Toronto Hit List: Sugar Bush, (I Like) American Music, Caribou DJ Set, Girls Rock Camp Fundraiser & more!

June 7th-19th Unknown Legends Pop-Up Sale @ 1080 Queen St. W. Ladies vintage clothing, jewelry, (new) swimwear, designer consignment, vintage consignment, shoes, handbags and accessories from LAB Consignment, CHOSEN, Silver Falls, Bathing Belle Swim and Alynne Lavigne Vintage Jewelry. Cash and credit accepted. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 7 pm and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm, both weeks.  

June 10th-19th Luminato @ various locations. For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Now in its fifth year, Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, fashion, film, magic and more. luminato.com 

June 11th-12th TAS South Adopt-A-Thon @ Dufferin Grove Park. The TAS will have dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters available for adoption, and several tables of donated toys, treats and pet supplies available for a small donation fee. The Park will also be making pizza in the brick stove! Runs 10 am to 5 pm both days.  

WEDNESDAY 

7:30 pm Granny Boots Presents: Plump It Up! @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. A powerful, fun and free night of fat performances and videos! Featuring Fay Slift and his lil cubs, members of Pretty Porky and Pissed Off, Mizz Faluda Royalle, FFM, Crystal Visions, Afi Browne, Miz Fluffy Souffle and Lady Gefilte, with DJs Mama Knows and Nik Red.  

THURSDAY 

5 pm “Then & There” Opening @ Birch Libralato, 129 Tecumseth St. An exploration of how a second glance can offer an entirely new perspective, featuring works by young artists all pursuing the idea that every subject contains the potential for multiple explorations. Runs June 8th-July 16th. 

6 pm Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund Art Show: Wild Ontario @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. Art show benefitting the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, a charity that raises funds to send underprivileged children to summer camps across Canada. Live music by Toronto alt-country duo Grand Canyon (think Johnny and June) and works by a number of Canadian artists all inspired in some way by Ontario’s green or natural areas. $20, with funds going directly to the TSCBF.  

7 pm “Findings/Treasures” Opening @ Lascaux, 89 Niagara St. New works by Couzyn Van Heuvelen and Diana Lynn Vandermeulen; examining objects from the natural world that are often collected and displayed. Until 11 pm. Runs June 10th-15th from 1 to 5 pm daily.  

7:30 pm “Being She” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Women’s College Hospital and The Gladstone Hotel present a photo-based art exhibition addressing the culture of women’s health care by exploring issues of empowerment, diversity, identity and embodiment. Co-curated by Betty Ann Jordan of Art InSite, Deborah Wang of Come Up To My Room and Christina Zeidler of The Gladstone Hotel, with the help of curatorial advisors Sophie Hackett and Michelle Jacques of the AGO. Until 10:30 pm. Runs June 9th-August 1st.  

10 pm DJ Misty @ The Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. DJ Misty plays all her favourite hits and rarities from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on vinyl and CD to make you shimmy and drink a lil’ (or a lot).  

10 pm Both @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An everybody-friendly dance party inviting all walks of life to enjoy a widely mixed bag of music to move your feet! $5/PWYC.  

10 pm Loaded @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The best of the UK from 1960 onwards! $2.  

10 pm DJ Starboy @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Expect to hear all the best in rock n’ roll, pop n’ soul! 

10 pm Blakk Mass @ Crawford, 718 College St. An all hits, no bullshit party playing music that includes Kiss, The Boss, Biggie, Bowie, T Rex, ZZ Top, Wu Tang, Blondie, etc. Drink specials include $4 Jager and tequila, $9 BIG 50s, $6 draft, $7 mug + shot and more. They also have a brand new slushie machine. 

10 pm Good Timin’ @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Smooth tunes and good timin’ all night long. 

FRIDAY 

8 pm VIDEODROME @ MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W. An exercise in video screening as party and vice-versa, bridging the gaps between the sofa, the club, and the gallery. Featuring visual music, live A/V performance and installations. $10.  

