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Toronto Hit List: Throwback Thursdays, SoulSkank 6 Year Anniversary, DJ Mongobeat, 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Picnic & more!

July 5th-8th ReelHeART International Film & Screenplay Festival @ various locations. An annual worldwide festival celebrating independent films and documentaries.

July 5th-16th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Now in its 29th year, Toronto Fringe Festival has become the largest theatre festival in the city and the launching pad for some of Canada’s most recognized cultural exports.

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 hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.

10 pm Loose Fit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. New kick-ass monthly featuring Britpop, New York noise, psychedelic, and good vibrations.

THURSDAY

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

10 pm Throwback Thursdays @ Prettyugly Bar, 1237 Queen St. W. A weekly party series where Good Kids dim the lights low and turn the bass up on some of your favourite jams to move your hips to spanning multiple musical genres and decades.

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 Authorized Personnel @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Move through the materials behind your dreams. Acid, electro, techno, and jungle with Object a and Club Fitness. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Big Bird Boogie @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Surf, glam, psych, and classic rock with DJ Dan! Good vibes and cheap drinks.

10 pm Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Kelela, Broadcast, Robyn, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Grimes, and more.

10 pm Black Postcards @ The Embassy Bar, 223 Augusta Ave. Rock ‘n’ roll, indie pop, post-punk, synthpop, glam, etc. with DJ Chad Coles.

FRIDAY

6 pm “Spanglish” Opening Reception @ Blank Canvas Toronto, 890 St. Clair Ave. W. A group exhibition bringing together the stories, voices and creations of ten Latinx emerging artists. Photography, painting, illustration, and sculpture are woven together to represent a new dimension of roots, culture, and mestizaje. Until 10:30 pm. Show runs until July 9th. $5 or PWYC.

10 pm Cut Class @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Fawn Big Canoe plays bangers, dance floor fillers, one hit wonders, and nostalgic guilty pleasures from the late ’90s and early 2000s. Nothing is off the table at Cut Class!

10 pm SoulSkank 6 Year Anniversary @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. SoulSkank celebrates six years of vinyl dance parties! DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the wax + Dennis P on the sax. Soul, funk, Motown, Stax, rockers, riddims, and ska. $5.

10 pm Big Shiny Fun Party Tunez Vol. 1 @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. DJs No Cops, Baskethoop, and SF play known and unknown dance floor favourites from now and before. Rap, house, juke, disco, Jersey, Baltimore, UK, etc. $5/PWYC (no one turned away).

10 pm Hold Tight @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) bring this hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s legendary Rolling Stones-themed bar and lounge, Stone’s Place – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $5 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Wax Museum @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Armak and Robbie Salmon spin vinyl for your listening pleasure. Flip through Dundas Video’s collection of cult VHS tapes and win prizes from Kops Records!

10 pm Artificial Parallel Reality @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ sets by Jacques Greene and Dinamo Azari, presented by Model Future.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Join the Bangs & Blush ladies for a night full of drinking and bad decisions. Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Venga Boys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers (f.k.a. A Digital Needle) and Cyclist. $10.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10:30 pm Petty @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A dance night for the petty princess inside all of us. Hip-hop, Afrobeats, deep house, tribal, and RnB with DJs Craig Dominic, DurtyDabz, and Rob Ven. $5.

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Pixel & Bristle Summer Market @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Pixel & Bristle returns to the Drake for their second summer design market, showcasing a diverse range of prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, mobiles, bags, banners, textiles, mugs, enamel pins, patches, buttons, stickers, objects ephemera, and limited edition art. Food, booze, and prizes also available! Until 4 pm.

10 am The Goods Pop-Up @ 1340 Queen St. W. 15 market vendors for different wants + a DJ for added fun! First 10 people get a $10 voucher. Until 5 pm.

11 am Darling Mansion Yard Sale @ The Darling Mansion, 224 Dovercourt Rd. Randi Bergman and Odessa Paloma Parker are selling their things in front of the Darling Mansion. Mostly under $10, with some designer exceptions. Until 7 pm.

12 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 502 Adelaide St. W. Toronto’s first-ever retail flea market catering exclusively to vintage and urban streetwear aesthetic. Curated vintage streetwear and local urban brands from local vendors. Until 8 pm.

10 pm With It Presents: DJ Mongobeat @ Sweaty Betty’s, 13 Ossington Ave. DJ Mongobeat is from São Paulo, Brazil, specializing in ’60s-70s Brazilian 7” singles, with lots of groove, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and fuzz. Support from DJ Nico (With It, CIUT’s Vinyl from the Crypt).

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 and James playing their favourite ’60s and early ’70s selections on vinyl.

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 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 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 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 Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. An all vinyl dance party featuring all hit songs from any genre and decade! Curated by DJ Precious Brett, you can expect the BEST in funky, soulful, rockin hits from the past 60 years.

10 pm Shake It Off: Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. All the hits (plus some deep cuts) from Katy and Taylor all night long! $5 advance tickets available online.

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

SUNDAY

10 am Detox to Retox @ Indie Ale House, 2876 Dundas St. W. Led by a certified yoga instructor and followed by a tasting of beers, this two-hour session (one hour of yoga, one hour of beer) will be the perfect way to trick yourself into thinking you’re working out really hard. $30 advance tickets available online.

10 am Etsy Team Toronto Summer Makers Marketplace @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Support #handmadetoronto! Etsy Team Toronto has rounded up 50 of the city’s best Etsy sellers specializing in fashion, art, handmade, and home decor goods. Until 5 pm.

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market featuring vintage, upcycled, handcrafted items, and more. Until 5pm.

11 am Parkdale Flea @ 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea is back with over 30 local vendors. Antique, vintage, collectables, handmade, jewellery, local artisans, crafts, food and drink, good vibes, and more! Free entry and dog friendly. Until 6 pm.

11:30 am 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Picnic @ Trinity Bellwoods Park (picnic area 8), Gore Vale and Queen St. W. The Toronto Psychedelic Society presents a coming together of intentional, conscious groups, communities, musicians, and tribes of people in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first summer of love. Bring something to share, spread out a blanket, and relax. Until 6 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 Easy Item Sunday: That ’70s Show @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Easy Item Sunday teams up with DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard (a.k.a. James McNally) for a night of music from the ’70s. Proto-punk, first gen punk, glam, funk, and maybe even a little disco.

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

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