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 200 venues throughout the GTA. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
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 Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)!
8 pm Know The Ledge: Golden Age Hip-Hop Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Form teams, come up with colourful names, and put your phone-free minds against three rounds of rap stats spanning the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. After party music by DJ More Or Les! PWYC.
8 pm Degrassi Trivia Night @ The End, 1661 Bloor St. W. Come test your knowledge of the greatest teen melodrama of all time! Three rounds of questions based on Degrassi High and Degrassi Jr. High. Winner gets bragging rights and a prize!
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.
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 Friday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.
7 pm #FNLROM: Fashion @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences! $15 tickets available online and at the door.
7 pm “Future 33” Opening Reception @ Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, 563 Dundas St. E., Suite 201. “Future 33” presents the work of 33 Toronto artists who are currently producing compelling, relevant artwork. The exhibition acts as lookbook of those whom YTB Gallery believes will redefine the landscape of both the local and international art scene. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until June 11.
10 pm Turn Back Time: ’80s Video Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Queen, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Dire Straits – the decade that had it all. Whether you lived through it, were born during, or are just nostalgic for a time you never knew, this is a night of ’80s celebration. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Body Heat @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Sliiiiide back into the grotto with J-UL, Andycapp, and Myth Paradise. Disco, boogie, house, and techno. $5.
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.
10 pm Gone Wild @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The Bop, Slop, Float, Gamma Goochie, etc. All vinyl, all fast songs.
10 pm Thot Topic @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. The House of Embassy presents the latest from your favourite 4EVR tweens, DJ ShiShi LaVoie and Marilyn Mansion. Tracks for the dance floor.
10 pm Can You Feel It? @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Join DJs Valerie Dour and Brandon Gibson-DeGroote for a trip through the golden years of late ’80s/early ’90s rave, including a special mid-90s electronica anthems set guaranteed to help you relive those days of big baggy jeans, snug hoodies, and big-bead necklaces. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Regretro: Pop! Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. This month’s Regretro is going full-on pop with all of the best from the boy band era to now. Expect *NSYNC, BSB, and all of the classics plus your current poptastic favourites. As always, requests welcome.
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 When You Were Mine: Prince Music 1975-94 @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Prince / 94 East, Camille, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, The Time, Sheila E, Madona, Kate Bush, Martika, etc.
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. $5.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. Beat Sampras joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before 11:30, $10 after.
10 pm Mixed Bag @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Come wig out with Lana and Val as they play an eclectic mix of stuff to get you moving! Disco, tropicalia, psych, house – you name it, they got it! For queers and their friends.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin spins the ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need.
10 pm Séance @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Featuring Allysin Chaynes and Judy Virago, with music provided by DJs Aeryn Pfaff and Buzz Buzz. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
10 am TD Echo Beach Spring Market @ Echo Beach, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Now in its second year, the TD Echo Beach Spring Market returns with over 100 vintage, craft, and specialty food vendors. This mega-market offers an eclectic mix of independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft and design items, vintage clothing, records, collectibles, and much more! Until 6 pm.
9 pm It’s Britney Bitch: A Britney Spears Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time, was released on January 12, 1999. It became the biggest selling album ever by a teenage artist. And we all know what happened after her meteoric rise to fame. Don’t leave Britney alone for this one! Dance “Till The World Ends” to the “Crazy” sounds of DJs Dolo Rock and 4evaeva. $10 tickets available online and at the door.
9:30 pm Retro Roadshow’s Best of the Purple One @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. Join Retro Roadshow to celebrate Prince and everything he brought to our lives. All your favourite ’70s and ’80s videos (plus some ’90s) on the main floor with Superstar DJ Thomas Hall and ’90s/00s throwbacks in the lower level lounge with the incomparable DJ Eli Katz’s Popstars & Icons. Both floors will be featuring lots of Prince videos! $10.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Splattermonkey and General Eclectic spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $5.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.
10 pm Boy Problems: A Carly Rae Jepsen Queer Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. For everyone who has had it with Canadian national treasure and literal angel of pop music Carly Rae Jepsen not getting the recognition she deserves (or even a headlining tour), Boy Problems is here for you. $5.
10 pm Mariah & Whitney vs. Everybody Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston take on the world! What makes this party special? It’s a video dance party with DJ Caff. There will be drink specials, live dance performances by The Girls Club, and of course, a sea of Mariah and Whitney tunes to drown in. $10 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.
10 pm Get It Together: Summoning Summer Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Old school, hip-hop, indie rock, dirty pop, rocksteady, dancehall, R&B, reggae, soul, mashup, electro garage, punk, and dance.Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.
10 pm Greg Beato, R. & La Timpa @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s and Ebony bring you another cave dance. Music by Greg Beato (L.I.E.S./Apron, Miami), R. (Ebony/Jericho One, Toronto), and La Timpa (Slowrelease/ACC, Toronto). $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm THE BRTHDY PRTY @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Who doesn’t love a birthday party?! Free Polaroids ALL NIGHT! Cupcake hour provided by Baken Toronto. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10:30 pm Decades: A Top 40 Dance Party @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. Come dance the years away to the top dance anthems of all time! Britney Spears, David Bowie, Mariah Carey, Spice Girls, *NSYNC, TLC, Prince, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., DMX, No Doubt, Nelly, The Killers, and many, many more. $10 advance tickets available online (includes line bypass).
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $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 & 12 pm Drake Yoga T.O. @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. An all-levels yoga class, set to the sweet beats of our very own home-grown hero, Drake! Led by the dynamic Pop Up Asana T.O., listen to Views from the 6 and channel your inner yogi from 10 am ’til brunch. $10, with proceeds supporting The Raptors Kids Foundation.
3 pm Otto’s BBQ @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Otto’s will be bringing their food to everyone’s favorite Sunday BBQ ting. Coal-Grilled Mini Chicken Doners, Currywurst on a Bun, Roasted Baby Eggplant, Otto’s Slaw, and Watermelon Feta Salad. Tunes by Squirt DJs and Handsome Ross.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
8:30 pm Dazed & Confused Quote-Along @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Join funny man Thomas Rivas, along with Pink, Slater, and Little Mitchy Kramer for the party of the year: the Dazed & Confused Quote-Along! Head with us to the Moon Tower and crank up your Lowrider 8 track for Richard Linklater’s homage to the ’70s, featuring vintage Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and more. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.
9 pm I’d Tap That Singles Night @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. In celebration of infatuation, flirtations and forays into friendship, I’d Tap That is doing a throwback with The Original Crush party at the Gladstone! There will be tons of ways for you to meet, mingle, and mess around including: the number tag system; speed meet-and-greet; a “Crushboard”; sex-positive, queer-friendly, and consent-based games to help you find lust and love; sit down area with “36 Questions to Fall in Love,” Spin-the-Bottle, and Truth-or-Dare; Cupids on site to deliver love notes on lollypops; dancing, a DJ, and drink specials. $10.
9 pm There Was A Time @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Derek Brunelle (Bad News, Gone Wild) and Wes Allen (The Big Sound) are getting together for a special night this long weekend. Deep basement cuts on 45s touching on soul, rhythm and blues, reggae, psych, garage, and rock and roll sounds.
10 pm Clueless: A ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Better pull out your flip phone for this one. Only the best jams, Cher Horowitz-style. $5 tickets available online and at the door.
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