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Toronto Hit List: Fundraising parties aplenty, Summer Jams, Absinthe Night, Becca Lemire Presents: Taiza & more!

April 13th-15th Feminist Porn Awards @ various locations. A celebration of women in the porn industry who make films that turn us on! More information at Good For Her

April 15th-17th The Green Living Show @ Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes Blvd. Canada’s largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle. 400+ exhibitors, demonstrations, presentations and activities Green Living Show. Runs Friday and Saturday 10 am-9 pm and Sunday 10 am-6 pm. $12.  

WEDNESDAY

10 am The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines & High Spirits @ The Bata Shoe Museum, Bloor St. W. Opening day for the new exhibition, which focuses on the wardrobe and widening horizons of the “New Woman” and looking at how cinema, speakeasies and world travel influenced fashionable footwear during the period. $14.  

6 pm Café Scientifique: The Cancer Network @ Duggan’s Brewery, 75 Victoria St. Looking at the disease, the patients and the researchers who are connecting the dots. Come for a drink, stay for the discussion. Until 8 pm.  

6:30 pm NOW Talks @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. NOW Magazine editor/publisher Michael Hollett talks to actor Woody Harrelson about the premiere of his new play, Bullet for Adolph, and summer movie, Friends With Benefits. $10. Tickets available online at NOW Talks or at the NOW office (189 Church St.). 

7:30 pm Pitchin’ Tents: The Ride To Conquer Cancer @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Fundraising in support of those living with cancer, their families and the memory of those we’ve lost. Team Sutherland/Stevens has joined the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of the Campbell Family Institute to raise funds to support life-saving cancer research and will leave Toronto on June 11th to ride 200 km to Niagara Falls – they’ve committed to raising $15,000 or more so help them out! DJs Mlle Bacon and Ruby Tuesday, a raffle, awesome prizes, free baked goods and donation boxes on hand. 

10 pm Used Up @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Cold, weird, smooth, post and space waves with guest DJ Brandon Sek.  

10 pm gloryhole @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. DJs Baller and Stephanie Muller play garage rock, punk rock, surf rock, dock rock, rap rock, r& rock, kid rock. Beer + shot for $5.50 till 11.  

THURSDAY

6:30 pm Rock & Bowl @ Bathurst Bolerama, 2788 Bathurst St. A 1950’s-themed bowling tournament to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto – dressing on theme highly encouraged. Retro music, prizes, photo booth and raffle! Check-in begins at 6:30, event runs from 7-10 pm. $25 ticket includes two games of ten-pin bowling, shoe rental and a classic diner-style meal. Tickets available at Event Brite

7:30 pm A Gutsy Affair @ Revival, 783 College St. An evening for mingling and dancing in search of a cure, presented by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (last year’s event raised over $9,000 to fund medical research into finding a cure for inflammatory bowel disease). Open martini bar, entertainment, hors d’eouvres, silent auctions, raffles, gift bags and dancing! $50 in advance here or $60 at the door (if available).  

8:30 pm We See You Japan @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Charitable event with all proceeds (plus a portion of bar sales) going to The Canadian Red Cross Society in support of relief efforts for the Japan Earthquake and Asia Pacific Tsunami. DJs Grouch, D Scratch and Lil Jaz + guests. Minimum $10 donation at the door.  

9 pm 100 Massey Pizza Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Free Pizza Gigi and Jager bombs while supplies last, swag and whiskey prize packs courtesy of Stussy Toronto and others! DJ Dan Argent playing rock n’ roll, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screening on loop and a “Make Your Own Pizza Shirt” art station upstairs. DJ Justin Czank playing hip-hop, pizza GIF projections by Patrick McGuire and dance party downstairs. Cheap drinks on both levels. $3.  

10 pm Fondle ‘Em Fridays @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. Fondle ‘Em moves to Thursday this week with DJ NV still spinning a mix of hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk, Motown, boogie, old-school, nu-school, 80’s-90’s classics and dancehall oldies.  

10:30 pm Dudebox Is For The Children @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dudebox is all about getting people drunk and bumping, playing bad music that girls like, paying for your lunch, getting friends to hook up with no regard for social controversy, maintaining a 6 to 1 girl-guy ratio and, most importantly, giving all proceeds from their events to various good causes. $5, with all proceeds going to War Child. 

FRIDAY

12 pm Sample Sale @ Burroughes Building (Suite 404), 639 Queen St. W. Two-day spring sample sale at blowout prices from Beckerman, Dean Davidson and Ashley Rowe! Friday from 12-8 pm and Saturday from 12-5 pm. Cash, credit card and cheque accepted.  

8 pm Help Japan: A Benefit Concert @ The Garrison, Dundas St. W. Performances by Toronto indie rockers Modernboys Moderngirls, Make Your Exit, The Elwins, HotKid and special guests! All proceeds will go to the Red Cross of Japan (via Red Cross of Canada). $5 minimum donation at the door.  

