May 30th-June 3rd Inside Out LGBT Film Festival @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Inside Out while exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production, and exhibition of queer film. See the festival schedule here.
June 1st-2nd Dundas West Fest @ Dundas St. W. from Ossington to Lansdowne. Dundas West Fest kicks off Friday after work with a night market experience of patios galore, vendors, and music, then continues all day Saturday with food, games, vendors, arts, music, dance, and fanfare all the way until just before midnight.
June 1st-3rd Brunch Fest @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. TasteToronto and Bud Light Radler have rounded up an all-star roster of Toronto’s most iconic brunch spots to bring you a one-of-a-kind social experience celebrating everyone’s favourite weekend ritual. $7.95 tickets available online.
June 2nd-3rd Riverdale ArtWalk @ Jimmie Simpson Park & Community Centre, 870 Queen St. E. A FREE outdoor fine art exhibition showcasing more than 165 established and emerging artists in the Queen East arts district. Runs 11-6 pm both days.
June 2nd-3rd The Yogurt Shop Pop-Up @ The Body Shop, 950 Queen St. W. A two-day pop-up to celebrate the launch of The Body Shop’s new Body Yogurts collection. Enjoy a free frozen treat; explore a series of unique, whimsical installations; and join The Body Shop’s Forever Against Animal Testing campaign by adding you signature to the brand’s global petition. Open 12-6 pm Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday.
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 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 and the winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.
9 pm Deep Freeze Wednesdays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Embrace the chill! Join DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel in the front room for chill mid and downtempo indie tunes. $4.75 drinks.
7 pm Power Ball XX: Carousal @ Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W. Toronto’s most notorious art party is BACK and they’re celebrating their TWENTIETH. Power Ball XX: Carousal will see Power Plant transformed into a magical space of circusry fit for the annual major fundraiser’s big, bacchanalian birthday bash. $175 tickets available online.
8 pm Retropath! Presents: Rock & Rule @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Calling all nostalgia-freaks and celluloid junkies: Are you looking for the latest cinematic thrill? Retropath! has you covered with a screening of the 1983 animated rock fable, Rock & Rule + a lobby pop-up featuring local artists selling weird and wonderful works. $12 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Inside Out x Yohomo present Local (S)Heroes @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Inside Out’s infamous Local Heroes party is back for another year of queer… but this time with a twist. The annual after-party celebrating local queer filmmakers and their stars teams up with Yohomo, and they’ve lined up an entirely, all-femme cast! Music provided by DJs Fawn BC, Vaughan, and Ace Dillinger; live performance and visuals by Myst Jayda; and drag show by Dottie Dangerfield. $10 or $8 for Inside Out members.
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll, punk rock, surf, glam, and garage rock all night long with DJ Nora Noise.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Techno Fashion @ 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 GoodFood Toronto 3D Art Show @ Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St. W. A one-day 3D art exhibit that celebrates some of the most diverse and enjoyable things about Toronto. Enjoy 3D food collages of some of the city’s notable food places, as well as complimentary drinks and 3D glasses for guests. Until midnight.
10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.
10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life! The Hit Parade DJs play soft rock tunes that fall in the sweet spot between 1975 and 1984. $5 to step aboard.
10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs HRLD, SAYYZON, and Jet play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party playing all your favorite 90s and early 2K hits. Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night long. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.
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 Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party 4 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Y2K, the party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, celebrates four years! Resident DJs Caff and Mensa will be playing guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.
1 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 1305 Dundas St. W. Toronto’s first-ever vintage streetwear flea market. Over 20 local and international vendors come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic. Until 7 pm. $5 before 4 pm, more after.
3 pm Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance @ Inside Out Festival Lounge (Artscape Sandbox), 301 Adelaide St. W. Inside Out Festival presents a pop-up version of Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance! Bright Light Bright Light will be spinning his weird and wonderful record collection of disco, soul, pop, ’80s, ’90s, R&B, and movie soundtracks. PLUS, you can make requests via Post-It Note! Until 8 pm.
3 pm Yohomo’s Not-So-Secret Garden @ The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W. Yohomo takes over The Fountain’s patio with vines, florals, and greenery wrapping around sunshine music vibes by their dream DJ lineup (The FranDiscos, Lulu Wei, Phillippe, and Diego Armand), performances by an all-bearded Queen West-end cast as well as custom cocktails and beer specials. Until 1 am.
4 pm Mick Rock: “Starmen” Opening @ Liss Gallery, 112 Cumberland St. Legendary rock photographer, Mick Rock is often referred to as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” for his iconic images of rock ‘n’ roll icons such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Blondie, the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, and more. In “Starmen,” Rock will showcase a number of his iconic photographs. Until 6 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for guest list. Exhibition runs through June 30th.
4 pm Sunnyside 20: Episode 002 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside is back for its 20th season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! Their second performer of the season is Belgium’s Lost Desert alongside Hauy (Get Physical Music, Get Weird), Nature of Music (SUDBEAT, equaria), MRKG (Secret Society), and Sierra (Secret Society). $30 (plus HST) tickets available online.
6 pm Canada’s Biggest All Ladies Beer Festival @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies presents Canada’s BIGGEST All Ladies Beer Festival! Sample from 19 craft breweries, five local cideries, and four lady-owned food vendors + enjoy beer yoga, tarot readings, the Ninkasi Revue Entertainment stage presented with Girl Gang Cabarets, and lots more. $35 tickets available online (includes your glass, four beer tokens, and “Morning After” gift bag), with a portion of sales and all tips going to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
6 pm Behind The Scenes feat. Rihanna’s Rider @ Free Space, 68 Claremont St. Go behind-the-scenes with Boosie Fade and The Creator Class at the opening of BTS, an exhibit of photography, film, and installation showcasing musicians off-duty. Includes a replica set of Rihanna’s backstage room based on her leaked riders. Until 10 pm.
9 pm Feast in the East 68 @ Jam Factory, 2 Matilda St. A bi-monthly east end music, food, and art series. This edition features a dinner by Dan Bedard, with music provided by Eugene Chadbourne, Protruders, Holiday Rambler, and Mermaids. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door. All ages.
10 pm With It 5 Year Anniversary @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. With It celebrates five years! ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, psych, and reggae record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Magnificent. Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman Canada. $10.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.
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 Motown Party: Jackson 5 Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Shimmy and shake your tail feather to the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax records labels with DJs Fawn BC, Markoshi, and Eric Simon Pearce! Expect to hear 25% more Jackson 5 alongside all your soul favourites. $10 advance tickets available online, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
10 pm Queer Slowdance: Freakz on Fleek Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required (you’re encouraged to dress up as freaky or as fleeky as you desire). $10.
10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A special evening dedicated to exploring the many tropical rhythms and sounds of the past for the dance floor. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Guv’nor General share a top-notch selection of Indo, Afro, Latin, Arabic, Asian, Brazilian, Balkan, and Caribbean. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.
11 am Punk Rock Flea Market @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s gnarliest curated pop-up market, featuring weirdo makers, rad DIY, boss babes, your old fave tunes, cold brews, and good times. Entry is free!
3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Promise returns for its 17th season. This is an unmissable chance to take in the best of Toronto’s underground music scene (house, techno, dub, disco, electro, and so on) while surrounded by sun and fun at the beach. Bring your lover and a picnic and pass the time with friends and friends of friends. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Until 11 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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