Toronto Hit List: MIDNIGHT MRKT, All That, Love Design Party, Home Team & more!

January 23rd-26th Come Up To My Room @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s largest alternative design show, enters a new decade with new initiatives and a diverse lineup of local and national talent: 25 installations, 60 artists, and 4000 visitors, all in under four days. Runs Thursday 6-8 pm, Friday 11-8 pm, Saturday 11-10 pm, and Sunday 11-5 pm. $10.

WEDNESDAY

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.

11 pm Birkenrock @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Missed Lilith Fair the first (or second) time around? Then come out and enjoy the best of a golden age of women in music, ’90s FM alt-rock. Curated by Daniel McIntyre and David Van Poppel, Birkenrock features all your favourite empowered women, from Sheryl to Paula, Tori to Courtney.

THURSDAY

10 pm #ThrowbackThursdays Launch Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Clinton’s has a new baby! And the bottle upon which it suckles is filled with bombastic hits to drive you straight mental. 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 Pop Up: Recess @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Get ready to take over the playground this Thursday for week one of Recess! Turn down to the tunes from your past – throwback RnB, slow jams, vibey turndown. Hosted and played by Ballistic, Trophy Jones, SHFT, Bambii, and Swesh. $5 Pop Scotch (scotch and soda), $4 Crispy Crunch, Skittle, and Swedish Berry shots. Pogs and candy welcome.

10 pm No Need to Argue: All 90s Karaoke @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Indie, Riotgrrl, campus radio + more typical ’90s shit. BUT IT’S ALL ’90s. NO EXCEPTIONS.

FRIDAY

9 pm MIDNIGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. A pop-up night market pairing music, drinks, and street style food. The sounds: Lucie Tic, Johnny Hockin, Jennifer Loveless. The goods: ReUPs KNOW LOVE (Elicser Elliott + Josephine Basch), Crywolf Clothing, Opal Doily and The High Priestess, Alex Davey Illustration, Pyramid Scheme, Mizdragonfly, Struggled Art Furnishings, Baldassarre Clothing, S.K.Y.L.A, Homegrown Boutique, Emily Woudenberg, Parkdale Butter, Laborde Designs, Aura Freedom, Made for Margaret, Kuru Accessories, KLASSIK EMPIRE. The foods: Grub, FeaSTO, La Brea Food, Le Dolci, Gourmet Queens, more TBA. Until 1 am. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).

10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.

10 pm This @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Gabe Knox and Geoff Snack artisinally play hand-curated selections of heritage vinyl records. Progressive New Wave tho. Italian Disco tho. Computer Music tho. Post-Punk tho. New Music tho. Synth Soundscapes tho. It’ll be a thing.

10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush present the ultimate guilty pleasure dance party with all your favourites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s (including the ones you won’t admit to)! $5.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Indie rock and campus radio jams with DJs P. Fletcher and Pammm.

10 pm Wayne’s Girls @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. All your favourite classic rock, metal, and headbang jamz with Garth (Mar) and Wayne (Lindsay) + Wayne’s World inspired snacks! Schwing!

10 pm Locomotion @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. DJ Chantelle Eff spins all the ’50s and ’60s Motown, soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, garage, and R&B you wanna dance to. $5.

10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Your favourite psych, mod, glam, and rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and present day.

10 pm I Remember Nothing @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The first installment of short series of parties offering something more. The end result of all six parties will be a zine published by Permanent Sleep. Disposable cameras will be on hand for you to use and leave at the end of the night, as well a suggestion type box where you can leave your secrets, jokes, fun facts or whatever you desire. With DJ sets by Wade MacNeil (Gallows/Alexisonfire) and Scott Wade (Smithfits). Punk, new wave, post punk. $5.

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $5.

10 pm Moves @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Non-stop dance music with DJs Barbi, BRAINS4BRKFST, and Caff. Expect to hear just about everything: funk, soul, disco, indie, house, rap, reggae, booty. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Dutty @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Reggae and dancehall tunes with DJs Paul E. Lopes and Choppa Chop. $5.

10 pm Scissors @ Bassline, 782 King St. W. DJs Heather Shaw and Fawn BC play luscious and heavy house music for ladies that like ladies, boys who dig boys, and everyone in between. $5 or free before 11:30 pm with guestlist (leave your name on the wall before 3 pm, day of the event).

10 pm Fly By Night @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Dopey and J-Tec spin the best in hip-hop, R&B, and party hits! $5 before 11 pm, more after.

11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play sweaty R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Uber-SWAP @ Queen Street East Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E. Trade your cool cast-offs (and misguided holiday holiday gifts) with 100+ stylish scavengers in Leslieville. Expect a tempting stash of gently used, vintage, and even some *new* women’s clothing, bags, accessories, and footwear. Participants are asked to bring a minimum of 10 gently-used cast-offs (nothing damaged, dirty, or stained). $10 at the door.

10 pm Love Design Party @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The official closing party of Toronto Design Offsite Festival, presented as part of the Gladstone Hotel’s 11th installment of Come Up To My Room. Celebrate all things art and design with host Justin Broadbent and DJs Johnny Hockin and Gary! No cover.

10 pm Home Team @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. From the mainstream to the underground and the future to the past: the best play the best. With DJs Caff and Walmer Convenience. Expect curveballs.

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 Crush: Under the Sea @ Club 120, 120 Church St. Sensual crustaceans and sparkly creatures of the deep, join #CrushTO for a night of new booty under the sea. #CrushTO is a flirty event series for hot, nerdy people who want to make sex-positive like-minded friends. An invitation for any and all: hetero, homo, queer, trans, kinky, lesbian, gay, vanilla, bi, flexible, poly, and open-minded young people (or young at heart). $10.

10 pm VOX @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. The best in indie and electropop! $5.

10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’80s night with DJs Tweed and Sarah Le Bon! Pop, rock, new wave, punk, funk, electronic, soul, R&B, and everything else ’80s. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Ice Cold Dranks @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play the best hip-hop, pop, and party anthems. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Music for your dancing pleasure with pals Well Said, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty. $5.

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is The Cure. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop and beyond. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Freaks N Geeks @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With guest DJs Neon Knights, Skugog, G33k Squad, and Cut/Classic. $5 guestlist before midnight.

10 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Michelle Williams and Andrea Winkler play 111% hits! Hip-hop, R&B, and dancey classic rock anthems.

10:30 pm Essence Brown Presents: Essencé @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, and Yoncé jams all night. Come in your best Beyoncé/Yoncé-inspired look (prizes for best outfit). With your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Alikulapo. $5.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks and DeMiggs play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com (closes at midnight). $10.

SUNDAY

3 pm Boozy Bingo @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Eat food. Drink drinks. Play bingo. $5 for your first 5 cards.

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

7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery, and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night. Sign-up starts at 7:30 pm. $5.

7 pm Chicka Boom @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. Chicka Boom’s first-ever all-female open mic jam! Slots are five minutes for a solo act and 10 minutes for a group. You can sign up by posting on the event wall, and the running order will be first-come-first-served / first-post-first-on. Optional donations for the 416 Drop-in Centre for Women.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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