Toronto Hit List: Alice In The Wall, Shindig!, Born To Run DMC, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche & more!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Brass Facts: Music Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. For those who think they’re bad at general trivia, this one’s for you!

10 pm Furious Leisure @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Shemca plays indie dance music.

THURSDAY

7 pm “Darkness” Opening Reception @ Milk Glass Co. Gallery, 1247 Dundas St. W. “Darkness, an absence or deficiency of light, takes over Milk Glass Co. Gallery through a group art exhibit featuring paintings, photographs, and installations.” Until midnight. Show runs until October 28th.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and college radio jams with DJs Pammm and Lauren.

10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Resident DJ Andy Capp plays music with a strong emphasis on understated, mellow dynamics, and relaxed tempos and rhythm.

10 pm Youth/Trouble @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mawnstr plays things you’d like to dance to in an intimate setting (i.e. sludgy indie rock, weird pop, gay’d up disco).

10 pm Rap & Bitches @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays rap, trap, and music by hot bitches. $5.

11 pm BEVSTMODE @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The love of fashion, music, and art, the rejection of establishment, that’s BEVSTMODE! DJs Kicks and Vanity Muscles play trap, hip-hop, hip house, electro, and everything current.

FRIDAY

6 pm “End of Discovery” Opening Reception @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. “‘End of Discovery’ is the first solo show by artist Jan Ollner. The portrait series depicts a range of local subjects, all derived from original photos taken by the artist. Each person was photographed during the course of a single conversation during which Ollner took hundreds of photos. The images were edited and layered digitally to capture the more subtle nuances of engagement: sideways glances, awkward silences, surprised recognition. These digital collages informed the painting process. The result is a body of work that’s as much about photography as it is about painting.” Until midnight. Show runs until September 30th.

7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $75 goes to the best performance of the night – sign-up starts at 7:30 pm. $5.

9 pm Alice In The Wall @ Projection Booth, 1035 Gerard St. E.A journey through one of the greatest rock albums of all time, in sync with one of the most psychedelic films of all time. Follow the white rabbit and enjoy this experience in a full-sized classic movie theatre with surround sound. Drinks (both alcholic and non) and snacks will be available for sale. Special performance from musical guests Edgewater Hotel and DJ Emcee Rae. $10.

9 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Competition Edition @ Revival, 783 College St. Show off your HHK skills! (Rules: spaces and songs are first-come, first-serve, so arrive early and have a back-up song just in case. Songs performed must be on their existing song selection. Solo performances only to keep things fair. Performances will be judged based on crowd reaction/participation, use of stage/animated performance, familiarity with material (ie. memorization & delivery of lyrics), breath control, as well as bonus points for incorporation of creative dance moves.) With hosts Abdominal and More Or Les + DJs Numeric, Dalia, and Ted Dancin’ + special guest judges Lords Of The Underground! $20 before 10 pm, more after.

10 pm Pancho Villa @ La Perla, 739 Queen St. W. Dudebox are back – this time with tequila! EDJ James Redi plays hip-hop and you dance. $5, with all proceeds going to Manifesto.

10 pm Shindig! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Resident DJs Parkdale Funk, General Eclectic, and Splattermonkey Y’all play the very best vintage rhythm & blues, northern soul, mod-ska, and early rock n’ roll 7″ 45s all night! $5.

10 pm Betuna @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs David Patterson, Michael Krochak, and Andrew Ross play house and techno.

10 pm Past to Present @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Ase and Publicity kick it old school upstairs while the Planet Otnorot DJs keep it fresh downstairs. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm SHAG Retro Dance Party @ WAYLA, 996 Queen St. E. Get your retro groove on to the hottest music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. $5.

10 pm Swerve @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Massive party music with DJs Luminox (Chicago) and Comeback Season. $10 tickets available online.

10:30 pm Fuck U Fridays @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Performances by Eva Destruction, Mademoiselle Belle Jumelles featuring Johnny B Goode, Jimmy Danger, and Soren Nik. Resident DJ Triple-X spins sexual beats to ensure the dance floor gets wet and slippery.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks and DeMiggs play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For guest list, email linebypassemailguestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.

SATURDAY

11 am 2012 Walk for Farm Animals @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals.

7 pm Scotiabank Nuit Blanche @ various locations. The annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns! Discover art in galleries, museums, and unexpected places throughout the city, with more than 130 destinations. Chart your path.

10 pm Born To Run DMC @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Mizz Brown and Paul G spin rock and hip-hop classics, from The Boss to Run DMC! Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Millennial rap + BET after school hits + tomorrow’s favourites with DJs Vanity Muscles and Geoff Snack.

10 pm Go Bang! @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. DJ Andy Capp plays dance music; some rare, some not.

10 pm Pressure Drop @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Chuck Boom, Morningside 116 and Guv’nor General play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. This month with a tribute to legendary late dub master and producer King Tubby. All vinyl and dubplate selection.

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

10 pm Muscle & Heat @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The Muscle & Heat crew play rocking disco, house bounce, and leftfield party heat. $4 Jameson until midnight to get you loose and limber for the floor.

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. 80’s, 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is The Cure. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm A Night of Vinyl Sounds @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Brendan Canning plays rock, soul, funk, groove, and hip-hop in vinyl format.

10 pm John Talbot @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Barcelona DJ John Talbot has a unique style that blends influences from afro beat, Detroit techno, Chicago house and cosmic disco, and northern soul. $15 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Ice Cold Dranks / Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Ry-Fi and FBomb play the bangers you love: hip-hop, old school, R&B, and party anthems to make you thirsty. Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party.

11 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Manila Ice, Hoi King, and Turfmayne. PWYC.

11 pm Flosstradamus @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus + guest DJ Slink celebrate Nuit Blanche with sets that go until 4 am.

SUNDAY

2 pm Oliver Twist & The Pickwick Papers @ Carlton Cinema, 20 Carleton St. The Toronto Film Society launches the Fall/Winter 2012 Sunday Matinee Film Buffs series with screenings of Oliver Twist (1922) and The Pickwick Papers (1952).

8 pm Chicka Boom @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. An all-female comedy show! A monologue acted for you by Morgan Norwich, stand-up comedy jokeroonies by Diana Love, funny songs by a ukelele and Kristina Schartmann, solo sketch comedy by Inessa Frantowski, more stand-up shenanigans by Desiree Lavoy-Dorsch, and the Actor’s Nightmare performed by Anusree Roy and Naomi Snieckus. PWYC.

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

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