July 18th-24th The End of Vintage: One Week Pop-Up & Bar @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. Vintage and used clothing pop-up shop sale + mini bar! Have a beer and browse. Have another beer and try shit on. Have ANOTHER beer and buy some finds! Cash only.
July 26th-28th Toronto’s Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park (Exhibition Place), 200 Princes’ Blvd. Canada’s largest celebration of our favourite malty libation! Hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the world and featuring 200+ brands onsite.
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 Bangs & Blush) 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.
5 pm “Out of the Shadows” Opening Reception @ Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W. “The first Canadian exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009). ‘Out of the Shadows’ features a selection of Maier’s photographs from the 1950s through the 1970s, which was a highly creative period in her life.” Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until September 14th.
6 pm “Insert Here” Opening Reception @ Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen St. W. “A group exhibition of artists working in current concepts of abstraction, from the fragmentation of the picture plane, to object hybridism.” Until 8 pm.
7 pm “No Swimming” Opening Reception @ Project Gallery, 1109 Queen St. W. “Any person/animal/thing will participate in the world through the means in which it is capable of. ‘No Swimming’ seeks to present unique ways in which things (conscious and unconscious) interact with the limited spaces around them: what happens when physical boundaries are restrictive? What is a physical boundary? How do things acknowledge physical boundaries and react to them? How do we/can we/should we move beyond physical boundaries?” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until August 1st.
7 pm Art Salad: A Toss Up of Ottawa & Toronto’s Freshest Artists @ Norman Felix Gallery, 627 Queen St. W. A night of eating, drinking, music, and art by eight artists from Ottawa and Toronto. Cash bar, café, and food to buy along with a catered table while it lasts! Until 11 pm. $2.
10 pm Beam Me Up Presents: Psychemagik @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The latest instalment of Beam Me Up Presents strays from the strictly classic disco sound and features a duo that has fingers in many a musical honey pot: UK dee-jays and producers Psychemagik. The duo’s brand of psychedelic deviancy is virtually genre-defying, while straddling left-field disco, deep house, prog rock, and all things cosmic. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist will be on hand to get the party grooving before Psychemagik take the stage. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This and Soundscapes, $20 at the door.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
10 pm Party & Bull$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 Guilty Pleasures 1 Year Anniversary & Goodbye @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A very special yet sad 1 year anniversary party! This will be the last Guilty Pleasures party ever as Michael Keshen and Eytan Tobin move on to other music-related jams. Expect surprises, drink specials, and some seriously guilty drops as the guys spin all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco.
10 pm Shindig! Presents: Miss Shing-A-Ling @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Special guest DJ Miss Shing-A-Ling is coming all the way from Richmond, Virginia to spin some of that sweet soul and R&B music for your listening and dancing delight! Joining her are the Shindig! Residents General Electic and Double K. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Hot Mess @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Get out your scrunchies and slap bracelets and get ready to party! Bangs & Blush present an anything goes/mostly 90’s dance party. $5.
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 Love Connection @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. This month’s connection is Brennan Green (NYC/Chinatown/Balihu) alongside resident Riviera (Kinetika NYC/Hipnosis).
10 pm Late Night Beach Party @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Rap, trap, and twerk with DJs Tyra From-Saigon (Cartouche Goods, Females Wit Funk), On Vacay, Fathom, and Caff.
10 pm Bounce Back N Wine / Crawford Gone Wild Beach Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s time to jump up, wave, and WINE as DJ KOBeJ plays old and new Caribbean party hits! Downstairs, the Eff Emm Ell crew showers you with tequila waterguns, purple sizzurp drank specials, cheap ass jello shots, and free admission before 11 pm if you wear beachwear! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A 90’s night like no other! DJ LK and special guest Haircut (Paul Saulnier of P.S. I Love You) dust off their turn tables for a night of early hip-hop, 90’s hip-hop, rare disco, and more! $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.
11 pm Diggy the DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.
9 am Art Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. 25+ Exhibitors, open studios, and building tours! Find jewellery, paintings, prints, ceramics, clothing, and more. Until 2 pm.
3 pm Commonwealth: Block Party BBQ & Market @ N/A, 1585 Dundas St. W. (behind Lula Lounge). The Commonwealth is embracing summer for their second event by hosting a daytime BBQ block party market! This smaller-scale event will have eight curated vendors tabling their goods. The Block Party is focused more on the DIY stream of Toronto’s small press community, highlighting artists with backgrounds in photo zines, xeroxes, graffiti culture, custom merch, and more. Vendors include Go Home Print, Joe Huffer’s Paint Shop, Block by Block Ink,Readers and Writers, Double Dot Magazine, SCREVVFACE, Blood of the Young, and No Fun Press. Until 9 pm. After party at Scouts Honour (1576 Dundas St. W.).
10 pm Ladies & The Trap / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s like the movie Spring Breakers, but in the Summer without James Franco. DJs Julie Mango and Alia Caffeina select the traps alongside Pete Funk and Safari647; expect the trillest tracks with the illest remixes. Downstairs, DJ Law brings you the 90’s music video dance party you remember from your youth! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Goin’ Steady 8 Year Anniversary @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The Goin’ Steady DJs celebrate 8 years of their grimy 50’s and 60’s RnB dance party! All your favourite choones plus unknown treasures from the uptempo doo wop, RnB, pre-soul bangers, surf, twang, country boogie, girl groups, rockabilly, primitive rock ‘n’ roll, Italo-rock, Cambodian swing, latin shakers, Joe Meek, and Bollywood genres. Email email@example.com to be on the $5 all-night guestlist.
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.
10 pm Born To Run DMC @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Mizz Brown and Paul G spin rock and hip-hop classics, from The Boss to Run DMC! Free before 11 pm, $5 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. 80’s, 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is OMD. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush throw another sexy, sweaty dance party! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. $5.
10 pm Pressure Drop @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Chuck Boom and Guv’nor General play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. 80’s night with DJs Brendan Canning and Tweed!
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s 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, ΛV, and special guest Illo (Ottawa) play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guest list and line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org (closes at midnight). $10.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Celebrate “Water! Streams of Consciousness” in the streets of Kensington Market – yours to enjoy until 7 pm, and until 10 pm on the morth block of Augusta!
1 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, buckets of Corona + a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or tacos then dance to the sounds of weekly live DJs from 2-6 pm.
2 pm Recess @ Pretty Freedom, 165 Augusta Ave. Pretty Freedom is bringing it back to the playground! Double dutch + hula hoops + loot bags + candy + lemonade + freezies + all those snacks you be trading on the playground sold for your pleasure. DJs Dirty Dale and Baad Vibes play RnB, house, and dancehall to turn this thang into a block party.
9:15 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: The Last Waltz @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The third-annual Christie Pits Film Festival will take place on Sunday nights in July in Christie Pits Park. This year’s program, “Hits in the Pits”, explores the rise and fall of great bands. Screenings begin 15 minutes after sundown with music videos by local artists, followed by a music-related feature film. This week’s screening is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, which documents the final performance of renowned Canadian rockers The Band.
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