Toronto Hit List: Bad Movie Night, Art y Tacos, The Neverending Mixtape, Board Game Bizarre & more!

WEDNESDAY

11 am Drake General Store Friends & Family Sale @ Drake General Store, 1144 Queen St. W./82A Bathurst St./1011 Yonge St. For one day only, enjoy a special 25% off all regularly-priced purchases during our extended hours as the Drake celebrates the launch of their revamped Queen West location! Queen West and Bathurst locations open until 9 pm, Yonge location until 7 pm.

10 pm Music Expert @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All vinyl dance party presented by Live in Bellwoods! Some oldies. Some newies. All goodies.

10 pm Lovers Rock @ Sweaty Betty’s, 13 Ossington Ave. Brittney Townson (of Bangs & Blush) and her beau Jesse Labovitz (of Ride The Tiger) play rock n’ roll for all the lovers out there.

THURSDAY

8 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. Bad Movie Night kicks off with a screening of Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. The Bad Movie Night folks describe this gem as: “Some may say it’s *just* a film, but that overlooks a deeper truth: it’s a hypothetical projection of how humanity would react to a bed that has a taste for flesh. So sure, come out to be entertained, but don’t be surprised if you happen to learn a little bit about life, love, and demon-possessed furniture in the process.” $4 mixed drinks/shooters.

10 pm The Octopinesse Revivers @ Revival, 783 College St. Live Motown, soul, funk, and R&B performance by The Octopinesse Revivers + special guest and Northern Soul aficionado DJ Splattermonkey! $5.

10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andycapp plays four hours of melodically soulful music that provides an intimate, laid-back mood tailor-made for late-night listening and a welcome end to the stresses of the workday.

10 pm Fun! @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. DJs Philpmode and Dread McGriff play rock n’ roll, hip-hop, indie, dance, and party anthems. Fuel up before or after with a Henry J or Abe Frohman.

11 pm BEVSTMODE @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The love of fashion, music, and art, the rejection of establishment, that’s BEVSTMODE! DJs Kicks and Vanity Muscles play trap, hip-hop, hip house, electro, and everything current.

FRIDAY

6 pm “Apocalypse (not to scale)” Opening Reception @ AWOL Gallery, 76/78 Ossington Ave. “’Apocalypse (not to scale)’ is Laurie Bulchak’s exploration of the end of the world. Through forced perspective and a play on scale, she seeks to contextualize the unique human experience in a variety of catastrophic events. Bulchak is a contemporary artists working with cinematographs, a digital art form that isolates a single component of a moving image while the surrounding image remains static, in a gallery setting.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until November 25th.

7 pm Art y Tacos @ La Revoluci n, 2848 Dundas St. W. Mexican-Portuguese pop-up restaurant Oxala is celebrating its first birthday! Inspired by Mexican street festivals, the event brings together food, live music, and street art. Toronto-based artists Natalie Meyers and El Kardenal Verde show in the front room, while the back room will feature local artists such as Angel76, PUA69, and Cop; as well as international street artists Slurg (Germany), ChrisRWK (NYC), mrSAY (Portland), and more. The Oxala team will provide their signature menu of tacos, vegetarian tamales, ceviche shooters, and cocktails. A complimentary tres leches birthday cake will be served before the post-dinner party.

7 pm ROM Friday Night Live: Canadian Classics @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Celebrate all things uniquely Canadian sports, music, food, drink, and culture! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Canada/Russia hockey series and back by popular demand, local Canadian craft brewers: Kensington Brewing Company, Black Oak Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery, Amsterdam Brewing Company, Steam Whistle Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing Company. Home grown music with New Hands + other goodies. $10.

8 pm Steam Whistle Unsigned #24 @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Ave. Performances by Digits, Babe, and Beta Frontiers. $5 at the door, with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the community through the Artists’ Health Center Foundation.

10 pm My Liner Notes Presents… The Neverending Mixtape @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. An all-night dance party that celebrates the best in indie rock/dance, new wave, electro, hip-hop, and mashups. You’ll hear some great tunes, dance until your hemorrhoids bleed, and consume so much booze that you’ll have hallucinations of riding above the city skyline on a giant floppy-eared mutt named Falkor.

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 This Year Last Year @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Justin Perreault and Calvin Castellino play all your favourite indie pop + oldie jams. Make things happen!

10 pm Shake A Tail East @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Shake A Tail hits the east end! 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING + free 60’s-style hairdressing by Lift Salon available in the front window. $5.

10 pm It’s So Cold in the T @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Ordinary Girls play the rap, the hip-hop, and the R&B. $3 PBR before 11 pm. Booty quakes and quacks all night.

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 For Music Lovers @The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. The Pie & Mash DJs play alternative tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and on.

10 pm Record Party! @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. DJs Elaine Banks and Minus Matt

spin soul, R&B, punk, glam, power pop, and rock & roll – all on 45s. With host I Hate You Rob.

10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Tropical Roots Session @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJ A Man Called Warwick (Turning Point) digs deep into the vaults to share a unique dance floor set. Indo, Afro, Latin, and Carib sounds all night long.

