December 26th-30th What’s in the Box @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake Underground’s annual five-day music festival that fills the void between holiday roasts and NYE celebration returns! Showcasing all The Drake has to offer from live shows to house parties and building-wide takeovers. Get all the deets here.
December 26th-January 6th ROM for the Holidays @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park. For 12 exciting days, the ROM will be transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience the special exhibitions Spiders: Fear and Fascination; Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur; and Wildlife Photographer of the Year + daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing.
December 27th-30th Aga Khan Museum’s Light Up The Dark 3-D Video Spectacular @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Art comes to life on the Aga Khan Museum’s exterior walls in a spectacular 3-D projection show you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto. Enjoy animated art and performance highlights from this year’s museum programming on a massive scale, then warm up inside with a hot drink and more free art installations. Runs 5-9 pm all four nights.
December 29th & 31st ABBAMANIA @ The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, 189 Yonge St. The world’s No. 1 production of ABBA is bringing their all-Canadian cast to Toronto so you can sing and dance the night away to the Swedish pop group’s greatest hits! $67+ tickets available online.
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.
8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
8 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party takes over the Drake Underground! $5.
10 pm Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.
10 pm Back On @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A weekly Thursday night party playing all the brand-new Top 40 tracks you can handle. Casual dress, casual feeling. $5.
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins rock, psych, glam, punk, and garage.
10 pm End of Year Rager @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more! Sounds by Murdasaki, Jenno, Kazeem Kuteyi, and Nick Lazerface.
9:30 pm JERK: Winter Edition @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. JERK is back with a New York takeover! Venus X (New York), Uproot Andy (New York), and Bambii (Toronto) playing club music from around the world. Free chicken for early attendees. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm C’mon Sis @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. QTPOC femme first party with DJ sets by Myst Milano, Karim Olen Ash, and Blip†or. $5.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Vengaboys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, punk, and more.
10 pm Pajama Jam @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Get out your long johns, Pikachu onesie, lace camisole, or the hot jockstrap that bae got you for Xmas. DJs Orange Pekoe and Michael K play maxi dance pop while Gay Jesus and Pearle Harbour perform for your pleasure. $10.
10 pm Euphoria @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Sounds by Gonnie Garko, Young Teesh, and Nino Brown.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Soul Kitchen @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Groove along to an evening of R&B and soul-infused music as Soul Kitchen alumnus DJ Lissa Monet and MC Kevin Kidkut Keith bring the heat to Natrel Rink. From Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye to Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake – all music from the soul has a home in the kitchen. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.
10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ JD spins all-vinyl Euro disco and the sweetest tunes to make you feel good.
10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, rock, and guilty pleasures with DJ Misty. Damn good times for one and all!
10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ and DJ Dopey throw down hip-hop bangers all night!
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
10 pm Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s is honoring Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen with her own dance party. They’ll be playing all your favourite Carly Rae hits, plus tons more power pop tunes to get the bodies moving on the dance floor. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.
10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This edition is ALL REQUEST! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10:30 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe stuffing your stocking with all the best female hip-hop and RnB + an epic, sacrilicious Midnight-ish Floorshow from their holiness Gay Jesus. $10.
11 pm Astrologic @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. Swinging drum palettes and deep love atmospheres under the neon glow. Come get aligned. With DJs Thoughtproject and Kaspr b2b Korea Town Acid. $5.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.
1:30 pm The Bentway Polar Bear Skate @ The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd. A twist on the traditional polar bear dip, skaters will strip to their intimates and hit the Skate Trail in their knickers! All pre-registrants receive a free hot chocolate and a chance to win a special Bentway prize pack. Registration begins at 1:30 pm. Skate rentals available.
7 pm Rose Beef @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Sunday evenings from 7-9 pm, Glad Day serves up a curated comfort food menu to accompany a suite of episodes of Our Favorite Ladies. There will be Golden Girls-themed menu items and drink specials, post-episode quizzes with prizes, and a Talk-Back to figure out if there is any relevance to the Girls’ parables from these shows in our post-truth cultural moment. Hosted by Mikiki Burino, Toronto’s ‘Aging-Out’est Drag Queen.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Sinner’s Soiree @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at TO’s weekly “temple of tease.” All are welcome at this “Industry New Year’s” edition, but bar, hospitality, retail, and other industry staff who will working the 31st are encouraged to come let loose as the showgirls heat up the stage. Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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