Toronto Hit List: Kanye Westivus, Cocobutter, Juicebox, Take A Chance & more!

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.

8 pm Kanye Westivus @ Track & Field, 860 College St. A night of Kanye West to spread holiday cheer and give back to the community! Kanye rarities, deep cuts, and rarer features from 8-10 pm followed by My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy into Yeezus listening party and DJs Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi playing the Kanye bangers from midnight onwards. Suggested donation of $10 at the door, with proceeds going to Sistering: A Woman’s Place.

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 and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

THURSDAY

10 pm Cocoabutter @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Celebrating the best in underground dance, club house, hip-hop, and RnB. Cocobutter brings you all those dance vibes you’ve been craving and genres that blend as smooth coco. Music by Karim Olen Ash, Ace Dillinger, and Aqua Amore.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

10 pm Spiritual Dimensions @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. For heightened amorous attraction under conditions of high anxiety. Music selections by Dinamo-Azari and special guest Aquarian.

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise is back for another another night of rock ‘n’ roll, booze, and frivolities. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

FRIDAY

10 pm Jerk @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Jerk takes over the entire Drake Hotel with an all-star global lineup of DJs: Mike Q (NYC), Nino Brown (Toronto), Full Crate (Amsterdam), Ace Dillinger (Toronto), and Bambii (Toronto). $5 before 11 pm, more after, with partial proceeds going to a winter initiative to shelter the homeless.

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Mostly ’90s dance party with pals Slater and Ty! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Post-punk, psych, rock ‘n’ roll, soul – DJ Teenage Werewolf plays the perfect soundtrack for a Friday night freak out.

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

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 (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist. $10.

SATURDAY

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Luxelife Sound @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queen’s Quay W. Lissa Monet, Steph Honey, and Ace Dillinger of female DJ collective Luxelife Sound use their talents to create musical magic on ice. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! Giveaways from Kops Records.

10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Cosmic, Italo, synthpop, wave, house, mutant disco, whatever feels right with DJ Julia Dickens.

10 pm Footprints Holiday Bash @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. A no-nonsense showcase of disco, boogie, and funk, all on vinyl. With resident DJs General Eclectic and Jason Palma + special guest Skratch Bastid. $10.

10 pm Lemonade Views @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. One Dance for Becky With The Good Hair! All your favourite Drake and Beyonce jams. $5 advance tickets available online.

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 month’s spotlight is Gary Numan. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Hate NYE crowds but want to celebrate anyways? Stay in and come out the night before! Motown, soul, rock, pop, and guilty pleasures – DJ Misty’s got the funnest party soundtrack in town.

10 pm Do Right! Year End Session @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Alister Johnson and John Kong play their end-of-the-year selections along with classics and surprises from their collections. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.

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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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.

SUNDAY

Check out our NYE guide here!

10 am Mindful NYE Day Retreat @ Calii Love, 367 King St. W. Step into 2018 with mindfulness and kick start your journey to optimal wellness with a day of self-care essentials with some of Toronto’s holistic wellness leaders and brands. Indulge in a variety of health-focused workshops & craft sessions, an all-levels Hatha Yoga class, and lots of nutritious eats to fuel and thrive. $100 tickets available online (includes food, activities, and take-home gifts).

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

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