Toronto Hit List, NXNE Edition: Yes Yes Y’all, Bruise Cruise, Love Handle, Sky Yard Sundays & more!

June 13th-22nd NXNE @ various locations. Music. Interactive. Film. Comedy. And some pretty cool art. $149 wrisbands available online.

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.

10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY

Gilding the Lily Store Opening @ Gilding the Lily, 47 Tank House Lane (Distillery District), Unit 205. Hollywood celebrity stylist Annie Jagger, whose star-studded client list includes Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Vanessa Hudgens, and Nicole Richie, is turning her attention to outfitting Torontonians with accessories by her favourite designers from around the world. Gilding the Lily embodies Jagger’s feminine-meets-rock and roll sensibility and features everything from Himalayan candles to rare handbags and her own vintage finds.

7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its fifth season! Featuring a performance by Hamilton pop-rockers Thought Beneath Film followed be Denis Villeneuve’s surreal psychological thriller, Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a mild-mannered history professor whose life becomes bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined with his actor doppelganger. The evening’s custom menu (crafted by 99 Sudbury’s in-house chefs) echoes the theme of the film with all items offered in pairs + a diverse selection of food items from Cool City Oyster Yard and beers from Amsterdam Brewery.

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.

10 pm Twisted Thursdays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, RnB, reggae, trap, and old school with DJ Law. $5.

10 pm No Need to Argue: All 90s Karaoke @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Campus radio hits, CFNY radio hits, Electric Circus hits, and all the rest. No exceptions and no hard feelings.

FRIDAY

12 pm 159 Manning BBQ: Part II @ 159 Manning Ave. Part 1 of the 6th annual 159 Manning BBQ, curated by Timothy A. McCready and Justin Peroff, and presented by NXNE and M for Montreal. Performances on three different stages by Bloodshot Bill, Beliefs, Twist, Soft Hell, a l l i e, Light Fires, Death Hymn, Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers, Xiu Xiu, Invasions, Canailles, Old Man Canyon, and KC Accidental. DJ sets by Joel French, Sunclef, Paul Chin, Elaquent, and Gaven Dianda. BYOB, plates of food will be available for $10. $20 advance tickets available at Soundscapes and Rotate This. Ends at 11 pm sharp.

7 pm “We’re Good” Opening @ Onlyonegallery, 88 Harbord St. (second floor). To blast off the summer, Onlyonegallery is proud to host “We’re Good” – a collective art show featuring original works by Dave Setrakian, Michelle Lefade, and Vladimir Kato. Sponsored by Jameson whiskey. Until midnight. Show runs until June 27th.

9:30 pm Screech Karaoke @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Come as you are and sing anything you want! $4 $4 Dark & Dirties all night. Video dance party intermissions. Hosted by Igby Lizzard.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ CODA, 794 Bathurst St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. DJ Neky the Kid joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Go shorty, it’s your birthday! Diego Bros play ’90s and ’00s hip-hop and R&B all night long. (June babies, post your birthday requests on the event page.) Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: 2nd Annual Posse Cut Competition Edition @ Revival, 783 College St. Gather up your crew and compete as duos, trios, or quartets! Combine your lyrical skills and deliver a knockout performance worthy of the Posse Cut Champion hardware! Lots of prizes to be won, including performing “Rapper’s Delight” live with Master Gee and Wonder Mike of The Sugarhill Gang on the main stage at Harbourfront! First 20 crews to sign up the night of the event will compete, so arrive early. Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les + DJs Numeric, Dalia, and Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, $15 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.

10 pm Frkn Wknd @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. The best in current and classic R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall. Cheap drinks in a dark room.

10 pm Phazed / BEASTDJ @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. Downstairs, BEASTDJ plays hits from all the decades. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Motown, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie—tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Summer Solstice Party @ Tiger Loves Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. To celebrate the longest day of the year, Tiger Loves Sweden is hitting the patio to welcome the Summer Solstice with cold tequila cocktails and bite-sized ceviche appetizers from Reposado (136 Ossington Ave.). Visitors will leave feeling cool, refreshed and ready to embrace the long hot summer months.

12 pm Bruise Cruise @ Queen’s Quay Terminal (Pier 6, Captain Matthew Flinders), 207 Queen’s Quay W. M for Montreal and Panache Booking present the ultimate summer boat party with live bands, drinks, and beautiful people. This year, the cruise is hosted by Montreal darling Mac DeMarco! Performances by The Posterz, Walter TV (Mac Demarco’s band), Calvin Love, and PS I Love You. $10 or free with NXNE badges/wristbands. Limited space, arrive early to avoid disappointment!

12 pm The Junction Summer Solstice Festival @ The Junction. The first festival of the summer season, celebrating the longest day of the year. Learn all about the Junction by enjoying a full day of activities and events showcasing the best Junction has to offer! Until midnight.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Famous Lee, Jay Big-Jacks, and Jason Ulrich bring you that summer funk heat to keep you grooving! $5.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of rap bangers and other trill $hit with DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm All Vinyl Everything @ Ballet, 227-A Ossington Ave. DJs Agile, Mensa, and special guest Jonathan Ramos play a mix of RnB, hip-hop, house, funk, disco, soul, reggae, and more – strictly on vinyl. $10.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Mötorhome @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Elaine and Christina spin power pop, punk, glam, soul, rock, and more – always on vinyl, always danceable!

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party specializing in cheap drinks, beautiful people, and packed dance floors! All styles, all genres, all peoples welcome. $5.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Diggy the DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SUNDAY

1 pm Fresh City’s Open Farm Season Launch @ 70 Canuck Ave., Downsview Park. Farmer’s market, nature crafts, scavenger hunt, bees from the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op, free farm tours/workshops, local beer, live music, and more! Tickets are FREE, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Until 5 pm.

1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love. Until 6 pm.

3 pm BBJ Pop-Up Shop @ The Drake Hotel (Room 222), 1150 Queen St. W. The pop culture and glitter obsessives of BBJ (Barbie’s Basement Jewellery) bring their bright and bent pieces to Room 222 at the Drake Hotel for one day only in celebration of World Pride. Since 1999, this queer indie design duo has been creating image-based fashion and décor accessories in Toronto that share their love of modern and retro pop life. For this special pop-up shop, they will bring a selection of their fave products, as well as some one-of-a-kind art, joyfully pushing their techniques and fascinations further down the rabbit hole.

4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 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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