January 9th-26th Hedwig & The Angry Inch @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. “A rock concert with plenty of biographical interludes courtesy of trans-bombshell Hedwig, former East-German twink and lead singer of nonchalant indie band ‘The Angry Inch’. This production takes the audience through a tragic story of betrayal, emotional and physical sacrifice, and love.” $35 or $25 for students and arts workers (tickets availableonline). Show runs Wednesday through Saturday.
January 19th-20th Junction Kick-Off Weekend @ various locations. Part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Visit 10 events and exhibitions at ARTiculations, East of Keele, Forever Interiors, Latitude 44 Gallery, Mjolk,Opticianado, Post + Beam Reclamation, Smash, Telephone Booth Gallery, and The Hair Lounge.
7 pm Niki & The Dove @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. “N&D’s electronics and beats forge a pro-dance sound, but with a span from tribal to synth-pop to R&B, it’s as much a quest and a riddle to work out exactly what the pair are – which is how it should be.” $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
7:30 pm Seinfeld Trivia Night: Questions About Nothing @ Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St. Do you know Monk’s from Reggie’s? Good naked from bad naked? Festivus from Newmanium? Whether you’re a high-talker or a close-talker, stop by for some drinks, some episodes, some prizes, yada yada yada, and questions about everyone’s favourite show about nothing. Teams can have up to 6 people. Food is available at the Monarch, although there’s no word yet on whether they’ll serve you a big salad. Doors and registration open at 7:30, first round of questions starts around 8. Wear your puffy shirt. Fur coats will be thrown out the window.
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 11 pm.
10 pm Got To Be Funky @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. Celebrate owner Darryl Fine’s birthday party with Laura Desiree working the bar and DJ Caff playing funk and soul from past to present.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come for the music, stay for the music. DJ Wes Allen plays oddities, discoveries, reminders, secrets, lost and found, surprises, and jewels. 197? and earlier.
7 pm “Songs That Saved Me” Opening Reception @ Huntclub Studio, 709 College St. k. A typography/poster show featuring work inspired by songs that got artists through some rough times. Framed originals and poster prints will be for sale. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs until January 31st.
9 pm Steers & Queers: Man! I Feel Like A Woman! @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. Don’t denia. You love Shania. That Don’t Impress Her Much: Hot Nuts Host Mary Messhausen. Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?: Burlesque Queen Cherry Piqued wants to know. Sexy Mark Brown is Any Man of Mine. Lindsay Fisher wants you to know you’re Still the One. DJs Sigourney Beaver and Joe Blow will make you Cum On Over again and again. Dress Code: fringe, midriffs, big hair.
10 pm The Quiet Storm @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andycapp + special guest DJ Mantis play four hours of melodically soulful music that provides an intimate, laid-back mood tailor-made for late-night listening and a welcome end to the stresses of the workday.
10 pm Neighbourhood Watch @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A community focused on local talent whether that be established artists or those coming up. These parties are an opportunity to hear producers’ new tunes and their works in progress, to hear live music and collaborations, and to (mostly) have fun. Come introduce yourself to the neighbourhood! With Sean Roman, Bruce Trail, Jesse Futerman, Deebs, and Dougie Boom. PWYC (suggested $5), with proceeds going to future parties/releases.
10 pm Funk, Soul & Rock’n’Roll @ Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge, 200 Bathurst Street. DJ Sean Caff plays music of the funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll genres.
10 pm Soul Slaw @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ TJ brings you his favourite soul – new and old, bright and bold. Come for a sit, a sip, and a dance!
10 pm Homophilia @ The Yukon, 1592 QueenSt. W. DJs Gay-Straight Alliance (David Balzer and Chris Randle) throw a dance party for all those of artistic temperaments. Glittery disco, palatial house, shameless pop, and soaring R&B.
10 pm #TurntUp @ Cheval, 606 King St. W. A weekly hip-hop party with DJs Riggadale and Mensa. Swag code in effect. Keep it fresh. For guestlist, email email@example.com.
6 pm “By the Dozen” Opening Recepton @ Telephone Booth Gallery, 3148 Dundas St. W. “Featuring established artists that live or work in The Junction or Junction Triangle neighbourhoods of Toronto, the exhibition provides the opportunity to bring together the local arts community. The exhibition highlights the neighbourhood’s ‘small-town’ community feel within the city, including a nod to the regulars at the Baker’s Dozen coffee shop located directly across from the gallery.” Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs until February 17th.
