Toronto Hit List: Taking Back Valentine’s Day, Discmen ’90s Valentine’s Day Dance, The Beat, Trinity Bellwoods Flea & more!

February 13th-18th Toronto Black Film Festival @ various locations. The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. A dynamic, refreshing and audacious festival whose ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the globe.

February 13th-24th The Sex Show @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. The Sex Show attempts to push the boundaries of the definition of sex. It approaches the topic of sex from all angles, exhibiting works that vary on a broad scale, from art that is more explicit to art that is more elusive in content. Opening reception is February 14th at 8 pm.

February 15th-17th TIFF Next Wave Festival @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. TIFF’s Next Wave Festival returns with film screenings, panels, Battle of the Scores, the Big Mood Movie Marathon, and more! Free for anyone under 25.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

5 pm True Crime Trivia Valentine’s Edition: Lovers Who Kill @ I’ll Be Seeing You, 747 Queen St. E. Another edition of True Crime Trivia! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the theme is Lovers Who Kill. Prizes for first, second, third place, and bonus rounds. $12 advance tickets available online.

6 pm Golden Girls Palentine’s Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Celebrate your significant others (your bffs) with a night of boozy beverages and inappropriate discussions. The Gladstone is putting on an unforgettable Golden Girls Palentine’s-themed night featuring burlesque, drag, and delicious food. All are welcome here – bring your partner, your pal, your parents, your landlord… whoever makes you happy. Until 11 pm.

8 pm Taking Back Valentine’s Day @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Emo kids become emo adults, so Handlebar is throwing an all-emo tribute band night this Valentine’s Day, with full cover sets dedicated to the bands to which you devoted your teens (and 20s and 30s, admit it). Featuring performances by members of Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, Rec Centre, Weak Hands, PONY, Pretty Matty, Specifics, Hobo Lord, Weak Hands, and Paint. $13 advance tickets available online, with most of the proceeds (75%) going to Supporting Our Youth, which works to support the health and well-being of all queer and trans spectrum youth.

9:30 pm Discmen ’90s Valentine’s Day Dance @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Ask your crush, your bestie, or your friend’s friend who you just added on MSN to the Piston for Valentine’s Day this year! $10.

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Love @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your Friday night on the dance floor with another special #FNLROM, featuring complimentary access to the new exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

10 pm The Beat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A night of vintage R&B, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and more on vinyl 45s. This is an international raucous party that happens in Osaka, London, and Toronto! With DJs James (Night Beat Records / Osaka), Misty (Toronto Soul Club / Toronto), Blackdice (Black Dice Cafe Toronto / Sapporo), and Edward Bear (Soul Shake Down Party).

10 pm Decade: A 1995-2005 Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get out your butterfly clips and studded belts, and relive your best life at Decade! Anthems from 1995-2005 all night. $10.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Music for dancing with pleasure models. Music to transport you to the far reaches of Orion, to watch the C-beams glitter in the dark. Music for robots, runners, and replicants. Pammm and Diana McNally (Automaticamore) play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s Euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits.

10 pm 80s Mixtape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush takes you on a trip back to the 1980s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness. Overload on hairspray, break out the shoulder pads, and get ready to start your weekend off right! $5.

10 pm Whas Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Good vibes dance party! Hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and dancehall – old school to new school.

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.

10 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

7 pm Glad Day Drag Bingo @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Join Glad Day for a night of music, food, performances, prizes, and fun! They spin the bingo cage on a rotating lineup of kings, queens, and performers for a queer-positive, inclusive, and affirming evening, with all proceeds from bingo card sales going to charity.

10 pm Moon Hop @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Move and groove to the finest ska, reggae, and rocksteady all night long!

10 pm Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Dance the night away to all the Queen anthems you can handle! All your favourites, from “Fat Bottom Girls” to “The Show Must Go On,” and everything in between. They’ll also throw in a few other bangers from the era, just to shake things up. $10 advance tickets available online.

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 Britannia: Britpop & Madchester Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Join the common people for a special night of Britpop and Madchester video favourites with DJ Lazarus. See videos from Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Radiohead, and more. Spotlight on Suede. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

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.

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 It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.

10 pm Twilight: 2000s Valentine’s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Channel your inner Bella or Edward while dancing to all your favourites 2000s songs. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaeton. Tunes for all headtops.

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Starting From Scratch, R2, and J-Class. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

11 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe playing the best hip-hop and R&B by female, trans, and non-binary artists + multiple floor shows featuring Beardoncé and Bonbon Bontemps! $10.

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 The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea returns with a top-notch selection of local vendors, artisans, and delicious eats to help chase away the winter blahs. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. A curated flea market selling vintage, salvage, antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted goods, and more. Bargains, rare finds, and one-of-a-kind pieces at every market! Until 5 pm.

6 pm Bechdel Tested: Legally Blonde @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Bechdel Tested is thrilled to effectuate their Women in Law event at which the parties mutually covenant and agree to attend a screening of Legally Blonde alongside a panel discussion on women in the legal world, within and under the provisions of the Revue Cinema! They’ll also have drinks, prizes, and mingling with other cinephiles, feminists, and lawyers; acquitted, exonerated, and forever discharged from and against the male gaze. Doors at 6 pm, panel at 6:30, screening at 7. $10-13 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.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.

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

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