August 7th-17th SummerWorks Performance Festival @ various locations. Ontario’s premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre. $15 single tickets available online.
August 14th-16th Sail-In Cinema @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. The world’s first two-sided gloating movie experience returns! Jaws screens on Friday, Jurassic Park on Saturday, and E.T. on Sunday. Tickets are free (reserve online).
August 16th-17th Vintage & Flea Community Market @ Vintage & Flea, 1245 Dundas St. W. A community furniture and clothing market happening every weekend! Featuring a selection of vintage clothing, designer consignment, and antique furniture. Starts at noon and goes late.
7:30 pm Open Roof Festival: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” @ 99 Sudbury St. Performance by The Ascot Royals followed by a screening of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a 2014 masterpiece starring, well, pretty much everyone. $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 Soulful Spinnings @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Deep and lazy midsummer grooves all night long.
11 pm Birkenrock 1 Year Anniversary @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Your one-stop event for everything female alternative, OLD AND NEW, as curated by Daniel McIntyre and David Van Poppel. Featuring all your Women & Songs favourites + some modern jams!
8 pm John Waters Trash Bash @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Who wants to die for art? Well, if you’ve always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but your parents wouldn’t let you, now’s your chance! Celebrate the Pope of Trash, John Waters, himself and all of his fantastically lewd creations. 3D viewing presented in ODORAMA (3D glasses and Scratch N Sniff cards not included. It’s a good thing you have eyes and a nose). Stick around after the show for some hip tunes spun by the incomparable DJ Stacie Ant. $10.
9:30 pm Evening Standard @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Int’l dance sensation Leon Vynehall for a night of music you can dance to, alongside local pro club DJs MEMBERSONLY. Music made for dancing. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after. Arrive early – space is limited.
10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. Music by Rainer and Grimm. $5.
10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Every Thursday, come get a taste of tunes from: J-Lo, DMX, Spice Girls, Will Smith, Aqua, Ludacris, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, S Club 7, Jay-Z, Hanson, Ace of Base, Savage Garden, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and many more. $5.
10 pm Twisted Thursdays @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, RnB, reggae, trap, and old school with DJ Law. $5.
10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
10 pm Rare Beef Presents: Cake 002 @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Holloh, Kwikfiks, Ango, Michael Imperial, and Eytan Tobin. $5 before midnight.
9 pm Woodstock 45th Anniversary @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. This classic concert changed the landscape of music forever! The three-day Woodstock festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement. Featuring music by Richie Havens, Joan Baez, The Who, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Santana and more, this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone. Enjoy this must-see music doc on August 15, the day Woodstock kicked off 45 years ago! Doc & Beer Combo: $17 ($14 for Bloor members), includes screening, a can of Steam Whistle and a large popcorn. Advanced tickets available online.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Young heartthrobs James Rathbone (a.k.a. DJ Yung Adult) and Jordan Sowunmi play the sounds of the dirty south and other similarly-toned tunes. Expect music like: Lil’ Boosie’s “Lifestyle” remix, We Dem Boyz, Dreezy, The Sounds of New Atlanta, etc.
10 pm Dudebox Presents: 99 Problems But A Venue Ain’t One @ 99 Sudbury St. Honest Ed’s canceled their parking lot party, but Dudebox found a new location to throw the hypest, gnarliest fundraiser you’ve probably ever been to. Hip-hop + cash bar (all drinks $6). $10 at the door, with 80% of cover profits going to Wellspring.
10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. You can catch me at the HOT SPOT edition. Diego Bros play ’90s + ’00s hip-hop and R&B jamz all night long. (August babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
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 Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelia, beat, and surf!
10 pm The Bristol Soul Club @ The Bristol, 1087 Queen St. W. DJ Splattermonkey spins some sweet soul 7” 45 RPM records for you to dance your ass off to.
10 pm Sailor Jerry Supports Bikers For Autism @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Sailor Jerry is ripping though Toronto on their Long Haul Tour supporting Bikers For Autism. Sailor Jerry ink by Dov Gray of Shaded Gray Tattoos; performances by Delinquents with Panama Red and Big Brother; Sailor Jerry drink specials and giveaways. PWYC.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ RYZE, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. DJ Sean Sax joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Deathwish @ Ciro’s Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W. Dark dance music. Live performances by Stacian (Milwaukee), Memorex (Toronto), and Magic Key (Chicago) + DJs SΛRIN and Josh V.
10 pm Feel So Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, slow jams, crunk, and beyond. Shake your ass till the early morning.
