Toronto Hit List: Synthesexer, Bowie Brunch, BEYness Woman’s Special, Bad News & more!

June 12th-21st Ontario Craft Beer Week @ various locations. Ontario Craft Beer Week‘s sixth annual tribute to the great beers that this province has to offer will feature a bevvy of events across Ontario featuring beers made by the OCB’s member breweries.

WEDNESDAY

6:15 pm Sip and Sail With Mariposa Cruises @ Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queen’s Quay W. Celebrate the end of the workday with refreshing drinks on best patio in Toronto – Mariposa Cruises’ Sip & Sail cocktail cruise. Enjoy a variety of wine, beer and specialty cocktails while you sail around the Toronto Harbourfront and take in unparalleled views of the skyline.

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

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $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!

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Toga Toga! @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. This week, FNL throws the ultimate Toga Party! Plus a special sneak peek of “Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano” exhibition. $15 advance tickets have sold out, but you can still buy tickets at the door.

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. “Slow West” Premiere @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) star in this off-kilter western adventure about a young man’s epic search for the love of his life in the wilderness of 19th-century Colorado. Directed by John Maclean. Advance tickets available online.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy 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. DJs ARP 2600, Digits, and Little Kicks will be present to sex you up (music-wise). Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. ’90s and ’00s rap and RnB, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. DJ Orange Pekoe in the saddle. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand! They love to play: L’il Kim, Aaliyah, Diana Ross, Betty Wright, TLC, Etta James, Salt N’ Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, The Crystals, and anyone else with a song in their heart.

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

10 pm Tramp @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS who love GIRLS (and their friends). Sexy jams courtesy of Linguist and Fawn BC.

10 pm Get By Friday @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables. All jams all night.

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 Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.

SATURDAY

9 am Barns Art Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barn, 601 Christie St. The Barns Art Market features over 25 artisans each month carefully selected by a jury to delight visitors with a diverse array of one-of-a-kind paintings, jewellery, ceramics, photography, crafts, prints and more! Until 2 pm.

10 am Spring/Summer Clothing Sale @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Paprika’s Clothing Sale is back to give you great fashion finds in support of the Paprika Festival! They’re also looking for donations, so email rashida@paprikafestival.com to setup a pickup time and/or to make a delivery. Until 5 pm.

10 am Toronto Flower Market @ 659 Queen St. E. A market that celebrates locally grown flowers, the growers that cultivate them, and the florists that style them. Flowers in season: tulips, hyacinth, hydrangea, lilacs, and more. Until 3 pm.

11 am Bowie Brunch @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. We can be heroes just for a day. (By having brunch with Bowie at The Smiling Buddha.) Come dressed as your favourite Bowie and enjoy some tasty food! Look forward to: Pop-up shop, prizes for best cosplay, makeup station, arts + crafts station, Bowie tunes, and themed cocktails + menu. Until 5 pm.

3:03 pm Butter Open Air Day Party @ Cube Rooftop, 314 Queen St. W. Complimentary entry and food by Dirty Bird from 3:03-5 pm on guest list. Music courtesy of Spoonz, Kelsey Will, Bambii, and Kicks.

10 pm BEYness Woman’s Special @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Put that freakum dress on, get drunk in love, and come be flawless as Business Woman’s Special celebrates Queen B. DJs Sammy Royale, Diego Armand, and Nino Brown will get you bodied all night long. Special drag performance by Vitality Black. (This won’t be exclusively Beyoncé, but it will be Beyoncé heavy). $6.

10 pm Bad News @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Rare, out-of-control grooves with your hosts, DJs Neil and Derek. ’60s soul, garage, and rockabilly – all on vinyl.

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 2015, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm Git Down @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. DJs OH16 and Splattermonkey bring you the best soul and funk night in the Junction! The hits you love and plenty of rare groove as well, all on vinyl.

10 pm Bush Beat @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Where ladies meet! We got the bush. We got the booze. We got the beats. $4.50 bar rail before 11:30 pm.

10 pm K.T.M.R.E. @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

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 Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Disco isn’t really a specific genre, rather, the music that was found in the discotheques of the 1970s and early ’80s that sirened dancers to the floor. This liberal definition allows Beam Me Up residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist to play music that falls well outside the polyester pop that too often is a prejudice to the word disco. Their catholic collection spans funk, rap, rock, jazz, classical, reggae, boogie, and soul.

10 pm The BRTHDAY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music provided by Styles of Tigers and RVM. Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Parkdale Flea @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. Antiques, vintage, collectables, designer objects, local artisans, crafts, food + drink, and more. Free entry for all! Until 5 pm.

11 am Annex Flea @ Honest Ed’s parking lot, 581 Bloor St. W. The Annex Flea is back at Honest Ed’s Alley for the start of their summer season. Stop by for some of the best vintage and handmade goodies in the city! Until 6 pm.

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.

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

7:30 pm Seinfeld Trivia Night @ KITCH, 229 Geary Ave. Think you know Seinfeld? Well it’s not a lie if you believe it, and if you can prove you’re the master of your domain, then it’s next stop Pottersville. This is the Famous ORIGINAL Ray’s of monthly Seinfeld trivia, not some knock-off with their own case at the end of the aisle. Come for the trivia, stay for the episode and the JuJy Fruits! Maybe you’ll win a contest. Triva at 8 pm.

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

1 Comment

  1. AntoniaSnows
    June 13, 2015

    shedoesthecity Fashion is beautifull! I wish to participated in it! http://twitter.com/AntoniaSnows/status/609763347974631424/photo/1

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