April 9th-11th Standard Apparel Sample Sale @ 87 Wingold Ave., Unit 1. Featuring one-of-a-kind Fall 2015 collection samples from brands like Fred Perry, Todd Snyder + Champion, Oliver Spencer, Filson, and Aigle, as well as a select assortment of Spring and Summer 2015 inventory. Up to 80% off retail prices. Open Thursday and Friday from10-8 pm and Saturday from 10-4 pm.
April 10th-11th Spice World Film Screening & Junk Food Extravaganza @ Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. In their first feature length film Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh are here to save the world, for every boy and every girl. Dress in ’90s glam or as your favourite Spice Girl and bring your junk food! There will be an epic sing-a-long to “Spice Up Your Life” and Spice Girls hits played before and after the screening. Hosted by Marjan “Baby Spice” Verstappen and Humboldt “Ginger Spice” Magnussen. Screenings at 6 pm and 8 pm on Friday (doors at 5:30 and 7:30) and 7 pm and 9 pm on Saturday (doors at 6:30 and 8:40).
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.
11 am Alexander Wang Takeover @ Jonathan + Olivia, 49 Ossington Ave. For one day only, Jonathan + Olivia will transform into a space showing the complete world of Alexander Wang. The exclusive event will feature the current J+O selection of Alexander Wang plus additional stock of Spring/Summer 2015 T by Alexander Wang brought in from New York and Spring/Summer 2015 runway collections for men and women. A “Sneaker Head” installation, inspired by the sneaker iconography of Wang’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, is featured and will create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. A limited amount of Alexander Wang gifts will be given to customers who spend $250 or more. Until 7 pm.
6 pm Etsy Vintage Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Refresh your spring wardrobe at the Etsy Vintage Swap, hosted by 96 Tears Vintage. Bring at least one item of vintage clothing to swap (maximum of five items per person) that is 20 years or older, freshly cleaned, smoke-free, and in good condition. Free to attend, though you’re welcome to bring a $2 donation to go towards Goodwill TECNO. Until 10 pm.
9 pm First Mosts: April Edition @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. A charming night of drunken storytelling. Like Ted Talks, except you’re sort of wasted, watching a person you’ve seen around tell a deeply personal story about their past, and learning nothing. Each month, presenters tell a story following a FIRST or MOST prompt. The themes are loose and so too are the interpretations. April’s theme is: first time you seriously dodged a bullet. $2.
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!
10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $5.
10 pm Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
9 pm The Big Sound @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College St. Toronto’s finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to the Mod Club to throw down their next foot stompin’, heart pumpin’, sweet lovin’ soul party! Featuring BIG renditions of the BIG classics guaranteed to make you shout and shake. And as always, you can dance the night away to the originals before and after the set as spun by DJ Wes Allen and special guests Splattermonkey and General Eclectic. $15 (advance tickets available at Soundscapes).
10 pm Songs: A Dance Party, May, 876 Dundas St. W. The time is nigh for a dance floor resurrection! Young Lions Music Club’s “bands-as-DJs” dance party series has created some of the best nights we can remember with dance floor shredding DJ sets from the likes of Foals, WAVVES, The Smiths, Beirut, The Drums, Born Ruffians, the Rural Alberta Advantage, and others. They tucked it away two summers ago when they ran out of bands we were excited to invite. But now that there’s a new crop of top talent in the city, they’re back. This month’s special guest DJ is Lowell. $5.
10 pm Freaks @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. A proper reggae jam with proper people. DJs Freeza Chin, Sikh Knowledge, Yes Yes Jill, and Nino Brown provide the tunes. There will also be rum punch. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco, and R&B by the women that understand! They love to play: L’il Kim, Aaliyah, Diana Ross, Betty Wright, TLC, Etta James, Salt N’ Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, The Crystals, and anyone else with a song in their heart.
10 pm Canada Thrust @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Hip-hop, house, and party music miscellany from Canada Thrust. $5.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush invite you to another night chocked-full of the best and worst from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s – only the guiltiest of pleasures will be played! $5.
