October 10th-14th Indie Week Canada @ various locations. 175+ bands, 16+ venues, 5 nights, music industry panels, demo listening sessions, digital media panels, secret shows with feature artists, 4 am last call parties, afternoon parties + BBQs swag giveaways, and more! $40 wristbands available online.
October 13th-14th Toronto Garlic Festival @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. Garlic lovers, growers, and chefs will gather to celebrate the delicious versatility of Ontario garlic via signature dishes, cooking demonstrations for both adults and kids, and informative talks. With prepared foods for vegetarians, meat lovers, raw foodies, locavores, beer and wine connoisseurs, and those with a sweet tooth, notable chefs and local establishments will slice, dice, crush, and sauté the finest garlic Ontario has to offer. $10.
8 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts.
8:30 pm “Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk” Launch Party @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. Join ECW Press in launching “Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk.” Author Sam Sutherland in conversation with Damian Abraham of Fucked Up. Followed by a secret late-night performance from a classic Canadian punk band. Classic punk spinning all night.
10 pm I’m With the Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, musicians from Toronto’s Fuzzy Logic Recordings DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, it’s Daniel Werb (Grapes Godly/Woodhands) and Daniel Girard (The Taste).
10 pm The Sophisticated Boom-Boom @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Kenny Murphy offers free caricatures all night long + live music by Brandon Barraclough + vinyl dance party!
6 pm “Permanent Demand” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. A three-person exhibition from artists Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris, ‘Permanent Demand’ “explores the impact consumer culture has on society and the idea of art as commodity. Subjects tackled include wealth and social structures, luxury goods and real estate, politics and products. While each artist works in a very different style, a dialogue between the three exists through shared cultural influences of a generation. This exhibition will feature an accompanying catalogue available in a limited edition.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until November 3rd.
6 pm “Swoon” Opening Reception @ Neubacher Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock Ave. “Katie Pretti says she feels like a ghost. Being in transit can have that effect of a person. A Tibetan might call it a bardo, a place between death and birth. Sometimes people don’t even know they’re dead and they keep walking around, enacting their daily routines, but they have no body. They no longer have any real connection to what they still believe is their life. It’s very confusing for them. This collection of new work, created between L.A. and Toronto, created in transit, is about such confusion.” Until 10 pm. Exhibiton runs until November 24th.
7 pm Toronto Bike Awards @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. The City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto, and Bikes Without Borders bring together some of the biggest names in the Toronto Cycling community as well as local businesses that support cycling in the city to celebrate and honour their achievements. Featuring live contests, art and silent auctions, and special guests The Lemon Bucket Orkestra. $10 at the door or $5 for Cycle Toronto and Bixi members, with all proceeds supporting the work of Bikes Without Borders, a global non-profit organization dedicated to using bikes as tools for development in marginalized communities.
8 pm Paws Gala 2012 @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. This year’s gala features Instagram sensation Theron Humphrey (@ThisWildIdea) + his coonhound Maddie, music by Summer Fling and DJ P-Plus of Flow 93.5, and more surprises. $100 tickets available online, with proceeds going to the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic’s (CTVRC) Cares Foundation to help subsidize life-saving surgery costs. In addition, funds raised will also go toward the Chloe Award – which has been presented to Francesca Di-mauro, an outstanding University of Guelph veterinary student who has excelled in the area of canine critical care.
10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Odessa and Pammm play psych, glam, mod, and rock n’ roll tunes in the front room. 4 AM LAST CALL.
10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Resident DJ Andy Capp plays music with a strong emphasis on understated, mellow dynamics, and relaxed tempos and rhythm.
10 pm Beats & Pieces @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Def jams provided by DJ Numeric and Mantis. Hip-hop, funk, soul, and other audible treats.
10 pm Treat Em Right @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ RyFi treats you right with hip-hop, soul, RnB, and reggae.
5 pm One Night Stand @ 109OZ, 109 Ossington Ave. 69 Vintage presents a vintage fashion market and party! Boutiques include Penny Arcade, Armed, Magwood , Bridge and Bardot, Life of Manek, Philistine, Pretty Freedom, Tomorrow Never Knows, Miracle Thieves, 69 Vintage, and Etsy. Independents include Diptypch, Monday’s Child, Forget Me Not, Chanel + Sofia, Flora & Millicent, Stacked, Lil Pony, Lacey Surprise, reh x jahyu, Mahban, and Shades of Coco. Catered by Parts + Labour. Music by Travis Richel. Cash only.
