May 1st-4th Budweiser Stage Presents: It Happened Here, A Photo Exhibit @ 950 Queen St. W. Relive history at this free interactive exhibit celebrating 25 seasons of music at one of Toronto’s most iconic music venues, Budweiser Stage. Get up close and personal with decades of memorabilia, interactive installations, and photography from artists and performances throughout the years. Open 3-9 pm Monday to Thursday, 12-10 pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-6 pm Sunday.
May 1st-5th Hot Docs Festival @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. North America’s largest documentary festival, showcasing the best in Canadian and international documentary. This year’s festival features over 200 amazing films and interactive projects from 50+ countries. Tickets available online.
May 1st-5th GradEx 104 @ OCAD University, 100 McCaul St. See works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class of 2019! More than 800 promising young artists and designers will be exhibiting at buildings across campus, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design, as part of the school’s 104th graduate exhibition.
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. Scotiabank has launched the newest installment of #ScotiaGallery. Throughout the month of May, Scotiabank will transform select locations in downtown Toronto into an interactive photo gallery. Every weekend, from sundown to sunrise, photos posted using #ScotiaGallery will be projected at various outdoor locations in downtown Toronto.
May 3rd-5th Jane’s Walk @ various locations. Inspired by Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations that encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
May 4th-5th Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo @ Shops at Don Mills, Town Square, 1090 Don Mills Rd. Experience the city’s top brews and discover industry tips, emerging trends, and new beans from 60 local vendors and indie cafes at this two-day event. $15 (plus tax) tickets available online. Runs 11-5 pm both days.
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.
5 pm Robert Mapplethorpe: The Outsiders @ Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave. The Outsiders investigates the relevance of Mapplethorpe’s photographs in the current political climate. Addressing preconceived rules about what it means to be male, to be female, and to belong—both within the body and within society—The Outsiders seeks out androgyny, finding comfort in the heroes of the past, and courage in how we define our future. Until 8 pm.
10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.
12 pm Memories of Galleria Mall @ Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. Take a step back in time at one of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks. Toronto writer, photographer, and artist Shari Kasman spent many years photographing Galleria Mall, which functioned not only as a venue for shopping, but also a hub for socializing and entertainment. As the site prepares to be reimagined, Torontonians will have a rare opportunity to celebrate this landmark’s nostalgia during this year’s CONTACT Photography Exhibition. Runs until May 5th.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Afterlife @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. #FNLROM kicks off its spring season with top Egyptian-Canadian talent, tasty food, and the interesting history of the ROM Egyptian collections. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
8:30 pm Inside Out Launch Party @ Artscape Daniels Launchpad 130 Queens Quay E. Join Inside Out as they announce the official program for the 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival. The launch party will feature a silent auction, performances by Priyanka and The Virgo Queen, and a dance party with sets by Valeroo, DJ Chicklet, and Sammy Rawal. Until 1 am. Admission by donation.
10 pm Boosie Fade 5 Year Anniversary Party @ The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. Boosie Fade is turning five! You’ll hear the latest and greatest in hip-hop, including tunes from artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Beyoncé, Lil Nas x Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Schoolboy Q, City Girls, and many more. $10.
10 pm Welcome to the Jungle @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Classic rock dance party with DJ DangerCat playing AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Fleetwood Mac, and lots more. $5.
10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millenium! Free before 11 pm.
10 pm Big Primpin’ @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Big Primpin’ returns with a NEW LOOK, a NEW SPACE, and the SAME GREAT TASTE! With DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, and Vaughan spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests.
10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Groove to rhythms and various electronica from around the globe with DJs Coy Haste and Oreku.
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 Soul Flower @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Shake your pants to DJ General Eclectic’s curated collection of ’60s/70s psych rock, southern soul, raw funk, and classic rock.
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 Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.
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.
9 am CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale @ Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), 33 Manitoba Dr. Shop from a selection of vintage and gently used designer/name brand clothing items and accessories as well as clothing and costumes that have been featured on TV series and films shot in Toronto. $7 at the door (free for children under 12 and seniors), with partial proceeds going to The AFC. Until 5 pm.
6 pm Star Wars Day @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. The Rec Room celebrates Star Wars Day with an all-ages family event followed by a 19+ after party ’til late! Featuring a costume contest, trivia game show, celebrity guests, live performances, prizes, and more. $25 advance tickets available online, with proceeds from the event benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada.
9 pm Deep&Disco @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Disco, funk, and house music played by DJs Marrs Barrs, Big Fun (Joe Navarro and Chico U), Andy Roberts, Iced Misto, and Rise Ashen + a live performance by Ritmo Collective. $5 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages. Pop and anti-pop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2019, played in chronological order). $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, beat, surf, and funk record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Mod Marty (Winnipeg). Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.
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 Queer Slowdance: May the 4th Be With You 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, but guests are invited to cosplay in sci-fi/fantasy or wear something cosmic under the stars. $10.
10 pm The Groove: Beastie Boys Tribute Edition @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Brother Wayne pays tribute to the late Beastie Boy MCA on the seventh anniversary of his death. Expect lots of Beastie Boys all night long.
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 PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades.
10 pm Pump Up The Volume @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. A retro video dance party with DJ Lazarus playing the videos that shaped dance music. You will see videos from the late ’80s to the early 2000s. These are the jams that filled the clubs and raves during the golden age of dance music. This edition will be honouring Keith Flint of The Prodigy. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Firestarter: The Prodigy Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Attention all you Voodoo People! Sneaky Dee’s is paying tribute to The Prodigy and playing all the drum and bass you can handle. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Let the Wookie Win @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJs Michaelsoft and Justin Croker spin drum and bass. May the Fourth be with you.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.
11 am Punk Rock Flea Market @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s gnarliest curated pop-up market, featuring the most rad selection of curated vendors, your old fave tunes, new buds, cold brews, and good times. Until 5 pm.
11 am Citizen Crafts Market: Mother’s Day Edition @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Find that perfect gift for mom at this marketplace offering a curated selection of local artisans, brands, and delicious treats. Until 5 pm.
11 am Veg Spring Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Join the Toronto Vegetarian Association for the second annual Veg Spring Market, featuring 40+ veggie businesses and a day jam-packed with captivating workshops. Until 6 pm. $5 tickets available online and at the door.
11:30 am Second Asian Zine Fair @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. The Asian Zine Fair was created to provide Asian artists a space to showcase their work and voice. Come check out what our local Asian artists have been up to, chat with them, and pick up some zines! Until 3:30 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.
8 pm Nite Comfort @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This edition leans towards the psychedelic, approached from two different perspectives with performances by Qarafa and Oneo Fakind. PWYC.
10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: BurlesqueUni Showcase@ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease.” This edition features a special showcase of fresh talent, hosted by instructors Rosie Mae and Pastel Supernova. Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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