Toronto Hit List: Designing The Movies, Rojak, Taste of Jane & Finch, Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party & more!

September 26th-28th 2018 Toronto Arthouse Film Festival Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Toronto Arthouse Film Festival celebrates the very best of indie cinema with free film screenings! Like every year, the 2018 edition will showcase innovative, risk-taking filmmakers, and fresh new directing talent with a selection of bold, brave, brand-spankin’ new movies that will inspire, educate, and change perceptions. See the screening schedule here.

September 27th-29th Toronto Oktoberfest @ Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The closest you’ll get to Oktoberfest without hopping on a plane to Germany. Join thousands dressed in lederhosen and dirndls under a massive Bavarian-style Festhalle tent at this fun fair modelled after the original Munish event. $20+ tickets available online.

September 29th-30th Toronto Antique & Vintage Market @ Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd. Now under one roof with the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market returns with 125-plus vendors selling all things vintage, antique, and retro. Runs 10-5 pm Saturday and 10-4 pm Sunday. $12 at the door.

September 29th-30th Nuit Blanche @ various locations. A free annual city-wide celebration of contemporary art. For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.


6:30 pm Full Moon Vision Boarding Class @ Age of Lapin, 360 Dufferin St., Suite 105. Discover the powerful tool of visualization and how it can work to help us manifest our dreams and goals into reality. Discover the background of vision boarding and how to take this skill into your own personal practice going forward, enjoy soothing music and wellness tea, a personalized two-card Soul Calling oracle spread, and leave with your own vision board. $20 tickets available online.

7 pm #MeToo & The Arts @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park. Join leaders in the arts community for an in-depth panel discussion on gender and power dynamics in the context of art institutions and the role that they play in light of the larger debate concerning art and artists during the time of the #MeToo, Time’s Up, and #AfterMeToo movements. Free (RSVP required).

7 pm Music Bingo: Grand Prize Edition @ 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. A $200 gift card for Hudson’s Bay will be up for grabs this edition.

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. Email or show up early to reserve a spot.


6 pm Pizza in the Park @ Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W. The last Pizza in the Park of 2018! Enjoy Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Libretto, Indian dishes and rice from Banjara Indian Cuisine, beer and cider from Steam Whistle Pilsner and Brickworks Ciderhouse, cold-pressed juice from Angie’s Juicery, wine, and grilled Ontario corn from Fiesta Farms. All proceeds support local greening projects through David Suzuki Foundation’s The Butterflyway Project. Until 8 pm.

6:45 pm Designing The Movies: Mahogany @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A screening of the 1975 film Mahogany, starring Diana Ross as a struggling Chicago fashion design student who goes from rags to riches when a chance meeting with a hotshot fashion photographer (Anthony Perkins) in the department store where she works leads to life as a supermodel. Prior to the screening, host Nathalie Atkinson and guest Suzanne Boyd, editor-in-chief of EverythingZoomer, will discuss Diana Ross, divas, and the racial politics of fashion. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm “VISION” Opening Reception @ White House Studio Project, 277 Augusta Ave. An immersive arts installation exploring the unconscious mind’s ability to blend possible with the impossible. VISION is an institutionalized opportunity reclaimed to carve necessary space for the nuanced expression of black artists and celebrates our ability to create unique cultural landscapes when shared dreams manifest into places of belonging. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs through September 30th, including Nuit Blanche.

7 pm SiriusXM Top Comic Finale @ Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. Following a six month-long competition, Canadians have chosen their favourite comedians to battle it out at the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale as part of JFL42. Hosted by Ben Miner, the evening will feature the diverse talents of eight finalists who are vying for a $25,000 grand prize + stand-up comedian and actor Maria Bamford closing out the night. $43.30 tickets available online.

8 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.

10 pm SOB @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Big, big beats courtesy of DJs Chippy Nonstop, MTX002, Blackman, and PRIMEDIESEL. Reduced cover before midnight.

10 pm L’eggs @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJ Marilyn Mansion plays housey techno-ish weird stuff.


5 pm Bandit Oktoberfest @ Bandit Brewery, 2125 Dundas St. W. A celebration of German music, food, and above all, beer! This year’s festivities will feature the debut of Bandit’s new brew HoppelHosen, a menu of classic German BBQ foods, and The Beer Barrel Band providing patrons with all the classic “Oompah” songs. No tickets necessary, but it’s recommended that you arrive early to secure good seats.

7 pm Eco-Activation @ Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide St. E. An interactive creative work that allows participants to use all of their senses to open their portals of engagement and connect with the natural world in playful way. Join poet Anastasia and storyteller Jim Adams in an experience of movement, creativity and eco-activation. They will be using music, movement, and sensory and tactile objects to connect the audience to the energy of the earth through the process of eco-activation.

