Toronto Hit List: Wonder Women, Futura, Winter Craft Beer Festival, Chronologic & more!

February 7th-February 25th Ice Breakers @ Queens Quay from Habourfront Centre to Toronto Music Garden. Discover, explore, and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter.

February 7th-March 4th Toronto Light Festival @ The Distillery District. Back for a second year, Toronto Light Festival transforms the Distillery District into a large open-air gallery filled with works from local and international light artists.


6 pm Embiria Wellness: Heart Maps (A Creative Self-Care Workshop) @ The Hustle at Lululemon, 318 Queen St. W. Map your creative hearts, build your own creative self-care toolkit, and take time to reflect and remind yourself of what matters most. Materials provided: Paper, pens, prompt cards for intention setting in 2018, keepsake boxes/tins for your self-care toolkits (with surprise materials and quotes housed inside), images and quotes to take with you for further creative explorations, and step-by-step creative ritual printable so you can develop your own creative self-care rituals. $25 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 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.

9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.


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 DJ D.B. Buxton @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Psychedelic soul, disco, and groovy rock ‘n’ roll. Get lit, get weird, get down!


7 pm Wonder Women @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. Spreading empowerment through a night of music and visual art! Featuring performances by Roveena, Arlene Music, and Emily Rockarts + visual art and live painting by Carla Casanova. $10.

8 pm Astronomy on Tap @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Quench your thirst for astronomy! A fun evening of pints, astronomy news, mind-expanding talks, games, and prizes. Following the talks, you’ll have all your cosmic questions answered by astronomers from the University of Toronto. Doors at 7 pm.

9 pm 80s Dance Party @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W. Find your Reeboks, get out your crimping iron, tug on that spandex, and get ready for all the sexy ’80s hits you can shake a slap bracelet at. Drink specials all night and a prize for the best ’80s costume.

10 pm Futura @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Bass, dancehall, leftfield hip-hop, futureboogie, wave, and minimal R&B with Wavgods, Andycapp, and Andy B Bad. For futurists only. $5.

10 pm Puppy Love: A Very Heckin’ Queer Valentine’s Gay @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Queer, sweaty dance party with DJ Nate Nightcall on the decks, spinning a mix of pop, house, nostalgia, dance floor classics, and R&B. $5.

10 pm Nachtcrew @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. An electronic music dance party with Basic Soul Unit and DINA. Visuals by Nadia Khashan.

10 pm Rock Sucker @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Starboy takes you through 60 years of rock ‘n’ roll – garage rock, psych rock, glam rock, classic rock, punk rock.

10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush brings you another ridiculous My Bad dance party featuring all the ’80s, ’90s, and millennium crap you can handle.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! 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 Very Special @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks and Jenno play rap, R&B, and dancehall (now + ’00s throwbacks). $10 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Rock ‘n’ Roll Witchcraft @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. A night of love potions and black magic with DJ Nora Noise. Rock ‘n’ roll, garage rock, punk rock, glam, soul, hip-hop, and old school.

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


10 am Erotic Arts & Crafts Sale @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. A one-day celebration of DIY sex and romantic culture that brings together knitters, crafters, zinesters, card makers, and artists of all types to create inspired and inspiring erotic objects. Until 4 pm.

11 am V-Day Flower Market @ Sleepover, 950 Queen St. W. Toronto Flower Market is back with Jordana Masi of White Oak Flower Co. to host their annual Valentine’s Day market. And in keeping with their thornless pledge, they’re giving the traditional gifting of roses a run for its money with a beautiful selection of locally grown blooms. Until 6 pm.

11 am Winter Craft Beer Festival @ Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd. Don your stompin’ boots, pull on a toque, and wear your puffiest parka because it’s time to hoist a pint or two with the Craft Brewers of Ontario while the snowflakes are falling. $25 in advance, limited $30 tickets available at the door.

1 pm “Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Visual Exploration of Canada’s Relationship with Canada’s Indigenous People” Opening @ Withrow Common (Exhibition Place), 200 Princes’ Blvd. A two-part examination of Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous Peoples through the lens of our country’s Prime Ministers. The exhibit features an overview of 29 Canadian Prime Ministers in photographs and documents, which together create a moving historical narrative of the country’s dichotomous relationship with the Indigenous Peoples in the 150 years since Confederation. Runs through April 7th.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Manifesto @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queens Quay W. Saturday night skate party hosted by Manifesto, a non-profit, youth-powered platform that helps put local artists on the map and unite, inspire, and empower diverse communities through arts and culture. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.

8 pm Dance Dance Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Queer Flash Mob and Plaid Night mashup! DJ Zab keeps it fresh all night long. $5.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages. Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2018, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Knee Deep @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Moe Funk makes a funky return to the east end for a night of strictly vinyl funk, soul, old skool, jazz, and other treats – on the positive tip!

10 pm Moon Hop @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Spinning the finest, choicest, deluxest ska, rocksteady, and reggae!

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Chicago’s finest, Tim and Teddy, spinning the best and boldest funk across the decades. $5.

10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. All vinyl, all night dance madness with DJ Precious Brett! Rock, pop, and oddities from any decade.

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 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. 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 Wham! 80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s is throwing an ’80s party dedicated to one of the greatest duos of the decade, Wham! They’ll also be spinning more of your favourite ’80s tracks all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm A Drag Tribute To Cartoons @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you, celebrating and paying tribute to whatever themed nonsense she pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. DJ Oliver will be twisting tunes all night long. $5.

10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party with DJs Little Kicks, ARP 2600, and Digits! 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 Chippy Nonstop & Gimmemar @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, R&B, dance, and more with DJs Chippy Nonstop and Gimmemar.

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


10 am Gladstone Flea: The Love Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A Gladstone market for the crazy in love! Whether you’re just engaged, falling for your last bumble date, or have a long complicated relationship with your pet cat – this market will have something for you. Featuring wild and earthy flowers, body jewellery, locally designed lingerie, quirky bedroom accessories, wedding photographers, wedding planners, and more. Until 4 pm.

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

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