Toronto Hit List: Ignition, Shadows of Motown, Bellwoods Flea, Escape From Chinatown & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

7 pm The Hook Up @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Toronto’s finest talent is teaming up with Love Letters Cabaret to present a boisterous night filled with vice, giveaways, and good ol’ bump ‘n’ grind. Featuring burlesque performances by Ava Noir, Bunny Angora, Coco Framboise, DD Starr, Mr. Dew Lily, Dolly Berlin, and many more! Celebrations continue after the show with a dance party courtesy of DJ Barbi Castelvi Gomes. $20-25 advance tickets available online.

8 pm Punk Rock Bingo @ D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St. W. Drinks, prizes, drinks, prizes, bingo, and tons of punk rock music! A buck a card to play, and don’t forget your lucky trinkets. Hosted by Rockin Robin. Tunes by Triple-X.

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

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 and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with 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 Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Fun.wav @ 759 Dovercourt Rd. Don’t even worry ’bout it. Music by Cyber 69 and Prince Josh. $5.

10 pm Noise Freqs Presents: Bambounou @ Coalition: T.O, 282 Augusta Ave. Bambounou (France) creates his music compulsively and sincerely; his beats can make an oasis appear in the middle of the Sahara. With support from Èbony, BSMNT, and Metoux. Visuals by Jason Neyra. $10

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Photo Flash @ 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 their new photography exhibition Generations: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography festival. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Ignition @ Crawford, 718 College St. It’s the (long) freakin’ weekend, baby! DJs Caff and Walmer Convenience play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (plus more than enough R. Kelly classics). $5 before 10:30 pm, more 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 Loving In The Name Of @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College St. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! The Best recreates classic songs from Fatboy Slim, Talk Talk, Fleetwood Mac, M.I.A., Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Sia, Ginuwine, Bill Medley + Jennifer Warnes, and Led Zeppelin. DJ Winkler spins the hits all night long. $12.

10 pm Boosie Fade 1 Year Anniversary @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. It’s been one year of badazz Boosie Fade parties! Turn up and get down to tunes from artists like: Young Thug, Migos, Shy Glizzy, Drizzy Drake Da 6 God, Nicki Nicki Nicki, Rich Homie Quan, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Soft Stroke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Gritty house and shadowy techno with a soft touch. Smoke machine and projections in effect. DJs CL, Metoux, and Peach B2B2B all night. $5.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin spins the ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

10 pm DJ Wristpect @ Odd Thomas, 31 Mercer St. (second floor). Join DJ Wristpect at the opening weekend of Odd Thomas, a craft beer and cocktail bar celebrating Toronto’s diverse arts, fashion, and music communities. Wristpect has established himself as one of North America’s finest open-format DJs. Email info@oddthomasbar.com for guestlist and keg service.

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 Screech Karaoke @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Come as you are and sing anything you want! $4 Dark & Dirties (liquid courage) all night. Video dance party intermissions. Hosted by Nancy Bocock.

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 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. $6 before midnight, more after.

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

10 pm Wayward Fridays @ Wayward, 1096 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, old school, and classics with DJ Tech Twelve.

10:30 pm Come F*ckin Dance @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. Come f*ckin dance, all night long! Music by MILU and The FranDiscos. $5.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famou$ Players play the best R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites! $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W & Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a stellar 40+ curated line up of vendors! Featuring some of the city’s best in art, collectibles, handmade, fashion, and vintage. There will also be classic films, music, food, video games and some fantastic drink specials. Until 6 pm.

10 pm Escape From Chinatown @ Dim Sum King, 421 Spadina Ave. Undisposable + NUDE + SaintWoods + SeeYouNever present Illroots.com‘s second-ever Canadian event taking place at Dim Sum King in Toronto’s Kensington Market, where you can get some shrimp dumplings with your whiskey coke. Featuring performances by Brian Dorsey (Illroots.com / L.A.), Birthday Boy (NUDE / Toronto), Nightizm (NUDE / Toronto), Cyber69 (SeeYouNever / Moscow), and Happy Boy Tona (SeeYouNever / Heaven). Illroots.com is a professional rap music site that has helped catapult the careers of Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Travis Scott, UZI, A$ap Rocky, and more.

10 pm Evening Standard Presents: Summer @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Evening Standard presents the season known as SUMMER. Join them on the no-fuss dance floor with pro club deeejays Members Only taking you ‘there’ all night wrong.

10 pm New.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Engulf on a journey through the musical stylings of some of the most coveted rap stars of today and tomorrow. Vibes curated by: DJ Ry-Fi (Family Business) and Justin Bayot. $5.

10 pm CrushTO 3 Year Anniversary @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. CrushTO is going back to their roots and combining a sweaty dance party with a cutesy quieter vibe (complete with Spin The Bottle and Truth or Dare) in celebration of their three-year anniversary! Queer + sex positive dance party featuring sexier flavours of music from DJ Nate Nightcall, burlesque and drag, go-go dancers, bring-your-own board games, and more. $10.

10 pm Treatment 003 @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Chopped x future bass x Jersey club x UK garage with resident DJs DeMiggs and special guest J-Lah.

10 pm Grill$ @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs James Redi and Jon Chetty spin Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop, and reggae tunes while the George Forman holds it down front and centre with a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. That’s right – FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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

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 Get It Together: Summer Life Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s only open-format dance party. All genres, all genres, and all peoples welcome! Hosted by Mikey McFly and DJ Doots. $5.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Featuring the Toronto debut of Orlando ‘Buscrates’ Marshall alongside Son of S.O.U.L. and resident Famous Lee. Expect a dancer’s mix of modern and classic funk slappers as well as a healthy dose of modern soul and two step. $5.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.

10 pm Sweet Touch @ Odd Thomas, 31 Mercer St. (second floor). Join Sweet Touch at the opening weekend of Odd Thomas, a craft beer and cocktail bar celebrating Toronto’s diverse arts, fashion, and music communities. Email info@oddthomasbar.com for guestlist and keg service.

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

11 pm Diggy The DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.

SUNDAY

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

9:30 pm May 2-4 Kegger: Dazed & Confused @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Bloor St. W. All right, all right, all right! It’s Sunday night, the kegs have arrived and you’re invited to the party of the year…Bloor Hot Docs’ third annual May 2-4 Kegger! Join Pink, Slater and Little Mitchy Kramer to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. It may not be at the Moontower, but there will be a DJ spinning Kiss and Skynyrd, Pong on the big screen and ice cold beer on tap – served as it should be, in red plastic cups. Doc & Beer Combo: $18 (includes screening, a can of Steam Whistle, and a large popcorn).

10 pm Spacedust Records 001 Launch Party @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Celebrating the 12″ vinyl release of Mark Grusane – MGM Edits Vol. 1. Special guest Mark Grusane (Chicago) showcasing rarities and oddities in a hot boogie-disco session + SD DJs. $10 before midnight, more after.

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

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