Toronto Hit List: Lick A Shot, Shindig! Presents: Mop Top Jukebox, Constructions of Femininity, Evening Standard & more!

WEDNESDAY

10 pm HumbleMania 43 @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Live acoustic set by Jake Boyd (who usually keeps the beats for Hollerado) + the premiere of the latest session of Live in Bellwoods featuring Gabrielle Papillon. Vinyl dance party afterwards!

10 pm Burnout Basement @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Guest DJs Tamsen and Dana from DENtATA stop by to play music.

THURSDAY

6 pm In-Store Screening & After Party @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Lomography brings the Cannes glamour to Toronto! Featuring a special screening of a Lomokino movie made by the Palme d’Or owner Apichatpong Weerasethakul! They’ll also be celebrating the LomoKinoMUBIEdition, a collaboration between Lomography and MUBI. The camera features a playful design with MUBI’s trademark logo and award-winning independent movie director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s signature. The special package also includes a LomoKinoScope loaded with a 35mm film roll of a scene from Weerasethakul’s own LomoKino movie and a free 1 month subscription to MUBI.

6:30 pm FUNdraiser for We Care With Underwear @ Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord St. Evening will include a silent auction of wearable underwear art, music, an underwear comedy performance, and wine and cheese. All donations over $50 will receive a tax receipt. Guests are asked to bring new underwear for women in crisis in Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Toronto.

7 pm “Preconscious” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. Opening reception of Laura Thipphawong’s 4th solo show, “a vivid series of dreamlike oil paintings depicting scenes somewhere between the conscious and subconscious of our minds. This series explores the personal clues derived from the preconscious, the gate between what is repressed and what is clear. Through exploration of symbols, archetypes, and dreams, we can decipher our own duality and eventually accept what haunts us most.” Exhibition runs until June 9th.

10 pm Sunology @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Gardiner plays 80’s spoken word with beats, scrounge lounge music, new wave/new romance, dance rock, and twilight disco all on vinyl. Better than your A/V Club from high school.

10 pm No Face No Problem @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. DJs Pizza Golkerson and Gossip Merle present an ode to female MCs (and probably some other stuff too).

10 pm Coco && Breezy x Jacflash x Comeback Season Kids @ Crawford, 718 College St. NYC fashion designers Coco && Breezy are coming to Toronto! Celebrate their pre pop-up shop with DJ kungfucandy and NYC’s DJ Panda. $5.

11 pm Galapagos Presents: Ben UFO @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Ben UFO is one of those rare breed of young DJs to make their name exclusively off DJing. You won’t find a production anywhere to his name, yet Ben Thomson is at least as renowned as his producer counterparts in the Hessle Audio triumvirate, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. He’s a DJ who can play sets composed entirely of classic house, vintage garage, OG dubstep, or dubplate-heavy. Local DJs My Favorite Robot and VLSONN support. $10.

FRIDAY

2 pm Coco && Breezy Pop-Up Shop @ Jacflash, 1036 Queen St. W. A pop-up shop for NYC fashion designers Coco && Breezy. 25% off all C&&B products + exclusive studded shades available only at the Toronto pop-up. Until 7:30 pm.

7:30 pm Early Show @ Grasshopper Records, 1167 Dundas St. W. Performances by Sailboats Are White (vicious speed punk), Cellphone (synth punk spazz slackers), and Mass Horns (dark industrial psych noise). Cheap drinks!

10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs 84.85, Geoff Snack, and Andrew Roti play millennium-era rap and R&B and maybe a few current hits because they tend to pander.

10 pm Shindig! Presents: Mop Top Jukebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A special tribute to the sounds of the 1960s British Invasion, Mod and their American R&B influences! Expect to hear: The Beatles vs. Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones vs. Muddy Waters, The Animals vs. The Isley Brothers, The Who vs. James Brown & The Famous Flames, Spencer Davis vs. Otis Rush, The Troggs vs. Rufus Thomas, Dusty Springfield vs. Etta James, and much much more. With resident 7″ 45 rpm vinyl selectors General Eclectic, Double K, and Splattermonkey. $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. DJs Kaewonder, Dougie Boom, and Scott Seewhale play psychedelic new and ancient.

10 pm Ignition / Blaster @ Crawford, 718 College St. Bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics) upstairs with DJs Caff. Old school meets new school hip-hop in the basement. $5.

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!

10 pm Grand Funk @ Tota, 592 Queen St. W. Get down to all your favourite funk records! All-vinyl dance party featuring The Payback Crew, 0=0, Bacchus, Ghaleon, Fancy Fanny (a.k.a. Jennifer Moniz from KOPS Records), and a disco ball.

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.

