Toronto Hit List: Puppy Love, Oh My Gal, Crush Zone, A Very Sneaky Dee’s Valentine’s Dance Party & more!

February 12th-13th The Super Naughty Sex Show @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Over 100 contributing artists! Over 250 erotic themed paintings and sculptures! Erotic installations and performances! Leave your inhibitions at the door! Runs 8-2 am both days. $8 advance tickets available online.

February 13th-14th V-Day Flower Market @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. With the help of Jordana Masi of White Oak Flower Co., the Toronto Flower Market will be taking over the Drake Sky Yard, selling lush and romantic bouquets of local blooms like ranunculus, anemone, amaryllis, and tulips. Open 10-5 pm Saturday and 11-4 pm Sunday.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.

7 pm “Lady Parts” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel (Ryerson Artspace), 1214 Queen St. W. “Lady Parts” presents works by Alycia Kosonic and Katiuska Doleatto, who employ appropriation and collage techniques to present imagery centered around femininity, the body, and materiality. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until March 6.

8 pm Dirty Dozen Birthday @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. What better a way to celebrate 12 years of Drake history than with a Dirty Dozen bash? Things are going to get messy, but in the best way possible! Featuring Brooklyn-based conceptual artist Kurt Bigenho and his interactive Disorganizers project + musical performances by Rich Aucoin, Lowell, Matrox, and Bossie. $10.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.

FRIDAY

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Let us celebrate love and sex and candy. Queer + sex positive dance party with go go dancers, impromptu strip shows, group sing-a-longs, and DJ Dang Kids on the decks. $5.

10 pm Dudebox Presents: Moonshine @ 51 Jefferson Ave. In honour of NBA All-Star Weekend (or Valentine’s or whatever), Dudebox is teaming up with Montreal’s hottest nomadic party, Moonshine. What you can expect: Mysterious warehouse, garage door in, side door out, lead singer of Arcade Fire on the decks, $5 drinks, hip-hop, afrobeat, and much more. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. 100% of profit goes to Kanpe.

10 pm PPP x Apt. 200 All-Star Weekend Takeover @ Apt. 200, 1034 Queen St. W. The Parisian based PPP collective are made up of the owners of famed Paris club le Pompon, the chief designer and creative director of Pigalle, and members of the Pain O ChoKolat crew. The ringleaders Charaf Tajer and Stephane Ashpool famously throw some of the hottest parties during major events like Art Basel, Paris Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week… And now, NBA All-Star Weekend 2016.

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. The ladies of Bangs & Blush invite you to another night chocked-full of the worst tunes from the ’90s and ’00s – only the guiltiest of pleasures will be played! $5.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s only sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs Digits, Little Kicks, and Shudder will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5 early, $10 later.

10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm Daniel T. @ 76-A Geary Ave. A long night of disco dancing with L.A.’s Daniel T. Support from Roberto and Pop District. $10 before midnight, $15 after.

10 pm F*CK Y*U DEAR @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A FYD Valentine’s celebrating all the in-betweens of being in love. Music that will take you from breakup to makeup provided by DeathCohen and DJ brains4brkfst. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Local Artist @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Vancouver’s Local Artist will be playing music made for dancing in Toronto’s favourite intimate hovel for a real nice time. With Evening Standard residents Members Only slowly warming the room to near perfect for Local Artist’s Toronto moment. $10.

10 pm Missy Elliot vs. Everybody Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Internet loves a comeback, but when it’s as fun as Missy Elliott’s return, who can blame it? It’s going to be Missy Elliot vs. the best of the rest. There will be drink specials, amazing live dance performances by The Girls Club, and of course, a sea of Missy classics to drown in. Tynomi Banks coming back for a special appearance too! $12.25 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. This month, they’ll be joined by Red Bull Bod Mon Kid MK and Max Mohenu. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Everything you need this Valentine’s Day for that special someone, all under one roof. Art, clothing, drinks, food, handmade, jewelry, movies, music, retro video games, vintage, and more! Furry friends are welcome and admission is always free. Until 5 pm.

