Toronto Hit List: SoulSkank, Nuit Blanche, With It, Fresh City Farms Harvest Festival & more!

October 4th-6th Drake General Store Warehouse Sale @ The Drake Warehouse, 442 Dufferin St., Unit 1. The Drake is clearing out their warehouse for the biggest sale EVER! Shop salvaged furniture, clothing, and curated curiosities at up to 70% off. RSVP to receive access to a special pre-sale Friday event. Runs 2-8 pm on Friday, 11-5 pm on Saturday, and 12-4 pm on Sunday.

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.

10 pm Where the Vile Things Are @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Primordial rock ‘n’ roll, early punk, and soul. ALL VINYL.

THURSDAY

6 pm “Leaning With Feelings” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1161 Dundas St. W. A solo show by Canadian artist Les Ramsay. “Ramsay (b. 1976, Vancouver, Canada) creates art that is rooted in formal Abstraction. His material process incorporates collage and sculptural elements which explore the boundaries of contemporary painting.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until October 26th.

6 pm “I Won’t Forget You” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1161 Dundas St. W. The second of two solo shows at Cooper Cole Gallery. “Denise Kupferschmidt (b. 1979, Pensylvania, USA) creates art that is often seen as Modernist inspired. Her reductive and graphic images combign to create abstract figurative and anamporphic forms. Kupferschmidt was recently named in Modern Painters’ 100 Artists to Watch. This marks her first exhibition with the gallery and in Canada.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until October 26th.

10 pm Rollin’ Beats @ Happy Child, 1168 Queen St. W. DJ Caff and special guests mix the best in rap, garage, future twerk, dancehall, and miscellaneous.

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

FRIDAY

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 Frkn Wknd @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Caff (Air Horns, Ignition) runs the best in current and classic R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall.

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 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 Cyril Han & Ryan Hemsworth @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Producers Cyril Hahn (Vancouver) and Ryan Hemsworth (Halifax) deliver a musical orgasm to your ears. $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Craig Dominic, Nino Brown, and Phil V. Half-price drinks before 11 pm. For guestlist, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Pop Lobster: Lobstoberfest Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. This lobster knows no pop boundaries. You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of TLC, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Prince, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more. With DJs Little Kicks and Digits.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants. $5.

10 pm Building Blocks @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ General Eclectic takes you from A to Z of good dance floor music! Reggae, hip-hop, funk, disco, afrobeat, electro, old school, Brazilian, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes!

10 pm Betula @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs David Patterson, Michael Krochak, Kevin McPhee, and Ronnie MF Falcon play house and techno all night long.

10 pm Hot Like Fire / Phazed @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Soundskan and WLFPK play nothing but bangers! Downstairs, old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

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 Nick Catchdubs. $10.

SATURDAY

6:51 pm Scotiabank Nuit Blanche @ various locations. The annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns! Discover art in galleries, museums, and unexpected places throughout the city, with more than 110 destinations. Chart your path.

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 Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Fawn BC, Caff, and special guest DJ Magnificient 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 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, ’90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, ’80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $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 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 pm Deorro @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by Deorro (West Covina, California) with support from resident Matt Zanardo alongside D3FF and AKTEC. $15 advance tickets available online.

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. DJs Numeric, Dalia, Big Jacks, and Royale + 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

9 am Parkdale Flea @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. The final flea of the year! Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectables, food, drink, local artisans, and designers. Until 5 pm.

2 pm Fresh City Farms Harvest Festival @ Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Celebrate the Fall Harvest season with Fresh City! Eat food, do crafts, play games, tour the farm, participate in workshops, and more. Featuring local beer from Indie Alehouse Brewing Co., pumpkin pie from Cookie Martinez, fall soup from Urban Acorn Catering, savoury rolls from Nice Buns Bakery, and vegetable pies from From Scratch Pie Co. Entry is free; food at a low cost. Until 6 pm.

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

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