Toronto Hit List: Riverdale Winter Formal, Verses, CAKE, Bechdel Tested & more!

February 14th-19th Toronto Black Film Festival @ various locations. TBFF showcases over 60 of the most outstanding and most powerful Black films and encourages the development of the independent film industry. This year’s festival opens with The Rape of Recy Taylor, a documentary about a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in Alabama in 1994.

February 14th-February 25th Ice Breakers @ Queens Quay from Habourfront Centre to Toronto Music Garden. Discover, explore, and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter.

February 14th-March 4th Toronto Light Festival @ The Distillery District. Back for a second year, Toronto Light Festival transforms the Distillery District into a large open-air gallery filled with works from local and international light artists.

February 18th-April 1st WinterStations @ The Beaches (south of Queen St. E between Woodbine and Victoria Park Ave.). Now in its fourth year, WinterStations is an exhibition of temporary public art installations that celebrates Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape.

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.

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.

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.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.

THURSDAY

8 pm The Sex Show Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. A group curated exhibition of photography, painting, and mixed media works that attempt to push the boundaries of the definition of sex while exploring a wide variety of sex-related themes and contents. Exhibition runs through February 25th.

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 DJ Quiet John @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Britpop, new wave, retro – John might be quiet but these tunes deserve to be turned up. Get lit, get weird, get down!

11 pm Wahm Up @ Oak Island, 121 Ossington Ave. Sounds from West Africa, South Africa, South America, and Portugal provided by Sabi and CHANLMARSHL.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Lunar Love @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Blvd.    Express your love for art, culture, and nature at #FNLROM! Including Avant Garde fashion, dance, and complimentary access to two of the ROM’s striking exhibitions, Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. $17 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Riverdale Winter Formal @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Josie and the Pussycats (featuring members from PONY/Bueller/Specifics) are back to cover all your favourite 2001 jams from the major motion picture! DJ set by SheWolf Radio. $12 advance tickets available online, with proceeds going to Girls Rock Camp Toronto.

10 pm Verses: BLK PNTHR @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Club, afrobeat, dancehall, and house with DJs Ace Dillinger, Vaughan, Karim Olen Ash, and Chanelle Marshall. $5/PWYC (bring your Black Panther movie stubs to get in free).

10 pm 90s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The biggest 1990s video dance party is back with DJ Caff on the decks, a photobooth, specialty cocktails, free glow sticks, and a $100 themed costume contest. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. All vinyl ’50s/60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party with DJs Neil and Derek B.

10 pm Automaticamore @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. W. All-vinyl Italo, Canadian disco, and synthpop with DJ Diana McNally.

10 pm Blue Hawaii DJ Set @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Blue Hawaii is the songwriting, production, and DJ project of Raphaelle “Ra” Standell and Alexander “Agor” Kerby. The Montreal duo released their sophomore album, Tenderness, last year. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A special edition of It’s All Good featuring ’90s hip-hop vs. R&B music videos all night long. Expect to hear and see music videos by Biggie, TuPac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Naughty By Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, TLC, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and much more! $10.

10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is back to take you on a trip back to the 1980s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness. Overload on hairspray, break out the shoulder pads, and get ready to start your weekend off right! $5.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

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

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party! br0nz3_godd3ss (NYC) and Karim Olen Ash join the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s and early 2000s! Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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.

11 pm Pawty Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A musically genre-nonspecific party for any and all to come and let loose; all judgment can be left at the door. DJs Sophie Jones, Yung Shrimp Tempura, and Ganbei playing throwback favourites to the newest hip-hop and R&B. $10.

SATURDAY

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: GUMBO @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queens Quay W. DJs P-Plus and Revy B spinning sounds from the late ’80s/early ’90s to the Afro sounds of the present and future. The theme for this party is “Zamunda vs. Wakanda” – take your style inspiration from the classic ’80s comedy Coming to America or wear something futuristic to commemorate the release of Black Panther. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

8 pm Violet Fest @ Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘n’ Rolla Cabaret Lounge, 200 Bathurst St. Women-led, women-executed, women-focused live music event featuring performances by girlongirl, Sista Fista, Dynesti Williams, and Moscow Apartment + DJ set by Care Failure of Die Mannequin. $10 online and at the door, with proceeds going to Nellie’s Shelter.

10 pm Ruffles @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Descend into every last bit of flavour. Music by Kristie Muller, Young Teesh, Jiminy Jiminy, and OGQT

10 pm Yohomo Presents: Open Relationship @ The Great Hall (basement), 1087 Queen St. W. A night house music done right: Smoke machines, scents, dim lighting, and wild dancing to flip all the Valentine’s Day vibes on their head! It’s a fun, flirty dance party with a sexed-up storyline and surprise shows celebrating all types of relationships all the time. Beats by Jeremy Glenn Diego Armand, and Phillippe. $15.

10 pm Beam Me Up: Connection @ The Beaver, 1192 St. W. Beam Me Up residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist explore the connection between disco and house, both through songs that laid the groundwork for house music and those modern and classic edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements.

10 pm All Soul’d Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB.

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 Britannia: Britpop & Madchester Video Dance Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Join the common people for a special night of Britpop and Madchester video favourites with DJ Lazarus. See videos from Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Radiohead, and more. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $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 DJ Shirley Tempo @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures. Cheap drinks, no cover.

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJ Starting From Scratch. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar (Distillery District), 55 Mill St. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Free entry. Until 5 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

1 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 502 Adelaide St. W. Toronto’s first-ever vintage streetwear flea market. Over 20 local and international vendors come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic. Until 7 pm.

7 pm Bechdel Tested: Women in Politics @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Bechdel Tested is back with a long-anticipated edition of their feminist film and panel series: Women in Politics! The evening begins with a screening the ’90s high school satire, Election, followed by a panel with councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Jagmeet Singh’s campaign manager Michal Hay, Parkdale-High Park NDP candidate Bhutila Karpoche, and the Broadbent Institute’s Brittany Andrew-Amofah. $13 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.

8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month’s screening is the third installment in the Steven Spielberg/George Lucas Indiana Jones saga. $12 early bird, $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm CAKE: A Rihanna Dance Party @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A very special 30th birthday party for Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Twice Is Nice (Chayne and @hlybrtn) will be bumping all the hits, her best features, deep album cuts, sneaky remixes, and rarities alongside a few of her collaborators, contemporaries, and influences. $8 advance tickets (guaranteed entry and line bypass) available online.

10 pm A Sneaky Dee’s Motown Night @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Get up offa that thang and get yourself to Sneaky Dee’s! Motown hits from the Jackson 5 to The Supremes to Boys 2 Men and so much more. $5 advance tickets available online.

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

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