Toronto Hit List: Hard On For Love, Shedoesthecity Presents: Stay Golden, Birthday Sex, Lick A Shot & more!

WEDNESDAY

6 pm “Period” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. “Works in this exhibition, created by a cast of all female artists, showcases the end of one cycle of time and the beginning of another in their artistic endeavors; both as a group and as individuals. To underline the completion of a period in their lives, the artists have organized this show in order to commemorate their time together. The culmination of their work during a one night closing reception at the Gladstone Hotel will serve as the period, the final mark, in their current passage of time.” Exhibiton runs until March 18th (closing reception begins at 6:00 pm and features performances and food).

9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11 pm.

10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Monarch Tavern (upstairs), 12 Clinton St. Time to get your dance on, every Wednesday until Armageddon! Come for the Heart, stay for the Strokes.

10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.

10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and Guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.

10 pm Common People @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ Tigermilk plays a mix of post-punk, alternative, Brit-pop, seminal to current indie rock, and whatever else. $4 mixed drinks before 11 pm, $4 tequila, $5 Jameson, $5 pints of PBR, and $7 mug + shot.

10 pm I’m With The Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, a different band and their friends DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Jesse Wick of Stray Feathers and Mike Barnes of Wicked Witches play you some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and (if you’re early enough) eat fantastic tacos.

THURSDAY

7 pm “Just My Type” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. This show features the typography-based work of artists and designers from all over. Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until March 17th.

10 pm Hard On For Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. An album release party for Push The Sky Away – the new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Featuring giveaways of the new album, a special performance by Murderess Miss Margot, and DJs Kevin Ritchie and Ian Worang. All Nick Cave, all night.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play Italo, disco house, indie dance, and space shit. Cheap drinks and arcade games!

10 pm Neighbourhood Watch @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A community focused on local talent whether that be established artists or those coming up. These parties are an opportunity to hear producers’ new tunes and their works in progress, to hear live music and collaborations, and to (mostly) have fun. Come introduce yourself to the neighbourhood! With Christian Andersen, Pursuit Grooves, HXDB, and Holloh. PWYC (suggested $5), with proceeds going to future parties/releases.

10 pm Extreme Music From Moleman @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Tags include: William Bennett, old school rotary mixers, hip-hop mixing styles, Greg Wilson, reel to reel, loads of dub fx, motorcycle disco, funk and breakbeats, deep house, celebration of masculinity, punk rock, weeeed, Prins Thomas not Lindstrom, Holger Czukay’s wardrobe, cramped basements, beaches, leather jackets.

FRIDAY

7 pm “A Clear Blazing Trail” Opening Reception @ Magic Pony, 680 Queen St. W. The gallery’s first exhibition of 2013, featuring work by Alexandra Mackenzie, Howie Tsui, Jamiyla Lowe, Laird Henderson, Nathan Jurevicius, Patrick Kyle, and Theo Gallaro. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until April 14th.

9:30 pm Stain @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. This month, Stain hosts a Canadian Music Week preview with a nod to local punk rock bands. Performances by Sluts on 45, Freedom 85, and Sid’s Kids with cameo appearances by Toronto punks from the 70’s and 80’s including Zro4, The Existers, The Dents, Arson, and more. They’ll also be screening current and vintage videos between acts courtesy of Punks and Rockers. DJ Triple-X and DJ Jinx make sure things keep rocking. Oi! Oi! Oi! $5.

10 pm Shedoesthecity Presents: Stay Golden @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Spring Break edition, y’all! We feel like losing our shit to a Whole Lotta Love. So we are throwing a classic rock dance party. Joan Jett, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, CCR, Cream, Journey, The Animals, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Rolling Stones… it’s time to dress like a rocker/greaser babe and sashay up to that cute boy from The Outsiders. All your favourite classic rock anthems to unleash your inner rock ‘n’ roll rebel. DJ Steve Rock of The Good Kids will be rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ you all night long and Shedoesthecity’s resident photographer Becca Lemire will play host and be snap-snapping away behind the lens. Wear denim. Shake that hair. Get sweaty. Runaway with us. $5.

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. It’s the best day of the year, girl! Diego Bros play 90’s and 00’s hip-hop and R&B all night long. (March babies, post your birthday requests on the event page.) Free beore 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Pour It Up / Temptation Fridays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Kobe’J plays new and old club hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and now. Downstairs, DJs Junior Vibes and Tesfa play the best in hip-hop, soca, reggae, and RnB. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Soul Surrender: The Soul Motivators EP Release @ Moskito + Bite, 423 College St. This month’s installment of Soul Surrender brings you the much anticipated EP release of their resident nine-piece deep funk band, The Soul Motivators! There will be bites, there will be brews, and there will be discs to cop so you can just bring the band home with ya. With residents DJs Andy B Bad and Voltaire + The Soul Motivators. $10.

