Toronto Hit List: Nasty Women, Get Down With Motown, Big Primpin’, Electrique & more!

WEDNESDAY

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.

7:30 pm Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Trivia Night @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Have fun, learn, and support a great mental health charity as The Ossington kicks off Eating Disorder Awareness Week. After hearing from a guest speaker, registered teams will compete in rounds of trivia questions covering pop culture, literature, history, geography, music, movies, and more. Prizes for winning team! More details here. PWYC, with suggested donation of $10.

THURSDAY

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

8 pm Slippery Slope Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Let the Drake help keep your dancing feet toasty-warm every Thursday this winter with Reyka Vodka! Crunk, bop, and slide to the sweet grooves of R&B, hip-hop, Top 40, reggae, and dance courtesy of DJ iammiikey.

10 pm Nasty Women @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A night for celebrating nasty women! DJ Hunx (Katie Monks of Dilly Dally) spins bad-ass divas who are always pushing the envelope – Cher, Brooke Candy, Britney Spears, TLC, Kate Bush, Destiny’s Child, The Knife, Madonna, Missy Elliott, Grimes, Lil Kim, Rihanna, and more.

10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.

10 pm Electricladyland @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A queer synthy, sexy dance party, playing all and only electronic ladies! Expect lots of Le Tigre, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Kelela, Broadcast, Robyn, Madonna, The Knife, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Santogold, Grimes, and more.

FRIDAY

7 pm #FNLROM: Afro Fête @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Celebrate Black History Month with one vibrant and rhythmic #FNLROM night, in partnership with Jambana One World Festival! Advance tickets sold out; limited number available at the door.

8 pm Winter Midnight MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. A late-night market with local goods. As always, expect fresh and creative local retailers, food truck favourites coming inside with street food pop ups, a big ol’ bar featuring a SPIK’D MRKT PUNCH so you can drink while you shop, and of course, DJs to keep you moving all night long. Until 1 am. Bring cash for the good goods.

9 pm Hold Tight @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty (Misty McKenzie-Hill) bring this hip-shakin’ dance party to Toronto’s legendary Rolling Stones-themed bar and lounge, Stone’s Place – and you NEED to be there! Featuring soul, funk, and rock music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $5.

10 pm Get Down With Motown @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Smooch, groove and grind to Motown, soul, R&B, and all your favourite hits from the golden era. DJ Matt Cully is packing up some of his favourite vintage love songs to unleash on the Ballroom dance floor and make you twist, swim, stroll, swing, and bop your way into the year’s most heart-wrenching “holiday.” $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Sideways @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Post-punk, robot pop, psych, and the like. All vinyl.

10 pm Wimmin @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A heavy queer rock ‘n’ roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive punkers and rockers. Expect: Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, ESG, Hole, Janis Joplin, Betty Davis, Slits, Bush Tetras, Thao, The Gossip, Sleater Kinney, Le Tigre, Garbage, L7, and so much more! Attendance is open to everyone. PWYC ($5 suggested).

10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Soul, funk, soul, reggae, ska, dancehall, and Motown in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJ Parkdale Funk and special guest Soul Proprietor on the wax + Dennis P on the sax. $5.

10 pm Booyakasha @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Wine your body to island sounds! Sweaty dancehall and soca riddims with selectors Vanessa and Chayne.

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 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Hardcover: A Bookshop Disco @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Shake your groove thing like the well-read disco diva and/or stud that you are! DJ Orange Pekoe spins a highly danceable selection of disco, Motown, funk, glam, and pop at the world’s oldest queer bookshop. Because reading is fundamental, and so is the beat.

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 Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Lose your inhibitions and take a walk on the wild side. DJs HRLD, Sayyzon, and Yuknodis play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae. $5.

10 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Wedding Night shamelessly plays favourites across the pop music spectrum, including new wave, hip-hop, freak funk, dad rock, and R&B. $10.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Pineapple Jam @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. DJ Keen One plays hip-hop and RnB bangers, reggae, dancehall, funk, soul, classic house, and pop anthems.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’: Press On @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for LGBT people and their guests. With DJs Blackcat and Tamika. For line bypass, email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $7.

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! $10.

SATURDAY

10 am “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians” Opening @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. A pioneering and insightful collection of post-revolution Iranian art dating from 1999 to the present. Featuring works by 23 contemporary artists, the world-premiere exhibition Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians showcases the many identities of today’s Iranians through 27 works selected from the private collection of Iranian-British financier and art collector Mohammed Afkhami. Exhibition runs through June 4. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

8 pm DJ Skate Nights @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queen’s Quay W. Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with a stellar lineup of local and international DJs. This week, Dr. Jay brings the heat with his soca on ice!

9 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Meet DJ Blush at Stones Place every Saturday night for the most fun/positive/energetic dance party on the West side of the 6! She plays the best ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Motown, Stax, classic soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and disco.

10 pm Electrique @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. An Electric Circus-themed monthly dance party that combines drag with the dance anthems of the ’90s and 2000s. Hosted by Gina Toniq and Minhi Wang, with DJ KeeN on the 1s and 2s + performances by Pepper Mache and Wilma Checklear.

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. West side’s longest running glam-positive dance party! Party jams and freedom.

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, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJs Nico and Magnificent! ’60s mod, reggae, and soul. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto and in part by Kops Records and CIUT 89.5 FM. $10.

10 pm Dancing On My Own: Robyn Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night dedicated to Swedish pop icon, Robyn! They’ll be spinning her hits from the ’90s all the way to her latest bangers. $5 in advance and at the door.

10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.

10 pm Funky Fresh @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs play funk, techno-funk, disco, and early ’00s euro house + live music from Carson Tea. $5.

11 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with residents Kevin Ritchie and Jamie Sin.

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 Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. Music provided by resident DJs Numeric and Dalia! Hosted by More or Les. $10.

SUNDAY

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

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

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