Toronto Hit List: Wimmin, PA Day, Bloorcourt Festival, I Wanna Dance With Somebody Daytime Disco & more!

August 24th-25th Toronto Cider Festival @ Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr. Kick back, relax, and celebrate the end of summer with delicious ciders in hand! The 2018 Toronto Cider Festival will bring together over 100 kinds of cider from the best apple-growing regions in Canada and around the world. $35 advance tickets available online.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Sorry To Bother You with Omhouse @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. Open Roof Festival’s closing night starts off with the guitar pop of Omhouse before wrapping up the 2018 season of movies under the stars with one of the most talked about films of the year, Sorry To Bother You. $15.75 advance 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. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

7 pm Get School’d: Intergalactic Ink @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Over the course of this workshop, the participants will learn the many experimental techniques of india ink and go home with a gorgeous piece of art. Techniques such as egg drop, bloom, bleed, lift, wet on wet, and wet on dry will be introduced, and once the ink is dry, they will allow for a creation of a highly personalized cosmic landscape filled with stars, constellations, and faraway galaxies. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Electric Blue @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. It’s the end of the summer. It’s the end of the world. Let’s all dance, Electric Circus-style.

10 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: KC Roberts & The Live Revolution, After Funk @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week, put the ‘fun’ into ‘funk’ with KC Roberts & The Live Revolution. Owning the night are headliners After Funk, an explosive and groovy group winning hearts and minds across North America with their behemoth sound. Until 11 pm.

9 pm Wimmin @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Wimmin, a queer rock and roll dance party, finally rides again – this time with a live karaoke set followed by their usual DJ dance party! Come prepared to sing some of your favourites by Hole, Garbage, Bikini Kill, 4 Non Blondes, and many more (stay tuned to the Facebook page for a full song list and details on how to sign up). Then, dance the night away!

10 pm PA Day @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. DJs Sasha, Creshord, and Deadweight playing all sorts of cozy hip-hop, R&B, and electro dance jams.

10 pm Bey Day @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. For one night only, Bangs & Blush are breaking out the Bey and throwing the most bootylicious party. Rap, top 40, and LOTS OF QUEEN B! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm DJ Bad Credit @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Cheap drinks, cheap thrills. Come get weird with DJ Bad Credit!

10 pm DJ Moms @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. The Boat’s newest DJ night, playing all genres.

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.

11 pm Community Service @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. An event idea geared towards strengthening relationships between local talent, with the primary focus of providing platforms and giving back. Produced and curated by DJ Nana, event goers will get to recognize, discover, share, and celebrate the creative arts and music industries in its purest form. $10.

SATURDAY

12 pm Bloorcourt Festival @ Bloor St. W. from Dufferin to Montrose. Bloorcourt Festival boasts one of Toronto’s largest gatherings of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts. Enjoy sidewalk sales, patio extensions, and live music playing at street corners from end to end. Until 10 pm.

1 pm Leslieville Beer Festival @ Dundas St. E. from Logan to Carlaw. A good old fashioned neighborhood street party featuring regional brewers, community food vendors, and local artisans. Your $25 ticket includes a commemorative sampling mug and three beer sample tokens.

1 pm I Wanna Dance With Somebody Daytime Disco @ Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park. Music aficionados and sun-worshipers will feel the heat at this Saturday afternoon dance party in support of Jes Sachse’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody plaza installation. Expect relaxed beats, a live DJ, and cool drinks in the sun. Until 5 pm.

10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ JD spins all-vinyl Euro disco and the sweetest tunes to make you feel good.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.

10 pm W A V E S @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A party for the crowd by the crowd and curated by two DJs that will make sure your feet never stop moving. All decades/genres.

10 pm Panic @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month’s spotlight is Duran Duran. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Rock Sucker @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Starboy takes you on a psych, glam, punk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll journey through the ages!

10 pm Footprints @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Toronto’s longest-running open format dance party featuring a solo set by DJ Jason Palma. Expect some classic rare groove, soul, funk, disco, and house on top of tropical rarities and heavy new grooves to make you move! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10:30 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe playing the creme-de-la-creme of female hip-hop and R&B + multiple floor shows starring Beardoncé and special guest Quik Lewinsky! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.

SUNDAY

11 am Toronto Artisan Market @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. A market celebrating local arts, crafts, and community. Featuring original art, handmade jewelry and fashion, vegan and natural skincare, ceramics/pottery, plants, home decor, apothecary, stationary, antiques, vintage, and collectibles. Until 6 pm.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration! Featuring live music, games, circus and belly dancing performances, poetry, art, food, and lots more. The streets are yours until 7 pm.

3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Bring your friends and lovers, sisters and brothers, four-legged wonders, toddling toddlers, picnics, and hammocks, and hang out on the beach while Promise’s underground DJs create the soundtrack to a perfect summer. House, techno, dub, disco, electro, and beach party grooves. And sometimes a secret surprise international guest. Until 11 pm. Your contribution is appreciated, though not required to enter (suggested donation of $20 to help cover costs). Children are always free.

4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.

7 pm Seinfeld Toronto Trivia: The Summer of George @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Test your knowledge of every character from Kramer to Jay Peterman. Every food from the black and white cookie to the marble rye. Every reason to break up with someone from “She had man hands” to “She ate her peas one at a time.” $2 per player (teams of six maximum), with money going to prizes and the Human Fund.

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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