Ossington Ave. DJs Agile, Mensa, and Mista Jiggz play a mix of RnB, hip-hop, house, funk, disco, soul, reggae, and more – strictly on vinyl. $10.

10 pm Anthems / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Blaster and friends play classic club anthems. Downstairs, DJ Law replicates your high school video dance party. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Corey Dawkins + Demuir @ The Libertine, 1307 Dundas St. W. Join DJs Corey Dawkins and Demuir for an adventure in house music!

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 @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 5 pm.

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

8:30 pm 9th Annual Grindhouse Ghoulies @ Revival, 783 College St. A Halloween Spooktacular inspired by the golden age of Grindhouse cinema! Hosted by The Great Canadian Wolfman and Sexy Mark Brown, with performances by Skin Tight Outta Sight and Great Canadian Burlesque + guests Knicker Kickers, Esther De Ville, and Eve of Destruction. $25 advance tickets available online, $30 at the door.

10 pm Sunday Night @ Montauk, 765 Dundas St. W. Making sure you end your weekend right! Spend Sunday night with DJ Caff as he goes on a musical journey.

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

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