Toronto Hit List: The Big Sound, All That, Hey Girl Hey, Bey Bey Dance Party & more!

February 23rd-26th The Artist Project @ Better Living Centre (Exhibition Place), 195 Princes’ Blvd. The Artist Project celebrates its 10th year with the most exciting show yet! Explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. $14 online, $15 at the door.

February 25th-26th Winter Warm Up Sample Sale @ Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. For two days only, save up to 70% off Tiger of Sweden’s fall/holiday runway samples, including leather goods, runway looks, one-of-a-kind styles, and more + in-store men’s, women’s, and jean collections.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Reel Girl Presents: Dear White People @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. In honour of Black History Month, Reel Girl Talk (The MUFF Society’s discussion-based spinoff series) presents a special screening of Dear White People. The 2014 satire follows Sam, a film student, who, along with a few of her peers, goes up against the racist traditions and structures of her Ivy League school through a variety of mediums and platforms. Join MUFF in the lobby for the usual pre-show fun, including a photobooth and themed #MUFFMix. $15 advance tickets available online.

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

8 pm Slippery Slope Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Let the Drake help keep your dancing feet toasty-warm every Thursday this winter with Reyka Vodka! Crunk, bop, and slide to the sweet grooves of R&B, hip-hop, Top 40, reggae, and dance courtesy of DJ iammiikey.

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.

10 pm Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Mad tunes and mad times with DJ Nora Noise. Rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, and punk + $4 shots of Four Roses bourbon and $6 pints of Duggans Phi.

11 pm Spooky Bitch: Alanis Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month, Spooky Bitch is gonna swallow some Jagged Little Pills as they celebrate canadian chanteuse Alanis Morrissette with their usual brand of sass and trash! With guests Allysin Chaynes, Jacklynne Hyde, and Jenna Syde.

FRIDAY

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto’s finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to throw down their next foot stompin’, heart pumpin’, sweet lovin’ soul party! Featuring BIG renditions of the BIG classics guaranteed to make you shout and shake + DJ Wes Allen dishing up the biggest dance-floor banger. $15 online and at the door.

10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.

10 pm Saddle Up @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Scuff up the floor to the sounds of Dolly, Willie, Loretta, and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites. You don’t need to know any two-step moves – they play all the good tunes, and only the best of the bad ones. No bro country! $5 (bar is cash only).

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros are back to play your favourite throwback RnB and hip-hop jams all night long! With special guest DJ Blackcat. (February babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) $5.

10 pm Freaky Friday @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get freaky with DJ Teenage Werewolf, playing rock ‘n’ roll, punk, post-punk, and soul.

10 pm Do Right 15 Session @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Sweat to the deep DJ selections of Alister Johnson and label boss John Kong, playing house, boogie, and cosmic disco for the intimate dance floor. $5.

10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. $5.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm 100% Dynamite @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic, Misty Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Parkdale Funk spin the explosive sounds of vintage reggae, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll! Expect to hear everything from vintage Northern soul, girl groups, Motown, Stax, garage rock, and heavy funk to rocksteady, classic reggae, blue beat, and ska. $5 before 11 pm, $10 afterwards.

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

SATURDAY

9 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

10 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. February is the worst and the world is terrifying, so come dance it out with a bunch of queers to your favourite tunes by the women of hip-hop and R&B! DJ Orange Pekoe spinning your jams + Beardoncé giving you life at the legendary 12:30 floorshow. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Bey Bey All Night @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Back by popular demand! Dance the night away to Bey’s hits and all your favourite dance-floor anthems. Expect visuals, specialty cocktails, and all the Beyoncé. $10.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Misty playing Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, punk, soul – stuff that will make you wanna shake! Good times guaranteed.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! $10.

10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $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 A Sneaky Dee’s Motown Night @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Get up offa that thang and get yourself to Sneaky Dee’s! Featuring all the jams from The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.

10 pm Panic @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is The Smiths. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Cold Shoulder @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Famous Players playing rap music from 1992 to 2017. $5 all night, fun all night.

10 pm Forth: Deejay Astral, Raf Reza @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. London-based Deejay Astral brings his warm house grooves to Bambi’s, with support from locals Raf Reza and Condo Killer. $10 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.

SUNDAY

6 pm Oscars Trivia + Viewing Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Welcoming both Stream Queens and those still catching up on last year’s nominees to fuel up with a much needed dose of Hollywood escapism: come speculate and drink to these burning questions and more as we await the moments of truth together. Oscars trivia (with prizes!) from 6:30-8 pm, following by red carpet and viewing.

6 pm Annual ReelHeART Oscars Party @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. Did you know the 1st Oscar Award was handed out in 1929? Join ReelHeART as they transform CineCycle into a 1920s SpeakEasy to celebrate the last year of that decade with style. Prizes include Best 1920s Daddy, Best 1920s Dame, Best FlapperSpeak, Oscar Trivia QuickFire, and more. $15 advance tickets available online (includes raffle ticket).

6 pm The Drake Oscars Party @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Put on your best threads and play the Drake’s Oscar pool while cheering on your picks from the silver screen. They’ve also got a trophy-worthy prix-fixe that’ll save your spot for the night! Call (416) 531-5042 x1 or email host@thedrakehotel.ca to book.

6:30 pm Screen Queens Does the Oscars @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Join drag queen extraordinaire Allysin Chaynes for a live and potentially very drunk, R-rated commentary of the Oscars! With special guest panelists Laura Desiree, Beardoncé, Sarah-Tai Black, and others. Drinking games and plenty of surprises. Doors at 6:30 pm, red carpet at 7, broadcast at 8. FREE!

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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