December 2nd-18th Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill St. This free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market. Hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, carolers and more.
December 8th-11th Muttonhead’s L O C O for L O C A L Pop-Up Shop @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Muttonhead Collective is bringing together all of their favourite things: break-dancing Santas, chili chocolates, talented Torontonians and much more! Vendors include Marlena Zuber (illustrated maps/notebooks/cards), Crown Shaving Co. (men’s grooming products), Fieldguided (tote bags/calendars), Cuchara (jewels for men + women), Reunion Island Coffee (organic coffee/coffee making accessories), ChocoSol Traders (locally made chocolate), Rose Broadbent (prints/original watercolour paintings), Someone letter press printers (wrapping paper/gift tags/cards), Earthly Paradise (women’s grooming products), Lauren Pirie (cards / prints / book) and Muttonhead (unisex apparel/hand-knit accessories/repurposed wood décor/one-of-a-kind prints). Join them for a holiday dance party on Thursday from 8 pm to late.
8 pm Elissa + Thom Huhtala + Leah Hunter @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 961 College St. An intimate performance with three great Toronto indie talents! $5.
6 pm “SUITMAN” Opening Reception @ 134 Ossington, 134 Ossington Ave. “With a recent group exhibition at New York City’s Chelsea Museum and mentions in the New York Times and Washington Post, Joel Richardson returns to Toronto to present SUITMAN, the materialization of 10 years of working with images referencing finance and business.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until December 18th.
7 pm “Pink Pearl” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. “Works in Pink Pearl move past surface engagements with etched plates, burned screens, grained stones, carved wood and cut paper to explore the concepts of erasure and transcendence. Using print as a primary strategy, artists in Pink Pearl create 2-dimensional works on paper, artist books, material arts, sculpture, and animation. Until 10 pm. Show runs until January 8th.
7 pm Fa La La La La Frances Watson Sale @ The Future of Frances Watson, 1390 Queen St. W. Celebrate the holiday season with apple cider, rum, and a pre-Christmas sale! Save 20% off everything from 7 to 10 pm, including new Fortnight lingerie and Penfield parkas.
10 pm Girls Go Crazy Xmas Party @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Christina and Elaine play punk, garage, soul, glam, psych and rock n’ roll – all on vinyl.
6 pm GirlFight @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. All-female KI Thai boxing hosted by Hook Up Muay Thai and Robin Black with music by DJ Steve Rock and raffle prizes from Puma, Heineken and Hook Up Muay Thai. $20 in advance, more at the door with all proceeds going to Nellie’s Women’s Shelter.
7 pm “Navigating Traces” Opening Reception @ AWOL Gallery, 76 Ossington Ave. Artists Graham Curry, Milo Flores, and Alex Naszados explore “the traces of memory and human presence in relation to our ever-changing environment.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until December 18th.
8 pm One Less Paper Cup @ The Mascot, 1267 Queen St. W. First Drop Canada presents their third annual One Less Paper Cup art show to raise money for Grounds for Health, an organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness, screening and prevention in the coffee producing communities of Mexico, Nicaragua and Tanzania. The show features a roster of artists (from a ridiculously diverse set of disciplines) designing cups for you to bid on. Until midnight.
10 pm Nightcall @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dudebox brings you the only party in town that strategically combines Spice Girls with thug rap, tough dudes with Robyn anthems and piping hot fajitas with smoking dance floors! $5, with all proceeds going to Camp Quality, an organization that provides a unique week-long camping experience for children suffering from cancer as well as year round support for the kids and their families.
10 pm 90s Party 3 Year Anniversary @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bloor St. W. Giveaways, prizes, 90’s movies, 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 Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sweaty, dirty, guilty-pleasure-filled evening where the Bangs & Blush ladies play whatever the fuck they want. Music you secretly love from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. $5.