10 pm Breakbot @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by Breakbot with special guests. $25 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Face/Off @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. DJs Marcus Visionary, Lush, Tasc, Freeza Chin, and special guest Christian Andersen play a full spectrum of sound. Future garage, ignant rap, bashment, reggae/dancehall, DnB, trap, grime, wavy house, deep house, and god only knows what else. $3 drinks until midnight. Free before 11:30 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 Scuba @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Scuba (Hotflush, UK) with support from Sean Roman, Bruce Trail, and VLSONN. $12.50 advance tickets available online. For guestlist, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm For Music Lovers @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. The Pie & Mash DJs play alternative tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and on.

10 pm Shake A Tail East @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Shake A Tail hits the east end! 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING + free 60’s-style hairdressing by Lift Salon available in the front window. $5.

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 Free Ass 002 @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Free your ass and your mind will follow. With DJs Andrew Allsgood, Allister Johnson, and Myth Paradise.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Empire @ The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. A dancing party! DJs George and Nikki play Brit-pop and other good stuff.

10 pm This Year Last Year @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Justin Perreault and Calvin Castellino on the digital ones and twos playing everything from nu wave and chill wave to straight up rock ‘n’ roll.

10 pm Sights & Sounds @ Kitsch, 229 Geary Ave. DJ Paul Chin guides you through true school hip-hop and future bass. 

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants.

10 pm The Big Sound X @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto’s finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to The Great Hall to throw down their next foot stompin’, heart pumpin’, sweet lovin’ soul party! $12 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Mr. Furious Plays Loud Rap Music @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. DJ Mr. Furious plays loud hip-hop and rap music.

10 pm Jheri Curl @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A night of dancing to heavy funk and soul with slinky bass lines and horny horns.

10:30 pm Criscotheque Presents: Get Luckier! A St. Patrick’s Gay Shindig @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Come get lucky with DJs Andrew Awesome and Basha Is Electric as the Criscotheque Crew gets your St. Paddy’s Gay weekend started right! (The night may or may not include an awful techno remix of “Zombie” by the Cranberries.)

11 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Much Music Video Dance Party meets basement dark-rave! DJs Micehal and Eytan + special guest DJ LUM (a.k.a. Liam Sanagan of First Rate People) spin all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco.

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.

SATURDAY

2 pm St. Patrick’s Day Loft Party @ The Burroughes Building (6th floor), 639 Queen St. W. Rock your St. Paddys Day gear and get ready for a day/night filled with entertainment and amazing food! Music by DJs Natural Animal, Gray Moonen, James Redi, Cal, Kid MK, Kill Them With Color, PBJ, and Andrew Green + unplugged performances TBA. Catering by Micha Kennedy Fries and The One That Got Away. $25 tickets available online. Limited number of tickets available at the door.

7 pm MIDNGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. The second edition of the monthly market event series pairing music, drinks, and street style food while showcasing outstanding artists, designers, and collectors in a stunning curated space. Featuring music from DJs MembersOnly, Johnny Hockin, and Lucie Tic + vendors Skate4Cancer, F As In Frank, Of A Kind, Nozo, Pyramid Scheme, The Saloon Salon, Sandra Margret, Desmond & Beatrice, Doublenaut, Hexagon, Shoppalu, Jump on the Fridge Illustration, Screvvface, The Anchored Social (feel good vintage), Dusk Till (tricked out headbands), Tamina & Me (vintage inspired accessories), and many more TBA. Market until midnight followed by a dance party until 2 am. No cover.

10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Rap classics + rap hits + rap futureclassics all night long with DJs Vanity Muscles and Geoff Snack.

10 pm Goin’ Steady @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The Goin’ Steady DJs present their grimy 50’s and 60’s RnB dance party. All your favourite choones plus unknown treasures from the uptempo doo wop, RnB, pre-soul bangers, surf, twang, country boogie, girl groups, rockabilly, primitive rock ‘n’ roll, Italo-rock, Cambodian swing, latin shakers, Joe Meek, and Bollywood genres. Email goinsteady@gmail.com to be on the $5 all-night guestlist.

