Toronto Hit List: Fashion's Night Out, Drake Overdrive: TIFF Launch Party, Iggy/Stooges vs. Bowie: A Tribute Night, Junction Flea & more!

September 6th-8th The Bazaar by RAC Boutique @ The Burroughes Building (6th floor), 639 Queen St. W. A three-day event launching during Fashion’s Night Out and featuring independent retailers from across Toronto. Participating retailers include Gotstyle, Lab Consignment, Drake General Store, Psalms:911, Vocado, Elle Hardware, Woodlawn, Rescue Vintage, Robber, Philistine Vintage, Canon Blanc, Magic Pony, Chloe Comme Parris, Life of Manek, Foe & Dear, Love of Mine, Fischer Street, Muskox, OnlyOne Gallery, 69 Vintage, Travis Taddeo, and The Cashmere Shop. Music by Famous Players DJs, snacks by PopChips, drinks from Vitamin Water, and a selection of cocktails. Attendees will have a chance to win a pair of plane tickets from Porter Airlines to anywhere Porter flies. MasterCard cardholders will also receive special discounts on selected merchandise. Runs 6 to 11 pm on Thursday, and 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday.

 September 6th-16th Toronto International Film Festival @ various locations. Complete list of screenings and events online.

September 7th-9th Vegetarian Food Fair @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. The largest festival of its kind in North America, now in its 28th year. Enjoy vegetarian cuisine, discover new products and ideas from over 100 exhibitors, presentations, cooking demos, music, and more. Free!

September 8th-9th Cabbagetown Festival @ Parliament St. (Wellesley to Gerrard). Food, music, buskers, sales, parades, and scores of garage sales. The perfect excuse to wander through this historic hood.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm “Rock N Roll Art Show” Opening Reception @ Steam Whistle Gallery, 255 Bremner Blvd. “A new style incorporating photos of famous musicians and other performers within abstract paintings and designs. These images come from the legendary Bruce Cole Collection of photographs. Now in 2012, artists Brooke Opatowski and Jonathan Hiltz are taking Bruce’s most iconic images and incorporate them into gorgeous abstract artwork creating something incredible.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until October.

10 pm Homecoming @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs The Grump and Richie Volume spin the best in go go, psych rock, garage, and surf all night.

11pm Big Fun @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJs Skene, Pick A Piper, and Diamond Rings play house, techo, electro.

THURSDAY

6 pm Fashion’s Night Out @ various locations. The global fashion party heads north! Celebrate fashion with a night of shopping, free cocktail parties, pop-up markets, and designer appearances. Until 11 pm.

6 pm Fuzz Wax Bar in Fashion’s Night Out @ Fuzz Wax Bar, 701 Queen St. W. Enjoy complimentary champagne and a free eyebrow wax (which may be redeemed that night or a later date) with the purchase of any retail product. Fuzz carries a variety of beauty lines, including I Love My Muff, PFB Vanish and Merben Brushes and will be partnering with jewelry company Stella and Dot to host a trunk show and raffle. Until 11 pm.

6 pm “Multi Versus” / “Experience the Creativity” Opening Receptions @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. Exhibitons by multidisciplinary artists Maya Hayuk and Jacob Ciocci. “Hayuk explores electric colour, distorted symmetry and unusual geommetry that tends to resemble kaledescopic views, airbrushed nail art, Mexican woven blankets, Ukrainian Easter eggs, chandeliers, mandalas, Rorschach tests, holograms, or even views from the Hubble telescope. The precise and calculated lines in her brushstrokes become an essential element in the unpredictable symmetry that results.” “Ciocci’s work explores pop culture, Internet technology, and notions of supremacy. He seeks to understand the affect of electronics and cyberspace on modern society. His work pits both contemporary and past cultural symbols against each other in both an experimental and animated environment. The clash results in both praise and criticism of our cultural surroundings.” Until 10 pm. Exhibitions run until October 6th.

6 pm “The Hunt” Opening Reception @ HUNTCLUB, 709 College St. A select group of Canadian painters, photographers, illustrators, and multi-media artists have created new work based on a singular theme: “The Hunt” and all priced at $100. Until 11pm. Exhibition runs 12 to 8 pm daily until September 16th.

7 pm “I Found Blood and Some of It Was Mine” Opening Reception @ The Mascot, 1267 Queen St. W. “In her multidisciplinary practice, Jaclyn Quaresma creates works investigating personal narratives and their public meanings. In the exhibition ‘I Found Blood and Some of It Was Mine’, Quaresma continues to explore the relationship between objects and (personal) myth.” Until 11 pm. Exhibtion runs until the end of September.

7 pm Let’s Play Comedy Art Show @ The Artful Dodger, 10 Isabella St. A collaborative art project based around the theme of the prohibition years. Featuring surprises, photo shoots, performances, and more. PWYC ($10 suggested).

