October 18th-22nd MyToronto Photo Exhibit @ Artscape Young Place, 180 Shaw St. A free photo exhibit that engages individuals who experience homelessness to capture their perspectives of Toronto through photography, shining a light on the resilience of those who are often overlooked in our society.
October 20th-22nd Cask Days @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. The 13th annual Cask Days Cask-Conditioned Beer Festival returns with over 400 beers and ciders. Cask Days celebrates the love for cask ale: unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated beer that is served direct from a cask barrel. Tickets (range from $30 to $120) 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.
7 pm Dark Nights: Hayley Elsaesser @ The Gladstone Hotel (Room 207), 1214 Queen St. W. Fashion designer Hayley Elsaesser opens up about how she built her colourful empire in just over 3 years and why she has chosen to remain in Canada in this two hour-long talk. PWYC.
7 pm “Transcendence” Opening Reception @ InterAccess, 9 Ossington Ave. A group exhibition showcasing emerging new media artists who explore the otherworldly experiences made possible by technology. Each artist examines the ways mass aesthetic, ethical, and epistemological formations are influenced not only by online content but also by the overall accessibility to an overwhelming amount of information and the tools through which this information is consumed. Exhibition runs through November 18th.
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 Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!
10 pm Throwback Thursdays @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. A monthly party series from Good Kids where they dim the lights low and turn the bass up on some of your favourite jams to move your hips to spanning multiple musical genres and decades.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Senses @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Blvd. Hit the dance floor with top DJs and live indie artists, or explore our stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks at #FNLROM! $17 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Nachtcrew @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. An electronic music dance party with Yohei Saka and Dina. Video installation by Nadia Khashan.
10 pm Dance Wax @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Mod, rhythm and blues, mid-tempo deep dancers, uptempo downtown pop, and swinging soul for lovers and those who want to wiggle and sway any ole way. 45 RPM vinyl rare treats for dancing feet and lovers’ hearts.
10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros and DJ Blackcat play your favourite throwback and new RnB/hip-hop jams all night long! $5.
10 pm DJ Blush’s ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party: Halloween Edition @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Where my ghouls at? Join DJ Blush for a very spooky edition of ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party! $5.
10 pm SVFE 1 Year Anniversary @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. House, hip-hop, dancehall, club, baile funk, afrobeat + everything and anything in between to get you sweaty! With OWABOWA, Andy Capp, and ICEDMISTOPLEASE.
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty play the best of the Motown label and their contemporaries. $5.
10 pm Tough Love @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. For queers and allies. House, club, and magic with Chippy Nonstop, Myst Milano, J.LAI, Witch Prophet, and MC Jeannitta Cheffy Funeus. $5 before midnight, $10 after, with 10% of proceeds going to Sistering.
10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. With DJs Neil and Derek.
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 Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party is back! Tasha Rozez and DJ Tamika join the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
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 Duel of the Decades: 00s vs. 10s Video Dance Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Good Kids present an interactive battle of the two biggest decades in pop music videos: 2000s vs. 2010s! Which decade will come out on top? YOU decide. Costumes encouraged. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
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.
10:30 pm Sweet Fantasy @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. Katie Hunks and Deidre host a night of art pop and electronica at the new Less Bar. Water infused lighting. Weirdos only.
11 pm That Way @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come That Way. Go That Way. Dance That Way. Be That Way. With selectors Tribe and Charlton. $10.
1 pm Canzine @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. The festival of zines and underground culture returns inside the AGO, and it’s absolutely FREE! Browse hundreds of zine, book, comic, and small press vendors and take part in talks and workshops. Until 7 pm.
9 pm NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with Jonathan Toubin @ 300 Campbell Ave. DJ Jonathan Toubin lives in NYC and sparks vinyl extravagance all over the world, playing rare and heavy soul, rock and roll, old RnB, and more! All-girl surf band The Surfragettes open the night, followed by a dance contest at midnight (winner takes home $100 cash). $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Sissy 2.0 @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. Join the RUDE Collective as they celebrate the iconic and inspirational ballroom culture and Toronto’s own Kiki Ballroom scene, which was and still is responsible for a majority of popular queer culture now popularised, celebrated, and even appropriated everywhere. Vaughan and Bliptor play vogue beats, afro beats, dance beats, tech house, sissy beats, trap beats, funk, and more. $5 before midnight, $10/PWYC after.
10 pm Riverdale Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Something strange is happening in Riverdale, and it’s up to Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica to figure it out! Help them out by dancing to all the hits your legs can handle. Costumes are very encouraged. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Shriek A Tail @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Get in the spirit with a special Halloween edition of Shake A Tail, Toronto’s best kitschy dance night, blending ’60s pop, rock, and soul.
10 pm Sympathy For The Devil @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Hip-shakin’ rock ‘n’ roll with DJ Waves! $5 rail drinks and shots.
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 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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey play the best music videos from the ’90s for you to dance your butts off too! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, etc. $10.
10 pm Britannia: Britpop & Madchester Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas 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 Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.
10 pm Axiomatic Drift @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Subtle machine meditations, high octane sub-fragments, and humanist rave. Music by Milch and Object a. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
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 Mensa and R2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service inquiries and guest list.
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Let Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.
10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
10 am Detox to Retox @ Henderson Brewing, 128-A Sterling Rd. Led by a certified yoga instructor and followed by a tasting of beers, this two-hour session (one hour of yoga, one hour of beer) will be the perfect way to trick yourself into thinking you’re working out really hard. $30 advance tickets available online.
11 am Gladstone Flea Fall Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds! For each item you bring, you’ll be given one ticket (each item can also be purchased for $1). All leftover items will be donated to Sistering: A Woman’s Place. More details here. Until 3 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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