Toronto Hit List: Soul Step, X-Files 90s Halloween Party, The Craft Dance Party, Leslieville Flea & more!

October 12th-30th Legends of Horror @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. Experience an immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures as you go take part in a one hour, 1.5 km self-guided walk through the bowels of the historic castle. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

October 14th-16th Frank + Oak Women Pop-Up @ Offsite, 867 Dundas St. W. The Frank + Oak Women Pop Up Series is coming to Toronto! The pop-up will be in town for three days only – come shop the first-ever womenswear collection in person. Be warned: quantities are limited. Open 6-9 pm Friday, 8-7 pm Saturday, and 9-6 pm Sunday.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Regent Park Film Festival’s Annual Fundraising Screening: Hip Hop Evolution @ Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a special screening of Hip Hop Evolution, which follows Canadian rapper Shad as he travels through the South Bronx and Harlem to retrace the roots of hip hop with DJ Kool Herc, Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, and Ice Cube. $50 tickets available online (include a charitable tax receipt).

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

8 pm The MUFF Society Presents: Legally Blonde @ Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. This October, the MUFF Society is taking you to Harvard Law School. What, like it’s hard? Okay, so maybe Harvard looks a little more like the Carlton Cinema, but hey, it’s a lot easier to get to! Reception and photobooth at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.

THURSDAY

7:30pm Top Ten Event @ Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. An evening of powerful stories, insights and provocative conversation: 10 speakers, 10 minutes each, 10 hearts left on stage.

10 pm Soul Step @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A monthly party for modern soul and rare groove, hosted by Cam Hildebrandt. Music to make you step.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

10 pm Cruel Club @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Everything techno. Everything electro. Everything bass. Everything retro. With Frustra, Mavis, NAHTE, and special guests.

FRIDAY

7 pm #FNLROM: Beer Me! @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. ROM Friday Night Live is back! Enjoy craft beer and discover the history of beer making. $15 tickets available online and at the door.

8 pm Boobyball @ Sound Academy, 11 Polson Pier. Get ready to go wild at Boobyball presents Paradise City, one haute evening in paradise where Toronto’s most exotic scenesters are set to shake their tropical tails and fan their fancy feathers to support Rethink Breast Cancer. Immerse into the wild for an evening of electric sunsets, lush libations, majestic beats and tiki treats all entwined in the most sizzling soiree of the year. $125 tickets (includes $25 tax receipt) available online.

10 pm Club Fortunato @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Where your wildest dreams and deepest fantasies become reality. With DJ Jackie Phoenix.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Diana and Pammm play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams. Adults only.

10 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place and giving you the most ridiculous ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure dance party you can find this side of the city. Wham, Puff Daddy, Shania Twain, Guns N Roses, Hall and Oates, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Phil Collins, The Go-Gos, The Spice Girls, and more. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Old rap and R&B faves + new bangers, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Amy Wood and Orange Pekoe in the saddle. $5.

10 pm Turn Back Time: ’80s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Queen, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Dire Straits – the decade that had it all. Whether you lived through it, were born during, or are just nostalgic for a time you never knew, this is a night of ’80s celebration. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Come get wasted and make bad decisions while jamming out to all the guilty pleasures you’ll never admit to knowing the words to from the likes of Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Venga Boys, Will Smith, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $5 early, $10 later.

11 pm Course of Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A night dedicated to modern dance music. Featuring DJ Action, Kings of the North, and Squirt DJs. Graphics and visuals By Phil Armson. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Fall is finally here and who doesn’t like sweaters, warm drinks and browsing local artisans and vendors to find those perfect things to help you get nesting for the winter months? Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local goods, delicious local food, handcrafted cocktails, and entertainment from 40+ of Toronto’s finest vendors. Until 6 pm.

11:30 am Toronto Queer Zine Fair @ Trinity St. Paul United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. An alternative zine fair focusing on the radical and political history/philosophy of zines and giving a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture. TQZF chooses to prioritize the voices of trans women, trans women of colour, queer people of colour, indigenous/two-spirited folks, non-binary folks, and deaf and disabled people. Until 7 pm. PWYC ($5 suggested, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

9 pm Hush Hush @ Toronto Public Library Bloor/Gladstone Branch, 1101 Bloor St. W. Hush Hush, the annual after-hours party-in-the-stacks bash, returns for a fourth year with a heroes and villains-themed party! This year’s event features a virtual reality experience, custom airbrush tattoo parlour, and tunes by DJ Barbi. $125 tickets available online, with funds raised from the night helping Toronto Public Library achieve its goal of expanding access, increasing opportunities, and building connections.

10 pm X-Files ’90s Halloween Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Mulder and Scully are searching for the truth and you’re going to help them by partying! ’90s jams all night and costumes strongly encouraged. $5 in advance (includes line bypass) and at the door.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages, going strong for nine years! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2017, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Splattermonkey and General Eclectic spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $10.

10 pm Over & Over @ location TBA. You are cordially invited to get lost in the music and go out and find yourself a friend. Featuring DJs Myth Paradise, Ali Black, and Pooyan. BYOB, with a variety of adult beverages and refreshments to quench your thirst also available for purchase. (To gain entry into this discotheque, click “going” on the Facebook invite and your name will be added to the entry list.)

10 pm Paint It Black @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. DJ Teenage Werewolf playing all your favourite punk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll hits and obscurities.

10 pm Blue Hawaii DJ Set @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Montreal electronic duo Blue Hawaii playing tunes all night long. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer + sex positive dance party with DJs Nate Nightcall and Dang Kids keeping things frighteningly hot. $5.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Tapette: Édition Rénovation @ Bar 499, 499 Church St. DJ Phil V plays french pop hits, disco, and house ’til you fall out the door. $5, with proceeds going to Glad Day.

10 pm Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelia, beat, and surf!

10 pm Do It Fluid @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A night of hybrid bass music drawing from such genres as dub, UK garage/funky, jungle, grime, hip-hop, techno, footwork, dancehall, and more. Vancouver’s Michael Red, Fritz the Cat and Mark PM will be warming things up proper for this special night.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10:30 pm The Craft: A Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Gather the coven and summon the spirit of dance at the first-ever The Craft-themed dance party in Toronto! Sonic sorcery from an an all female DJ lineup of Kyrell Grant, Adrun, Amy Wood, and Kit Deluca (Randi Bergman). Witch-wear encouraged. LGBTQ+ posi vibes. $5.

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.

SUNDAY

10 am Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Antique, vintage, collectables, handmade, jewellery, local artisans, crafts, food and drink, good vibes, and more! Free entry and dog friendly. Until 5 pm.

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Free entry. Until 5 pm.

11 am Detox to Retox @ Junction Craft Brewing, 90 Cawthra Ave. Led by a certified yoga instructor and followed by a tasting of beers, this two-hour session (one hour of yoga, one hour of beer) will be the perfect way to trick yourself into thinking you’re working out really hard. $30 advance tickets available online.

3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 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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