10 pm Swift Ones @ Crawford (upstairs), 718 College St. Hip-hop, pop, punk, UK pop and guilty pleasures! Oh yeah, and free swag courtesy of Peter Says Denim all night. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Funkin’ It Up @ 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.
10 pm SoulSkank @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Double K and G-Spot play ska, soul, funk, stax, Motown and dancehall + live horns brought to you by Gramera and Dennis P.
10 pm Bad Biz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Official Tokyo Police Club afterparty, with victory lap DJing from the band’s Greg Alsop! UK bass, grime, hip-hop, electronic, top 40 and more.
10 pm Hip-hop vs. House @ Revival, 783 College St. The all-vinyl edition with DJ Fase vs. Jason Palma. $10 before 11:30 pm, $15 after ($5 less for ladies all night).
10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Inf-HER-no edition with DJs Cozmic Cat, Das Hussy and OMGBLOG.com play scorching beats to make your palms sweat all night. Maj-HER drink special before 11:30 pm: $2.50 Jose Cuervo tequila shots and Paloma cocktails (tequila, Fresca, and lime). For line bypass email email@example.com. $5.
10:30 pm Pure Gold @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hip-hop – beginning with love for the south (Bun B, Pusha T, Field Mob, Crime Mobb, Goodie Mobb, Paul Wall, Petey Pablo, Trillville, Big Tymerz, Cash Money/Hot Boyz, etc.) + pit stops that will most likely include Canibus, DIPSET, Ghostface, Kurupt, Nate and plenty others.
11 am The 2nd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Last show of the season – get your eggs benny and peruse the crafts on display from local artisans! Check out the website for full vendor list and more. Until 5 pm.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
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 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 Fuck Dance, Let’s Drink @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Booth, Grahmzilla, Dougie Boom and ghettogoldmatt kindly share their favourite music they don’t often get to play out.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Vintage music (records) from the 50’s and forward from guest selector Señor Vishal.
10 pm Last Jam of the Year @ Crawford, 718 College St. Performances by Bahia Watson, Abstract Random, Brendan Philip, Yasmine, Spek Won, WolF J and KJ, with DJ Sebastian playing New Orleans bounce, South African house, dub step, vogue, go-go, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and R&B. $5.
10 pm Sugar Hill @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Grouch plays all your favorite 80’s and 90’s RnB, rap and new jack swing. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Celebrate the holiday season with the BWS crew! DJs Phil V, Jill and Nino Brown will be spinning all night long and Kimon will be snapping photos of you and Santa in the photo booth. $5.
10 pm Hole @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. A hot mess of dancing, music and steamy action with DJs Mac N’ Teeves, Bear Unit and special guest Liam Skinner. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Smiths & Morrissey Karaoke @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. All Smiths, all Morrissey, all night, with memorabilia to be won for best karaoke. $5.
11 pm Pin Up & Pompadours @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Celebrate XXX-mas with the Ho Ho Hoes of the holidays. DJ Shannon plays modern hits with 50’s and 60’s classic. $5 or free if you click attend on Facebook.
11 am Toronto Young Designers Sale @ L’ouvrier, 791 Dundas St. W. A selection of unique, one-of-a-kind gifts including jewellery, pillows, art, cards and bags from Lockett Jewels, RTgDesigns, Avec Ma Soeur, Spoon Studios, Rock My Soul and D is for Ducky (cash only). L’ouvrier will be open for brunch so stop by for brunch or a cocktail. Until 5 pm.
12 pm The Gratitude Tea @ The Rosewater, 19 Toronto St. An afternoon tea in celebration of the inspiring people in your life. Attendees are encouraged to bring the person who has had a positive affect on their life to the afternoon tea service and share a short story of their influential guest. $30 tickets available online, with all funds raised going to Dress for Success Toronto, a non-profit organization that provides career development to low-income women.
12 pm Holiday Art Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Shop for unique, handmade gifts from local artists and enjoy homemade cookies and warm drinks in the holiday-themed café. Until 5 pm.