Toronto Hit List: Tense & Weird, Uma Nota: Throwback Edition, Elementary, With It, Christie Pits Film Festival Opening Night & more!

WEDNESDAY

8 pm Shakespeare In High Park: Macbeth Opening Night @ High Park Amphitheatre, 200 Parkside Dr. This summer, see Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy Macbeth and early comedy The Taming of the Shrew under the stars! Both works will be playing outdoors throughout the summer on alternate nights. A Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University. PWYC. Macbeth runs Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8 pm until September 1st. The Taming of the Shrew runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 pm from July 9th to Aug 31st.

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! This week, Lindsay Darling fills in for her Bangs & Blush DJ partner Brittney to play jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.

10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.

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.

THURSDAY

7 pm “To Be Near You” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. Christina Wollesen displays her unique abstract works of art in a two-week solo exhibition. “This show is about the colours and experiences common to our existence: The sea, the sky, feelings of distance. The bold lines, colours and textures are moved by the intention to communicate immediately and directly with the beholder. The materials themselves strive for the same immediacy and accessibility: house paint, card board, found objects.” Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until July 7th.

9 pm Tense & Weird @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Weird disko, space jams, rub-out dubs, slow grinds, cosmobalearica, curb jams, jack house, arcade techno. $3 PBRS before 11 pm.

9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. Special guest DJ Splattermonkey (Shindig!, Bruckbeat Radio, Evolved Ent.) joins DJ Caff (Motown Party) on the 1s and 2s to lay down funk and soul while you drink and dance. Drink specials all night long!

10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for The Strokes.

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

FRIDAY

8 pm TPFF Party In The Pits @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. A free screening of Annemarie Jacir’s Salt of this Sea and some delicious treats! “Salt of this Sea tells the story of Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, who discovers that her grandfather’s savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Stubborn, passionate and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of ‘returning’ to Palestine. Watch the trailer here.” Free!

8 pm Smoothed Out @ Mavrik Wine Bar, 676 Queen St. W. DJ Caff (Ignition, Blue Gates) takes you on a journey with contemporary and classic R&B, soul, hip-hop, and reggae. The Wine & Food menu will offer great pairings of small production, limited batched wines with tacos, salads, and cheese from chef Walter Mena. No cover.

10 pm Uma Nota: Throwback Edition @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Uma Nota brings a fine night of music, dance, fun, and friends back to the place where they started. Featuring the live dub sounds and Brazilian rhythms of Mar Aberto SoundSystem, and a special guest DJ set by Andycapp of Bang the Party with tropicalia, disco, and everything good. General Eclectic holds down the reggae, Latin, MPB, and Afrobeat. $5 to the first 50 people before 11 pm, $10 advance tickets available online, $15 otherwise.

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 Late Nights @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Scott and Lacey play the best hip-hop and RnB tracks to get your freak on to! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Partyboob @ StudioBar, 824 Dundas St. W. A new monthly party series. Open format music to get messy to with DJs Medley and Conor Cutz. $5 before midnight, more after.

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 Pop Lobster: Would I July To You? Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. DJ Little Kicks and Short Stack know no pop boundaries! You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Le Tigre, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more.

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 Evveryday Wavvy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Smells Gvcci and Coolin Cregg select splashy drug rap all night long.

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 and Dennis P on the saxophone. 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 Snakedriver @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Noah Fralick (Yong Rival) and Peter Merriman (Vuarnet) play rock ‘n’ roll in the front room.

10 pm Tits & Toques @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Bring your ladies, your lesbros, and allyour homogays out for a night of dancing that will see you jumping and destroying your vocal chordsto your favourite indie jams!

10 pm Keep It Cute @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A beat box plays on the sidewalk below. Loud. The bass buzzing its limits. The heat and City traffic cutting in. Flesh on flesh. A smoke out on the fire escape. You pour another cheap glass of wine. Heavy vibes. Turntables in the park, juice stolen from the man. Graff`s not Graff if you pay for the paint. A love supreme. A Kiss 98.7 mastermix overheard in the afternoon, while you’re sexing someone else’s wife/husband. A well worn copy of Arthur Russel’s “Let’s Go Swimming”. Within the repetition, the truth. Within the call and response, the ecstasy.

10 pm Legoblocks @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Robo jams with DJ Linus Booth and special guest TODDADSR.

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 Berlin’s Strip Steve (Boys Noize). $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Gladstone Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. On the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles? The Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Haley Mlotek of Worn Fashion Journal and Meg Sinclair of Muttonhead to bring you an organized, handpicked, marketplace! Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more, Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. Until 4 pm.

4 pm Boozy Bingo @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Eat food. Drink drinks. Play bingo. Your pre-drink destination for a bingo buzzed Saturday night! $5 for your first five cards.

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, ska, and pop tunes! With DJs Nico and Dave Barnes + special guest Siân LuLu Teuse. Get with the WITH IT crowd. $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 Brooks / Milk / Bang The Party / Over&Over @ Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lakeshore Blvd. W. An intimate evening of music and disco dancing under the stars in the city we love. With DJs Brennan Green (Chinatown Recordings), Andycapp (Bang The Party), Ali Black (Over&Over), and Pooyan (Over&Over). $15 advance tickets available online.

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

10 pm Old School Saturday @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. Turn the clocks back and party like you used to! (Tomorrow will be fine cuz we don’t know what hangovers even are yet.)

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Soulfinger (L.A.) share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

10 pm H8 Her @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Two she-demons playing heavenly jams that make you wanna do evil things…like grind.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60′s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Super Good @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, three-time Juno nominated DJ/producer Techtwelve spins the best in hip-hop, R&B, trap, and classics. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop and beyond. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Heavy Rotation @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Get down to a mix of all genres of music from any era – from hip-hop to electro and soul to reggae. With DJs Riccachet, Thera-P, Mercilless, and Royale. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

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

11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal disco and maximal house 
with DJs Kevin Ritchie, OMGBLOG.com, and Jaime Sin.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia + 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

1 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, buckets of Corona + a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or tacos then dance to the sounds of weekly live DJs from 2-6 pm.

2 pm The Sassy Little Craft Show @ The Central, 603 Markham St. Food, drinks, patios, and crafts! This ain’t your Granny’s church basement. Until 8 pm.

9:15 pm Christie Pits Film Festival Opening Night: That Thing You Do @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The third-annual Christie Pits Film Festival will take place on Sunday nights in July in Christie Pits Park. This year’s program, “Hits in the Pits”, explores the rise and fall of great bands. Screenings begin 15 minutes after sundown with music videos by local artists, followed by a music-related feature film. This week’s screening is That Thing You Do (Tom Hanks, 1996).

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

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