9 pm The Wa: Daredevil Issue Release Party @ 606-A Queen St. W. The Wa celebrates the release of issue 5.2, an examination of the daredevil personality. The issue features interviews with Mick Foley, a robosaurus pilot/hang glider pioneer, a counterterrorist/customs officer a skeleton luger, a shark wrangler, a muay thai expert and a stuntman from Cool Runnings, plus original photos, illustrations and more! Party will feature DJ sets from Baller and Jackie Phoenix and a live performance by Little Girls. Free before 11 pm and free magazines while they last. Limited capacity.  

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A night where the Bangs & Blush ladies say FUCK IT and turn out all those hip-shaking guilty pleasures that keep you dancing all night long. From Spice Girls to Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga to Talking Heads, Lauryn Hill to The Smiths, Madonna to Oasis… they’ve got you covered.  

10 pm Fuck Dance, Let’s Drink @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Booth, Graham Zilla, Dougie Boom and ghettogoldmatt kindly share their favourite music that they don’’t often get to play out. Not focused on the dance floor, just good music and drinking. 

10 pm STD @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. An omni-genre dance party where DJs Isosceles and Innez Da Future play every song you want to hear. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm 90’s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Giveaways, 90’s prizes, 90’s movies, Much Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slowdances, 1 am costume contest and 90’s music, duh! With DJs Fawn BC and Caff. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm (I Like) American Music @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ Ricky Bionix plays all kinds of music from our friends to the south.  

10 pm Criminals Of America @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. DJ Frey plays music to commit crimes – or better yet, dance – to! This means pretty much anything goes.  

10 pm Her: Bubble Edition @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. DJs Produzentin, Max Mahenu and OMGBLOG.com spin prismatic beats to keep her popping all night! Hosted by Néolia with a special bubblicious performance by J’eZelle. $2.50 tequila shots and Paloma cocktails before 11:30 pm. For line bypass email set.her.free@gmail.com. $5. 

10 pm The Frantic City Freak Out @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Frantic City Records, Boppa Do Down and Bananas Magazine Present a Toronto/New York rock n’ roll fest! Featuring The Above, The Electric Mess and DJ Charles Gaskins from Brooklyn and The Von Drats, The Bon and Dany Laj & The Look from Toronto.  

10 pm Hot Jams! @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug (a.k.a. Manjah Music) spin hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. 

10 pm Tigerblood @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. Indie dance, rock remixes, electropop! You know, stuff like Robyn, Metric, Cut Copy, Justice, Phoenix, Santigold, Black Keys, Sleigh Bells, MGMT, Passion Pit, etc.  

10 pm Boogierock @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. An all-vinyl rock party for your listening pleasure, because these tracks sound better on wax! Classic rock, glam rock, Brit-pop, new wave, post-punk and indie jams with DJ Daz Factor at your service.  

10 pm Jacked @ Blondie’s, 1378 Queen St. W. House music all night long!  

10 pm Jackson Family Values @ Revival, 783 College St. A video dance party heavy on Michael and Janet with a sprinkling of the Jackson 5, The Jacksons, La Toya, Jermaine, Rebbie, 3T, and Austin Brown (son of Rebbie). $7.  

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Diana, Pam and Jaime play Italo, disco house, indie dance and space shit. Cheap drinks and arcade games! 

10 pm C’est Parti: Skate 4 Cancer France Kick-Off @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Rob Dyer is going to skateboard across France in the name of cancer prevention and needs a bit of money. Expect to witness Mr. Dyer dancing on tables, DJing Youtube songs and ripping his best friend’s shirts open while screaming “IT’S ALL GOOD!” $5, which goes towards the upcoming Skate De France. 

10 pm (ALT)Night @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A queer-friendly party where DJ Dislexia brings you the beats for those feets. Indie-house-rock-disco-risco-party-jam-booty-punk-funky-weird-whatever + midnight Madonna dance party! 

