Toronto Hit List: No No Pony, My Bad, Business Woman’s Special, Chronologic 9 Year Anniversary & 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.

7 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. This week kicks off with a performance by Chloe Charles, best known for her unique voice, self-taught guitar finger picking style, and music that is a fusion of soul, folk, pop, jazz, and classical influences. Following her set is a screening of A Bigger Splash, about the mounting tensions between a famous rock star and filmmaker who, while vacationing on an idyllic and remote Italian island, are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of an old friend and his daughter. Music starts around 8, with the film commencing at 9 pm. $15 tickets available online.

8 pm Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ 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 pm “Carnavalismo” Opening Reception @ Sur Gallery, 39 Queens Quay E., Suite 100. An exhibition exploring cultural conventions through the notion of the carnivalesque and the fiesta, its celebration, and outcome. Each artist explores different elements from popular Latin American culture seen through the eyes of hybridity, syncretism, migration, and colonization. Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until August 13th.

8 pm Throwback Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Vinyl vibes on the Sky Yard all summer long with DJs spinning R&B, soul, hip-hop, and funk.

8 pm Spelling Bae @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate spelling competition. Official Canadian spelling bee rules observed. Spell words, drink beer, compete for glory. Sign-up at 8 pm, Spelling Bae at 8:30.

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.

FRIDAY

7:30 pm Neon Dreams Presents: Valley Girl @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. To send off summer, Neon Dreams is going sweet and tender, with just a dash of exploitation, and screening Martha Coolidge’s 1983 classic Valley Girl. Head to the Monarch Tavern after the film for an ’80s dance party. $8 tickets available online.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Old rap and R&B faves + new bangers, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Amy Wood and Orange Pekoe in the saddle. $5.

10 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place! Come to the launch of the brand new ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure dance party that you don’t want to miss. 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.

10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs Gav, Kev, and James playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.

10 pm ’80s Prom Dance Party @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Neon Dreams Cinema Club and Sonic Boom host a night of drinking, dancing, and general tomfoolery after the screening of Valley Girl. This ’80s prom-themed after party will feature music from the incredible Valley Girl soundtrack along with the best pop music the ’80s had to offer!

10 pm Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelia, beat, and surf!

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

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, galifreyan freak outs, freak sounds from the four far flung corners of the quilted cosmos, and transcendental music for the mind, bottom and feet.

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. Fuck It is back! Jay-Z, Drake, Hanson, Britney Spears, Venga Boys, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Miley Cyrus, Disney music, Beyonce, Nelly, 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 Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer hot n’ sweaty dance party with DJ Dang Kids on the decks. $5.

10 pm DJ Punchy @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Britpop, electro, indie rock, cheap drinks, and good times with DJ Punchy.

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 Digits, Little Kicks, and Modest will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5 early, $10 later.

10:30 pm Heck @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The spellbindingly banal musical stylings of DJs Greg and Buzz. Heck house for girls, done dudes for guys.

10:30 pm Chronologic 9 Year Anniversary @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages, going strong for nine years! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2017, played in chronological order). $5 before midnight, $10 after.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with an afternoon of classic film screenings, drinks, food, music, retro video games, and of course, Toronto’s best in local art, fashion, handmade, stationary, vintage, and more. Until 6 pm.

11 am Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival @ 250 Fort York Blvd. The second annual Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival, an all vegan experience featuring comfort food, craft brews, wine, and spirits! Until 7 pm. Tickets available online.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: #SummerSixteen Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. It’s been a great summer. Let’s dance and get hot and sweaty at BWS! DJs Nino Brown and Sammy Rawal playing your fave summer songs, with a special birthday performance by Sapphire Titha Reign. $6.

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 Glitter Box @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get out of your boring box and come to the GLITTER BOX! It’s gonna be a puuuuuurfect night with DJ Kitty playing all your favourite guilty pleasures from the ’80s, ’90, and ’00s.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.

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 pm Make It Pop: Run BSB Edition @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Party like it’s 1999! DJ Dolo Rock plays top 40, hip-hop, RnB, dance, and house! Expect to hear artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men, and more.

10 pm Stranger Tings @ Eden Hall, 193 Baldwin St. Get strange! Rap, hip-hop, pop, and other stuff from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and now.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea is back with over 30 incredible local vendors both inside and outside. Antique, vintage, collectables, handmade, jewellery, local artisans, crafts, food and drink, good vibes, and more! Free entry and dog friendly. Until 5 pm.

10 am Gladstone Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Peruse the Gladstone Flea’s free local marketplace full of summer goodies that are sure to add some extra sunshine to your life. If you’re on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores, and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles, this is the flea for you. Until 4 pm.

10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by Downward Dog Yoga Centre. BYO: yoga mat, sunscreen, and friends.

2 pm Detox to Retox @ Lansdowne Brewery, 303 Lansdowne Ave. 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.

3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The Christie Pits Film Festival celebrates its sixth summer season! This week’s screening is Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, which takes the viewer on an ill-fated pioneer journey through Oregon with a group of families who find themselves lost in an unfamiliar land with no sense of direction. Eats and treats provided by Young Animal and The Pop Stand. 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.

8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Heathers @ The Royal Cinema, 808 College St. Join the one and only drag queen extraordinaire Allysin Chaynes for a cinematic journey through your favourite cult films. FULL movie, live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games, and plenty of surprises! This month’s screening is the 1988 cult film Heathers, starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kim Walker, and Shannen Doherty. Doors at 8, pre-show at 8:45, screening at 9 pm. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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

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