January 31st-February 25th Ice Breakers @ Queens Quay from Habourfront Centre to Toronto Music Garden. Discover, explore, and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter.
January 31st-March 4th Toronto Light Festival @ The Distillery District. Back for a second year, Toronto Light Festival transforms the Distillery District into a large open-air gallery filled with works from local and international light artists.
February 3rd-4th Toronto Tea Festival @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Sample hundreds of teas, shop tea-related products, and learn from experts in the industry at the 6th annual Toronto Tea Festival. $15 single-day tickets and $25 two-day passes available online.
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.
10 pm Witch House @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spooky beats and a groove that will have you feeling witchy. Green beer potions available if you dare!
7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!
9 pm Astral Projections @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A monthly out-of-body experience blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs. This edition will feature live performances by New Chance and Stefana Fratila + DJ sets by Raf Reza and Kathryn Firanski, and visuals from Cosmic Resonance co-founder James Harris. $5.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.
10 pm Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Kelela, Broadcast, Robyn, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Grimes, and more.
10 pm DJ Boring / X-Coast / Jaime Sin @ Bambi’s, 1279 Dundas St. W. DJ Boring (E-Beamz, UK) returns to Toronto with X-Coast (Steel City Dance Discs, US) and local of distinction Jaime Sin for a jam. $5
10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs HRLD, SAYYZON, and Florian play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Music for dancing with pleasure models. Music to transport you to the far reaches of Orion, to watch the C-beams glitter in the dark. Music for robots, runners, and replicants. Pammm and Diana McNally (Automaticamore) play Italo, cosmic disco, ’80s Euro synthpop, Montreal sound, and weird dad jams.
10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub and Darksadvial play disco, dance, pop, R&B, funk, soul, and hip-hop from the ’70s through to the 2000s, all on vinyl.
10 pm Rhythm & Booze @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Join DJ Blush for a night of soul, funk, and R&B from the 1950s to ’00s. James Brown to Sly & The Family Stone to Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse. $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! The Hit Parade DJs play soft rock tunes that fall in the sweet spot between 1975 and 1984. $5 to step aboard.
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 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm DJ LAG @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ/producer/Gqom legend LAG (Durban, South Africa) in the grotto. Local support from Chippy Nonstop, Young Teesh, and Walmer Convenience. $15 advance tickets sold out, limited amount available at the door.
10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. A night of mutant and Italo disco, indie electronic, and psych-pop, selected by Digits (of Synthesexer, Silent Shout, Pop Lobster).
10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.
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 Big Primpin’: Sweetheartz @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Come find something sweet to nibble! DJs Blackcat and Sammy Rawal spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email email@example.com. $7.
11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.
2 pm “TERROR!$T” Opening Reception @ Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 115. A selection of textile works by Toronto-based multimedia artist Philip Hare inspired by the defunct Homeland Security Advisory System. Comprised of hundreds of faceless faces, his trilogy of terror looms large above us. And within. Until 5 pm. Exhibition runs through February 24th.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights: Soca On Ice @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queens Quay W. Dr. Jay de Soca Prince serves up soca rink-side for the hottest winter party in town. Skate and helmet rentals available. Until 11 pm.
9 pm Feast in the East @ Matt Durant Studio, 1401 Queen St. E. A monthly east-end music, food, and installation series. This edition features a free dinner by Jonas Linturn a.k.a. Chef Très Bohème, with music provided by Bonjay, Blunt Chunks, Foonyap, and Benedicte. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door. All ages.
10 pm Motown Party @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Shimmy and shake your tail feather to the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax records labels, played by DJs Sean Caff, Fawn Big Canoe, and Mensa. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, ’60s-90s pop and rock with DJ Brother Wayne. $5 rail drinks and shots all night!
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.
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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and psych record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Derek B (Bad News). Sponsored by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $10 cover.
10 pm Softcore UFOs @ The Garrison (front room), 1197 Dundas St. W. There’s a strange light in the sky. You feel a sudden chill. It’s that time again: Pat DJ and Tender Buttons delivering past and future weirdo energy, all on vinyl.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. An evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick shares a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.
10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves, disco, and afrobeat.
10 pm Hanson: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Mmmm-bop your way over to Sneaky Dee’s for a super gnarly ’90s party! They’ll be playing your favourite jams from the decade all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.
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 PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.
10 pm Tapette: Édition Appelle-Moi @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Phillippe plays French pop, disco, and house toute la nuit. Performance by Mango Sassi. $10.
10 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with DJs Kevin Ritchie and Jaime Sin.
10 pm Andras @ Bambi’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Andras is the stage name of Australian musician Andrew Wilson, whose soft-focused abstractions cut a broad path through ’90s underground house, soundtrack, and ambient music. Support from local MILCH. $5.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.
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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