9:30 pm Stain Presents: Zombies, Ghosts & Demons @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. A post-apocalyptic party in the ruins featuring performances by Corpusse, Burning Iceberg, and Red Armband + visuals and other interludes including Mizz Duval and Ulysses Castellanos. DJ Triple-X and guest Sarin keep things rocking with freaky beats ’til the wee hours. $7.
10 pm 1993 @ Mr. Pong’s Bar, 1576 Dundas St. W. DJ Scott Wade plays everything and anything circa-1993.
10 pm One Night Only @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Andrew Roti plays assorted raps. All danceable, because he don’t pander to dudes.
10 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Much Music Video Dance Party meets basement dark-rave! With DJs Micehal and Eytan + special guest DJ Wes Allen spinning all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s/now hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, and disco.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap bangers from all night with DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre, and itsmattlangille. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
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 King Crab 2 @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. It’s 2013. You live in the future. Party like you live in the future. DJ America Online 2.5 plays good music to make that happen.
10 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! Featuring the band The Best and the best singers from the best local bands recreating classic songs from Beyonce, Chris DeBurgh, Pink Floyd, Devinyls, Prince, The Verve, TLC, and David Bowie. Followed by a dance party with DJ Shit La Merde playing all your favourite songs.
10 pm Slayer Party @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. A rock ‘n’ roll and metal party featuring go go girls, cheap beer, live performances by The Rough Boys and Wasted Beers, and DJs playing all things metal, hard rock, and punk. $7.
10 pm Air Horns @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. DJs Daddy Maysr, Dos Mundos, and Caff play club bangers, street hits, dance floor anthems, future classics, dancehall, hip-hop, tropical bass, R&B, trap, and moombahton (so, basically, everything you could ever want). Free before 10 pm, $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #72 @ Revival, 783 College St. Over 600 classic hip-hop instrumentals in the chamber for you to get wreck on the mic with. Swing by, sign up, and shock the house with your verbal gymnastics! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $10 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Foolz Gold @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJ Michael Venus plays dark rock and new wave roll.
10 pm Jheri Curl: A Funk Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A night of dancing to heavy funk and soul with slinky bass lines and horny horns.
10 pm Slow Hands @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. “Slow Hands a.k.a. Ryan Cavanagh is an organic specialist. His rich yet languid style bares all the hallmarks of the classical and compositional training he has had, whilst everything from jazz to blues to trippy electronica inform the New Yorker’s well honed production palette.” With local support from Sean Roman, Rafwat & Chorniy, and Curtis Russo. $15 advance tickets available online and at the door before midnight, more after.
10 pm This Year Last Year @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJs Justin Perreault and Calvin Castellino play all your favourite indie pop + oldie jams. Make things happen!
10 pm My Liner Notes Presents: This Broken Mixtape Vol. III @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. An all-night dance party that celebrates the best in indie rock/dance, new wave, electro, hip hop, R&B, and mashups. You’ll hear some great tunes, dance until your hemorrhoids bleed, and consume so much booze that you’ll envision the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard.
10 pm Shake A Tail East @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Shake A Tail hits the east end! 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING + free 60’s-style hairdressing by Lift Salon available in the front window. $5.
10 pm Rebel Hop @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Linx and G-Spot play hip-hop, soul, funk, and reggae while Dennis P handles the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s biggest, baddest, freak nastiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Featuring special guest DJ Mensa + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.
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 Body Interface @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Black light dance night with DJs Po-Man-Granite, Fruit on Bottom, Laura Peach McKeen, and Diamond Banana. May this be the sweatiest and most fervent dance party you encounter! $5.
10 pm Blaster / Nato’s Birthday @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, Montreal DJ sensation Church touches down and smashes all the best hip-hop and R&B party bangers! Downstairs, DJ Heroes blesses the table for notorious promoter Nato’s birthday. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Treat Em Right @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ RyFi treats you right with hip-hop, soul, RnB, and reggae.
11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Members Only and guest HNNY spin everything from disco renaissance to house classics. $10.
