August 8th-18th SummerWorks @ various locations. Ontario’s premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre. It is the breeding ground for the mainstage shows of the future and the hub for Toronto’s most dynamic, dedicated theatre professionals.
August 16th-September 2nd Canadian National Exhibition @ Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd. Let’s go to the Ex!
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 HumbleMania: SummerSlam @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A celebration of summer! Performance by The Kostanzas followed by an all vinyl dance party with DJs HumbleMike and HumbleKyle. PWYC.
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) and special guest Matty Dee play 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.
6 pm Sail-In Cinema: “Ghostbusters” @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. Presented by the Toronto Port Authority, Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience, is back! Doors open at 6 pm and movies begin at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm). If you’re watching from land, bring something to sit on and make sure you reserve your free ticket before they’re all gone. Boaters can drop anchor near Corus Quay on a first-come, first serve basis. Visit the website for tickets and more information.
6 pm “Alor + Mizar” Opening Reception @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. Solo exhibition of Meichen Waxer, a visual artist based in Toronto. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 29th.
7 pm “Modern Living!/At Dusk” Opening Reception @ #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. “Blair McLean and Joyce Lau are artists from Toronto. The vision for their two-person show came about with their love for stark lines and dueling perceptions on the environment. Whether through intricate detailing in architectural structures with the use of a torch, or fine lines extracted from paper unveiling the feathers of a bird, McLean and Lau’s works invite and entice viewers to take a closer look.” Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs until September 1st.
7 pm I Heart Public Transit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. MP Olivia Chow’s transit advocacy campaign and initiative of the Trinity-Spadina Federal NDP Riding Association in support of a federal transit investment strategy.
10 pm Vivacious @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Ell V and Josh McIntyre play 10/10 weird0 club music: feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others, a general sense of well being and decreased anxiety.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
6 pm Sail-In Cinema: “The Princess Bride” @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. Presented by the Toronto Port Authority, Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience, is back! Doors open at 6 pm and movies begin at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm). If you’re watching from land, bring something to sit on and make sure you reserve your free ticket before they’re all gone. Boaters can drop anchor near Corus Quay on a first-come, first serve basis. Visit the website for tickets and more information.
8 pm Smoothed Out @ Mavrik Wine Bar, 676 Queen St. W. DJ Caff (Motown Party, Air Horns) takes you on a journey with contemporary and classic R&B, soul, hip-hop, and reggae. The Wine & Food menu will offer great pairings of small production, limited batched wines with tacos, salads, and cheese from chef Walter Mena.
9 pm Dudebox Presents: Roofio III @ 606-A Bathurst St. Dudebox is back. Summer is almost over. Time to celebrate! BYOB (+ cash bars for days), DJ after DJ, live bands, red cups and stringed lights like a 90s movie, no last call, charity. $5 before midnight, $10 after (with proceeds going toMANIFESTO Festival).
10 pm This Broken Mixtape: The Cookout Pt. IV @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. This Broken Mixtape’s fourth installment of “The Cookout” features a night chalk full of the best summer anthems, past and present. Snoop, Ice Cube, TLC, Destiny’s Child, The Cure, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Pixies, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Blur, Vampire Weekend, etc.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae with DJs Gramera and Linx + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm B@$$ 1N$T!N(T @ Leroy’s, 1280 Dundas St. W. (under Red Cherry, back alley entrance). Friday night jam in a brand new jungle-themed dive bar. DJs Drew Chillson and Richy Fingerz on the tracks.
10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants. $5.
10 pm (ALT)Night @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. (ALT)NIGHT has moved! Check out the brand new venue and dance it up with music and performances by DJs Dislexia, Betti Forde, and #entertainment.
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 Communion II @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Max Mohenu and Kieran Grant play all the goodness: deep house, downtempo, soul, electronic, obscure gems, classics. Communion awaits.
10 pm Pie & Mash DJs Play Good Tunes @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. The Pie & Mash DJs throw down tunes from across the genres – indie, electronica, reggae, hip-hop, funk, etc. The best tunes to soundtrack your evening!
10 pm Beast DJ / House Jam @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Beast DJ offers up free belly shots and bangers all night long! Downstairs, get down with the best and brightest of Toronto’s bass music empire with DJs GNGRN and Medi. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Coconuts Vol. 3 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Music from beyond your wildest dreams and fantasies with DJs Banana Pinapplivinsky and Joey Coconut. $5 Palm Bays.
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.
11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play the best R&B anthems from the 90’s to the 00’s to the 10’s that will forever make you dance/grind/twerk. $10.
12:30 pm CraveTO Day / CraveTO Night @ Honest Ed’s Alley & Parking Lot, 581 Bloor St. W. Celebrate Toronto’s premier street food and craft beer creators to the soundtrack of Toronto’s finest DJs. There will be two separately ticketed events within the same day: CraveTO Day (12:30-5 pm, $14.50) and CraveTO Night (7-11 pm, $17.50). Advance ticket gains you general admission entry; food offerings are $5 or less from vendors for cash; beer offerings are $5 and require drink tickets available onsite; iquor offerings at varying prices and require drink tickets available onsite; vendor lines grow as the event goes on.
6 pm Sail-In Cinema: “Back to the Future” @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. Presented by the Toronto Port Authority, Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience, is back! Doors open at 6 pm and movies begin at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm). If you’re watching from land, bring something to sit on and make sure you reserve your free ticket before they’re all gone. Boaters can drop anchor near Corus Quay on a first-come, first serve basis. Visit the website for tickets and more information.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers from 2001 onwards with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre, and Adam Jackson. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
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 2013, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Grum (Leeds) with support from locals Natural Animal and Alex Brooks. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
10 pm Super Good / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, three-time Juno nominated DJ/producer Techtwelve spins the best in hip-hop, R&B, trap, and classics. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz spins hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and top 40. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
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 Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An open format dance party with a mission to create the stickiest, sweatiest, lose-yourself-in-the-music kind of night! $5.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music. $5.
10:30 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Your buddies David Lindhagen play trap, rap, and bass music. This means stuff like A$AP Rocky, Drake, Flosstradamus, Girl Unit, Grimes, Iggy Izalea, Mykki Blanco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Ryan Hemsworth, Soulja Boy, T.I., etc. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
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 Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between four different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie—tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Around midnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.
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 Yours Truly 2nd Annual BBQ @ Yours Truly, 229 Ossington Ave. Drinks by: Perrier, Tromba and Creemore. Food by: Yours Truly. Music by: DJs Linus Booth, Andrew Ross, Ronnie Falcon, David Patterson, and Babe Rainbow. Dancing and mayhem provided by YOU. (BBQ is in the parking lot behind Yours Truly. Entrance to the alley is just east of Ossington.) Capacity is limited – RSVP by clicking “Attending” on Facebook. $5 gets you a drink or food.
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