Toronto Hit List: Work It Out, The Big Sound, Canzine Toronto, Sterling Road Block Party & more!

September 19th-23rd Bi Arts Festival @ various locations. The largest bisexual cultural festival in the world, featuring theatre, performance, storytelling, art, author showcase, zine, parties, and more!

September 21st-23rd House of Vans @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. House of Vans returns to Toronto with three days of densely-packed programming, including a community market, free skate, Matty Matheson cook off, girls skate clinic, vision walk photography workshop, and more. Runs 3-10:30 pm Friday and 10-10:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

September 22nd-23rd Queen West Art Crawl @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. A weekend-long festival promoting the art, culture, and diversity of Queen West. Featuring a juried selection of Ontario’s best artists and artisans, Kids Zone, Performance Zone, and Toronto’s best food vendors. Runs 11-6 pm both days.

September 22nd-23rd Toronto Beaches Festival @ Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. E. Bring your friends, flip-flops, and appetite to Woodbine Beach for the last party of the summer! Over 50 vendors will be on hand. Runs 12-8 pm Saturday and 12-6 pm Sunday.

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. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

10 pm Live Connection ’18: Work It Out @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The jump off party for Live Connection ’18, a weekend-long festival celebrating vinyl collecting culture! Join Famous Lee + special guests Memphi$ Jones and David Haffner for a night of sweet soul and steppers.

10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Surf, rock, psych, and soul with DJ Luke Harley.

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

10 pm Bingo Bango @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Real electro music all night with DJs Castelvi, Cryogenetic, and Butr.

FRIDAY

8 pm Seinfeld Trivia @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W. Do you think you know the most about Seinfeld? Come test your knowledge against other experts and see what happens. $50 prize and more.

10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A night of Motown and classic soul cuts with a wrecking crew of 30 musicians and singers performing as many tunes as there are bodies. Expect a deep dose of Aretha! Bangers and huge hits throughout the night courtesy of DJ Wes Allen. $15 online and at the door.

10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Andrew Ross, Linus Booth, and special guest Capablanca on the buttons. $10 in advance, more at the door.

10 pm Yohomo Presents: Big Fun @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Big tunes! Big visuals! Big Queens! Yohomo is taking over the Rec Room and rounding up their favourite DJs, performers, and artists for their annual fall party. Discoraphy, Fawn BC, Diego Armand, and Phillippe on the decks + performances by Baby Bel Bel, Juice Boxx, VaChina Dynasty, and Naomi Leone. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.

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 new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more! $5.

10 pm No Scrubs 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A dance party featuring all your favourite pop and hip-hop tunes from the 1990s. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

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 Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Bloor St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe playing all your fave female hip-hop and R&B + multiple floor shows featuring Bonbon Bontemps and Halal Bae! $10. 4 AM LAST CALL.

SATURDAY

11 am Live Connection ’18: Gospel Brunch @ 304 Richmond St. Come hungry, bring friends, and raise money for mental health and addiction. Featuring chefs Charlotte Langley (Scout Canning), Rudy Boquila (M’Eat Resto Butcher), Georgia Zimbel (High Park Brewery), Graham Pratt (The Gabardine), Ariel Coplan (Thoroughbred Food + Drink) + vinyl music brought to you by Chicago DJs Al Bumz and Tone B. Nimble of Al-Tone Edits alongside local DJ Big Jacks. $42.59 tickets available online, with all proceeds going to Not 9 to 5 to offer and support mental health workshops and resources for the F&B industry being developed with Mind Matters.

11 am Trans Makers’ Market @ The 519, 519 Church St. The Trans Makers’ Market is designed to support trans, non-binary, and two spirit artists, entrepreneurs, and vendors. Specifically, the TMM wants to prioritize those who face barriers to opportunities to sell their products and to provide networking opportunities for trans, non-binary, and two-spirit artists and entrepreneurs. Until 4 pm.

12 pm Roar Musical Festival @ Henderson Brewing, 128-A Sterling Rd. Roar is a music festival with a whole lot of heart. Imagine everything you love about an afternoon at summer camp: cozy blankets, Muskoka chairs, your friends laughing by your side, the sun shining overhead, plus six of your newest favourite bands playing nearby. $50 tickets available online, with proceeds going to Camp OOCH, a camp in Muskoka where children with cancer can spend two weeks of their summer.

1 pm Canzine Toronto @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Join fellow zinesters, artists, and supporters at the first stop of Canzine, Canada’s biggest zine festival. Until 7 pm.

10 pm Dance Night ’95 @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Get out your most radical ’90s wear, grab some glow sticks, and party like it’s 1995! DJs Shok, Paul Savage, ranzit, Fraktl, and DTM take you on a trip back in time to the days of Electric Circus, Eurodance mania, warehouse raves, Much Music, and outrageous party culture. Prizes for best dressed ’90s costumes. $10.

10 pm Fancy Footwork 1 Year Anniversary @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. What do you get when you have FS Green vs. Ohio Players? Justice vs. Whitney Houston? Calvin Harris vs. Talking Heads? Mista Jiggz, DJ Mike Don’t, and special guest Kill The With Colour play a mix of indie dance, nu-disco, disco, funk, new wave, and more as they celebrate Fancy Footwork’s one year anniversary. $10.

10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures with DJ Misty. Good times for one and all!

10 pm Live Connection ’18: Love Handle @ One Loft, 292 College St. Toronto’s longest running disco and funk party returns with a heavy hitting lineup of DJs digging deep into their crates for a night of dance floor fun. World renowned selector DJ Spinna (Wonda-FULL, NYC) makes his Toronto return with a bag packed full of vinyl goodies specifically for Love Handle. Accompanied by Supreme La Rock, Jason Palma, DJ Serious, and Famous Lee, attendees can expect a blissful night of deep disco, boogie and modern soul vinyl. $20 in advance, more at the door.

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 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. $5.

10 pm Coyote Ugly: 2000s Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Don’t fight the moonlight but DO come party to 2000s jams all night long. Expect to hear all your favourite bangers of the decade. $5 advance tickets available online.

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

11 pm The Very Last Bad News @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Twist, twist, twist into the ABYSS! The last edition of Bad News, with DJs Derek and Neil playing early RnR, RnB, and soul hipshakers on 45 RPM vinyl. $5. 4 AM LAST CALL.

SUNDAY

10 am The Word on the Street Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Canada’s largest one-day book and magazine festival featuring writers from across Canada. Until 5 pm. Free!

11 am Sterling Road Block Party @ Drake Commissionary, 128-A Sterling Rd. Join Drake Commissionary for a fun-filled day as they toast the block in style. Eats + drinks from the Drake’s made-from-scratch kitchen, market featuring local artisans, performance by Cirque-ability, interactive demo from United Boxing Club, and DJs and live bands keeping the good times rolling all day. Until 4 pm.

2 pm Rogue Vibes: Island Art & Dance Party @ Artscape Gibraltar Point, 443 Lakeshore Ave. Artscape Gibraltar Point has partnered with Rogue Wave Outdoor Sculpture and Installation Exhibition and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery to present a full afternoon and evening bringing contemporary art, performance, music and, naturally, great times to celebrate the creative spirit and inspirational nature of the Toronto Islands. Cash bar with beer courtesy of Steam Whistle Brewery. PWYC at the door. Until 9 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.

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

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