Toronto Hit List: Leant, Get It Together: Falling Leaves Edition, Junction Music Festival, Electric Circus & more!

WEDNESDAY

6 pm Beer Week Tasting: Flight of Nickel Brook Beer & Taco Hors d’Oeuvres @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. The Garrison Cantina and Nickel Brook Brewing team up to bring you a flight of seasonal beer paired with delicious one off taco hors d’oeuvres for one night only! Starting at 6 pm until they run out.

9 pm Lifted Launch Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The launch of a weekly eclectic and esoteric dance party, built around a psychedelic, dubby, jazz-laden, electronic sound. Not focused on one particular genre or stuck in any given era, Lifted’s sole purpose is to glorify the groove and revel in rhythm. It is music to move the body and sonancy to sedate the soul, in a space where superior sound is fundamental.

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.

10 pm Natural Wednesdays @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Swirve Music and Babylon Warchild present a new hip-hop series by the heads, for the heads. Featuring a fresh roster of up-and-comers and OGs that changed the game + an in-house 12-round battle league, with the winner taking home a $500 cash prize.

THURSDAY

6 pm Hookerson-Blough Auction @ Mrs. Huizenga, 28 Roncesvalles Ave. Featuring a considered collection of vintage goods and antique finds you will not want to miss! Commandeering the auctioneering is Jonathan Hagey of Kingpin’s Hideaway.

9 pm Alternative Arts Night @ The Cavern, 76 Church St. A night of art, music, and fashion. Featuring: Glass sculptor Geoffrey Crozier, Baby Rots-a-lot, acoustic duo she said she said, artists Elias Anatolios and Meagan Sin, singer/songwriter Jay Edwards, vintage fashion from The Clothing Commune, party enthusiasts Over EZ, partial nudity aficionados Successpool, photographer Matthew Scatterty, and animator Renée Brunton.

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

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.

10 pm DJ Downunda @ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Rare Beef Presents: Cake 003 @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Eytan Tobin, Ango, Michael Imperial, Lum, and Pick A Piper. $5 before midnight.

10 pm Spooky Bitch: Sioux-tember Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Start the Autumn season off right! This month, Spooky Bitch celebrates the goth godess/high preistess of punk herself, Siouxsie Sioux. Prepare to be spellbound by Miss Judy Virago, who will provide a peepshow/creepshow performance, and DJ Brian Duval.

FRIDAY

10 pm Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack Morris play that classic leant shit. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Paradise Life @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. You worked hard this week. Good drinks and good music is what you get. DJs Jason Ulrich, Todd Westendorp, and Nep Sidhu play disco, house, and more.

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 This @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Gabe Knox and Geoff Snack play electronic records all night long.

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 Hip-Hop Karaoke: Competition Finals @ Revival, 783 College St. Last month, HHK narrowed the field down to 10 fantastic performers. This month, the finalists will compete head-to-head for the HHK Championship Title! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Dalia + a special performance by the legendary Smif-N-Wessun. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Feel So Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, slow jams, crunk, and beyond. Shake your ass till the early morning.

10 pm Ignition / Bring It Back @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and The Dirty Frenchman play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (plus more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, it’s old school with a touch of new school with DJs Epik and Downunda. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Sexaphone @ Lucy Brock, 1479 Dundas St. W. Summer is over, and class is back in session. Get schooled in the ways of house, techno, and other dope shit by resident Jedis.

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. DJ Lissa Monet joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Savvy Records Label Night @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Acid, deep, disco, experimental, live-electronic, micro, min, sonic, super-techno, tech, free.

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

10 pm Art School @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Collaborative musical, visual dance-ucation.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.

SATURDAY

8 am Junction Music Festival @ various locations. Coined as the emerging art and design neighbourhood of Toronto, this eclectic community anchored by Dundas St. West and Keele is home to a festival celebrating local up-and-coming talent and rising stars. Move to the sounds of a collection of musical performances rocking a number of stages both day and night while discovering the celebrated food, drink and nightlife that makes the Junction a must visit Toronto destination. Featuring performances by The Sadies, Kashka, The Beauties, Teenage Kicks, and more!

10 pm Get It Together: Falling Leaves Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. The seasons are changing, patios are closing, and dance floors will become your main source of heat. This is the paty where all genres, all genres, and all people come together to sweat. $5.

10 pm Famous Players Are Dumb Idiots @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Jeff n’ Adam just do what they do. It’s mostly rap, but they pretty much play whatever. No cover, unisex bathrooms.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Catalist, Famous Lee, and special guest Eddy Funkster (L.A.) throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party! $5.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of rap bangers and other trill shit with DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Legoblocks @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Linus Booth and guest DJ Jake Fairley play robo jams.

10 pm Mötorhome @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, punk, pop, glam, and more on shiny vinyl records. With Mötorhome’s September girls, Elaine and Christina.

10 pm 100K by Dudebox @ 213 Sterling Rd. Dudebox needs to raise $6,000 to push themselves over the $100K donation mark, and they’re asking for YOUR help! In return, you’ll be treated to hype hip-hop, Olivia Chow for a bit (actually), VICE Dont’s outfits for days, $5 drinks, and much more. $10, with 80% of profits going to New Orleans in support of Wellspring Cancer Support Network and 20% being reinvested into DDBX’s social enterprise.

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 Beast X Friends @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, ’90s mashups, and more with Beast DJ and the Cookout Boys. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.

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

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

11:45 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Vanessa and Pammm pump up the jams, take you back, and make you dance all night long. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before 1 am, $5 after.

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 5 pm.

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 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Presented by Great Canadian Burlesque and Music City North, Sinful Sundays features a rotating cast of the sexiest striptease sinners in the city! This week, Dolls With Dye perform.

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

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