Toronto Hit List: Smooches, Summer of Love, Pay Day, Never Forgive Action & more!

June 30th-August 2nd Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival @ various locations. Now in its 48th year, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is a cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts.

August 1st-2nd Toronto Food Truck Festival @ Woodbine Beach Park, 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Sample farm-fresh food and organic beers, or browse the wares of the Marketplace, home to amazing artisans and a diverse selection of delicious food from partnering food trucks at theToronto Food Truck Festival. Free admission and plenty of parking!

WEDNESDAY

7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its sixth season! This week, Toronto’s Rob Moir & The Great Lates hit the stage before a screening of the official TIFF selection, Guidance. $15 advance tickets available online.

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.

7 pm “She Is Experience” Opening Reception @ The Black Cat, 2186 Dundas St. W. An exhibition featuring the works of Stella Cade and Noriko Fukui, “She is Experience” explores the concepts and emotions surrounding our lived experiences, and how they continue to inform and shape our identities as individuals and artists. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 5.

10 pm Strangelove Society @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The society as you know it outside doesn’t exist. This is the unseen society, this is Strangelove. $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. Music by M2. $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 and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with 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!

FRIDAY

10 pm Smooches @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Do you like art? Do you like music? Do you like women? The #KPSQUAD girls present the first edition of Smooches, a bi-monthly, themed, art x turn-up function. Music by Kristie Muller. $5.

10 pm Summer of Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Gabe Knox and Geoff Snack play a mix of old and new electronic music for the dance floor: disco, new beat, freestyle, and more.

10 pm “$moove” @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Music to make you feel your best and leave the rest. Disco, boogie, funk, and soul selections provided by Raf Reza.

10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The latest and greatest in popular and Southern-tinged rap tunes from Jordan Sowunmi and DJ Yung Adult. Featuring songs and artists like: Fetty Wap, Super Future, Future Hendrix, Future Marley, Future McCartney, Yeezus, The Weeknd, Drizzy Drizzy Da 6 God, etc. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm SAFD: Rainforest Cafe @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. You wake up. You’re on the cool, wet ground. You hear the sound of the jungle surrounding you. Suddenly, Where Are Ü Now* starts playing. Prepare your body to make this dreamscape your reality. Club rap, pop, dance, R&B, *anything with panflutes.

10 pm Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Resident selectors General Eclectic, Splattermonkey, and Parkdale Funk spin your favourite ’50s and ’60s R&B, soul, rockabilly, and ska on 7” 45 RPM records. $10.

10 pm Focus Fridays: Hudson Mohawke & Benji B @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Embrace and Galapagos x BEVSTMODE Present: Hudson Mohawke with Benji B. Support from locals CRSB and Freeza Chin. $15 advance tickets available online.

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 Bedroomer @ The White House Studio Project, 277.5 Augusta Ave. Bedroomer’s most angelic party yet. Music by Internet Daughter, Lum (DJ Set), Eytan Tobin, Hudson Alexander, Kare, and special guest Atari Jones (Cleveland). Goes late. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown and special guests spin hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm Get It Together: Summer Sessions @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get It Together plays what makes you move. All genres, all genres, and all peoples welcome! $3 drinks before 11 pm. Hosted by Mikey McFly. $5.

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

11 pm Diggy The DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.

11:30 pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show Toronto Shadow Cast @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. The cult classic returns to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for its monthly screening. As always, they’ll be presenting the film with Toronto’s own Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show. Find your favorite costume and “don’t dream it, be it.” $13 advance tickets available online.

SATURDAY

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 11:30 pm, $5 after.

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

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 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 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.

10:30 pm Tapette: Édition Bouge De La @ Miss Thing’s 1279 Queen St. W. Tapette is jumping on a magic carpet for the next few months and moving around the city until they find a new permanent home! DJ Phil V plays French pop, disco and house all night with a trés, trés special, one-time-only duet from Igby Lizzard and Champagna Enemea. French kisses for everyone.

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. NFA resident DJs Numeric and Dalia spinning hip-hop and R&B classics from the past and future. What it do, what it do. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by Breathe Yoga. Until 11 am.

12 pm Birdbath @ Muzik Beach, 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Birdbath returns this Sundayand every Sunday after that for the rest of the summer at Muzik Beach! Featuring three newly-renovated pools, day beds and cabanas (free and first come, first serve), brunch and lunch menus by Food Dudes, and DJs. Free with RSVP before 3 pm, $20 otherwise.

4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave. A pay-what-you-can outdoor screening series taking over Christie Pits Park every Sunday night from July 5 to August 16. This week’s screening is Mean Girls. Eats and treats provided by Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts, Caplansky’s Deli, and Macchina Mobile Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Show starts at sundown (approximately 8:55 pm). BYOBlanket.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

10 pm Nite Gravy @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. 1) Combine DJ Kosher Dill Spears with Nite Flights • DJ Craig Dunsmuir, using two turntables and, if required, a digital device (to taste). 2) Stir continuously to maintain incorrect musical inconsistency. 3) Play funky selections out. Serve warm and lumpy for approximately four hours.

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

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