October 16th-20th Indie Week @ various locations. An annual music festival featuring local and international acts performing in the heart of Toronto. Indie Week is an alternative, artist-friendly festival that supports emerging and upcoming artists.
October 17th-20th Uma Nota Festival @ various locations. Four days of music, arts and culture from across the Americas. The live music and DJ lineup, with acts from New York City, the U.K. and Brazil, as well as the best of the local scene, represents the city’s most tangible manifestation of the Pan American experience. This year’s festival embraces global innovators and still celebrates the city’s kaleidoscope of tropical groove. $40 festival pass available online.
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
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 Where the Vile Things Are @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Primordial rock ‘n’ roll, early punk, and soul. ALL VINYL.
6 pm Oktoberfest Party @ Mill Street Brew Pub Beer Hall, Celebrate Oktoberfest with Mill Street and friends! Delicious food, a souvenir stein, live entertainment, and craft beer from Mill Street, Steam Whistle, Lake of Bays, Wellington, Beau’s, Great Lakes, Muskoka, Cameron’s, Flying Monkeys, and and Nickel Brook Breweries. $39.95 tickets available online.
6 pm “Revolutions (AND)” Opening Reception @ VERSO Gallery, 1160 Queen St. W. “In this series of drawings, Katie Kohoe treats the circular form as an organization of halves and parts composed of hand written repetitions of the word ‘AND’. The design of repetition combines the non-stop, all covering style that characterizes her early work with generative patterns inspired by Stephen Wolfram’s theory of Cellular Automata (a method of visualizing math wherein repeated applications of a rule reveal a pattern) and her impulse to break down these generative formations to imply randomness.” Until 9 pm. Show runs until November 17th.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
7 pm ROM Friday Night Live: Fashion @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. In Bronfman Hall, some of Canada’s hottest fashion designers explore the theme Past Behaviour in the Art of Fashion Design Competition 2013. In the Dinosaur Gallery, Beckie DiLeo (live painter, artist, and fashion illustrator) performs. In the GlassRoom Lounge, Dwayne Morgan (three-time winner of Canadian Urban Music Awards, poet, social entrepreneur, and founder of Up from the Roots) performs spoken word. Sounds by The Walkervilles, Craig Strickland, Jamie Ruben Trio, and house DJs curated by ElectriCITY. Until 11 pm (galleries open until 9:30 pm). $12 tickets available online.
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 (ALT)Night: Zombie-A-Go-Go @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Pre-Halloween Edition! All the party jams, some Halloween favorites, and candy. With DJs “Bloody” Betti Forde and “Dead By Dawn” Dislexia.
10 pm Air Horns @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Dubplate specialist Daddy Maysr (Dub Lounge, Montréal), eLman y Linterna (Dos Mundos DJs) and DJ Caff play club bangers, street hits, dance floor anthems, future classics, dancehall, rap, R&B, tropical bass, and trap. Free before 10 pm, $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants. $5.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Motown, and their relative disciples with DJs Linx and Double K + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
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.
11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.
7:30 pm T.E.A.M. Fundraiser @ Arts Market, 846 College St. An evening of live music, finger foods, live auction, raffle, pet photos, bar, and tarot readings in support of T.E.A.M. (Together Every Animal Matters): a non-profit, volunteer, and foster-based rescue in the GTA. Until 10:30 pm. $10 at the door (food included).
8 pm The Madness @ MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W. An interactive, deranged, mad, and rad party at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Featuring music by the White Gallery (this will be the Brooklyn/Toronto based bands first Canadian appearance!), an open bar, and guests donning Cronenberg-ian attire (suggested). $40 advance tickets available online. More at the door.
10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Family Business presents another epic hip-hop dance party! DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play rap bangers and other trill $hit all night. Bring comfortable shoes because they’re gonna make you TWERK. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get It Together: The Rise of the Fall Edition @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open-format dance party! All styles, all genres, all peoples welcome. $5.
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 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 Love Handle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party! $5.
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 Eytan Tobin, Adam Silva, and DJ Faheck.
10 pm Nite Flights @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ LP subbing and dubbing. All kinds of deep cuts.
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 Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to ’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. Around midnight, 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 Leslieville Flea @ Behind the Duke (Queen St. E. & Leslie). The Leslieville Flea is made up of a variety of vendors selling one of a kind items, furniture, hand crafted designs, antiques, vintage clothing, designer pieces, and more. Check out the blog for more info. Until 3 pm.
10 am Vintage Clothing & Textile Show @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Meet 30 top exhibitors from across Ontario and Quebec selling vintage clothing, textiles, accessories, furs, and so much more! Until 4 pm. $8 admission.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come get yourself quizzed by the quiz masters Kirk and Anthony!
7:30 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. Bad Movie Night may have disappeared for the summer, but they’re returning in October with one of the most artistically catastrophic films ever created: Troll 2. Here’s their description: “The ‘sequel’ that not only has no narrative connection to the original, but also doesn’t feature any trolls. What Troll 2 has in spades though is Grandpa Seth – bless his creepy, pedophile-grinnin’ heart. It also has kinky popcorn sex! Was that a spoiler? Not in the slightest, because kinky popcorn sex is something that you have to see to believe. Believe in the popcorn sex. Believe in Grandpa Seth. Believe…in TROLL 2!”
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