Toronto Hit List: On Wax, Yes Yes Y’all, SVFE, East End Beer Fest & more!

August 19th & 20th Christie Pits Film Festival Closing Weekend @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. CPFF’s 2017 summer season culminates with a surprise double header of heavy-hitting boxing classics that will remain under wraps until showtime, including a tried and tested champ and a hungry new contender. Eats and treats at 6 pm, films at sundown (approximately 8:30 pm). BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC.


6:30 pm Harvest Wednesdays @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Together with the Gladstone’s Chef de Cuisine, Rudy Boquila and Sous Chef Anne Novo, chefs and local food advocates incorporate seasonal produce picked just the day before from Chick-a-biddy Acres C.S.A. and other Ontario producer partners. This week’s guest chef is Donna Dooher from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. $85 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.

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.

8 pm The MUFF Society Presents: It Takes Two @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. Join The MUFF Society as they recognize the patron saints of millennial childhoods: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Pop-up shop + photobooth fun at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.

8:30 pm Inspired x yr Unresolved Feelings @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. Have you ever had the kind of feelings that got caught in the back of your throat? With/out Pretend has put together an amazing lineup of women storytellers with real stories to tell about THE ONES who left them with feelings they can’t quite shake. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

10 pm Open Your Heart: Madonna’s Birthday Danceteria @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Philip Edward Villeneuve plays Madonna’s hits, misses, ballads, remixes, and rarities all night long in celebration of her 59th birthday.


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 Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!

10 pm Lurky @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Grime/UK, funky, garage, drill/tribal/dub/bassline. Selections by iyer, Eytan Tobin b2b Internet Daughter, Vaughan, Blackman b2b Tona, and special guests. PWYC.

10 pm Rave to the Grave: Queer Goth Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. The time has come. Bruce La Bruce on the decks. Drink specials all night. $0 at the door.

10 pm Chrono @ Eden Hall, 193 Baldwin Ave. Hidden gems and future classics brought to you by rising local artists and beatsmiths. Bass/tech/garage/breaks with NAHTE, Frustra, Youngr Boy, and IamStaccato.


10 pm On Wax: A ’90s Vinyl Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A night filled with ’90s hip-hop, RnB, and dance music + many more surprises! Music provided by the Frandiscos, Ben Chinsta, and more. $7 if you come decked out in ’90s apparel; $10 otherwise.

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

10 pm Bad News @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. With DJs Neil and Derek + special guest DJ Nico of With It.

10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs SADA, SAYYZON, and Vancouver’s Hustle play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $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 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Madonna Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Madonna all night! Drink specials too.

10 pm Intertone @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Intersectional beats and music from across the deeper dance floors. With Ébony, Pursuit Grooves, and Basic Soul Unit.

10 pm DJ Blush’s ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Special guest Fawn BC is taking over for DJ Blush and taking you on a trip back to the ’80s in a musical DeLorean of awesomeness! $5.

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

10 pm 80s vs. 90s Video Dance Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Good Kids are pitting these two eras, represented by VJs Caff and Greedo, against one another and the winner is decided by YOU! Costume encouraged, dancing mandatory. $10 or free with RSVP.

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, Charlton, and special guest CRSB. $10.


10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W. A market that celebrates locally grown flowers, the growers that cultivate them, and the florists that style them. Flowers in season: sweet pea, cosmos, dahlia, garden roses, stock, gerbera, sunflowers, clematis, foxglove, eucalyptus, and statice. Until 3 pm.

11 am 3rd Annual Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival @ Fort York Garrison Commons, 250 Fort York Blvd. An all-vegan experience featuring comfort food, craft brews, wine, and spirits! Expect the cities best, and some out-of-town surprises, too. Until 7 pm. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm SVFE @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. House, hip-hop, dancehall, club, baile funk, afrobeat + everything and anything in between to get you sweaty! Surprise performances, visuals, and more.

10 pm Smash @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. An evening of rock ‘n’ roll music with DJ Madame Hair.

10 pm Honey @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Myst Milano turns Embassy out and makes it drip, serving you house and other treats.

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 Shake A Tail @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto’s best kitschy dance night, blending ’60s pop, rock, and soul.blending 60’s pop, rock, and soul with lots of people looking to have the night of their lives. Be sure to get yourself on the dance floor and rock your little tush like the name tells you so! Free with Facebook RSVP.

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 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 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 It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join VJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey as they play the very best videos from the ’90s – Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, much more. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $10.

10 pm The Goonies ’80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Heeeey youuuuuu guuuuuys! Turn your Saturday night into a throwback adventure as Sneaky Dee’s goes back to the ’80s. $5 advance tickets available online.

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 DJs Wristpect and R2. Email for bottle service inquiries and guest list.

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


10 am Gladstone Summer Flea @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Sip on one of the Gladstone’s signature six cocktails while perusing summer must-haves at this market featuring local artisans, collectors, and designers. Until 4 pm.

3 pm East End Beer Fest @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. Sample the best of Toronto’s beer scene while enjoying BBQ food (with vegetarian options) and live bands. Participating breweries include Rorschach, Left Field, Eastbound Brewing Company, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Collective Arts, Louis Cifer Brew Works, Radical Road, Longslice, Beau’s, Sweetgrass, Mill Street, and Steam Whistle. $40 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Charlie’s Angels @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Screen Queens presents Charlie’s Angels, a sexy, high-octane update of the original ’70s action-comedy TV series! $12 early bird, $15 advance tickets available online.

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