October 10th-14th Reelworld Film Festival @ various locations. Reelworld features a selection of inspiring films from Indigenous and racially diverse directors aiming to spark meaningful conversations and fuel social change. Topics include gender identity, environmental issues and climate change, human rights, and gender equality.
October 10th-21st Rendezvous with Madness Festival @ various locations. Now entering it’s 26th year, Rendezvous with Madness Festival is one of the largest – and first – art and mental health festivals in the world. Rendezvous 2018 will embrace a wider range of multidisciplinary art forms along with the provocative films the festival has become known for, including media installations, visual art, theatre, film, panel discussions, and in-conversation events.
October 11th-19th Toronto After Dark Film Festival @ Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W. 50 thrilling new feature films and shorts will be showcased at the 13th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Attendees can also look forward to Q&A sessions with visiting filmmaker guests, the popular Zombie Themed Night, and Pub After Dark, where fans get to mingle with filmmakers and other guests.
October 11th-21st Holding Patterns @ Planet Storage, 1655 Dupont St. This exhibition curated and presented by Art Spin will animate a series of storage lockers with commissioned and site-specific art projects.
October 13th-14th Spooky Parkdale Flea @ Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea’s spooktacular Halloween market featuring local vendors and artisans selling handmade, vintage, and antique items. Four-legged friends welcome! Open 11-6 pm both days.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
8 pm Spelling Bae @ Pennie’s, 127 Strachan Ave. Dust off those dictionaries, because Spelling Bae is back for more letterific wordtastic spellduggery! Sign-up at 8 pm, Bae at 8:30.
7 pm Question Blocks Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A night of themes, laughs, music, and reasonable drink specials! Come for the rivalries and stay for the fabulous prizes. Teams of 5 preferred, but all are welcome.
8 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.
10 pm Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.
10 pm D’Lucious @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. The entwinement of atypical R&B with dance beats. Selectors: J’Lai, Valeroo, SimSimmma, and Casey MQ. PWYC, with proceeds going to the Will Munro Fund for Queer and Trans People Living with Cancer.
10 pm Total Trash @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ night featuring Daniel Benjamin from Toronto, Maria Chavez from NYC, Max Daley from Detroit, Isabella DiBlassio from Detroit, and Cruce Grammatico from Detroit.
10 pm DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard plays an eclectic set of tunes from the past and the present, maybe even the future?
10 pm Rock ‘n’ Roll Witchcraft @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, punk, garage, glam, psych, soul, surf, exotica, and old school rap selected by DJ Nora Noise.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Dig It @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Dig into history as #FNLROM celebrates International Archeology Day! $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
8 pm Boobyball Presents: Wild West @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. Boobyball is goin’ country, y’all! Party patrons are in for a wild ride of line dancing, horseshoe-tossing, and southern-inspired swills, all set against a desert chic backdrop for the throw-down charitable event of the year. $120 tickets available online (includes open bar, eats, gift bag, and a $25 tax receipt).
10 pm 90s Video Dance Party: Clueless Edition @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. AS IF you’d miss this Clueless-themed party! ’90s music videos all night selected by DJ Greedo, free glowsticks, themed drink specials, and a super secret ’90s surprise. Channel your inner Cher or Dionne for a chance to win the $100 costume contest. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. ’80s and ’90s guilty pleasures dance party with DJ Blush! $5.
10 pm Surf’s Up @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Misty Champion and Cece Rider playing surf, vintage R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll on vinyl records.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Guilty pleasures dance party with Bangs & Blush! Drake, Hanson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Vengaboys, Bieber, Will Smith, Spice Girls, Eminem, Jay-Z, Disney music, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm DJ Digital’s Time Machine: Disco Edition @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Shake your groove thang to classic funk and disco from the ’70s and ’80s!
10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.
10 pm Invisible City Presents: Mark Knekelhuis @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Mark van de Maat of the label Knekelhuis showcases his diverse taste in music through a variety of wave, leftfield house, reggae, techno, and world music. With support from Milch (Invisible City Record Shop).
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.
10:30 pm Sissy 3.0 @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. Join the RUDE Collective as they celebrate the iconic and inspirational ballroom culture and Toronto’s own Kiki Ballroom scene. DJs Myst Milano, Aeryn Pfaff, and Vaughan play vogue beats, afro beats, dance beats, tech house, sissy beats, trap beats, funk, and more. $10.
10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Special guest Barry Nichols alongside Andrew Ross on the buttons. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Synthesexer Turns 5 @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party celebrates its fifth birthday! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $5 before 11 pm, 10 after.
10 pm Donnie Darko: 80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Wake up, Donnie. The end of the world is coming, so party all night long to all the ’80s music you can handle. Bunny suits strongly encouraged. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: A Wig Is Worn @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave.
Dance. Birth your inner star. Wear a wig. Be far from the shallow now. DJs Sammy Rawal, Phillippe, and Aeryn Pfaff will be fulfilling all your musical desires. Special performance by Bonbon Bontemps. $8.
10 pm Bar Phlie @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Rapper/producer/DJ More Or Les plays tunes with a hip-hop slant to move you, whether it’s just a head-nod or a full-on shake-a-thon. Expect to hear stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, Dibia$e, J Dilla, Bonobo, TLC, Art of Noise, Roisin Murphy, The Internet, MF DOOM, Bob James, Strange U, and CZARFACE.
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 Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Chicago’s finest, Tim and Teddy, spinning the best and boldest funk across the decades. $5.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
10 pm One Leg Up @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. All vinyl, all night dance madness with DJ Precious Brett! Pop, rock, and soul (classic and rarities) from any decade.
10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!
10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling the very best of vintage, salvage, antiques, collectibles, handcrafted goods, and more. Until 5 pm.
12 pm Vegan Oktoberfest Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Find all the best vegan foods and plant-based products at this Oktoberfest-themed market. Until 6 pm. $5 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
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