6 pm Naomi Rakhsha Solo Exhibition Opening Reception @ Projector Gallery, 592 Markham St. In honour of women and the {female body} Naomi is displaying a series of thought-provoking artworks that challenge the concepts of nudity and sexualization; exploring ways to view and express nudity without a correlated depiction of promiscuity. This is her first solo exhibition in Toronto. Goes late. Exhibition runs until February 21st.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Lula Skate @ Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Sharpen your skates and skills on the Natrel Rink as Toronto’s best winter block party returns to Harbourfront Centre! This week, Lula Lounge’s DJ Trambo brings the tropical heat for your skate session.

8 pm Oh My Gal @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Sophomore Magazine just launched their first all-digital issue, and they’d love for you to come celebrate with them! It’s a night dedicated to female friendship, shine theory, self love, and dancing ’til last call. All profits will be donated to a sexual health clinic in Toronto. 8 pm: Friendship bracelets and photobooth and gal pal magic. 10 pm: Dance along to Sophomore’s favourite girl power tunes. PWYC.

10 pm Body Heat @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Feel that body heat? DJs Myth Paradise, Jason Ulrich, and Andycapp down in the grotto. $5.

10 pm Yeezy Taught Me: A Kanye West Party @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. On Feb 13th, we honour G.O.O.D music with a tribute to the Louis Vuitton Don. Yeezus tracks, productions, and features in high rotation all night, with music by Grump and New Wav. $10 advance tickets available online, $13 at the door.

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 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Free Polaroids ALL NIGHT! Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

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 Business Woman’s Special: Makeout Edition @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Be in love on our dance floor and make out like a bandit. With DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown, and Diego Armand + Kimon capturing your best make out ever and a special performance by Allysin Chaynes. $6.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Valentine’s Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all you wallflowers, and a dance card booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long (except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find). You don’t have to be queer to attend this party, but you must have an open mind, an open heart, and open arms.Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up: Love Disco Style @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. An evening celebrating the one thing that is ubiquitous to the glimmering, gleaming world of disco: LOVE! Beam Me Up residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist will be laying down love-themed twinklings of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house. Joining the love-in is the uplifting, astral, lofty disco sounds of Kiki LeFreak.

10 pm Hopelessly Devoted: A Vintage Valentine @ Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘N’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge, 200 Bathurst St. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples anymore! Featuring DJ Hide spinning rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, surf, and more + couples and singles games, raffles, and a kissing booth, with all proceeds going to Heart and Stroke Foundation. $5 for singles, $8 for couples.

10 pm PPP x Apt. 200 All-Star Weekend Takeover @ Apt. 200, 1034 Queen St. W. The Parisian based PPP collective are made up of the owners of famed Paris club le Pompon, the chief designer and creative director of Pigalle, and members of the Pain O ChoKolat crew. The ringleaders Charaf Tajer and Stephane Ashpool famously throw some of the hottest parties during major events like Art Basel, Paris Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week… And now, NBA All-Star Weekend 2016.

10 pm Promise Heart Party @ 35 Strachan Ave. A hidden warehouse tucked behind the tracks of our city’s downtown west end, abandoned and glorious. Massive industrial sliding doors, wrought iron fixtures, soaring windows and its old majestic charm; brought to life with music and art and friends and lots of nice touches to make you happy. House and techno tunes provided by Serge Devant (NYC), Alton Miller (Detroit), and Leelee Mishi. Limited $35 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Bump N’ Hustle 20th Anniversary Party: Last Dance @ The Rivoli (upstairs), 334 Queen St. W. Bump N’ Hustle celebrates 20 years! This will also be their last monthly event for the foreseeable future. Paul E Lopes and Mike Tull kicking the best in house, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, reggae, and everything else that bumps.
 Hosted by Carlos (Hot Stepper). $10.

