Toronto Hit List: Switched On, Beatlemania!, Island Shaker, Free Film Screenings in Dufferin Grove Park & more!

June 2nd-3rd Sing-A-Long Grease @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Come get some Summer Lovin’ at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the brand new sing-along version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and hosted by writer/performer Shawn Hitchins. Bring your friends and vocal chords! Runs at 1 pm both days.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Brass Facts Music Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Like trivia? Like music? Then this one’s for you! 

10 pm Put A Bird On It! @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. 80’s xtravaganza! DJ Paul Petro spins vinyl and Laura Cowell puts birds on things. 

THURSDAY

7 pm “Building Art II” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. “A curated group exhibition which showcases art inspired by Toronto architecture. Building Art gives viewers an opportunity to explore the city buildings and architectural features that were used in artists works.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until June 10th.

10 pm Outlet @ Wayla, 996 Queen St. E. DJs Lindzrox and Jrox play dance-driven indie, surging electro, and high voltage dance!

10 pm YLMC Presents: “Agency” After Party @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Young Lions Music Club presents the after party for Agency, a documentary by Meredith Wright that follows young women from around the world who are struggling to work as models in Osaka’s unforgiving fashion market. The after party promises plenty of pretty faces and dance-floor friendly fun times courtesy of the Summer Fling DJs.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and college radio jams with DJ Pammm and special guest Craig Dunsmuir. 

10 pm Rap & Bitches / Eff Emm Ell @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop and R&B while mixing in some hits from your favourite ladies upstairs. DJs Dread McGriff, Beast, and Craig Mac spin grimy hip-hop and party bangers all night in the basement. Free Baitshop tanks while quantities last.

FRIDAY

6 pm “Destroyer” Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. A two-person exhibition introducing American artists Andrew Schoultz and Richard Colman to their first showing in Canada. “Andrew Schoultz’s mixed media work recalls a historical and political ephemerality that is faced with the inevitable fate of repeating itself. He explores themes such as power struggles, conflict, and sociopolitical hardships through detailed line work and vivid symbolism. While alluding to these scenes from the past, his frenzied yet whimsical work negotiates a familiarity with contemporary plights. Richard Colman’s work blends figurative imagery and bold geometry. Typically using symmetrical compositions, Colman explores themes of human sexuality, societal hierarchies, life and death.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until June 23rd. 

7 pm “Due North” Opening Reception @ Artscape Triangle Gallery. 38 Abell St. “Canadian artist Jeff Molloy is about to complete an artistic journey that began in 1998. Travelling with two documentary filmmakers, Molloy left the west coast on May 22nd, traversing the country to bring his highly original exhibition, Due North, home to Toronto where it began.” Until 9:30 pm. 

7:30 pm Comedy Show & Dance Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Comedy roast kicks off at 8 pm featuring Adrian Sawyer, Stephen Kriedmann, Chris Brazeau, Korri Birch, Alan Bee, Deejay Dayton, and Diana Love. Dance party at 10 pm onwards with DJ Gad Zuchs. $5 suggested donation benefiting the Canadian Diabetes Association. 

8 pm Steam Whistle Unsigned #22 @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Ave. Performances by Wilderness of Manitoba, Amos the Transparent, and Cai.ro. $5 at the door, with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the community through the Artists’ Health Center Foundation. 

8:30 pm #sequelseries: Back to the Future 2 @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. A night of Marty McFly, hoverboards, that sexy Delorean, wicked Nikes, live music and DJs playing music inspired by the film and its era. Performance by Ben Cormier, video premiere of The Beekeepers – Twin Fold Sides, and The Lazy DJs. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 

10 pm Bangs & Blush Present: Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Jump aboard your YELLOW SUBMARINE and take a trip ACROSS THE UNIVERSE with the Bangs & Blush ladies as you party to sweet soul tunes and ROCK & ROLL MUSIC all night long! $5. 

10 pm Soul Block Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Two floors of good music with DJs Fase and Splattermonkey + special guests Riccachet and Thera-P! Soul hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and club bangers upstairs. Strictly 60’s soul, Motown, stax, etc. downstairs. $5 before midnight, more after. 

