7 pm Post A Letter Social Activity Club @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Show up and write a letter or two with a group of other people also writing letters. By letters, they mean anything that involves the postal system: a postcard, a personal letter, a political letter, a package, a special occasion card, fan mail, mail art, prank mail, or something experimental. PWYC stamps and stationery. *Remember to bring addresses of the people you want to write to!
8 pm Press Pass Toronto: RRJ Edition @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W.
It is time! For Press Pass to merge forces with the all-powerful Ryerson of Journalism kids at Ryerson University — the whippersnappers, have you. Wasn’t it Paul Knox who said something about dem “hitting the ground running?” Welp, news is history on the run and these kids have run a marathon, I’m sure. Come celebrate, meet the new school. Buy a drink, get a magazine, and more! Everyone is welcome! Even those crusty professors. No cover / Cheap drinks. Pick up your copies of the @RyersonReview!
10 pm HumbleMania 41 @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The release of Humble Empire’s 12th official music video + live acoustic set by Whale Tooth and the premiere of their latest music video. Vinyl dance party afterwards!
10 pm Fantasia with DJ Unicorn Porn @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Unicorn Porn (uh, best DJ name ever?) plays post-punk, proto punk, future funk and other sounds.
10:30 pm Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A dirt poor remix tribute to the Backwoods Barbie! Featuring “League of Legendary Ladies” karaoke (choose your own adventure from the imagination library: Joni, Tina, Madonna, Yoko, Dolly, Missy, etc.), performances, DJ sounds, installations, and visuals.
6:30 pm Triple Play (Blue Jays Club) @ Sneaky Dee’s (upstairs), 431 College St. A Blue Jays fan club/dance party! First pitch is at 7:05 pm, with $3 beers until 11 pm. Dance party afterwards. Don’t forget to wear blue and white!
6:30 pm iPhoneography Exhibit @ IX Gallery, 11 Davies Ave., Suite 101. Images captured on the phones of professional and amateur photographers, artists, and documentarians. “A collection that demonstrates the power and infinite potential of a society in which everyone can be a photographer. 34 images have been drawn from the more than 700 that were sent in from cell phone users all over the world.” Until 9 pm.
8 pm Bad Day Issue 13 Release Party @ Clint Roenisch Gallery, 944 Queen St. W. Celebrate the release of Bad Day’s latest issue! This issue features Charlotte Gainsbourg (text by Lisa Rovner, photography by Mason Poole), Patrik Ervell (text by Amil Niazi, photography by Jody Rogac), Laurel Nakadate (text by Adam O’Reilly, photography by Leonard Greco), Jim Drain (text by Asher Penn, photography by Naomi Fisher), Mick Barr (text by Geoff Snack, photography by Justina Villanueva), Calla Haynes (text by Jeremy Lewis, photography by Maciek Pozoga), Azari & III (text by Geoff Snack, photography by Geoffrey Knott), and Hugh Scott-Douglas (text by Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, photography by Seth Fluker). Until 11 pm.
10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and college radio jams with DJs Jaime Sin and Pammm.
10 pm Rap & Bitches / Bass & Titties @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies upstairs. Booty-shaking east coast, krunk, and rude boi classics + giveaways from The Baitshop, King Shit Mag, and Bongzilla.
10 pm Met You On Livejournal @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A nostalgic night of emo, screamo, and pop punk music played by DJs Tim McCready and Angela Holmes + live set by Dear Diary at 11 pm.
10 pm DJ Johnny Fishcakes & DJ TD Platinum Travel @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Two DJs + one night of reckless dancing!
10 pm Outlet @ Wayla, 996 Queen St. E. DJs Lindzrox and Jrox play dance-driven indie, surging electro, and high voltage dance!
10 pm My So-Called 90’s @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Lady Catalano brings you some sweet nostalgic big shiny 90’s anthems!
6 pm “It Ain’t Conceptual” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. American artists Marissa Textor and Ryan Travis Christian present a new body of graphite drawings. “Textor creates photorealistic graphite drawings which depict imagery based on geographic and organic sources. Reconstructing familiar images with her flawless technique, Textor manages to evoke an ominous sense of curiosity and an enigmatic understanding of the environment. Christian creates scenes of monochromatic psychedelia with his graphite paper pieces. Christian’s images are constructed using abstract moments, comic elements, vintage cartoon iconography, and pop cultural references.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until May 20th.
9:30 pm The Underground Rebel Bingo Club @ TBA. A secret organization that meets in secret locations to party hard and play hardcore Rebel Bingo (basically, the most hardcore form of bingo ever created). The night is all about secrets, dancing, drawing and listening to super loud music. Tickets are $5-15 depending on how far in advance you purchase them, available online. Ticket holders will be emailed the location and instructions.
10 pm MurderBoner!15 @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The back from brochella edition. DJ Ghetto Gold Matt plays new progressive rap music all night long + 4 loko and holograms everywhere.
10 pm Songs: A Dance Party @ Rainbow Palace, 213 Augusta Ave. The ultimate dance party, with special guests The Drums spinning and Bobby Kimberley picking the jams before and after. $5.
10 pm Blondes Have More Fun @ The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W. Are you used to the suicide blonde (dyed by her own hand)? It is time you had the real thing. It was once said that gentlemen prefer blondes, but does anyone know if blondes prefer gentlemen? Music supplied by Alex Patcai and Jessica Mae.
