7 pm New Years Eve Take 2: A Party for the Rest of Us @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. New Year’s for those industry types or just NYE haters. Complimentary Presecco at midnight and a count down prior, mixed with a few Jamesons and Jagers throughout the night. No line, no waiting for taxis, no inflated expectations. Just fun with friends and those in the know.
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.
8 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $3 Egg Nog (everything must go!) + $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.
7 pm “Issue 1: A Comic Themed Art Show” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. Check out some of your favourite characters and perhaps a few new ones too from five of Toronto’s top comic artists! Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until January 17th.
10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andy Capp 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 Blahzay Florplay @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Thursday will now be known as Blahzay. Why? Because anything goes at Blahzay Florplay! With DJs Pangea Delphi and Nana.
10 pm Wack Slack’s 90′s Dance Party @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Hip-hop Edition! Remember tapes? Tupac? Two packs of Tupac tapes? DJs Kris Kadas and Robin Sharp play the best 90’s jams + a working SNES hooked up to a projector for you to play. The 90’s are alive in our hearts. Always.
10 pm Deckade @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. 2000-2009: A Retrospective. Take a trip to the not-so-distant past and relive all those fresh memories of a simpler time. You know, that special time between teen angst and dubstep, when white ties, beehives, and leather jackets that were too small for us were the only thing worn. DJs Candy-O and DJ Snatch play alllll the hits! The Hives! The Strokes! Interpol! Franz Ferdinand! Ladytron! The White Stripes! Phoenix! The Kooks! Lily Allen! Amy Winehouse! The Black Kids! The Vines! Yeah Yeah Yeahs! More!
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 Jam Circus @ Cold Tea, Kensington Ave. DJ Parasol plays house and disco music.
10 pm Beatlemania! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join Bangs & Blush for a HARD DAY’S NIGHT where you TWIST AND SHOUT to 60′s soul, rock n’ roll, and all your favourite Beatles tunes! $5.
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 Tits & Toques @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Bring your ladies, your lesbros, and all your homogays out for a night of dancing that will see you jumping and destroying your vocal chords to your favourite indie jams!
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 Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Craig Dominic, Nino Brown, and Blackcat. Half-price drinks before 11 pm! For guestlist, firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
10 pm Soul Block Party / She’s So Thirsty @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Fase rocks that sweet soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B, and reggae that you know and love! Downstairs, DJ Grouch plays 90′s reggae, hip-hop, and more. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Post-Apocalypse edition! The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers, and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin. Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, bee starts at 11 pm. $10.
11 pm Your Boy Brian + Simon’s B-Day Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake’s resident DJ Your Boy Brian and bartender extraordinaire Simon Ho celebrate their birthday together with friends, cake, and music. $10.
9 pm Southern Oracle @ The May, 876 Dundas St. W. Small talk zine launch and winter desert dance party! Tribal girl synth and classical harp hip-hop covers with performances by Fin, Johanna Wienholts, and Petra Glynt + sound by Chrissy of Tenderness and DJing by Deyla. Cave interior and sand floor (no shoes allowed)! 90’s rave meets postmodern angst meets your childhood. PWYC ($7 suggested).
10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Fawn
BC, Caff, and special guest Splattermonkey upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm moondance @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Annie Webber and Keith Hamilton bring you the best dance jams under the moon! Sweat your way to last call dancing to their favourite music of all eras (surely, some of your favs too). $5.
10 pm The Get By @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.
10 pm Rip It Up! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Davy Love and friends play R&B, garage, soul, doo-wop and down and dirty rock n’ roll records for your listening, dancing and drinking-along-with pleasure.
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 Signals From Earth @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Christian Hamilton sends out yé yé signals and mixes sounds from earth (cosmic psych + garage). 33-45 RPM vinyl with sci-fi films.
10 pm Reality Bytes @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Travel back in time to the 90’s! DJs 4est, Lindzrox, and Jrox spin all your favourite dance, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative 90’s tunes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play open format from 10 to midnight followed by old school hip-hop from midnight to close. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Heavy Rotation @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. Get down to a mix of all genres of music from any era – from hip-hop to electro and soul to reggae. With DJs Riccachet, Thera-P, Mercilless, and Royale. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With DJs Coleco, Natural Animal, Mix Chopin, and Jesse Bryans. Free before 11 pm, $5 before midnight on guestlist (email email@example.com).
10 pm TFHouse @ Crawford, 718 College St. The best bangers and mash-ups from the baddest bitches. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Members Only DJs @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Born from a mutual affection for all things disco, new wave, house, and techno, the Members Only DJs are known for throwing some of the hottest parties in Montreal and Toronto. Join these fun-makers as they break out their party jams! $10.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B super jams all night long from DJ Numeric, Dalia, and special guest K-Cut + host More or Les. Vintage rap videos on the screens! $10.
12 pm The Brewer’s Backyard @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. A celebration of strong, winter warmer-style ales! Featuring a slate of six Ontario craft brewers, each bringing rare, unique, and potent beers including imperial stouts, baltic porters, oak aged ales, and black IPAs. Breweries in attendance include Great Lakes, Nickel Brook, Indie Alehouse, Amsterdam, Cheshire Valley, and Grand River. There will also be delicious Hawaiian street food from Big E’s Grinds. Free admission, all ages, pay for food and beer at the event. Until 4 pm.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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