10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of hip-hop with Diggy The DJ of Down With Webster. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Slo-mo tunes (115 BPM or less) with DJs Paul Devro, Lucie Tic, and Class Act. $10 advance tickets available online. For reduced guestlist and table service, email allicia@ledewit.com.

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 DJ Sean Caff + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.

10 pm D’stroy / Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, the D’Stroy crew plays hip-hop, RnB, and mashups. Downstairs, DJs Jon Chetty and James Redi play Motown, disco, hip-hop, and reggae while Fundament holds it down front and centre with a mic, a George Foreman grill, a stack of Cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. Yes, FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Micehal, Elektrotank, and special guest Adam Silva spin all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco. PWYC, with proceeds going to The Cautioneers and their upcoming record.

10 pm Paper Diamond @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Paper Diamond headlines for his Night Vision 2012 tour and Hydee supports. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.

10 pm Stain @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Featuring music by Make Haste, Saturns, and Piper Davis + hostess Judy Virago and DJ Triple-X. $5.

10:30 pm MurderBoner!19 @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ It’sMattLangille plays new progressive rap music all night long.

11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom + special guests The Frandiscos throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon. They’ll play hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new! $10.

SATURDAY

12 pm November Clothing Swap Party @ Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St. Show up with all of your out-of-season and unwanted clothing, and leave with a fabulous new haul! In addition the usual on-site alterations (by donation), delicious snacks and – of course – scads of great clothes, professional image consultant Danielle D’Amato will be on-hand to provide advice on how to style your new swap finds, and incorporate them into your existing wardrobe. All clothing, shoes, and other accessories (with the exception of socks & undies) that are clean and in good condition are welcome. All leftover clothing will be donated to local charities. Admission (with at least 5 swap items) is $8. If you have nothing to swap but still want to upgrade your wardrobe, just show up with an extra $5, and they’ll give you a bag to fill.

7 pm Cavalcade of Lights @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto lights up the holiday season with the 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights. Enjoy seasonal lights, fireworks, and musical performances by Dragonette, Suzie McNeil, Sean Jones, and Alyssa Reid. Fireworks by Circus Orange and a “Sno Ball” dance party with DJ Mel Boogie, sponsored by Timothy’s World Coffee.

7 & 9 pm Darryl’s Hard Liquor & Porn Film Festival @ Projection Booth Gallery East, 1035 Gerrard St. E. A 90 minute program of funny and creative short films by local and international film makers on the subject of sex, with focus on comedy and having fun. Now in it’s 11th year in Toronto, the festival features films from Canada, U.S., Czech Republic, Spain, Japan, UK, and Australia. These works are a by comedians, animators, musicians, artists, commercial film makers and film students and range from raunchy to repressed, dirty to demure, taboo to tame, anything but lame. $20 tickets available online and include admission to the afterparty at The Centre of Gravity East (1300 Gerrard St. E.).

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 Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The Urban Electronic Dance DJs play trap, rap, and bass music. Free before midnight, $5 after.

10 pm Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up #6 @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. Two hot-wired rockabilly combos tear it up, and rockin’ DJs keep the dance floor hoppin’ all night long! Thrill to the electric twang of the Gretsch guitar, slapback rhythms on the doghouse bass, unhinged vocal antics, and the restless rockabilly beat with full tilt live sets by Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and The HellBent Rockers. Delivering red hot rock ‘n’ billy platters will be DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris and DJ Evilpainclown. $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 The Bridge @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. DJ Triplet plays classic hip-hop.

10 pm Sugar Hill / Stay Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. Downstairs, it’s an explosion of old school jams. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10:30 pm Bang The Party! @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Resident DJ Andycapp is joined by special guest Paul E. Lopes for a special session dedicated to all things boogie and boogie funk old and new, titled “Pop Ur Funk.” $10.

10:30 pm Betula @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs David Patterson, Michael Krochak, and Ronnie MF Falcon play house and techno all night.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. AND, in honour of Toronto Beer Week, Shake a Tail will be boozing till 4 am! $5.

SUNDAY

10:30 am 101 Markets @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. 101 Markets is bringing their unique blend vintage and artisanal goods to the Junction! With the aim of providing an experience beyond the typical pop-up shop, these markets bring together vendors of varied backgrounds and products, including an array of vintage finds from independent and popular dealers, contemporary Canadian designers, and a selection of artisanal jewelry and goods. Until 5 pm.

3 pm Kreayshawn Meet & Greet @ Community 54, 1275 Queen St. W. Bring her CD “Something ‘Bout Kreay” or buy one at the shop and get it signed by Kreayshawn herself. Until 5 pm.

6 pm Board Game Bizarre @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A fundraiser for Fly By Night Theatre, with all funds raised used to produce their 2013 show and all profits donated to Royal Seed. In addition to the board games, there will be live mini-performances throughout the night and pizza and hot air popcorn to snack on. $5 (receipt with a $20 donation).

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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

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