Toronto Hit List: Twerk Store, Lay These Knight, #SPICEWORLDTO: A Film + Dance Party, Swap & Rock Fundraiser Show for Girls Rock Camp & more!

April 20th-21st Earth Mudder Weekend @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. A full weekend of family-friendly fun to celebrate the Earth and all her glory! Full list of events online.

April 20th-21st Spring Into Parkdale @ Parkdale (Queen St. W. from Dufferin to Roncesvalles). Put on your best sneakers, grab a friend and take a stroll down Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun! Meet the shop owners and community groups that make up this thriving neighbourhood and enjoy special attractions like rickshaw rides, free crafty workshops, and tulip giveaways.

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 11 pm.

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

10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.

10 pm Common People @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ Tigermilk plays a mix of post-punk, alternative, Brit-pop, seminal to current indie rock, and whatever else. $4 mixed drinks before 11 pm, $4 tequila, $5 Jameson, $5 pints of PBR, and $7 mug + shot.

10 pm I’m With the Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, different musicians DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Gaven Dianda of Thee Gnostics/The Flashing Lights/The Saffron Sect/Hollow Earth plays some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and (if you’re early enough) eat fantastic tacos.

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

6 pm “Stivverin’” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. The debut of new sculptural works by artist Georgia Dickie. “In ‘Stivverin”, the resulting three-dimensional collages are displayed together along a 25 ft. long plinth that runs through the middle of the gallery. As a portrait of time, it recalls the recent monumental sculptural collage made by Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. Made from thousands of images cut from the pages of Life magazine, which documented 50 years of American history, the scissor-and-glue collage was presented on a 124 ft. table which ran the length of the corridor it was placed in.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until April 27th.

6:30 pm Buy Art Not Kids @ Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Rd., North York. A charity art auction in support of Ratanak International, a Canadian charity aimed at rescuing and rehabilitating child sex trafficking victims in Cambodia. The evening hosted by Erica Ehm features a silent and live auction, wine and refreshments, raffle prizes (like a dream 5-night getaway including breakfast for two at 94 Fairmont!), and live music. Guests can bid on original pieces by renowned artists such as Michael Levin, Nava Waxman and more, as well as original pieces by students at Havergal College. $75 tickets available online.

7 pm Dress Better Than You Feel @ Pretty Freedom, 165 Augusta Ave. Pretty Freedom is turning 3 and wants to celebrate with you! Jamz by DJs Renee Elizabeth Crawford and Diego Armand. Shopping party until 11 pm followed by an after party at Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave.).

9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. DJ Caff plays funk and soul while you drink and dance.

10 pm Twerk Store @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The Twerk Store is open for business! Juke, ghettotech, Miami bass, footwork, and booty presented by Dougie Boom and Vlad K.  

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

10 pm Bigger Than Hip-Hop / Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, C.H.I.L Clothing presents the ultimate birthday party for DJ Soundskan featuring complimentary Canadian Club shots! Downstairs, the Bass6 crew all the bangers you want to hear. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Pretty Pretty 40 @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Performance by Featureless Ghost + DJs Ell V and Josh V. PWYC.

10 pm Break In The Road @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJ Michael Rault spins rock, psyc, and soul as part of The Yukon’s one year anniversary weekend.

10 pm A-Trak @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. “From his astonishing early days as a DMC world champ by age 15 to his acclaimed DVD ‘Sunglasses Is A Must’ to releasing 2007’s monumental Dirty South Dance mix (Obey), Montreal-born and New York-based DJ A-Trak has consistently exceeded all expectations of a traditional DJ. He launched his own record label, Fool’s Gold Records, toured the world non-stop as a solo artist and as Kanye West’s DJ, produced and helped develop the career of much hyped Downtown Records recording artist Kid Sister, and remixed tracks for prominent artists such as Bonde do Role, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco, Kanye West, and Digitalism.” $20 advance tickets available online.

