November 29th-December 23rd Toronto Christmas Market @ Distillery District. This annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Admission is free during the week and $6 Friday through Sunday.
November 29th-December 3rd One of a Kind Show @ Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. Support the best in Canadian handmade this holiday season. Featuring over 800 makers, artisans, and designers. $15 advance tickets available online.
November 30th-December 2nd Home Alone in Concert @ Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. John Williams’s delightful score packs extra punch and sparkle when the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – and the lively voices of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Junior Chorus – perform it live with the film! Advance tickets available online.
December 1st-3rd Holiday Market @ Smash Salvage, 2880 Dundas St. W. Shop your favourite vendors with a warm boozy cider or beer in hand all weekend long at Smash Salvage! Open 6-9 pm Friday, 10-6 pm Saturday, and 12-5 pm Sunday.
December 1st-3rd Indigenous Artisan Marketplace @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Rd. Over 400 local vendors selling moccasins, paintings, beadwork, dream catchers, clothing, traditional and contemporary jewelry, and more. Open 10-4 pm daily.
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.
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 Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise is back for another voyage into the retrofuture! Exotica, psych, garage, and punk rock for sound-hungry Gourmandizers.
10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub and Graves play disco, dance, pop, R&B, funk, soul, and hip-hop from the ’70s through to the 2000s, all on vinyl.
10 pm Poundhouse 19 Year Reunion @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. After over a decade and a half apart (and seven years since their last reunion), the Poundhouse crew is reuniting to perform classic vinyl DJ sets. Alongside special guest Ali Black, expect to hear all the underground tech and house that you love, haven’t heard in years, or haven’t heard at all.
10 pm Rhythm & Booze: The Launch Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Join DJ Blush for the launch of Toronto’s newest Friday night dance party! Soul, funk, and R&B from the 1950s to ’00s. $5.
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 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. The Hit Parade DJs bring you the smoothest sounds of the ’70s and ’80s! $5 to step aboard.
10 pm Svveet Beats @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Soul, funk, groove, rock ‘n’ roll, psych, blues, and everything salty with DJ Cheff. All vinyl, all night!
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.
10 pm Ting @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Sounds by Ganbei and Yung Shrimp Tempura. Hosted by Forki. $5.
10 pm DJ Mensa @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Mensa knows that creating the right vibe trumps all and has spent years perfecting an alchemy of scratching and song selection that weaves between genres and eras to make him a Toronto dance floor favourite.
10:30 pm Big Primpin’: Warm Fingers @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Warm up your fingers with DJs Tam Ika and Karim Olen Ash spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $7.
11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.
10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.
12 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 2720 Dundas St. W. Toronto’s first-ever vintage streetwear flea marke. Over 30 local and international vendors come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic. Until 7 pm.
2 pm Awkward Holiday Pet Photos @ Pet Uno, 675 College St. A holiday-themed photoshoot for you and your pet, with a twist: Make your photo as awkward as possible with a collection of cheesy holiday photobooth props (think reindeer antlers, Santa and elf hats, mistletoe, and of course, ugly holiday sweaters). This event is a fundraiser for Fetch & Releash. With your donation at the door, you’ll get a hi-res photo in an online album (suitable for printing or uploading to social media) + 10% off anything in the store. Until 5 pm.
10 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with DJs Kevin Ritchie and Jaime Sin.
10 pm The Return of Motown Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Motown Party is back after a brief hiatus! As always, expect to hear the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax records labels throughout the night, played by some of this city’s best DJs. $10 advance tickets available online, with partial proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.
10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, ’60s-90s pop and rock – booty shakin’ good times with DJ Brother Wayne!
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.
10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, and reggae record dance party with DJ Nico! Sponsored by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $5/10 cover.
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 Tapette: Édition Vive Le Vent @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Come find out how French disco and house are meant to sound on a perfectly dark and smokey dance floor. With DJ Phillippe. $5.
10 pm Bangers & Mash @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. An open format dance party with no limits and no boundaries. Diggy the DJ spins party anthems old and new.
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.
11 am The Bunz Flea: Holiday Edition @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Bunz Flea is a unique market where local artisans and craftspeople exchange their goods and services for both cash and trades! All vendors will be advertising their wares on the Bunz app and website (full list of vendors here). Until 6 pm.
11 am 4th Annual Christmas Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto Art Crawl’s annual Christmas Market returns, featuring four floors of goods from 95 artists/designers, interactive activities and demos, a live DJ, and food vendors. Arrive early and claim your swag bag! Until 7 pm. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
2 pm Black Owned Holiday Pop-Up Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Shop one-of-a-kind products and services from black-owned businesses while enjoying music, great food, and live performances. Until 7 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.
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