Toronto Hit List: Mermaid Ball, Night Garden, Bad News, The Leslieville Flea & more!

June 6th-24th Luminato @ various locations. Each June, Luminato transforms theatres and public spaces across the city, creating a home for artists to play, share, and create.

June 8th-9th Beaches Arts & Crafts Show @ Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. For two days, Kew Gardens Park becomes the temporary home to over 150 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers. Runs 10-6 pm both days.

June 8th-9th Toronto True Crime Film Festival @ Royal Cinema, 608 College St. A two-day film festival dedicated to true crime on the big screen, including both documentary films and fictionalized films based on true crimes.

June 8th-17th NXNE @ various locations. An annual 10-day summer festival and conference taking over Toronto with music, panels, parties, installations, and more.

June 9th-10th Foodalicious @ Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall. Foodalicious is a celebration of gourmet street food, bringing together up to 30 of the best food trucks Toronto has to offer. Runs 11-11 pm Friday and 11-8 pm Saturday. $8 tickets available online.

WEDNESDAY

11 am “The Art of Banksy” Opening @ 213 Sterling Rd. The North American premiere of “The Art of Banksy,” featuring the world’s largest collection of Banksy works ever exhibited. Included in the collection is the iconic Balloon Girl; Flag Wall, an urbanized take on the famous picture of soldiers raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima; and Laugh Now, a witty piece depicting a foreboding message. Runs through July 11th. $35 tickets available online.

7 pm Hey Girl! Bingo! @ Shameful Tiki Room, 1378 Queen St. W. Join the glamorous Shelix for the launch of Hey Girl! Bingo! Six rounds, fun prizes, stellar cocktails, and gorgeous drag. Arrive early to secure a good spot.

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 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.

9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.

THURSDAY

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

10 pm Loose Fit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Kick-ass monthly featuring Britpop, New York noise, psychedelic, and good vibrations.

10 pm DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard plays an eclectic set of tunes from the past and the present, maybe even the future?

FRIDAY

12 pm 15th Anniversary Block Party @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. An all-day celebration hosted by Much and E! Host Tyrone T-rex Edwards, featuring live demonstrations o virtual painting by House of VR, food trucks, headlining set by rock darlings The New Pornographers, and more. Until 11 pm.

7 pm Friday Night Live: Indigenous Now @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Honour Aboriginal Heritage Month with contemporary Indigenous artists at this special #FNLROM. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

9 pm Mermaid Ball @ Revival, 783 College St. Celebrate the coming of summer with this fun-filled costume party! Show off your sparkles, swimwear, skin, and fins with a joy for all things nautical. You never know what creatures may swim by on the dance floor. Costumes encouraged, but not mandatory. $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Doo Lang @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A night of vintage dance music with DJ Misty! Vintage R&B, girl groups, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll, all played on 45 RPM.

10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time and mixes it up with classic ’80s commercials.

10 pm Heckin’ Queer Launch @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Say hello to the newest snake in the gay promotional grass, Heckin’ Queer! DJ Valeroo spinnin’ all the best in: that gay shit, pop, bubbly house, danceable disco, R&B, and allllll the floor fillin’ classics. $10, with 50% of proceeds going to the Bricks & Glitter Festival.

10 pm Scissors @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. House music for beautiful queers and their friends.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. ’90s/00s guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.

10 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush brings you another ridiculous ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure dance party. Wham!, Puff Daddy, Shania Twain, Guns N Roses, Hall and Oates, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Phil Collins, The Go-Gos, The Spice Girls, and more! $5.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. All vinyl, all night dance madness with DJ Precious Brett! Rock, soul, funk, classic pop, and rarities from any decade.

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.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grump brings this party to the Underground, featuring a healthy dose of latin bass, dancehall, and trap. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Roncy Rocks @ Roncesvalles Village. Roncesvalles Village abounds with creative talent. Artists, entrepreneurs, inspired community leaders, and volunteers make marvelous things happen. Roncy Rocks celebrates this spirit by showcasing accomplished and rising local talent along Roncesvalles Avenue each year in June. Featuring live music, an art party, art show and sale, kids’ activities, a dog show, and sidewalk sale. Unil 9 pm.

9 pm Night Garden @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. Hosted by local arts collective Rhozeland, Night Garden is comprised of digital design, fine art, and photography on display with passion fueled performances from spoken word artists and musicians who embody the heart of our city. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Bad News @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. DJs Derek and Neil bring the action for Toronto’s preeminent wild and greasy ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party! Garage rock, party platters, early soul, greasy instrumentals, freak beat, and dance crazes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Footloose vs. Flashdance: ’80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Nobody puts Baby in a corner, so grab those leg warmers and get ready to party! Playing all your favourite ’80s hits all night long. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $10.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush brings you this super-fun/high-energy party where you’ll shimmy, shake, and sweat the night away to all your favourite jukebox hits and classics! ’50s/60s/70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, Motown, pop, disco, and funk.

10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm DJ Bad Credit @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock! Pop! Soul! Retro! Kittens? Weirdness!

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market featuring over 70 vendors selling the very best of vintage, upcycled, and handcrafted items. The flea now also has live music, free yoga classes, ice cream, and volunteer clothing menders. Until 5 pm.

4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.

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 Nite Flights @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Craig Dunsmuir plays soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, afro, tropical, jazz, blues, dub, electronic, and oddities.

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

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