10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Music by DJ FeelGoodSmalls. Mickey “bottle service” available. $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.
10 pm Dianetics III @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. Dance, noise, drones, projections, video. $5.
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Competition Semi-Finals @ Revival, 783 College St. This preliminary round of HHK will determine the final cream-of-the-crop performers for September’s Competition Finals. Doors and sign-up begin at 10 pm, with 20 spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Songs performed MUST be on HHK’s existing song list (solo performances only). The top 10 performers will go on to compete in September for the ultimate crown. Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Dalia. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Crawford House Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. MC JFlex hosts your favourite house party! Old school hip-hop, trap, and R&B all night + red cup drink special ($8.50 gets you a Molson cup and a Jager shot). $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10:30 pm Nightwave @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. Emerging from a distant retro-futuristic dominion of pleasure and pain. Sounds inspired by gothic horror and sexy, dark dance parties with some extreme love ballads. With DJs Valkyrie 1984 and Lazarus.
11 pm Homework @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. From the DJs that brought you Goin’ Steady and Chronologic: The booty shattering dance-a-thon of sophisticated low end theories. Future bass, astral funk, booty house, and techno crunk for your body and soul. Featuring a mind-freaking live performance from Prince Nifty. $5.
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.
3 pm Wavelength’s Endless Summer @ Vintage & Flea, 1251 Dundas St. W. A mini-festival featuring: Blue Hawaii (Montreal / Arbutus Records), Comet Control (Toronto / ex-Quest for Fire), Mexican Slang (Toronto / Buzz Records), Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No (NYC), JFM (Halifax / Pleasence Records), New Horizzzons (Toronto / Record Release), Alpha Strategy (Toronto / Record Release), Hiawatha (Toronto), and Delta Will (Toronto). Video games by The Hand Eye Society. Food by The Travelling Emporium. Beer by Steam Whistle Pilsner. Wine by Tawse Winery. Until 11 pm. $10 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
10 pm Deep Endz @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. A dance music night with a focus on two-step, house, UK garage, and techno. Music provided by Sal Haque, Eytan Tobin, Stephen Thrasher, and Sinergy.
10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC.
10 pm Ree vs. BEASTDJ / Grill$ @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Ree and BEASTDJ play hip-hop, RnB, reggae, nineties, and mashups. Downstairs, DJs James Redi, Jon Chetty, Sanga Genesis, and Feel Good Smalls spin Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop, and reggae tunes while the George Forman holds it down front and centre with a stack of cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. That’s right – FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.
10 pm Faxx Emotion @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Andrew Argh and Mikey Eh play automatic amore in the grotto.
10 pm Get It Together: Summer’s Almost Over Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party specializing in cheap drinks, beautiful people, and packed dance floors! All styles, all genres, all peoples welcome. $5.
10 pm Help! Jesse Futerman @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Jesse Futerman spins everything from baba boogie soul to Brazilian and jazz.
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 Bush Beat @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Where ladies meet! With DJs Pony and Shoegayz. $4.50 bar rail before 11:30 pm.
10 pm Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Catalist, Famous Lee, and special guest Jerome Derradji (Chicago) throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party! $5.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Senor Vishal share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.
11 pm RISA @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Synthetic soundtracks from your Third Eye. Fantasy visuals from your Second Life. Sensual dancing for just one night.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Aroundmidnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.
10 am The Junction Flea @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Featuring a mix of independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Until 4 pm. $2.
10 am The Leslieville Flea @ Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and select artisans. Until 5 pm.10 am Sunday Mini Mart @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Every Sunday morning to afternoon, The Drake hosts theTimberlost + friends mini market. Featuring beautiful flowers from Timberlost, with rotating wares ranging from stationary to street art.
2 pm Yours Truly 3rd Annual BBQ @ Yours Truly, 229 Ossington Ave. (rear parking lot). Drinks by Tito’s Vodka and Creemore. Food by Yours Truly. Music provided by Ronnie Falcon, Colin Bergh, Sylvermayne, Members Only, Bles-sed, Nautiluss. Dancing and mayhem provided by YOU. RSVP on the Facebook page.
2:30 pm Girls Rock Camp Toronto Showcase Concert @ Transac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Check out Toronto’s finest new talent as they perform original songs created in only five days with their rock camp bands. All ages! Suggested donation of $5 for kids, $10 for adults. Girls Rock Camp Toronto do is a volunteer-based organization that builds self esteem through music creation.
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.
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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