July 25th-29th Brave Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre presents some of the world’s most courageous, outlandish artists, thinkers, writers, and musicians. They’ll share the risks, the failures, and triumphs that have made them synonymous with daring.
July 26th-29th Toronto’s Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. The summer beer sampling event returns! Toronto’s Festival of Beer features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, and plenty of #BeerLove. $40+ tickets available online.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: The Death of Stalin with RubēH @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. A screening of The Death of Stalin – the latest from VEEP and In The Loop writer and director Armando Iannucci – along with a performance from RubēHill, Ontario-born artist Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie’s LCD Soundsystem-inspired musical project. $15.75 advance tickets available online.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
7 pm Free Outdoor Movies: Selma @ Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline! This week’s screening is Selma, a dramatization of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-led protest marches from Selma, Alabama to the state’s capital, Montgomery, in 1965 in defiance of racial segregation + the short film BLMTO: Black Pride. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards, featuring Mr. Pierogi, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen at 7 pm; films at sundown (9 pm). BYOBlanket and chairs. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
10 pm Step 2 This @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. Step 2 This returns with special guest selectors Raf Reza and Ensoul. Area 85 on the warm up.
10 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.
4 pm Groovin’ in the Park: WONDER-Full @ Woodbine Park, 1590 Lakeshore Blvd. E. DJ Spinna hosts this family-friendly tribute to Stevie Wonder. Featuring live performances by the Soul Motivators (eight-piece soul-funk revue) and RITMO Collective (live afro-house collective); DJ sets by Yogi, Jason Palma, Quesquecest, and Farbsie Funk; and live video scratching by DJ Tanner. Until 11 pm. Free with RSVP here.
8 pm Insomniac Film Festival @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Now in its fifth year, Insomniac Film festival showcases work by youth and student filmmakers in the GTA. $11.99 general admission and $8.99 student tickets available online.
8 pm Indie Fridays: Iskwé, POESY & Lydia Ainsworth @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week, Juno-nominated Iskwé commands the stage with her genre-blending beats and powerful voice. POESY, taking her name from the archaic word for poetry, follows with her captivating lyrical work. Headlining is another Juno nominee, Lydia Ainsworth, recognized internationally for merging classical and pop into a dulcet, one-of-a-kind style. Until 11 pm.
10 pm Swoon @ Public House (basement), 751 Queen St. W. A thunderous bass-ment jamwelcoming Cassius Select fresh off his most recent Hypercolour release + Babygirl and SALT (ABHI b2b Thoughtproject).
10 pm Remote Control: An ’80s Video Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Immerse yourself in the ultimate ’80s video experience. VJ Mobotron plays all of the pop, new wave, hair metal, rap, and R&B hits of the time and mixes it up with classic ’80s commercials.
10 pm Love Handle @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Tennessee’s Memphi$ Jones, a.k.a. Silky Vincent, headlines this edition of Love Handle. Joining him are Love Handle veterans Alister Johnson and Famous Lee, rocking the dance floor with rare boogie, modern soul, and disco wax. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock, soul, psych, punk, and beyond.
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 Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
10 pm DJ Moms @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. The Boat’s newest DJ night, playing all genres.
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 Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.
11 am Toronto Artisan Market @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. A market celebrating local arts, crafts and, community. Featuring original art, handmade jewelry and fashion, vegan and natural skincare, ceramics/pottery, plants, home decor, apothecary, stationary, antiques, vintage, and collectibles. Until 6 pm.
12 pm OssFest: “What the F” is OssFest? @ Ossington Avenue between Queen & Dundas St. W. “What the F” is OssFest? is a celebration of the “fun,” “fashion,” “food,” and “fitness” found throughout the Ossington BIA businesses. Ossington will be closed for a pedestrian takeover to discover and rediscover everything the street has to offer. Until 11 pm.
1 pm Daydreams @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Bambi’s welcomes the organizers and resident DJs of Melbourne, Australia’s finest weekly daytime party, Daydreams, on their first North American tour. Free before 11 pm.
9 pm Club Berlin Presents: Techno Difficulty @ Location TBA. Club Berlin is a moving techno party series that transforms spaces into raw and vibrant experiences through music, arts, and culture. Music by: Dirty Talk (live performance), Dr. Finger (vinyl set), Acote (modular set/DJ set), Möglichkeit (DJ set), and MÌLU (DJ set). $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Footprints @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Toronto’s longest-running open format dance party featuring DJs General Eclectic and Jason Palma + special guest DJ Iced Misto (a.k.a. Sandra To). Expect to hear lots of house, disco, boogie, and 4/4 edits to keep you glued to the dance floor and sweating up a storm! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
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 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 Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Soul, funk, pop, rock, and guilty pleasures with DJ Misty. Good times for one and all!
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 Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
10 pm To Wong Foo: 90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s takes you back to the 1990s! Playing all your favourite hits from the decade all night long. Drag strongly encouraged. $5 advance tickets available online.
10:30 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.
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 line bypass before midnight, submit names here (right side of the page). $10.
11 am Pin + Patch Show @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Shop from over 40 pin and patch vendors. Swag bags will be given to the first 50 shoppers in line! Until 5 pm.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration! Featuring live music, games, circus and belly dancing performances, poetry, art, food, and lots more. The streets are yours until 7 pm.
1 pm “Backyard” BBQ Party @ Track & Field Bar, 860 College St. Join Track & Field Bar for a classic barbecue feast, including burgers, hotdogs, and ribs – all with a special twist! There will also be signature cocktails, raffle table, DJ, and summer lawn games like bocce ball, shuffleboard, and cornhole. 100% of the proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. $25 advance tickets available online.
4 pm Faerie Grove @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A day-drinking throwback to disco and unrestrained queerness, with DJ Michael K and guests on the decks. Be fierce. Be glorious. Wear as little as you like. Party goes ’til sunset.
4:30 pm Girl Gang Cabarets @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. A celebration of women-identifying people and artists! Featuring artists Janice Jo Lee, Bethany Daniels, Niki Nikita, and Claire Mortifee followed by an open stage lady cabaret (open to comedians, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, or anything else you can think of) and jam. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Waste Land @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. The award-winning documentary Waste Land is a deeply moving portrait of urban gleaners living on the geographical and social margins of a city, yet whose work is integral to the environmental sustainability of the metropolis. It will be paired with two short films that similarly address the delicate relationship between one’s home, livelihood, and mental health. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards, featuring The Arepa Republic, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
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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