Toronto Hit List: New Ho Queen, Long Winter, Synthesexer, Heart Crafted & more!

February 9th-10th Bloor-Yorkville Icefest @ Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. Celebrate winter with the 14th annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. This year, the Hollywood North theme will transform the neighbourhood into a one-of-a-kind display of over 70,000 pounds of ice carved into magnificent sculptures inspired by the success of the film industry in Toronto and Yorkville. Runs 12-8 pm Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday.

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.

THURSDAY

7 pm Designing The Movies: Boom! @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A screening of the 1968 drama film Boom!, starring Elizabeth Taylor as the wealthy hypochondriac Sissy Goforth. With an introduction and notes on camp by series host Nathalie Atkinson to the Taylor-Burton vehicle so wonderfully terrible and so trashy, even John Waters bows down to it. $11-15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm The Drake’s 15th Birthday Party & Underground Reopening @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake’s epic 15th birthday weekend kicks off with a grand reopening party for the Drake Underground. Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs will get the party rolling, while popular disco collective Beam Me Up will really get the dance floor going.

10 pm OE + Friends @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Sets by house DJ and producer Ali Berger (who also has an eye for creating wild edits of your favourite R&B jams) and Flora FM, whose music is rooted in strong and emotive melodies, lush ambiance, and playful rhythms.

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, disco, and psych tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

9 pm No Ho Queen: Year of the Pig @ Longboat Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A queer asian celebration of the Lunar New Year – year of the pig! DJ sets by Diego Armand, Jaime Sin, Valeroo, Lulu Wei, New Chance, and Discoraphy. Performances by Vachina Dynasty, Ms. Nookie Galore, Miss Jade, Sissy Nein, and Jolin Starr and the Starr Girls. Art by Ness Lee. $10 before 10:30 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Flirty, non-binary fun! Spinnin’ all the best in: that gay sh*t, pop and remixes, bubbly deep house and bass, danceable disco, hip-hop jams, and allllll the floor fillin’ classics. $5 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.

10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. ’80s and ’90s guilty pleasures dance party with DJ Blush! $5.

10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, weirdness, cheap drinks, and good times with DJ Crunch Bandicut.

10 pm Bonk @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Big bops and new age blobs from Raf Reza, Isabella Diblassio (Detroit), and Daniel Benjamin.

10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.

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 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 One of These Nights: Yacht Rock + Soft Rock Tribute @ Nacho Bar, 699 Danforth Ave. A musical journey through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Music by DJ Starting from Scratch.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The dirtiest reggaeton, dancehall, trap, and world rhythms are showcased by DJ Grump and rotating guests with Blxck Ixn on the mic keeping you moving. $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm Long Winter @ Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin St. Long Winter is back to help get you through the winter with three floors of live music and art! This edition features performances by Im James Baley, Graham Van Pelt, Triples, Rapport, KOZA the band, Westelaken, and more + Long Night with Vish Khanna, featuring special guests Syrus Marcus Ware, Desmond Cole, and Robyn Maynard. All ages. $10 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Starstruck: A Multi-Level Spectacle + Dance Party @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake’s 15th birthday celebration continues with spontaneous performance art, tarot readings, throwback-priced drink specials, singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson in the Underground (buy tix here), and DJ Nana spinning the perfect bouncy soundtrack to your night in the lounge. $10 cover after 10 pm.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Soca On Ice @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Dr. Jay de Soca Prince brings his Caribbean soca sound to the ice, mixing the hottest vibe of the summer with a favourite winter pastime. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest 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. $5 before 11 pm, 10 after.

10 pm Promise Heart @ Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W. Promise Heart is all about keeping warm, sucking face, and letting loose to some great music. Whether you’re feeling cuddly in a corner or heating up the dancefloor, they’re here to satisfy your true V Day needs. House, techno, and disco courtesy of the Tunnel of Love, Tiefschwarz – Ali (Berlin), Carerra and Tavares, Leelee Mishi, Roberto S, Immigrant Muscle, and the Get-A-Room. $44 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm Knockout @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s, featuring special guest DJ Ursa Major.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Chicago’s finest, Tim and Teddy, spinning the best and boldest funk across the decades. $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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

10 pm Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, and guilty pleasures with DJ Misty. Good times for one and all!

10 pm A Drag Tribute to Country @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you and pay tribute to whatever themed nonsense Fisher pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. This edition features Fisher Price, Juice Boxx, Priyanka, Lucinda Miu, and the Frandiscos spinning tunes quicker than you can pull a trigger. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Mid90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Go back to the ’90s at this dance party inspired by Jonah Hill’s coming-of-age film. $5 advance tickets available online.

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!

10:30 pm Lavender @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks, and trans people – everyone welcome! DJ Zehra spinning us the best SOCA, dance hall, ’90s R&B, and reggaeton. $5 or PWYC.

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

SUNDAY

11 am GH Marketplace: Objects of Desire @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. This one-day art market features a carefully selected group of artists at the intersections of art, design, craft, and fashion who create functional objects within their practice. Blurring the boundary between artwork and object, these artists demonstrate a unique balance between aesthetics and utility. Objects of Desire will showcase a range of works ideal for yourself or a loved one. Until 4 pm.

11 am Toronto Art Crawl Urban Exhibit Market by Toronto Art Crawl @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The inaugural Toronto Art Crawl Urban Exhibit Market, featuring fashion, jewelry, home decor, vintage, photography, and more from the hands of 50-plus local artists and designers + and music courtesy of DJ Artik. Until 5 pm.

12 pm Heart Crafted @ The Workroom, 1267 Queen St. W. A sweet pre-Valentine’s pop-up market. Shop for some beautiful, handmade presents for the ones you love! Featuring the works of Cabin Journal, Catmamola Ceramics, Coriander Girl Toronto, Shannon Gerrard, Handwork Studio, Hedgling, Helen + Hildegard Herbal Apothecary, Rapt and Held, Sartoria,Shayna Stevenson, Studio Very, Sweet & Simple, The Love of Colour, and The Made & Found. 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.

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

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