November 22nd-December 23rd Toronto Christmas Market @ Distillery District. This annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Admission is free during the week and $6 Friday through Sunday.
November 23rd-December 3rd One of a Kind Show @ Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. Support the best in Canadian handmade this holiday season. Featuring over 800 makers, artisans, and designers. $15 advance tickets available online.
November 25th-26th Swedish Christmas Fair @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
Get into the holiday spirit at this two-day holiday extravaganza! Shop imported handmade goods, participate in folk dancing and craft making, sample delicious Scandinavian food, and enjoy a drink of glögg. Admission is free!
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 and the winning table gets an $50 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.
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. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!
10 pm Nachtcrew @ Bamb’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. An electronic music dance party with Nautiluss and Dina. Visuals by Nadia Khashan.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Chic @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Blvd. Bring this #FNLROM season to a climax! Celebrating the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, with complimentary access to the ROM’s newest exhibition, Christian Dior. $17 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Papi Juice @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. Papi Juice is a Brooklyn-based dance party and kiki celebrating queer and trans people of color and the folk who love them. Their special Toronto edition will feature DJ sets by Bambii, Nino Brown, Coco Supreme, and Oscar Nñ. $10.
10 pm Soul Step @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Expect the hottest selections all night long. Soul, disco, boogie, lovers rock, outsider, insider, and anything else to make you move.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Music for dancing with pleasure models. Music to transport you to the far reaches of Orion, to watch the C-beams glitter in the dark. Music for robots, runners, and replicants. DJs Pammm and Diana McNally (Automaticamore) play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s Euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams.
10 pm Britt Pop @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. An evening of Britpop, British Invasion, new wave, and rock ‘n’ roll from the ’60, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s with Britt (a.k.a. DJ Blush)! $5.
10 pm New Currency & Friends @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A celebration of underground music from around the world. The goal is to expose new music while still keeping up with what’s current and trending. Music selection: Jenno, Shaine CRSB, and Kazeem Kuteyi. $5.
10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out madness with DJ Teenage Werewolf. Rock ‘n’ roll, psych, punk, and post-punk.
10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Mostly ’90s dance party with pals Slater and Ty! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm Medicine @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. All genres and styles of psych on vinyl with DJ Nico and Johnny Trash!
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 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.
10 am Pixel & Bristle Winter Market @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Pixel & Bristle is back with their third Winter Market! The perfect place to do all your holiday shopping for your design-minded friends (and yourself!). Until 4:30 pm.
11 am Christmas Chocolate & Pastry Fair @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 501 Christie St. A one-day pop-up marketplace featuring chocolate eating contests, demonstrations, free draws, and more. Until 5 pm. $17.50 advance tickets available online.
1 pm Magical Holiday Market @ Women on the Move, 2111 Dundas St. W. Spiritually-minded artists and entrepreneurs come together for the holiday season. Featuring $20 intuitive readings and holistic treatments from local practitioners including Becca Lemire (Thai massages), Little Orchid Tarot, Laura’s Holistic Gardens (Reiki), and Barbara Kawa (spiritual life integration readings) + retailers Drake Apothecary, Black and the Moon, Fem Yinspiration, Allie Sweeting, NNUA, Twin Flames Design, and The Angel House. Pre-register here.
1 pm Bad Girls Market @ 165 Geary Ave. Support your local girl gang this holiday season at the Bad Girls Market. Featuring 20+ Bad Girl-run pop-ups, Bad Girl entertainment / beats throughout the day, and a cozy holiday cocktail bar hosted by mixing queen Christina Veira. Proceeds will be donated to Nellie’s Shelter for Women and Children. Until 8 pm.
8 pm Mood @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. Multidisciplinary art party! Projection art and other works + DJ sets by Lost is Found Collective and performances by James Luong, Caden & Chantelle, Keosha, and Berma. $15.
10 pm Do Right! Session @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Alister Johnson and John Kong play disco, house, and boogie. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Realities: Hyperborea Art Grant Fundraiser @ House of VR, 639 Queen St. W. Explore two floors of different realities through art, music, and dance from a number of Toronto artists and DJs at this officially-sanctioned Burning Man event and art fundraiser. Dress code: Dress Your Own Reality. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, with profits going towards the Hyperborea Art Grant Fund under the newly-formed non-profit Hyperborea Experiential Arts Team (HEAT).
10 pm Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. A night of your favorite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! Giveaways from Kops Records and Steamwhistle Brewery. $10.
10 pm Footprints 15 Year Anniversary @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Toronto’s premiere open-format dance party turns 15! Featuring DJs Jason Palma, General Eclectic, and Stuart Li. $10.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.
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 Just 4/4 U: Sagittarius Brew @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. Techno, tech house, and house with your friendly intergalactic selectors Angie La-La, K, Okaybashe, and Valeroo. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
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 Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Guv’nor General share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10.
10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is Pet Shop Boys. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.
10 pm A Night At The Roxbury 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Come scream “EMIIIIIILIO” and dance to the best music from the 1990s. ’90s attire encouraged (and you better believe they’ll be on the lookout for who can do the best Roxbury dance). $5 advance tickets available online.
11 pm RUDE 1 Year Anniversary @ 191 Geary Ave. RUDE celebrates one year of music, art community, culture, and rudeness. Performances by Dai Burger and Myst Milano; DJ sets by Bambii, Vaughan, and Myst Milano. $15 in advance and at the door ($20 after 1 am).
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.
10 am Leslieville Flea Holiday Market @ S.H. Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd. A one-stop shop for holiday gift giving needs. Select vendors have carefully curated a variety of unique and affordable vintage items, perfect for everyone on the holiday gift giving list. There will also be food, coffee, and music. Until 4 pm.
10 am Gladstone Flea Holiday Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A happy place where there are no busy parking lots or endless line-ups, and you can still check everyone off your list – with a mimosa in hand! Until 4 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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