July 2nd-5th Taste of Toronto @ Fort York Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd. Taste of Toronto is back for a second year! Fort York will be transformed into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking, and entertainment. The city’s latest, greatest, and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest in an alfresco gourmet feast. Top that off with over 70 producers of the best food, beverages and premium brands providing a bountiful food market, and you have the best culinary festival of the year! Advance tickets available online.


10 am Andy Warhol Revisited @ Revolver Gallery, 77 Bloor St. W. An exhibition featuring over 120 original Andy Warhol prints and paintings, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Mickey Mouse, and Mick Jagger, as well as the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans. Visitors will experience an engaging and educational walkthrough of the development of Warhol’s artistic language and its greater effect on culture. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10-8pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $5 for students (full-time with ID) and youth (6 to 17), and free for kids under 5.

1 pm Electric Island: Canada Day Edition @ Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island. Electric Island, the fully-licensed concert and picnic series, returns this summer with another four events stacked with world-class talent. Featuring sets by Sasha, Marcel Dettmann, Lee Foss, and Dennis Ferrer. (Electric Island is accessible via the Hanlan’s Point ferry, which can be boarded at 9 Queens Quay W., near the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.) $50 advance tickets available online.

3 pm Rooftop Pool Party @ The Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W. Join the Cruel Collective on the Thompson rooftop to celebrate Canada Day and watch the fireworks! Rooftop open from 3 pm to 2 am. Lobby from 9 pm onwards.

7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its sixth season! Featuring a screening of the acclaimed sci-fi drama Ex Machina + a live performance by Guelph’s Sam Drysdale. $15 advance tickets available online.

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 Smiths Is Dead @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Why not ring in Canada Day by attending the only strictly Smiths and Morrissey night in the only country the man himself refuses to tour. Hows that for civic pride? All your favourite cemetary greats + b-sides, deep cuts, and all the Morrissey tracks you can stomach. Hosted/hand selected by Michael K Newton and Scott Wade.


7 pm Salsa in Toronto Cruise Nights @ Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queen’s Quay W. The 11th annual Salsa in Toronto festival kicks off from the heart of Toronto’s waterfront with a cruise series by Mariposa Cruises, Salsa in Toronto cruise nights. An epic tour through the city’s waterways to mark the beginning of the week-long celebration, the Salsa in Toronto cruises are complete with lessons from top salsa dancers, Latin street-style cuisine, and live music, all while sailing by Toronto’s gorgeous skyline at sunset. A popular fixture in Toronto’s harbour, Mariposa Cruises will offer three vivacious salsa cruises for the festival: July 2, July 8 and July 16. $75 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!

10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.


9 pm Feast in the East @ Jam Factory Co., 2 Matilda St. A monthly East End music, food, and installation series. This month’s edition features a free Greek dinner provided by Stephanie Fielding and Heather Rule, with music by Tenderness, Wordburglar, Fresh Flesh, and Jack Topht. Environs by Brett Zadravetz. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door or $15 with food. All ages.

9:30 pm Dirty Dancing Quote-Along @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Bloor Hot Docs takes you back to the summer of 1963, via the summer of 1987. Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is resigned to spend her summer at a wholesome family resort in the Catskills, when she unwittingly discovers the wild dance parties the resort staff have after hours. Summer is looking up for Baby! She seeks out the head instructor Johnny Castle (a smoking-hot Patrick Swayze) for some dancing lessons, and the rest is history. They’ll have subtitles on screen, karaoke-style, so you’ll know exactly when to say, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Singing and dancing desired, but not required. $12 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Hold Tight @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. Two of Toronto’s most prominent DJs/party animals, DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) are bringing a brand new hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s newest live music and eclectic party space, Adelaide Hall – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm A Summer Fling Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sweaty, unabashed dancing with new friends, naughty projections, disco balls, and donuts. Summer Fling DJs play songs from all of the eras: classic rock, funk and disco, modern indie, and a sprinkle of other dance-floor favourites.

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 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 Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack Morris play that classic leant shit. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A newfangled affair that glorifies those qualities that 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 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 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, south.

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 DJs Marco Morales (Chicago) and Fawn Big Canoe. $10.


3 pm 5th Annual Bastid’s BBQ @ The Parking Lot at 229 Richmond St. W. Skratch Bastid unites people over great music provided by a cast of world-class DJs; live performances from special guests; and prime cooking provided by Canada’s premier street food purveyor La Carnita! Featuring music by Skratch Bastid, Chris Karns, DJ Dopey, Wristpect, DJ Starting From Skratch, Big Toe’s HIFI, Bambii, Big Jacks, Rhek, Paul Chin, and a super special guest. $15 advance tickets available at Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online; $20 + taxes and fees at the door.

9 pm 2night We Are… Tribute to Jack White @ The Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave. Members of Blue Sky Miners, Young Empires and friends celebrate July 4 in T.O with a live tribute to anthemic modern American music hero, Jack White. Extended-set will include songs from the catalogs of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and Jack’s solo material. $10.

10 pm Chronologic 8 Year Anniversary Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages, now celebrating eight years! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2014, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Go-go stylings by Riff Randell. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $10.

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 pm, $5 after.

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 Nite Moves @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. DJs Dr. J and Koray Özel play a selection of afro, boogie, funk, hip-hop/R&B, house, and more. $5.

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 Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive dance party! Party jams and freedom.

10 pm Motown Only @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Classic Motown tracks from: The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Marvlettes, Tammi Terrell, The Commodores, and many more. All groove. No cover.

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, Dalia, and special guest Royale spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.


4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The Christie Pits Film Festival is back for a fifth year! Featuring a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic horror film, Nosferatu, accompanied by a live, original score by Toronto/Guelph indie band Del Bel. Eats and treats provided by Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts, Caplansky’s Deli, and Macchina Mobile Cafe. Food for sale beginning at 6 pm, screening starts at sundown. BYOBlanket.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.