Toronto Hit List: The Art of Darkness, Got Brains?, Hauntline Bling, Strange Brew & more!

WEDNESDAY

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

5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.

7 pm Are You Afraid of the Dark? Marathon @ D-Beastro, 1292 Bloor St. W. Come get into the Halloween spirit with the classic ’90s children horror anthology, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? All ages welcome!

7:30 pm Fall/Winter Clothing Swap @ Arts Market, 1114 Queen St. E. & 846 College St. Swap the fall/winter seasonal clothing that you’ve either outgrown or are just no longer diggin’! There will be volunteers and staff on site to sort through the pieces and dish out colour-coded tickets at the door. You can then use these tickets to swap within that colour coded area (i.e. jackets will have a red ticket; tops, skirts, and pants will have a blue ticket). $5 donations at the door for Urban Wildlife Care, a group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of our native wildlife.

8 pm Love To Love Disco @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Disco, every Thursday! Rare, groove, classic, italo, and nu. $5.

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The society as you know it outside doesn’t exist. This is the unseen society; this is Strangelove. $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. Music provided by KTRON and Chippy. $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 I Need U @ Wayward, 1096 Queen St. W. (second floor). An intimate Halloweek soirée drenched with excessive indulgence and sensual pleasures. Music by Happy Boy Tona and Talvi Faustmann (Prince Innocence). Hosted by Fucci and friends. Costumes/clothing optional.

10 pm Love Zone @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. ’80s R&B, funk, old school rap, and reggae by your DJ, Rollie.

FRIDAY

5 pm The Art of Darkness @ Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Get into the Halloween spirit with the artists at Artscape Youngplace. They’re filling the building with activities and events that reflect the mysterious, the shocking, the haunted, and the bizarre. Featuring peculiar performances, mind-bending music, otherworldly art installations, fantastical films, and so much more! Come early for family-friendly activities, stay later for more grownup fun. $10 advance tickets available online, with proceeds supporting participating artists and organizations that call Artscape Youngplace home.

7 pm #FNLROM: Day of the Dead @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences is back for a new season. $15 advance tickets available online.

9 pm Got Brains @ BLND TGR, 559 College St. Join subAQUA Pictures at BLND TGER and expect to dance your butt off at this funky Halloween dance party! The DJ will be spinning some ’90s classics, electronic indie, and requests to get your noodle grooving. $3 drinks all night. $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

9 pm Hauntline Bling @ Belljar Cafe, 2072 Dundas St. W. All vinyl, all night. Come costumed (or not) and prepared to dance! With DJs Ghoul Adam (Adam Owen), Spooky B (Bri Tulk), and Haunted Content (Matthew Braga).

9 pm Peak Freaks: Halloween Freakout @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Screaming psych, beat treats, mod movers, hi-fi sci-fi, and disk wizardry with DJ Leafy Chiefy and special guest DJ Madge Madgic, who will dazzle and terrify you effortlessly. Also: horror movies, costumes, light shows!

9 pm Lovestruck Halloween Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Lovestruck is back, this time with 100% more thrills and chills! An evening of ghoulish games and spooky dance floor black magic. Dress to impress, there will be a costume contest at midnight with prizes. $10.

10 pm Freak Show @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. This Halloween, get ready for a night of mayhem you’ll never forget! 99 Sudbury will be turned into a living, breathing freak show with decor like no other, freaky performers that will make your jaw drop, and 1200+ attendees dressed up for the wildest Halloween party to ever touch down in Toronto. $15.95 early bird and $19.95 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Shindig Presents: Death At The Drive-In @ The Pistom, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig is back with another Halloween costume contest! Cash prize to the best one! That, along with the best ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B dance music soundtrack provided by DJs Splattermonkey, General Eclectic, and Parkdale Funk. $10.

10 pm Strange Brew @ The Derby, 1516 Dundas St. W. DJ C.I.A. serves up a strange brew of weird and wild rock ‘n’ roll at The Derby! Featuring drink specials and costume contest at midnight (prizes for best costume and best Bautista).

10 pm Get It Together: Devil’s Night Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Costumes! Candy! Drinks! Dancing! As always, all genres, all styles, all peoples welcome. $5.

10 pm Feministry @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Weird sisters: This Halloween edition of Feministry is all about controlling your destiny. Dress how you’ve always dreamed, or how you wish to be seen. DJ Cam Lee and special guest Weird L select and share music made by and for fems, womyn, queers, and allies.

10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush and Stones Place are throwing a brand new Friday night party! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

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 Motown Party: Monster Mash @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Residents DJs Misty and Caff will play the best ol’ Motown, soul, funk, and some spoOOky selections all night long to get you on the dance floor this Halloween! All you have to do is make sure you wear a costume you can DANCE in. $10.

SATURDAY

Check out our Halloween party guide here!

10 am “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free” Opening @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. This fall, the AGO presents a major exhibition celebrating the radically experimental late works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), a giant of British art. Opening on Oct. 31, 2015, J.M.W.  Turner: Painting Set Free features more than 50 paintings and works on paper on loan from the renowned Tate Britain in London, England. Timed-entry tickets available online. Until January 31, 2016.

SUNDAY

10 am Day of the Dead @ Evergreen Brick Words, 550 Bayview Ave. Evergreen Brick Works invites the community to celebrate Latin American culture at this year’s Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead celebration. Dia de Muertos is a celebration that honours the deceased and will feature live latin music and dance, and highlight traditional Mexican food and drink. Until 3 pm.

6 pm Pumpkin Parade @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park, in partnership with Councillor Mike Layton, bring you this year’s annual Pumpkin Parade! The parade will take place lining the east-west footpath east of Crawford near Lobb (just north of the playground). Drop off your carved pumpkins along the footpath any time on Sunday with a tea-light inside, then stop by later to see the parade display and enjoy some free hot cider (until it runs out) courtesy of The Lucky Penny General Store and Cafe!

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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