Toronto Hit List: Smiths Is Dead, Summer Jam, Motown Party 5 Year Anniversary, Junction Flea & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

9 pm Bickford Park Movie Night: The Big Lebowski @ Bickford Park, 400 Grace St. Dog Bowl Movie Night is trying out a new location! Screening of the hilarious caper-story cult classic: The Big Lebowski. Music videos! White Russians and Bathrobes!

10 pm Smiths Is Dead @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. All Smiths. All Morrissey. All night. 26th Anniversary to mourn the demise of The Smiths and celebrate the rise of Morrissey.

10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.

FRIDAY

9 pm After Funk @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. With After Funk (a four-piece funk experiment), The Thundermonks (a band with a unique sound borrowed from hip-hop, funk, pop, soul, and jazz), and DJ Splattermonkey (the funky vinyl junky of the monthly Shindig! Parties at The Piston). $8 advanced tickets available online, $10 at the door.

10 pm Summer Jam @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Comeback Season Kids and Itzsoweezee present the second annual Summer Jam! A night of booty shaking, batti twerking, base dropping, fly etiquette wearing, no BS, straight cash dancing debauchery and a special guest that will blow your mind. Music by Itzsoweezee, Xander, Bass6, DJ Cruch, Vacay, and Parent Trap. For $10 guestlist, email thecbsguestlist@gmail.com. $15 at the door.

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 All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.

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 Frkn Wknd @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Caff spins R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall.

10 pm Late Nights @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Scott and Lacey play the best hip-hop and RnB tracks to get your freak on to! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

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 on the decks + Dennis P on the saxophone. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Pop Lobster: Augustus Gloop & Everything After Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. A very special summer edition of Pop Lobster and Short Stack’s last party as resident DJ! This lobster knows no pop boundaries. You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Le Tigre, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more.

10 pm Keep It Cute @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Cut the sleeves off yr t-shirts, sit crosslegged in a river drinking Red Stripe, the rising and falling electricity of a city breathing at night, R&B, disco, techno, a bag of fresh cherries, a grainy videotape of the last night of the Paradise Garage, wet swimming trunks and skin pressed against skin. An afterparty on a 9th floor apartment as dawn breaks through the horizon.

10 pm Ice Machine @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Minimal synth, wave, electro, and early EBM 
with DJs Neal TwoSixZeroZero and David Lush.

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 is French electro producer Para One, whose musical style is deeply rooted in golden-age hip-hop. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Gladstone Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. On the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles? The Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Andrew Sardone of NOW Magazine and Haley Cullingham of She Does The City to bring you an organized, handpicked, marketplace! Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more, Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. Until 4 pm.

10 pm Motown Party 5 Year Anniversary @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Celebrate 5 years of Motown Party! Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Fawn BC and 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 Yolanda Be Cool @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Australia’s Yolanda Be Cool with support from Simon Jain and The Frandiscos. $15 advance tickets available online. For gueslist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

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 soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, garage, psych, ska, and indie tunes! With DJs Nico and Dave Barnes. Get with the WITH IT crowd. $5.

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, 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.

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! 60′s 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 Jets @ BLK BOX, 1087 Queen St. W. DJ set by Berlin’s Jets (Jimmy Edgar and Machine Drum) with support from Kidnap Kid (UK). $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

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

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia + host More or Les pay tribute to the golden age of hip-hop, spinning classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Junction Flea @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. The Junction Flea heads east to the Brickworks! 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.

1 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, buckets of Corona + a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or tacos then dance to the sounds of weekly live DJs from 2-6 pm.

9 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: That Thing You Do @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The third-annual Christie Pits Film Festival will take place on Sunday nights in July in Christie Pits Park. This year’s program, “Hits in the Pits”, explores the rise and fall of great bands. Screenings begin 15 minutes after sundown with music videos by local artists, followed by a music-related feature film. This week’s screening is That Thing You Do (Tom Hanks, 1996), rescheduled due to the monsoon that happened on opening night.

10 pm Treat Em’ Right @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Just Party & Bullshit with DJ RyFi. Hip-hop, rap, old school, R&B, anthems, surprises.

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

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