Toronto Hit List: Art Battle Dance Party, Neighbourhood Watch, Nail Art by Artists, Goin' Steady: 7 Year Itch Anniversary Party & more!

July 14th-15th Pop-Up Shop @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Featuring 442 McAdam (Sarah Shell’s handbag collections for men and women), photography by Erin Simkin from her travels around the world, and a selection of vintage designer optical frames including Dior and Courege! Runs 10 am to 8 pm both days.

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Burnout Basement @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ Matt D plays funk, boogie, and disco on vinyl + an extremely crucial space funk set by Ewan Exall.

10 pm HumbleMania 46: Karaoke Party @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Special karaoke edition + the premiere of the latest session of Live in Bellwoods. Vinyl dance party afterwards!

10 pm Mixtape Swap @ The Avro, 750 Queen St. E. Make a neat Mix CD (or cassette). Doodle stuff on it / make some cover art maybe. Bring it to The Avro. Have a drink. Trade your mix with anyone. Get new music from strangers!

THURSDAY

6 pm “Accidental Archives” & “Zagga Zow” Opening Receptions @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. “Accidental Archives” is a new body of work by Canadian photographer and York University graduate Sara Cwynar, whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, 01 Magazine, and Bad Day Magazine. “Zagga Zow” is a 1st annual summer group show. Opening reception will feature the musical stylings of DJ Michelle Williams and a live performance by GYM Zsahib. Until 10 pm. Exhibitions run until August 18th.

7 pm Lebel & Crowe Opening Party @ Lebel & Crowe, 793 Queen St. W. (2nd floor). Lebel & Crowe is officially open and wants to celebrate! There will be cupcakes, beer, art, and friends. Until 11 pm.

7 pm “Treasure Islands” Opening Reception @ DAT Salon, 442 Dufferin St., Unit E. “Treasure Islands is a new series of charcoal drawings on paper by James Hewitt. The series of chubby nudes is an ode to Édouard Manet’s Olympia, o/c 1863. All subjects have been sourced from pornographic scenes shared with a male partner. The male has been subtracted from the scene and those women found in photographs or videos on their backs, sides or knees have been rearranged in an upright position, transforming their physical stance from one of submission to empowerment.” Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Vert Catering. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until September.

8 pm Art Battle Dance Party @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Full contact live competitive painting. Essentially, it’s Art Battle with only one rule – in the last two minutes, you’re not allowed to touch your opponent’s canvas. Matches are 8 minutes long, so in the first 6 minutes anything goes. Do the painters get paint on each other? Count on it. Do canvases sometimes get sorta totally smashed? Most definitely. Do they dance? You bet your hot summer night they do! And you will too. $15 at the door ($10 for students with ID).

8 pm “Suggested Serving” Opening Reception @ Don’t Tell Mama Gallery, 108 Ossington Ave. Controversial Aussie painter and street artist Ben Frost “will be showcasing a unique body of work, critiquing our media obsessed society and our loss of innocence…through advertising. Ben’s work subverts logos, icons and characters from popular culture and re-presents them in startling and often confronting new ways.”

9 pm Neighbourhood Watch @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. DJs Egyptrizz, Graham Zilla, Skeleton Bone, Exeter, Linus Booth, Vlsonn, Kevin McPhee, Minor Modes, Alex Brooks, Lucie Tic, Dougie Boom, Bruce Trail, Vanity Muscles, Sylvermayne, Anti Hero, Dakota, and Andrew Ross keep watch.

9:30 pm Dog Bowl Movie Night: Wet Hot American Summer @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, dog bowl. A screening of the sweet seasonal spoof comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Themed snacks! Audience participation Starts at 9:30 sharp!

10 pm Threshold @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A new monthly featuring just a bunch of friends playing records they like. With DJs Andrew Ross, Graham Zilla, Kevin McPhee, and Ronnie “MF” Falcon on the turntables.

10 pm Flexing / Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, electro meets rap (90’s music videos galore!) with DJ F’House. Downstairs, Hip-hop, reggae, and dance music provided by The Bass6. $5.

10 pm New Civilization @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. The New Civi crew throws down deep reggae jams on the turntables, followed by a live reggae music set. Cosmic reggae vibes!

10 pm Reality Bytes East @ Wayla Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Come get your 90’s on! DJs Jrox and Lindzrox play all your favourite dance, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative 90’s tunes.

10 pm Radio Moscow @ Silver Dollar’s Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina Ave. Psychedelic rockers Radio Moscow of Iowa play the Silver Dollar Room in support of their third full-length album, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz – an album Rolling Stone proclaimed is “fifty minutes of psyche-rock fireworks…like spending an evening with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and The Black Keys.” Joining them is Memphis-based band Dirty Streets, whose own mix of proto-punk, soul roots, and late 60’s psych-rock. $9 at the door.

10 pm Simian Mobile Music DJ Set @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ sets by Simian Mobile Music, Hugsnotdrugs, and Andy Ares. $12.50 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Zombie Beach Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. With DJ Laura Hermiston. And possibly zombies.

FRIDAY

6 pm Nail Art by Artists @ Magic Pony, 680 Queen St. W. Get your nailz did by an artist – with Sholem Krishtalka manning the polish. PWYC ($10 suggested donation).

10 pm (ALT)Night: Vampire Dance Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Take a BITE out of another Friday the 13th and have a vampire dance party! Blood red walls, blood red couches, and free vampire teeth for all set the mood for a night of dancing and drinking while DJ Dislexia plays all the tunes that make your blood boil. $3.50 tall cans of PBR and whiskey sours between 8 and 10 pm (drunk feet dance better).

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies present one ridiculous guilty pleasure-filled evening! Only the music you know and secretly love. From Hall & Oates to Will Smith; Wham to Britney Spears; Spice Girls to Ol’ Dirty Bastard. $5.

10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand.

10 pm 90s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bloor St. W. Giveaways, prizes, 90’s movies, 90’s music courtesy of DJs Fawn BC and Caff, Much Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slow dances, dance-off trophy, 1 am costume contest and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™ with DJs Diana and Pammm. Italo, disco house, indie dance, and space shit.

10 pm Funkin’ It Up: Summertime Funk Edition @ No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St. All funk, all the time with DJs Skank Honto and Splattermonkey. Classic funk, nu-funk, ghetto funk, afro funk, funky hip-hop, funky breaks, etc., with an increased focus on embracing the warmer island sounds and influences for July’s edition.

10 pm Jukebox: Rock & Soul Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs The Gillespie Brothers and Circle Research play a unique blend of soul, funk and good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll. $10.

10 pm Creep @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Stunts (Yes Yes Y’All) and The Nurse play rap, hip-hop, RnB, hyperdub, grimey, housey.

10 pm Floored @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Fathom plays hip-hop, funk, and dance hits!

10 pm Summer Mixtape Sessions Vol. 2 @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Houseaddict + BoundBySound presents Summer Mixtape Sessions Vol. 2 featuring Gorge and Gera & B-Team. $10 early bird and $15 advance tickets available online. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm Rap & Bitches / Phazed @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies. Downstairs, old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Happy B-HER-thday Frank Edition! DJs Produzentin, John Caffery & The Robotic Kid, and OMGBLOG.COM spin timeless, ageless beats to make HER younger as the night goes on. Hostess is birthday boy Frank. Special drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email set.her.free@gmail.com. $5.

10 pm Appeteasers @ Opera Bob’s Public House, 1112 Dundas St. W. Opera Bob’s Well has some treats for you! Dew Lily (member of Boylesque and Les Coquettes), Belle Jumelles (gracious hostess with the mostest), Red Herring (the super vixen producer of Reveal Me at Rivoli), Aviva Mirage (temptress from Great Canadian Burlesque), Bianca Boom Boom (the lovely, not-so-innocent newcomer), and Lucky Minx (humble producer). PWYC.

SATURDAY

12 pm Beach Party, Baby @ Sugar Beach, Queen’s Quay & Lower Jarvis St. StudioFeed and Sound In Motion Independent Festival of Electronic Music and Art open up Sugar Beach for the beach party of the year! Featuring Sammy Dee, Dualism, Billy Dalessandro, Jonque, Demas, Yes Ma’am, Fairmont, Elextra, and Ceecee Cox. Sound courtesy of Moog Audio. Full beach will be licensed and yummy food vendors will be on site, so bring some change for some eats. $20 advance tickets available at Soundscapes and online. Until 10:30 pm. 

