Toronto Hit List: Pumpkin Carving Party, That Time Of The Month, AvroFest, Tapette: Yéyé Edition & more!

October 19th-23rd Pop Pop Shoppe @ Paramour, 94 Ossington Ave. Feast your eyes on the latest Autumn/Winter 2011 collections from a slew of Toronto-based designers! The shop will feature a curated selection of unisex apparel by Muttonhead and Metsa, pretty frocks by LABEL and Chloé comme Parris, hand-crafted leather accessories by Stars & Perfect Tens and the Leather Atelier, unisexy jewels by Cuchara, vintage-inspired turbans by Headmistress, and vintage eyewear by Aeroplane. Reunion Island Coffee will be serving up fresh-baked goodies and espresso-based beverages. 11 am to 7 pm daily.

October 20th-23rd Food Network’s Delicious Food Show @ Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. The best in food, kitchen, cooking and entertaining. Designed to engage the consumer in a delicious all food experience with cooking demonstrations, food pairings and hands-on food seminars. $18 in advance or $20 at the door. deliciousfoodshow.com

October 20th-27th Toronto After Dark Film Festival @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. The 6th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, featuring 8 nights of horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies. Tickets available online.

October 20th-31st Rocky Horror Show @ Lower Ossington Theatre, 100-A Ossington Ave. Let’s do the time warp again! Last year’s sold out cult classic is back by popular demand, just in time for Halloween. Shows run Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm, with an additional 11 pm show on Friday and Saturday and a special Halloween show on October 31st at 8 pm. lowerossingtontheatre.com

WEDNESDAY

7:30 pm Sip & Savour Ontario @ Steam Whistle Brewery, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. An evening dedicated to Ontario VQA wines and regional cuisine in support of Houselink. Medal-winning VQA wines from more than 30 Ontario wineries will be join forces with top Toronto-area chefs who will be creating samples of regionally prepared cuisine. $65 tickets available online.

10 pm DIScONNECT @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Toronto fashion photographers were asked to step outside of their medium of recognition and into film to create 2-5 minute moving images that convey the season’s theme of “DIScONNECT”. Featuring a live performance by Trust (Sacred Bones Records/Arts&Crafts) and DJ sets by Josh McIntyre and Andrew Wilson (a.k.a. Little Girls). $5. 

THURSDAY

7 pm Pumpkin Carving Party @ The White House Studio, 277.5 Augusta Ave. The White House Presents: Vanessa Rieger’s 4th annual pumpkin carving party and Ghost Hole 3 fundraiser. Open to all levels of pumpkin carvers, novice to advanced, with pumpkin experimentation encouraged! Candy and roasted pumpkins seeds will be served and beer and drinks will be for sale. Limited amount of pumpkins will be available for purchase (bring your own if possible) and knives and cutting tools will be supplied. Horror movie selections by Brandon A. Dalmer. All money/donations will go towards funding for Ghost Hole 3.

9 pm Big Shiny Dance Mix Fundraiser @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. All your favourite 90s tunes + dance-off contests, raffles featuring some fantastic prizes and a speaker’s corner booth! Dress code is 90s-style so bust out your favourite scrunchie, hightop sneakers and get ready to bust a move. $10, with all proceeds go towards Fly By Night’s fifth season of producing theatre that provides a platform for young theatre artists in Toronto and supports charitable causes around the world. Every donation of $20 or more is eligible for an income tax receipt.

10 pm Bad Biz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A booze-spillin’, nip slippin’, rip-roarin’, booty bouncin’ DJ night featuring UK bass, electro, grime, hip-hop, pop and mash-em-ups.

10 pm The Glamour Do’s & Don’ts @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJs Snatch and Candy-O bring you beauty tips via indie, electro, j-pop, post-rock, new wave, glam, disco, etc. Write your requests on the wall and they’ll give it a do or a don’t!

10 pm DJ Johnny Fishcakes & DJ TD Platinum Travel @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Two DJs + one night of reckless dancing!

10 pm Fashion Week: Electric Youth @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Aeroplane Vintage Eyewear and GSUS Sindustries presents Fashion Week at the Hoxton. Featuring DJ sets by Electric Youth, A T Y E O and Frisk. For guestlist and table bookings email zane@thehoxton.ca.

10:30 pm Music Loves Art @ Parlour, 270 Adelaide St. W. Local artists’ work is displayed in an interactive and intimate way. Featuring an art exhibit, acoustic set by Anna Cyzon and Steve Varga, and DJs Hego and PEJ capping off the night. $5.

FRIDAY 

6 pm Buckler Fall Launch Party @ Buckler, 700 Queen St. W. Buckler celebrates the arrival of their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. With music by Members Only DJs, an in-house styling booth and open bar. Until 10 pm.

7 pm Lab Magazine Issue 4 Launch Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Lab Magazine celebrates the launch of its fourth issue. Dancing tunes courtesy of The Dirty Mags, Tawlst and Atyeo. Free!

7 pm “What’s Next?” Opening Reception @ Show & Tell Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. “Jannick Deslauriers is concerned with the collusion between human nature and art—a fragile conversation that has been whispered, spoken, and ultimately shouted over the course of art’s history. Employing a mass of translucent fabric and dark colored thread, the artist’s latest realization of this complex and, at times, fragile relationship is captured in a group of sculptural installations.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until November 20th.

