May 1st-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world is back! CONTACT is an annual event in May featuring over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
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.
12 pm Witch Craft @ Belljar Cafe, 2072 Dundas St. W. Witch Craft is the collaborative effort between four crafty friends putting on a full day market showcasing and selling handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and carefully curated vintage. As the sun goes down, the market will continue with live music from Zoo Owl, Liam McArdle, and DJ Miles Caswell/Labour Patrol.
6 pm SOUVENIR Launch Party @ Huntclub, 709 College St. Celebrate the opening night of the SOUVENIR Spring Shop with $3 drinks and a first look at all the latest finds from local makers. Musical magic provided by DJ Precious Moments. Until 11 pm.
6 pm VICE x Pistonhead: Happy 4 Hours @ Bovine Sex Club Rooftop, 542 Queen St. W. Is there anything better than buds, beers, good tunes and a rooftop patio? Join Pistonhead and VICE as they celebrate summer sunsets with a monthly series of sweet times with some of their favourite DJs. This month, Matt Langille plays hip-hop. Until 10 pm.
8 pm Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Toronto @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Toronto is a new, monthly live music showcase that highlights some of the city’s most exciting emerging artists. Performances by Dan Deacon, DIANA, and Digits. $3 with RSVP, $10 without (first come, first serve due to capacity). All door proceeds support the local, opening artists.
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 Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Pammm and Joanna Lund play indie rock and campus radio jams.
10 pm Work It Out @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Get your monthly soul music fix! With DJs Mantis, Kypp, and Famous Lee.
10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
9 pm MIDNIGHT MRKT @ 2nd Floor, 461 King St. W. A pop-up night market pairing music, drinks, and street style food. This will be the last Midnight MRKT until September, so be sure to come out and shop local! The sounds: Lucie Tic, Johnny Hockin. The goods: Likely General, Good Kids, RYB Denim, COVEN by Sonia Kang, Emily May Rose, Wanderlust, Inaugural Season, Parkdale Butter, Fe Hardware, Wildmoon jewelry, Composure Vintage, Elyse’s nail station, and many more. The foods: La Brea Food, Grub, Holy Moly Donuts, Soul 2 Go, Desmond & Beatrice, more TBA. Until 1 am. $5 at the door (bring cash for the good goods).
10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn Launch Party @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm (contact Jonathan C at 416-520-4753), $10 otherwise.
10 pm Jamz! @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. An anything goes, no bullshit, non-genre, dance ’til you drop, all your friends in one room, party hard, make the floor wet with sweat, shit show! With DJs Slater and Ty. $5.
10 pm Nice Up! @ The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. Yes Yes Y’all and Dudebox join forces for this all-inclusive, all-love, good-vibes-only dance party! DJ James “Nightingale” Redi pulling your eardrums out, and YYY DJs stomping them into the ground. All drinks are $5 – no more, no less. $5 cover, with 50% of profits donated to the 519 Church Street Community Centre.
10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.
10 pm Shindig! Meets Double Barrel @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Expect to hear all of your favourite Shindig! classics as well as some sweet soul, ska, funk, and reggae treats provided by DJ Magnificent of Double Barrel! With Shindig! residents, Parkdale Funk, General Eclectic, and Splattermonkey Y’all. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm DJ Nav: Debut Edition @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. New DJ night! Music exploration with an emphasis on you and your dance moves.
10 pm Regretro: No Judgement Edition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Leave your hangups at home and dance it out with whatever you got because it is perfect. Old school hip-hop, ’80s pop anthems, ’90s dance jams, and Robyn. As always, requests welcome. Time to turn back time.
10 pm Three The Hard Way @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Multi-format dance party with DJ sets by Scott Wade (Smithfits), Tim McCready (159 Manning), and Rich Terfry (Buck 65). Free before 11 pm, $5 afterwards.
10 pm Bambi’s vs. Godzilla @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Alixander III vs. Godziller, with aid from Brandon Alexander Sprouse and Ira Oksman. Good techno for great people.
10 pm Bedroom Takeover @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Bedroomer crew gets wavvey at Holy Oak. DJ sets by LUM, Eytan Tobin, LoKo, DCF, and Brandon Johns (the Cautioneers). Free before midnight, $5 after.
10 pm Fly By Night @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Dopey spins the best in hip-hop, R&B, and party hits! $5 before 11 pm, more after.
