November 20th-December 20th Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery District. The spirit of the winter season comes to life with the sixth edition of the Toronto Christmas Market, the city’s favourite holiday tradition. Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world by Fodor’s Travel, USA Today and Mashable, among many others, the event returns to the Distillery Historic District and provides visitors with the opportunity to rediscover the magic of Christmas.
December 4th-6th Junction Flea Holiday Market @ Smash, 2880 Dundas St. W. All weekend-long holiday market with a Friday night kick-off party. Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm, with booze and music all weekend long for your non-mall holiday shopping pleasure.
10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.
10 pm Home Based @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. A night filled with good hip-hop, good people, and good vibes with DJs Sanga Genesis, James Redi, and special guests. Every Wednesday.
10 pm Smiths Is Dead Dead @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The very last Smiths Is Dead. Only select tracks by The Smiths and Morrissey: bootlegs, b-sides, fan favourites and Cemetry Greats. No crying.
5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.
5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Thursday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.
8 pm Love To Love Disco @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Disco, every Thursday! Rare, groove, classic, italo, and nu. $5.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!
10 pm Strangelove @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. The infamous Strangelove party has arrived at King West’s newest bar/restaurant, Early Mercy. Join hosts Jonathan C and Josh Seaton as they enter the unseen, the society in the dark.
10 pm Draught Funx @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Old rock ‘n’ roll/punk, ’60s garage/psych, disco,’80s stuff, doowop, soul, rockabilly, whatevs! All on vinyl.
10 pm Èbony Homecoming @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Èbony has been house hopping for the past five months, from Hollywood to Calgary. They’ll be celebrating the occasion with the renown Creme Organization label head honcho and selector from another planet, DJ TLR. $10 before midnight, $15 after.
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, Bjork, Kate Bush, Broadcast, Robyn, Erykah Badu, Elastica, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Glasser, and on and on.
9 pm Bieber vs. Everybody @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The first event in a new video dance party series at the Gladstone. It’s always been Bieber against the world, and now DJs Sean Caff and Kaleb Robertson are going to be playing (complete with the video) his new beats against the best of the rest. Think Drake, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Jay Z, and more! Featuring a live dance performance by The Girls Club and a performance by the incomparable Scarlett Bobo. $10.
10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. No No Pony is back to bless you all with more rap, R&B, and Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Amy Wood and Orange Pekoe in the saddle. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm A Farewell Summer Fling Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. This will be the last Summer Fling party at The Steady. Come say goodbye and dance extra hard! The Summer Fling DJs play great songs from all of the eras: classic rock, funk and disco, modern indie, and a sprinkle of other dance floor favourites.
10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.
10 pm chicaBOOM @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Dance party featuring all-female DJs. Ditch the drama, come to SWEAT. With Dre Ngozi (classic hip-hop and R&B, soca, dancehall, afropop, electronic remixes), Durty Dabz (underground hip-hop, rap, trap, electronic beats), and Shabby Shabz (R&B throwbacks, dancehall, desi beats).
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 Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Wedding Night returns for an eclectic evening of dancing! Basement soul, MJ, funk, Prince, R&B, Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and disco.
10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.
10 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, south.
10:30 pm Big Primpin’ @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Phil V and Blackcat. For guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
10:30 pm Tapette Turns Cinq @ The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. The sexy little French party that could turns five. DJ Phil V will be spinning French disco and house, toute la nuit longue! Baguettes everywhere! Free Tapette button to the first 200 people inside! $5.
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.
10 pm Nitty Gritty @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party! Featuring Motown, soul,rhythm and blues, a whole lotta action on the ones and twos.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive dance party! Party jams and freedom.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Go-go stylings by Riff Randell. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
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 Otherworld @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. New party. New feelings. New capacity. New soundsystem. With DJs Guy Dallas, Elliott Vincent Jones, Rob Gordon, and Young Teesh playing music you can fu(n)k to.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal disco and maximal house with DJs Produzentin, Kevin Ritchie, and Jaime Sin.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric and Dalia spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.
11 am Holiday Post Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Everything you need for the 2015 holiday season! Vintage, handmade, and new gifts for her, him, kids, and home from over 60 vendors. Free admission.
12 pm Mid-Day MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. Toronto’s sexiest night MRKT is waking up early for a special mid-day holiday shopping party! Featuring some of the best local retailers, street food, and craft cocktails Toronto has to offer. Music provided by DJs Johnny Hockin and Lucie Tic. Until 6 pm. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).
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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