SATURDAY 

9 am Compassion Marketplace @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 St. Clair St. The Toronto Vegetarian Association presents the Compassion Marketplace, featuring cruelty-free businesses, compassionate cuisine and lively discussions. RSVP

12 pm Free Lemonade & Signed Photos of John Stamos* @ Christie Pits Park. A booth will be set up to hand out free cups of lemonade and signed photos of John Stamos*. *Photos will be signed by an individual who is not John Stamos, has no relation to Mr. Stamos, and does not bear any particular physical resemblance to the celebrity in question (the aforementioned John S.). 

12 pm 88 Days Presents: Wyling On The Island @ Artscape Gibralter Point, Toronto Island. 2 year anniversary party and performances by 88 Days of Fortune members. Music, live painting, workshops, sky installations, photo booth, food, L.L.B.O., vendors and more! $12, all ages, available at Soundscapes or online

1:30 pm Outclass Pop-Up Shop @ 416 Snack Bar, 181 Bathurst St. Clothing for the special man/men in your life! Cash only. Until 7:30 pm.  

7 pm What Is Bü? Art Showcase & Launch Party @ The Gladstone Hotel (second floor gallery), 1214 Queen St. W. Toronto indie clothing and accessory company, Crywolf has just launched their very first vinyl artist’s toy manufactured; a blank, do-it-yourself toy/art object called Bü. Launch party includes a select group of 19 talented and eclectic, nationally and internationally-recognized local artists to customizing their very own Bü, raffle prizes, gift prizes for the first 50 guests and a small gift for the first 200 guests.  

8 pm Craftstock 2 @ Kapisana Phillippine Centre for Arts & Culture, 167 Augusta Ave. An indie folk festival and craft fair! Featuring folk bands Seol, Formalists, Wide Eyed Tour Guide, Union Duke, Star Department and Spirit Oak, and crafters Block House Creations, Sarah’s Jewelry, Mike Riley, Shipwrecks and Bravery, She’s A Mighty Ship, The Lime Shop and Cookie Friday Co. $6. 

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night including 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz and forgotten gemz. 

10 pm The Parkdale Soul Revue @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Dance hits from the best of the sweet soul 60’s and 70’s with DJs Mark Pesci and Kristal Kent. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm Dancing Shoes, Booze & Tunes @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Expect to hear everything from The Ramones to QOTSA to The Pixies to Jay-Z with a side of M.I.A and Kanye West. Drink specials include $4 PBRs, $4 Jameson and Jack shots, $5 pints, $10 pitchers and $10 mini mixed drink pitchers (in the downstairs bar).  

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Celebrate summer’s arrival on the dance floor with DJs Max Mehenu, Sammy and Nino Brown spinning. $5. 

10 pm Rock & Roll Radio DJ Night @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Join The Rock & Roll Doctor, host of Rock & Roll Radio on CIUT 89.5 FM, for a night of musical revelry. Maximizing the resources of popular music: R&B, rock n’ roll, soul, country, reggae, rap, misc. pop, etc. 

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

10 pm Sugar Bush @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. DJ Home Rekha plays you those ass-shaking, scream-a-long, grinding, foot-stomping tunes, which she eloquently describes as, “Uh, like, stuff with girls involved, I guess. That you can dance or, you know, get busy to. Tina Turner to PJ Harvey to Karen O, whatever.” 

11 pm Caribou DJ Set @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Having spent time in London, England, soaking up the DJ scene, Polaris Music Prize award winner Caribou showcases some of the varied dance/electronic influences that framed last year’s critically-acclaimed Swim. $10. 

SUNDAY

7 pm Girls Rock Camp Fundraiser @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Performances by By Divine Right, Sister, Dilly Dally and Food Fight to raise funds for Girls Rock Camp Toronto, a space for girls to discover and express their talents. $5, all ages. www.girlsrocktoronto.org

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