November 27th-December 7th One of a Kind Christmas Show @ Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Since 1975, the One of a Kind Show has been the flagship destination to shop handmade. Featuring makers, artisans, and designers from across Canada. $12 tickets available online.
November 29th-December 24th #localTOmrkt @ Yonge & Dundas, 335 Yonge St. A holiday pop-up market in a vacant lot at the core of Toronto’s downtown shopping district. #localTOmrkt is dedicated to supporting independent, small, and local businesses of Toronto and all the beautiful neighbourhoods they represent.
7 pm Dumb Friends @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Screenings of Dumb and Dumber, and Romi and Michelle + popcorn, cocktails, and laughs.
9 pm Groove Thing @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W.DJ Caff plays all R&B, new jack swing, hip-hop, soul and future R&B feels inside the brand-new bar/resto, Thoroughbred Food & Drink.
9 pm Punk Rock Bingo @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Drink specials, prizes, sporadic performances, and bingo! Stick around after bingo for tunes you shouldn’t be listening to, courtesy of DJ Triple-X and rotating guest DJs. $1 per bingo card, PWYC for live entertainment.
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 Natural Wednesdays @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Swirve Music and Babylon Warchild present a new hip-hop series by the heads, for the heads. Featuring a fresh roster of up-and-comers and OGs that changed the game + an in-house 12-round battle league, with the winner taking home a $500 cash prize.
10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.
10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. EveryThursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.
10 pm DJ Downunda @ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.
10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
10 pm Handsome Leisure @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. A night of leisure. A night of disco and house.
10 pm Nothing Is The Same @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Cliff, Eytan, and Pablo auto-syncing and ghost-mixing your favourite hip-hop and R&B. Classic anime will be projected on the walls. Because.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Celestial Blast @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. $12 advance tickets available online.
7 pm “Beware of the Beast” Launch Party @ Narwhal Art Projects, 2104 Dundas St. W. The launch of “Beware of the Beast,” a snakes and ladders game and art multiple by Jamiyla Lowe and group art exhibition with work by Nicholas Aoki, Andrew Bailey, Nicholas DiGenova, Amy Lockhart, Jamiyla Lowe, Noel Middleton, and Will Sweeney. Until 10 pm. Show runs until Dec. 20th.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Alikulapo. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm #TheUnderground @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The two-year anniversary of #TheUnderground. Dance, house, trap, hip-hop, bounce/twerk, RnB, b-sides, mixtapes, dancehall, and everything in between with DJs Big Jacks, Olen Only, Bambii, and Jig from Team1Hundred. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Nite Moves @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Blame it on the boogie! DJs Dr. J, Koray Özel, and special guest Andy Capp play a selection of afro, boogie, funk, hip-hop, R&B, house, and more.
10 pm Shindig Presents: ’60s Rock ‘N Roll Explosion @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Get ready to dance your ass off to all of your favourite rock bands of the 1960s! The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Animals, Steppenwolf, and so much more! Spun by resident DJsSplattermonkey, General Eclectic, and Parkdale Funk alongside special guest DJ Zhang (June Records). $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Regretro: Jingle All The Gay Edition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Start the holiday season off right! DJs Wei Back and Party McFly play all of your favourite retro(ish) tunes. As always, requests welcome! Time to turn back time.
10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.
10 pm 2nd Annual Mighty Real Ball: The Hot Box Ball @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. This year’s event promises higher competition, greener runway virgins, and outfits tailored tighter than hemp rope. Smoke gets in your eyes and your hair as Toronto’s fiercest burn up the floor. Ganja glamour is in full effect. With DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid + special guest DJ Charmed Monroe. $4 bar rail cocktails until 11:30 pm.
10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Music $5with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.
11 pm Bwana “Flute Dreams” EP Release Party @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A night of celebration while dancing to techno, house, and beyond with some of Toronto’s finest: Bwana, Gingy, and Kevin Mcphee.