7 pm 7th Annual Patsy Cline Birthday Show @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Heather Morgan hosts a stellar evening of top notch performers doing their favourite Patsy Cline songs. Performers will be backed by an all star band lead by Steve “Bebop Cowboys” Briggs, Dennis Pendrith (Vinyl Cafe) on upright bass, Nichol Robertson on guitar, James Gray (formerly of Blue Rodeo) on piano and Ted Hawkins on drums. $15.

8 pm Lab Magazine Issue 06 Launch Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Launch party for Issue 06 of Lab Magazine. Performances by Buck 65, Eight And A Half, and Lioness + DJ sets by k-os and Brendan Canning DJ Set. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

9 pm Drake Overdrive: TIFF Launch Party @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrate the launch of TIFF with a blow-out bash sponsored by Stella Artois and Sailor Jerry! Featuring free tattoos and hair cuts from the Sailor Jerry Airstream and performances by Still Life Still, Dinosaur Bones, and The Darcys. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

10 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, Bobbi Trill, and Vanity Muscles play trap, hip-hop, hip house, electro, and everything current.

10 pm Red Stag Presents: This Could Be You @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Voytek of My Favorite Robot and VisionQuest fame headlines the night with opener Room 303. Promo courtesy of Red Stag.

10 pm Classic Material: Tribute to Loud Records @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Started in 1991-92, Loud Records were instrumental in setting the pace during a 10-year period with releases which are revered still to present. Groups such as Tha Alkaholics, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock, Prodigy, Dead Prez, and many more. DJs Kaewonder and Taktiks pay homage with a night of Classic Material from the Loud Records catalog. $10.

FRIDAY

7 pm “Road Trip” Opening Reception @ Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. “Three artists bring each of their perspectives on landscape together in this beautiful photography exhibit. Graham French, AJ Messier and Stephanie Kretzschmer display their distinct styles – black & white photography, urban landscapes, sky images and traditional greenery.” Music, cocktails, and appetizers. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until September 29th.

7 pm Free Screening of Love Bite @ Varsity Theatre, 55 Bloor St. W. Join the She Does The City ladies and Clutch PR for a FREE movie screening! Four friends must lose their virginity or fall prey to a werewolf feasting on virgin flesh. Pretty soon, everyone’s dying…to get laid! West End Films is hosting the world premiere of Love Bite at the Varsity Cinema during TIFF! To secure your free seat, RSVP to rsvp@clutchpr.com.

8:30 pm Downtown Motown @ Studio 407, 263 Adelaide St. W., Unit 407. Live Motown performances by Allie Ho-sang, Erin Reznick, and friends followed by an all-Motown dance party hosted by thatboyrichie. $5, with all proceeds going towards funding The Dundas Project zine and an exhibition by Jackson Klie and Andrea Leigh Pelletier.

9 pm Iggy/Stooges vs. Bowie: A Tribute Night @ Rancho Relaxo, 300 College St. Four bands combine to pay tribute to two incredible musical entities. Santa With Muscles, Stardust (the definitive Bowie tribute band celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust), and opening sets by the UltimateMost High (Iggy/Stooges) and Paint (Bowie). $7.

10 pm Fred Falke Live: Hosted by She Does The City @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Fred Falke is an in-demand remixer in his own right and has produced remixes for a number of mainstream rock and electronic artists. Falke has reworked songs from artists as diverse as Little Boots, Gossip, U2, Annie, Grizzly Bear, Uffie, Ladyhawke, Florrie, Lykke Li, and La Roux among many others. 4 AM LAST CALL. $15 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For tables and guest list, email steven@thehoxton.ca.

10 pm LaBruceophilia @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. Bruce LaBruce’s infamous annual TIFF party! With your host Lexi Sanfino, live performance by DENTATA, and DJ sets by Bruce LaBruce and Kevin H. 4 AM LAST CALL.

10 pm YLMC: The Kubrick Collection Vol. 1 (The Shining) @ The Outlook Hotel, a secret venue in the south-east alley of College & Bathurst. To celebrate everyone’s favourite film festivities happening in our fair city, Young Lion Music Club has put together an evening of music and art to recreate and pay tribute to one of the most spectacularly bone-chilling films ever created. PLOT: A group of friends head to an isolated hotel for an evening where an evil and spiritual presence influences the group into dancing, drinking, and generally enjoying themselves whilst talented musicians and artists deliver an ambience of fantastic/horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Performances by Absolutely, and al x. DJ selections by Paradise Animals. Artwork and installations by Sarah Cannon and Eric Wichman. (Look for Room 237 in the alley that runs east-west, behind everyone’s favourite punk rock’d tex mex establishment.) $10 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm Pop Lobster: Summer’s NOT Over Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. Pop Lobster has great news for you: the first day of Autumn isn’t until September 22nd! With that in mind, they invite you to party like it’s early June. Guest DJ ARP 2600 joins resident Little Kicks to play stuff like Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Le Tigre, Missy Elliot, Salt N Peppa, indie, mainstream, electro, Motown, new wave, disco, etc.

10 pm Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join Bangs & Blush for a HARD DAY’S NIGHT where you TWIST AND SHOUT to 60’s soul, rock n’ roll, and all your favourite Beatles tunes! $5.