FRIDAY

5 pm Roaring Speakeasy Happy Hour @ Happy Child, 1168 Queen St. W. Due to the sucess of last Friday’s event, Happy Child presents another swanky after-work affair in the theme of a 1920’s speakeasy! Live jazz pianoby Kelsey McNulty and all the celebrated ragtime tunes of the day + 1800’s-themed cocktail list and FREE canapes while they last. Come sip down your week with some proper handcrafted cocktails over jazz and sweet conversation. Until 10 pm.

7 pm “Board N’ School Art Auction”  Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. The Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), Toronto’s award-winning skateboard design and street art high school program, and the Roarockit Skateboard Company invite you to Board n’ School, a retro mini-board silent art auction. Featuring rolling artworks by local artists in support of the world’s first skateboard design and street art high school! All proceeds go towards expanding OSF’s innovative program of creative project-based learning and social enterprise. Until 10 pm. Works on display until April 21st.

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 Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Much Music Video Dance Party meets basement dark-rave! With DJs Micehal and Eytan + special guest DJ Brendan spinning all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco.

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 Strategic Inessentialism @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. International psychedelic dance music, 1970-2014. DJ Daniel Vila and heavy friends play vinyl with Shaq-sized carbon footprints, culled from vacations to Benin, Turkey, India, and eBay.

10 pm The Yukon One Year Anniversary @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJ Chris McCann keeps things movin’ with punk, garage, and rock tunes to celebrate The Yukon’s one year anniversary!

10 pm Sex Laser One Year Anniversary @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. There will be a cake, with one candle. Also, helium filled ballons, comp drinks for familiar faces, and 20 DJs!

10 pm Shake A Tail East @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Shake A Tail hits the east end! 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING + free 60’s-style hairdressing by Lift Salon available in the front window. $5.

10 pm YouAintEvenKnowIt / Temptation Fridays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs TFHouse and Yobi play trap, high guy music, g-funk, new shit, and more. Downstairs, DJs Junior Vibes and Tesfa play the best in hip-hop, soca, reggae, and RnB. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Air Horns @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs DPV, Henward, Daddy Maysr, Dos Mundos, The Dirty Frenchman, and Caff play club bangers, street hits, dance floor anthems, future classics, dancehall, hip-hop, tropical bass, R&B, trap, and moombahton (so, basically, everything you could ever want). Free before 10 pm, $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm DJs Mensa & Your Boy Brian @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. It’s the freakin’ weekend and DJs Mensa and Your Boy Brian help you celebrate! $1 until midnight, more after. For gueslist, emailguestlist@wrongbar.com.

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.

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 DJ Recklezz + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.

10:30 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! Featuring the band The Best and the best singers from the best local bands recreating classic songs from Destiny’s Child, Outkast, The Doors, Van Halen, Alanis, The Beatles, D’Angelo, and Lauryn Hill. DJ Shit La Merde plays hits all night long. $10.

11 pm #FF Fridays @ The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. 80’sFavoriteBabies spin your favourite retro, dance, alt, and hard rock tunes + drink and #FF t-shirt giveaways to ladies throughout the evening! $5.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Lay These Knight has a new home! DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play the best R&B anthems from the 90’s to the 00’s to the 10’s that will forever make you dance/grind/twerk. $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm La Carnita presents “Hydro74: Out To Stud” @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. “Curated by Clay Rochemont, this fine art exhibit will showcase recent works by internationally acclaimed designer, and FITC Toronto speaker Hydro74.” La Carnita will have some delicious surprises, so arrive early to avoid disappointment! Goes late.

10 pm #SPICEWORLDTO: A Film + Dance Party Presented by SheDoesTheCity @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. An intergalactic, out of this decade, totally must platform-it-up dance party of all your favourite Spice Girls jams. Literally. The hits, the b-sides, the deep album cuts, the remixes, the rare, the unearthed, the solo stuff. Plus special appearances from your favourite bands of the era: BSB, *NSYNC, All Saints, S Club, whatever. Spice World viewing: 8:30pm (limited seating). Dance party at 10:30 pm. Limited $10 advance all-night passes (film + dance + favours) available online or $12 at the door. $6 at the door for the dance party only (or $4 in legit costume as determined by door experts; $2 each if you come as a group, dressed as all five Spices). Photo booth! Costume contest! Chupa Chups Drink specials! Music by DJ Midnight Society. Photos and flava by our own Becca Lemire.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi (of Ice Cold Dranks fame) play the bangers you know and love. Only the best in hip-hop, pop, old school, and party anthems – bring your dancing shoes, you’re going to need ’em! FREE snacks for your 4/20 related munchies. Free 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 Sundown @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJ Shit La Merde plays all your favourite songs you may have never heard.

10 pm Get It Together: McFly’s Marauders Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. It’s McFly’s birthday so expect the sweatiest, sexiest, slamminest, loveliest, leanest, fattest, freakiest, funkiest beats on earth to get your collective swerve on! (Also known as the ultimate open format dance party.) $5.

10 pm Spring Mixx @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Bring your 4:20 Record Store Day rapture to a climax as DJs Taiza and Dislexia represent vinyl nation to tha fullest! Blangin’ bongo disco beatz, P-funk/post-funk/G-Funk (no PG funk!), 80’s dancefloor thrillas, club rock Flintstones (no Stones), wild and assorted tropical dancehall burners, and ruff raps of Spring.

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 Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With Vancouver DJ Pat Lok + locals Natural Animal and Cyclist. $12.50 advance tickets available online. For guestlist, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm It’s a Rap @ Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave. MC performances by Vandal (Kuala Lumpur) and Que Rock + DJs Fathom and Caff playing rap and hip-hop + Beast Mode showcase. $5.

10 pm Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs D-Wiz and Patrick The Fifth spin hip-hop, R&B, soca, and dancehall in celebration of 4/20. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Coldcrushin’ @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJ Biz.E.Dee plays hip-hop and R&B to celebrate The Yukon’s one year anniversary!

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.

10 pm Mashup Dance Party @ Moskito + Bite, 423 College St. The mashup party of the year! BPM Krew presents a serious throwdown of music, medleys, and mashups. 

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Quantic share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.

11 pm Pump It Up! @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. 80’s and 90’s retro hits all night long! DJ Downey Jr. Plays new wave, Brit-pop, indie, college, and alt rock. Free free entry, click “attending”  on the Facebook page and you’ll automatically be added to the guest list +1.

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 Dougie Boom, Lucie Tic, and special guests 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

10:30 am 101 Markets @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. 101 Markets is bringing their unique blend vintage and artisanal goods to the Junction! With the aim of providing an experience beyond the typical pop-up shop, these markets bring together vendors of varied backgrounds and products, including an array of vintage finds from independent and popular dealers, contemporary Canadian designers, and a selection of artisanal jewelry and goods. Until 5 pm.

1 pm Swap & Rock Fundraiser Show for Girls Rock Camp @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Show up with any gently-used and clean clothing items you no longer want, and leave with a great new haul! You’ll get a ticket for each good quality item you bring (max. 30 tickets) and each ticket can then be redeemed for a new swap find. The Bicycles, Blonde Elvis, Persian Rugs, and more TBA performing in the front room. $8 with swap items or $5 if you’re just there for the bands. Everything left at the end of the day will be donated to charity and all funds raised will go to Girls Rock Camp

7:30 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. This month, Bad Movie Night presents Samurai Cop – a film so bad that they’ve been holding back on it, like some sort of perverse vintage wine, waiting for just the right night to uncork it and release its wonderfully putrid glory. Followed by Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century, a terrible Italian film that was shot in Toronto. Sponsored by Eyesore Cinema.

7:30 pm “We were on a break”: Friends Trivia: @ GO Lounge, 1718 Queen St. W. How well do you know your Friends? Find out by competing against other fans in a trivia battle. Win prizes!

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

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