10 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s and ’00s old school with DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z tour DJ and Adidas global ambassador) alongside DJs R2 and Summit. $20 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Crush Zone @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Dedicated to the ultimate romantic. You you and you. These songs are pure and true. A kiss on the lips. A blush on the cheek. It’s all love baby. Body language we can speak. Music selected under the divine influence of Cupid by DJs S.F. Houston, Young Teesh, Charlie D., and Myst. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10:30 pm Get Down with Motown @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Get down at the Gladstone for Valentine’s Day weekend with DJ Matt Cully (Goin’ Steady / Chronologic)! Smooch, groove, and grind to Motown, soul, R&B, and all your favourite hits from the golden era, plus some unknown treasures. $5 in advance or at the door.

10:30 pm Juicy: A ’90s Femme Dance Party @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Shake your booty to your favourite R&B and hip-hop queens of the ’90s at this queer dance party! Featuring choons from Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Eve, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, and Missy Elliott, with selections by DJ Health & Wellness, Dirty Daddy Don, and more. Celebrate sexy singledom or bump and grind with your hunny this Galentine’s Day. $5.

11 pm Whatchu Know Bout Me? @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring the ladies of hip-hop and R&B. This month, they’re gonna get it Jumpin’ Jumpin’ by paying tribute to those bootylicious independent women: Kelly, Michelle, and Bey. (And LeToya and LaTavia and Farrah…) DJ Orange Pekoe making you lose your breath all night long! $5.

11 pm Thelma & Louise: A Galentine’s Day Screening @ Rainbow Cinemas, 80 Front St. E. Skip the sadness and sorrow this Valentine’s Day with a girls night out to the movies! Stay in for a glass of wine and come on down to the Rainbow Cinema at 11 pm for the ultimate BFF film, Thelma & Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. $6 advance tickets available online.

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

SUNDAY

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

9 pm Trinity Bellwoods Valentine’s Skating Party @ Trinity Bellwoods Skating Rink, north-east corner of the park. Christmas lights, music, hot chocolate, and a food truck – all in Trinity Bellwoods park! FREE hot chocolate provided by Snakes and Lattes and Eva’s Original Chimney’s Food Truck serving up delicious sweet and savoury pastries (vegan and vegetarian options available). BYOS (bring your own skates). Until 11 pm.

10 pm A Very Sneaky Dee’s Valentine’s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Valentine’s Day + long weekend = Sunday night dance party! Bring your date and get down with ALL THE HITZ: The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Four Tops, and much more. $3.50 drinks before midnight. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Cheap Thrills @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Calling all love birds and lonely hearts club members: DJs Blush and Waves are back with another night of cheap thrills! They’ll be spinning a bunch of dirty, hip-shakin’ rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

10 pm Love Is The Drug @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. If you’ve always wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with affordable liquor and the sweet crooning of Bryan Ferry lamenting the women who have left him, this is your night. Glam rock, punk, post-punk, disco, electro, assorted strangeness, now with approximately 68% more liebe und romanze.

10 pm All-Star Grand Finale @ BLND TGR, 559 College St. DJs Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z’s former tour DJ/Adidas global ambassador), D-Sharp (NBA Champion Golden State Warriors official DJ), 4KORNERS (Toronto Raptors Official DJ), Agile (international multi-platinum DJ/producer), Power (award-winning DJ/producer), and Mista Jiggz (Host of VIBE105’s Electric Touch) play a complete mix of genres and styles, both old and new. Limited $20 advanced tickets available online, $25 at the door (capacity permitting).

10 pm V-Day Vibes @ The Emerson, 1279 Bloor St. W. Shake your buns with lovers and pals. The Emerson will be time-warping back to the ’90s for some proper hip-hop tunage spun by the talented DJ Dough Low. Hugs and kisses to be distributed throughout the evening. Feel free to smooch and snuggle all night long.

10 pm Moments In Love @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Hypersensual computer music from deep in the uncanny valley with DJs Diana M and Daniel Z. 2 record collections become 1.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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