Toronto Hit List: Super Naughty Show, The Big Sound, Cat Video Fest, Femme Noir & more!

February 22nd-23rd Super Naughty Show @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. Super Wonder Gallery’s annual exhibition of erotic art, featuring hundreds of paintings and sculptures + performances. Runs 8 pm to 2 am both nights. $10 tickets available online and at the door.

WEDNESDAY

6 pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Watch Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Calling all Potterheads! Join Poor As Shoes podcasters Alex and Kristina for a cozy movie night at The Rec Room. There will be games, prizes, and more. Doors at 6 pm, festivities at 7.

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.

7:30 pm The Launch of Black Writers Matter @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. The Toronto International Festival of Authors and Kuumba invite you to celebrate the release of Black Writers Matter, an anthology of African Canadian creative nonfiction featuring works from established and emerging writers. Join editor Whitney French as she talks to contributors Scott Fraser, Simone Dalton, Angela Wright, and Phillip Dwight Morgan about the importance of sharing Black narratives, the origins and personal significance of their respective pieces, and how each of their stories contributes to a nuanced understanding of the Black Canadian experience. Free!

8 pm Spelling Bae @ Pennie’s, 127 Strachan Ave. It’s the words! Letters too. Numbers forbidden. Bring friends! Sign-up at 8 pm, Bae at 8:30.

THURSDAY

7:30 pm F*ck Sh*t Up: Trans + Non-Binary Performer Cabaret @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Enjoy performances by M A N G O S A S S I, Pickles LaVey, Axel Blows, Quik Lewinsky, and Harmeet Rehal as part of the Gladstone’s Thursday night cabaret series. With hosts Babia Majora and Fluffy Soufflé. Stick around after the cabaret for tunes and more good times. PWYC ($10 suggested, but no one will be turned away).

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Surf, rock, psych, and soul with DJ Luke Harley.

FRIDAY

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A night of Motown and classic soul cuts performed by a wrecking crew of 30 musicians and singers. Bangers and huge hits throughout the night courtesy of DJ Wes Allen. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

10 pm Yohomo: Late Night @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Yohomo’s annual winter party is back, and this time, they’re literally dancing until the sun comes up! Two rooms, seven DJs, four hosts, one installation artist, 300 bodies. $15 online and at the door; $20 after 2 am.

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs Slater and Ty mashin’ heavy tunes from the ’90s to the ’00s, including DMX, J-Lo, Britney, Ludacris, Missy, Spice Girls, Mariah, Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child, and more. $10.

10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, punk, and more.

10 pm Saddle Up! @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Dance to Willie, Dolly, Loretta, and the rest of your honky tonk favourites! You’ll hear all the good tunes and the best of the bad ones (no bro country). Live set by The Country Casanovas at 10:30 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after (bar is cash only).

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

10 pm Sophisticated Funk @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Joining the musical dots – soul, hip-hop, house, latin, electronica, jazz, and beyond on vinyl.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.

11 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. This month’s meeting will be led by Bianca Lee, Do Not Push, Freeza Chin, and JAYEMKAYEM. $10.

SATURDAY

4 pm Cat Video Fest @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Celebrate the irresistible cuteness of our feline friends with this special event screening featuring a compilation of the latest and best cat videos. A mix of clips curated from submissions as well as viral hit favourites, this joyous communal experience helps raise money for cats in need through partnerships with local charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters across North America. $15.04 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Space Time @ Artscape Lounge at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. W. An all ages, inclusive celebration of astronomy, curiosity, and discovery! Enjoy 10-minute talks by dynamic astronomers and science communicators, mixed with games, giveaways, and lots of chances to talk to the scientists one-on-one. This month, Space Time will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the work done by astronomers of colour and those who support the work of people of colour in STEM fields.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.

10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ JD spins all-vinyl Euro disco and the sweetest tunes to make you feel good.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Family Business presents a night of your favourite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tunes. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the UK, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is The Smiths. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm The Golden Girls: 80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Grab Sophia, Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche; meet for a drink on the Lanai; and then hit the dance floor for your favourite ’80s hits all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm W A V E S @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A party for the crowd by the crowd and curated by two DJs that will make sure your feet never stop moving. All decades/genres.

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 line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Community Sundays @ Museum of Contemporary Art, 158 Sterling Rd. MOCA invites all to enjoy free admission at the museum one Sunday each month from 10 am to 2 pm. The first Community Sunday coincides with the new phase of exhibitions featuring the works of Chantal Akerman and Basma Alsharif.

3:30 pm Trouble Every Day Presents: Yi Yi @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. Trouble Every Day Presents is a film screening celebrating the best of forgotten and undiscovered cinema, programmed by James Rathbone and Marko Orlic. This edition will feature the 2000 film Yi Yi, which follows a middle class family in Taipei over the course of a year. Directed by the late Taiwanese master Edward Yang (A Brighter Summer Day, Taipei Story, The Terrorizers), this intimate marvel is one of the undisputed masterworks of the 21st century. 

6:30 pm The Oscars Live @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is opening their doors and rolling out the red carpet for a FREE broadcast of the Academy Awards! From star-studded arrivals and dazzling musical numbers to the surprising speeches and political moments, catch all the action live on the big screen and join hundreds of movie lovers to see if your 2018 predictions paid off. Tickets (maximum two per person) available for pick up at the box office only. A limited number of same-day tickets will be available.

7 pm Femme Noir @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. A dance show celebrating some of music’s most influential black female artists. In honour of black history month, Duality presents a bold new show showcasing concept driven dance pieces, vivid imagery, and stunning vocal performances. $30 advance tickets available online.

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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