Toronto Hit List: Project X VICE Afterparty, Curse These Metal Hands 2nd Birthday, Soul Block Party, Babe Night & more!

WEDNESDAY

8:30 pm The Crush Project Presents: I Got You Babe @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. A night of duet covers featuring some of your favorite musicians from Toronto! Including Regina the Gentlelady (Light Fires), Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), Kelly McMichael (Rouge), Vivek Shraya, Fat Femme Mafia, Lucas Silveira (The Cliks), Emma McKenna, Tracey Hibou, Stephanie Markowitz (Vag Halen), Afi Browne, and more. $5-10 sliding scale at the door.

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 pm The Reception @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Imagine all your favourite weddings, bat mitzvahs and semi-formals all had sex and made a ridiculously awesome baby! The Reception is that love child minus your pervy drunk uncle. AC/DC to Aretha Franklin, DMX to Donna Summer, Ella Fitzgerald to Eminem.

10 pm Karaoke & Cotton Kandy Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. 3000+ songs to choose from! Karaoke games to spice the night up and plenty o’ drink specials including $5.50 PBR king cans, $8 for king can + shot, $14 pitchers, $1.50 popcorn, and $2.50 cotton candy.

10 pm Project X: VICE Afterparty @ Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. VICE Magazine is throwing an afterparty for this awesome high school party movie called “Project X” about some kid that destroys his family home. Featuring catering by Porchetta & Co., an overwhelming lazer show spectacular, DJs Famous Players, branded napkins, glow sticks, and a palpable feeling of excitement. Email projectxtoronto@vice.com to RSVP.

THURSDAY

7 pm “The Beaver Goes Logging & the Legend of Bison Hughy” Opening Reception @ gallerywest, 1172 Queen St. W. “The Legend of Bison Hughy tells the story of a man whose life is transformed by a surprise (and potentially deadly) encounter with a bison in Northern Saskatchewan. Now obsessed, Hughy tries to become a bison and follow in the small but significant tradition of spiritually-driven people, who alienated from their own heritage, immerse themselves in adopted cultures of apparent balance and wholeness. The Beaver goes Logging: this short video features a man who dresses up in a Beaver costume whilst firewood logging in the rugged hinterlands of British Columbia.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until March 28th.

7 pm “Best In Show” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. “A survey of works by budding artists on the cusp of great success in their artistic careers. The artists’ works show a strong maturity through years of refining and honing their craft, to yield very exciting and fresh works to salute the season.” Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until March 31st, 12-5 pm daily.

8 pm Burner Magazine Unofficial Launch Party @ Crawford (downstairs), 718 College St. The unofficial launch of Burner Magazine’s latest issue! Co-editor Leah kicks the night off with an eclectic selection of tunes to start the fire, followed by Doll Parts who plays tunes that make you think: glitter raining down from the ceiling. Burner Records’ cohorts Paul David and Barletta throw down house and EDM tracks after. $5.

10 pm Curse These Metal Hands: 2nd Birthday @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Fuzzy guitar rock, Brit-pop, new wave, old skool hip-hop, mash ups, remixes, and Bowie dance party! Expect to eat cake and watch Labyrinth.

10 pm DJ Throwdown @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJ Dr. Mom (dance music, funkée shit, and possibly work out videos playing) vs. DJ Kay Dee Spears (old school New York downtown disco, feel good soul, dusty or sparkling hip-hop jams, african funk from the 70’s, and some big band dancefloor jazz, prog rock).

FRIDAY 

6 pm “Observations of Light & Matter” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. American artist Brendan Monroe’s first solo exhibition in Toronto. “Through a series of paintings and sculptures, Monroe tells a story of a world filled with unique personalities and imaginary organisms. Monroe cultivates a taste for scientific challenges, relationships to math, the properties in physics, and the surreal. His dream-like scenes overflow with cellular shapes, creating a landscape set on a universal level.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until March 25th. 

7:30 pm Faceball @ Drake Lab, 1140 Queen St. W. A night of performances and dancing! Featuring performances by Gwen Bienara, Jon McCurley, David Hanes, Joseph J. Elaschuk, Mathew Cangiano, Elisa Ochmanek, Matthew Duffy, Zoe Solomon, Reid Jenkins, Arielle Gavin + Meghan O’Neill, and Charlie Murray + Sebastian Butt. Dancing tunes provided by DJs Colin Bergh and Butt. 

10 pm Bangs & Blush Present: Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Your favourite Beatles party (with a whole lot of tasty 60’s rock n’ roll, garage, and soul tunes in-between)! Dress to impress and get ready to TWIST AND SHOUT all a HARD DAYS NIGHT long with the ladies of Bangs & Blush. $5. 

