Toronto Hit List: Sticky Fingers, Chronologic, Motown Party, Famous Players' Long Weekend Jam & more!

August 28th-September 3rd Ashkenaz Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. North America’s largest festival of Yiddish and Jewish culture, showcasing artists of music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft and visual arts from Canada and around the world.

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Fort York & The DoneFors & Alanna Gurr @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. This will be the last show alt-folk band Fort York plays for a little while so come and show your support! With The DoneFors and Alanna Gurr.

10 pm Haunted @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Goth for grown-ups! DJ Michael Venus plays goth rock, dark electronic, alternatove, new romantic, new wave, punk rock, and industrial retro realness.

10 pm Steppers @ The Beaconsfield, 1154 Queen St. W. The soundtrack for all rude boys and girls. Expect to hear ska, rockers, and dub early in the night followed by modern shots from the house, dancehall, hip-hop, etc. genres.

THURSDAY

6 pm The Diana Baby Blue Hour @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Lomography celebrates a new addition to its beautiful medium format camera family, the Diana Baby 110! To honour this newest baby, they are throwing a stylish Blue Hour to celebrate the newest and smallest “fashionista” in town. Dress your best because this party is also the Opening Reception for their very special Canada Rumble Competition where we will be exhibiting the winners’ photographs. Until 9 pm.

9 pm Gitar Album Release @ The Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave. An album release party for Gitar’s new album, “Seen As Unclean” with supporting acts The Skirt Chasers, Headloss, Apollo Campbell, and Sisteen Scandals. Crunchy breaks, rockin’ riffs, funky raps and all that. Doors at 8:30 pm. $6.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and college radio jams with DJs Pammm and Lauren. 

10 pm Youth/Trouble @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mawnstr plays things you’d like to dance to in an intimate setting (i.e. sludgy indie rock, weird pop, gay’d up disco).

10 pm Rap & Bitches @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays rap, trap, and music by hot bitches. $5.

10 pm Sticky Fingers @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Classic rock!

FRIDAY

9 pm Crush Party: Capes & Comics @ The Central, 603 Markham St. Dress up like your favourite superhero or comic book character (costumes are welcome, but not required)! With DJRayRuby on the decks and a burlesque performance by Belle Jumelles, accompanied by the vocal styling of Johnny B Goode. $7.

10 pm Cloud Spotting @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Float along with DJs Pooyan and Lazy Ray as they dig into their bag of holding to bring you deep and tasty morsels of funk, disco, and other cosmic jams.

10 pm Shindig! Presents: Motown vs. Stax @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The battle of the two best Soul labels in history is on! With resident 45 selectors, Parkdale Funk, General Eclectic, and Splattermonkey Y’all. $5.

10 pm Mighty Real @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. The ultimate dance floor work out with DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid playing acid, disco, and funky house. Hosted by Fluffy Souffle. Dim sum served until 1:30 am.

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 Summer Mixtape Sessions @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With DJ Tornado Wallace (Delusions of Grandeur) and guest DJs Hemingway and Muscle & Heat. $10 early bird and $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Plaitwrights @ Crawford (downstairs), 718 College St. Live hip-hop set by Plaitwrights. $5.

11 pm Itzsoweezee: 2 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. It’s been two years worthy of celebration and they will party as such! With DJs Grandtheft (special video DJ set / Eh! Team DJs), Thugli (Drastik & Tom Wrecks), and DeMiggs. For guest list linebypassemailguestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

SATURDAY

2 pm Birdbath: Summer Finale @ Polson Pier (behind the Sound Academy), 11 Polson St. Come bid summer (and Birdbath) adieu! Birdbath is about: music, snacks, booze, sun, summer, pool, toys, DJs, Belvedere, mimosas, ping-pong, pool tables, bikinis, babes, caesars, fun, smiles, massages, tans, friends. Music courtesy of DJ Soundbwoy, J-Lah, Kurtbradd, Fonzi and Lance Romance, and Gray Moonen. Parking and lockers available (bring your own lock). For day bed/cabana reservations, email josh@eventsbytouch.com. For $15 guestlist, email jonathanc@embracepresents.com. $10 advance tickets availableonline. $20 at the door.

10 pm Hughes The Boss: 1 Year Anniversary @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A non-stop assortment of iconic 80’s movie soundtracks, new wave, pop, and post-punk. $5.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. 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 Evveryday Wavvy @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Coolin Cregg selects splashy drug rap all night long.

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJ Caff upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. Video and prizes from Eyesore Cinema. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Super Funk Soul Party @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. DJs Cozmic Cat and Splattermonkey serve it up fresh and funky playing kick ass soul, funk jams and sweet party grooves + live performance from special guests The Harmonauts. $5.

10 pm Reality Bytes @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Travel back in time to the 90’s! DJs 4est, Lindzrox, and Jrox spin all your favourite dance, hip-hop, electronica and alternative 90’s tunes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 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 Rip It Up! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Davy Love and friends play R&B, garage, soul, doo-wop and down and dirty rock n’ roll records for your listening, dancing and drinking-along-with pleasure.

10 pm Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Law spins the best of all the classics! Music videos GALORE! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul.

10 pm Sundown @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Open-format party with DJ Shit La Merde.

11 pm Never Forgive Action: 8 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.  
NFA started at Stones Place. Then they were banned from Supermarket. Then they rocked the now-defunct Gypsy Co-op. And they’ve now been blessing the Drake Underground for years. Combine them all together and you’ve got eight years of NFA to celebrate! Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from DJ Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia + special guest DJs Agile and Mensa. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10.

SUNDAY

9:30 pm Crosswires #28@ 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 Luau or Die and The Pink Pearl Dragon + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

10 pm Famous Players’ Long Weekend Jam @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ-bro-friend duo Famous Players have two words for you: dance party! Okay, two more words for you: LONG WEEKEND! $10.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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