Toronto Hit List: OCAD U Zine Fair, Robyn After Party, Femme Fest, Solar System Social 2 Year Anniversary & more!

March 13th-14th OCAD U Zine Fair @ OCAD University, 100 McCaul St. The OCAD U Zine Fair brings together an amazing collection of talent and innovation in alternative publications. Each day will feature a different group of vendors representing a broad range of making: zines, comics, poetry, independent magazines, prints stickers, and so much more! Runs 11-7 pm both days.

March 13th-17th TOsketchfest @ various locations. TOsketchfest takes over the city for 12 days of comedy performances, parties, and professional development focusing on scripted, ensemble work. This year’s festival features Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall, Hannibal), Adam Ruins Everything, K Trevor Wilson, The Grawlix, APTN’s The Laughing Drum Live, and more.

March 13th-17th March Break @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. This March Break, the AGO is hosting nine days of interactive fun for the whole family! Highlights include Secret Ingredient, an immersive art installation and family art-making experience centred around the love of food, and the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School. Runs 10:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

March 15th-17th St. Patrick’s Day @ Amsterdam Brewhouse, 247 Queens Quay W. Enjoy an exclusive menu, drink specials, cask ales, a photo booth, games, live music, and a chance to win beer prizes at Amsterdam’s weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Make your reservation here.


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 Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email or show up early to reserve a spot.


9:30 am Toronto Reference Library Book Sale @ Toronto Reference Library (2nd floor), 789 Yonge St. Friends of the Toronto Public Library South Chapter’s spring used book sale. All items priced from 10 cents to $1 (cash only), with 100% of proceeds going to library programs. Until 8 pm.

8 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.

9 pm Bits & Bungle DJs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Shake it out with Bits & Bungle as they bring you an eclectic mix of nostalgic tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, all on vinyl.

10 pm Honey: Robyn After Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Celebrate the true Queen of Pop at this Robyn-fueled dance party! Sneaky Dee’s will make sure no one is dancing on their own while they play all Robyn’s hits, from “Show Me Love” to “Honey” and everything in between! $5 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Honey Beach 2K20: Robyn Live Show After Party Dance Marathon @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Celebrate Robyn’s pop brilliance with hits, remixes, and rarities all night long after her live show. DJ Phillippe on the decks + Robyn projections.


7 pm Femme Fest @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. An evening for celebrating the divine feminine energy in our local community, aimed at nurturing and offering exposure opportunities to Toronto artists. Featuring performances by Dalia Dargazli, Jessie Jean, Imogen Joy, Wolfgang Gray Trio, and Kyara Fan Page + pottery by Keenan Ot and U9 selling prints, stickers, and patches. Until 11 pm.

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

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits.

10 pm Decade: A 1995-2005 Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get out your butterfly clips and studded belts, and relive your best life at Decade! Anthems from 1995-2005 all night. $10.

10 pm Whas Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Good vibes dance party! Hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and dancehall – old school to new school.

10 pm DJ Granny Pantys @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Come get freaky as DJ Granny Pantys plays rock, psych, post-punk, and oddities.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

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 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. This month’s lineup: Freeza Chin, Jamie-Lee, and Mike Roc. $10.

10:16 pm Sixteen States @ Tennessee Tavern, 1554 Queen St. W. Curated soundscapes and portal pairing provided by Mystk Marshal.


10 am Caribbean Street Food Festival @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St. E. Don’t worry, eat happy! Get a taste for food that feeds the soul at the Caribbean Street Food Festival. Until 6 pm.

11 am St. Paddy’s: Green Eggs & Beer @ Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond St. W. Assembly Chef’s Hall and Lost Craft beer are teaming up to throw one of the city’s biggest St. Paddy’s Day events! Come early and bring your appetite, because they’ve got some of the best chefs in Toronto ready to shake and bake for you. Entry is free and on a first come, first serve basis. Until 11 pm.

11:30 am Guinness SPD @ Polson Pier, 11 Polson St. The fifth annual Guinness SPD welcomes green-clad party-goers for a free pancake breakfast, all the Lucky Charms you can eat, live music, Irish dancers, Irish-inspired food options, photo booths, games, and more at a sprawling 45,000 square-foot party space. Until 9 pm. $15-34 advance tickets available online.

12 pm Japanese Spring Festival @ Multi-Faith Centre Main Activity Hall (2nd floor), 569 Spadina Ave. Experience Japanese culture at the University of Toronto Japan Association’s annual Japanese Spring Festival. Enjoy delicious Japanese bites and fun activities, make your own karuta (Japanese traditional playing cards), fold origami, and watch a kendo performance. Until 4 pm.

7:30 pm Firefly Pub @ The 519, 519 Church St. A queer take on St Patrick’s Day, Firefly Pub provides an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ community members and allies to enjoy great live entertainment, delicious food, and dancing the night away, all in support of The 519. Featuring Robert Ball & Band, DJ LL Cool Wei, and DJ Asuka Jade.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages. Pop and anti-pop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2019, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Cosmic Residents @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Smoke & Shadows and Hemingway play chunes of cosmically-minded origin and perspective.

10 pm Traphall Boyz @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJs Osap Rocky and Maarton throwing down the finest hip-hop, RnB, dancehall, and more to keep you grooving all night long.

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 Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaeton. Tunes for all headtops.

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 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.

10 pm I Think I’m Making A Comeback Dance Party @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Watu playing the most danceable psych, soul, classic pop, and guilty pleasures.

10 pm Cheers: ’80s Valentine’s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Throw on your best green duds and belly up to Sneaky Dee’s Cheers St. Patty’s Day bar wars party! They’ll be spinning all the ’80s classics you need to make you feel like you’re among friends. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

10:30 pm Divas Only: Starring Ariana Grande @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Glad Day and Juicy Moon Productions are bringing divas from across the decades under one roof with all the glamour, high notes, and wind machines you can handle. Special spotlight on Ariana Grande. DJs Johnny B Goode and DJ Maggy on the decks + special performances by Juice Boxx and Miz Axl Rosé throughout the night. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

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, R2, and J-Class. Email for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.


10 am The Leslieville Winter Market @ Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. E. Shop your favourite local farmers, producers, prepared food, and craft vendors. Until 3 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea returns with over 60 of Toronto finest vendors, artisans, and small businesses. Find all your spring must-haves at Toronto’s most curated and beloved local market place! Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

10 am St. Paddy’s @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone is turning yet another traditional event into an all-day free-event fun-house experience! Start your morning with live drag performances and tasty specials, including the Gladstone Full Irish Breakfast, at Drag Brunch from 10 am to 3:30 pm, then stick around for a performance by Fin Furey from 5-7 pm and Good Enough Live Irish Karaoke from 5 pm to late.

11 am St. Patrick’s Day @ Petty Cash, 487 Adelaide St. W. Enjoy fried egg and sausage sandwiches, and great drink specials at Petty Cash’s St. Patrick’s Day party! Live music from 1-9 pm and a DJ spinning from 9 pm to close. $10.

6 pm Solar System Social @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. A space-themed speaker series that brings exciting ideas and research from the field of planetary science to the general public. This edition will feature Dr. Sara Mazrouei, whose recent paper in Science has been featured by CBC, National Geographic, The New York Times, and I Fucking Love Science, and Elias Fernando Solorzano, an engineer at MDA Space Missions. Blast off! $9 in advance, $15 at the door.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.

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