Toronto Hit List: Yacht Rock, Paradise Life, MMRY, Annex Flea & more!

August 6th-9th Outclass Pop-Up Shop @ Muddy George, 973 Bloor St. W. Join Outclass as they celebrate the launch of their summer pop-up shop in conjunction with the opening of new menswear retailer Muddy George. Stop by the opening party Thursday between 6-10 pm to enjoy music, refreshments, and score on markdowns up to 75% off. 12-7 pm daily.

August 8th-9th Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival was created to provide beer lovers the opportunity to sample Ontario’s finest craft brews and delicious eats from Toronto’s best food trucks, all in a pleasant park setting. Bring down a picnic blanket and stay a while. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

WEDNESDAY

7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its sixth season! This week, The Heavyweights Brass Band kick off the night before a screening of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.

10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY

5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.

6 pm “Not My 9 to 5” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. An art show hosted by professionals from creative industries, showcasing personal expressions from their heart and soul outside of the 9-to-5 job. The group consists of a wide range of artists – from a 3D animator who works on Nickelodeon kids shows, to an UX designer who develops apps for Fortune 100 IT companies. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 15.

8 pm Gary Taxali Lecture @ Andy Warhol Revisited, 77 Bloor St. W. Accomplished international artist, Gary Taxali will discuss Warhol’s impact on today’s artist and how it has informed his own approach to painting. Explore Warhol through an artistic lens as Taxali discusses the artist through his own paintings in this engaging audio visual presentation. A meet-and-greet with the artist will follow the lecture.

9 pm SQUIRT: An Underwater Adventure with Fucci @ District 28, 28 Logan Ave. Fucci, best known for his hypersexualized vibrant graphics and thirst for creative expression, takes Torontonians on an underwater adventure inside District 28. Fucci’s world will come to life through interactive installations with special guest performances by Yes Yes Y’all, Bizzarh, Internet Daughter, Bambii, Morelikeaqua, and Eatsomekiwi. Sponsored by Peroni, Stolichnaya, Tromba, Jack Daniels, Red Bull, and Uber. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Strangelove Society 1 Year Anniversary: All Black Everything @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Wear your favourite blacks to help Strangelove celebrate one year! With guest host Michael Andrews from Ampersand Co. And Ryan Andrew (a.k.a. Webster) DJ’n! $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Buffet @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A big serving of vinyl featuring everything from old rock ‘n’ roll and punk to ’60s garage/psych, disco, ’80s stuff, soul, and whatever else!

FRIDAY

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Paradise Life @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Local jocks Jason Ulrich and Myth Paradise playing international dance records.

10 pm Bad News @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Rare, out-of-control grooves with your hosts, DJs Neil and Derek. ’60s soul + weirdo rock ‘n’ roll – all on vinyl.

10 pm Summer Haus @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Summer is in full effect! Jay James and Charles Sue-wah-sing bring the tracks to have you fall in love with music again. Selecting: deep, soulful, disco, tech, and remixes all night.

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Wedding Night returns for an eclectic evening of dancing! Basement soul, MJ, funk, Prince, R&B, Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and disco. Post-midnight special in the form of Joel James, who will be bringing the funk for a live set of R&B covers.

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the wax + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Blessings on Blessings on Blessings on Blessings. Vibes curated by Justin Bayot. $5.

10 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, dirty south.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bust out your bucket hats and wallet chains, ’cause the ’90s are back. $5.

10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Music $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.

10 pm Hold Tight @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. Two of Toronto’s most prominent DJs/party animals, DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) bring you the best of ’60s and ’70s soul, funk, and rock music all night long! RSVP here for guestlist.

10:30 pm Magic Friday @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ Miss Herbasshifts playing everything from funk to house to even deeper n’ dubby world grooves. You won’t have a chance to leave the dance floor!

11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! With DJs Caff, Fawn BC, and Mensa. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Toronto Flower Market @ 659 Queen St. E. A market that celebrates locally grown flowers, the growers that cultivate them, and the florists that style them. Flowers in season: tulips, hyacinth, hydrangea, lilacs, and more. Until 3 pm.

11 am Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival @ Fork York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd. An all-vegan experience featuring comfort food, craft brews, wine, and spirits + live entertainment by Marico Novelli, Meghan Morrison, Matt Kadovich, Dream Awake, Hot Apollo and Midnight Lemonade. Stand-up Netflix comedian, Myq Kaplan, will also present a very special act. Until 7 pm. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm MMRY @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. An experience you won’t want to miss. Live sets by Salinedream, Strange Robotix, Personal Data, and Alister Johnson (a.k.a. Catalist), with visuals by Karl Skene. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

10 pm Love Hut with Special Guest Questlove @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Monster Energy presidents: Love Hut Saturdays with special guest Questlove. Support from residents the Gillespie Brothers + Dr Gerrence and Maybe Nav. $25 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Git Down @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. DJs OH16 and Splattermonkey bring you the best soul and funk night in the Junction! The hits you love and plenty of rare groove as well, all on vinyl.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Cool for the Summer Edition @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Another sweaty summer edition of BWS comes your way! Tank tops, bikinis, bathing suits, shirts off are all encouraged. Come celebrate hostess April Wozny’s 30th birthday! Special performance by Miss Moco + DJs Sammy Royale and Nino Brown spinning all your fave summer jams. $6.

10 pm The BRTHDAY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Music provided by Styles of Tigers and RVM. Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 Après: Full Moon Party @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. The second installment of the Après series sponsored by Heineken and Jägermeister. Get your neon tank, your body paint, and buckets, because the Full Moon party is coming to Toronto! $20 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist celebrate the diversity of the disco music mosaic at the best sounding bar in the city, surrounded by the beautiful babes that pack the Piston’s backroom to her brim. Rowan Cuddy sets the party up right with a one-off birthday batch of disco! What’s not to dig?

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

SUNDAY

10 am Parkdale Flea @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. Antiques, vintage, collectables, designer objects, local artisans, crafts, food + drink, and more. Free entry for all! Until 5 pm.

10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by Moksha Yoga. Until 11 am.

11 am Annex Flea @ Honest Ed’s parking lot, 581 Bloor St. W. In the grand tradition of Toronto’s neighbourhood markets, the Annex Flea brings the best vintage and handmade goods in Toronto together under one roof. Until 6 pm.

12 pm Birdbath @ Muzik Beach, 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Birdbath returns this Sundayand every Sunday after that for the rest of the summer at Muzik Beach! Featuring three newly-renovated pools, day beds and cabanas (free and first come, first serve), brunch and lunch menus by Food Dudes, and DJs. Free with RSVP before 3 pm, $20 otherwise.

12 pm QWest @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Join the Drake Hotel and other West Queen West hotspots this Sunday for the launch QWest, an annual celebration of the neighbourhood’s arts and culture scene! Explore each cultural landmark and discover visual, performance-based, and musical treasures along the way. Full schedule here.

4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave. A pay-what-you-can outdoor screening series taking over Christie Pits Park every Sunday night from July 5 to August 16. This week, watch dysfunctional sisters Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the cult psychological thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Eats and treats provided by South St. Burger Co. beginning at 6 pm. Show starts at sundown (approximately 8:45 pm). BYOBlanket.

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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