Toronto Hit List: Goin’ Steady, Bad Taste, Doors Open Toronto, Pedestrian Sundays & more!

May 27th-28th Take Off Your Clothes @ Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre, 155 Crawford St. Buy your $10 ticket, bag and fold any unwanted (clean) clothing, drop off your clothing before the event at one of the locations and get ready to swap! Runs Friday, 5 to 8 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. 

May 27th-28th More Than Just A Yardage Sale @ Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave. An annual fundraising sale of fine fabrics, beads, buttons, patterns and more! Held in the parking lot adjacent to the TMC. Runs Friday, 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm.  

May 27th-29th The Clothing Show @ Queen Elizabeth Building (Exhibition Place), 200 Princes’ Blvd. Over 300 booths featuring local designers, streetwear, vintage and sample sections, a fashion photography contest and runway shows highlighting established and emerging designers’ new collections. Runs Friday, 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. $10 for adults.

May 28th-29th Doors Open Toronto @ various locations. Close to 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public for free. This year’s theme is photography

WEDNESDAY 

1 pm Open Doors @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. A curated exhibition of photography and paintings celebrating our city’s urban landscape and architecture as part of Doors Open Toronto. Runs until June 5th. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 6 pm.  

10 pm Heaven’s Gate @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Obscure, 80’s, minimal synth, weirdness. 

10 pm HumbleMania XX @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Acoustic Performance by Christina Maria, World Premiere of Live In Bellwoods with Michou and special guest DJs Nick W. from the B-Squad and Luke Lalonde from the B-Ruffians.  

THURSDAY 

7 pm Vintage Snob: A Style Speakeasy @ LAB Consignment/Silver Falls/CHOSEN, 15 Ossington Ave. An evening inspired by the days of retro glam, bee-stung lips and secret parlours! Guests can look forward to a fashion show covering fashion’s most celebrated eras from the glam 40’s to the neon 90’s, getting styled head-to-toe by the founders of LAB Consignment, Silver Falls Vintage and CHOSEN, snacking on retro cupcakes, bottles of Steam Whistle on the patio and vintage-inspired gift bags. $10 tickets available online at Frugal Fashion Week

8 pm Charms @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. 2 sets of deep-drawn folk/backyard music with the trio of Jessica Moore, Gabe Levine and Dan Gaucher. PWYC ($5-$10 suggested). 

8 pm Art House Sessions @ The Mascot, 1267 Queen St. W. Featuring the striking, whimsical and darkly humorous artwork of Toronto’s Julia Hepburn, an acoustic performance by Make Your Exit and money being raised for Cup For Education, a non-profit dedicated to assisting poor, rural coffee communities in Central and Latin America build schools. 

9:15 A Clockwork Orange @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel about the charismatic and psychopathic Alex, his gang of thugs and their horrific crime spree. $10. 

10 pm Ready Steady Go! @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. DJ Misty plays all your favourite punk, soul and rock n’ roll hits! 

10 pm RAG: One A Month @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A monthly event focusing on female-fronted rock from the likes of Bikini Kill, Patti Smith, Hole, L7, the Runaways and so much more. 

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Jaime Sin and Pamm play indie rock and indie pop from all the eras.  

10 pm DJ Plan & DJ O-God @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. Mixin’ and switchin’ genres all night. $3 mixed drinks, $4 pints and music for errybody. 

FRIDAY 

7 pm “Photrospective” Opening @ Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. A photography exhibition exploring human reactions when entering new spaces and the 25 perspectives that are formed as the result of the encounter between humans and photography. 200+ photographs, live music, a photo-market and refreshments. Until 2 am.  

8 pm A Toast to Freedom @ The Art of Cheese, 925 Kingston Rd. Wine and cheese tastings, live music and door prizes to raise funds and awareness for Amnesty’s campaign to stop violence against women. $30 a couple, email Bill at info@theartofcheese.ca to reserve your tickets. 

10 pm I Know You Care @ Crawford, 718 College St. A night of funk, disco and house with DJ Boots Boogie and special guest James Redi. 

10 pm Lemonade @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. “One part tart, one part sweet, pucker those lips, and grind to the beat.” Summer jams all night long! Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

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 goinsteady@gmail.com for $5 guest list. 

