May 24th-May 31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. An annual event with over 1,500 artists and photographers in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
May 27th-28th Doors Open @ various locations. One weekend, once a year – 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural, and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration. List of participating buildings here.
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 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 Sike! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. ’60s psyche, garage, soul, surf, beat, mod, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and British invasion with DJ Blush.
10 pm Night of the Long Knives @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Psychobilly, neo rockabilly, Teddy Boy rock ‘n’ roll, and more.
11 pm Spooky Bitch: Florence Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month, Spooky Bitch pays tribute to Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine! Allysin Chaynes and Jacklynne Hyde doing all their best motor skills for you… bring the lube.
7 pm #FNLROM: Flash @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Strike a pose and shine a light on all things photography! Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration at the ROM’s new exhibition, “The Family Camera.” $17 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm Beyonce vs. Solange @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Back by popular demand, This Broken Mixtape will be throwing down all the best tracks from the Knowles sisters, along with the hottest hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and indie tunes. Retro games, cheap drinks, and no cover.
10 pm Paper Jam @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Jordan Bimm (NOW) and Ben Spurr (Torstar) play their favourite indie rock and electronic jams, with an emphasis on Toronto artists.
10 pm Beatles vs. Stones @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush gives you an evening of hits and rarities from the two greats: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones! Come get your Beatles and Stones fill with a ton of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll in between. $5.
10 pm Boosie Fade 3rd Anniversary Party @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi celebrate three years of Boosie Fade parties! You can expect to hear artists like: Kendrick Lamar, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Future, Drake, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Rae Sremmurd, and many more. $10.
10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims + special guest Max Mohenu. $5.
10 pm The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto’s finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to throw down their next foot stompin’, heart pumpin’, sweet lovin’ soul party! Featuring BIG renditions of the BIG classics guaranteed to make you shout and shake + DJ Wes Allen dishing up the biggest dance floor bangers. $15 online and at the door.
10 pm Beam Me Up: Connection @ The Beaver, 1192 St. W. Beam Me Up residents A Digital Needle 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 Dirty Talk Art Show @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. A party bringing together artists, gallery owners, musicians, dancers, writers, fashion bloggers and designers, photographers, filmmakers, and more. The works of over 30 visual artists will be on display + live painting and music by Cherriep and Acote. $15 at the door.
10 pm 100% Dynamite @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic, Misty, and Parkdale Funk spin the explosive sounds of vintage reggae, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll! Expect to hear everything from vintage Northern soul, girl groups, Motown, Stax, garage rock, and heavy funk to rocksteady, classic reggae, blue beat, and ska. Cover under $10.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm Èbony Presents: Overland @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Coming off a slew of events playing with Umfang, Terekke, Schwefelgelb, Zenker Brothers, and more, Jodie Overland hits the decks at Bambi’s for a techno and house set alongside Èbony. $5.
10 pm Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, post-punk, punk, rockabilly, soul – DJ Teenage Werewolf plays the perfect soundtrack for a Friday night freak out.
10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Mostly ’90s dance party with pals Slater and Ty! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
9 am Yard Sale for the Cure @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Shop for a good cause! Now in its 13th year, Yard Sale for the Cure is stocked with treasures uncovered by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, with all funds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) for research. Until 3 pm.
1 pm “Andres Vosu: From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book” Opening Reception @ Propeller Gallery, 30 Abel St. A new exhibition by Montreal-born, Toronto-based artist Andres Vosu. “From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book” features stylized male and female forms used in juxtaposition and repetition, creating graphic and thematic impressions. Until 4 pm.
2 pm Rebels, Jesters, Mystics, Poets Symposium @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Artists whose works are featured in Aga Khan Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibition “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians,” the curator Fereshteh Daftari, and scholar Dr. Adhmad Karimi-Hakkak of the University of Maryland gather for a roundtable discussion exploring the theme “Who are Persians today?” The artists will speak about the inspirations and meanings behind their works, including those in the exhibition, and the many identities of today’s Iranians. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults, and include admission to the galleries.
9:30 pm Inside Out 2017 Women’s Gala Party: Signature Groove @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. If body slamming and hitting the mat sound like a good time, prepare to have the night of your life exploring the dynamic world of women’s wrestling with the League of Lady Wrestlers at Signature Groove! DJs Cozmic Cat and Wei Back will be in the ring all night long. $15.
10 pm Magic Touch @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. California dreamin’ all night long. Pro deejay services provided by: Magic Touch (Los Angeles) and CL (Toronto). $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Wimmin @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. For the first time since Holy Oak closed, Wimmin rides again! A heavy, queer rock ‘n’ roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive punkers and rockers like Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, The Cliks, Against Me!, Janis Joplin, Le Tigre, and many, many more. PWYC ($5 suggested, but no one turned away for lack of funds).
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! $10.
10 pm Dirty Diana: The Weeknd & Michael Jackson Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Break out that red leather jacket and those white gloves, or the XO gear, and get ready for a night of dancing! “Thriller” to “I Can’t Feel My Face.” “Billie Jean” to “Loft Music.” $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.
10 pm Motown Party: Marvin Gaye Edition @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Come shimmy and shake your tail feather with Motown Party as they celebrate Marvin Gaye! Expect to hear The Supremes, Otis Redding, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more of the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax labels throughout the night, courtesy DJs Eric Simon Pearce and Fawn Big Canoe. $5-10 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 Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
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 Panic: All Request @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, post-punk, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, shoegaze, madchester, new romantic, classic industrial, ska, and more. This month, YOU program the entire night. Post your requests on the Facebook wall or write them down at Panic. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm PARTYBOOBYTRAP @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. All genres of music courtesy of Mike Roc and JAYEMKAYEM. Hosted by Freeza Chin. $5.
10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.
10 am Gluten Free Garage @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. The 6th edition of Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace returns with the city’s best gluten-free eats, drinks, and more! Featuring 60 vendors, speakers, food trucks, libations, and samples. Until 4 pm.
10 am Christie Pits Art Crawl @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. Enjoy great local art with tasty food, drinks, and live music at the fifth annual Christie Pits Art Crawl. Until 5 pm.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The first Pedestrian Sunday of the season! From 12-7 pm, cars are given the boot for streets filled with food, performers, dancers, music, vendors, and hundreds of happy people.
12 pm Handlebar Vintage Sale @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. An epic selection of clothing and accessories hand picked from every era, including designer, one-of-a-kind, and plus-size pieces. Vendors include Juliann Wilding,White Tiger Vintage, Goo Girl, Obelisk Vintage, Katie Lavoie, Miss World, Golden Dawn, Dead Cool, and Nouveau Riche Vintage.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
9 pm Side-Eye @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Weekly Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll party featuring a rotating set of A-list DJs. This week, Mötorhome DJs Christina and Elaine + DJ Classy Craig play records with soul, punk, surf, rock ‘n’ roll, power pop, psych, and other types of excellent songs on them.
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