December 6th-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.
December 8th-10th City of Craft @ The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W. The 11th annual City of Craft returns with over 60 of the city’s finest artists and makers, free workshops, and breath-taking installations. Open 6-10 pm Friday and 11-6 pm Saturday and Sunday. $3.
December 9th-10th Holiday Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Check those names off your holiday shopping list with 60+ vendors selling fashion, jewelry, home decor, beauty, crafts, and more. The Stop kitchen will be also be on hand serving Syrian comfort food by Majada, as well as gluten-free treats by Ines Rischke. Open 5-11 pm Saturday and 9-6 pm Sunday.
December 9th-10th Pink Xmas @ The 519, 519 Church St. A (holiday) queer craft, fashion, art, and literature fair organized by Pink Market in support of The 519. Open 11-6 pm both days. PWYC ($5 suggested).
December 9th-10th Parkdale Flea @ Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. Support local artisans and makers this holiday season and pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts. As always, entry is FREE and dogs are welcome! Open daily from 11-6 pm.
6 pm Akin Creative: Card Making Party @ Farside Studio, 600 Gerrard St. E. A casual, drop-in crafting party. Make a card for your best friend, neighbour, significant other, worst enemy or a complete stranger! All materials are provided. PWYC ($5 per card suggested). Stop by anytime between 6-9 pm.
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 “Modern Whore” Book Launch @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. The highly anticipated, crowdfunded sex-art book “Modern Whore” by outspoken former escort Andrea Werhun and photographer Nicole Bazuin launches with an evening of tarot readings by Qveen of Swords Tarot, live burlesque by Vivi the Vamp, window dancing by Genie Emerald, musical performance by Meanwood, and readings from the book, which will be available for purchase. $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
10 pm Loose Fit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Kick-ass monthly featuring Britpop, New York noise, psychedelic, and good vibrations.
6 pm SKETCH Open Studio: The MarketPlace @ Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Original Artwork and crafts by emerging youth artists and entrepreneurs + food, exhibitions, performances, and more! Until 9 pm.
7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!
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 Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Kelela, Broadcast, Robyn, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Grimes, and more.
3 pm Un/tamed Holiday Market @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Shop small business and support amazing local womxn creators, makers, and artists at this holiday market! Featuring clothing, ceramics, candles, jewellery, tote bags, pins, patches, and more. All profits from the bar will go to Sistering: A Woman’s Place.
6:30 pm Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides 35mm Screening @ TIFF, 350 King St. W. Experience a 35mm screening of Sofia Coppola’s feature debut The Virgin Suicides: a delicate portrait of adolescent girlhood clashing with overbearing parents and the cruelties of teenage male lust. $14 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Screen Queens Presenting Hidden Figures @ Sleepover.xyz by Thisopenspace, 950 Queen St. W. Spend a cozy night in mingling with like-minded people about sexual health and empowerment. There will be free food, non-alcoholic drinks, and goodie bags for every person who registers! $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Futura @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Bass, dancehall, leftfield hip-hop, futureboogie, wave, and minimal R&B with Wavgods, Andycapp, and Andy B Bad. For futurists only. $5.
10 pm Cut Class @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Fawn Big Canoe plays bangers, dance floor fillers, one hit wonders, and nostalgic guilty pleasures from the late ’90s and early 2000s. Nothing is off the table at Cut Class!
10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs HRLD, SAYYZON, and Killa Kev play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.
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. Guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Body Heat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Jamieson and guests stir up a hot mess on the dance floor! Full of surprises, void of cover.
10 pm Verses @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. It’s an occasion! DJ sets by Myst Jayda, Ace Dillinger, Young Teesh, and Vaughan.
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.
11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grump brings a new party to the Underground, featuring a healthy dose of latin bass, dancehall, and trap. $10.
10 pm A Drag Tribute To Meryl Streep @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you, with every queen choosing their favourite track from a film, and debasing themselves for you. Yes, you! DJ Aeryn Pfaff will be twisting tunes all night long. $5.
10 pm Good Enough Live Karaoke @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Always wanted to front a real rock band? With the help of Good Enough Live Karaoke, guests can pick from hundreds of songs and become the lead singer of a real-life four-piece backing band. You sing. They play. No cover.
10 pm Intertone @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Èbony, Pursuit Grooves, and Basic Soul Unit bring forward-thinking and diverse soul sounds from the light to the dark and from the rooted to the interstellar.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages. Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2018, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Home Alone 2: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals! Time to break out those ugly Christmas sweaters and dance to cheesy 90s music. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Pillow Talk @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. A globe-trotting open format dance party focused on experiments in dance music. Expect the unexpected – but most of all, expect pleasure. This month features Amsterdam’s Josephine going b2b2b with locals Tender Buttons and Ensoul.
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 James “Small Axe” ACS and Leafy Cheify playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.
10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Any genre, any era, all vinyl dance party madness with DJ Precious Brett! $5 rail drinks and shots.
10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
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 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 Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $10.
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 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.
11 am The (Final) Holiday Post Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Join The Post Market for their LAST EVER event to celebrate the holiday season and support local businesses. Until 5 pm.
11 am FrostBite: The Bazaar of the Bizarre Holiday Edition @ Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, 6 Noble St. A marketplace for all things, different, interesting, weird, strange, one-of-a-kind, macabre, and whimsical. Until 8 pm.
6:30 pm Marie Antoinette introduced by Nathalie Atkinson @ TIFF, 350 King St. W. Join culture writer and Designing the Movies creator Nathalie Atkinson for a special 35mm presentation of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, based on Antonia Fraser’s revisionist biography of the doomed teen queen. $14 advance tickets available online.
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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