Toronto Hit List: The Funhouse Back to School Prom, Canzine, Chronologic, Legends Vintage Fashion Market & more!

September 14th-15th Roncesvalles Polish Festival @ Roncesvalles Ave. This annual festival brings together local and international music and entertainment + fantastic cuisine and traditional Polish fare from over 40 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros along Roncesvalles. Runs 11-11 pm Saturday and 11-7 pm Sunday.

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 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

6 pm “Ness Lee: Folding In” Opening Reception @ Patel Gallery, 1151 Queen St. E. Folding In, the newest exhibition from artist Ness Lee, is about what it means to un-become; a process of folding and unfolding. Until 9 pm.

7 pm Drunken TV: Beverly Hills, 90210 @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. An interactive TV viewing party game mini-series based off the ’90s series Beverly Hills, 90210! The theme for this edition is “Parties Gone Wrong.” There will be customized game cards, props, colouring book pages, and themed cocktails for 90210 fans. Space is first come, first serve, so make sure to arrive early (starts promptly at 7:30 pm).

10 pm Outcast Broadside: The Rural Edition @ Sweaty Betty’s, 13 Ossington Ave. A casually recurring night of records pulled from under my couch, and behind the rad. This edition featuring drinking songs, cheating songs, and Tina Turner’s “Country” LP. No cover, no line dancing.

FRIDAY

7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery, and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night. Doors at 7 pm, sign-up starts at 7:30. $10.

8 pm Back to School Prom @ The Funhouse, 101 Lisgar St. School is back in session! Except The Funhouse is skipping over all the boring lectures, stressful tests, and teenage angst and fast-forwarding to the best part: PROM! Grab your best retro prom dresses, dust off those oversized powder blue suits, and get ready to relive your high school glory days. The night will be jam packed with exciting surprises including pop up performances in the art maze, a video dance party, and a Prom King and Queen costume contest! $22 early bird tickets, $28 general admission tickets available online.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco: 7 Years of Disco @ The Baby G, Dundas St. W. Beam Me Up celebrates its seventh birthday! As always, residents Patchouli Brothers will play a disco mix of gospel, funk, soul, boogie, rare groove, house, and jazz sounds.

10 pm The Good Life @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Your millennial soul needs The Good Life. A new dance party playing the best hip-hop from the 2000s, all night long! $10.

10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.

10 pm Buddies Season Launch party @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Buddies is coming back from a summer closure with a big party to kick off their 2019/20 season! With DJ Sofia Fly + performances by Amian Black, Babia Majora, Beardra Bidness, Carlotta Carlisle, Katinka Kature, and Qaptain.

10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.

10 pm Friday the 13th @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Davey D on the decks playing the best retro soundtrack + cheap Beaus tall cans, free swag, and prizes!

10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasures dance party with DJ Blush! $5.

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 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.

11 pm Hot Coco @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Experience world music in the most multicultural city in the world. Playing afrobeats, coupé-décalé, gqom, reggae, and much more. $10.

SATURDAY

1 pm Canzine @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. The festival of zine culture and independent arts! Browse over 500 zines, comics, small press books, and works of indie print culture on display and for sale. Until 7 pm.

8 pm Queer Slumber Party: But I’m A Cheerleader @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Bring your PJs and sleeping bag to Glad Day Bookshop for a screening of the 1999 flick But I’m A Cheerleader. There will be popcorn, blanket forts, spin the bottle, and more!

9 pm Don’t Speak @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. A night of ambient and instrumental music featuring Bonnetta/Huizinga, Carl Didur, Kat Estacio, and Saturn City. Speaking is outlawed for audience, artists, and staff. With sound installation by April Aliermo, DJ Burnt Lids, a blanket fort, cue cards, and writing utensils provided. BYO pillow. $15/PWYC.

10 pm Bare Selections Presents: Innit @ The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. Innit brings the spirit of London club culture to Toronto with a night of eclectic selections spanning hip-hop, R&B, afrobeats, and bashment mixed with underground UK genres including garage, funky, grime, and more. With DJs Macala, Freeza Chin, and Luke Sorensen. $10.

10 pm Synthesexer Turns 6 @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party celebrates its sixth birthday! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more.

10 pm Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.

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.

10 pm Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.

10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett and special guest No Fear. Come shake your rump!

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 Bleach @ Remix Lounge, Dundas St. W. Toronto’s first and only all-90s alternative audio and visual experience. Dance to videos from: Nirvana, Blur, Massive Attack, The Cure, Suede, Prodigy, Radiohead, Filter, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, New Order, Hole, The Cranberries and more. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

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!

10:30 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and anti-pop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2019, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

11 pm Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. $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.

9 am Toronto Garlic Festival @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. An annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest! Stock up on your winter supply of fresh garlic, taste delicious garlic-themed food and beer, attend art workshops and cooking demos, and participate in a virtual reality Ontario farm tour. Until 5 pm.

10 am Open Streets TO @ Bloor & Yonge St. Open Streets is Toronto’s largest outdoor recreational program, closing 7 km of Bloor and Yonge Streets to motorized vehicles and opening them to people on foot, bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs, skateboards, and more. Activity Hubs will animate the street frontages along the route with participative, interactive activities like exercise and dance classes, art-making, installations, workshops, performances, street games, water stations, obstacle courses, neighbourhood tours, and more. Until 2 pm.

10 am Legends Vintage Fashion Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Back again by popular demand, vintage fashion specialist Andrea Lalonde invites style-forward vendors to deliver another dream shopping experience. The market is aimed at emerging and seasoned vintage collectors and anyone serious about expressing their personal style through unique fashion pieces. Until 6 pm.

1 pm Flamingo Market @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. A bi-monthly market featuring, promoting, and fostering the diverse small business and artisan talent that the LGBTQ2SIA+ community has to offer. Vendor list here. Admission is free and all are welcome! Until 7 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.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ 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. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

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

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