Toronto Hit List: Toronto Queer Film Festival, Lovers & Other Strangers: Improvised, Leslieville Winter Market, Wonder Holiday Märkit & more!

November 6th-10th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. For 97 years, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been bringing country to the city. Enjoy 10 days of world-class livestock and horticultural competition, dining, shopping, kids’ attractions, entertainment, and the country’s best horse show. 

November 6th-11th Hot Docs Podcast Festival @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Pump up the volume! Canada’s premier podcast festival returns with 6 days of live shows along with a Creators Forum for industry pros and emerging audio makers.

November 7th-11th Toronto Queer Film Festival @ various locations. TQFF is a volunteer-run, artist-centered festival that showcases contemporary, innovative, queer and trans film and video art. This year, TQFF commemorates 50 years of impolite and uncomprising queer defiance with its theme Stonewall 50.

November 9th-10th Dia de los Muertos @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre celebrates the 16th anniversary of their Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration: an exploration of the ancient and contemporary traditions of Mexico’s oldest cultural celebration of life, heritage and family histories. This free, two-day, family-oriented festival is Toronto’s longest running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important holidays. Runs 11-8 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.

10 pm Radio Wolf Nights @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Electro, synthwave, rock, pop, retro, and classics with DJ Radio Wolf.

THURSDAY

6 pm “Colour Me Bold” Opening Reception @ Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. A group exhibition centred on acrylic art pieces portraying a variety of different art styles, textures, colours, and shapes. This group of painters inventively created paintings that evoke intense feelings and treat the audience with their vibrancy. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs through December 13. 

7 pm Drunken TV: Saved By The Bell @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. An interactive TV viewing party game mini-series based off your favourite ’90s cult TV shows! This edition of Drunken TV takes you back to Bayside High, where you’ll re-experience the constant on-and-off romance between Zack and Kelly, Jessie and Slater’s squabbling, and all of the “Zack is trash” moments they can find! There will be customized game cards, props, custom made colouring book pages for SBTB fans, and a themed The Max menu and cocktails! Starts promptly at 7:30 pm, so arrive early to save your spot. 

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music, games). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Six people per team; free pints for winners and other special prizes!

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long. 

FRIDAY

7 pm Friday Night Live: Flashback @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Take a blast to the past at #FNLROM! An evening full of vinyl and “vogue,” feel the music then fall back to savory fare. $22.60 tickets available online, limited amount available at the door.

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

10 pm Romeo @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Homo house and vocal house with Jeremy Glenn and Phillippe B2B. 

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 DJ Cheff @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Cheff cookin’ up rock ‘n’ roll delights to please your ears all night!

10 pm Sister Act @ The Beaver, 1185 Dundas St. W. A birthday celebration for Whoopi Goldberg featuring DJs Yummy Baby and Nomad Nala playing techno, rap, persian trash, and whatever else. 

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.

SATURDAY

11 am Parkdale Flea @ 1605 Queen St. W. Find soaps, skincare, scarves, jewelry, vintage books, prints, apparel, home decor, antique collectibles, and lots of other handmade goodies at the Parkdale Flea. Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome! Until 6 pm.

12 pm 2SQTBIPoC Arts & Zine Fair @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St. The Non-Binary Colour Collective presents their second arts and zine fair focused on two-spirit, queer and trans artists that are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour! Allies are welcome to come and support our vendors by purchasing their work. Until 6 pm. Admission is free, but PWYC donations are greatly appreciated and will help fund future Non-Binary CC initiatives.

11 pm Lovers & Other Strangers: Improvised @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W. Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CFHI 98.1 in the ’90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. Featuring Anders Yates, Ann Pornel, Alex Kolanko, Bita Joudaki, Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, Rosh Abdullah, and Zohaib Khan. $10 online or at the door.

10 pm Forever Young: An ’80s Dance Party @ Figures, 137 Avenue Rd. Mista Jiggz plays the best in ’80s pop, RnB, freestyle, rock, rap, new wave, house, disco, funk, reggae, and more to get you movin’ and groovin’. Hosted by Huse Madhavji and Salima Rawji (keep your eyes peeled for classic ’80s candy giveaways throughout the night). $15 advance tickets available online.

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 One More Time: Daft Punk Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance the night away to music from French electronic duo Daft Punk and more. $5 early bird tickets available online.

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 Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $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 Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Saturdays are for getting loose and being on your Worst Behavior! Bangs & Blush roll out rap and hip-hop from now and then. $10.

10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett. Come shake your rump!

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.

11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Selector Jay Jolliffe and guests come with crates chock full of forward-thinking hip-hop, RnB, and dancehall. Get sweaty on the dance floor while the DJs take you on a ride through genres, tempos, and eras. $10.

SUNDAY

10 am Leslieville Winter Market @ The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. E. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is extending the season and bringing east end’s largest weekly celebration of local farmers, chefs, and community indoors! Enjoy music, kids activities, wellness programming, a full bar with wine and local breweries, an array of Toronto’s diverse prepared food, and the best produce from local farms. Until 2 pm. Runs every Sunday through December 22nd. 

10 am The Old Book & Paper Show @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Shop and browse 70 tables of ephemera, antiquarian books, advertising, postcards, photography, historical documents, sports memorabilia, and more. Until 4 pm. $10.

10 am Wonder Holiday Märkit @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Find one-of-a-kind, locally-made holiday must haves and essentials under one roof from a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy artisans. Admission is free and the first 50 visitors receive a complimentary swag bag! Until 5 pm.

10 am The Eco Lifestyle Market: Holiday Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Giving greener gifts this holiday season is easier than you think. The Eco Lifestyle Market’s Holiday Market features a curated selection of 60 of Toronto’s finest local, handcrafted, sustainable, eco-friendly, and wellness goods vendors. Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome! Until 5 pm. 

12 pm Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market @ The 519, 519 Church St. Enjoy and purchase delicious Afro-Caribbean vegan foods, health and beauty products, vegan-friendly clothing and art while learning about the many benefits of adopting a healthy vegan lifestyle. Until 5 pm. Admission is 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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