Toronto Hit List: Halloween Trivia Night, Scary-oke, Thriller Halloween Workshop & SO MANY HALLOWEEN PARTIES!

October 28th-31st The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. Toronto shadow cast “Excited Mental State” performs The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Surprises, excitement and contests at every show! Show runs Friday at 11:59 pm, Saturday at 9:30 pm and Monday at 7 and 9:30 pm.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Elton John Karaoke Night @ The Gladstone Hotel Gallery Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. An evening of Elton John karaoke, celebrating the Toronto performance of Love Lies Bleeding (November 8th to 12th). First 50 people in will win a ticket to a performance and the top three performances of the night will receive a pair of tickets to opening night. Event is subject to capacity, RSVP to rsvp@rockitpromo.com.

8 pm Press Pass: Hosted by ArtStars* @ Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. With her trusty German Press Pass, ArtStars* Nadja Sayej got into the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, rode a ship from Tallinn to Helsinki and dodged security to interview John Waters at the Venice Biennale. She’d be more than happy to share on the behind-the-scenes tales of the European foreign correspondent trenches. Just stop on by!

8 pm Art Social @ Watusi, 110 Ossington Ave. The debut of Mu-zeem.com, an exciting new Canadian social network for emerging artists and the people who love their work. Featuring 500 original pieces from local emerging artists and painting stations for your creative pleasure. First 100 people get a free drink ticket. Space is limited, RSVP to info@muzeem.com.

THURSDAY

12 pm “Guilty Pleasures” Exhibit Opening @ The Gladstone Hotel, (room 204), 1214 Queen St. W. “In his recent work Timothy Laurin uses his large collection of 1950s and 1960s figurines and mementos to explore the symbolism of kitsch through the genre of still life.” Until 10 pm.

6 pm OTM+Lomography Present: Depict T.O. @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Seven analogue photographers visually captured their personal relationship with Toronto through the lens of a Lomography camera. Curated by OTM, each photographer was encouraged to offer us new perspectives and challenge our conventional depictions of Toronto. DJ Set by House of Young Empires. Until 10 pm.

6:45 pm Paws for the Cause Gala 2011 @ Airship 37, 37 Parliament St. The second annual #PawsGala returns once again putting dogs front and center on the catwalk. Featuring the work of designer Philip Sparks, Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club) as guest DJ and hosted by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli and fashion producer Angie Smith. $99 tickets available online.

8 pm Halloween Trivia Night @ The Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. Trivia questions will be based on one singular theme: g-g-g-g-g-ghosts (and other dead things)! $10 per team, with a max of six living people per team. Costumed encouraged, with a prize for best costumed team.

10 pm Scary-oke @ The Henhouse, 1566 Dundas St. W. Chad Krueger (sic) presents: A Very Scary-oke Cock Rock Edition. Basically, anything cock or anything that influenced the cock goes. Featuring special guest Chad Krueger (sic). Come dressed as your favourite singer or as yourself!

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Jaime Sin and Pammm play indie pop, college rock and campus radio jams.

11 pm Trapped Under Ice After Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Vikki Minaj and ghettogoldmatt + lots of hip-hop.

10 pm RAG Once A Month @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Have a bloody good time listening to a heavy flow of girl rock anthems from Bikini Kill, Patti Smith, Hole, L7, Pretenders, the Runaways and more.

FRIDAY

7:30 pm Ghost Hole III Performance/Video @ 214 Augusta Ave., back courtyard.  A night of performance and video works curated by the Whitehouse, Whippersnapper Gallery and VSVSVS. Rituals and sacraments abound, be prepared to be moved, scared and edified. Cash bar. See Full Program here. $10 with costume and $15 without, with all proceeds going towards the three local artist-run centres.

8:30 pm Grinderhouse Halloween Party @ Projection Booth, 1035 Gerrard St. E. The Toronto premiere of Grinderhouse films The Millenium Bug and Bong of the Dead + music, prizes and more. $14.

