Toronto Hit List: Saddle Up, Baby Blue, *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys, Jackson Family Values & more!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Your weekend planning begins RIGHT NOW.

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.

9 pm Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)! DJ Diva Cup will vibe up the night.

10 pm Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Spring is here so come celebrate by singing your heart out! Hosted by Katie Lee and Sebastian Palfery.

March 30th-April 2nd Canadian Film Fest @ The Royal Cinema, 608 Bloor St. and The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. An annual festival that showcases Canadian shorts and feature films, and also includes opening and closing galas, panels and other meet-and-greet sessions. It’s a perfect opportunity to brush up on your can-con and support local filmmakers!

THURSDAY

7 pm A Tribute to Tim Burton: Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Gallery, 1214 Queen St. W. Artwork inspired by director Tim Burton. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until April 14.

8:30 pm Collective Arts Brewing x Gladstone Hotel Collab Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. West Queen West’s favourite art hotel meets Toronto’s favourite new brewer to collab on a monthly party with some of Canada’s favourite bands and DJs! Featuring live performances by MUNE and Midday Swim. All Collective Arts brews on tap for $5.

9 pm Absolute Magnitude: The Intergalactic Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Shake your asteroid and party in art at Absolute Magnitude, the Gladstone Hotel’s epically-scaled intergalactic art bash. Featuring Montreal’s Alexis O’Hara, the inventive video installation collective 2boys.tv by Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard (a.k.a. Gigi and Pipi), and drag performances from Judy Virago, Pipi Douleur, Fay Slift, and more.

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 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.

11 pm Code Red @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Spring vibes! Featuring RiRi, some visuals, and a lot of fog. Sounds by Murderposse.

11 pm Back to the Rack @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A weekly art party that aims to provide a space for artists, art appreciators as well as the Toronto arts and LGBT communities to come together after their respective art openings, enjoy drink specials, dance to music by a rotating roster of local DJs, connect with other like-minded folk, and get a little crazy. No cover!

FRIDAY

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.

10 pm Saddle Up @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Get that old country feeling in the heart of the city at Saddle Up! It’s a dance party in a legion hall, with legion hall drink prices. Stomp to the sounds of Dolly, Willie, Loretta, and more – they play all the good tunes, and only the best of the bad ones. There will be a coupla line dances, the occasional slow song, and no bro country. $5.

10 pm Baby Blue @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Global club sounds with DJs Prince Josh and Young Teesh + Elliot Vincent Jones.

10 pm Greetings From Florida @ The Steady 1051 Bloor St. W. West Palm Beach’s DJ Figment mixing authentic Florida breakbeats for all you Yankees who have never experienced such exquisite pleasure. Also on the decks are beloved local boys, Briggs and Comma Splice!

10 pm Can You Feel It? @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Join DJs Valerie Dour and Brandon Gibson-DeGroote for a trip through the golden years of late ’80s/early ’90s rave, including a special mid-90s electronica anthems set guaranteed to help you relive those days of big baggy jeans, snug hoodies, and big-bead necklaces. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Kevin Ritchie and Sammy Royale. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5 before 11:30 pm, $7 after.

10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Lose your inhibitions and take a walk on the wild side. Hibernating is not permitted. DJs HRLD and Sayyzon play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.

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.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

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 Hold Tight @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) is bringing a brand new hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s legendary live music and eclectic party space, The Rivoli – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJ Gramera. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm LL Sweatshop 1 Year Anniversary @ Apt. 200, 1034 Queen St. W. Celebrating the one year anniversary of TheLegendsLeague Sweatshop. Music by Bambii, Sophie Jones, Yuknodis, and KillaxKels.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10:30 pm Tapette: Édition Cuir & Plaisir @ The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. DJ Phil V spins French pop, disco and house well into the night alongside two very sexy French go go garçons. Expect 90% of shirts to be removed by midnight. $5.

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. You may not be getting married, but Wedding Night is playing dance music like you just did! Featuring all your favourites across the pop music spectrum, including new-wave, hip-hop, freaky funk, dad rock, and R&B! Strangers in first-rate finery make tequila-fuelled matrimony to a pleasure-packed soundtrack.

