Toronto Hit List: Summer In The City, Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party, Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship, Shit My Dad Plays & more!

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come for the music, stay for the music. DJ Wes Allen plays oddities, discoveries, reminders, secrets, lost and found, surprises, and jewels. 197? and earlier.

10 pm Keep Calm @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Calvin Castellino and Justin Perreault play all your favourite indie pop songs to help you forget that it’s only Wednesday.

THURSDAY

6 pm Summer In The City @ The Kind Exchange, 611 Queen St. W. Queen West clothing store The Kind Exchange presents Summer in the City, a shopping event and fundraiser. An evening full of fun fashion, photographers, music, shopping, tasty treats, and a very exclusive silent auction with amazing donations from local neighbourhood stores like Jimmy’s Coffee, blo, The Ten Spot, Getspun, Moksha Yoga,The Manor Boutique Hair Salon, and much more! In support of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, which delivers programs and services to protect women affected by violence. Free! RSVP online.

7 pm “Building Art” Opening Reception @ Process Gallery, 1313 Queen St. W. “This exhibition gives artists a unique opportunity to explore the influences of local architecture on their artistic practise. It allows the public an opportunity to make further connections with the city architecture by viewing the creative process that has inspired these artists.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs May 16th-27th.

9 pm Pink Slip Goes to Montreal & Much Music Video Dance Party @ Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave. Pink Slip is heading to the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival at the end of the month and are throwing a fundraiser along with The Weekenders Series. Followed by a Much Music Video Dance Party. It’s time to laugh, party and dance the night away to help send Pink Slip to Montreal! With host Matt O’Brien, improv by The Weekenders, a 5 minute open performer lottery spot, and headliners Pink Slip (Nate Callens, Nicole Elsasser, Alan Kliffer, and Felicity Penman). PWYC.

10 pm Rap & Bitches @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies.

FRIDAY

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 90’s! Throw your feed on the tiles at Clintons as the DJs jam out anything and everything from 1990-1999. $5.

10 pm Songs: A Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. The ultimate dance party, with special guest Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck spinning and Bobby Kimberley picking the jams before and after. Also featuring a CD release party for Cousin + a performance by Nicholas Doubleyou & the B-Squad. $5.

10 pm Visions / Mansion 3 Year Anniversary @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Ave. Forward-thinking music, projected visuals, and interactive art in a 600+ person gallery celebrating 3 years of unconventional parties by Mansion! With DJs Shlohmo (LA/NYC), Ryan Hemsworth, Deebs, and Zodiac + visuals by A-Rock in the main room. In the side room, “an immersive installation room exists within the event that draws inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey in which mortals and immortals cross realms within an eternal cave.” Featuring catering by Fidel Castro and cake by Phat N’ Phull. $10 advance tickets (guaranteed entry) available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For $10 reduced guestlist (subject to capacity), email names to guestlist@themansioninc.com.

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 Black Box Disco @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ Ell V and a special guest play techno, minimal, acid, EBM, and synth.

10 pm The Zodiacs Present: Taureans @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros bringing you the finest old school hip-hop and R&B all night long. $5.

10 pm Gin & Phonic @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Stax, Motown, funk, northern soul, and jams on strictly vinyl. Dance it up!

10 pm Bass @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop tunes that bring the bass with DJ Marko Orlic. Don’t forget your neck braces. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s biggest, baddest, freak nastiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Featuring special guest DJs The Frandiscos + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.

10 pm Low Lyfe @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Feeling feelings, drinking drinks and musicing musics with DJs Ian Worang and Jaime Sin.

10 pm Special Delivery – Throwback Edition @ College Street Bar, 574 College St. Reminisce on the hits from the 90’s to the 2000’s. DJ Law spins the best in old school hip-hop, R&B, reggae, pop, and classic house all night long!

10 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! Featuring the band The Best and the best singers from the best local bands recreating classic songs from all genres and eras. Followed by a dance party with DJ Shit La Merde playing all your favorite songs.

