Toronto Hit List: Midnight MRKT; Bey Bey All Night; Shake, Rattle & Roll Turns 5; Funk Off & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.

6:15 p.m. Sip and Sail Cocktail Cruise @ Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queen’s Quay W. Mariposa Cruises hosts Sip n’ Sails (basically happy-hour on the water), a two-hour cocktail cruise through the city’s waterways! As well as a DJ spinning tunes, there will be appetizers, and a variety of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails available for purchase, all while sailing by Toronto’s iconic skyline at sunset. Boarding begins at 6:15 p.m., tickets are available online.

7 pm Hard Twist 10: Memory Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The 10th annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art explores the many and complex relationships between cloth and memory. Hard Twist has become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature event for the Gladstone. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until December 27th in the 3rd and 4th floor galleries.

9 pm TIFF 2015: Drake House Party @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. This TIFF, the Drake is throwing a house party with Kill Them With Colour, Humans, Great Good Fine OK, Birthday Boy, Kwikfiks, Heartstreets, and Pyramid Tropic. While you’re dancing the night away at the building-wide bash, don’t forget to get your mini-manicure from Pinky’s Nails or be one of the lucky few to get permanently inked by Speakeasy Tattoos! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

10 pm Strangelove Society @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The society as you know it outside doesn’t exist. This is the unseen society; this is Strangelove. $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Friday Jr. @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Join DJ Kyle as he spins through his eclectic mix of vinyl. Drinks, conversation, and great tunes.

FRIDAY

7 pm PALEBLUE: Art & Sounds from the Milky Way Launch Party @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. The nerdiest underground launch party of the year! An otherworldly zine mixtape of almost 70 artists from across North America, Europe, and parts of the Andromeda Galaxy come together to present PALEBLUE: Art & Sounds from the Milky Way. Performances by Morris Fox and Beau Melanson (Feat. David Galli) + very special guest Maya Postepski (of Austra and Princess Century) provides a little dance party.

9 pm Midnight MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. Toronto’s sexiest night MRKT returns with some of the best local retailers, street food, craft cocktails, and DJs Toronto has to offer. Music provided by DJs A-Mac, Johnny Hockin, and Lucie Tic. Until 1 am. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).

9 pm Bruce LaBruce Presents: TIFF @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. Sex, sin, cinema. Makes sense. The revolution is your boyfriend. Featuring DJ Bruce LaBruce, Kevin H, and a live performance by punk rockers VCR. Hostess Judy Virago performs a sinematic silver screen show after midnight.

10 pm Bey Bey All Night @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. PRAISE THE QUEEN! Dance the night away to Bey’s hits and all your favourite dance-floor anthems. With DJs Sasha Foster, Max Zimmerman, and Jimmy C. Sponsored by Victoire and Beyography. $10.

10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The latest and greatest in popular and Southern-tinged rap tunes, provided by Jordan Sowunmi and DJ Yung Adult. Featuring songs and artists like: Future, The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott, Fetty Wap, Drizzy Drizzy Da 6 God, Rihanna, Beyonce, 2 Chainz, Migos, etc. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s only sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs Digits, Make Haste, and Tweed will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5 early, $10 later.

10 pm Get By Friday @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables. All jams all night. $5.

10 pm Tramp @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS who love GIRLS! (And their friends.) Music by Fawn B.C. and Linguist. $4 Tropical Titty Twister shots.

10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

10 pm Good Thing @ Charlie’s Gallery, 112 Harbord St. House, garage, techno, maybe rap, good vibes for sure. Featuring Human Plus, Hudson Alexander, Jesse Futerman, and Eytan Tobin / B2B Burglar. Free before midnight, cheap after.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush invite you to another night chocked-full of the worst tunes from the ’90s and ’00s – only the guiltiest of pleasures will be played! $5.

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

SATURDAY

10 am Toronto Flower Market @ 659 Queen St. E. A market that celebrates locally grown flowers, the growers that cultivate them, and the florists that style them. Flowers in season: tulips, hyacinth, hydrangea, lilacs, and more. Until 3 pm.

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a fresh lineup of local artisans and vendors, music, and cocktails! Featuring a carefully-curated, diverse mix of Toronto’s best local artisans and small businesses including art, collectibles, fashion, food, handmade, skincare, vintage, and more + classic film screenings all day, drink specials, music, retro video games, and a fun and friendly atmosphere for all! Until 6 pm.

9:30 pm Opening Night Party @ The Old Laurel, 300 College St. This Saturday, The Old Laurel is swinging open the doors and throwing down a solid shindig to celebrate its launch – and you’re cordially invited! Live performances by local favourites The Pow Wows and Detroit rock ‘n’ roll supergroup The Britemores + DJs Nico (With It) and Allan Best (legendary London, UK soul DJ) providing the tunes after.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll Turns 5 @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies invite you to paint the town pink as they throw the best damn SHAKE in the history of Shake, Rattle & Roll in celebration of their fifth birthday! Drink, dance and get messy! $5.

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

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco 3 Year Anniversary @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The last three years have breezed by, with Beam Me Up caught in disco’s whirlwind. Consorting with A Digital Needle and Cyclist are opening guest selector Tommy D, he with the encyclopaedic knowledge of disco, and the erotically enigmatic Doc Dynamite, whose visual delights are veritable feast for the eyes.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: The September Issue @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Strike a pose! It’s September and that means it’s BWS Fashion Week. Covergirl Ivory Towers makes her BWS debut, while DJs Diego Armand, Sammy Royale, and Nino Brown make your body move to the music. $6.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2015, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm Meow Mix @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E. Come scratch that deep itch at WAYLA for I’d Tap That’s newest monthly dance party and mixer! Tunes provided by DJ Chandler Levack. $5.

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 Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of rap bangers and other trill $hit with DJ FBomb and Ry-Fi. $5.

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

SUNDAY

12 pm Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair @ Bloor St. W. from Dufferin to Montrose. The annual Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair is an open-street event that invites people from all over Toronto visit to discover this dynamic and growing neighbourhood! Expect a dynamic array of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts. Until 7 pm.

4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 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.

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

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