May 1st-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world is back! CONTACT is an annual event in May featuring over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
May 10th-12th Inherit Vintage Pop-Up @ Creatures Collective, 822 Dundas St. W. Great deals and steals on wonderful unique pieces ranging from jewelry to clothing, furniture, knick knacks, and much more! Runs Friday and Saturday 12-7 pm, and Sunday 12-6 pm.
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11 pm.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.
10 pm Common People @ The Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ Tigermilk plays a mix of post-punk, alternative, Brit-pop, seminal to current indie rock, and whatever else. $4 mixed drinks before 11 pm, $4 tequila, $5 Jameson, $5 pints of PBR, and $7 mug + shot.
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.
7:30 pm Project Art @ The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W. The Project Art Gallery Benefit will feature original artwork from 15 emerging, local artists available for purchase the night of. There will be food, drinks, music, and entertainment to go along with over 50 pieces of amazing artwork! $60 advance tickets available online, with all proceeds going to the Sunnybrook Foundation in efforts to install an art program for therapeutic healing at the Odette Cancer Centre.
9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. DJ Caff (Motown Party) plays funk and soul while you drink and dance.
10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for The Strokes.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear!
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™. DJs Diana and Pammm play Italo, disco house, indie dance, and space shit. Cheap drinks and arcade games!
5 pm Flavours of the City: Spring it on 707! @ 707 Dundas St. W. Kick off your weekend and Market 707’s Flavours of the City event series at this unique street food Block Party! Featuring performances by Toronto talent with a folk flair, unique street food in the iconic Market 707 containers, and food trucks. Until 9:30 pm.
7 pm Friday Night Live! @ The ROM, 100 Queen’s Park. Explore the photographic image with the Scotiabank CONTACT exhibitions “GENESIS” and “Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal”. Join the conversation with Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM Senior Curator, South Asian Art and CONTACT artists. Drink and food tickets available onsite starting at $6. $12 advance tickets available online (entry is guaranteed only if you book tickets online and arrive before 9 pm).
10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Go shorty, it’s your birthday! Diego Bros play 90’s and 00’s hip-hop and R&B all night long. (May babies, post your birthday requests on the event page). Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm 90s Party: Spring Break Edition @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Good Kids and She Does the City are excited to bring you another 90s Party! This month, we celebrate spring break 90’s style. Expect beach balls, arm bands, buckets and spades around the club, with the odd blow up crocodile thrown in the crowd at random points. Dress in your best 90’s spring break wear for a chance to win $200 in cash! Featuring $1 Sex on the Beach jello shots and a photo booth. DJs Caff and Fawn BC play all your favourite alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Nitty Gritty @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. A soul night: Motown hits, rare soul cuts, disco fevers, R&B gems, and everything in between! (Bring your dancing shoes, PBR is only $3 until 11 pm.)
10 pm YouAintEvenKnowIt / In Love With the Underground Vol. 1 @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, TFHOUSE plays trap, g-funk, and new shit. Downstairs, it’s a celebration of the sounds of the underground. Get drink, get ratchet with Medi, Sundrips, and GNGRN. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm (ALT)Night: Fuck Yeah Friday @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. You’ve been working your butt off all week long. You deserve a break. FUCK YEAH FRIDAY! DJ Dislexia plays rock, disco, house, rap, hip-hop, synth, punk, and waltz. Drink specials until midnight ’cause drunk feet dance better!
10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night free love psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow, etc. $5.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night.
10 pm Overfunk’d @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ King Curtiss Winston (the Son of S.O.U.L.) plays funk, soul, and afrobeat.
10:30 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. HER-ticulture Edition! DJs Kris Steeves, Max Mohenu, and OMGBLOG.com water HER buds with disco and house until the dance floor is in full bloom. $2.50 drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email email@example.com. $5.
11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience for urban dwellers looking for high-quality and affordable plants and flowers. Featuring an abundance of fresh-cut, potted, and bedding flower varieties sourced directly from Ontario greenhouses + hot and iced coffees and cappuccinos, and tasty fresh-baked treats. Until 3 pm.
10 am Absolutely Vintage Clothing Show @ Maple Cottage, 62 Laing St. Carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates, this vintage sale features men’s and women’s clothing from the 1890s through the 1970s, costume jewellery, textiles, accessories ephemera, curios, and more! Until 5 pm.
6 pm “Party Room: Milk Glass Co.’s One Year Anniversary Group Show” Opening Reception @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. Milk Glass Co. is celebrating its one year anniversary with “Party Room”, a group show featuring works from a diverse group of painters, photographers, and installation artists. Party Room is a fun, celebratory exhibit, where the pieces create a lively party atmosphere.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until May 29th.
10 pm Legoblocks @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Robo jams with DJ Linus Booth and special guest MarcusMarcus.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Numeric holds things down in the back room. Classic hip-hop and R&B summer jams all night long! Cold drinks and a gorgeous back patio until 11 pm. No escapin’ this. Strict Biz.
10 pm Lucky Bitches 5 Year Anniversary @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A Digital Needle DJs and Cyclist deliver a healthy serving of funky and soulful disco, disco-rap, boogie, and other aural oddities primed to make you groove! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff plays bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae, and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Alan Braxe with Natural Animal @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. French DJ Alan Braxe (Paris) with support from local duo Natural Animal. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online. For guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Get sweaty on the dance floor! Phil V, Sammy, and Nino Brown spinning all night long. Andrea is the resident shutterbug this month. Arrive early for drinks specials and to avoid the line. $5.
10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
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 Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
10 pm Sing Leaf & Sandro Perri DJ Set @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Cassette release for Sing Leaf’s new album, “Watery Moon” (Chill Mega Chill Records). Full-band performance by Sing Leaf followed by Sandro Perri spinning vinyl.
11 pm Diggy the DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
10 am The Junction Flea @ Dundas & Indian Rd. The Junction Flea returns to the Junction for the warmer months! A mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft + design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Check out their blog for vendor profiles. Until 5 pm. $5.
11:30 am Mariposa Cruises’ Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise @ Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queen’s Quay W. A Mother’s Day brunch cruise aboard the Klancy II. Treat your mom to incredible views of the city’s skyline and a buffet style brunch with a waffle station, roast beef carving table, and 11 choices of hot and cold dishes. Boarding: 11:30 am, cruising: 12-2 pm, disembark: 2-2:30 pm. $48.95 per person + taxes. To make a reservation, call (416) 203-0168 or visit the Mariposa Cruises website.
11:30 am Mother’s Day Sweets Tour @ Kensington Market. Give your mother the sweetest present – bring her on a leisurely stroll through Kensington Market while sampling a smorgasbord of sweets and learning about sweet history. Mothers bring home a bonus treat! $30 (reservations required).
3 pm Word to Your Mother @ The Mascot, 1267 Queen St. W. A Mother’s Day rap extravaganza/ video release party with blues/hip-hop artist Abdominal. “Courage (Feat. My Mom)” video release + Ab’s mom throwing down on the mic! PWYC.
10 pm Mad Men Screening @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Watch Mad Men’s 6th season on the big screen every Sunday while sipping on $10 2oz throwback cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Gin Fizz, and Bloody Mary.
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