7 pm “Drugs & Unicorns” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. “Lora Zombie is a young self-taught artist from Russia and a top seller on the urban art scene who has amassed a massive following of fans online. Now she is breaking into the gallery scene and is branching far outside her native Russia with her first Canadian solo show which will feature over 50 brand new pieces.” Until 11 pm.

7 pm Show Off @ The Junction, Dundas west of Keele. A street party where local designers and artists are let loose on Junction shop windows to create jaw-dropping installations. Shops and galleries will keep their doors open until 11 pm with unique offerings in support of the event.

10 pm Rumours @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Fawn BC and Azuree play a bunch of sleazy rock for sleazy people. $5.

10 pm Soul Surrender @ UNIT, 1198 Queen St. W. DJ Andy B Bad brings you funk, soul and Motown goodness to keep your ears captivated and your heart and soul liberated.

10 pm Attack of the Wizz Kids @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Watch and listen as non-hipster record junkies lick the decks with rare and exotic wax lost into the archives of musical history. Hypnotic grooves and sounds from ’round the globe!

10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco and R&B by the women that understand.

10 pm Gangsta Boogie @ Crawford (downstairs), 718 College St. DJs NV and Standfast wreak havoc on the decks. New/classic/oldschool hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk, boogie, 80s-90s throwbacks, dutty dancehall oldies and reggae anthems.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round 57 @ Revival, 783 College St. Sign up for your favourite rap tracks and show off your skills! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm German Sparkle Party @ 36 Chambers Art Collective, 1266-B Queen St. W. A celebration of a new studio space! Performances by The Ancient Order and Castle If, and a DJ set by Hali. Costumes highly encouraged – shiny, fluffy, sparkly, twirly or outrageous is good.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. RnB, hip-hop, pop and 90’s dance music from North America and Europe. Only one rule: no Pearl Jam. Free before 11 pm with student ID, $5 otherwise.

SATURDAY 

11 am Take A Walk On The Riverside @ Riverside, Queen St. E. at Broadview. Riverside hosts their third annual fall festival celebrating the area’s flavours, style, history and culture.

1 pm Clothing Swamp @ XSPACE, 58 Ossington Ave. Get ready for fall and winter without spending a shilling! Swap your gently-used, unwanted clothing in exchange for a new wardrobe or a Halloween costume. Until 6 pm.

5 pm “Food and Trembling” Launch @ The Wilson 96, 615 College St. “Jonah Campbell—metalhead, misanthrope, and foodie—serves up Food and Trembling, a collection of philosophical ramblings about food and eating that traces his culinary evolution from gutter punk to gourmet.”

7 pm CBE Pop-Up Shop Opening Party @ Clothing Brand Experiment Pop-Up, 1052 Queen St. W. Along with the full CBE line, the pop-up will showcase 15 other Toronto-based artists and designers. Until 10 pm. Shop runs until December 30th.

8 pm AvroFest @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. W. The Avro is hosting the first annual AvroFest! Featuring bands Still Life Still, Shit La Merde and Gay & The Break Down, with additional fun provided by Zero Gravity Circus, Damn Aykroyd, Alex Mcleod, J The Good Bike Project and a giant Jack Layton moustache. $15 tickets available at The Avro (750 Queen St. E.), Planet Of Sound (235 Queen St. E.) or online.

10 pm Murderboner!9 @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Ghetto Gold Matt plays new progressive rap music all night long. Hard drinks, and harder 808s.

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Juan Maclean with Blondes @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Juan Maclean with Blondes and The Field. $15 advanced tickets at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and online.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. GET |get|

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10 pm Vanishing Point @ The Ossington, 68 Ossington Ave. Post-punk, disco, Brazilian samba and funk tunes to get you really hot and really sweaty.

10 pm Happy Endings @ Forestview Restaurant, 466 Dundas St. W. With DJs Manare, Boomclap Soundcrew and Alex Brooks & Young Lord. $3 beers before midnight and $5 drinks all night long, $5 dim sum platters and free birthday lobsters. $10 advanced tickets at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and online

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the ladies of Bangs & Blush! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $5.

10 pm Renaissance @ Marben, 488 Wellington St. E. All 90s, all night with Mista Jiggz and DJ Darryl Mash.

10:30 pm Tapette: Yéyé Edition @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Yéyé music is a French genre from the ’60s, which means Serge, France Galle, Dutronc and an endless list of artists and bands who created this electrifying, party-starting, swinger style of dance music. Come sweat it out and feel free to wear go-go boots and nothing else.

11 pm Bang The Party! @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Futureboogie, disconotdisco, leftfield house and tropicalism with resident DJ Andycapp + a special performance by The Makeover (DJs/musicians Todd-Rod Skimmins of Bang The Party! and Jeremy Glenn). $10.

SUNDAY

1 pm All Together NOW Yoga Fundraiser @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. Join us for NOW 4 Youth’s 2nd annual yoga fundraiser. Sign up online and collect pledges to participate in this yoga class led by teachers from prominent Toronto yoga studios. Refreshments available and prizes to be won! All proceeds benefit NOW 4 Youth’s Ambassador Training Program which provide wellness career training for ‘at-risk’ youth in the GTA. now4youth.org

7 pm Les Coquettes Present: Cabaret Enchanté @ Revival, 783 College St. A vagabond carnival troupe made up of beloved fairy tale characters arrives to amaze and delight for Halloween! A magical night turns happily-ever-after inside out, wishes are granted and hearts are destroyed as we explore the darker side of the fairy tale world. Costumes encouraged! Shows run October 23rd and 30th at 7 and 9:30 pm. $15-30 tickets available online.

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