Toronto Hit List: Shindig! Beach Party, Hughes The Boss, Slow Pitch, F*ckin' Eh! Canada Day Jam & more!

WEDNESDAY

9:30 pm Dog Bowl Movie Night: Trapped In The Closet @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, dog bowl. R Kelly’s instant cult classic hip-hopera: Trapped in the Closet. Themed snacks! Audience participation! Starts at 9:30 pm sharp!

10 pm HumbleMania 45 @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Special guest DJ Kids & Explosions + the debut of new Live in Bellwoods songs from the Great Heart Festival. Vinyl dance party afterwards! PWYC.

10 pm Uh-Oh @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJs Caff, Bad Idea, and AA play rare grooves, hip-hop, reggae and whatever else they feel like vinyl mostly on vinyl in an intimate setting.

THURSDAY

4 pm Food & Van Gogh Vodka Tasting with Nadia G @ LCBO, 10 Scrivener Sq. Nadia G. of Bitchin’ Kitchen serves up Canada Day-inspired food recipes and Van Gogh Vodka cocktails, and shares her recipes and entertaining tips to throw a deliciously inspired Canada Day soiree. Door prizes include a limited number of signed copies of Nadia’s newest cookbook, “Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookin’ for Trouble.” Free! Until 8 pm.

6:30 pm Art Spin @ Trinity Bellwoods Park gates. The first Art Spin tour of the season! Meet at 6:30 pm at the gates of Bellwoods to get some bike repairs from Bike Pirates, participate in the love-lettering project, see some installations. Tour leaves at 7 pm and runs until roughly 9 pm where riders end up at a gallery space for a show and after party. This tour features musical performances, a sculpture/installation, gallery and studio visits, and dance performance!

7 pm Boreal Collective Slideshow Night @ OZ Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. A special slideshow presentation by Boreal Collective members Aaron Vincent Elkaim and Ian Willms of their latest photo essays followed by an open discussion about the presented works. This event is meant to bring together photographers, artists, and other creative minds to discuss the practice of documentary photography and to get to know each other.

7 pm “Pot Luck” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. “A group exhibition of emerging textile artists from Sheridan College’s 2012 Crafts and Design, Textiles graduating class. The exhibition will include works in such areas as print, garment construction, quilting, felt sculpture, embroidery, and paper making.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until July 8th.

10 pm 88 Day of Fortune 3 Year Anniversary Party & Performance @ Cinecyle, 129 Spadina Ave.  Performances by THEESatisfaction, Les Femme Fatales, 88 Days of Fortune, and Progress. With DJs Sunsun, Cat, and Stas. $12 advance tickets available online or by emailing 88daysoffortune@gmail.com, $18 at the door.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Pam and special guest Jason DeGroot play indie rock and campus radio jams for you.

10 pm Rap & Bitches / Abandon all Ships Afterparty @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies. This is also the afterparty for Abandon All Ships’ show at Wrongbar. Sponsored by PBR. $5.

10 pm No Face No Problem @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. Your favourite jams provided by DJs Pizza Golkerson and Gossip Merle. Expect the unexpected.

FRIDAY

10 pm Shindig! Beach Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Beach party edition! Resident 7” 45 selectors General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk, and Splattermonkey play surf rock, garage, soul, R&B, ska, calypso, and reggae music from the 50’s and 60’s. Click “attending” on their Facebook page for free cover before midnight. $5 otherwise.

10 pm Hughes The Boss @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hughes The Boss is back! A non-stop assortment of iconic retro movie soundtrack songs from all the John Hughes movies you love. Ferris Bueller, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck. Etc. $5.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Classic hip-hop drinking choons for you and yours with DJs Serious and Numeric.

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 Songs: A Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. The ultimate dance party, with special guests The Wooden Sky spinning and Bobby Kimberley picking the jams before and after. $5.

10 pm Ignition @ Crawford, 718 College St. Bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics) with DJs Caff. $5.

10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.

10 pm Mighty Real @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJs The Robotic and LeatherDATA play acid, disco, and funky house.

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.

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. For guest list, email linebypassemailguestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.

SATURDAY

12 pm New Traditions: Island Music & Art Festival @ Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island. Live bands, outdoor art installations, folk dance workshops, Jamie Shannon’s Island Puppet Slam, fresh foods and more! Presented by Whippersnapper Gallery. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Pretty Freedom, Sunrise Records, La Palette, and online.

10 pm Slow Pitch @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. One night only, like we used to on Thursday nights. A quiet storm all night long with DJs Nick Fox, Lazy Ray, Roozbeh, and Pooyan. Nothing over 105 BPM.

10 pm A Club Called Rhonda @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Rhonda flies in from L.A. to turn you out. With guest DJs Horse Meat Disco (London) serve up their signature brand of disco sleaze, Goddollars (L.A.) reps A Club Called Rhonda right, and locals Invisible City and Membersonly show off their stuff. With host Gregory Alexander. $10.

10 pm Panic: 9 Year Anniversary @ 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 Skinny Puppy. First 50 people get a special anniversary retro mix CD! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

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 Green White Brown: A Night of Al & Barry & James @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Legends Al Green, Barry White, and James Brown have created some of the funkiest and sexiest music of all-time. DJ Numeric and guests celebrate their incredible catalogues with a megamix of classics!

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 Ice Cold Dranks / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Ry-Fi plays 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. Free before 11 pm, $10 after.

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

SUNDAY

11:30 am Canada Day Sweets Tour @ Ding Dong Bakery, 321 Spadina Ave. Celebrate Canada’s birthday by taking a stroll through Kensington Market and savouring some favourite Canadian treats from butter tarts to maple syrup (of course), while learning more about our sweet history! Features a guided tour on the history of sweets including Canadian treats, introduction to 6 sweet stores, samples from each location, discounts at select merchants, fun yum times for all! Save your spot online (limited spots available).

12 pm Canada Day White Party @ The Thompson Hotel Rooftop, 550 Wellington St. W. The YYZ Group presents a Canada Day rooftop pool party! A full day of mingling, drinking summer cocktails, and dancing the day away with all access to the Thompson. Wristband access only. $25 advance tickets available online. Until 3 am.

4 pm F*ck Dance Let’s D*ink: Canada Day BBQ @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Celebrate the birth of our great nation! Expect BBQ, jokes, EH’s!, a-boots, Tom Cochrane, and sooo much more. With DJ Booth, Grahmzilla, and Ghetto Gold Matt play the stuff they don’t usually get to play out. This goes late.

9:30 pm Crosswires #19 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of Wavelength. Featuring performances by folk metal trio Silence on Europa and psychedelic folk band The Walls are Blonde + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

11 pm F*ckin’ Eh! Canada Day Jam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Hold on tight. The Eh! Team is back with another of their notorious F*ckin’ Eh! Parties. This time they have a 4 am license and a holiday Monday on their side. Uh oh. $10.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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