Toronto Hit List: Pumpkinfest, With It Presents Jonathan Toubin, Queer Slowdance, The Bazaar of the Bizarre & more!

October 5th-6th Louise Lecavalier’s Battleground @ Fleck Dance Theatre (Harbourfront Centre), 207 Queens Quay W. In the Toronto premiere of Battleground, Lecavalier explores new territory with a solo, and duet, inspired by two Italo Calvino characters. The stage is a fight ring where a thousand battles are waged, both ephemeral and extreme. $35-45 tickets available online.

October 6th-8th Pumpkinfest @ Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Family-friendly fall festival featuring a pumpkin patch, food trucks and vendors, a pumpkin pie eating contest, carnival games, inflatable corn maze, and more. Admission is free! Runs 10-6 pm daily.


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.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email or show up early to reserve a spot.


7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A 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!

9 pm Astral Projections @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A monthly out-of-body experience blending mind-expanding audio/visual delights from local electronic bands and DJs. This edition will feature live performances by Space Cubs and Smoke & Shadows + DJ sets by Barbi and Cryogenetic, and visuals from Cosmic Resonance co-founder James Harris. $8.

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.

10 pm No Boss @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ James Kearns plays all your favorite hits (he also takes requests sometimes).

10 pm DJ D.B. Buxton @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. The best in classic soul, funk, and disco with D.B. Buxton.

10 pm Sister Midnight @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A new weekly queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. The first edition will feature DJs Babygirl and Phillippe. $5.


6 pm Toronto Art Crawl Night Market & Live Auction @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Peruse the works of 50 Toronto artists and designers; enjoy delicious food, live music, and a cash bar; and bid on one-of-a-kind items (art, fashion, jewellery, and more) at the second annual Toronto Art Crawl Night Market & Live Auction. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

7 pm Friday Night Live: Pumpkin Spice @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Kick-off your thanksgiving weekend at #FNLROM with incredible galleries, great entertainment, and tasty food. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.

10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. A night of mutant and Italo disco, indie electronic, and psych-pop, selected by Digits (of Synthesexer, Silent Shout, Pop Lobster).

10 pm Kinky Love @ Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. DJs Mike Ness and Rob Judges play funk, rock, new wave, soul, hip-hop, reggae, and disco. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millenium! Free before 11 pm.

10 pm Slip Into The Sixties @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Dance the night away to the sounds of the swinging sixties! All vinyl, all night.

10 pm No Scrubs 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A dance party featuring all your favourite pop and hip-hop tunes from the 1990s. $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Tab Jones / KTA / Raf Reza @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Cosmic Resonance presents DJ sets by Tab Jones (NYC), Korea Town Acid, and Raf Reza. $5 before midnight, more after.

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

10 pm Bare @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Basement vibes. Neon lights. Big sounds. DJs HRLD, SAYYZON, and special guest Rhy Rhy play rap, hip-hop, future sounds, RnB, house, and reggae.

10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Music from around the globe with DJ Oreku. Afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and more.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. $10.

10:30 pm Big Primpin’: Signals @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Move your body, send out those signals. With DJs Craig Dominic and Recklezz spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBTQ people and their guests. For line bypass, email $7.


10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W. Toronto Flower Market returns for its biggest season ever to celebrate local growers, florists, craftspeople, and gardeners. Until 3 pm.

10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.

10:30 am Aleyards Oktobeerfest @ Junction Craft Brewing, 150 Symes Rd. Sample fresh beers from Junction Craft Brewing, Rainhard Brewing, and Shacklands Brewing; enjoy live music from The Sadies, Communism, and The Dill; and enjoy a bite to eat on the Patio Beer Garden with Vesta Food On Wheels or inside the Brew Hall with Frank’s Sausage Cart. $32 advance tickets available online.

10 pm With It Presents Jonathan Toubin @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A special edition of With It featuring Brooklyn’s Jonathan Toubin, DJ and host of New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off! Rare and raw ’50s-60s rhythm and soul with DJ Nico and Jonny Trash. Sponsored by Kops Records, Ben Sherman, and CIUT 89.5 FM. $15.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Octslowber Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. $10.

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.

10 pm Motown Party: James Brown Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Shimmy and shake your tail feather to the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, and Stax records labels with DJs Agile and Grouch! Expect to hear plenty of James Brown alongside all your soul favourites. $10 advance tickets available online, with proceeds going the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! 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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.

10 pm Tapette: Édition Cul @ Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W. Tapette’s annual CUL edition (that’s butt, in case you weren’t aware) is always one of the sexiest. Phillippe spins French disco, house, and oddities inside one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Mixed Bizness @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Sugarcub serves up some musical all-sorts/trail mix to get jolly to, while special guest Ryan returns with selections of classic and current hits and heaters, all on vinyl.

10 pm Buffy The Vampire Slayer: ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Calling all Sunnydale High students: Get ready to slay some vampires and slay the dance floor, because Sneaky Dee’s will be playing all your favourite ’90s jams all night. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm DJ Lauren Raham @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Sweet jams you’ll want to Shazam for later, from disco to jazz, funk to other worldly beats. All vinyl, no cover.

10 pm Ready, Steady, GO! @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Brother Wayne plays Motown, soul, ’60s-90s pop and rock, and the occasional guilty pleasure.

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.

10:30 pm Love Saves The Day @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Maximal house, maximal disco with DJs Kevin Ritchie and Jaime Sin.

10 pm Lavender @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. A party for queer women and trans people (everyone welcome!). $5 or PWYC (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).


10 am Fall Plant Sale @ Allan Gardens Park & Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Drop by the Children’s Conservatory to pick up a few new leafy friends at Friends of Allan Gardens’ Fall Plant Sale! See a list of available plants here. Cash only, with all proceeds supporting volunteer and education programs at Allan Gardens. Until 1 pm.

11 am The Bazaar of the Bizarre: Halloween Edition @ Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, 6 Noble St. A marketplace for all things, different, interesting, weird, strange, one-of-a-kind, macabre, and whimsical. Showcasing a wide variety of independent artists, designers, and crafters. Until 8 pm.

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

10 pm Boogie Nights: Disco Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Grab your pal Dirk Diggler and head over to Sneaky Dee’s, where the year is 1977 and they’re spinning all your favourite disco tunes. $5 advance tickets available online.

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