7 pm AGO First Thursdays @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street W. Headlined by the legendary Grandmaster Flash the AGO is throwing a party for the ages to celebrate their newest exhibit of works by NYC street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
8 pm Deep .GIF Immersion @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrate the diverse art of .GIF making, featuring floor to ceiling projections made by .GIF heroes from across Canada! Leaking out of the internet straight to your face. Live music by taxxxhaven, Dad Art, The Fricks, and Shania Twain. DJ sets by Mama Knows and Glass Blotch.
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.
8 pm Weird Dance Night @ Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. Dance experiments by amateurs and artists, with videos and projections by Espirigold. Come on time – this will be short, intense, awesome, and maybe even weird! Cash bar and hot apple cider. $10 or PWYC.
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 Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5
10 pm DJ Downunda @ Crawford, 718 College St. Trap, rap, RnB, and bangers! Hosted by Miss Olivia and Kermit. $5 bar rail + $4 shots and jello shooters.
10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
10 pm The Rabbit Hole @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St.Toronto’s newest pop-up dedicated to good music. Special guests every time, from international to local. Headliner: ??? Local Support: Birthday Boy, Yung Bambii, and .WAVgod. Never know what you’ll hear in the rabbit hole.
7pm: #FNLROM Encore: Carnival at Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park Circle. Our favourite way to spend Friday nights in Toronto returns for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Live music, dancing, eclectic eats and drinks, gallery activities and unexpected experiences: are you ready to explore with us? $12 for adults, $10 for students
10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A newfangled affair that glorifies those qualities which 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 Pony @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. ’90s/00s-era R&B and rap all night long. Fawn Big Canoe and Zre Day are your captains for this fantastic voyage.
10 pm Risk @ Wayward, 1096 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, trap, and more with DJs Kid Tronic, Ry-Fi, and Tech Twelve. $5.
10 pm Biggity Boop @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B with your hosts Alikulapo, Hoiking, and Teej Mahal. It ain’t nothin’ but a biggity boop! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm SoulSkank: Bob Marley Edition @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Gramera and DJ Double K + Dennis P on the sax celebrate the birth of Robert Nesta Marley the best way they know how, with music, drinks, and dance! All vinyl and live instrumental toasting. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Colin Bergh and Bruce Trail play dymaxion house music all night long.
10 pm City Love @ Crawford, 718 College St. Lacey and Vic blast out hot hip-hop and RnB tunes! $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Mizz Recklezz, Kevin Ritchie, and Blackcat. For guestlist, email email@example.com. $5.
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 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 Ice Machine @ Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Minimal synth, wave, electro, early EBM and more with DJs Neal Twosixzerozero and Jason Solvent.
10 pm Nitty Gritty: (Ho)Motown Night @ Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. A little queer hangout and dance party, featuring vintage soul, funk, and R&B. No cover, good vibes, great tunes!
10 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, south.
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 Neoprene / Fresh Flesh @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W.Performances by Fresh Flesh and Neoprene + DJs Hot Mess and Cam Lee. $5.
11 pm Acid Bath 002 @ 8/11, 233 Spadina Ave. (in the basement).Extended acid house DJ sets by Gingy and SINS. Night life guard “on duty.” $5.
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 DJ PHNM (Chicago). $10.
2 pm Borrel @ Cloak & Dagger, 394 College St. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love! Until 8 pm.
10 pm Nite People @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Come down to the place that only the night people go. With DJs Jason Palma, Paul E. Lopes, and Andycapp. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Nico and Magnificent spin floorshakers and heartbreakers! Frantic Riff Randell will shimmy and shake. Mod, soul, R&B, reggae, and more. $5.
10 pm Boombox @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. DJs Dislexia and Betti Forde play indie, funk, disco, hip-hop, and more!
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. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, ’90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, ’80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
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 The Party That Never Happened @ TEN93, 1093 Queen St. W. (back alley entrance). Have you ever been stuck in between space and time in a continuum of ongoing galaxy residue? Well then, The Party That Never Happened is abstentious by nature, children. This doesn’t exist in the physical world; this event lies in the spiritual world. Music by Cyber 69, Teo Nio, Birthday Boy, and Hrmxny. $5 and girls free before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Fred Lavik (Finland) share a top notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $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 11:30 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal disco and maximal house with DJs Produzentin, Kevin Ritchie, and Jaime Sin.
11 pm Born To Party @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll plays new rock, alternative, ’80s, ’90s, and guilty pleases like: The Cure, The Black Keys, AC/DC, David Bowie, Lorde, The Strokes, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Billy Idol, Grouplove, Run-D.M.C., and more!
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 Big Jacks spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.
11 am Annex Flea @ Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bloor St. W. Tired of imported roses and waxy chocolates? Shop local for your love! Find everything from original jewellery pieces to vintage tins, natural beauty products to classic LPs. Until 6 pm.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until10 pm.
8 pm Scenefeld: The Celebration @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. A Seinfeld costume and trivia ball! Attendees are invited to play “Scene It: Seinfeld” in an elimination style. Winner will receive a special Seinfeld prize. Dress up as your favourite character (bonus points for obscure or episode-specific ones). There will also be an Elaine dancing contest, Seinfeld music, Seinfeld food, hidden Seinfeld refs around the room, J. Peterman catalog by Joële Walinga and friends, and more. $6 advance tickets available online.
9:30 pm Karaoke Sundays @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Karaoke, every Sunday night! Hosted by Cajo.
10 pm Day Old Donuts @ 755 Dovercourt Rd. Day After Dilla’s birthday. FREE DONUTS. With DJs James Redi and George Thoms.
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