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.
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.
9 pm Bodega @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Bodega is random cool people selling their random cool things in random cool places. Brands: Last Planet, 88 Days of Fortune, Vice x Virtue, Surprise!, Death, Shook, Pyramid Scheme, Brockton Flower Shop, Nick Wons, Kimbo-Renee, and Spinzcycle. There will also be liquor and DJs.
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 Smiths Is Dead @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. All your favourite cemetary greats + b-sides, deep cuts, and all the Morrissey tracks you can stomach.
8 pm Seinfeld Super Terrific Happy Hour Trivia @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Do you endure the feats of strength every Festivus? Have you yada yada’d sex? Are you master of your domain? Well then, sounds like you need some Super Terrific Seinfeld Trivia! In classic pub-style trivia, Super Terrific Happy Hour trivia features intense trivia questions from the entire history of Seinfeld. No multiple choice, no questions out of canon, just straight up question and answer on the world’s favourite show about nothing, brought to you by three undefeated Seinfeld trivia nuts who clearly have too much time on their hands. Teams are up to six people, answering 50 questions over three rounds, and enjoying Seinfeld episodes in between. Win prizes!
8 pm Field Trip Discovery Series VI @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Field Trip Music & Arts & Scion Sessions are back to cap off a year of musical exploration with the sixth and final edition of the Field Trip Discovery Series. The December edition showcases Calvin Love’s synthy love songs, New Hands’ electronic dance jams which are laced with video game effects, while YOUNG RIVAL guitarist Aron D’Alesio serves up ’50s surf-psych and Michael Rault plays punk and blues inspired hook-laden pop rock. Entry is free with RSVP.
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. Every Thursday, 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 Sex Laser @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Paul Petro spins you right round baby right round.
8 pm That Teenage Feeling @ Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. Curated by Zach Pearl as part of WADE IN, an international artist share and video art festival organized by Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s, NL). “Our teenage years are a potent mix of social anxiety and self reflection. While many are happy to call that sensation a thing of the past, virtue lies in navigating the shifting grounds of adolescence. The video works presented in this screening explore the visual continuation of that ‘teenage feeling’, and propose that for all its confusion and volatility there’s incredible worth in sustaining an unstable, juvenile sense of identity.” Approximate running time: 56 minutes. Followed by a meet-and-greet with food and drink.
10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. This month, SoulSkank pays tribute to the rich history of the 1960s! Funk, soul, reggae, and R&B – all on vinyl and all from the ’60s. With DJs Gramera and Double K + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Magnifique @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. The party of the future. Today. Italo, horror disco, and techno with Jason Flower and Joel Eel.
10 pm Bawdy House @ Coalition: T.O., 349-A College St. A night of great house music, in an intimate hidden venue, with a great dance floor, and lovely sound! With selectors Sean Roman, Ali Black, Raf Reza, and Paul Revered.
10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A newfangled affair that glorifies those qualities which are held in highest regard when it comes to a ceremony of holy matrimony: dancing, drinking, bad decision-making, gussying up, and annoying the DJ with requests for songs that he won’t play. Trust in guilty pleasures for an evening of eclectic musical merrymaking! Overdressing for this occasion is very much encouraged.
10 pm Beat Junkie Fridays @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. Hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and quality beats with jockeys Numeric and Mantis.
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 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 Biggity Boop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B with your hosts Alikulapo, Hoiking, and Teej Mahal. It ain’t nothin but a biggity boop! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm City Love @ Crawford, 718 College St. Lacey holds it down for a night of solid hip-hop and R&B! $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Music $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.
10:30 pm Friends With Benefits @ Detour Bar, 193 Baldwin St. This month, Friends With Benefits will be warming things up with the sexy selections of Trading Fours as they join residents SL.Y and Cole Burns for another hot and steamy night in the heart of Kensington.
11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! With Chicago’s DJ PHNM. $10.
11 am Crown Flora Studio Holiday Market @ Crown Flora Studio, 1233 Queen St. W. (rear). Kick off your holiday shopping with some local wares, food, and treats. Vendors include bookhou, Cambie Design, Kid Icarus, Gloryhole Doughnuts, Earlybird Espresso, Diala’s Kitchen, Gold Apothecary, Sea Flower Studios, Resurrection Fern, L and A Vintage, and Xenia Taler. Until 6 pm.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Grill$ @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs James Redi, Jon Chetty, Sanga Genesis, and Feel Good Smalls spin Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop, and reggae tunes while the George Forman holds it down front and centre with a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. That’s right – FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm The Return of John Morales @ Revival, 783 College St. DJ John Morales was born in the Bronx and has been involved in the creation of hit records for the better part of 30 years, playing at historic NYC spots like Stardust Ballroom, Pippins, Bentleys, Limelight, and the infamous Studio 54. Over the past few years, he has completed three incredible compilations for the highly respected British label BBE (Barely Breakin Even). Few can match his contributions to the world of dance music, be it soul, funk, disco, or today’s house. With support from Groove Institute, A Digital Needle, and Cyclist. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm All Vinyl Everything 1 Year Anniversary @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. All Vinyl Everything celebrates 12 months of phenomenal vibes, beautiful people, and above all, incredible music brought to you in all its audio glory: vinyl. To commemorate this huge occasion, they’re doing it real big for one night at Wrongbar! With guest selectors 4Korners (official DJ for the Toronto Raptors) and Wristpect + resident DJ Mista Jiggz playing a mix of RnB, hip-hop, house, funk, disco, soul, reggae, and more. $15 advance tickets available online, more at the door.
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 With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Nico and Magnificent spin floorshakers and heartbreakers! Mod, soul, R&B, reggae, and more. $5.
10 pm Motown Party @ 751 Queen St. W. Ugly Sweater Edition! Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Fawn BC, Misty Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Splattermonkey. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10:30 pm Tapette: 2nd Annual Céline Dion Party @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Céline hits and remixes all night (they’ll take a break some time to time) + Céline prize giveaways and a trés special performance by Amanda Roberts. Oui queen! $5.
11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal disco and maximal house with DJs Luis Jacob, Kevin Ritchie, and Jaime Sin.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’, and Dalia spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.
11 am Christmas Flea @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. Vintage clothes, housewares, hand made goods/gifts, records, and baked treats + a wrapping station with proceeds going to the Toronto Humane Society, drink specials, annd Christmas tunes on the turntables all day. Vendors include Good Kids clothing, Arrow Road Vintage, Midnight Snack Co., Babes & Books, Speckled Fawn Soaps, and more. Until 5 pm.
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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