Toronto Hit List: Jazz Jam, Shindig! Presents: Motown vs. Stax, In Touch, Hotel Party & more!

August 16th-September 2nd Canadian National Exhibition @ Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd. Let’s go to the Ex!

August 30th-September 2nd Hot & Spicy Food Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Set your temperature soaring! The Hot & Spicy Food Festival features a fiery palette of hot and spicy food, music, dance, and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition.

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 11pm.

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

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 HumbleMania: Sing-A-Long @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Have you ever dreamed of being the special guest at HumbleMania? Now is your chance! HumbleMania presents a very special karaoke night where, for a few minutes, you can stand beneath the bright lights and pretend you’re the main event at the grand daddy of them all. PWYC.

THURSDAY

9 pm Jazz Jam @ The Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. Kick it on the dance floor, have a cold one from the bar, munch on some affordable delicious eats from the Per Se Mobile and put your best face forward in the photo booth! DJ set by Pick A Piper with the flutist and trombonist from Caribou. $10 (include a drink) tickets available online and at the door.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Pammm and Peter Merriman play indie rock, pop, and campus radio jams.

10 pm Deep Thoughts @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJs Jeff Hayward and Max Mohenu play microrave, dollhouse, discotech, and tidalwave.

10 pm Bigger Than Hip-Hop @ Crawford, 718 College St. A heavy mix of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, house, and all sorts of other flava in between with DJ NV.

FRIDAY

8 pm Fuck U Fridays @ Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard St. E. Opening night party for the Fetish Film Festival. This special edition of FUF has DJ Triple-X spinning sexy beats after the screenings with the usual barrage of scantily clad performers taking stage for the Midnight Erotic Cabaret. Featuring Demona Deville, Eva Destruction,Venus Venom, Red Zeppelin, and The Saucy Tarts. There will also be two live performances by Rusiko and Zoo Owl. $5.

10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.

10 pm Shindig! Presents: Motown vs. Stax @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Nothing but original Motown and Stax 7” 45 RPM records all night long. You decide who wins! With resident Shindig! selectors General Eclectic, Splattermonkey, and Double K. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Summer Heat / Ladies & The Trap @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, soak up the last bit of summer as DJ KOBe’J plays club hits, reggae, hip-hop, and R&B. Downstairs, it’s like the movie Spring Breakers, but in the summer and without James Franco. DJs Julie Mango and Alia Caffeina select the traps alongside Pete Funk and Safari647; expect the trillest tracks with the illest remixes. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night free love psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow, etc. $5.

10 pm Nitty Gritty @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. A soul night: Motown hits, rare soul cuts, disco fevers, R&B gems, and everything in between! $3 PBR before 11 pm.

10 pm Mighty Real @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. The ultimate dance floor work out has moved! DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid play nu-disco, disco-house, classic disco, and bass. Local divas Jenna Syde, Tynomi Banks, and Regina The Gentlelady show you how to own the floor. $5.

10 pm Legoblocks @ Bambi’’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Robo jams with DJ Linus Booth and special guest Andrew Ross.

10 pm Joints! @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. DJs Serious and Numeric play hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and disco.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $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.

SATURDAY

7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery, and friendly competition before an always packed house. $75 goes to the best performance of the night. Sign-up starts at 7:30 pm. $5.

10 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Michelle Williams and Andrea Winkler play 111% hits! Hip-hop, R&B, and dancey classic rock anthems.

10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers from 2001-ish onwards with DJs Patrick McGuire and itsmattlangille. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. 80s night with DJs Brendan Canning and Tweed!

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 CrushStock: Flower Power @ Club 120, 120 Church St. Calling all dancing queens and love-power freedom fighters: summer is coming to an end, but you will survive! Keep the good vibes Stayin’ Alive at #CrushTO’s sex-positive dance party. Dress Code: vintage t-shirts, bellbottoms, floral prints, cords, and flip flops – anything 70s-inspired. $10.

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. 80s, 90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is The Spoons vs. Images In Vogue. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Robert DeLong @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Performance by one-man electronic band Robert DeLong (Los Angeles) with support from Hugsnotdrugs (Toronto) and Thomas Cade (Toronto/London, UK). $12 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 all night.

10 pm Pressure Drop @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Chuck Boom, Guv’nor General, and special guest Jason Palma play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Turfmayne as Dual-Deck DeMarcus and special guest star Dirty Blue Gene as Sample Slice Sally. PWYC.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ËV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

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

SUNDAY

10 pm Hotel Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West. A special long-weekend house party featuring Alixander III (Azari & III, Idol Hanse), On Vacay (Le Dew It), DJ Caff (Air Horns), and DJ Fathom (Blue Gates). $10.

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

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