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 Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm Music For Whiskey @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. A special dedication to hip-hop-slash-rap alongside a lovely selection of scotch and bourbon.

10 pm SoulSkank @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Double K and Gramera on the decks and Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Trip the Night Fantastic 001 @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A night of dancing, disco, and debauchery with DJs Lisa De Lux, Cyclist, Mickey D, and Boots Boogie.

10 pm Beach Wave @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. DJs Nick Aoki, Adam Jackson, and Geoff Snack play rap music and more all night long.

10 pm Scissors @ Sazerac Lounge, 782 King St. W. Sexy house music for ladies who love ladies and their handsome friends. With DJs Fawn BC and Sokes. $5.

10 pm Pop Kult! @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. DJ Chris Malinchak (French Express, NYC) brings a deep, soulful, sun-drenched vibe to the dance floor. With Jesse Bryans (TO), and SaveMeBoots. $10 advance tickets (guaranteed entry) available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For $10 reduced guest list (subject to capacity), email names to guestlist@wearemansion.ca.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5.

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 Frequency Out of Control @ Bambi’s, 1279 Queen St. W. DJs Dinamo Azari, Tarantula X, and Ludwig Black invite you to expand your total self.

10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Scholar edition! The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin. Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, bee starts at 11 pm. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Queen Street West Sidewalk Sale @ Queen St. W., Osgoode Subway Station to Bathurst. Hit the Queen West sidewalks for great sales, fashion, food, and fun! Until 7 pm.

2 pm Static Zine’s Big Day of Fun @ Sky Blue Sky, 605 Bloor St. W. & Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. During the day (2 pm), compete in a city-wide scavenger hunt! (Meeting spot: Sky Blue Sky or TBD. Teams of two people for $5.) At night (10 pm), party like it’s 1999 and get all twitchy at midnight! (At the Magpie. 90’s and such until midnight, then spin the clock forward. PWYC.) All proceeds go towards funding Static Zine’s 5th issue.

4 pm Doing the Same: End of the Season @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Last BBQ of the summer. Last summer jams. With DJ it’smattlangille and guests. Until 8 pm.

6 pm “Soul Flight” Opening Reception @ Creatures Creating, 822 Dundas St. W. Fine artist April White showcases her new series from her art residency on the Toronto Islands. Accompanied by guest artist Susan Justin. Until 11 pm.

9 pm Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. Put your elbows down and your hands together! Each wrestler dukes it out to the tune of her own theme song and brings her posse as back up. Event is open to everyone and fake names and costumes are highly encouraged! Matches from 11 pm to 12:30 am with a party afterwards (pre-register online). 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 to wrestle, $10 to watch with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters, who has been making a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs.

10 pm Laytheseknight @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. It’s like Aaliyah and TLC are playing at your house party, except it’s at The Red Light, with DJs Famous Players and Patrick McGuire.

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 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 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 Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play open format from 10 to midnight followed by old school hip-hop from midnight to close. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Good Timin’ @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Back-to-squall bash, with special guest DJ Barry Spritzer, who recently returned home from a summer sailing in the Bahamas. Too slow to disco, too fast to lounge.

10 pm Guilty Treasures @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJ Andycapp presents an uninhibited jukebox mix of popular sing along funk, soul, disco, and various dance music through the ages.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Ring in the new school year and the last BWS of the summer in style! DJ Shane Percy makes his BWS debut and Andrew Johnston returns for a return engagement. Kimon’s in the photobooth. $5.

10 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Slo-mo tunes (115 BPM or less) with DJs Nadastrom, Thugli, Lucie Tic, C-L-A-S-S-A-C-T, and special guests. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 advance tickets available online. For reduced guestlist and table service, email allicia@ledewit.com.

10 pm Run The Line @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. DJs Sta and Cindy Li play the bestest in luxury rap, R&B space jams, and old school hip-hop classics. Plus, like, whatever else they want to play.

10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff and Rei Von play bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, trap, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (with 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 Kenny Hotz’ Annual TIFF Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. The annual Kenny Hotz (of Kenny vs. Spenny fame) TIFF party with special guest headliner Sandro Silva and support from Loud Luxury (EP Release Party), Matt Zanardo, and Trivedi. 4 AM LAST CALL. $15 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For guest list, email steven@thehoxton.ca.

11 pm Peer Pressure Presents: URULU @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. LA-based URULU plays unashamedly soulful, infectious, warm house music in its rawest and purest form. Peer Pressure residents A-Rock, Hatchmatik and Merk Meny make sure it’s a sweaty one. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Junction Flea @ The Junction, 2799 Dundas St. W. An outdoor flea market presented by SMASH and Russet&Empire featuring a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Check out their blog for vendor profiles. Last one of the summer! Until 4 pm.

12:30 pm Tranzac Record Fair @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. The Sunday afternoon record fair is back with a new location and a ton of new records! With everything from reggae and dancehall to jazz, soul, rock, and weirdo stuff. Beer on tap and a turntable to try before you buy. Until 5:30 pm.

9:30 pm Crosswires #29 @ 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 Doghat and Double Eyelid + 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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