10 pm Tally Ho! @ Velvet Undergound, 510 Queen St. W. An evening of all-British sounds for your kinetic pleasure! Brit-pop, new wave, shoegaze, post-punk, power pop, Mod revival, Factory Records, etc. $5. 

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard. 

10 pm Back-A-Yard @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of sunshine vibes with Pie & Mash DJs. The best reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall tunes! 

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s! All your favourite dance, pop, hip-hop, R&B, and so on and so on and so on. $5. 

10 pm Pop Lobster @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. This lobster knows no pop boundaries! You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Le Tigre, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more. In memory of legends Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, expect an outpouring of disco. 

10 pm SoulSkank @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party featuring live saxophone all night with DJs Double K, Gramera, and Dennis P. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Scissors @ Bar Neon, 1226 Bloor St. W. Sexy house music for ladies who love ladies and their handsome friends. With DJs Fawn BC and Sokes. $5. 

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Stunts, Kevin Ritchie, and Phil V. Half-price drinks until 11 pm! For line bypass email: bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5. 

10 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Slo-mo tunes with DJs Nadastrom + special guests Lucie Tic, The Frandiscos, and Walmer Convenience. $10 advance tickets available online

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from DJ Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10. 

SATURDAY 

1 pm Island Shaker @ Ward’s Island (leave from the Ferrydocks at 9 Queen’s Quay W.). Beach jam a.k.a. Toronto’s best day party! Until 7 pm. 

4 pm Doing The Same @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Weekly BBQ jam! All smooth West Coast sounds (electro, boogie, jheri curl funk, g-funk, rap and R&B), all free BBQ (while it lasts), all day long cheap beers and mixed drinks from 4-8 pm most Saturdays on the patio. Music by Ghetto Gold Matt and guests, BBQ by Vladimir Kato. 

9 pm Festival Of Art & Music @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. A carefully-crafted list of emerging and established Toronto artists will create art installations using recycled and discarded materials, supporting Evergreen’s policy to promote and encourage sustainability. Artists will manipulate the Brick Works using sound, space and light, working within a theme aptly titled “Construct/Deconstruct”. DJs M.O.S (New York, Miami), Tom Wrecks, and DJ/drum crew CrashDex provide the music. $35 tickets available online in support of motionball, a not-for-profit that introduces the next generation of supporters to the Special Olympics Canada movement through social and sporting events. 

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident DJ Warwick is joined by vinyl collector, world traveller, and selector Soulfinger from California to tear up the dance floor. Get ready for another mixed bag of tropical bangers! 

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul and remixes with DJs Fawn BC and Caff upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. Video and prizes from Eyesore Cinema. $11 pitchers and cheap bar rails all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after. 

10 pm Chronologic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. 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 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 Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party thrown by the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $5. 

10 pm Upside Down @ The Yukon, Queen St. W. DJ Ian Worang plays records which means fun times involving both alcohols and musics! 

10 pm Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Law spins the best of all the classics! Music videos GALORE! 

10 pm Pacific High @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJs Scott Seewhale and Andrew Ross (a.k.a. Nacho Lovers) play only the best dymaxion house music all night long. 

11 pm Beppe Loda Space Disco Tour 2012 @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Legendary Italian DJ Beppe Loda’s Space Disco Tour 2012. With your IC jocks Sesto Falconi and Grand AM + environments by NaomiNoUmi. $10.

SUNDAY

11:30 am The Grid’s Burger Day @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. The Grid’s burger-meisters gather at Artscape Wychwood Barns to cook sliders! There will be brisket. There will be lamb. There will be haggis. (But there will be no veggie burgers—sorry.) Until 4:30 pm. Entry fee is $5; sliders are $3. 

12 & 9 pm Free Film Screenings @ Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St. The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) hosts two free short film screenings from 12-1 pm and 9-11 pm to launch the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) happening in Toronto from June 5th to 10th. Noon screening is Flick-Nic, a family-friendly animated film (bring a picnic!) and evening screening is Christmas in June, a series of Christmas films that will make all adults feel the holiday spirit before they bust out their best holiday moves at a post-screening dance party. 

9:30 pm Crosswires #15 @ 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 Trematron, Julian Hacquebard and Band, Jom Comyn, and Pitysex + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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