Toronto Hit List: The BFF Party, Puppy Love, Home Alone ’90s Christmas Dance Party, One Leg Up & more!

December 7th-22nd Yorkville Village Holiday Market @ Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd. Live entertainment, pop-ups, holiday-themed vendors, family-friendly entertainment, and interior and exterior decorations. Proceeds from all sponsored activities will go towards SickKids.

December 10th-11th Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea is back with some incredible local vendors. Antique, vintage, collectables, handmade, jewellery, local artisans, crafts, food and drink, good vibes, and more! Free entry and dog friendly. Runs 11-6 pm both days.

December 10th-31st Evergreen’s Winter Village @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Celebrate the holiday season at Evergreen’s Winter Village! Enjoy the new Street Food Market, find unique gifts, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors all throughout December. Admission is free.

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.

8 pm The MUFF Society Presents: Ladies & Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains @ Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. The MUFF Society is back with a screening of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains! Starring a 16-year-old Diane Lane as Corinne Burns (or as she’d rather be called, ‘Third Degree’ Burns), a bored and frustrated small-town teenager who becomes bewitched at a local punk show and thrusts herself into the scene. Reception and photobooth at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.

THURSDAY

7 pm The BFF Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Wrangle your BFFs and join Breakthroughs Film Festival for the tropical beach party of your blue winter dreams, and to help raise money for the BFF Post-Production Grant. They’ll have drinks, prizes, live music, live uaction, and PWYC shiatsu massages for all the feel good feels! DJ Blush will make your booties shake from 10 pm onwards. $10.

7 pm The Common Holiday Flea Market @ The Common, 1028 Bloor St. W. Tarot readings food by Fred Victors Women’s Bakery, and over 15 vendors including Nouveau Riche Vintage, Bella Wella, Eleven Thirty Shop, COVEN, and Mai Lin Jewelry. Until 11 pm.

7 pm DBL Launch / Babybel Wax Bodysuit & The Beaver Zine Library @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Celebrate the launch of the Beaver’s new zine library, as well as Eric Kostiuk Williams’ new comic book, Babybel Wax Bodysuit. Until 10 pm. Dance party to follow with DJs Pony and Aphex Twink. Free before 10 pm, PWYC after.

7 pm “4×4 …and a Little More” Launch @ #Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St. W. Launch party for #Hashtag’s annual group show “4×4 …and a Little More. 4×4 artwork will be sold at $25 a piece and 6×6 will go for $40. Show runs until December 23rd.

7 pm Girls Art League Annual Art Auction Fundraiser @ Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Ave. GAL’s art auction fundraiser is back for a third year with works from over 30 artists. Music by DJs Chanteclair and Mary Mack. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

FRIDAY

9 pm My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place with this ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure (plus a little sprinkle of Christmas crap) dance party! Wham, Puff Daddy, Shania Twain, Guns N Roses, Hall and Oates, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Phil Collins, The Go-Gos, The Spice Girls, and more.

10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.

10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer + sex positive dance party with DJ Nate Nightcall keeping things frighteningly hot. $5.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Old rap and R&B faves + new bangers, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Amy Wood and Orange Pekoe in the saddle. $5.

10 pm Love Beyond Ghostship Fire Relief Benefit @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Andrew Ross, Mikey Apples, Johnny Hockin, and surprise guests go beyond all night long to lend a hand to victims of the Ghostship fire in Oakland. $5, with 100% of door proceeds and a portion of beverage sales going to the YOUCARING fund set up by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

10 pm 69 Sides of Love @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A freaky night of soul, funk, dance, and disco with D.A. Tyson. Motown movers, funky firestarters, and disco dreamers from Chic, Parliament, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone, Otis Redding, The Supremes, Jackson 5, and lots more. All vinyl.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party returns! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $10.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Fuck It is back! Jay-Z, Drake, Hanson, Britney Spears, Venga Boys, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Miley Cyrus, Disney music, Beyonce, Nelly, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm DJs Super Jen & Skinny @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJs Super Jen and Skinny deliver their signature mash up of post-punk, pop, rock, and oddities. $5 Jameson and Jager shots too!

10 pm Horse Meat Disco @ CODA, 794 Bathurst St. Direct from London, popular duo Horse Meat Disco will be serving up a very festive disco set to get you into the holiday spirit. $20 (plus HST) advance tickets available online.

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

10:30 pm Fevered: A Night Celebrating Kylie Minogue @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. All the Kylie hits and remixes you’ve ever wanted on one dance floor with DJs Winnie Luk and Phillippe. Massive, sparkling shows from Fay Slift, Tynomi Banks, and Champagna Enemea. $10.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Famou$ Players play the sweatiest R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites! $10.

SATURDAY

5 pm Woke Tings Holiday Market & Dance Party @ #Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St. W. A holiday market full of woke vendors selling must-have vintage, handmade accessories, and specialty items made in Toronto. Dance party from 10 pm onwards in the basement, with DJ GimmeMar spinning a mix of ’90s/early 2000s hip-hop and R&B, plus the latest bangers. Free entry for the market, $5/PWYC for dance party.

10 pm Home Alone ’90s Christmas Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals! Time to break out those cheesy Christmas sweaters and dance to ’90s music. Costumes strongly encouraged, sweaters mandatory. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Precious Brett plays mega hits from any decade and any genre, all on vinyl.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: A Very Mariah Xmas @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. BWS celebrates the ultimate diva of the holidays, Mariah Carey. Tunes by DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown, and Diego Armand. Performances by Beardoncé and Cassandra Moore. $7.

10 pm Reggae In Your Jeggae @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A musical expedition and kinetic expression session! Reggae, ska, bluebeat, and rocksteady for movers and groovers, dancers and freakers, and lordly leapers and ladies alike. DJs Gav, James, and special guest Sean Done-Cermeno playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.

10 pm FriendZone @ The Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd., Unit 5. A brand new series focusing on what really matters. With DJs Ali Black, Pooyan, Members Only, Diana McNally, and Moon Mist. $8 advance tickets available online.

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

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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist serve up a mix of eclectic, inclusive funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house; all those transcendent tunes that fall under the disco umbrella! $10.

10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ throws down hip-hop bangers all night long! $5.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Let Jay Jolliffe and the Bevstmode DJs take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.

SUNDAY

11 am The Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frost Bite 2016 @ Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, 6 Noble St. A marketplace for all things, different, interesting, weird, strange, one of a kind, macabre, and whimsical. Full vendor list here. Until 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.

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

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