11 pm Wack Slack’s 90′s Dance Party @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. It is farewell to Wack Slacks this month, and DJs Beatman Kris and Robin are pulling out all stops for the final night of music from the greatest decade. Remember: There ain’t no party. Like an S Club. Party. The ’90s, and Wack Slacks, will be alive in our hearts. Always.
11 pm Party Machine @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fathom (On Vacay, Blue Gates), Caff (Good Kids, Step Twins), and Walmer Convenience (DAD, Step Twins) + Benzo (BTX) on the mic. Expect to dance to the best in classic to current hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and club. In the Lounge, DJ Your Boy Brian (More Proof) plays a feel-good party mix. $10.
8 pm Meme Girls @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. Toronto Comedy All Stars host an all-female lineup of comedians, with proceeds from the show going towards the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. $12 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Forever Young @ Johnny Jackson, 587 College St. DJ Mista Jiggz plays the best in ’80s new wave, pop, disco, funk hip-hop, RnB, house, reggae, and more. $5.
10 pm Mayhem: A 90s-ish Dance Party @ May, 876 Dundas St. W. Classic dance and hip-hop hits from the ’90s mixed with some newer tracks to get you moving / twerking / daggering (whatever the kids do these days). Think Dance Mix ’95 meets Major Lazer in a Vietnamese karaoke bar. 15% of all bar and food sales will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.
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 Mojo Workout @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. A night of soul, garage rock, early R&B, bubblegum, girl groups, rockabilly and more with DJ Chico and special guests Siân LuLu Teuse and Classy Craig Daniels.
10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party! DJ Lazarus spins the kind of music that changed your life: ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, ska, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. This month’s spotlight is Siouxsie and the Banshees. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
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 Joints @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. Hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and whatever else DJs Serious, Arcee, and Numeric decide to drop.
10 pm CrushTO Prom: 2 Year Anniversary @ Club 120, 120 Church St. To celebrate their second anniversay, CrushTO invites you to Crush Prom. It will be kind of like the cheesiest yearbook you have ever seen, with DJ Jared Sweato spinning beats and facilitating dance floor make outs + a crowning of Prom King and Queen (all genders are welcome to enter; crowns will be gender neutral). $10.
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 Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Colin Bergh and Bruce Trail play dymaxion house music all night long.
10 pm BeastDJ @ Crawford, 718 College St. BeastDJ, Astroboy, Ree, 9th Ninning, and Boobi Miles bring you hits from all the decades. $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Dessert Saturdays @ Cake, 214 Adelaide St. W. Cake, Cake, Cake, Cake! DJ Caff plays the best in hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, club, and pop.
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.
10:30 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Alikulapo. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Deathwish @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJs Ghettocyb.org, Distraksjon, and VINDIK8 play dark dance music. EBM, techno, house, industrial, electro, new beat, and acid.
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, DeMiGGs, Michael Imperial, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org (closes at midnight). $10.
11 am Bellwoods Block Party @ 198 Walnut Ave. Bellwoods Block Party is back for Spring/Summer ’14! Featuring vintage, art, accessories, food, brew, and more! Watch out for the following vendors: Hogtown Brewers, She Must Be Somewhere, I Love Goldie, Heels and Bow Ties, honeybea designhive, Guns n’ Glamour, May 28th, Standing O, Rare Bloom by Michelle Tilley, RAW ECO Fashion, Miz Dragonfly, Asikere Afana, Shop Wanderlust, Shea Essence, Pickled Flower, Dandelion Sun, Sofia Isrealsen Imports, and A Homerun Vintage. Until 6 pm.
1 pm Borrel @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Traditional Dutch comfort/soul food, every Sunday afternoon. Drinks, tunes, and food you didn’t know that you love. Until 6 pm.
3 pm The Pin-Up Picnic @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W. Wear your favourite vintage, pin-up, greaser, teddy boy, retro, rocker (you get it) look. Bring your blanket! Bring your lawn chair! Bring your food and snacks! Bring your tasty beverages (no glass)! Bring some games! Bring the sunshine – and if you do, bring your sunscreen! Look for a 10×10 tent with a Toronto Vintage Society banner. (Cancelled if raining.)
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
8:30 pm Craft Beer Passport Launch Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Celebrate the official launch of the Craft Beer Passport, bringing you a $2 craft beer at 20 bars and microbreweries across Toronto this summer! To celebrate, The Piston invited five craft breweries – Junction Craft Brewing, Steam Whistle, Left Field, Wellington Brewery, and Hogtown Brewers – to sample their delicious and locally-produced beer with you. Expect some awesome door prizes, beats by Memorecks, and Craft Beer Passports ($20, cash only) on sale!
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