6 pm “Menukind: New Iron Men Paintings” Opening Reception @ 3148 Telephone Booth Gallery, Dundas St. W. “The Iron Men have been painting together since 2005. The creation of their works is an act of continual, consensual critique, with each of the artists taking the suggestions and actions of the other two seriously until some mutual agreement is attained – which brings the work to its final form. The Iron Men work midway between the realms of abstraction and the generation of raw, gritty paintings often built upon strongly realized shapes or images –usually reinforced by spontaneous applications of text.” Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until November 10th.
8 pm Bad Day Issue 14 Launch @ Tomorrow / Yesterday, 163 Sterling Rd. The release of Bad Day magazine’s Issue 14 featuring: Agnès B., Roman Coppola, Francis Upritchard, Whit Stillman, Venus X
d’Eon, Eunice Lee, and Sam de Groot. With editorials by Jason Nocito and Leonard Greco and a portfolio by Michael Schmelling. Music by CFCF (Montréal, Acéphale).
9 pm 7th Annual Grindhouse Ghoulies @ Projection Booth Metro, 677 Bloor St. W. “History: Back in the 60s and early 70s, when the burlesque phenomenon was dying, the Golden Age of ‘Grind’ Cinema was born. Shot on the cheap, these sleazy films were screened between the live bump ‘n grind girlies in the strip clubs. When burlesque went fully nude and elsewhere, these movies continued in the old theatres where the name ‘Grindhouse’ lived on, even after the last g-string flew!” Special guests include Toronto’s burlesque darlings, The Harlettes, and International Strip Search Winner 2012, Eve of Destruction performing a brand new commissioned act. Hosted by The Great Canadian Wolfman and Sexy Mark Brown. $20 advance tickets available at Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen St. W.), Nearly Naked (920 Queen St. W.), online. $25 at the door.
10 pm MurderBoner!20 @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ ItsMattLangille plays new progressive rap music all night long.
10 pm 90s Party: Wayne’s World Edition @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. 90s Party is going back to the basement of Wayne Campbell’s house in Aurora, Illinois where they’ll be filming an episode of Wayne’s World! Wayne and Garth will host from their couches on stage. Come in your best 90s wear or dress as a 90s character or celebrity (think Wayne’s World, Saved by the Bell, 90210, Fresh Prince, Full House, House Party, Married with Children, or every Clueless outfit ever). Free Wayne’s World shirts for the first 50 people, surprise spotlight slow dances, $1 vodka jello shots ALL NIGHT LONG, 90s-themed costume contest for cash ($200!) and drink prizes. With DJs Caff and Fawn BC. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm (ALT)Night: Get Le’id @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. (ALT)Night keeps the vibe of summer alive! Hawaiian shirts? YES PLEASE WEAR ‘EM! And they’ll have Leis for you to complete the assemble. DJ Dislexia on decks with surf rock, disco, house, 80’s/90’s, guilt, and anything else to get you shakin’ those hips. Drink specials from 8 to 10 pm (drunk feet dance better).
10 pm Dudey Free by Dudebox @ Academy of Lions, 64 Ossington Ave. A one-night-only bar, organized by Dudebox, for you. And your friend. It’s number 2 in a 3-part series of events to raise money for Manifesto. Sponsored by TAG Vodka and Steamwhistle. Dudebox says, “Drinks will be cheap, music will be exactly what you want almost the entire time, and it’s definitely the third coolest thing you can do on the 12th. Which, if you think about it, is even cooler cause you can be like, ‘ya I was gonna go do that thing at that gallery, but I went to this charity party instead and didn’t even get pregnant.’” Free!
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! 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s… all the music you know and secretly love. $5.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Djs Diana and Jaime Sin play Italo, synthpop, and indie dance tunes. Horror soundtracks. Claudio Simonetti. Spooks in Space screaming in your eardrums.
