Toronto Hit List: No Scrubs, Video Killed, Shake Rattle & Roll Turns 4, Evening Standard & more!

September 25th-28th Talk Shop: Drake Lab Vintage Pop-Up @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Put your money where your mouth is. Stylist Porcelaine Desire will be taking over the Drake Lab with Talk Shop, a vintage pop-up featuring vintage clothing, shoes, jewellery, and more! Open Thursday from 12-8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 3-10 pm, and Sunday from 12-7 pm.

WEDNESDAY

9 pm Groove Thing @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. DJ Caff plays all R&B, new jack swing, hip-hop, soul and future R&B feels inside the brand-new bar/resto, Thoroughbred Food & Drink.

9 pm Lifted @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A weekly eclectic and esoteric dance party, built around a psychedelic, dubby, jazz-laden, electronic sound. Not focused on one particular genre or stuck in any given era, Lifted’s sole purpose is to glorify the groove and revel in rhythm. It is music to move the body and sonancy to sedate the soul, in a space where superior sound is fundamental.

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.

10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.

10 pm Natural Wednesdays @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Swirve Music and Babylon Warchild present a new hip-hop series by the heads, for the heads. Featuring a fresh roster of up-and-comers and OGs that changed the game + an in-house 12-round battle league, with the winner taking home a $500 cash prize.

10 pm Sweet, Sweaty Soul @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Vintage soul and beyond with DJ Voodoo Pizza.

THURSDAY

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.

10 pm DJ Downunda @ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

10 pm Handsome Leisure @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. A night of leisure. A night of disco and house.

FRIDAY

8 pm SPiN Toronto’s Third Birthday
@ SPiN Toronto, 461 King St. W. Celebrate SpiN Toronto’s third birthday with
drink specials, free ping pong all night, snacks, and a special DJ set by Washed Out! At 9 pm, 12 local celebrities – including Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Shawn Hewson (Bustle), and Lauren Collins (Degrassi) – will participate in a ping pong tournament to win $2,500 for the charity of their choice.

8 pm #Crashtheparty @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. A monthly event that combines the arts, music, food, culture, drinks, artisans, small businesses, and like-minded individuals for a night of networking. Until 2 am.

9 pm MIDNIGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. Toronto’s sexiest night MRKT returns from summer vacation with drinks, street style, food, and local retailers. Music provided by DJs Cozmic Cat, Johnny Hockin, and Lucie Tic. Until 1 am. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).

10 pm No Scrubs @ Detour Bar, 193 Baldwin. You know what it is. The best of 2000s bangers and hip-hop playing all night long. Expect to hear lots of Nelly, Usher, DMX, Biggie Smalls, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Video Killed @ The Derby, 1516 Dundas St. W. Music videos mixed on the turntables by DJ Efsharp and DJ Greedo.

10 pm Shindig Gets Funky @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. This Friday, Shindig pays tribute to James Brown and the early pioneers of the genre of music that started a musical revolution and changed the sound of popular music forever: FUNK! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.

10 pm Re-education @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Old and new school hip-hop with World DMC Champion, DJ Dopey. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Regretro: Back 2 School @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Case of Base, Party Mcfly, and Wei Back play all of your favourite tunes as per usual. Time to sport that back to school outfit you bought even if you aren’t in school and sweat it out on the dance floor. As always, requests welcome! Time to turn back time.

10 pm Mighty Real @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Resident DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid play classic and nu disco, house, and bass to make you work! With special guest DJ Maya Postepski (Austra) + a live performance by Judy Virago at midnight. $4 bar rail cocktails until 11:30 pm. $5.

10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.

10 pm Scissors @ Bassline, 782 King St. W. DJs Heather Shaw and Fawn BC play luscious and heavy house music for ladies that like ladies, boys who dig boys, and everyone in between. $5 or free before 11:30 pm with guestlist (leave your name on the wall before 3 pm, day of the event).

10 pm DJ KOBe’J @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop and RnB with DJ KOBe’J. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $5.

10 pm Canada Thrust @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany fromCanada Thrust.

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.

10:30 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Alikulapo. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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.

SATURDAY

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll Turns 4 @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Dress to impress, be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes, and come celebrate with the Bangs & Blush ladies as they dance the night away – the Shake, Rattle & Roll way! $5.

10 pm Evening Standard @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music made for dancing, all night wrong. This month, Evening Standard co-councillors Members Only welcome back Lapelle. At a combined height of 18′ and 7”, you can count on this trio taking you ‘there’ as they attempt to achieve 100%.

10 pm Bitch Craft 4th Anniversary @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. There will be prizes and surprises! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and What’s Her Problem. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more!

10 pm Ice Cold Dranks / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs FBomb, Ry-Fi, and K.Dilla play the best hip-hop, pop, and party anthems. Downstairs, DJ Law replicates your high school video dance party. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. An all-vinyl sexy dance party featuring strictly hits from any genre and any decade. $3 beers before 11 pm.

10 pm #CrushTO Presents: The Breakfast Crush @ Club 120, 120 Church St. Queer + sex positive dance party featuring burlesque, bedroom surprises, private booths to get hot and heavy in (consensually), and sexier flavours of house music from #CrushTO resident DJ Mothers. $10.

10 pm B.A.S.E. @ Detour Bar, 193 Baldwin St. No cover, no bullshit, just good house. With Astro Effect, Johnny Nobody, Booshay, Mike Palermo, and Pan!c Pop.

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is Duran Duran. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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

10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Music for your dancing pleasure with pals Well Said, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty. $5.

10:30 pm Mass-Queer-Aid 2 @ The Beaver, 1192 Dundas St. W. Hallowe’en comes early! Put on your best mask (any mask!) and be who ever you want to be: mysterious, scary, sexy, whatever. The more money the bar makes, the more money goes to help queer youth needing support! DJs Lobodotcom and A.Generalist are donating their take of the bar to SOY. The soundtrack for the night will be indie electronic and nu disco, with a few fun classics thrown in.

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

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Soundbwoy, Techtwelve, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Post Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The third installment of the Post Market! Vendors include Province Apothecary, The Chief Salvage, Good Folk, J&J Made, Violet Crown Vintage, The Leather Atelier, Better Stay Together, The Health Hut, Lockett Jewels, and more. Until 5 pm.

11 am Annex Flea @ Honest Ed’s parking lot, 581 Bloor St. W. In the grand tradition of Toronto’s neighbourhood markets, the Annex Flea brings the best vintage and handmade goods in Toronto together under one roof. Until 6 pm.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from noon to 7 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.

7:30 pm Bad Movie Night Toronto Presents: Inframan & Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. When a massive earthquake unleashes Princess Dragon Mom on the world, who can save us from her plans to enslave humanity? INFRAMAN! After the movie is done, there will be a screening of the most ridiculous episodes of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers ever made. Because why not?

9 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Presented by Great Canadian Burlesque and Music City North, Sinful Sundays features a rotating cast of the sexiest striptease sinners in the city! This week, Ella Citron, Teresa Lombardi, Honey Fury, and Pretty Penny perform.

11 pm Friends Karaoke @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month’s theme his month is friends! Dress up as one of your best pals, or anyone, really. Prizes for best costume, best BFF duet, and more. Don’t have a friend? Dress up as one of the “Friendz” and make new ones.

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

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