10 pm New Kids On the Block @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. A party celebrating the 90’s, giving you an opportunity to dance until you’re covered in sweat, and beer, go home with a babe, and make all your friends with cottages super jealous of your May 24 weekend. Music by Dead & Divine (acoustic Smashing Pumpkins cover set) + DJs Jr. Flo, Ultrlght, and a very special guest. $5. For guestlist, email guestlist@mfoy.ca.

11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come get learned… proper, real proper! Resident DJ Fase teaching you the values of hip-hop, funk, soul, old school, house, reggae, and club anthems. $10.

SATURDAY

9 pm Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship @ 751 (upstairs), 751 Queen St. W. Put your elbows down and your hands together! Each wrestler dukes it out to the tune of her own theme song and brings her posse as back up. Event is open to everyone and fake names and costumes are highly encouraged! To pre-register, email classyladiesarmwrestling@gmail.com (same-day registration starts at 8 pm, fights start at 11 pm). $5 to watch, with all proceeds going to BecauseIAmAGirl, whose social movement is designed to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world. Tickets available online.

10 pm Bad Taste @ 751 (downstairs), 751 Queen St. W. Gully rap music all night to raise money for BecauseIAmAGirl. With double barrel pump up selectors Walmer Convenience. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

10 pm Shit My Dad Plays @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Songs culled from DJ Steve Manale’s dad’s iPod. Steely Dan, Steve Miller, Chicago, Bob Seger, Wings, etc.

10 pm MurderBoner! 16 @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ ghettogoldmatt and special guest Ryan Hemsworth play new progressive rap music all night long. Hard drinks, and harder 808s.

10 pm Splattermonkey Presents: The Super Funk Soul Revue @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. The soft launch of DJ Splattermonkey’s concert series! This month’s show features the deep funk sounds of The Soul Motivators + DJ General Eclectic playing deep funk, soul, and classic b-boy breaks all night. $5.

10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Suzie Boo and Magnum PI play Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour + 90’s hip-hop, pop, Elvis, everything. Equestrian or “horsey” attire encouraged! $5.

10 pm Sugar Hill / Holy Shit It’s A Rap Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays uptown boogie, new jack swing, and 80’s and 90’s rap + RnB. Downstairs, DJs WLFPK and Zilla play hip-hop bangers – half pure classics and half new jams. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

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 Dreamland Skank @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ duo Taiza plays hot voodoo drums and party vibez! Tuff disco, drums of passion, garage funk, “digital B” in a dancehall stylee, and 40 oz. Colt 45s.

10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dust off those boogie shoes! DJs Johnee and Dylan spin sweet disco hits to keep you stayin’ alive. $5.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music.

10 pm Electric Dreams @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Murdress Margot plays new wave and other moody dance music.

10 pm Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With guest DJ Juan Maclean (DFA Records, NYC) + residents The Wheel Wells. $12.50 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

11 pm Purplelectricity 8th Anniversary Edition @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Purplelectricity Prince Party, Canada’s only recurring Prince tribute party! Featuring music and videos that span Prince’s entire career right from 1978’s debut album “For You” until 2011’s single “Extraloveable” as DJ Doctor Baggie spins nothing but hi-NRG Prince. $10.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

SUNDAY

9:30 pm Crosswires #13 @ 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 Childs (down ‘n dirty punk with heart), HiFi Phantom (fuzzy pop), and Most People (kaleidoscopic pop) + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

10 pm Girl & Boy Y2K @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A celebration of the new millennium! Think fast internet, smartphones, cloud computing, and some of the greatest pop music of all time. $5.

10 pm Jukebox @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. A rock and soul dance party with DJs Circle Research and The Gillespie Bros. $10.

11 pm A/V Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Grandtheft takes all your favourite video hits from the past decades and mashes them together! Good thing Monday is a holiday – you’ll need it after this jam. $10.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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