11 pm X @ Coalition: T.O., 349-A College St. Èbony x Hermans x Lapelle x Metoux x O. House and techno till the sunrise. $5.
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.
9 pm Soul Clap & Dance Off @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.Brooklyn’s funnest monthly dance party takes over The Garrison! New York Night Train is the party machine of Jonathan Toubin and the subject of feature articles in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Pitchfork, and more. $100 prize for a dance off winner to be selected by judges Odessa Paloma Parker (Fashion Editor at Globe & Mail), Aubrey Jax (Writer at blogTO), Classy Craig (a.k.a. The Crippler, the creator of “The Chimp Twist”), and Richie Volume (B-17/Saffron Sect/Optical Sounds). Come early and sign up to compete! $10.
10 pm Evening Standard with Pender Street Steppers @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. An obligatory good time in the citadel of all things vibe, you will hear music made for dancing from the masterminds behind the Mood Hut label – the int’l dance sensation known as Pender Street Steppers (a.k.a. Liam and Jack). With resident DJs Membersonly + welcoming vibes provided by Jesse Futerman of Local Talk fame. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and What’s Her Problem. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more!
10 pm Warm Breeze @ Mr. Flamingo, 1265 Dundas St. W. (upstairs). DJs Gabe Knox and Geoff Snack play soulless electronic records for dancing.
10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W.DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Muscle & Heat: Scopin’ For Love @ Ravage & Rumble, 1378 Queen St. W. Muscle & Heat DJs return to Ravage and Rumble for another night of dancing.
10 pm One Leg Up @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. An all-vinyl sexy dance party featuring strictly hits from any genre and any decade. $3 beers before 11 pm.
10 pm Ladies & The Trap @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Julie Mango and Safari647 select the traps. Expect the trillest tracks with the illest remixes. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Bonus Beats @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Remix-heavy house party with DJ A.A. Wallace. $5.
10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is New Order. $10.
10 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All the stuff you need. Party music you can really move to. Get in touch with your party self.
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 #CrushTO ’90s @ Club 120, 120 Church St. #CrushTO celebrates November with their first-ever ’90s party! Break out your favourite ’90s gear. It will be a Saturday night – and yes, you will feel like the air is getting hot. Queer + sex positive dance party featuring sexier flavours of house music from resident DJ Mothers. $5 with student ID, $10 otherwise.
10 pm Stüka DJ Set @ La Hacienda, 640 Queen St. W. Brian Schirk and John Pritchard (Stüka/Incline Decline) invite you to eat burrito, drink some beers, and dance in a place that doesn’t usually have dancing. Featuring the best of new wave, dark wave, cold wave, industrial, noise rock, krautrock, shoegaze, synthpop, grunge, and more.
10 pm Pressure Drop @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. DJs Chuck Boom, Guv’nor General, and special guest Paul E. Lopes play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. $5.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org (closes at midnight). $10.
10 am Leslieville Flea Holiday Market @ SH Armstrong Community Centre,56 Woodfield Rd. Avoid the Christmas rush and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Leslieville Flea, a curated market selling a curated a variety of unique and affordable vintage, handcrafted, and upcycled items. Until 5 pm.
11 am The Post Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The holiday edition of the Post Market! Featuring thoughtful gifts, decor, foodstuffs, apothecary, and more. Until 6 pm.
1 pm Swap, Don’t Shop for Girls Rock Camp Toronto @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Show up with the clothes and any items you no longer want, and leave with a great new haul! All clothing, accessories, music, books, and other stuff you no longer use that’s clean and in good condition is welcome. At the end of the day, any unclaimed items will be donated to charity, and all funds raised will go to Girls Rock Camp Toronto. By Divine Right, HotKid, Terror Lake, and Dirty Frigs will be performing in the front room (all ages). $8 with swap items, $5 for bands only.
1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love. Until 6 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.
9:30 pm Karaoke Sundays @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Karaoke, everySunday night! Hosted by Cajo.
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