9 pm Halloween Party @ Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst St. With DJs Simon Jain, O-God, Gidget, Deebo&JRoc, Jay Sea and surprise guests; $5 drinks including Jager, Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire, Skyy Vodka, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and an unlimited supply of Amsterdam beer. Best costume wins a keg of Amsterdam beer courtesy of Amsterdam Brewery! For $20 tickets (earlybird specials in effect) email tickets@electricityevents.com or call Kevin (647) 291-3979, JT (416) 558-2720 or Keith (416) 997-5130.

9 pm Trick R’ Treat All Ages Halloween @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Featuring a full haunted house, laser and light show, free candy from the haunted candy shop, prizes for best and sexy costume and more! $20 tickets available online.

10 pm Shindig! Presents… Zombie Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dom Servini makes his way from London, England to grace the decks with a fistful of original R&B, titty shakers and 60’s soul 45s. With resident selectors General Eclectic, Double K and Splattermonkey. Theme is greaser and soc zombies from the 50’s and 60’s. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Dance Armstrong @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Songs that make you want to dance like you’ve won. And won big. Anything and everything from Gorillaz to Bowie, Hot Chip to Jay-Z, Paul Simon to The Stone Roses, The Beatles to Postal Service to Digable Planets. And probably Hall and Oates. Only the most victorious of songs! $5.

10 pm Bad Table Manners @ Crawford, 718 College St. D-Rakkas from the South Rakkas Crew (known for linking up artists like Diplo and ’N Sync, Deerhoof and Elephant Man, Tricky and Michael Jackson, and M.I.A. and Thom Yorke) spins + sets by Lucky ’Lo, Adam Jackson, Marco Orlic and Patrick McGuire. Email guestlist@themansioninc.com with the subject Bad Table Manners for $5 guestlist before midnight.

10 pm Rock the Fuck Out Friday @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Expect to hear everything from The Ramones to QOTSA to Pixies to Jay-Z with a side of M.I.A. and Kanye. Drink specials include $4 PBRs, $4 Jameson or Jack shots, $5 pints, $7 PBR + shot of Jager, $10 pitchers and $10 mini mixed drink pitchers. Best costume wins a killer bar tab!

10 pm Phantom of the Hoxton @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Get spooked! With DJs The F.A.M. and Lazy Ray. $10.

10 pm The Zodiacs Present: Scorpio Morphio @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Bump n’ grind in your most creative costumes to 90’s hip-hop and R&B favs. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm A Friday Halloween Nightmare @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Horror films’ most memorable death scenes accompanied by rock n’ roll, soul, reggae, rap and psychedelia. Tunes by Matt Mclaren and Diego Bergia.

11 pm Itzsoweezee: Halloween Edition @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! With DJs Tom Wrecks and Demille. For guestlist line bypass (closes at midnight) email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com. $10.

11 pm Muttonhead Presents: Room Temperature @ Muttonhead, 163 Sterling Rd., studio 9B. Featuring a haunted house, costume contest (with a category for Best General Grievous Costume), disturbed disco and poltergeist pop music!

SATURDAY

10 am Absolutely Vintage & More Sale @ Maple Cottage, 62 Laing St. Women’s and men’s clothing, costume jewellery, accessories, textiles and more from the 1890s to the 1970s, carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates. Until 5 pm.

7 pm Vintage ArtStars* DVD Launch @ The Gladstone Hotel (second floor), 1214 Queen St. W. “From gallery-going to gala-busting, this legendary art criticism vlog led by Gonzo journalist Nadja Sayej took Toronto by storm with epic episodes featuring Bruce LaBruce, Richard Kern, Peaches and many, many more! From the humble first episode to the more explosive, controversial interviews, and beyond, this is Vintage ArtStars* at its best – the true episodes that came to define the contemporary art travel show that now trots the world.” Volume 1: The Toronto Years, 2009-2010 limited edition DVDs are $20 each. $5.

