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June 21st-24th Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd. Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Indigenous Arts Festival is an annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, theatre, storytelling, film, crafts, and food.
June 22nd-23rd Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival @ Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Dr. This two-day event features some of the world’s most well-known wine, beer, cider, and spirit producers along with chefs and culinary personalities. $23 in advance, $35 at the door.
June 22nd-24th Toronto Craft Beer Festival @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. A celebration of independent craft brewers, featuring finely made craft beers and ciders + delicious food, fun activities, and live music. $25+ ($15 for designated drivers) advance tickets available online.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: Rushmore with Delta Will @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. Open Roof Festival kicks off its ninth season with genre-bending “space folktronica” band Delta Will, followed by a 20th anniversary screening of Wes Anderson’s beloved comedy, Rushmore. On-site food from Fidel Gastro’s. $15 advance tickets available online.
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.
9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.
5 pm Summer Vintage Crawl @ various locations. The best vintage stores in the city stay open late so you can hop from shop to shop and check out fabulous fashion finds, with some stores offering up live DJs, treats, and deals in a party-like atmosphere. Until 11 pm.
6 pm Pizza in the Park @ Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W. Enjoy Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Libretto, Indian veggies and rice from Banjara Indian Cuisine, cold beer from Steam Whistle Pilsner, cold-pressed juice from Angie’s Juicery, wine, and free grilled Ontario asparagus. There will also be a special live performance (hint: June 21st is National Aboriginal Day). All proceeds support local greening projects through David Suzuki Foundation’s The Butterflyway Project.
6 pm “Snapshots of Change: The Influence of the CNE on Toronto” Opening @ Withrow Common (Exhibition Place), 200 Princes’ Blvd. The Canadian National Exhibition Association’s newest exhibition explores the nostalgic, the familiar, and the quirky pasts of the CNE, through limited objects, never-seen-before photography and archives dating back to 1879. See how the CNE has grown from an agricultural fair to one of the world’s largest exhibitions, and reflect on the symbiotic relationship between the fair and its city. Open Thursdays (6-9 pm) and Saturdays (1-5 pm) only through August 3rd. Free!
8 pm SMASH: We Are More @ Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park. Curated by Art Director Jacquelyn West, SMASH: We Are More tempts you out of your individual bubbles for a night of bold contemporary art, encounters with natural beauty, and mind-bending installations that reflect the power of connection in the digital age, capture our imagination, and create moments between strangers and friends. $125 advance tickets available online.
8 pm Joe Carter Classic After-Party @ The Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington St. W. Always wanted to party with celebrities, watch a special performance by Wyclef Jean, and give to charity all at the same time? Here’s your chance with the Joe Carter Classic After-Party! $500 advance tickets available online, with proceeds supporting the education and development of Canadian youth through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Joe Carter Family Support Endowment Fund and the Joe Carter Scholarship Endowment Fund.
10 pm DJ D.B. Buxton @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, funk, and groovy rock ‘n’ roll with DJ D.B. Buxton. Funky tunes and funky times!
7 pm Friday Night Live: Jazz Club @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your Friday night on the dance floor with the sounds of jazz at the exclusive FNL Jazz Club. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
8 pm Summer 2018 Opening Party @ Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W. Join the Power Plant for a FREE party to kick off the start of summer and celebrate the launch of their Summer 2018 exhibition season! Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by artists Ellen Gallagher, Grada Kilomba, and Abbas Akhavan. Until 11 pm.
10 pm Selections 002 @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. New, old, and obscure house, garage, techno, and disco records from deep within the vaults, selected by Toronto Hustle, Tyrone Solomon, and Ali Black. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm High On Sunshine @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJs Liêm Bùi and Drumspeak spin a mix of lovely chunes from soul and funk to Latin jazz and hip-hop.
10 pm Futura @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Shamanta offers up her signature blend of badass beats and acid-tinged grooves, while fellow selecta Karla Houser plays your favourite, and soon-to-be favourite, deep house and left field jams.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Shake, Rattle & Roll is back for one night only! Get ready to twist, shout, and shimmy, because Bangs & Blush will be playing all the rock, pop, and soul you can handle from The Beatles, Jackson 5, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, The Supremes, and lots more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Mom Jeans Vol. 3: Prom Night @ Penny’s, 1306 Bloor St. W. Fancy or frumpy dress, mom doesn’t care. ALL are accepted in her jeans and even more welcomed to her dance party. Bangers from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s + random drag performances throughout the night. Best Dressed will be crowned.
10 pm Distant Dreams @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Lorenz LP and David L will play every single weird synth song that that 22-year-old guy at the bar with Shazam on his phone hasn’t heard of yet. You should come.
10 pm DJ Digital’s Time Machine @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Take a trip back to the ’90s! DJ Digital plays grunge and alt-rock all night long.
10 pm DJ Moms @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. The Boat’s newest DJ night, playing all genres. $5.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
10 pm Ting @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Sounds by Tona, Ganbei, and Minzi. Hosted by Forki. $5.
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 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W. Toronto Flower Market is a celebration of local growers, florists, craftspeople, and gardeners, featuring 18 incredible vendors. Until 3 pm.
12 pm Junction Summer Solstice Festival @ Dundas West from High Park to Keele. Celebrate the longest day of sunshine in the Junction! Featuring outdoor patios highlighting the best food and drink in the neighbourhood, buskers, music, art, comedy, kids activities, and more. Until midnight.
10 pm Third Atlantic @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Join Andycapp and Alister at the beginning of their new journey, Third Atlantic: A project concerned with pushing new and innovative music across the various spectrums, in conjunction with major themes of dance, colour, nature, and contemplation.
10 pm Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Things get witchy at Sneaky Dee’s this Saturday! Expect to hear all your favourite ’90s hits all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A new party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers, no headliners; just a group of people looking for some friends to werk with. Do Not Push, Freeza Chin, Jayemkayem, and JBAKKUP playing hip-hop, house, club and classics. $10.
10 pm Fancy Footwork @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. What do you get when you have Le Chic vs. Classixx? Parliament vs. Horse Meat Disco? Elton John vs. Daft Punk? Mista Jiggz and Mike Don’t play a mix of indie dance, nu-disco, disco, funk, and new wave. $10.
10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ and special guest DJ Dopey throw down hip-hop bangers all night! $5.
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush brings you this super-fun/high-energy party where you’ll shimmy, shake, and sweat the night away to all your favourite jukebox hits and classics! ’50s/60s/70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, Motown, pop, disco, and funk.
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 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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Up Late @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Watu plays tunes to keep you up all night: ’70s funk, ’80s pop, ’90s hip-hop and R&B.
10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Party @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time and mixes it up with classic ’80s commercials.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration returns for its 15th season! Featuring live music, games, circus and belly dancing performances, poetry, art, food, and lots more. The streets are yours until 7 pm.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival Presents: John Waters’ Hairspray @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. A screening of queer auteur John Waters’ cult classic, Hairspray, celebrating its 30th anniversary year. Film starts at sundown (9:20 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring Feasto Dumpling Food Truck and popcorn at the festival canteen. 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.
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