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Toronto Hit List: Wet Hot Gladstone Summer Cocktail Party, Soul Flower, Misdemeanor, Shake A Tail & more!

July 12th-15th PetSmart Doggie Ice Cream Social @ various locations. PetSmart’s Doggie Ice Cream Truck is hosting free pop-up ice cream socials across Toronto for dogs and their humans in celebration of National Ice Cream Day! The tour kicks off at Berczy Park and ends at Trinity Bellwoods. Free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes will also be doled out to pets who visit any PetSmart PetsHotel locations and PetSmart at The Beach on Sunday.

July 12th-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.

July 13th-16th Vector Festival @ Inter/Access, 9 Ossington Ave. A festival showcasing emergent, critical, and experimental new media, curated by Skot Deeming and Martin Zeilinger. Launch party and opening reception on Thursday from 7-10 pm.

July 14th-15th Budweiser County Fair @ 525 King St. W. The inaugural Budweiser County Fair brings the spirit of country to the heart of the city with an outdoor boot-stomping party featuring live music, BBQ from some of Toronto’s top chefs, classic carnival eats, mechanical bull rides, carnival games, line dancing, and Coyote Ugly dancers. $34.50 one-day passes and $61.25 two-day passes available online.

July 15th-16th For The LOW Market Pop-Up @ Blank Canvas, 890 St. Clair Avenue W. A curated market of vintage/handmade clothing, accessories, art, and housewares made by local designers. The quirky, unique items await you (and most importantly, they’ve got it for the LOW).

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 Black Lodge Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Come sing your favourite love song with your doppleganger and find yourself in the shadows. With your hosts, Agent Austin Nops and Deputy Forrest Whileaway.

THURSDAY

7 pm Movies in the Common Presents: Hairspray @ Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s newest series, Movies on the Common, continues with the John Waters cult classic Hairspray paired with Indian City, an energetic dance-off music video by Canadian First Nations hip-hop/dance crew A Tribe Called Red. Film starts at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards, featuring the Arepa Republic, Roselle, and fresh popcorn from the festival canteen. BYOBlanket and chairs. Free.

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 Undisposable.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Undisposable x new.wav. Music selections by CRSB, Murdasaki, Sada, and Twigg. $10.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night!

10 pm Thirst Club Presents: Walmer Convenience, Sexton, Vaughan, Katie Marie Lavoie @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Cool off with a drink and/or get sweaty, whatever you wish. Global club sounds provided by DJs Walmer Convenience, Sexton, Vaughan, and Katie Marie Lavoie.

FRIDAY

9 pm Wet Hot Gladstone Summer Cocktail Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. It’s been one wet, hot summer. Come cool off at the Gladstone’s summer cocktail party! While you take in the summer vibes and knock back your delicious libations, enjoy the sounds of local Surf Band Staycation, then dance the night away to the retro sounds of DJ Blush. Dress code: Camp Chic. $15 in advance, $20 at the door (includes four complimentary cocktails courtesy Havana Club + Malibu Rum).

10 pm Soul Flower @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Shake your pants to DJ General Eclectic’s curated collection of ’60s/70s psych rock, southern soul, raw funk, and classic rock. This is a night not to be missed!

10 pm Oblique Strategies @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. New wave/post-punk/modern oddities dance party with DJ Babe Decibel. Expect to hear stuff like The Fall, devo, Wire, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Primal Scream, Stereo Total, Pond, Joy Division, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Iggy Pop, and more.

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 Body Heat @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Jamieson and guests stir up a hot mess on the dance floor! Full of surprises, void of cover.

10 pm Coconut Groove Co. Presents: Summer Sports Camp @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Practice your jump shot, breaststroke, backhand volley. Free aftercare + co-ed activities. Featuring camp counsellors Raf Rez, Mr. Royce, Menthe, and DCFDAN.

10 pm Biggity Boop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B with your hosts Hoiking, Sims, and Teej Mahal. Jams to make your biggity boop! $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 Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.

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 My Bad @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Misty is bringing the SHAME to Stones Place with this ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasure dance party! Wham!, Puff Daddy, Shania Twain, Guns N Roses, Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Phil Collins, The Go-Gos, The Spice Girls, and more. $5.

10 pm DJ Mensa @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Mensa knows that creating the right vibe trumps all and has spent years perfecting an alchemy of scratching and song selection that weaves between genres and eras to make him a Toronto dance floor favourite.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Famou$ Players play the sweatiest R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’00s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites! $10.

SATURDAY

10 pm Misdemeanor: A Missy Elliott Dance Party @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Missy Elliott’s seminal debut album, Supa Dupa Fly. This night is a celebration of this beautiful artist and her work!

10 pm Shake A Tail @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Shake A Tail, Toronto’s best kitschy dance night, is back! Rock your little tush to a blend of ’60s pop, rock, and soul. Free with Facebook RSVP.

10 pm Fresh Prince ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Now, this is a story all about how… Sneaky Dee’s is throwing a Fresh Prince dance party! Bring your best ’90s apparel and moves. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Tropolis @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Deep, luscious grooves all night brought to you by some of the city’s local heat: Sergio SP (Modern Math), Xavier G (Lab.our Music), and DJ R Don (Cayman Islands). $5.

10 pm A Drag Tribute to Party Monster @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, the Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you, with every queen choosing their favourite track from a film, and debasing themselves for you. Featuring Helena Poison (she’ll squeeze the juice straight from the Lime Light), Atmos Fierce (listen for her, she screams the Battle Hymn) and Fisher Price (at 11:11, you can find her On Top, scraping the Pyrex in The Tunnel). Music spun by Oliver. $5.

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 Crab Cakes @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Moon tunes for moon children! Psych all-sorts, rhythm and blues, bluebeat, and heavy crunchers on 33-45 RPM 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 Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor, LOUD! Resident selector A Man Called Warwick shares a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10.

10 pm Virgin Marys @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A new queer dance party with a drag twist. The premise is simple: it’s an open mic night for your lip-syncing skills; anyone and everyone can sign up to perform a number, and virgins are encouraged to pop their drag cherry! Featuring tunes by DJ Ruby. $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 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 It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $10.

11 pm Sucio @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grump brings a new party to the Underground, featuring a healthy dose of latin bass, dancehall, and trap. $10.

SUNDAY

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.

11 am The Summer Post Market @ 5 Brock Events, 5 Brock Ave. The Post Market’s annual summer shopping event featuring the best local makers, artisans, foodies, and more! Over 30 vendors, including Studio Mikafleur, No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce Inc., Catalyst and Co, Mint Apothecary, Homebody Collective, and Monday Muse.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival Presents: Speed Sisters @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. A screening of Canadian-Palestinian filmmaker Amber Fares’ thrilling documentary Speed Sisters, which chronicles an all-female Palestinian auto racing team that competes professionally in the male-dominated West Bank circuit. Film starts at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring Caplansky’s Deli, Little Havana Caf, Chill Pops, and popcorn from the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC donations gratefully accepted.

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: Back to the Future @ 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 the ’80s sci-fi classic Back to the Future! $12 early bird, $15 advance tickets available online.

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

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