August 20th-22nd Sail-In Cinema @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. PortsToronto presents Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience! For three summer nights, Canada’s Sugar Beach is transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre. If you’ve got your sea legs, you can come to the movies by boat and drop anchor. If you’re a landlubber, bring a chair, a cushion, or a picnic blanket. Gates open at 6 pm, screenings start at dusk. RSVP here to reserve your spot (tickets are FREE).
7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. The sixth season of Open Roof Festival comes to an end. This week, music by July Talk’s Leah Fay as well as her breakout performance in Toronto-based film Diamond Tongues. $15 advance tickets available online.
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.
5 pm Perfect Strangers @ Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W. A brand-spanking new Thursday weekly starting at 5 pm for your post-work hang time. DJ Caff on the 1s and 2s all night long, playing everything from bangers to ballads.
8 pm Meraj Dhir Lecture @ Andy Warhol Revisited, 77 Bloor St. W. Harvard-trained art historian and art critic for FashCam.com, Meraj Dhir, presents a multi-media lecture on Andy Warhol’s art and film production within the context of the Pop Art movement. Specifically, Dhir will discuss the importance of Warhol to the history of art and the broader cultural sphere. $23.73 advance tickets available online (includes admission to Andy Warhol exhibit).
8 pm Phat N’ Phull Presents: Southern Soiree @ Bathurst Local, 322 Bathurst St. Join the ladies of Phat N’ Phull for an old-fashioned cocktail party inspired by the spirit of the South! Guests are invited to mix and mingle among snack bowls, southern inspired hors d’euvores and featured retro cocktails designed by Phat N’ Phull and the host, Bathurst Local. Appetizers will be passed between 8:30 and 10 pm and snack bowls will be available all night! Advance tickets are $37.00 and include all food + 1 drink ticket.
10 pm Strangelove Society @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The society as you know it outside doesn’t exist. This is the unseen society; this is Strangelove. Music by Maddmon and friends. $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. $5.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The secret is out and now we know why Gretchen Weiners’ hair was so big! Bangs & Blush and She Does the City are taking over Clinton’s with the ULTIMATE 2000s dance party, GET LO! So slap on your Von Dutch hat and get ready for a total ear assault because your Thursdays will never be the same!
9 pm “A City is an Island” Screening @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. What makes the island of Montreal such a fertile ground for talented and boundary pushing artists? A City is an Island takes viewers to clubs, concert venues, and pop-up shows around the city where we meet musicians such as Mac DeMarco, Sean Nicholas Savage, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface), Tim Hecker, and Raphaelle Standell-Preston (BRAIDS, Blue Hawaii). Blue Hawaii’s Alex “Agor” Cowan gets the party started with a live DJ set featuring improvised loops and compositions, along with jams from Blue Hawaii’s acclaimed Blooming Summer and Untogether. Doc & Beer Combo: $18 (includes screening, a bottle of Steam Whistle Pilsner, and a large popcorn).
10 pm Sound: Vol. 004 @ BLND TGR, 559 College St. Supatone Sound, DJ Agile, and Mista Jiggz playing ALL your favourite party classics and new bangers! Classic and new reggae, soca, hip-hop, and R&B. $15 before midnight, $20 after.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! Vybz meets A$AP meets Kendrick meets Cham meets Foxy meets Ciara. DJ Neky the Kid joins the YYY Crew this month. $6 before 11:30, $10 after.
10 pm Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Diego Bros are back to play the sweatiest ’90s and ’00s RnB and hip-hop jams all night long! (August babies, post your birthday requests on the Facebook page.) Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelica, beat, and surf!
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 Regretro: Wet Hot Queer Summer Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. This month, Regretro is bringing summer camp to The Steady so you can bring that crush back to your bunk or practice for the end of the summer talent show. Stay cool for the summer and party like you’re going into town to all of your favourite songs. Camp attire encouraged but not required. Time to turn back time.
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.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm No Sleep ‘Til Brooklynn @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. Make new friends. No dress code. No bullshit. Mickey “bottle service” available. Music $5 with guestlist before 11:30 pm, $10 otherwise.
10 pm High Gloss @ The Libertine, 1307 Dundas St. W. A night of nudisco, house, and indie dance brought to you by Cyclist, Dickystixxx, and Craig Mann.
11 pm Motown Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul, and remixes with DJs Blush, Splattermonkey, and Misty. Expect to hear some old favorites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and whatever else they feel like playing. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
11 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Bellwoods Flea is back with a fresh lineup of local artisans and vendors, music, and cocktails! Featuring some of the city’s best in art, collectibles, handmade, fashion, and vintage + a fun and funky mix of ’90s classics! Until 6 pm.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills on two turntables spinning old school hip-hop, party jams, dancehall, reggae, and RnB. $5.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival Bar, 783 College St. Bust some rhymes! Browse HHK’s catalogue of classic rap jams and get ready to show and prove. If you’re the strong silent type, just grab a drink and cheer on performances. Hosted by More Or Les with DJs Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, $15 after..
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 Chronologic @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2015, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco: Édition Spéciale @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Celebrating the best of the global disco spectrum with caribbean grooves, afro-disco, mediterranean boogie, sovetik sleaze, japanese jazz-funk, and brazilian breaks soundtracking the soirée. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist take the reins on this planet-spanning party.
10 pm Party & Bull$hit @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of rap bangers and other trill $hit with DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi. 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.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
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.
10 am Yoga in High Park @ 1873 Bloor St. W. (just to the right of the front gates on Bloor near the Chess House). Flow-active is running a FREE summer-long yoga series! The styles will vary week-to-week, but will always accommodate beginners and welcomes people of all ages. This week’s session will be led by Power Yoga. Until 11 am.
12 pm Birdbath @ Muzik Beach, 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Birdbath returns this Sundayand every Sunday after that for the rest of the summer at Muzik Beach! Featuring three newly-renovated pools, day beds and cabanas (free and first come, first serve), brunch and lunch menus by Food Dudes, and DJs. Free with RSVP before 3 pm, $20 otherwise.
4 pm Sky Yard Sundays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Brunch, booze, and a ton of fun in the Sun(day)! Fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas, and enjoy the sounds of weekly DJs from 4-8 pm. Rollie a.k.a. Cadence Weapon provides the tunes this week.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival (Rain Date) @ Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave. A pay-what-you-can outdoor screening series taking over Christie Pits Park every Sunday night from July 5 to August 23. This week’s screening is Mean Girls. Eats and treats provided by Be Good gelato, Fancy Franks gourmet hot dogs, and Macchina Mobile Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Show starts at sundown (approximately 8:55 pm). BYOBlanket.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at firstname.lastname@example.org