10 pm Foundry 2013 @ Blk Box Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. Foundry is a collaborative month-long series of showcases dedicated to forward-thinking global talent in non-traditional spaces. The first project of its kind in Toronto, they’ve integrated several concepts to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience for our city’s music lovers: the conversion of a unique location; thoughtful series based curation with international artists and local tastemakers; as well as experimentation with technology and music. Featuring Andy Stott, Mike Gibbs, and Fabio Palermo; curated by Box of Kittens. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. $15 reduced guestlist (valid until midnight and does not guarantee entry) available here.

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Get It Together: Shamrocks & Shenanigans @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. You’re drunk. You’re likely wearing a lot of green things. You’re trying to get out of the shitty fake Irish pub you’ve been drinking in since noon and hit a dance floor already. (The Get It Together folks promise to limit the amount of drunk frat boys who get in and will do their best to limit the green barf on the dance floor that is destined to take place.) Open format dance party with extra close attention to music like House Of Pain, My Bloody Valentine, mash-ups with U2, Sinead O’Connor, The Pogues, Boomtown Rats, but probably not the Cranberries. $5.

10 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Blaark and Daark play trap, rap, and bass music. This means stuff like A$AP Rocky, Drake, Flosstradamus, Girl Unit, Grimes, Iggy Izalea, Mykki Blanco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Ryan Hemsworth, Soulja Boy, T.I., etc. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Strategic Inessentialism @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. International psychedelic dance music, 1970-2013. With DJs Daniel Vila and Val Uher.

10 pm Taiza: Shocking Vibes @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ duo Taiza declares no vinyl mercy. Come dance and listen to the “sound of all the divisions of music being sewn up again into the fabric of party fantasy”! Bongos In Space goes Disco, imported bangers and splankers from “international markets”, Wu-Tang Clan, club-approved waves of rock madness, digital reggae and dangerous vibes, live mix-ups like peanut butter ‘n’ chocolate + a special selection of Ireland’s finest malted BAEATS.

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.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance and get messy to. $5.

10 pm #1hit1ders @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs 4est, Lindzrox, and Jrox present an almost sinful collection of one-hit wonders and #1 hit songs spanning across the globe and across time! From Deee-Lite, Animotion, JJ Fad and Rockwell to Rob Base, Twisted Sister, Nena, Dolly Parton, and the Weather Girls. For their first night, they’ll be giving away 100 free drink tickets. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Secret Models Go To College @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. The Secret Models DJs wildin’ out on College St. Hip-hop, RnB, dancehall, top 40, remixes, vogue.

10 pm St. Patty Cakes: St. Patrick’s Eve with Short’n’Sweets @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. Join Short’n’Sweets as they bring you the sweetest St. Patrick’s celebration you’ve ever tasted! With a mix of sweet tunes, cocktails, and booze-infused cupcakes, they promise you a night that won’t disappoint.

10 pm Soulvation @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Laura and Cindy, a.k.a. the Northern Belles play the rarest and danciest northern soul floor-fillers and ecstatic funk shakers. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Sugar Hill / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz spins hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and top 40. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! @ The Artful Dodger (upstairs), 12 Isabella St. The best indie, mod, and alternative tunes from the UK all night long. (And throwing in tunes on the Irish tip for St. Patrick’s day too.) 60’s through to current selections.

10 pm Dusky + Huxley @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Dusky (UK) and Huxley (London, UK) with support from Natural Animal. $15 advanced tickets available online. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm Satisfaction Goes Green @ College Street Bar, 574 College St. DJs Sanga Genesis and Gio serve up satisfaction in the form of hip-hop, pop, rock, rhythm ‘n’ blues, hidden gems, and forgotten classics. Free lollipops all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

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

11 pm The Low Down @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The best in Motown, soul, R&B, and rock hits! $10.

SUNDAY

10:30 am 101 Markets @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. 101 Markets is bringing their unique blend vintage and artisanal goods to the Junction! With the aim of providing an experience beyond the typical pop-up shop, these markets bring together vendors of varied backgrounds and products, including an array of vintage finds from independent and popular dealers, contemporary Canadian designers, and a selection of artisanal jewelry and goods. Until 5 pm.

6 pm Get Lucky @ Kitsch, 229 Geary Ave. St. Patrick’s Day party with DJ Sharpie. Green beer, festive jello shots, prizes to be won, and plenty of eats.

7 pm Ice (Irish) Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play a special St. Patty’s Day set of rap bangers and old school classics. Save the Irish music for your grandparents, they’re going to get things ratchet! $4 green shots, $2 jello shots, special St.Patty’s Day treats, and a $10 1L of PBR where YOU get to keep the mug! Dress in green or like T-Pain.

10 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. Funk and soul with DJ Caff. Wine, beer, and liquor specials all night long!

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

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