10 pm Michael Jackson vs. Everybody Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A night celebrating the King of Pop! What makes this party special? It’s a VIDEO dance party with DJ Caff, so you can gaze at the screen as Caff drops MJ’s biggest hits all night long. There will be drink specials, live dance performances by The Girls Club, and of course, a sea of MJ tunes to drown in. $10 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm Raags of the Gharana Tradition: Evening Raags with Anupama Bhagwat & Waseem Ahmed Khan @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Literally meaning “family,” a gharana in North Indian classical music refers to a musical style that has developed over a certain period of time in various regional centres. Hear a group of India’s finest musicians representing four different gharanas – Imdadkhani, Agra, Benaras, and Kirana – perform raags (melodic scales) that are special to their traditions. Tickets for each program start at $45 for adults.

10 pm *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. *N SYNC or Backstreet Boys? It’s a question that has haunted boy band fans for darn near 20 years. This Saturday, YOU decide who the victors are in this ultimate battle for pop supremacy. $10 tickets available online and at the door.

10 pm Jackson Family Values @ The Marquis of Granby, 418 Church St. Jackson Family Values is B-A-C-K! Easy as A-B-C! This is a video dance party heavy on Michael and Janet, with a sprinkling of the Jackson 5, The Jacksons, La Toya, Jermaine, Rebbie, 3T, and Austin Brown (son of Rebbie). DJ Doctor Baggie on the decks. $8.

10 pm Arpeggiator @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Pammm and Dan Z play mutant disco, hi NRG, Italo, and more.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Go-go stylings by Riff Randell. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Out, Demons, Out @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Best in hard psych, prog, early heavy metal gems, and rarities on vinyl all night + light shows, drinks, and freaked out films! Spun by Sean of Blood Ceremony and Christian of Dementia13.

10 pm Cosmically Speaking EP Pre-Listening Party @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. DJ sets from the members of Explorer + a listening party for their forthcoming EP, Cosmically Speaking.

10 pm Evening Standard @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Not since a cold – yet so hot – February evening with LOCAL ARTIST has Evening Standard collectively poured down into the grotto for an night of music made for dancing. But now they return with Jesse Futerman in tow, plus resident DJs Members Only. $5.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive dance party! Party jams and freedom.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick shares a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ‘Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

10 pm Stones Place Saturday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Saturday 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 Oldies 990 @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Three sets of ’50s and ’60s doo wop and rock ‘n’ roll, with DJs in between sets. Oldies 990 will be playing from a repertoire of over a hundred songs by artists like Chubby Checker, The Big Bopper, The Coasters, Lil Richard The Del Vikings, and many more!

10 pm Acid Test Toronto @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. This unique happening is an encounter with the nostalgic ’60s, a re-creation of the Acid Tests originated by Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. Like the original, this multimedia experience is an experiment in facilitated chance, in spontaneous interaction, and in the fusion of entertainer and entertained. Costumes encouraged – dig out your Day-Glo, dye your tie, and come prepared to perform your nostalgia. Featuring live music by The Tailbreakers, ’60s soundtrack by DJ Leafy Chiefs, psychedelic liquid light show, and much more. Tickets are sold out, but stay tuned to the Facebook page for cancellations.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric, Dalia, and special guest Agile spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.

SUNDAY

11 am Toronto Downtown Record Show @ Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. Over 50 tables in two rooms, filled with the best slabs of wax you need. All styles and sounds of music will be there for you to dig up, from the good cheap stuff to the rare gems you usually only see in your dreams. Until 4 pm. $5.

3 pm Raags of the Gharana Tradition: Afternoon Raags with Ramesh Mishra & Pandit Vinayak @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Literally meaning “family,” a gharana in North Indian classical music refers to a musical style that has developed over a certain period of time in various regional centres. Hear a group of India’s finest musicians representing four different gharanas – Imdadkhani, Agra, Benaras, and Kirana – perform raags (melodic scales) that are special to their traditions. Tickets for each program start at $45 for adults.

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 Nite Comfort @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This episode of Nite Comfort is a study in contrasts, featuring the more experimental side of Toronto’s electronic art collective, The Databats, and the quiet folk feelings of Erin Peck. PWYC.

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

 

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