Toronto Hit List: The Queen Bey: A Tribute to Beyonce, Leisure Lounge, Lay These Knight, No No Pony & more!

July 18th-24th The End of Vintage: One Week Pop-Up & Bar @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. Vintage and used clothing pop-up shop sale + mini bar! Have a beer and browse. Have another beer and try shit on. Have ANOTHER beer and buy some finds! Cash only.

July 20th-21st Big on Bloor Festival @ Bloor Street from Dufferin to LansdowneCelebrate arts, culture, community, and small business with hundreds of events, activities, and exhibitions.

WEDNESDAY

9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm. 

10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long. 

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.

THURSDAY

7 pm VICE Photo Shows 2013 @ Brockton Collective, 442-A Dufferin St. It’s the month the most coveted, over-sized free publication hits the streets: VICE’s annual Photo Issue. This year’s theme is “Collaborations”. Don’t forget to RSVP

8 pm Seinfeld Super Terrific Happy Hour Trivia @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Do you endure the feats of strength every Festivus? Have you yada yada’d sex? Are you master of your domain? Well then, sounds like you need some Super Terrific Seinfeld Trivia! In classic pub-style trivia, Super Terrific Happy Hour trivia features intense trivia questions from the entire history of Seinfeld. No multiple choice, no questions out of canon, just straight up question and answer on the world’s favourite show about nothing, brought to you by three undefeated Seinfeld trivia nuts who clearly have too much time on their hands. Teams are up to six people, answering 50 questions over three rounds, and enjoying Seinfeld episodes in between. Win prizes! 

9:30 pm The Queen Bey: A Tribute to Beyonce @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Featuring Kat Langdon + The Sasha Fierce and The Thundermonks with DJ Thrillington. Drink. Dance. Be Bootylicious. $12 advance tickets available online, $15 at the door. 

10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for The Strokes. 

10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5. 

10 pm Get Buck Presents: The Bashment @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Bren Dan, Nino Brown, YesYes Jill, and KJ. Free tings. 

FRIDAY

6 pm MIDNIGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. A pop-up night market pairing music, drinks, and street style food while showcasing outstanding artists, designers, and collectors in a stunning curated space. Starting at 6 pm outside in the courtyard, Appleton will be grilling rum-infused jerk chicken and serving delicious drinks while you shop under the sun! Featuring music from DJs Kid MK, Orly, Johnny Hockin, and Lucie Tic + vendors SCREVVFACE, Made for Margaret, Philips’s Ice Pops, Black Iris Design, Mavrik Wine Bar, Said the King, No Fun Press, Bite My Biscotti, Manifesto, Le Dolci, Two Birds Apparel, Starling Vintage, COVEN by Sonia Kang, Parkdale Butter, Skinny Sweats, Bird at the Window, Walk-in Closet, CMP Originals, SALT, Wild Moon, SANKOFA, Saloon, The Anchored Social, Desmond & Beatrice, and many more TBA. Market until midnight followed by a dance party until 2 am. $5. 

9 pm Leisure Lounge @ N/A Collective, 1585 Dundas St. W. An evening of exchange between artists and the public. Artists will offer such services as life advice, massage, pore portraits, foot washing, personalized songs/ CDs, whiskey yelling, and delicious foods. (Location is behind Lula Lounge – walk down the alley on the west side of the Lula doors.) DJs Turfmayne brings the beats and rhythms of soul, R&B, dancehall, hip-hop, and more. Cash bar. $10-20 sliding scale cover at the door, which includes 8 tickets to be spent on any combination of services at your leisure. Use your tickets to collect any combination of services by the presenting artists. Services begin at 9 pm and will go on into the late night hours! Early birds will get the best pick of services. 

9:30 pm Junction Movie Nights: Outdoor Cinema @ Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St. W. The Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA) hosts free movies under the stars, every second Friday! This week’s screening is Greenwich Village: Music That Changed A Generation (2013). 

10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. It’s the best day of the year, girl! Diego Bros play 90’s and 00’s hip-hop and R&B all night long. (July babies, post your birthday requests on the event page). 11 pm, $5 after. 

10pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants. $5. 

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5. 

10 pm The Anthems / City Love @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Blaster and special guest D’Conductor play nothing but classic club anthems all night long. Downstairs, Crawford’s sweethearts Lacey & Tammy blast out hot hip-hop and RnB tunes! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after. 

