May 16th-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world, featuring over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May. This year, CONTACT expands its scope across Toronto and presents a broad spectrum of physically and conceptually engaging forms of photography.
May 19th-20th Spring Beerfest @ Fort York: Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd. Spring Beerfest is the ultimate cottage-in-the-city, serving up refreshing cold beer, delicious eats from Toronto’s most popular food trucks, roasted marshmallows, campfires, outdoor games, and more. $25 tickets available online.
May 19th-20th Waterfront Artisan Market @ HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W. Waterfront Artisan Market brings together a carefully curated mix of local artisans, crafters, chefs, and bakers. Runs each weekend through October 6th (open 11-8 pm Saturdays and 11-5 pm Sundays).
May 19th-21st Artfest @ Distillery District, 55 Mill St. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District, Artfest celebrates painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music, and more from Canada’s top artists. Open 11-6 pm daily.
7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.
8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.
8:30 pm The Bronze: A Night of Music Inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. Gather up the Scooby Gang and head to the grimiest watering hole to listen to some rockin’ alt and indie pop tunes! Toronto musicians cover some of the best songs of the era, playing music from bands like The Cranberries, Hole, Treble Charger, and Mazzy Star. Exclusive merch, trivia with giveaways, and a decorated venue will be waiting for you. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.
10 pm No Boss @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ James Kearns and Cameron Gilpin play an eclectic mix of tracks that run the gamut from Lou Reed to GZA to New Order to Sonic Youth to CCR to Kate Bush… you get the idea.
6 pm “Just for Fun!” Opening Reception @ Thompson Landry Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane. Featuring new works from Bao and Boudro alongside veteran Quebec pop artist Rock Therrien, “Just for Fun!” looks at iconic characters from pop culture and the impact they’ve had, and continue to have, on contemporary culture. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs through June 3rd.
10 pm Rewind @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night featuring the best in RnB and UK garage!
10 pm DJ D.B. Buxton @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, funk, and groovy rock ‘n’ roll with D.B. Buxton. Damn fine tunes and damn fine times!
7 pm Friday Night Live: DinoNite @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Get up close to your favourite dinosaurs and dance among the fossils at #FNL. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. $5.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 1990s and early 2000s! Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Toronto’s baddest queer hip-hop/dancehall/sweat-your-face-off party! Laith and friends join the YYY crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Drip @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, R&B, and more with DJs Murdaski, 1-800-NATZ, and Ted Neo.
10 pm Carlton Ranks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.
10 pm Connection @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist explore the connection between disco and house, both through songs that laid the groundwork for house music and those modern and classic edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements.
10 pm Queens of Pop Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. A night dedicated to the powerful women of pop, from current chart toppers to classic hits! See videos from Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Robyn, Cher, Britney Spears, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Björk, Amy Winehouse, TLC, Blondie, and lots more. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and other trill shit with Family Business DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. $10.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join DJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke as they travel back to the ’90s, playing everything from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.
10 pm Second Chance @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The second instalment in the Second Chance series, featuring a live set by California-born producer Tin Man, who has spent the past decade exploring an ever-evolving sound palette that touches on house, techno, and ambient. Support from Efemmera, and ëoz. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm All Soul’d Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB.
10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Destiny’s Child: ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s will be Jumpin’, Jumpin’ this Saturday night! Expect to hear tons of Destiny’s Child plus all your other favourite ’90s jams. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.
10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.
10 pm DJ Shirley Tempo @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Shirley Tempo plays Motown, soul, funk, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures to make you dance!
10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJ Skratch Bastid. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service inquiries and guest list.
11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.
2 pm Electric Island Season Opener @ Hanlan’s Point Stadium, Toronto Island. Electric Island fully-licensed concert and picnic series returns with world class talent for the Victoria Day long weekend! On the Main Stage: Black Coffee (Johannesburg), DJ Tennis (Miami), Yokoo, (Berlin), Ellen Allien (Berlin), NYMRA & Sofisticated (Montreal), and Koki (Tokyo). On the Moog Stage: Carlo Lio B2B Nathan Barato (Toronto), Demuir (Toronto, and Chris Larsen. $44.99 (plus HST) tickets available online.
4 pm Sunnyside 20: Season Launch @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside kicks off its 20th season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! Their first performer of the season is German vinyl practitioner Move D alongside locals Basic Soul Unit, Ali Black, Diana McNally, and Adrian Ravelo. $30 (plus HST) tickets available online.
6 pm Feminist Art Collective Residency Open Studio & Social @ Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island), 443 Lakeshore Ave. 22 international feminist artists open the doors to their studios to show you their finished works and works in progress. Cash bar and party snacks! Until 10 pm. PWYC at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds).
6:30 pm Musical Bingo @ The Chase Fish & Oyster, 10 Temperance St., first floor. Join DJ Phil Villeneuve for an evening of bingo and trivia featuring awesome prizes (the theme is “Let’s talk about sex, baby”). There will also be drink specials and special dishes available in addition to the regular à la carte menu. Click here to make a reservation.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
7 pm Screen Queens Presents: The Devil Wears Prada @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, Screen Queens presents a screening of the 2006 comedy-drama The Devil Wears Prada, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Anchorman: ’70s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of throwback hits of ’70s. Make sure you bring your friend – you know the one, the human torch who was denied a bank loan. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night!
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