February 13-18 Pomme is French for Apple @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. A fresh, funny, and irreverent look at womanhood in all its glory: its perils, its pleasures, and all kinda madness in between. Created and performed by Liza Paul and Bahia Watson. Doors at 8 pm, show 9 pm. $20. More information online.
February 16th-19th TWELVE: The Wavelength 12th Anniversary Festival @ various locations. An influential concert series that had its humble beginnings at Ted’s Wrecking Yard in February of 2000. It quickly became ground zero for the independent music explosion, bringing the likes of Broken Social Scene, Constantines, Holy Fuck, Feist, Peaches, Caribou and Fucked Up to the world. Advance tickets and passes available at Rotate This and Soundscapes.
6:30 pm Art & Philosophy: Borduas and the Existential Drama of the Visible @ AGO (Jackman Hall), 317 Dundas St. W. “Join David Ciavatta, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University, Toronto, as he explores Borduas’ vibrant and exciting body of work. Using insights from existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, he will explain what can be seen in the paintings if you choose to look a little harder.” $22.50 general admission, $17 for students.
10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come for the music, stay for the music. DJ Wes Allen plays rhythm and blues, psych rock, gospel, oddities, discoveries, and surprises.
10 pm Keep Calm @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Calvin Castellino and Justin Perreault play songs to help you forget that it’s only Wednesday. Indie pop, rock n’ roll, and classics.
7:30 pm “White: Power & Grace” Opening Reception @ Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas St. W. The white horses of Camargue gallop into Toronto! A photographic essay of equine power and grace by Manuela Stefan. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until 10 pm.
9 pm The Mystics, Bike Thieves, Different Skeletons & Evil Eyes @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A night of garage punk gritty goodness! DJ Tim Hanna of Frantic City spins tunes between sets. $7.
10 pm Lock Down Some Lovin’ @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Put on those dancing shoes, get loose, and pull out all the stops. Music to make you move!
10 pm Back In The Day / Classic @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Law mixes 4 hours of your favourite 90’s videos. Downstairs, a new night of classic house, disco, funk, hip-hop and party anthems with DJs Cozmic Cat and Lucie Tic! $5 (includes your first drink).
10 pm Radioactive Otter Attack! Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. An amazi-crazy mix of rock, pop, and retro that will conquer your heart like a giant, nuclear-powered otter conquers Tokyo! $5, with all proceeds going to support Docket Theatre.
9 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: 5 Year Anniversary @ Revival, 783 College St. Legendary Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest and Chip Fu from the Fu-Schnickens stop by to celebrate this HHK milestone! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les + DJs Numeric, Dalia, and Ted Dancin’. $15 Before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap from 1993 to 2011 with DJs Patrick McGuire, Ghetto Gold Matt and Josh McIntyre. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Soulvation @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. DJs Laura and Cindy spin Motown classics and northern soul floor-shakers all night long. Dance-offs and conga lines welcome!
10 pm Swift Ones / Best Rap Songs of 2011 @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, pop, punk, UK pop and guilty pleasures upstairs at Swift Ones. DJ Mark Orlic plays the best rap songs of 2011 downstairs, with CIUT 89.5 FM stopping by to cover the event for The Entertainment Guide’s Winter In Toronto. Drink specials all night long. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Soul Surrender @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Lovehard and DJ Andy B Bad come at you with some of that Motown, funk, soul, boogie, hip-hop loooove. For Black History month, they’ll be paying tributes to Etta James, Gil Scott Heron, Don Cornelius, James Brown, Dilla and more.
10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. RnB, hip-hop, pop and 90’s dance music from North America and Europe. Only one rule: no Pearl Jam. Free before 11 pm with student ID, $5 otherwise.