10 pm Dance Armstrong @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Music for winners! Songs that make you want to dance like you’ve won. And won big. $5. 

10 pm Savvy Records Release Party @ Sleeping Giant Gallery, 789 Dundas St. W. Savvy Records is back with their second release, Orange Jews, and wants you to get dumb with them like it’s 1999 BC. With DJs Myles Smith, Shit La Merde, Discrete and Brandon Sek. $5. 

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Floor-filling music bound to make you dance, smile and holler brought to you by DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs and special guest Drastik. $10. 

SATURDAY 

Yard Sale For A Cure @ various locations. Shop or host a yard sale in support of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Find a yard sale near you

12 pm Healing Power Picnic @ South Humber Park, Etobicoke. From noon to sundown, musicians and DJs gather in celebration of music and food. Bring snacks to share/trade and grillables for a possible BBQ. $5 donation goes towards the artists and rental fees. 

4 pm IGGSTOCK @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. “The story of a group of small town Canadians too young to go to Woodstock who in 1981 decide to start their own music festival. This feature length documentary uncovers the genesis and evolution of IGGSTOCK and its key founders, performers and artists, tracing the 25 year history of this remote Ontario D.I.Y. music festival back to a simpler time and space, a manifestation of the ‘back to the land’ hippie movement combined with 80’s counter-cultural ideals.” PWYC ($8 suggested). 

8 pm Live At The Royal Presents: Abbamania @ The Royal, 608 College St. A preview of Toronto’s only off-Broadway style theatre featuring Abbamania with a Bee Gee’s tribute and a 70’s costume contest with prizes for the audience. $39 at ticketbreak.com and Soundscapes, with a portion of proceeds going to the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.  

9 pm 107 Shaw Farewell Party @ 107 Shaw Gallery, 107 Shaw St. The gallery celebrates their last little party with bands, DJs and beers. They’ll be taking over the alley ways and deserted store fronts (hint, hint).  

10 pm Religious Material @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Scott Cudmore plays classic party hits from the 50’s and 60’s, frm rock n’ roll to soul to gospel to R&B. Spiritual drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Songs: A Dance Party @ Tiger Bar (basement of Crown & Tiger), 414 College St. The biggest and sweatiest Dance Party yet featuring Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning on the ones and twos! Bobby Kimbereley picks the jams before and after. $5. 

10 pm Pyramid Club IV @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ, producer and Washington native Jacques Renault, Members Only, Filthy Gorgeous and Nasty Nav. $12.50 advance tickets at Rotate This and Soundscapes. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com

10 pm Grand Funk / Bad Taste @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. DJ Reverend Throwdown plays funk hits upstairs at Grand Funk while gully rap music takes over the basement at Bad Taste. Cheap drinks all over the place. Free before 11 pm, $5 after for both parties. 

10 pm Greazy @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Matt Mclaren, Chris Cummings and Maylee Todd play disco, funk, soul, tropicalia and psyche fight vinyl selections. 

10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist, Famous Lee and Grown N’ Soulstress present a boogie funk dance party. 

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.  

11 pm Lipstick, Cherry @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Pammm and Pat Lok host a crazy, sweaty night of dance! Electro-house, disco not disco, punk funk, new wave and visuals mixed live by the Blacklight Association of Canada. $10. 

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.  

SUNDAY 

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays: Art Hop @ Kensington Market. The first Pedestrian Sunday of the year! The studios and galleries of the Market will be throwing open their doors to the public for an opportunity to meet local artists and curators, take part in a workshop, or take home a piece of work. Until 6 pm.  

1 pm The Brewery Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Learn about, try and meet the people behind the best beer Ontario has to offer! Featured brewery will be Flying Monkeys of Barrie. Drop by any time between 1 and 5 pm.  

1 pm Toronto Girls’ Cupcake Ride @ Dlish, 833 Queen St. W. Meet at Dlish, enjoy a ride through Trinity Bellwoods and eventually end up at Bunner’s Bakery at 3054 Dundas St. W. For Ride Rules and to RSVP, check out the Facebook event page.

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