Toronto Hit List: Shindig Soul Sisters Special, Essence Brown, Bitch Craft, This Broken Mixtape & more!

November 20th-December 20th Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery District. The spirit of the winter season comes to life with the sixth edition of the Toronto Christmas Market, the city’s favourite holiday tradition. Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world by Fodor’s Travel, USA Today and Mashable, among many others, the event returns to the Distillery Historic District and provides visitors with the opportunity to rediscover the magic of Christmas.

November 24th-29th Palate of Portugal @ Portland Variety, 587 King St. W. This week-long culinary adventure curated by Portland Variety’s executive chef Matt Cowan will see the vibrant flavours of Portugal’s diverse regions come alive in a $35 four-course prix fixe menu alongside stellar Ports and wines of Portugal. All Palate of Portugal diners will be entered to win roundtrip flights for two anywhere in Portugal, courtesy of SATA Azores Airlines!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Boozaar Vintage Night Market @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Booze and peruse the Gladstone Hotel’s second Boozaar Vintage Night Market. Hunt through heaps of vintage/retro/repro clothing, accessories, antique, and vinyl whilst grooving to DJ tunes and boozing with the thriftiest vintage collectors in the city! Until 11 pm.

10 pm Slow Walk @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. House, R&B, dance, disco, future/synth/pop, and remixes. Lots of room to dance!

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.

THURSDAY

5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.

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.

6 pm Fonda Lola’s 2nd anniversary @ Fonda Lola’s, 942 Queen St. W. From the team that brought the world’s largest tequila tasting to Toronto, Queen West’s own authentic Mexican bistro Fonda Lola is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with their biggest Mexican Fiesta to date! They’ll be serving up presents to every table (think house-aged tequila, and other fun surprises), piñatas, drink specials all night long, and of course, a giant birthday cake. Dinner seatings at 6:30 pm, and 8:30 pm, click here to reserve.

8 pm Love To Love Disco @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Disco, every Thursday! Rare, groove, classic, italo, and nu. $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

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.

10 pm Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!

FRIDAY

7 pm #FNLROM: Volcanic Bash @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences is back for a new season. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Shindig Soul Sisters Special @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig pays tribute to the amazing catalogue of female artists whose music transformed the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s! DJs Splattermonkey, General Eclectic, and Parkdale Funk play vintage soul, R&B, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll sung, produced, written, or arranged by women.

10 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 Sims. $5.

10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Your favourite psych, mod, glam, and rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and present day courtesy of DJ Weird Dad.

10 pm Trust Me Daddy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. “Straight Heaters” – Marko Orlic. “Contemporary rap and R&B” – Yung Adult.

10 pm $he $he @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. DJs Riff Randell and Julia Dickens float you into the stratosphere of DaRk FuNky records… 100% more dancing, loving, living, and dim lighting then you ever dreamed. Records only.

10 pm Straight Cash Homie @ Handlebar, Augusta Ave. A new monthly from the boys that brought you The Art Of… Rap, pop, rap, R&B, rap, house, rap, indie, rap, dancehall, rap selected by Boulevard and Saline Deion.

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 Friday Night Fish Fry @ The Old Laurel (downstairs), 300 College St. DJ Misty playing all the best feel-good soul, ska, vintage R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and more  to make you feel ALLLLLLL RIGHT. Consider your Friday plans sorted.

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 Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.

10 pm Turbo @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Inspired by the turntablism of the ’90s and combined with the sounds of today, Turbo is the ultimate amalgamation between old and new, providing party-goers with an unparalleled experience of genre-defying awesomeness. With DJs Kid MK and Conor Cutz. $5 guestlist before 11:30 pm.

10:30 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers all night with DJs Patrick McGuire and Adam Jackson. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

11 pm Motown Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Motown Party’s suited resident DJs play the best and brightest in Motown, soul, funk, and modern edits all night flanked on each side by beautiful backup dancers while archival footage is mixed on the spot to get you on the dance floor! Expect to hear some old favourites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and more. $10.

SATURDAY

6 pm “Shame Shame” Opening Reception @ Rally, 12 Ossington Ave. A visual artist collaboration featuring new works by Maria Qamarand Babneet Lakhesar. Produced by South Asian bridal brand CTC West, the show explores the shame that first and second generation youth of the South Asian diaspora encounter when they realize that they want to partake in the arts. Whether the dream is to create, critique or simply experience, this demographic is often confronted by a wagging finger, ‘shame shame.’ Until 2am. Show runs until December 1.

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The 6ix God is watching and Cory Woods and Shannon Elizabeth Murphy are playing loud rap music. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm This Broken Mixtape: ’90s Edition @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. The ’90s soundscape was a confusing mix of alt-rock, gangsta rap, Britpop, electronica, rap-metal, trip-hop, Eurodance, conscious hip-hop, ska punk, and of course, an endless supply of girl-group and boy-band derivatives. This Broken Mixtape will explore all these genres and more in an all-night, sweaty dance party that will make you wish you were wearing a Hypercolor t-shirt.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed, What’s Her Problem, and special guest Babe Decibel. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Regretro: Mustache Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Regretro is back with another homovember edition, so bring those mustaches (real, fake, or otherwise). This is a judgement-free dance party, so leave it all on the dance floor. As always, requests welcome. Time to turn back time.

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 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Get in touch with your party self. DJ Andrea Winkler spinning everything guaranteed to move your ass.

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.

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 Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, 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 Leslieville Flea Holiday Market @ SH Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 4 pm.

2 pm Technochurch @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Gather round all ye lovers of techno and rejoice! Shed your inhibitions. Lose yourself in euphoria. Find truth in the moment. Follow your true self to the altar of your discontent. Set your body free and your mind will follow. 9+ hours of rapturous dance await, with sets by Regis, Orphx, Gingy, Measure Divide, Èbony, Hadi, and Flud. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

2 pm The Sassy Little Craft Show @ Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St. Toronto’s sassiest bi-annual indie craft sale party. Over 20 independent artisan vendors and live local bands. Celebrate art, artists, and the season! Until 8 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.

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

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