7 pm Legends of Horror Opening Night @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. An immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures. Visitors will be led through a one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public. Runs through October 31st. $40 (plus tax) advance tickets available online.

7 pm Friday Night Live: Fashionology @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Celebrate the fabulous world of fashion at #FNL! Enjoy complimentary access to Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and Philip Beesley: Transforming Space. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

7 pm Oktoberfest @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Dust off your lederhosen and ring in the fall at the Gladstone’s classic knee-slapping Oktoberfest jamboree! They’re turning the Melody Bar into a good ole fashioned German beer hall, so come enjoy a STEIN as you sing and dance the night away (until 10 pm). Stick around after for Fameless Karaoke, where the legendary Fay Slift will kick things off with a dirndl drag number like no other.

8 pm To Much Crush: A Night of Crush Art @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A night of crush art, featuring painfully earnest feelings expressed in poems, sketches, film, zines, and more!

10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The boys of Boosie Fade (DJ Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi) are back with another floor-shaking, ceiling-slapping, raucous rap party that you’ll want to tell all of your friends about. Playing tunes from artists like: Travis Scott, Gunna, Rico Nasty, Nicki Minaj, Juice Wrld, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Cardi B, Playboi Carti, J Hus, Aminé, and many more. $10.

10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. DJs Slater and Ty mashin’ heavy tunes from the ’90s to the ’00s, including DMX, J-Lo, Britney, Ludacris, Missy, Spice Girls, Mariah, Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child, and more. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, punk, and more.

10 pm Eighties + Nineties @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Rock, pop, and dance music from the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Blush. $5.

10 pm DJ Moms @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A DJ night playing all genres.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.

11 pm Rojak @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. A cultural crossover of music, art, food, and beyond, the Singaporean term ‘Rojak’ means “mixture” or “eclectic mix” in colloquial Malay. The night will feature a diverse range of talents who have come together to showcase multiple facets of different cultures and vibes. A blend encompassing Singaporean record label Darker Than Wax, Tropical Futures Institute, SoSo Food Club as well as Toronto DJs Ciel and Sergio SP. $8 advance tickets available online.


10 am Etsy: Made In Canada @ MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St. The fifth annual flagship Etsy: Made in Canada show, featuring some of the top handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers! Until 6 pm.

11:30 am Nerd Market @ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Building (U of T), 252 Bloor St. W., Floor 8. A nerdy flea market to buy, swap, and sell geeky goods. Bring your used anime, comics, manga, tabletop games (board, role-playing, card, and miniature war games), video games, cosplay, and Japanese fashion to sell in a garage-sale type setting! Until 3:30 pm.

12 pm Taste of Jane & Finch @ Greenwin Inc., 10 San Romanoway. The inaugural Taste of Jane & Finch, a showcase of foods from around the world. The first-ever event of this kind in the neighbourhood, the day will feature local food trucks offering dishes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and beyond (no more than $3 per sample) + performances by Pan Fantasy steel drums, African drumming by SRRA, DJ Kehmal, and other local musicians. In support of the San Romanoway Revitalization Association (SRRA), a non-profit organization that focuses on nurturing the positive qualities of the Jane/Finch neighbourhood. Until 3 pm.

9 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party Turns 3 @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Join DJ Blush as she celebrates three years of Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, and disco from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

9 pm Shipwreck’d: Yacht Rock Edition @ The Shore Leave, 1775 Danforth Ave. Climb aboard with Cap’n DJ Swankenstein and Blue Suede Sue for a night of cruising the mellow seas with all the breezy rockin’ guilty-pleasures you can shake an anchor at! Plus musical talents on deck Dave Palmtree and the Palmtree Trio. Dress in your grooviest ’70s or nautical-inspired wear.

10 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party 4 Year Anniversary @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Y2K is a party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s. DJs Eric Simon Pearce and Sweet Touch Foundation will be playing guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $7 early bird, $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ JD spins all-vinyl Euro disco and the sweetest tunes to make you feel good.

10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the indie, retro, and Britpop you need! You will hear: The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Joy Division, Holy Ghost, Glass Candy, and lots more! $10.

10 pm PARTYBOOBYTRAP @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. All genres of music c/o Mike Roc, JAYEMKAYEM, and J Soul. Hosted by Freeza Chin.

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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Jelly @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. DJs Sammy Rawal, Tamika, and Diego Armand serving sounds all night to bounce to. House, trap, dancehall, vogue, club, dembow, afro, electronic, and baile funk. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Carlton Ranks @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae–everything you need.

10 pm Panic @ 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’s spotlight is U2. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Back To The Future: 80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Where you’re going, you don’t need roads. But you DO need ’80s tunes, which is why Sneaky Dee’s be playing all your favourite bangers from the decade all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat spinning all your favourite rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night!


10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration, featuring live music, games, performances, poetry, art, food, and lots more. The streets are yours until 7 pm.

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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