10:30 pm Fuck U Fridays @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. DJs Triple-X throws 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. Guest DJ Starboy plays a personal selection of rock classics and guilty pleasures that mixes rock n’ roll, pop, and soul from the 50’s to today. Erotic cabaret at midnight featuring Igby Lizzard, Boy Scream, Devine Darlin, and Miss Fluffy Souffle, with host Robin Black. Fuji Instax camera pics available to remind you of the antics you got up to. $5.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs 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 linebypassemailguestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.

SATURDAY

9 am Barns Art Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barn, 601 Christie St. Some of Toronto’s finest artists, craftspeople, designers and makers come together every month at the Artscape Wychwood Barns to exhibit and sell their work. Handcrafted and unique jewellery, ceramics, clothing, paintings, and more! Until 3 pm.

11 am Distillery Art Market @ Distillery District, 55 Mill St. A weekend outdoor market of artists, craftspeople, and food artisans in the historic Distillery District. It’s also a great opportunity to visit the many vibrant artist studios located in the Case Goods Warehouse. Until 6 pm.

1 pm Shameless Clothing Swap @ Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor St. W. Bring a bag of clothes, take a bag of clothes (BYO tote bag). Clothing should be clean and in fair condition – all sizes and styles welcomed. Private changing areas will be limited so it’s suggested that you dress in layers. Until 4 pm. $5 or $10 with a copy of the new issue of Shameless magazine.

2 pm “Constructions of Femininity” Opening Reception @ Loop Gallery, 1372 Dundas St. W. “An exploration of the artifice of feminine dress and identity. This work juxtaposes the extreme silhouettes of 18th century dress with the armour of the modern day hockey warrior and was inspired by young women hockey players who have redefined femininity to include feats of courage, strength, and power. Hockey equipment has been transformed with feminine signifiers of ribbon, sequins and beading paired with silhouettes such as a romantic tutu or panier made out of armour-like mesh. This work is intended to be a whimsical celebration of the power of sport to redefine femininity.” Until 5 pm. Exhibition runs until June 17th.

4 pm Doing The Same @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The 2012 launch of this weekly BBQ jam! Smooth West Coast sounds by DJ Ghetto Gold Matt and guests, cheap beers, and a BBQ on the patio.

10 pm Laytheseknight @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Patrick Mcguire, Jeff Hayward, and Adam Jackson turn the lights down and play the hardest soft stuff. The Dream, Aaliyah, Cassie, Monica, Brandy, Ft. Pharrell, Beyonce, 112, T-Pain, R Kelly, TLC, Boyz II Men, Ginuwine, The Weeknd, etc.

10 pm Soulvation 1 Year Anniversary @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. DJs Laura and Cindy spin extra-special Motown favourites and Northern Soul oldies n’ obscurities all night long in honour of Soulvation’s 1st birthday! Put on your party hats and bring your swingin’ hips because they’ll be dancing and celebrating all night long. Free!

10 pm Brendan Canning Presents: DJ Fathom @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning joins forces with DJ Fathom for a night of rock, funk, soul, groove, and hip-hop.

10 pm True School Hip Hop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Efsharp, Romeo, and DTS spin the real head nod material.

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 Gary Numan. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Ice Cold Dranks / Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Ry-Fi and FBomb play the bangers you love! Hip-hop, old school, R&B, and party anthems to make you thirsty. 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.

10 pm Pressure Drop @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Special guest DJ Warwick stops by with an exclusively Jamaican set of mento, ska, rocksteady, rub a dub, dubwize, and dancehall killers. With regular selectors Guvnor General, Morningside 116, and Chuck Boom.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party! 60’s pop, soul, and rock n’ roll played for you by the Bangs & Blush ladies. $5.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party.

11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Members Only and guests Tiger & Woods spin everything from disco renaissance to house classics. $10.

SUNDAY

7 pm We’ve Got A Crush On You @ The Central, 603 Markham St. A mixer for people who want to make sex-positive like-minded friends. An invitation for any and all: hetero, homo, queer, trans, kinky, lesbian, gay, vanilla, bi, flexible, poly, and open-minded young people (or young at heart). Come make new friends and find yourself a summer crush!

8 pm Chicka Boom @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. An all-female comedy show! Funny songs by Morgonn Ewen, stand-up by Amanda Day, musical theatrics by Kimberly Persona, stand-up by Picnicface’s Evany Rosen, improv by Steph Kaliner and Andrea Del Campo, sketch comedy by She Said What, and a lottery spot by maybe you, lady! PWYC.

9:30 pm Crosswires #14 @ 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 Joey Molinaro, BZARYN, and Nicola Ratti + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

(For event submissions, email caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com)

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