10 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Slo-mo tunes (115 BPM or less) with DJs A Tribe Called Red, Caballo, and Lucie Tic. $10 advance tickets available online. For reduced guestlist and table service, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Floored @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Fathom and crew play hip-hop, funk, groove, and dance hits. Expect breakdancing!
10 pm Funkin’ It Up: 1 Year Anniversary @ No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St. DJs Skank Honto and Splattermonkey celebrate a year of Funkin’ It Up! Classic funk, nu-funk, ghetto funk, afro funk, funky hip-hop, funky breaks, etc.
10 pm Phazed / Trap Gold @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. Downstairs, join DJs kungfucandy and TFHouse for a night of good music and good company. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.
10:30 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Fashion ShowHER Edition! DJs Produzentin, Birthright, and OMGBLOG.com know what you need. “You need a fashion shower. Why? Because we love it.” $2.50 drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email email@example.com. $5.
11 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 Shit La Merde, Coolin Cregg, Andrew Wilson, and residents Famous Players. $10.
10 am Drake Fall Market @ The Drake Café Patio, 1150 Queen St. W. From baked goodies to treasures from local vendors and the “freecycle” table, the Drake Fall Market is the most fun way to enjoy the neighbourhood! Until 4 pm.
7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $75 goes to the best performance of the night – sign-up starts at 7:30 pm. $5.
7 pm Pumpkin Carving Hellraiser @ The White House Studio Project, 277.5 Augusta Ave. Fundraiser for Ghost Hole IV and The White House Studio Project. Bring your own pumpkin or buy a pumpkin (limited pumpkins for sale). Cheap drinks for sale + specialty Halloween treats (drunk gummy bears and fresh roasted pumpkin seeds). Horror movie screenings curated by Calgary’s Brandon A. Dalmer and a dance party at 11 pm with DJ Dodgy Disco spinning funky post-disco pre-house vinyl to get you dancing. Pumpkin smashing in Murder Park at the end of the night. Donation entry.
10 pm Run The Line @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. DJ Sta and special guest DJ Stew Innes play rap + whatever else they decide to play.
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 Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric present another classic hip-hop schooling session! 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 Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove. $10. For reduced guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Alvin Risk @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Singer and producer Alvin Risk’s talents have earned him instant recognition amongst the dance music Illuminati. Since posting his first songs just months ago, he has already garnered support from artists like Skrillex, Designer Drugs, and Steve Aoki, even featuring in Pendulum’s BBC Radio One Essential Mix. Supporting set by Lance Romance. $15 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.
10 pm Goldroom @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Born out of Los Angeles synthpop trio NightWaves, Goldroom is Josh Legg’s solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in L.A. $10 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
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 Myth Paradise Music @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Music selections from DJs Todd, Nep, and Aman. Staying faithful to the sounds of Saturn and Detroit.
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff, Rei Von, and Ron Artest play 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 Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. A beautiful celebration of all things Fall! DJs Alessandro and Sammy spin all night long. (Gilles Ben) Kimon makes all your photo dreams come true. Arianne brings her fab style at the door. $5.
10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Codeine techno, hypno house, and subterranean atmosphere with DJ Andrew Ross.
10 pm Turnt Up @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Dirty South Edition! Rap, trap, 90’s, and RnB played for you by DJs Bass6, Combo, and Romeo. $10.
10 pm Knifey Spoony Disco Club @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Local kangaroo/disc jockey, El Devine, hammers you with classic party jams until you end up Down Under! Nothing but the best golden era hip-hop, stompin’ 80s mashups, and groovy soul singalongs ’til late! Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Bath Salts @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Happy party vibes with audio selections by A.Kammerer and John M. Techno, house, electro, juke, and booty bass. $3 or free with costume.
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.
9:30 pm Crosswires #34 @ 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 Young Doctors In Love, Omhouse, and MPSO + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.
10 pm The Lost Levels: Monster Mash @ Crawford, 718 College St. After a day of FRIGHT seeing, descend upon Crawford to SHRIEK and destroy at The Lost Levels for EXCREAM gaming fun! Two massive screens of gaming, spooky drink specials and all your favourite horror and video game tunes!
10 pm Episode Trill-Eon @ Sweaty Betty’s, 13 Ossington Ave. DJ Narlino plays hip-hop.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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