10 pm Soul Block Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Two floors of Motown, stax, and oldies R&B and soul with DJs Fase and Splattermonkey + special guests Ty and Daddy from What’s Poppin’! $5 before midnight, more after. 

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes! 

10 pm Otis Rotten @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Soul versus punk! Two styles of music that boast some of the most attitude and swagger in history. 

10 pm The Cold Sweat @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A big blast of vintage soul and deep funk with DJs Double K and Gremara + sax player Dennis P serving up a proper culinary feast for your ears. 

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Holla at Cha Girl Edition with DJs Max Mohenu, Rory Them Finest, and Blackcat. Hip-hop, R&B and hot times for homos and their friends. RSVP bigprimpin@gmail.com for line bypass. $5. 

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard. 

10 pm Hip-Hop vs. House @ Revival, 783 College St. A musical-heavyweight battle! DJs Sweet Touch Foundation vs. DJs Joonya T and Corey Dawkins. $10 before 11:30 pm, $15 after (ladies $5 off all night). 

10 pm Course of Time @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. A night dedicated to the finest selection in contemporary and modern club music. With DJs Members Only, Kyle Marshall, and Cherkas. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after. 

10 pm Keep In Touch @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs Jaybe and Samurai keep you moving to hip-hop, reggae, electro, soul, R&B and top 40s till you drop. $5 for ladies, $10 for guys + one free drink ticket before midnight. 

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants. 

10 pm Scissors @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. A dance floor-boozy-queer lady rager! DJs Fawn BC and Sokes play sexy house. $5. 

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from special guest DJ Mensa + regulars DJ Numeric and Ted Dancin’. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10. 

SATURDAY 

8:30 pm The Boston Tit Party Fundraiser @ Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. The talented ladies of The Sketchersons have been chosen to be a part of the Women In Comedy Festival in Boston, MA and they need your help getting there! Their fundraiser features a silent auction, 50-50 draw, bachelorette auction, treats for sale from Kernels and Dufflet Bakery, host Sara Hennessey, stand up by Marco Bernardi, sketch by The Sketchersons, and a dance party. $15 (includes 1 drink). 

10 pm Dudebox Presents: Boss @ Creatures Creating, 627 Queen St. W. Join Dudebox as they take over a gallery, cover it in beer and gross, sweep it with their new Swiffer and give all the cash to orphans. Turn your swag on. $5, with all proceeds supporting summer camps for orphans in Haiti through Operation Groundswell and Grassroots United. 

10 pm High Holy Disco Mass @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJ Andycapp of Bang the Party plays cosmic afro, atlantis disco, slo-mo house, and carribean new wave. 

10 pm Chronologic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5. 

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul and remixes with DJs Fawn BC and Caff upstairs and an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. $11 pitchers and cheap bar rails all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after. 

10 pm Underground Mess Around @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Isosceles play open format until midnight, then 90’s hip-hop from midnight until last call. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Je Me Souviens / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ New Money from Montreal spins a lethal combination of rap, disco, funk, soul, and boogie. Downstairs, DJ Law mixes 4 hours of your favourite 90’s videos. $5 before midnight, more after. 

10 pm Babe Night @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. A night for babes! With DJs Odie Ouderkirk and Aaron Kopff. $5. 

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

10 pm Rip It Up! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Davy Love and friends play garage, beat, ska, mod, soul, and rock n’ roll. 

10 pm Reality Bytes @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Dance, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative 90’s tunes brought to you by DJs 4est, Lindzrox and Jrox + special guests. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Signals From Earth: Zoi Zoi Edition @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Join DJs Mimi La Twisteuse and Christian Hamilton as they send out yé yé signals and mix sounds from earth (cosmic psych + garage). 33-45 RPM vinyl with sci-fi films. 

10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal. 

10 pm Pop Kult! @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. With Montreal DJs A-Rock, Hatchmatik, and Shaydakiss. $10 advance tickets available online(guaranteed entry). For $10 reduced guestlist (subject to capacity), e-mail names to guestlist@themansioninc.com

SUNDAY 

9:30 pm Crosswires #2 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A new Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of of Wavelength. Featuring Familiar Fiends, made up of the principal members of Eiyn Sof perform doom garage rock. Sludgy garage pop. Something like that. Joined by Silver Speakers (the solo brainchild of Tyrone Warner) and the cinematic Holy-Shitness of Nitemarket 12. General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector is Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. 

10 pm So Long & Thanks For All the Tunes @ Crawford, 718 College St. An evening celebrating 90’s punk music! DJs Ewan Exall and Joel French play nostalgic hits for you to rebel against. 

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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