8 pm Forgetus Scared Stupid @ Forgetus Collective, 163 Sterling Rd., Unit 29. Spooky projections, scary punch, ghoulishly decorated rooms, horrifying flicks, sweet sweet candy, cheap beer, fog machine, glory hole with real wet orifice and costume prizes for best costume, best meme-theme, best couple/group, most creative, most cumbersome and most poorly executed ‘Drive’ costume. DJs are Members Only and CiDyAnSi. $5.

8:30 pm Good Kids Halloween Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. 1:00 am costume contest, shirt giveaways, candy, tricks and treats, and DJs SavemeBoots and mystery guests spinning. Free all night!

9 pm Smithfits Halloween @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. New wave, Brit-pop and punk with DJs Mark Pesci, Scott Wade, Scott Waring and Demanda (Spike from Degrassi). Both floors after midnight. $10.

9 pm Goin’ Steady Monster Mash @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. The Goin’ Steady DJs team up with Jeff Garcia, Andrew Zukerman and the Exploding Motor Car Collective to transform Lee’s into a frightening array of spooky projections and multimedia mayhem! Monster bop, uptempo doo wop, greasy RnB, horror hop, pre-soul bangers, surf, bloody holly, twang, country boogie men, rockabilly, ghoul groups, primitive rock n’ roll, Italo-rock, Cambodian swing, Bollywood, latin shakers and more. $10 at the door all night.

9 pm Disco of the Dead @ Wrongbar, 1566 Queen St. W. Sets by DJs Annie Mac (BBC Radio UK), Filthy Gorgeous and Lucie Tic. $15 limited earlybird tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and online.

9 pm Panic Halloween Retro Party @ Nocturne, 550 Queen St. W. A spooktacular evening of retro music and retro costumes! Featuring two rooms of music, a contest for best retro-themed costume (80’s/90’s). UV Reactive Halloween retro decor, horror movie projections and retro candy. Zone 1 = the kind of retro that changed your life (80’s and 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, Brit-pop, dance shoegazer, post-punk, synth pioneers, etc.) while Zone 2 = retro cheese and guilty pleasures. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

9 pm Get Your Freak On @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. DJs Ted Dancin’ and Numeric play the spookiest tracks to make you burn up the dance floor. Costumes mandatory! $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.

9 pm Burroughes Haunted Mansion @ Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W. A Halloween scare affair at one of Toronto’s spookiest venues! With DJs Rob Friday, Rouge, Feddy Haze, Mikky Eriksen, Richy Time and Tibi. $25 earlybird tickets available online.

9 pm Haunted Harem Burlesque @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. A spooky, sexy, all-night-long burlesque party starring Raymi The Minx, Jasmine Valentine, Red Velvet and Paddy Cakes. Music by DJ Candy-O. $5.

9 pm Gypsy Fade Halloween Party @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Celebrate Halloween with free palm readings by Madame Rosa (between 10 pm and midnight) and music by Lauren Raham. Costumes encouraged!

9:30 pm Halloween House of Horrors @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Indie, rock, rap, punk and pop with DJs Scott Cudmore, Shit La Merde and Jilly Botting. Prizes for best costumes, door prizes for the first 50, tricks and treats, spooky projections and more! $5 with costume, $8 without.

9:30 pm Taiza! Boo! @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ duo Taiza play fine exotic disco, hip hop be bop, scream n’ shout rock n’ roll, electrifying electro, casio dub and Halloween’s greatest hits! Prizes and an exclusive holiday shooter: Bloody Motherfucker.

10 pm The Gillespie Brothers Halloween Rager @ 9 Davies Ave. (Queen St. E.), suite 207-A. The Gillespie Brothers are scaring up some good times with the help of their ghoulish friends Pooyan and Ali Black. They go late! $5 with costume, $10 without.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll’s Halloween Hop @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush are spooked to bring you their best Halloween party yet! With loads of surprises, including a costume contest and party photos taken by our own Becca Lemire. 60’s soul and rock n’ roll all night deep into the witching hour! $5.

