Toronto Hit List: Beatlemania!, Otis Rotten, Guilty Pleasures, Super Bowl parties & more!

Feb 1st-4th “Closer” By Patrick Marber @ The Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St. “Dan loves Alice, but Dan also loves Anna, but Anna is married to Larry, but Larry has cheated on Anna with Alice… Let’s just say, ‘It’s Complicated!’” $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Show runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 2 and 8 pm. 

WEDNESDAY 

10 pm Strange Effects @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Mish and Miss Demeo spin new wave, post-punk, alternative and all your favourite party tunes. $5 whiskey cocktails all night long!  

THURSDAY 

7 pm Red Bull Crashed Ice Toronto Qualifier @ Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence, 400 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke. Toronto’s extreme athletes take to the ice to vie for a coveted spot at the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Quebec City! 200 men and 20 women compete in individual speed trials, with the top skaters moving on to participate in the main event. 

10 pm Creep @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Stunts and special guest Max Mohenu play rap, RnB, hip-hop, old/new/weird, reggae dancehall, hyper dub, grime, houseplay and playa anthems. 

10 pm Rap & Bitches @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies. 

FRIDAY 

6 pm “Transmission Lines” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. An exhibition from American artists Ryan Wallace and Chris Duncan, whose “linear variations of shape explore the margins of time and space while echoing the unstable tension between vision, perception, and reflection. Both artists explore a variety of materials to great visual effect.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until February 26th.  

10 pm Bangs & Blush Present: Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Your favourite Beatles party (with a whole lot of tasty 60’s rock n’ roll, garage, and soul tunes in-between) launches at The Piston! Dress to impress and get ready to TWIST AND SHOUT all a HARD DAYS NIGHT long with the ladies of Bangs & Blush. $5. 

10 pm The Cold Sweat @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A big blast of vintage soul and deep funk with DJ Double K alongside rude boy sax player Dennis P. DJ General Eclectic will also be touching down with a box of 45s. 

10 pm Soul Block Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Two floors of Motown, stax, and oldies R&B and soul with DJs Fase and Splattermonkey + special guests Cozmic Cat and Lucie Tic. $5 before midnight, more after. 

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes! 

10 pm Whatevs @ 751 (basement), 751 Queen St. W. A 90’s hip-hop and gangsta rap party with DJ Steve Rock playing all your golden era favourites. Loose morals + $10 mini pitchers of bar rail in effect. 

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. The HYFR Goat Yolo Ham Edition with DJs Rory Them Finest, Kevin Ritchie and Max Mohenu. Hip-hop and hot times for homos and their friends. $5.  

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Music from the greatest masters of 90’s pop, dance, hip hop, RnB and rock. There will be a surprise for one lucky fellow and one lucky lady who look most like a Backstreet Boy or Spice Girl, respectively! $5.  

10 pm Scissors @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. House music for ladies and their friends! 

10 pm Otis Rotten @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Soul versus punk! Two styles of music that boast some of the most attitude and swagger in history. 

10 pm Pop Lobster: Break Out the Make Out Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. For all the lobsterers out there lookin’ for love (or lust…lust is ok too)! Non-singles should also come because a) your single pals need wingmen/women, and b) Pop Lobster is always a slap happy dancey good time.  

10 pm STD @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. An open-format dance party with DJs Isosceles and Innez Da Future. Funk, soul, post-punk, post-pizza, new wave, old wave, disco, rap, and beyond. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. 

11 pm Tiger Bar Bounce @ Tiger Bar, 414 College St. DJs Max Mertens and Charissa spin indie bangers all night. No cover, $4 beers! 

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from special guest DJs Total Eclipse and Sweet Touch Foundation + regulars DJ Numeric and Ted Dancin’. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10. 

SATURDAY 

9 am Winterlicious: Guility Pleasures @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. A celebration of food + fashion from The Drake Hotel and Toronto Fashion Incubator. Chef Anthony Rose offers comfort, locally-sourced classics like ricotta and blueberry pancakes and delicious housemade mini-baked goods paired with a bubbly mimosa and many other offerings. Browse the racks of one-of-a-kind Canadian fashion designers and jewellery and nibble on a tempting take-home treat. 9 a.m./11 a.m./1 p.m./3 p.m. 

9 pm Scientists of Sound + Tupperware Remix Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.

Scientists of Sound are a looping madness duo – all sounds are performed, recorded, and manipulated live. Tupperware Remix Party are four cosmic entities that have inhabited the bodies of four simple humans, and have been playing danceable space-rock since crash landing on Earth three years ago. 12 inadvance, $15 at the door.  

10 pm Evveryday Wavvy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Smells Gvcci and Coolin’ play drug rap.  

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Suzie Boo and Magnum PI play 90s hip-hop, Elvis, everything + Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour! Equestrian or “horsey” attire encouraged. $5.  

10 pm Chronologic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.  

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul and remixes with DJs Fawn BC and Caff upstairs and an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. $11 pitchers and cheap bar rails all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after. 

10 pm Reality Bytes: X-tra Cheese @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Dance, hip-hop, electronica and alternative 90’s tunes brought to you by DJs 4est, Lindzrox and Jrox + special guests. This edition features a little extra “fromage” from the decade! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.’ 

10 pm Rip It Up! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Davy Love and friends play garage, beat, ska, mod, soul, and rock n’ roll. 

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party thrown by the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $5. 

10 pm Pop Kult! @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. With DJs Perseus French, Enis, The Wheel Wells and Elect Blake. $10 advance tickets available online (guaranteed entry). For $10 reduced guestlist (subject to capacity), e-mail names to guestlist@themansioninc.com

10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal. 

10 pm The 90’s House Music Tribute Party @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute party dedicated to the house music that was played in Toronto from 1990 to 1999. Featuring house music legend Michael Watford alongside Toronto DJs Dino & Terry, J.M.K.,Tyrone, Jason Palma, Kevin Williams, and Groove Institute. $15 in advance or before 11 pm with RSVP (garage416@hotstepper.com), more at the door. 

10 pm Broken English @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concerned with finding the common ground in house, hip-hop, pop, disco and indie rock. With DJs Jillionaire, D4KOT4, and Famou$ Players + tunes and visuals supplied by resident troublemakers Adam Jackson and Jeff Hayward. $10. 

10:30 pm Tapette: Édition Mylène @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. A very special Mylène Farmer party edition! Mylène hits, posters, videos mélanger with French house, 90’s party anthems and disco classics. A bientot! $5 

SUNDAY 

5 pm P&L Superbowl Party @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. New York Giants versus New England Patriots + Madonna performing the half-time show, with appearances by M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. Featuring the infamous tailgate menu and some added goodies: vegan chili fries, American-style double cheeseburger, chili cheese fries, chicken wings and more + multiple screens.  

6 pm Big Screen, Big Game! @ Projection Booth Gallery, 1035 Gerrard St. E. Come for the American commercials, stay for the football! Snacks, door prizes and $5 lager all night.  

6 pm Superbowl Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Watch the game on their new 6ft

HD projector screen + TVs throughout the bar with surround sound! Free munchies, cheap snacks, drink specials, giveaways from Mill Street Organic, and saucy Pabst girls taking care of all of your beverage needs.  

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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