1 pm Birdbath @ Polson Pier (behind the Sound Academy), 11 Polson St. Birdbath is about: music, snacks, booze, sun, summer, pool, toys, DJs, Belvedere, mimosas, ping-pong, pool tables, bikinis, babes, caesars, fun, smiles, massages, tans, friends. Music courtesy of DJ Rouge, Josh Juice, Kid MK, Gray Moonen, Kasel, and Feddy Haze. Parking and lockers available (bring your own lock). For day bed/cabana reservations, email josh@eventsbytouch.com. For $15 guestlist, email jonathanc@embracepresents.com. $10 advance tickets available online, $20 at the door.

3 pm On Common Ground @ Fort York Historical Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. A free concert to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Celebrate two hundred years of common ground and Canadian diversity with performances by Alex Cuba (4 pm), Rural Alberta Advantage (5:30 pm), Shad (7 pm), and Sarah Harmer (9 pm).

10 pm Goin’ Steady: 7 Year Itch Anniversary Party @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The Goin’ Steady DJs celebrate 7 years of their grimy 50’s and 60’s RnB dance party! All your favourite choones plus unknown treasures from the uptempo doo wop, RnB, pre-soul bangers, surf, twang, country boogie, girl groups, rockabilly, primitive rock n’ roll, Italo-rock, Cambodian swing, latin shakers, Joe Meek and Bollywood genres. Email goinsteady@gmail.com for $5 guest list.

10 pm Myth Paradise Music @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. You are cordially invited to expand your collective minds with: Nep, Aman, and Pooyan. Experience it!

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric turn out another heavy dose of classic hip-hop! Golden age super jams from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Moon, Mobb Deep, Notorious B.I.G., MC Lyte, Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and much much more!

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Ice Cream Sandwich @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Waxen gems and groovy rubies from the West Indies, East Indies, Molson Indies, south side, and water damaged section of DJs Mike Smith and Matthew McLaren’s record collections.

10 pm Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A funk, soul, bastard pop, hip-hop, etc. dance party brought to you by A Digital Needle DJs.

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 Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. You’ve all detoxed from Pride so now it’s time once again to party and celebrate summer! DJs Alessandro, Sammy, and Nino Brown spin pop, hip-hop, and all those tunes you love to dance too. Kimon’s in the photobooth. $5.

10 pm Ignition 1 Year Anniversary / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and Rei Von celebrate one year of Ignition with bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). 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 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Good Timin’ @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJ Jex Opolis faces off with pals for a tour of a 12-inch. All vinyl.

10 pm Max & Chico @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Max & Chico play records of the mostly 60’s soul, R&B, and gospel variety.

10 pm Gingy & Bordello + Kevin McPhee @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. Release party for Gingy & Bordello’s new EP, Iron & Water. Supporting sets by Kevin McPhee and Cicerio. Catered and staffed by BarberMoreno. $10 advance tickets (guaranteed entry) available online. For $10 reduced guestlist (subject to capacity), email names to guestlist@themansioninc.com.

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between 4 different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Around midnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

SUNDAY

2 pm Get Shucked! Ontario’s 24th Annual Oyster Festival @ alley beside Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King St. W. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, lobster and micro brews while listening to Canadian bands, all in support of Environmental Defence. Not into seafood? Rodney’s Oyster House will be serving up chicken tacos as well. Live entertainment includes: Bobbing for Bivalves oyster eating competition, music by DJ LT Ruck, the Waxbills and Horshack, and of course, the 2012 Southern Ontario Oyster Shucking Championship. Until 11:30 pm.

5 pm Uncle Otis x Jonathan+Olivia BBQ @ Red Bull 381 Projects, 381 Queen St. W. Jonathan+Olivia and Uncle Otis invite you to sun, burgers, dogs, drink, and tunes! A night above the city with free drinks, cheap and cheerful BBQ fare, and quality tunes courtesy of Creep designer Hiroshi Awai and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning.

9:30 pm Crosswires #21 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of Wavelength. Featuring performances by Feral Children, Joseph & the Mercurials, Mantler, and Brian Dunn & The Gentle Northwestern + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

For event submissions, email caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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