Toronto Hit List: Pride Toronto, Electric Circus, Hot Mess, This Broken Mixtape Presents: The Cookout & more!

June 21st-30th Pride Toronto @ various locationsPride Toronto is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Featuring 10 days of world-class community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, Family Pride, and much more!

June 28th-30th Ping Pong Pride @ SPiN Toronto, King St. W. Celebrate the Pride and Canada Day weekend at SPiN Toronto! Main Court tables will be reduced to $25/table all weekend long – down from the regular rate of $60/hour. Beat the summer heat!

June 28th-July 1st Toronto Ribfest @ Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd. Toronto’s largest annual charity event featuring great food, entertainment, rides, and shopping, with 100% of the money raised donated by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke to support local community charity organizations, schools, and international aid projects. Open 11 am to 11 pm each day.

WEDNESDAY

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 Bowie Bar Wednesdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Avery, Doc Benway, and guests play music by David Bowie and Bowie-esque tunes. Drink specials until midnight.

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 I’m With The Band @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Every Wednesday, a different band and their friends DJ in the front room. This Wednesday, Dustin Hawthorne (Breeze / Beliefs / ex Hot Hot Heat / Islands) plays you some really nice Wednesday night jams while you drink fine liquors and eat a taco or two.

THURSDAY

7 pm “Perpetual Motion” Opening Reception @ Project Gallery, 1109 Queen St. E. “’Perpetual Motion’ is a contemporary group art exhibition curated by Devan Patel and hosted at Project Gallery. It features emerging, established and local artists working in a variety of media including: painting, video, installation, digital media, sculpture, mixed media, and performance. Perpetual Motion is a term that refers to motion that can continue indefinitely once activated. The exhibition explores this concept as it pertains to the creation and experience of art. The suggestion being that art is a happening; an artist works through many motions to create a fixed work of art, this piece then goes to move those who view it in their experience of it.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until July 7th.

7 pm “Save Me”: A Group Art Show for Kensington Market @ 185 Augusta Ave. “Currently several major developments are poised to drastically change the market. ‘Save Me’ will show case a collection of original artwork made by artists living in or inspired by the neighbourhood with proceeds going towards establishing a trust for the preservation of Kensington Market.” Until 11 pm.

9:30 pm Soul Machine @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St W. Special guest DJ Efsharp (Footprints, Uma Nota, Shindig!) joins DJ Caff (Motown Party) on the 1s and 2s to lay down funk and soul while you drink and dance. Drink specials all night long!

10 pm Heart & Strokes @ Souz Dal, 612 College St. Indie rock socializing! Come for the Heart, stay for The Strokes.

10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.

10 pm Souled Out @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Pregame the weekend DJs Sean Roman, Cody Lee, and Paul Beazy as they play deep house, disco, and edits.

10 pm Weird Silence: A Canadian Dance Party @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. Weird Canada and Silent Shout have joined forces for a monthly DJ night! Join DJ ARP 2600 (Andrew Pulsifer) and special guest James Lindsay as they spin the best in Canadian sounds. Drink specials and all hits all night!

FRIDAY

7 pm #BEVSTMODE 1 Year Anniversary @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. #BEVSTMODE celebrates one year of going hard. Music by DJs Kicks and Vanity Muscle. 7 pm – ????. RSVP to bevstmode@gmail.com.

10 pm Hot Mess @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Bangs & Blush launch their brand new, ultimately awesome dance party! They’re playing all their favourites from the 90’s, so lace up your neon-pink pumps and get ready to jam! $5.

10 pm The 3rd Annual Shindig Beach Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dress up in beachwear and dance to some sweet Surf, Garage, Soul, Ska, Reggae, and Calypso music from the 50’s and 60’s to officially welcome summer! With resident 7” 45 RPM vinyl selectors General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk (a.k.a. DJ Double K), and Splattermonkey. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm The Art of The True North Strong & Free @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A music appreciation party involving song selections based on a casual theme, not genre barriers. This edition of The Art Of… will feature music that has been either performed by, written by, produced by, remixed by and/or featuring a Canadian artist. Happy Birthday Canada!

10 pm Freakin Weekend! @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ Caff (Air Horns, Ignition, Blue Gates) takes you on a journey with contemporary and classic R&B, rap, and reggae.

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

10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi (of Ice Cold Dranks fame) play the bangers you know and love. Only the best in hip-hop, trap, old school, and dancehall. Bring your dancing shoes, you’re going to need ’em! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm High Wasted @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Drinkin’. Smokin’. Scopin’ hotties. Y’know? DJ search+destroy plays post, punk, dub, ska, soul, funk, and more.

10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests. All jams all night.

10 pm Rumble In The Jungle / Phazed @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s a night of trap, hip-hop, and dance music with DJs DeMiggs and Sundrips with support from Sauer Keez and Mogul V. Downstairs, it’s old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified. $6 before 10:30 pm, more after.

11 pm Vivacious @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. 10/10 techno. Feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others, a general sense of well being, and decreased anxiety. With DJs Ell V and Josh Mc.

11:45 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. DJs Kristie Muller, Vanessa Kathleen, and Pammm makes you sweat to your favourite jams from 1987 to 2003. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before 1 am, $5 after.

SATURDAY

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.

10 pm This Broken Mixtape Presents: The Cookout @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. A night chalk full of the best summer anthems, past and present. Dr. Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube, NWA, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, TLC, Destiny’s Child, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, The Strokes, Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Outkast, DMX, Wu-Tang, Kanye, Queen, Smith Westerns, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and so much more.

10 pm Creature @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. For the creatures who go bump ‘n’ grind in the night: weirdo dance party for queers, corporate trolls, cluster fuqks, and glamorons alike. DJs Sebastian Butt, Le Cam, and BJ (Sarah D’Angelo) play bitch house, technonos, cool raunch, lobotomy booty, industrializé, and mini mall synth.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee throw an all-vinyl boogie funk dance party. This month, they welcome special guest DJ Gazza – an avid collector/deejay of boogie funk and disco records who knows the deal when it comes to the synth basslines and the Activator™ induced hairstyle.

10 pm MembersOnly DJs @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Born from a mutual affection for all things disco, new wave, house and techno, MembersOnly are known for throwing some of the hottest parties in Montreal and Toronto! Join these fun-makers as they break out their party jams in the Lounge. $10.

10 pm Go Bang! @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. DJ Andy Capp plays neo funk, Atlantis disco, Carribean new wave, and future boogie. Some classics, lots of newbies, and a bit of pop!

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 DJ Beast / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Downstairs, DJ Law spins the best of all the classics! Music videos GALORE! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

10 pm In The Grips Of Ecstasy @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Princess Century (Austra/Trust), Dinamo Azari (Azari & III), Iron Galaxy, Invisible City, and more TBA. Hosted by Starving Yet Full. For guestlist, email guestlist@wrongbar.com. $10 before midnight, more after.

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. This month’s special guest is A Man Called Warwick. 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!

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 Erasure. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, ΛV, and special guest Hedspin (Vancouver) play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guest list and line bypass, email guestlist@itzsoweezee.com(closes at midnight). 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SUNDAY

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.

10:30 pm Canada Eve Fireworks @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay E. The night sky will burst with colour on “Canada Eve” when OLG presents a spectacular fireworks show.

11 pm Tropixx @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West. On Vacay hosts another beach-style party, complete with palm trees! Rap, R&B, dancehall, trill wave, trap, tropical bass, and slow jamz provided by Yo Ev! (Torro Torro, Toronto), Uproot Andy (Que Bajo, NYC), and DJ Caff (Air Horns, Toronto). 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

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

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