January 16th-22nd Toronto Offsite Design Festival @ various locations. Now in its seventh year, TO DO transforms takes design and art out of the studio and brings it into the urban sphere, transforming Toronto into a hub for creativity.
January 19th-22nd Come Up To My Room @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone Hotel’s annual four-day alternative design exhibition, returns for a 14th year! For CUTMR 2017, ideas and concepts collide with objects and space resulting in the physical manifestation of unique interpretations of the notion of transplantation. $10 advance tickets available online.
January 20th-21st Shop the Vault @ Milk Glass, 1247 Dundas St. W. Come shop the Hayley Elsaesser vault for previous season samples, one-off pieces, never before seen items, and lots of past season at warehouse prices. Open 4-10 pm Friday (with karaoke and drinks to wet your whistle) and 10-6 pm Saturday.
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.
8:30 pm Janis Joplin’s 74th Birthday Bash @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Jan Kudelka sings Janis Joplin full throttle and with eerie accuracy, backed by her JanisWorld band. It’s a riveting evening of celebratory song and storytelling about the legendary icon. $35 at the door.
9 pm Meow Meow @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A weekly lowkey hang for queers and friends. This week, Cam Lee spills her sound selections all over the room.
9:30 pm Constellation: A Classic Harold Night Premiere @ Comedy Bar Mainspace, 945 Bloor St. W. The return of the Harold improv format to the Toronto comedy scene. The format, which has dedicated followings in New York and Chicago’s influential comedy communities, gives the audience a unique Seinfeld-meets-Whose Line Is It Anyways experience where three independent storylines converge under a common theme. And as is the case with improv, it’s all made up on the spot. $10.
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 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 Feeling You, Feeling Me @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new DJ night with the best in house, soul, RnB, and hip-hop. Get an early start on your weekend party! All the way from the U.K.
6 pm Georgia Dickie: How Many Antennae Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1134 Dupont St. Cooper Cole presents How Many Antennae, Georgia Dickie’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until February 18th.
10 pm Saddle Up @ Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Rd. Scuff up the floor to the sounds of Dolly, Willie, Loretta, and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites. You don’t need to know any two-step moves – they play all the good tunes, and only the best of the bad ones. No bro country! $5 (bar is cash only).
10 pm Bad News 3 Year Anniversary @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Thee Blitzkrieg Slop a.k.a. garage, soul, ’60s trash, and rock ‘n’ roll. Three-year anniversary blowout! With DJs Neil and Derek + special guest Norm.
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 San Junipero Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. If you’re still dehydrated from crying through the end of Black Mirror’s San Junipero episode, then come have some drinks, dance your cares away and realize that heaven is a place on earth! DJ Dillybar imagines a digital ’80s fever dream club (with stops in the ’90s and ’00s) that never was and will always be. There will also be special performances by Boa and Faye Tality. $10 at the door (arrive early and avoid the line).
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. $5.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A night of naughty dancefloor goodies, from soul and funk to reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall. DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. $10.
10 pm Party Dog Vol. 1: Dancing in Outer Space @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Summer never ends in outer space. Disco, boogie, funk, Italo, and house with DJs JD and Zones.
10 pm Kareem The Dream @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB – everything you need.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Kelsey Williams, a.k.a Killa Kels, joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. Get your 2017 off on the right foot with some Hip-Hop Karaoke! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les, with DJ Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Forth: Marcos Cabral & ‘R’ Jericho One @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Sets by eclectic Brooklyn DJ/producer Marcos Cabral and ‘R’ (Andre Edwards-Roderique), one half of Toronto mainstays Èbony. Support for the evening comes from Forth residents Szum and Pavel Elkin. $10 in advance, more at the door.
10 pm new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap and dancehall to empower the youth. $5.
11 pm Course of Time @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A night dedicated to modern dance music. Featuring DJ Action, Kings of the North, and Squirt DJs. Graphics and visuals By Phil Armson. $10.
12 pm Women’s March on Washington: Toronto (Queen’s Park). Join us for a march to unite our communities in Toronto and to speak out. We come together to say we will not be silent in the face of the hate that has threatened, demonized and insulted so many of us. All allies are welcome.
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, DJ medicineman delivers a cross-cultural concoction to sizzle your skates and groove you deeply into the heart of Toronto’s waterfront rink.
8:30 pm Vintage Prom @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. For those who were born in the wrong era, Vintage Prom is an evening to live out that dream prom night straight out of movies. Festivities include a free dance lesson from Soda Pop Hop Dance Studio; live performances; a serenade from Kitten Monroe; contests for Prom King and Queen, best dressed, and best dance couple; vendors; a photobooth; and DJ Swankenstein showcasing his collection of vinyl from the ’40s-70s. This year’s theme is Socs vs. Greasers. $20 in advance, $30 at the door.
10 pm Party & Bull$hit 4 Year Anniversary @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Family Business is back with their biggest, baddest party to date. Featuring two floors of loud rap bangers with resident DJs DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi + special guest Tommy Kruise. $10 in advance and at the door.
10 pm Lazy Susan @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Join DJs Samuel Clemens, Ak, and Quarles on the dance floor for a tender evening of psychedelic grooves, global rhythms, disco bangers, and more. Strange sounds from near and faraway lands.
10 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Do Saturday night right with a hip-hop and R&B dance party for queers! DJ Orange Pekoe serving you flawless lady-jams on a silver platter + Beardoncé slaying the world with her always-unmissable 12:30 floorshow. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Sweetback @ Cadillac Jenkins, 930 Queen St. W. After an extended hiatus, Toronto’s smoothest rare groove music night sets up shop at the city’s hottest new lounge. Expect the same fine selections spanning rare disco, funk, acid jazz, soul, and space disco to rock your world. With your hosts, JChameleon and David James.
10 pm Max Hydration @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Music is water for your ears. Drink up. Walmer Convenience plays rap, dancehall, baile funk bass, house, footwork, everything.
10 pm Come Up To My Room: Love Design Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Come Up To My Room returns to pack all four floors of the Gladstone with site-specific, immersive art and design installations over four days (January 19-22). And how do you celebrate Toronto’s favourite alternative art and design event? With a party, of course! DJs Ace Dillinger and Phillipe will throw down while you celebrate all that is art and design. Admission is FREE while capacity allows.
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 Bang Your Head: Hair Metal & Glam Rock Video Dance Party @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. Are you still Smoke in the Boys Room while being Hot For Teacher? Are you looking for a Turbo Lover that will Lick It Up? Do you just Wanna Rock and Shout At the Devil? Then put on your tightest spandex and acid wash denim, tease your hair, and join DJ Lazarus as you Bang Your Head to the craziest and wildest videos ever made.
10 pm Josie & The Pussycats: A 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Time to break out those cat ears and ignore the subliminal messages. It’s punk rock vs. pop music all night long, with plenty of Josie and the Pussycats and Du Jour songs thrown in the mix. Early 2000s attire encouraged. $5 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm All Soul’d Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB.
10 pm Long Distance Runners @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Open your minds and ears to an eclectic selection of sonic marvels printed in wax. Resident Yuri Francisco will be sharing the responsibility to keep you moving with local, prolific selector and producer Alister Johnson.
10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly. $5.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic and Splattermonkey spin all-90s hip-hop, house, and rock! The best all killer and no filler selections from 1990 to 1999, so expect to hear stuff like Wu-Tang, Pixies, Nirvana, etc. Nostalgic moments guaranteed, because It’s All Good, baby! $10.
10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Starting From Scratch and R2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service inquiries and guest list.
11 pm Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Fase and Dougie Boom throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky’s-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon! Expect hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new. $10.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
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