Toronto Hit List: Hold Tight, Yacht Rock, Reggae In Your Jeggae, A Taste of Holland & more!

March 4-5 Toronto Vintage Clothing Show @ Exhibition Place (Queen Elizabeth Building), 180 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s largest sale of vintage fashion features a vast inventory of classic styles, designs, and fabrics. Vintage and retro clothing, accessories, jewelry, handbags, and designer vintage! Runs 10-5 pm Saturday and 10-4 pm Sunday. $10.

WEDNESDAY

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.

10 pm Paisley @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. From the ashes of the ridiculous Smiths Is Dead evening comes Paisley. Britpop, indie, twee, post-punk, alternative, etc.

THURSDAY

5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.

10 pm Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer, synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Bjork, Kate Bush, Broadcast, Robyn, Erykah Badu, Elastica, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Glasser, and on and on.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.

10 pm Draught Funx @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Old rock ‘n’ roll/punk, ’60s garage/psych, disco, ’80s stuff, doo-wop, soul, rockabilly, whatevs! All on vinyl.

11 pm Back to the Rack @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A weekly art party that aims to provide a space for artists, art appreciators as well as the Toronto arts and LGBT communities to come together after their respective art openings, enjoy drink specials, dance to music by a rotating roster of local DJs, connect with other like-minded folk, and get a little crazy. No cover!

FRIDAY

6 pm Salon 44 Fundraiser @ Gallery 44, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 120. Salon 44 (formerly Photopia) is Gallery 44’s annual fundraising exhibition in support of their education and exhibition programs. With over 70 artists representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44 brings together an incredible collection of established and emerging artists with works priced for both new and seasoned collectors. Until 10 pm.

10 pm Hold Tight @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. Two of Toronto’s most prominent DJs/party animals, DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) are bringing a brand new hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s legendary live music and eclectic party space, The Rivoli – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

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 Pink Milk @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. A nite of nourishing house and techno for glittering weirdos, queers, and femme QTs. Imagine your body, dancing to the soothing rhythms, where you and pink merge into an infinite chromatic haze. With DJs Cam Lee and BUzZ.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Party like it’s 1993! Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Blackcat and Nino Brown. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Glitter Box @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get out of your boring box and come to the GLITTER BOX! It’s gonna be a puuuuuurfect night with DJ Kitty playing all your favourite guilty pleasures from the ’80s, ’90, and ’00s.

10 pm Spice Girls vs. Everybody Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. It’s going to be Spice Girls vs. the best of the rest. There will be drink specials, live dance performances by The Girls Club, and of course, a sea of Spice Girls classics to drown in amongst other ’90s tunes. $10 advance tickets sold out, limited tickets available at the door.

10 pm 69 Sides of Love @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A freaky night of soul, funk, dance, and disco: Motown masters, Stax superstars, hidden-gem heroes, heavyweight hits. D.A. Tyson spinning VINYL all night, no MP3s

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Wedding Night returns for an eclectic evening of dancing! Basement soul, MJ, funk, Marvin, R&B, Phil Collins, yacht rock, Dolly Parton, Mystikal, and disco.

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 SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with guest selector the Soul Proprietor alongside resident DJ Gramera. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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

10 pm No Chill @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. No wallflowers, no screw-faces, no inhibitions, NO CHILL. With Sanga Genesis and Mike Don’t playing high-energy hip-hop, trap, reggae, old school, and more. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Brighter Days @ The Den, 423 College St. This house music monthly is focused on bringing together good souls to create the most dancefloor joy possible. Good vibes facilitated by Jason Palma (Footprints), Dirty Dale (Warehouse Jacks), and Yogi (Solid Garage / United Soul). Free before midnight, $10 after with guestlist (email full names to brighterdaysparty@gmail.com before 6 pm); $15 otherwise.

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

1 pm March Swap @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. Bring your gently used clothing and accessories and exchange them for others gently used items. $7 entrance fee + one bag of clothing (think quality, not quantity), with all proceeds going to the Syrian Refugee Arrival Appeal via the Red Cross. Until 4 pm.

8:30 pm Labyrinth Quote-Along @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Was there ever a finer ’80s antagonist than David Bowie’s Jareth? Pay tribute to the late, great star at Bloor Cinema’s quote-along screening of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth—in which Bowie plays the oh-so-memorable otherworldly Goblin King. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.

10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs Gav and Kev with special guest James the Axe playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.

10 pm Boreal Nights @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Another night of the most appropriate dance rhythms, featuring Scott Hardware (live set) Jordan Pearson (live set), and Guy Dallas (DJ). Expect to hear jungle house, oceanic techno, balearic soul, leftfield funk, and hypnotic rave.

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

10 pm Out, Demons, Out @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Best in hard psych, prog, early heavy metal gems, and rarities on vinyl all night + light shows, drinks, and freaked out films! Spun by Sean of Blood Ceremony and Christian of Dementia13.

10 pm Trust Me Daddy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. “Straight Heaters” – Marko Orlic. “Contemporary rap and R&B” – Yung Adult. Ye, 6 God, Future Hendrix, Kodak Black, The Weeknd, Queen Bey, Bad Gal RiRi, Jeremih,Fetty Wap, and lots more.

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.

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 With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Go-go stylings by Riff Randell. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Èbony Presents: Ponsolo & Jamal @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Èbony returns to the grotto under the stairs with special guests Ponsolo and Jamal. $5.

10 pm Hey QT Queer Dance Party @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A rager waiting to happen! DJs Joe Blow, Mary Mack, and Sigourney Beaver play hip-hop, electro, pop, dancehall, indie, and remixes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Philippe Noel Montreal share a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Wildest Dreams: A Taylor Swift Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. A Taylor Swift dance party like no other! Dancefloor experts DJ Shorty Doo Wop and ForEvaEva are sure to keep the dance floor bumping with a stream of all your favourite Taylor Swift bangers and other hits. They’ll be taking Polaroid shots, so come dressed in your best 1989 style apparel. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Turn Back Time: ’80s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Queen, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Dire Straits – the decade that had it all. Whether you lived through it, were born during, or are just nostalgic for a time you never knew, this is a night of ’80s celebration. $10 advance tickets sold out, limited tickets available at the door.

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

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric and Dalia spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.

SUNDAY

3 pm A Taste of Holland @ Hitch, 1216 Queen St. E. Toronto’s favourite (and only!) Dutch pop-up Borrel returns to Leslieville local Hitch for a “gezellig” afternoon of traditional comfort food and bar snacks. Be sure to stick around after 8 pm for Hitch’s famous Sunday night movies, with a special Dutch edition: Paul Verhoeven’s beloved classics Robocop, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls.

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

7 pm Fifth Element Film Screening & Discussion & Dance Party @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. The minds behind The Dionysus Experiment and Fake Geek Girls Like Us join forces to present to you the sci-fi epic, The Fifth Element! Join them early for some awesome artsy/geeky vendors followed by a discussion about whether or not The Fifth Element can be considered a feminist film, and then a ’90s sci-fi inspo dance party. PWYC ($5 suggested).

8 pm Nite Comfort 2 Year Anniversary @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. What started as a little one-off show has become a lovely monthly for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. Joining the celebration are have Jessica Kaera Cho (performing with FRESH FLESH!), Ambsace, and Fusechild + DJs Chanteclair and Mary Mack playing tunes between sets.

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

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