2 pm “Pandy Ramada’s Bendable Displex” Opening Reception @ Gallery TPW, 1256 Dundas St. W. “Artist Oliver Husain was asked to consider the collective spaces of looking. In response, Husain sets a mutable stage for coming together to look, experience and think, and to discuss images and our expectations around presenting them.” Until 5 pm. Exhibition runs until February 15th.
8 pm DJ Skate Night @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queen’s Quay W. Toronto’s top DJs spin fresh grooves while you glide – this week featuring DJ medicineman spinning a mix of vintage and world music legends with modern beats + a naughty dose of “electro swing,” a new genre that blends 1920s ragtime and blues with house, dub reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and hip-hop. Until 11 pm.
9 pm Design Dance @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Super official afterparty for the Junction Design Kickoff Weekend with DJs Members Only, presented by the Junction Flea! Once you are done in the Junction, come to down The Great Hall and cut a (fancy designer) rug ’til the wee hours of the morning.
10 pm Party & Bull$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, pop, old school, and party anthems. Bring your dancing shoes, you’re going to need ’em! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get It Together: We Are 3! Anniversary Celebration @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get It Together celebrates three years of great music, new friends, sweaty dance floors, and awesome times! Join them on the dance floor for an all-out dance-until-your-clothes-come-
10 pm Holy Trinity 002 @ Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Sq. With KiNK Live (Rush Hour/Ovum, Bulgaria), Gingy (Turbo Recordings/3024, TO), Jamie Kidd (Metalogic/Platform/Box Of Kittens, TO), Mike Gibbs (Box Of Kittens, TO), and Fabio Palermo (Box Of Kittens, TO). $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For $20 guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. $5.
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.
10 pm Trilled @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Blaark and Daark play trap, rap, and bass music. This means stuff like A$AP Rocky, Drake, Flosstradamus, Girl Unit, Grimes, Iggy Izalea, Mykki Blanco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Ryan Hemsworth, Soulja Boy, T.I., etc. Free before midnight, $5 after.
10 pm Taiza Get Freaknasty @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ duo Taiza play tunes strictly on that hot wax. Lose yourself in dance floor delirium while they bump dat: space bongo disco rap, bad man reggae caught looking in the hip-hop mirror, eclectic ethnic oddities that strike back with exotic fevers, waves of rock, and hard funk/lush funk/hoop earrings/blush funk. $10 Taiza calendars for sale too!
10 pm Trip the Night Fantastic @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Disco dance party with DJs Caspertouch, Coriolanus, Shanelle Williams, and Boots Boogie. $5.
10 pm Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With headliner Jay Green (Cheapshots NYC) and support from DJs Natural Animal and A Digital Needle. Complimentary entry list until 11 pm, $5 until midnight. For guestlist, email email@example.com.
10 pm Sugar Hill / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJ Grouch plays 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz spins hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and top 40. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Nite Flights @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ Sandro loves you with golden selections from his collection. It’s a good hang.
10:30 pm Betula @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs David Patterson, Michael Krochak, and Scott Seewhale play house and techno all night.
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 Stuck On Stupid @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Resident DJs Fase and Dougie Boom + special guest DJs Nana, Lucie Tic, and The Frandiscos 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.
10:30 am 101 Markets @ 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. 101 Markets is bringing their unique blend vintage and artisanal goods to the Junction! With the aim of providing an experience beyond the typical pop-up shop, these markets bring together vendors of varied backgrounds and products, including an array of vintage finds from independent and popular dealers, contemporary Canadian designers, and a selection of artisanal jewelry and goods. Until 5 pm.
8 pm Bad Movie Night @ The Office Pub (third floor), 117 John St. This month, Bad Movie Night presents a veritable Cavalcade of Incompetence! Movies that aren’t just bad, but so poorly made that it will boggle your heretofore sweet, innocent minds. Here’s what they’ve chosen… Birdemic: Shock & Terror: “Made with a budget that looks small compared to your grandma’s weekly bingo expenditures, Birdemic is a so-called disaster movie about birds gone maverick attacking a small town. These birds, however, are some of the worst CGI you’ll ever see and inexplicably explode (!) when they fly into things.” Dunyati Kurtaran Adam: “Otherwise known as Turkish Star Wars, this 1980s adventure flick doesn’t plagiarize the Star Wars story – but it does steal tons of footage from the franchise and uses music from a long list of popular movies. As an added bonus, it will teach you how to get buff by punching rocks!”
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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