10 pm Summer Jams @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. Good Kids presents a new reoccurring party in celebration of the summer! Steve Rock and guests play hits and rarities from the 60’s to present, all genres as long as they scream summer. 

10 pm Girl & Boy 90’s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs The Simpsons and Swingers Movie spin all your favourite 90’s pop, hip-hop, dance, rock and indie hits. Free before 11 pm with student I.D., $5 after.  

10 pm Absinthe Night @ Lot 16, 1136 Queen St. W. Serving four brands of real absinthe from around the world (starting at $10.75) using both the traditional water ritual (from a slow-drip fountain) and the popular bohemian fire ritual. Music by The Positronics and a screening of films by Russ Meyer.  

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #51 @ Revival, 783 College St. Hundreds of songs to choose from in their ever-growing catalogue of rap classics. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. 

10 pm Fancy Pants @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. The anti-party dance party with a clusterfuck of music selections by DJs The Whole Man, Home Rekha and Lillith Z. Cheap Red Cap and 50 and a projector playing stuff.  

11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Get learned with DJs Fase and special guest Kariz. Hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, reggae and rock. $5 with RSVP

SATURDAY

2 pm “Fluid” Opening Reception @ Telephone Booth Gallery, 3148 Dundas St. W. “Emily Schaefer combines poured, abstracted shapes on a solid impenetrable background, often with a build up of material. Her intense, minimalist paintings capitalize on the smooth fluidity of the paint, with strong contrasts in colour and surface. Persistent themes in Thomas’s work include restlessness, anticipation and that which is unknown or unknowable.”  

10 pm The Loft @ Hotel Ocho, 193 Spadina Ave. DJ Paul Revered plays danceable soul and deep house music in an intimate loft atmosphere.  

10 pm Taiza @ Motel, 1235 Queen St. W. Our very own Becca Lemire presents an all-vinyl space-disco inferno by otherworldly DJ duo Taiza. 100% homemade beef jerky for eating, hot-as-mars photobooth and vibin’ tunes!  

10 pm Bang The Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. DFA Records tribute party downstairs with classic tracks from The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Juan Mclean, Holy Ghost and many more from the roster courtesy of DJs Andycapp and Rod Skimmins. Instinct DJs Jeremy Glenn and Brian Smiley upstairs. $4 Jameson, Jag and Jim Beam shots, $4 bottle beers and $13 pitchers. $5.  

10 pm Spin The Bottle @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A throwback to the parents’ basement days! Ginwuine, R. Kelly, Next, Jagged Edge and Destiny’s Child for the lovers; Jay-Z, DMX, Wu Tang, Dr. Dre and Three 6 Mafia for the boys in Ecko; Nelly, Ludacris, Mystikal, Trina and Hot Boy for the ass-shakers.  

10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. School’s Out Edition! Slow, weird, happy, fun music to dance to including the likes of Daft Punk, Bran Van 3000, The Crystals, Etta James, Blondie and many, many more. 

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. 60’s pop and rock n’ roll + Motown + soul with lady DJ duo Bangs & Blush. $5. 

10 pm Strictly Business One Year Anniversary @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Help celebrate Strictly Business’ first birthday with a monster jammy-jam! Classic hip-hop and R&B with DJ Serious and DJ Numeric on the console. 

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A format-free dance party where all genres, all styles and all peoples are welcome! 

10 pm Low Lyfe @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Jamie Sin, Ian Worang and Greg Ipp play records for your enjoyment. 

10:30 pm Blakk & Whyte @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Black and white-themed night! Hot house and electro provided by DJs Dick Diamonds, Kowall, Durt Stash and Adu + black lights to make you glow + free shooter of black and white Jangle Jang for first 50 people before 11:30 pm. Free before midnight, $5 after.  

SUNDAY

11 am Creative Heart Collective @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. A Spring-themed show and sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers focusing on indie arts and crafts (stationary, cards, toys, small sized artwork), fashionable gifts (jewellery, accessories), homemade food (baked goods, preserves), DIY, apparel and vintage. PWYC ($2 suggested donation) with door proceeds going to the non-profit organization The Corsage Project. 

6 pm Game On! @ Paintlounge, 3603 Highway 7 E., Unit 106 (Markham). Paintlounge teams up with Wood for Sheep to host their first game night! Bring your favourite board game or Wood for Sheep’s Nate and Steve will be on site to teach you to play the featured games of the night, which include Dixit (like the game “Apples to Apples” but with picture cards), a la carte (try to “cook” different recipes), Dominion (a card game where you try try to construct a deck or “kingdom”), Bang! The Bullet (like the game “Mafia” but you play different roles in a western theme) and Lemmings Mafia (try to guess which coloured lemming will fall off the pier first. Free! Until 10:30 pm.  

7 pm The Iron Giant @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. The heartening animated film about a young boy in the late 1950’s and his giant robot from outer space. $8.

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  1. Steve Rock
    April 13, 2011

    Becca’s Party is gonna rule so hard.

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