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Toronto Hit List: Rewind, Secret Service Club, Bad News, Sissy & more!

April 18th-23rd Canadian Music Week @ various locations. CMW spans 10 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.

April 18th-23rd Grow Op @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Now in its fifth year, Grow Op is an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay, and life. Opening reception April 21st from 7-10 pm.

WEDNESDAY

6 pm Harvest Wednesdays: Local Food Fest @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Join the Gladstone for their second Harvest Wednesdays event of the season – a local food fest featuring delicious bites from Chef Joshna alongside farmers, producers and artisans from across Ontario. Break bread with them, learn more about where your food comes from, and most important, how good it tastes! $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.

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 $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

THURSDAY

10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

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 Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of hot tunes and cold drinks! DJ DangerCat plays rock and roll, garage, surf, and new wave.

10 pm Isn’t Anything @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJ Pammm and special guest Pieter
spin indie rock, distorted pop, college rock, shoegaze, nerd heroes, and other associated sounds. Many free snacks.

11:59 pm Bunz + CMW Present: #Houseplants @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A 4/20 late-night celebratory rump shaker starring: Nino Brown and Sammy Royale + Baby Blue (Young Teesh and Prince Josh) and Murderposse. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 or first 30 free with CMW wristband or Bunz app.

FRIDAY

10 pm Secret Service Club @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Join Secret Service Club for basement party vibes as they celebrate a few special born days and bring the madness to a new location. Sounds for the night provided by Benchin, Ganbei, and Cream. $5.

10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. With DJs Neil and Derek.

10 pm HER Spring Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Her, the app for LGBTQ women, is back with another epic night of music, performers, and celebrating unique identities! Dress to excess in 1920s and ’30s style, and get lost in a reimagined queer speakeasy incorporating the reworked sounds of house, dubstep, drum and bass, and hip-hop set to tune of prohibition era horns, skat, and swing beats. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm FriendZone @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A brand new series focusing on what really matters. With DJs Raf Reza, Diana McNally (Automaticamore), and Boniface.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Carlton Banks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty play the best of the Motown label and their contemporaries. $5.

10 pm DJ Blush’s ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Super-fun, high-energy, all-’80s dance party with DJ Blush on the decks! $5.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, beats, and riddims with DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. $5 Jameson all night! $10.

10 pm Turn Back Time: ’80s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. DJ Greedo is gonna work you out to Michael Jackson, Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Run DMC, Madonna, and more. ’80s costumes aren’t encouraged; they’re mandatory! $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Saddle Up! @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Scuff up the floor to the sounds of Dolly, Willie, Loretta, and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites. You don’t need to know any fancy moves – they play all the good tunes, and only the best of the bad ones. No bro country! $5 (bar is cash only).

11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers (with a super secret special guest)! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

1:45 am Bunz Late Night: Friday @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Bunz and The Garrison are going LATE for Canadian Music Week. DJ sets by Bad Channels and Hunx (of Dilly Dally). Doors at 1:45 am following the Buzz Records/Dine Alone Records showcase. 4 AM LAST CALL.

SATURDAY

10 am Earth Day Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Swap your clean, gently used clothing, accessories, children’s toys, housewares, sporting goods, and art/entertainment for some sweet new finds! You’ll be given one ticket per item, which can be used to “buy” new things (maximum of 25 items to swap per person). Any clothing left over will be donated to Sistering: A Woman’s Place. Drop-off begins at 10 am; swap from 11-3 pm.

11 am Record Store Day @ various locations. Celebrate what has become a global phenomenon with special edition vinyl deals and releases at record shops around Toronto. Some shops will even have performances a sales to remind us all how cool our indie record shops really are.

10 pm Sissy @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Serve a lewk and Sissy that walk. DJs Coco Supreme, Widdows95, and Valeroo serving vogue beats, afro beats, tech house, dance beats, sissy beats, trap beats, funk, and more. $5 before midnight, $10 after (trans women of colour enter for free).

10 pm Dudebox Presents: Recmob @ 500 Keele St., Unit 101. Dudebox season has returned and they’re coming in strong with a FREE PARTY! Sounds by Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, Yes Yes Y’all’s Nino Brown, Nora Tones, and more TBA. All profits will go to Zona Prava, who support prisoner rights in Russia, and Inner Development Project, who facilitate workshops that inspire young women to examine the values of society, define self, and lead healthy balanced lives.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco: Édition Spéciale @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Take a trip with Beam Me Up residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist for a spin around the world of disco! Dive into disco from Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the UK, Jamaica, Cameroon, Mexico, Cuba, and beyond. $10.

10 pm More DAMN. Life @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. From “Free Smoke” to “HUMBLE.” and everything in between, it’s Drake and Kendrick all night. They’ll be playing the hits as well as the deep cuts. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 early bird tickets available online.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Misty playing Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, soul guilty pleasures – stuff that will make you wanna wiggle! Good times for one and all.

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 F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.

10 pm Retro ‘Guilty’ Pleasures Video Dance Party @ One Loft, 292 College St. An unabashed night of huge retro hits and one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Lazarus. The best of the worst; the ear worms that haunt you day and night. This month’s spotlight is George Michael. $10.

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 Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

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 Cold Shoulder @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Famous Players and Patrick McGuireplaying rap music from 1992 to 2017. $5 all night, fun all night.

10 pm Bey Bey Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Dance your butt off to Beyoncé and friends alllllllll night long. The dance floor is sure to be Jumpin’, Jumpin’ with Sacha Foster on the ones and twos! $10.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Let Jay Jolliffe and the Bevstmode DJs take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

1:45 am Bunz Late Night: Saturday @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Bunz and The Garrison are going LATE for Canadian Music Week. Starring Cadence Weapon (DJ Set) and Alderwood + Amiterasu (Thug Rats). Doors at 1:45 am following Beliefs / Teenanger / HSY / Weight / Eyeballs show. 4 AM LAST CALL.

SUNDAY

10 am Gladstone Flea Goes Green @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Peruse goods from local, ethical, environmentally sustainable makers and then check out over 30 thought-provoking works that respond to environmental responsibility and sustainability, public spaces and landscape urbanism on the second floor! Until 4 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with for a curated selection of art, fashion, vintage, food, and handmade vendors to help you put a spring in your step. Four-legged friends welcome! 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.

8 pm Screen Queens Goes Green @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month in honor of Earth Day and the other greenest holiday on the planet 4/20, Screen Queens is doing a special presentation of the mind blowing Planet Earth! $12 early bird, $15 advance tickets available online.

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

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