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #78 @ Revival, 783 College St. Sign up for your favourite rap tracks and show off your skills! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, more after. 

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s biggest, baddest, freak nastiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Featuring special guest It’sMattLangille (the man behind the infamous MurderBoner! parties at the Red Light) + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6. 

10 pm Air Horns 2 Year Anniversary @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJ VILIFY (Bass Drive, Montréal) joins residents Daddy Maysr (Montréal), eLman y Linterna (Dos Mundos DJs), and Caff to celebrate two years of Air Horns! Expect to hear the best in dancehall, tropical bass, hip-hop, R&B, and trap. Free before 10 pm, $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Pop Lobster: The Lobster Devine Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. Pop Lobster + El Devine = true dancefloor magic. Sort of like when two precious unicorns touch together their golden horns. Exactly like that, but with more booze. And probably some Destiny’s Child? So yeah. DJs Little Kicks, Short Stack, and special guest El Devine know no pop boundaries! You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Le Tigre, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.

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

SATURDAY

2 pm CrushTO Picnic Party @ Trinity Bellwoods, 790 Queen St. W. A free, daytime, accessible, outdoor event! Things you should bring: blankets, pillows, snacks, beach balls, bubbles, hula hoops, side walk chalk, refreshments, music, and whatever else you would like to have at a sexy picnic! Look for the pink balloons; expect: water balloon battles, tarot readings, slip ‘n’ slides, twister, and more. This event is weather dependant.

6 pm “Resilience” Opening Reception @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. “Inspired by the unmatched patina often discovered in rescued objects; Matt Durant builds his art around his eco sensibility and unrivalled enthusiasm for the discarded.” Opening reception is by invite only, please RSVP toinfo@goodfellasgallery.com to be put on the guestlist. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until August 3rd.

8 pm Smoothed Out @ Mavrik Wine Bar, 676 Queen St. W. DJ Caff (Ignition, Blue Gates) takes you on a journey with contemporary and classic R&B, soul, hip-hop, and reggae. The Wine & Food menu will offer great pairings of small production, limited batched wines with tacos, salads, and cheese from chef Walter Mena. No cover.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Orange Pekoe and Amy Wood play 90’s hip-hop and everything else, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Free cover and cupcakes before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Blaark and Daark play trap, rap, and bass music. This means stuff like A$AP Rocky, Drake, Flosstradamus, Girl Unit, Grimes, Iggy Izalea, Mykki Blanco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Ryan Hemsworth, Soulja Boy, T.I., etc. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm This @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Gabe Knox and Geoff Snack play records because this is a thing now, apparently: dat Progressive New Wave tho, dat Italian Disco tho, dat Dollarbin Disco tho, dat Post-Punk tho, dat New Music tho, dem Synth Soundscapes tho. 

10 pm Idol Hanse @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Idol Hanse label boss Alixander III (Azari & III, The Cruelty Party) and co-conspirator Brandon Sprouse (Gaunt, Driip) throw down the dope techno and future music, from the Idol catalogue and beyond. Drink specials, fog, and strobes all night. 

10 pm Tha Diff’rence @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Andycapp and Son of S.O.U.L. warm up the summer night with sexy sounds of RnB and soul (with an influence of hip-hop). $10. 

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5. 

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5. 

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party where DJ Mikey McFly and guests play the good stuff! $5. 

10 pm Met You On Twitter Dot Com @ The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W. DJs Max Mertens, Jess Carrow and Vincent Pollard play rap music that isn’t J. Cole, anything “feat. 2 Chainz”, whatever dancehall jams Jess finds in her iTunes, #sadboys music, most of Yeezus. 

10 pm Sugar Hill / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz spins hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and top 40. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after. 

10 pm A Night at the Baltic Avenue @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. DJs ThatBoyRitchie, MJ, and Professor Mele play trap, golden age hip-hop, and guilty pleasure pop.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Behind the Duke (Queen St. E. & Leslie). 30 vendors showcase hundreds of curated items! New vendors include home furnishings from Son of A Woodcutter, metal and jewellery artist Ampersand, and vintage clothing from Ma Ptite Chouette Vintage. Check out the blog for more info. Until 3 pm.

1 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, buckets of Corona, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or tacos then dance to the sounds of weekly live DJs from 2-6pm.

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

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