May 1st-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world, featuring over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the GTA during the month of May. Throughout the festival, Canadians can also submit their own photos using #ScotiaGallery and they will be projected in various outdoor locations across Toronto.
May 10th-12th Tastemaker Toronto @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. The Tastemaker Tour is bringing the ultimate culinary house party to Evergreen Brick Works! With a rotation of DJs spinning throughout the day and night, guests can enjoy unique dishes from local chefs, craft cocktails, hit the dance floor, or explore the variety of interactive rooms and experiences. Tickets are $55.24 to $79.10.
May 11th-12th Toronto Comic Arts Festival @ Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge St. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns with its biggest year ever, featuring hundreds of creators, publishers, and comics organizations from around the world. Runs 9-5 pm Saturday and 10-5 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
8 pm Women’s Adventure Film Tour @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. An evening of short documentary films from around the world showcasing strong, empowered, and physically active women. $21.69 tickets available online.
10 pm Slanted & Enchanted, the 1990s @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard revisits the 1990s, from grunge to shoegaze to Britpop to the unclassifiable. Lost gems and bangers galore!
7 pm Friday Night Live: DinoNite @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Start your weekend on the dance floor as #FNLROM celebrates DinoNite, featuring complimentary access to the exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
9:45 pm Reality Bites in 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Ben Stiller’s directorial debut about a documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, and Steve Zahn, presented in 35mm. $14 tickets available online.
10 pm Hold The Phone: Vinyl Dance Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJ Misty + special guest DJs Waves and Cher spin rock ‘n’ roll, soul, vintage R&B, and garage on vinyl.
10 pm Belly Belly @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Selector A Man Called Warwick presents a night of authentic Indo, Arabic, and Balkan music, all strictly analog vinyl recordings. Get lost in these magical hypnotic sounds on the dance floor.
10 pm Shameless @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get ready to be totally Shameless! The Bangs & Blush ladies will be throwing down everything you want to hear, from pop to hip-hop. Good vibes only. $10.
10 pm Totally Buggin’ @ After Dark, 1180 Queen St. W. A nostalgic girl power dance party with DJ Kid Gorgeous spinning your fave anthems of the ’90s, ’00s, and right now. $5 vodka, $5 cover.
10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. ’80s and ’90s guilty pleasures dance party with DJ Blush! $5.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins punk, glam, psych, and rock ‘n’ roll bangers all night long.
10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is 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 pm Disco Fridays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hear a delightful array of disco and its sub genres every Friday at The Piston. $10.
10 am Plant Fair @ Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave. Discover amazing garden finds and plants of all kinds at the best prices in town at this fundraiser for the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto. Focus on natives, organics, pollinators, herbs, veggies, and hard to find plants + arts and crafts from local artisans, bee nests (for solitary, gentle, pollinator bees), and more. Cash is preferred, but they also accept Visa, MasterCard, and AmEx (only on purchases of $50 or more). Until 2 pm.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH (outdoors), 1001 Queen St. W. Join Toronto Flower Market as they celebrate the launch of their 2019 season. Local flowers in season: tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, peony, gerbera, hyacinth, muscari, and lilac (plus seedlings, dahlia tubers, plants, succulents, speciality plants and flowers/orchids, handmade pots, and more). Until 3 pm.
11 am Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market @ Parkdale Village (Queen St. W. from Roncesvalles to Dufferin). Spring into Parkdale returns for a seventh year with a sidewalk sale featuring more than 150 vendors, free entertainment, a night market showcasing local chefs, and lots more! Until 9 pm.
11 am Parkdale Flea @ 1605 Queen St. W. Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Shop from a selection of vintage pieces, clothing, skincare, crafts, accessories, confections, and more. Free entry and four-legged friends welcome! Until 6 pm.
12 pm The Pop Culture Market @ See-Scape, 347 Keele St. Buy, sell, and trade all things related to pop culture: records, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video game consoles, toys, comics, magazines, clothing, crafts, and lots more. See a list of vendors here. Until 5 pm. Free admission and all ages welcome.
6 pm Intersessions BBQ @ 28 Bathurst St. Canadian Music Week and Stackt Market present a night of BBQing and DJing with Chippy Nonstop, Karim Olen Ash, and Hangaëlle. Until 11 pm. $11.44 tickets available online.
10 pm London UK’s DJ Ginger Fizz 45 Party @ Sweaty Betty’s, 13 Ossington Ave. With It presents London’s DJ Ginger Fizz spinning the best ’50s and ’60s sleazy rhythm and blues, filthy garage, and raucous rock and rock all on 45RPM.
10 pm It’s Gonna Be May: Boyband Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Imagine all the dreamy boys you had on your wall growing up in one place. From One Direction to B44 to NSYNC, this party will be playing all the songs to make your heart throb and your hips shake! $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.
10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett.
10 pm Knockout! @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s, featuring special guest Karl from Heart of Montreal Soul Club.
10 pm Murder He Wrote @ The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. With influences spanning garage, hip-hop, dancehall, and drum and bass, Murder He Wrote is one of the most distinctive producers in the UK. With support from DJs Freeza Chin and Macala. $10.
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! $10.
10 pm Britannia: Britpop & Madchester Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Join the common people for a special night of Britpop and Madchester video favourites with DJ Lazarus. See videos from Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Radiohead, and more. Spotlight on Suede. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Forth Presents: Hidden Spheres & Korea Town Acid @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Dipping their feet in the yin, Forth is bringing out a selector on the come up that will surely balance out the hidden energies of Toronto’s weekly nightlife. Tom Harris, a.k.a Hidden Spheres, draws from his eclectic musical knowledge which always aspires for difference and inclusiveness on the dance floor. He’ll be joined by Korea Town Acid, who creates cerebral dance rhythms that sit at the juncture of dubby house, free-jazzy techno, and funky ambient territories. $10-15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.
10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!
11 pm Lovers & Other Strangers: Improvised @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W. Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CFHI 98.1 in the ’90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. Featuring Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, D.J. Mausner, Zohaib Khan, Tom Hearn, Atony Hall, Kyah Green, Coko Galore, Akahnis Charley, and Rosh Abdullah. $10.
9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.
11 am Leslieville Flea Mother’s Day Market @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. The Leslieville Flea sets up shop at The Broadview Hotel for a special Mother’s Day market, featuring a curated selection of vintage and handcrafted goods. Until 5 pm.
11 am Toronto Artisan Market @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Shop original art, handmade jewelry, organic skincare, home decor, wellness products, baked goods, and more from a curated group of local makers. Until 5 pm.
1:07 pm Mother’s Day with the Toronto Blue Jays @ Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way. Bring the whole family down to the ballpark to celebrate Mother’s Day. The 200 Level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into a Mom’s Oasis, featuring makeup and hair touch-ups, nail decals, live music, wine sampling, family photo-ops, and much more. The first 15,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark will receive a Marcus StroGnome giveaway. $30.50+ tickets available online.
4 pm Sunday Social with DJ Ginger Fuzz @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. London’s DJ Ginger Fizz spins a special cocktail of ’50s and ’60s sleazy rhythm and blues, filthy garage, and raucous rock and roll on 45s for an afternoon social. Until 8 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.
10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Peepshow T.O. @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease.” For this edition, Peepshow T.O. brings their high calibre brand of Nerdlesque to the Cherry’s stage in an intimate showcase of fan-favourite, geek-tastic acts. Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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