September 5th-15th Toronto International Film Festival @ various locations. TIFF is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.
September 6th-8th Taste of the Kingsway @ Bloor St. W. between Prince Edward Dr. & Montgomery Rd. Annual Fall festival featuring live music, 200 exhibitors, beer and wine gardens, food, midway rides, Scotiabank Dog Show, street performers, and so much more! Runs 6-10 pm Friday, 11-10 pm Saturday, and 11-6 pm Sunday.
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.
9 pm Sailor Jerry Presents: Dwayne Gretzky with The Gillespie Bros @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Sailor Jerry and PBR Present: THE D-generate LIST. Performance by cover band Dwayne Gretzky! DJ set by the Gillespie Bros! Free tattoos aboard the Sailor Jerry Airstream! 4 AM LAST CALL. RSVP for free entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 pm Down The Line Launch Party @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Walk the black carpet as The Drake kicks off their TIFF festivities! Sponsored by Budweiser Crown, Stella Artois, Beefeater 24, and Jameson – get ready for an interactive Drake party like no other as they pay homage to all things rock and mod, gritty over glam, vintage underground music scenes, and more. Special performance by Keys N Krates in the Drake Lounge. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
11 pm S’cool @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. End of summer vibes with DJs Kikileaks and CBB.
11 pm Lay These Knight with Bizzarh + Surprise Guest @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play the best R&B anthems from the 90s to the 00s to the 10′s that will forever make you dance/grind/twerk. For this TIFF party edition, the gentlemen are bringing the ladies in Bizzarh to play a live set, as well as a special surprise guest. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
10 pm Kubrick II: A Clockwork Orange @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. Young Lions Music Club and She Does the City present a party themed and inspired by A Clockwork Orange. Featuring live music by Weaves and Omhouse plus Brendan Canning on the decks. Starring: Owen Carrier as Alex + Nick McKinlay, Nicolino De Francesco, and David Lafontaine (of Unit 102 Theatre studio & Actors Company) as the Droogs. $17 advance tickets available online. $20 at the door.
10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants.
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 pm City Love / Beast DJ @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Crawford’s sweethearts Lacey & Tammy blast out hot hip-hop and RnB tunes! Downstairs, Beast DJ offers up free belly shots and bangers all night long! $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm James Murphy DJ Set @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem + special guests. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
10 pm Keep It Cute @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Dim lights, nice vibes, and music to make butts quiver. With special guest DJ Turfmayne!
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 SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Double K and Gramera (plus special guest DJ Magnificent) on the decks and Dennis P on the saxophone. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Recklezz, Kevin Ritchie, and Phil V. Half-price drinks before 11 pm. For guestlist, email email@example.com. $5.
10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes!
10:30 pm Tits & Toques: One Queer Anniversary @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Queer dance party turns one year old. Bring your ladies, your lesbros, and all your homogays out for a night of dancing that will see you jumping and destroying your vocal chords to your favorite indie jams!
11 pm Elementary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ/Producers Rynecologist (who mixes cheese with class) and Meech (dubbed as Toronto’s house maestro) join forces for a new monthly dance party. Joining the boys in class this month are Jessie Andrews and Bones. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A monthly dance party that pays tribute to mod culture of the 1960s with a night of mod, soul, ska, and indie tunes! With DJs Nico and Dave Barnes. Get with the WITH IT crowd. $5.
10 pm 2 Live Crew with Illo, Justin Peroff & Trophy Jones @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Monster Energy Presents the 2 Live Crew (Miami) with Cash Dough & Dizzy. Support from DJ Illo, Justin Peroff, and Trophy Jones. Shake it for ca$h in the booty shaking contest! 4 AM LAST CALL. $15 advance tickets available online. For guestlist requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJ Caff upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. Video and prizes from Eyesore Cinema! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, 90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
10 pm Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Scott Seewhale, Colin Bergh and special guest Willie Burns (NYC) play dymaxion house music all night long.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop and beyond. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
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 moondance @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Annie Webber and Keith Hamilton bring you the best dance jams under the moon! Sweat your way to last call by dancing to their favourite music of all eras (surely, some of your favs too). $5.
10 pm Super Good / Grill$ @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, three-time Juno nominated DJ/producer Techtwelve spins the best in hip-hop, R&B, trap, and classics. Downstairs, DJs James Redi, EOIN, and Grill Girls play Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop, and reggae. FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Tapette Turns Trois @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. La fête de la danse française tourne trois! Special performance by Scarlett Bobo.
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 9 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Never Forgive Action has been championing the golden age of hip-hop for nine incredible years! To celebrate this landmark occasion, they’re welcoming back the legendary Prince Paul. As always, DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia + host More or Les spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
9 am The Junction Flea @ Dundas & Keele. Held on the second Sunday of every month, the Junction Flea features a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Check out their blog for vendor profiles. Until 4 pm. $2.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come get yourself quizzed by the quiz masters Kirk and Anthony! Until 10 pm.
~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at email@example.com