Toronto Hit List: Midnight Support Group, Hey Girl Hey, BIG on Bloor Festival, Lady Bird 2000s Dance Party & more!

July 18th-29 Brave Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre presents some of the world’s most courageous, outlandish artists, thinkers, writers, and musicians. They’ll share the risks, the failures, and triumphs that have made them synonymous with daring.

July 20th-22nd Pizza Fest @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. More than 20 of Toronto’s best pizza joints and Italian hotspots come together for a city-wide showdown to crown Toronto’s best slice. But it’s not all about pizza – Italian favourites like fresh pasta and meatballs will be in abundance to pair with classic Italian wines and cocktails. $7.95-12.95 advance tickets available online.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Thoroughbreds with Chelsey Bennett @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. Heathers meets American Psycho in Cory Finley’s black comedy Thoroughbreds, along with a live musical performance from Chelsey Bennett. $15.75 advance 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 host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

7 pm Free Outdoor Movies: Cabaret @ Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline! This week’s screening is Bob Bob Fosse’s 1972 musical drama Cabaret + the short film She Stoops to Conquer, in which a Toronto drag performer stumbles across a doppelgänger of her on-stage persona. Eats and Treats at 7 pm, films at sundown (9:05 pm). BYOBlanket and chairs.

7 pm Bombs & Riffs @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 St. A comedy and music event series bringing together some of the best comics in the city and up-and-coming bands. This month will feature comedians Cara Connors, Will French, Fanny Arkay, Zoe Brownstone, Harpreet Ess, Nour Hadidi, and Faisal Butt + performances by Wrong Jeremy and The Jack-Daniel Band. $5 advance tickets available online, with a portion of the proceeds going to Lady Parts Justice.

10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Lurky @ Public House (basement), 751 Queen St. W. Strictly icy trax: drill, grime, dubstep. With JAYEMKAYEM b2b Freeza Chin, Groves b2b LTLT, and Bénédicte b2b Eytan Tobin. PWYC.

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Surf, rock, psych, and soul with DJ Luke Harley. Cheap drinks, fun, and games all night!

10 pm Club House @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJs Boy Pussy and J. Lai are turning The Beaver into a sultry Club House full of fresh new tracks and erotic grooves for your heart to expand to. Club, house, techno, and dance tunes.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: Chloé Watkinson, Carol Ellyn, Shred Kelly & The Achromatics @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week, Chloé Watkinson headlines with her rich soulful vocals. She is preceded by show opener Carol Ellyn, sharing her dreamy pop tunes; Shred Kelly, who produce a genre all their own with a bold mix of electronic and folk; and The Achromatics, playing Latin/Motown fusion tunes that are almost as loud as their spandex stage costumes. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Midnight Support Group @ Oak Island, 121 Ossington Ave. Placing an emphasis on the best, newest hip-hop and R&B, Midnight Support Group is the new destination for music heads and party animals alike. Submerge yourself in the sonic gumbo that DJs JBAKKUP and Sasha are due to cook up.

10 pm ’60s ’70s ’80s @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, new wave, glam, and pop from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s with DJ Blush. $5.

10 pm Turn Back Time: 80s Video Beach Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Surf’s up, bruh! DJ Caff is gonna work you out to Michael Jackson, Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Run DMC, Madonna, and more. Come dressed in your most righteous 1980s beachwear, costumes, or your favourite celebrity/musician of the decade. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s and early 2000s! Hip-hop, R&B, pop and dance music all night. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

10 pm Carlton Ranks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae–everything you need.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

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.

10:30 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe playing the hip-hop and R&B of yesterday, today, and tomorrow by female artists only + multiple floorshows starring Beardoncé and Priyanka! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

11 pm Collectif Nude Presents: Pawty Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Featuring new lineups with Toronto’s best DJs every month + specially curated hosts and photographers, Pawty Time aims to bring together many elements from the arts and music community and to empower them with a stage to do their thing! $10.

SATURDAY

12 pm BIG on Bloor Festival @ Bloor St. W. from Dufferin to Lansdowne. BIG on Bloor Festival returns for its 11th annual celebration of arts, music, and community magic in Bloordale! Featuring interactive art performances, installations, and murals + shops and vendors, a night market with craft brews, and more! Until midnight.

8 pm Down The Rabbit Hole @ House of VR, 639 Queen St. W. Calling all curious explorers, galactic adventurers, and psychedelic samurais: House of VR will be curating an evening with eyegasmic visual experiences, sensual sounds, and cleansing cocktails for you to revel in. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Lady Bird: 2000s Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance the night away to your favourite 2000s tunes while imagining you’re in Greta Gerwig’s dramedy Lady Bird. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm No Ho Queen: Fish Sauce @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. No Ho King is a party focused on celebrating the Queer Asian community, but everyone is welcome! This edition features special guest Nightspace (NYC) with Ms. Nookie Galore (Patrick Salvani) + resident DJs Lulu Wei, Discoraphy (Raphael Sanchez), and Diego Armand. $10.

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 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 Britannia: Britpop & Madchester Video Dance Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Join the common people for a special night of Britpop and Madchester video favourites with DJ Lazarus. See videos from Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Radiohead, and more. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Meneo Dulce @ Cool Hand Of A Girl Cafe, 2804 Dundas St. W. Feminist music from the homeland to the diaspora. DJ Coco plays salsa, reggae, merengue, cumbia, and more. Didicious plays dembow, reggaeton, hip-hop latino, salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, top 40 y electrónica. PWYC, with a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds from this event will be supporting our Decolonizing Latinx Feminisms Course.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJ General Eclectic as he takes you on a journey from House of Pain to The Cranberries, Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

10 pm Rock Sucker @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Starboy takes you on a psych, glam, punk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll journey through the ages!

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Hedspin, R2, and J-Class. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 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/60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party. Get on your feet and get into the groove! 4 AM LAST CALL.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques for that one-of-a-kind find. Until 3 pm.

12 pm Vintage Pop Up & Mini Market @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Come have a drink or two and score sweet vintage finds and handcrafted goods by local artists. Over 20 vendors + DJ Blind Matty on the tunes and Kungfu Dawg on the grill! Until 6 pm.

2 pm Bastid’s BBQ @217 Adelaide St. W. Bastid’s BBQ is back for its 8th year of summer good times. With Skratch Bastid, Pete Rock, Smif n Wessun, Full Crate, Hedspin, Lindo P, Andrew Forde, JAYEMKAYEM, Re.verse, and ESP on the decks and food served all day. $50 advance tickets available online.

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.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Ocean’s Eleven @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven (a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack original) takes great pleasure in the trials and triumphs of eleven eccentric underdogs. Film at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring Mustache Burger, Empress Coffee, Sweet Ride, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

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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