Toronto Hit List: Yes Yes Y’all, Shadows of Motown, Turn Back Time, It’s All Good & more!

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.

9 pm Private Resort @ Bar Fancy, 1070 Queen St. W. Atlantis disco, caribbean new wave, boogie 3000, cyberfunk, modern soul hop, and interqualudes with DJs Andy Capp and Koray Ozel. A low-key kind of cool.

10 pm Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Karaoke! Jessica Upton Crowe and Tom Avis host! Will this be the week someone finally sings “My Baby Takes The Morning Train”?

THURSDAY

5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.

9 pm Definition @ The Den, 423 College St. A community of people who seek out a vibe that parallels one of past times with a touch of new flavour. Bridging the gap between a club night and social gathering. With Ali Black, Andy Capp, Jonathan Coe, and Karla Houser.

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 bring you 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 Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.

FRIDAY

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. Sean Caff joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before 11:30, $10 after.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.

10 pm I’m Going Downstairs @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. A night of basement music at Unlovable. The finest in soul, jazz, gospel, funk, and disco for you and yours.

10 pm Get Deranged @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Christmas is over, New Years is over, but you can still have FOUR HOURS OF NON-STOP ACTION! ’60s soul, garage, punk, and trash with your gracious host, DJ Derek B. All fast songs, all on vinyl.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin spins the ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

10 pm Time Machine @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Take a ride in the music video dance floor experience known as the Time Machine. Expect throwbacks and future hits mixed on turntables by pilot VJs Sam Fleming and Mike Luke. Travel back with them before the YouTube era, past Yo MTV Raps and Electric Circus, to Soul Train and beyond. $5 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm Bey Bey All Night @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. PRAISE THE QUEEN! Dance the night away to Bey’s hits and all your favourite dance-floor anthems. With DJs Sasha Foster, Max Zimmerman, and Jimmy Chanthapanya. Sponsored by Victoire, Certified Vintage & Goods, and Beyography. $10.

10 pm new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Do your stretches. Practice your free throws. Keep your limbs at ease. $5.

SATURDAY

11 am Bellwoods Flea 1 Year Anniversary @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a fresh lineup of local artisans and vendors, music, and cocktails! Featuring a carefully-curated, diverse mix of Toronto’s best local artisans and small businesses including art, collectibles, fashion, food, handmade, skincare, vintage, and more + classic film screenings all day, drink specials, music, retro video games, and a fun and friendly atmosphere for all! Until 6 pm.

7 pm Long Winter @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The third instalment of the Long Winter concert series. With musical performances, comedy, DJs, zines, Techno Tarot by Kara Stone, and much more. $10 in advance or PWYC at the door.

7 pm “2116: Art of Leverage” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313-A Queen St. W. A multi-media exhibit featuring the works of 12 artists with different cultural backgrounds, from Saudi Arabia to India, Cuba to Venezuela, China to Canada. “The theme of the exhibit is the intrinsic power of art to shape reality – not the power of force or argument, but of a deeper human connection – this is leverage. Creatively, the works are united by an attention to the underlying values of humanity (often obscured in modern society), and a calling up of forgotten spirituality.” Until 9 pm. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Wavelength x Synthesexer @ Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Sharpen your skates and skills on the Natrel Rink as Toronto’s best winter block party returns to Harbourfront Centre! This week, join Wavelength and their friends from Synthesexer for a skate night of electro-pop, italo disco, house, and trip-hop!

9 pm PULP: Paper Art Party @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. An evening combining installation art, live music, dancing, and conversation. It’s a fundraiser designed to examine the current lifecycle of paper materials among others and investigate alternative uses. $20 advance tickets ($15 for students) available online, with proceeds going to the Evergreen Center at The Yonge Street Mission, a drop-in center for at-risk street youth.

10 pm Turn Back Time: ’80s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Queen, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Dire Straits – the decade that had it all. Whether you lived through it, were born during, or are just nostalgic for a time you never knew, this is a night of ’80s celebration. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Splattermonkey, General Eclectic, and special guest Ruby Jane 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! $5.

10 pm Beatlemania @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Why did the Beatles cross Abbey Road? To get to Beatlemania of course! Bangs & Blush will be playing loads of Fab Four tunes + your favourites from the ’50s and ’60s! It won’t be long til you’re twisting and shouting all night. $5 with student ID.

10 pm Party & Bull$hit 3 Year Anniversary @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Join DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi for a night of rap bangers and other trill $hit as they celebrate Party & Bull$hit’s three year anniversary! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 2015, played in chronological order). $5.

10 pm Stones Place Saturday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Saturday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.

10 pm Get It Together 6 Year Anniversary @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get It Together has been banging for six years! All genres, all genres, and all peoples welcome. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.

10 pm Nitty Gritty @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party! Featuring motown, soul, and rhythm and blues with DJ “Lesbian Menace” on the ones and twos.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party! Joining them this month is John Kong, who has been a fixture in the city’s music community for over two decades. $5 before midnight, more after.

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 Gladstone Winter Flea Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. If you’re on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles, this is the place to be! Until 4 pm.

10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. The Leslieville Flea returns to the Distillery District for the winter. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. 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.

9 pm David Bowie Dance Party @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Celebrate the life of one of the greatest artists, musicians, and humans the world has ever known. DJ Just Babies will be spinning Bowie requests and remixes all night long. The bar will also be screening (in silent) all of Mr. Bowie’s cinematic exploits. $5 tall cans, $5 bar rail, and $4 Ziggy Stardust shots all night long.

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

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