10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Metal Beat @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Adrienne Marcella Kammerer and
Jaime Sin play neopolitan futurism, machine rhythms, communication breakdowns, ecstatic melodies, thinking person’s punk, rat-race love stories, oozey basslines, subterranean sleaze, and other soundtracks for living in the age of personal devices.
10 pm Gin & Phonic @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Stax, Motown, funk, northern soul, and jams on strictly vinyl. Dance it up!
10 pm All That 90s @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs LK and Streets play hip-hop, R&B, and club-kids hits. $5.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap from 1993-2012 with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre, and Ghetto Gold Matt. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Way Out @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. Resident DJs Kaewonder and Dougie Boom + special guest Scott Seewhale play psychedelic new and ancient.
10 pm Shag Retro Dance Party @ Wayla, 996 Queen St. E. Join DJ Cory Activate on a magic carpet ride spanning across the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. $5.
10 pm Massive Gritty @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Jahtari plays all styles of reggae: new and old dub, roots, ska, dancehall and more.
10 pm Ignition / Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. Bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics) upstairs with DJs Yo Ev, Caff, and Rei Von. Downstairs, DJs Jon Chetty and James Redi play Motown, disco, hip-hop and reggae while Fundament holds it down front and centre with a mic, a George Foreman grill, a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. Yes, FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $10 after.
10:30 pm Fuck U Fridays @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. DJs Triple-X and guest CJ Sleez throw down some retro tunes from the 60’s. 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s along with some 21st century grooves tossed into the mix. Erotic cabaret at midnight featuring Wry & Ginger, Sexy Mark Brown, and Vivek Shraya with his original one-person electronic dance party. Fuji Instax camera pics available to remind you of the antics you got up to. $5.
11 pm Room Temperature Vol. 9 @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. A pop-up monthly party with a focus on the best in disco, house, and boogie. This month the party takes over La Perla, Milagro Cantina’s upstairs oasis where people mambo not just to number 5 but to infinite. With resident DJ Parasol and special guest Jeremy Glenn, whose last outing with them resulted in the highest number of Craigslist missed connections posted in a single day. $2.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Jim E Stack, Tom Wrecks, and DeMiggs play music to make you dance, smile and holler. Free cocktail hour from 11 pm to midnight courtesy of Hennessy Black. For guest list email@example.com (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.
7 pm “Its Teeth in his Body, Out of 60 Dogs” Opening Reception @ Forgetus Collective, 163 Sterling Rd., Unit 29. “Benjamin Edelberg’s epic collage and mixed media work draws from vintage car crash photos, porn and S&M publications, stolen posters, and advertisements ripped from the streets. His archly structured pieces re-contextualize the constant detonation of visual stimuli in Toronto with a distinct queer pleasure.” Until 11 pm.
10 pm Stay Golden @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold. She Does the City invites you to our Canadian tuxedo classic rock dance party! Featuring classic rock anthems by the likes of Led Zeppelin, CCR, Hall & Oates, Cream, Journey, The Animals, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Rolling Stones, etc. $5, with all proceeds going to Red Door Women’s Shelter.
10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs 84.85, Geoff Snack, Andrew Roti, and special guest Pho (from Bonjay) play millennium-era rap, R&B and maybe a few current hits because they tend to pander.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJ Warwick shares a five hour set of some of the heaviest tropical sounds from the past recorded only on vinyl. Be ready to dance!
10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. 80’s, 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is New Order. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Sundown @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll with DJ Shit La Merde.
10 pm Brendan Canning DJ Set @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene spins an all-vinyl set of eclectic music to keep you movin’!
10 pm No Exit @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Schramm and Ell V play minimal synth, industrial, and dance music.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. DJ Fawn BC fills in for Lindsay Darling while she’s in Montreal. $5.
10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party.
10 pm A Nice+Smooth Night @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. DJ Gerald Belanger digs deep and plays some of his favourite music: spacey cosmic disco, future minimal techno, deep handclappy house, a little more kpop than you can stand, and some old skool for your dancing pleasure.
10 pm Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With guest DJs Coleco + residents The Wheel Wells and Kyle Marshall. $10 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online. For guestlist requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Ice Cold Dranks / Jam @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Ry-Fi and FBomb play old school hip-hop, new club bangers, mash-ups, and straight tracks to make you thirsty. Downstairs, DJ Shan Dub and guests play hip-hop and reggae. Free before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Soulvation @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. DJs Laura and Cindy spin Motown favourites and northern soul oldies ’n’ obscurities all night long. Bring your crew and gab over great beers, or light up the dance floor with your funky moves!
10 pm Gold Rush @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJ Ali Black shares some great rock and soul/disco vinyl selections at Parkdale’s newest bar.
11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Members Only and guest Cole Medina spin everything from disco renaissance to house classics. $10.
11:30 am All Day Reading to Save the High Park Zoo @ Cafe Novo, 1986 Bloor St. W. An all-day literary zoo presented by Tightrope Books and friends to help save the High Park Zoo! Readers include Myna Wallin, Heather J Wood, Danila Botha, Samantha Bernstein, Nathaniel G. Moore, Liz Worth, Spencer Gordon, Mike Spry, Karen Correia Da Silva, Tara Michelle Ziniuk, Sandra Kasturi, Royston Tester, Dayle Furlong, Sue Bowness, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Robin Akimbo and more! Until 4 pm.
9:30 pm Crosswires #10 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of of Wavelength. Featuring performances by Nick Storring (cello powered dance psych), Pants and Tie (electro-soul), Man Made Hill (existential disco), and The Lost Babies (rough-hewn CBGCs DIY spirit) + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd