Toronto Hit List: Heart & Strokes, MIDNGHT MRKT, Yacht Rock, Wannabe Spice Girls Tribute & more!

February 1st-3rd Walk In Closet With Courtney Madison @ Miracle Thieves, 249 Crawford St. A pop-up shopping experience like no other! A celebration of life through clothes and accessories with Courtney Madison. Runs Friday 11-8 pm, Saturday 11-7 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm.

WEDNESDAY

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. The second week of the weekly Wednesday dance party! Come for the Heart, stay for the Strokes. You will also have the opportunity to get your photo taken with a life-sized Julian Casablancas (preview here)…SWOON!

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 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, Josh and Jesse from Beliefs 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 “Bad Blood” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. Andy Kittmer’s series of works “depicts how society stigmatizes individuals due to there beliefs, looks, addictions, opinions, and how we all have a story to tell. How some of our most powerful memories are of something heartfelt or bad. Each piece carries its own entity, not just depression, but of a deep state of emotion frozen in time as if to be studied, as if to say ‘This is me, accept it!’” Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until February 17th.

9 pm Eytan Tobin (The Cautioneers), Alex Grant (Ev Ree Wuhn) & Brandon DeGroote (Most People) DJ Event @ The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave. Toronto musicians Eytan Tobin (formally ElektroTank), Alex Grant (Ev Ree Wuhn), and Brandon DeGroote (Most People) spin everything from house to electro to hip-hop to 80’s to 90’s and, of course, rock and roll.

10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andy Capp and special guest DJ Mensa play four hours of melodically soulful music that provides an intimate, laid-back mood tailor-made for late-night listening and a welcome end to the stresses of the workday.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and college radio jams with DJ Pammm and special guest Kieran Grant.

10 pm Turnt Up @ Uniq Lifestyle @ 606 King St. W. With A$AP MOB and A$AP Rocky’s official DJ A$AP SNACKS (a.k.a. J.Scott) + opening DJ set by kungfucandy and KID MK. First come, first serve, pay at the door, so arrive early!

FRIDAY

8 pm MIDNGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. The first of a 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 Neoteric, Lucie Tic, and Johnny Hockin + vendors Bevstmode, Remio VTS, O.C.D (jewellery and accessories), Dusk Till (hair pieces), Diptych (curated black and leather vintage clothing), Rack and Ramble (chosen 90’s and Canadiana vintage), Alex Davey (full colour illustration prints signed and numbered), and many more. Vendors accept cash only. Dance party until 2 am. No cover.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Happy Birthday Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Happy birthday Beatlemania! The Bangs & Blush ladies invite you to put on your dancin’ shoes and celebrate with them. 50’s/60’s rock, pop, and soul + loads of Beatles. Party dress encouraged and party favours included! $5.

10 pm Deckade @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. 2000-2009: A Retrospective. Take a trip to the not-so-distant past and relive all those fresh memories of a simpler time. You know, that special time between teen angst and dubstep, when white ties, beehives, and leather jackets that were too small for us were the only thing worn. DJs Candy-O and DJ Snatch play alllll the hits! The Hives! The Strokes! Interpol! Franz Ferdinand! Ladytron! The White Stripes! Phoenix! The Kooks! Lily Allen! Amy Winehouse! The Black Kids! The Vines! Yeah Yeah Yeahs! More!

10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers all night with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre, and ItsMattLangille. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Adventure Time Dance Party @ Tiger Bar (basement of Crown & Tiger), 414 College St. Dancing on the dance floor. Adventure Time on the big TV screen. Drinks on the cheap. Decorations on the walls. Costumes encouraged. Music like Japandroids, Arcade Fire, Jackson 5, Metric, Passion Pit, Sonics, M83, The Strokes, Joy Division, Modest Mouse, Grimes, Yeasayer, Austra, Santigold, James Brown, Little Richard, The Clash, Bowie, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Oblivians, etc.

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 Have A Merry 90s Dance Party @ The May, 876 Dundas St. W. Party like it’s 1990-1999 with live 90s covers from The Midnight Society + DJ sets by Mr. Manager and a 90s-inspired photobooth. Prize pack for best 90s costume! $10.

10 pm Good Times DJ Revue @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. An all-vinyl evening with DJs Muckrattle and NicoTeenWolf. Townes (Justin Earle & Van Zandt), Lowe, Williams (Hanks and Lucindas), Grahams (Parsons and Nash), Merle (Haggard and more haggard), Lynns and Jacksons, Burrito Bros, hidden gems, and country covers you never knew existed courtesy of Muckrattle. Yacht rock, yacht pop, yacht rap, and Ignition (Remix) courtesy of NicoTeenWolf.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Sammy, Kevin Ritchie, and Phil V. Half-price drinks before 11 pm! For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes!

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 Faded @ Crawford (downstairs), 718 College St. A Friday night full of booty bumpin’ and getting faded…wake up with a story to tell. DJs WLFPK, Combo, and Aphillyaded play rap, hip-hop, moombahton, dancehall, traphouse, and everything else. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10:30 pm Tits & Toques @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Bring your ladies, your lesbros, and all your homogays out for a night of dancing that will see you jumping and destroying your vocal chords to your favourite indie jams!

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10.

SATURDAY

9 am Guilty Pleasures @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Shop for fabulous finds at this Canadian designer sale that pairs food with fashion. Featuring a three-course brunch affair complete with mimosas, jewelery, apparel, accessory pop-up shops, a silent auction, a yummy take-home treat, and prize raffles! $38. To RSVP, call (416) 531-5042 ext. 1 or email ashley@thedrakehotel.ca.

10 pm Wannabe Spice Girls Tribute @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Fifteen years after they swept the world, the Spice Girls are back (sort of). Live singing, live band, accents, choreography, and, most importantly, platforms! Featuring special celebrity guest Kevin G of Mean Girls. 90’s dance party to follow with DJ Kung Fu Kid. $15 advance tickets available at Soundscapes, $20 at the door.

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Fawn 
BC and Caff upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play open format from 10 to midnight followed by old school hip-hop from midnight to close. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs James Redi and Big Jacks play Motown, disco, hip-hop, and reggae while Fundament holds it down front and centre with a mic, a George Foreman grill, a stack of Cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. Yes, FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Panic (Manual) @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Dance away the night! And maybe get your picture taken in the photobooth. $5.

10 pm Blackbox IV @ BlackBox Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. With DJ sets by Jacques Greene (LuckyMe/Vase, MTL), Nautiluss (Turbo/3024, TO), and Brandon Oliver (CurbCrawlers/HappyPlease, TO). $15 advance tickets available online. For $15 guestlist, email guestlist@wearemansion.ca.

10 pm Cue Poc @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. The newest and freshest Queer People of Colour + friends party to hit the Toronto queer scene! DJs Sissy Fuss and Auntie Flowww + your host Hiba Al-a-Mode. $3.50 drink specials until midnight.

10 pm Rip It Up! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Davy Love and friends play R&B, garage, soul, doo-wop and down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll records for your listening, dancing and drinking-along-with pleasure.

10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.

10 pm The Knocks DJ Set @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Based out of New York City’s Lower East Side, The Knocks are taking a stand and reclaiming good music for all! With special guests. $12.50 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Heavy Rotation @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Get down to a mix of all genres of music from any era – from hip-hop to electro and soul to reggae. With DJs Riccachet, Thera-P, Mercilless, and Royale. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm The Official BRRRR! Festival After Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Secret special guest DJs to be announced the day of! $15 advance tickets (guaranteed entry) available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, online. For guestlist, email steven@thehoxton.ca.

10 pm CNTDWN2TCHDWN: A Beyonce Pre-Superbowl Party @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E. A party celebrating King B’s Superbowl halftime show performance! DJ Alessandro plays your favourite pop, top 40, and club anthems while mixing in Beyonce hits, remixes, album tracks, and b-sides. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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 Reality Bytes @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Travel back in time to the 90’s! DJs 4est, Lindzrox, and Jrox spin all your favourite dance, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative 90’s tunes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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

11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal disco and maximal house 
with DJs Peter Ho, Produzentin, and Jaime Sin. PWYC, with proceeds going to the Will Munro Fund for Queer & Trans Youth Living with Cancer.

11 pm #BEVSTMODE @ Kitsch, 229 Geary Ave. Trap, hip-hop, hip-house, electro, and everything current with DJ Kicks. Dress code: black/no ratchet/look dope/be original. For guestlist, email bevstmode@gmail.com.

SUNDAY

1 pm Tranzac Record Fair @ Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Come out of the cold, have a pint, warm yourself by the fire (yep, there’s a real fireplace!), and shop for some new vinyl. Lots of reggae, dancehall, rock, soul, jazz, disco, and weirdo producer business records up for grabs. Until 5:30 pm.

5:30 pm Bloor Broadcast: Super Bowl®  XLVII @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Throw on your jersey, crack open a cold one and cheer on your favourite team as you watch the game on one of the biggest screens in town! There will be beer, Gourmet Gringos’ burritos and snacks, and lots of prizes. Admission is free (tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the screening).

6 pm Superbowl XLVII @ Moskito + Bite, 423 College St. One elevated giant projector screen. Multiple HD flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant. Prop bets + games to make the day more interesting. Food and drink specials, including: 2 Half-Gallon “Growlers” (64oz) + 2lbs of wings + nachos + truffle fries for $60 (recommended for 4-8 people); 1 Half-Gallon “Growler” (64oz) + 2lbs of wings or nachos for $20; burger + pint for $10. Be there early to make sure you and your friends get a table!

6 pm Superbowl XLVII @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Watch The Baltimore Ravens take on The San Francisco 49ers. Have some snacks and beers. Most importantly, witness the Destiny’s Child reunion at halftime.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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