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Toronto Hit List: Toronto Loves Grace Jones, Electric Circus, Romeo + Juliet 90s Party, Oblique Strategies & more!

September 15th-17th Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories @ House of VR, 639 Queen St. W. FIVARS, Canada’s first and original VR/AR showcase, showcases a new wave of filmmakers and content producers who push the boundaries of virtual reality cinematography. Open 10-7 pm daily. $40 + HST tickets available online (for 40 minutes of viewing material).

September 15th-17th National Adoption Weekend @ PetSmart. Find unconditional love and inspire others to adopt during National Adoption Weekend. With the help of animal welfare agencies across the province, local PetSmart stores will have a number of adoptable pets looking for forever homes and families to love.

Thanks to pet lovers just like you, we’ve helped save over 7 million pets through adoption. Join us to keep the momentum going during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend at your local PetSmart store September 15-17, 2017. Find unconditional love and inspire others to adopt their best friend

September 16th-17th Roncesvalles Polish Festival @ Roncesvalles Ave. Cześć! Now entering its 13th year, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival adds an old world charm to today’s Roncesvalles Village. Enjoy local and international music, vendors, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Harvest Wednesdays @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A harvest table dinner featuring the duo behind Well Preserved, chefs Dana Harrison and Joel MacCharles, and guest winery Rosewood. Together with the Gladstone’s Chef de Cuisine, Rudy Boquila, and Sous Chef, Anne Novo, the chefs and local food advocates will be incorporating seasonal produce picked just the day before from Chick-a-biddy Acres C.S.A. and other Ontario producer partners. $70 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.

7 pm Drake AV Programme Launch + Video Art Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Now at the end of their four-month summer residency, seven emerging video artists known as the Drake AV (DAV) are launching their original video art works in the Drake Underground before being broadcast on Drake TVs everywhere! Meet and greet with the artists, see some incredible works, sip on $5 brews, and get ready for a video art dance party with the artists and DJ New Chance. PWYC.

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.

THURSDAY

8 pm Toronto Loves Grace Jones @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night paying tribute to fashion, film, and music icon Grace Jones with live art and live music. With DJ Holly Dodson from Parallels + a performance by Denise Deion and visual art by Frizz Kid, Ashante Blackwood, and Ford-Medina. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favourite Grace Jones- inspired outlandish outfits. $10.

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 Up Late @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Watu plays ’70s/80s pop, glam, funk, soul, and classic tunes to keep you up late!

FRIDAY

10 pm Media Melt @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. House and techno for dancing and pleasuring bodies, courtesy Henry and EdWord. Film screenings for visual stimulation. Vintage video games/vintage prices.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party! Bambii joins the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush takes you on a trip back to the ’80s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness! $5.

10 pm Turn Back Time: Homecoming @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Come in your best ’80s costumes and kick off the school year as DJ Caff plays Michael Jackson, Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Run DMC, Madonna, and more! $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty play the best of the Motown label and their contemporaries. $5.

10 pm DJ Normal 4 @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s afterhours welcomes DJ Normal 4 Klasse Wrecks/BFDM, Berlin) along with Yohei, Katana, and Object A. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more! $5.

10 pm Carlton Ranks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

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 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Bangers & Mash @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. An open format dance party with no limits and no boundaries. Diggy the DJ spins party anthems old and new.

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 and Cyclist. $10.

10:30 pm Mango Heat Thrussy @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Mango Heat Slurpee leaves a slight spicy sensation in your thrussy. DJs Bliptor, caseymq, and ZZZemen intend to do the same for you this night. Expect to hear a mix of bass music, house, jazz quartets, new age, ballroom beats, spring time equinox, techno, musical theatre, afro beats, etc. Free Club Mate samples all night long (while supplies last)! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

11 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs V∆NESS∆ & Pammm play your favourite ’90s house and dance floor anthems. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before midnight, $5 after.

11 pm That Way @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come That Way. Go That Way. Dance That Way. Be That Way. With selectors Tribe and Charlton. $10.

SATURDAY

4 pm Dudebox Presents: Dear Summer, An Outdoor Daytime Kiss Goodbye @ Hotel Waverly, 484 Spadina Ave. How is Mercury still in retrograde? How is it cool to be fall-chic in September? How is the Hotel Waverley being smashed to dust? Dudebox presents: A solemn vow, a silent smile, an outdoor, daytime kiss goodbye…to this BULLSHIT SUMMER. Sounds by Spinelli, Abscvnd, Mike Roc, Jon Chetty, James Redi, Jayemkayem, and Nino Brown; food provided by Mr Fitz Jerk. Free before 7 pm with RSVP (subject to capacity), otherwise it costs money.

10 pm Romeo + Juliet 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s takes you back to Verona Beach for some ’90s jams! There’s forbidden love in the air and the only way to make it happen is to dance. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Oblique Strategies @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Is there something missing? Give way to your worst impulse. Into the impossible. Babe Decibel and Missing Man play new wave, post-punk, and modern oddities.

10 pm House Party @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. Hip-hop, dancehall, RnB, reggae, and throwbacks with DJs Junaid and El Devine. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey play the best music videos from the ’90s for you to dance your butts off too! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $10.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of all your favourite rap bangers with Family Business DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. $5.

10 pm All Soul’d Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB.

10 pm Forever 54: Love to Love You, Baby @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E. ’70s and early ’80s disco with DJs Dwayne Minard and Cory Activate. $5.

10 pm Retro ‘Guilty’ Pleasures Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. An unabashed night of huge retro hits and one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Lazarus. The best of the worst; the ear worms that haunt you day and night. This month’s spotlight is Madonna. $10.

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 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 Sympathy For The Devil @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Hip-shakin’ rock ‘n’ roll with DJ Waves! Cheap drinks and cheap thrills all night long.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages. Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2018, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJ Starting From Scratch. Email info@themarqueemedia.com for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

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 Detox to Retox @ Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Dr. 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 Gladstone Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Mix and mingle with Toronto’s finest artisans, collectors, and designers before finding your one-of-a-kind, will-regret-not-getting-and-think-about-for-days, market find! Until 4 pm.

10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 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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