Toronto Hit List: That Slow Jam Party, Artfest Toronto, Electric Island Season Finale, Saigon Sunday & more!

August 28th-September 2nd Canadian National Exhibition @ Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s annual end-of-summer fair returns for two-and-a-half weeks of entertainment, concerts, food, shopping, rides, games, air shows, and lots more.

August 28th-September 1st Bricks & Glitter @ various locations. Bricks & Glitter is a community arts festival celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance. Featuring workshops, parties, performances, and more!

August 30th-September 2nd Artfest Toronto @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill St. Artfest Toronto focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food. A curated selection of 80 artists from across Ontario, Quebec, and beyond will be exhibiting their paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass art, jewellery, designer clothing, and more. Open 11-6 pm daily.

August 30th-September 2nd Toronto International BuskerFest @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Music, magic, and mime; feats of the impossible and the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beatboxers, and more awaits at BuskerFest 2019. Suggested donation of $5 at the gate.

August 31st-September 1st Electric Island Season Finale @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Electric Island fully-licensed concert and picnic series closes another season with a two-day party on the West Island at Ontario Place! Full lineup here. $63.54-75.15 single day tickets and $109.99 weekend passes available online.

WEDNESDAY

5 pm Caskapalooza @ Craft Beer Market Toronto, 1 Adelaide St. E. A festival-style night of entertainment, good vibes, and over 30 unique casks from your favourite local craft breweries. Tickets are $25 and include 12 sample beer tokens, with partial proceeds being donated to The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

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.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as the hosts fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

5 pm Annex Summer Night Market @ The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. A two-night neighbourhood celebration and fundraiser for essential programs at CAMH and Workman Arts. The market brings together local artisans, artists, and vintage vendors. Until 11 pm.

6:45 pm Heat Wave: Out of Sight @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Heat Wave, a lineup of the greatest summer movies ever made, continues at the Revue with a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s 1988 crime comedy Out of Sight. The film will be introduced by Serena Whitney. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Fuzzed & Buzzed @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get buzzed and enjoy some fuzzed-out rock ‘n’ roll tunes hand-picked by the Fuzzed & Buzzed crew!

FRIDAY

5 pm Annex Summer Night Market @ Trinity Saint Paul’s United Church, 427 Brunswick Ave. A two-night neighbourhood celebration and fundraiser for essential programs at CAMH and Workman Arts. The market brings together local artisans, artists, and vintage vendors. Until 11 pm.

8 pm Indie Fridays: Aline Morales, OKAN, LOLAA @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy performances by Latinx acts, including Brazilian singer Aline Morales, Afro-Cuban quartet OKAN, and Mexican-Canadian pop duo LOLAA. Until 11 pm.

10 pm That Slow Jam Party @ Revival, 783 College St. A night of unforgettable R&B classics past and present guaranteed to have you singing at the top of your lungs. Music by DJs Lissa Monet, Jester, and Steph Honey. $22.23 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Beatles vs. Stones @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush gives you an evening of hits and rarities from the two greats: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones! Come get your Beatles and Stones fix with a ton of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll, garage, psych, and British Invasion tunes in between. $5.

10 pm Tambourine Party Presents: Tim Zawada @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night for the freaks, lovers, and dancers of street funk, oddities, and burners. On the decks is Tim Zawada, who has a lengthy rap sheet as a DJ, record producer, and label owner + one of the founders of now-global Boogie Munsters DJ collective, with support from Dylan McArthur.

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

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is 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. $10.

11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

5 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 08 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! Iberican duo Chus and Ceballos headline this edition, with support from Manzone and Strong, Richard Brooks, RandomDoug, and Sam Zenn. $51.98 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Babs and Jorge 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 Teen Spirit: Grunge Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Bust out all the plaid, flannel, and leather from your closet, because Sneaky Dee’s is spinning all your favourite grunge and alternative tracks all night! Featuring music from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, The Jesus Lizard, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Stone Temple Pilots, Screaming Trees, Silverchair, Temple of the Dog, Pixies, Lemonheads, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more. $5 advance tickets available online.

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 Duran Duran. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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 No Requests @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Funk, disco, soul, rock, and punk with DJ Blkluos.

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 pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Itzsoweezee is a counterculture brand whose values are built on a way of life and set of attitudes that substantially differ from social norms. They cater to lovers of floor-filling hip-hop, house, and electronic music. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday through September 29th, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 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.

8 pm No Future: The Virgin Suicides @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. No Future closes out its haunted summer of childhood innocence lost in the 1970s with Sofia Coppola’s beautiful and melancholic debut The Virgin Suicides, fresh off the film’s 20th anniversary. $13.19 advance tickets available online.

8 pm Nite Comfort @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This episode features performances by Howard Goldbach of the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music and composer-performer Marley M. Rosen. PWYC.

9:30 pm Saigon Sunday @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Celebrate the long weekend by reliving Toronto’s classic alternative club night with live-to-air DJs that shook the airwaves and dance floor of the iconic Whiskey Saigon third floor at 250 Richmond St. W. (now home to Bell Media). Retro, post-punk, new wave, Britpop, and classic alternative with DJs Dhingra and Dwight.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: God Save the Tease @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This special edition features punk rock striptease tributes to the Sex Pistols and other denizens of filth by Aviva the Mirage, Esther de Ville, Loretta Jean, Pickles LaVey, Coco La Creme, and host Tanya Cheex. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

10 pm All Vinyl Everything @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. No laptops. No serato. Just turntables and vinyl. DJ Mensa returns to All Vinyl Everything to rock out with DJ Agile and Mista Jiggz, playing everything that’s fit to press on 12”, 45, and LP. Free entry with RSVP.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat playing all the best rock and roll, indie, surf, garage, and new wave hits all night!

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

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