10 pm Nightwave Collective @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A curation to get you in the mood for summer featuring some amazing chillwave, synthpop, synthwave, and techno/house from DJs Deeper Arcades, Stuff Animal, CTRL ALT ESC, and Simple Chemistry. Motion Graphics by ActionArv. VHS installation by MC NTSC. $5.
10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Your favourite psych, mod, glam, and rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and present day courtesy of DJ Weird Dad.
10 pm Pacific High @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Colin Bergh and Bruce Trail play dymaxion house music all night long.
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 Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy dance party! Expect to hear stuff like Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs ARP 2600, Digits, and Little Kicks will be present to sex you up (music-wise). Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get By Friday @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables. All jams all night.
10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W.DJs Johnnie Walker and Amy Wood play ’90s and aughts rap and RnB, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. $10.
8 pm #CrushTO Spring Fling @ The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. A very special event hosted by #CrushTO, Toronto’s queer + sex-positive monthly dance party, with all proceeds supporting The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Featuring a sexy track selection from DJ Nate Nightcall, a burlesque show, silent auction, raffle prizes, and much more! $10.
8 pm The Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ The Opera House, 783 Queen St. E. North America’s largest pop-up underground art show is returning to Toronto! Featuring over 80 local artists on display, live music, live canvas and body painting performance, and – best of all – free all-you-can-eat pancakes. $5.
10 pm Soft Stroke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Gritty house and shadowy techno with a soft touch. Smoke machine and projections in effect. DJs CL, Metoux, and Peach B2B2B all night. $5.
10 pm Git Down @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. DJs OH16 and Splattermonkey bring you the best soul and funk night in the Junction! The hits you love and plenty of rare groove as well, all on vinyl.
10 pm Realness @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Top-notch music for a low price. With DJs Blackcat (throwback + new hip-hop and R&B, top 40), Pleasure (old school dancehall, soca), Bambii (hip-hop, R&B, trap, dancehall, Jersey club), and Carma (throwback hip-hop and R&B, old school dancehall, soca).
10 pm Ignition @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJs Caff and The Dirty Frenchman play bumpin’ ‘n’ grindin’ R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, new jack swing, and slow jamz (plus more than enough R. Kelly classics). $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Treatment 002 @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Chopped x future bass x Jersey club x UK garage with resident DJs DeMiggs and special guest Young Luxenberg (Montreal).
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A dose of Disco. Funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house all factor into one night of musicality, held together by a message of love and inclusivity. With residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist + an opener from Amen Brother’s Sean Gilheaney, an Irish Disco excavator transplanted to Toronto.
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 Funk Off @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get down to music of the funk variety! TNT on the tunes. $5.
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 Business Woman’s Special @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Grab those rain boots and umbrellas and come get wet at Business Woman’s Special. Special performance by the one and only Scarlett Bobo! Sammy Royale and Nino Brown will be spinning all night long. (Spring) break it down on the dance floor. $6.
10 pm Bump N’ Hustle @ The Rivoli (upstairs), 334 Queen St. W. Soul, funk, house, disco, reggae, latin, hip-hop, and boogie tunes with resident DJs Paul E Lopes and Mike Tull. Hosted by Carlos (Hot Stepper). For $5 early bird guestlist (before 11 pm), email email@example.com; $10 otherwise.
10 pm Bush Beat @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Where ladies meet! It’s the 20th Bush Beat. Just like our 20s, let’s get wasted man! $4.50 bar rail before 11:30 pm.
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 2014, played in chronological order). $5.
10:30 pm Sta-Hi @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Soul, ska, punk, mod, garage, indie, surf, and good old rock ‘n’ roll.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
8 pm TV Party: Game of Thrones Season 5 Premier @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. A mighty pre-show feast of harvest vegetables and roasted beasts awaits! Plate + pint of Beau’s for $20. Feast begins at 8 pm (first come, first served), show airs at 9 pm on the big screen.
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