10 pm Lick A Shot Halloween @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Millennium-era party music, with a strong focus on all things Hypnotize Minds and murderous/occult. With your Monster Squad Geoff Snack, Andrew Roti and 84.85.

10 pm Hollawayne @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, R&B, soul, Bollywood, afrobeat, Motown, funk and thriller with DJs Manila Ice and Turfmayne. Costumes preferred!

10 pm The Haunted Mansion @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Great Hall is transformed into The Grave Hall for 800+ of Toronto’s stylish and fun young professionals! Featuring Daft Punk Tribute Band, D!GGY The DJ (of Down With Webster) and DJ Vaneska. $30 earlybird tickets availableonline and $35 advanced tickets available at Soundscapes.

10 pm Love Handle: 80’s Halloween Edition @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Time to get that jheri curl juice ready and your eye patch ironed, ’cause Love Handle is playing classic boogie funk and R&B from the 80’s, all on vinyl. Prizes for best 80’s-inspired costume!

10 pm Demons: A Halloween Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Come dance with the devil. Choose your substances wisely, there may be things your not ready to see. Free with costume, $5 without.

10 pm Halloween Saturday @ The Barn, 418 Church St. Three floors of haunted house mayhem with Mad House: Halloween Edition taking over the second and third floors. Drag shows, live Twitter stream, haunted decor and a costume contest where best costume wins a FREE TRIP TO LAS VEGAS! $5 for Mad House, $10 for Thunderpop! (all-ages LGBT dance party on the first floor).

10 pm Hoxton Horror Halloween Special @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. With Madeon, a 17 year-old pop/house producer from France, and special guests. $25 advanced tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.

10 pm OCELOT @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. All music will be as luxurious as a cat’s fur coat: house, hip-hop, disco, new sounds, old favourites. Come dressed in costume, whether feline or cooky artist.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Halloween Edition @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Bob for apples and butt plugs, drink Augusta House’s Halloween drink special potions and enter a very competitive Halloween costume contest for the chance to win great prizes. Alessandro and Sammy spin all night long while Kimon captures everyone in their Halloween glory. $5.

10 pm Promise Warehouse Halloween @ Pla Bouman Ballet School, 6 Noble St. With DJs Jokers of the Scene (dirty electro and techno), Rachel Sehl (deep house), Marinko (deep disco and funk) and more TBA. Featuring a costume photobooth, dancefloor lighting and transitions, installations and plenty of ghosts. $20 200 earlybird and $30 400 advanced tickets available at Shanti Baba, Moog Audio, Play De Record, Sideshow Cafe, Studio Gang, Plastic Wrap and online.

11 pm Shriek A Tale @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Shake A Tail’s annual Halloween bash returns. Prizes, costumes, sweat, booze and 60’s music! $5.

11 pm Halloween House Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Your Boy Brian keeps it spooky with his feel-good party mix. Best costume wins a $500 grand prize! $10.

SUNDAY

6:30 pm Thriller Halloween Workshop @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. Learn Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” choreography with a company of non-professional adult dancers. All levels and ages (and costumes) welcome. $10.

8 pm Haunted Halloween featuring Evil Dead 2 @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. A screening of a rare 35 mm print of the Sam Raimi’s classic Evil Dead 2 + contests, prizes and two boolesque acts by The Underground Peep Show. Costumes encouraged! $10.

9 pm Big Shiny Sundays: 90’s Devils Night Costume Party @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. Strap on your docs and slip on your plaid flannel, as you head back in time to the era of grunge music, Jordan Catalano, and a whole lotta teenage angst! DJ Candy-O spins your favorite 90’s nostalgia – everything from the heavy hitters to the one-hit-wonders and guilty pleasures. Dressing up in your best 90’s duds is encouraged, with prizes for best costume up for grabs.

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