Toronto Hit List: My Bad, Puppy Love, Bowie vs. Prince Video Dance Party, Luv Dancin’ & more!

WEDNESDAY

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 Meow Meow @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)!

THURSDAY

7:30 pm “Maximum Recreation” Opening Reception @ Weird Things, 998 Bathurst St. A new series of graphite drawings on cotton paper by James Hewitt. Each work is a depiction of fauna and flora in cohesion as an allegory to the sublime, unimaginable, and severe. The work aims to cause discomfort through beauty to enact an inner sensual dissonance. Until midnight. Show runs until February 14th.

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 Vanishing Point @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new monthly dance party featuring disco, funk, soul, and rare grooves.

FRIDAY

9 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place with this ’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.

9 pm La Vie Bohème Cocktail Soirée @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. In celebration of the bohemian life, crawl out of your post-New Year’s slumber, embrace the night, don your finest threads, and rally for a night of snow-swept classiness at the Gladstone’s artist appreciation party in the Ballroom. Feature jazzy entertainment, bartenders slinging their finest libations, and lots of art. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer + sex positive dance party with DJs Nate Nightcall and Dang Kids on the decks, spinning a mix of house and pop classics, with a few surprises along the way. $5.

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

10 pm Paint It Black @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Teenage Werewolf plays punk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll hits and obscurities.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Pammm and guest DJ Daniel Z play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams. Adults only.

10 pm Body Heat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Jamieson and guests stir up a hot mess on the dance floor. Expect an eclectic selection of tunes and plenty of surprises!

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 Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A night chocked-full of the guiltiest of pleasures! Hanson, Britney Spears, Venga Boys, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Disney music, Nelly, *NSYNC, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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

10 pm Biggity Boop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B with your hosts Hoiking, Sims, and Teej Mahal. It ain’t nothin’ but a biggity boop! $5.

10 pm Daleks Deluxe @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Expect a mind-numbing panopoly of sickening sike sounds selected by top time lords. Beat psych, progressive pop, regressive poop, electric sounds, electronics, exciting sounds, science friction, rhythm und blües, proto atavistic mythological mumbo jumbo jazz, kosmonautical rock and psyched-electronics, and galifreyan freak outs.

10 pm Skank Top @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get down with the finest queer dudes west of Yonge at a gun show you won’t need a license for. Michael K, Evan Bergstra, and special guest DJ Aeryn Pfaff on the decks. No shame. No attitude. No sleeves. $5.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Famou$ Players play the sweatiest R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites! $10.

SATURDAY

8 pm PULP: Paper Art Party @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. Ever partied in a room full of paper? PULP is an evening combining reclaimed materials installation art, live music, dancing, and charity. A fundraiser designed to examine the current life cycle of paper materials (among others) and investigate alternative uses. $20 advance tickets ($15 for students) available online, with proceeds going to the Evergreen Center at The Yonge Street Mission, a drop-in center for at-risk street youth.

10 pm Heroes: Bowie vs. Prince Video Dance Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. 2016 was a brutal year for taking away our musical heroes. This party is to honour all of them, but with a special focus on David Bowie and Prince. DJ Lazarus on the decks. $10.

10 pm Luv Dancin’ @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Alister “Yung Zappa” Johnson, Adam “Gerry” Bronstorph, and Pooyan “Inna meeting” Pooyan playing the deepest disco, soul, reggae, Brazilian, afro, jazz, and house cuts for your listening and dancing pleasure.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Disco Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. It may be winter outside, but inside, it’s Donna Summer. DJs Sammy Royale and Diego Armand spin your disco faves + special performances by Devine Darlin amd Tynomi Banks. $7.

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 2017, played in chronological order). $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Dawson’s Creek ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Head on down to Sneay Dee’s to hang out with Dawson, Pacey, Joey, and Jen! The night will be full of ’90s jams and episodes of Dawson’s Creek, so you can watch the drama unfold while you’re dancing away. $5 advance tickets available online (includes line bypass).

10 pm Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Selena Gomez Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Who will reign supreme on the dance floor, Carly Rae or Selena? Video DJ Sean Caff smashes the dance floor with their greatest hits, along with the best of the rest from their contemporaries like Bieber, Swifty, Rihanna, Drake, and more. $10 online and at the door.

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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm 45 RPM with DJ Jonathan Hall @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. All-vinyl 45 dance party with DJ Jonathan Hall. Soul shakers, rhythm and blues movers, ’60s mod twist, boogaloo, boogie, raw funk groove, Motown anthems, wall of sound goosebumps, rocksteady ska, Northern Soul finger snappers, ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, and classic indie.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist serve up a mix of eclectic, inclusive funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house; all those transcendent tunes that fall under the disco umbrella! $10.

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!

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

SUNDAY

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with new vendors, new locally crafted goods, new handcrafted cocktails, and a new home! What hasn’t changed is that admission is FREE for all and the market is still curated to bring you the best this city has to offer. Until 4 pm.

12 pm Faith/Void Flea Market @ Faith/Void, 894 College St. Pull on your boots and get ready for another banger of a market, with homemade food, clothes, secondhand records, cassettes, comics, and more! 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.

8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Titanic @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Screen Queens is Mystery Science Theater + Drunk History + Elvira x lots of booze. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, they’re screening Home Alone, with live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games, and plenty of surprises. Pre-show at 7:45 pm, movie at 8. $16 in advance, limited tickets available at the door.

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

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