10 pm SoulSkank @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic, Top Shotta, Eon Sinclair, The Captain Boogaloo, Double K and Montreal’s Kobal play ska, soul, funk, stax, Motown and dancehall while Gramera and Dennis P bring you live horns. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Fast Food Fridays @ The Beaconsfield, 1154 Queen St. W. DJs Sarah “Small Fry” and Carli “Large Coke” play a fine selection of hip-hop, dirty sawth, r(and/or)b, panty droppers, and club jamz. They bring the greaze, you bring the shake.
11 pm No Control @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. DJ Steve Rock plays punk, post-punk, and new wave circa 1975-ish to 1985-ish. $5 (or say Good Kids at the door to get in for free).
11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come get learned… proper, real proper! With special guest DJ Kariz teaching you the values of hip-hop, funk, soul, old school, house, reggae, and club anthems. $10.
8 pm DJ Skate Night: Ladies Night @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. DJ MelBoogie and JJ Rock of Droppin’ Dimez Mixshow, Canada’s only all-female hip-hop show, play the perfect mix of hip hop, R&B, and classic rollerskating jams fused with dancehall, reggae and soca!
10 pm Dre Day @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. A party that has been expanding worldwide since its humble beginnings in Minneapolis a few years ago now has its own Toronto chapter! Celebrating the life and times of the one and only Andre Young, a.k.a. Dr Dre on the date of his birth. In conjunction with Toronto vintage clothing purveyor, F As In Frank. With DJs Ghetto Gold Matt, Kaewonder, Skratch Bastid, and very special guests. $5.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A heavy dose of classic hip-hop tracks with DJ Serious and DJ Numeric on the ones and twos. No dress code. No cover. No nonsense.
10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Sugar Hill @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Grouch and special guest Julz C play uptown boogie, new jack swing, and 80’s and 90’s rap + RnB. $5 before midnight.
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 Bang The Party! & Myth Paradise @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Two parties come together as one. Disconotdisco, leftfield house, future boogie, tropicalism with Bang The Party! DJs Andycapp and Rod Skimmins + Myth Paradise DJs Todd West and Aman. $10.
10 pm Your Best Ever Wedding Party @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. The best wedding party ever! Featuring music from Wham! to Work It to Walk Like An Egyptian, confetti, and little silly keepsakes. No one will check whether or not you have a date, because, frankly, they’re too busy dancing their asses off.
10 pm Goin’ Steady @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The Goin’ Steady DJs present 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 email@example.com for $5 guest list.
10 pm Forbidden Fruit @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. DJs D’eeznuts and Spexxx1 run through your favourite rock, hip-hop, punk, and dub step all night long. $10 pitchers of draft, $10 mini pitchers of bar rail, $6 bottle of PBR + shot of Jager, and $4.00 Jameson, Jack Daniels and Sambuca.
10 pm Jang Bang Soul Train @ Jang Bang, 430.5 College St. Dance away your winter blues with an old school dance party! DJ Spence Diamonds spins filthily funky discotechque material to make your finger pop and your backbone slide. Also featuring a cupcake bake sale, real disco ball and tribute to Don Cornelius and Whitney Houston. All proceeds to help bring books to low-income families via the Children’s Book Bank.
10 pm Taiza Does February @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJs Taiza spin all vinyl: dirty international disco, neat-o electr-o, bass thumpin’ tropicalia, rare nineteen eightees cool shit, and topped off with some shweet ass hip-hop.
10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Friendship is about: catching up on old times, going out, drinking, smiling, laughing, getting drunk, falling in love, wandering off into the night, and most importantly, dancing.
10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dust of those boogie shoes! The “A Digital Needle DJs” team plays funky disco to get down to. $5.
10 pm Get It Together: I Wanna Dance With Somebody Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party! This month, they pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.
10 pm DJ Krush @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Producer/DJ Krush from Tokyo + special guests The Vinyl Killer and Koki. $16 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.
8:30 pm Bartenders We Steal From Other Bars @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Every Sunday, Unlovable will host a different special guest bartender from some of their favourite spots around town. This week, Paul Keodprom from the Gallery catering kicks it off.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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