July 24th-26th Toronto’s Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd. Join 316 beer brands, Naughty By Nature, 54•40, culinary delights from some of Canada’s Top Chefs, beer education sessions, and live grilling demos at Toronto’s Festival of Beer! $30-79.50 advance tickets available online.
7:30 pm Open Roof Festival @ 99 Sudbury St. Open Roof Festival returns for its sixth season! This week, locals Hooded Fang kick off the night as Toronto takes centre stage in the non-rom-com, Pretend We’re Kissing. $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.
7 pm Alexander Keith’s Lobster Galley Cruise @ Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queen’s Quay W. Mariposa Cruises brings an East Coast getaway to Toronto! Come aboard to take in iconic views of Toronto’s skyline, while sipping an ice-cold Keith’s aboard this lobster themed cruise. Choose from a three-course surf and turf dinner, complete with a complimentary bottle of Alexander Keith’s ($75), or opt for the cocktail-style lobster mixer ticket ($27). Live music will be provided by East Coast-influenced band, The Devil’s Drink. Boarding begins at 7 pm, tickets are available online.
9 pm Brew & View: Grease Movie Sing-Along @ Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave. Invite your friends to the original High School Musical! Grab a buddy and grab a beer and get ready for a night of fun as you sing (and drink!) along to Grease. (The words will be on screen and there will be enough liquid courage around to make everyone an awesome singer.) Space is limited, so arrive early.
10 pm Strangelove Society @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Vibe Well Collective presents this special edition of Strangelove Society! The society as you know it outside doesn’t exist. This is the unseen society; this is strangelove. Music by NuAlias and DJ Levi. $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!
6 pm Chloe Seibert Opening Reception @ Cooper Cole, 1134 Dupont St. Chloe Seibert received her BFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited across the United States at such galleries as CourtneyBlades, Chicago, IL; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; Johannes Vogt, New York; Gallery Diet, Miami, USA. She has also exhibited with Queer Thoughts at Eric Hussenot, Paris; and recently her work was included in a group show by Queer Thoughts in Nicaragua. Until 8 pm. Exhibition runs until September 12.
10 pm Stay Golden @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold. We bought a new denim vest and feel like losing our shit to a “Whole Lotta Love.” DJ Steve Rock with all the hits your mom can’t resist: Led Zeppelin, CCR, Hall & Oates, Cream, Journey, The Animals, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Rolling Stones. Party photos by our own Becca Lemire. Burlesque babe Laura Desiree Burlesque will be handing out Sailor Jerry complimentary drinks and seducing you on stage with a special sultry act. Canadian Tuxedo encouraged. Presented by Sailor Jerry, She Does The City, and Good Kids! Funds raised go towards the charity True Patriot Love Foundation. RSVP here for free entry and complimentary Sailor Jerry’s-hosted bar.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ 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! $5.
10 pm Discotheque Battles Vol. 1 @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Hamps, Tony Pablo, Graeme Wallace, and Jesse Proudfoot are rolling up their sleeves for an all-night DJ session. They will be serving up a melting pot of gospel, reggae, boogie disco, soul, jazz, chi house, afrobeat, latin, soca, and plenty of other og goodies thrown in that don’t fit into any category. $5.
10 pm Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get a double dose of cheese this month when the Bangs & Blush girls roll out some gnarliest guilty pleasures from the ’90s and ’00s! Plans made, life complete. $5.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.
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.
10:30 pm Gotta Pay The Rent@ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Tank tops + drinks + patios are sooo in session. You supply the tank tops, the Beaver’s got the drinks + patio, and Lobodotcom and Aceheaven (A7) will mix it all together with some summery indie-dance goodness!
11 pm Motown Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Expect to hear some old favourites 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. With residents Fawn BC, Sean Caff and DJ Misty. $10.
10 am “Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation” Opening @ The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. An exhibition that will push boundaries and test limits as it examines how private life in the Arab world is shaped by current political events. Featuring an impressive collection of powerful artworks by 12 of the most exciting contemporary Arab artists from the Middle East and North Africa.The works are united by an awareness of struggle – the struggle crossing geopolitical borders; the struggle forging an identity in an ever-shifting world; and the inherent struggle of being an artist. Exhibition runs until January 3, 2016.
11 am Bellwoods Flea @ 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 soundtrack of good summertime jams and all your favourite ’80s and ’90s classics! Until 6 pm.
3 pm Girls Rock Camp Summer Showcase #2 @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Join Girls Rock Camp in celebrating their 5th annual summer of programming! Featuring six of Toronto’s newest (AND GREATEST) bands perform original songs written over the course of a week. Girls Rock Camp offers female, trans*, and gender non-conforming youth aged 8-16 of all musical abilities and economic backgrounds a safe space to learn an instrument of their choice, get creative and develop skills that will last them a lifetime. PWYC ($5 suggested donation).
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 Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and What’s Her Problem. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! 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.
10 pm Takovr Presents: Work Your Wrist Part 1 @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. Sounds by Boy Rich, Fijiwaterpapi, and Thrillhouse. $3 drinks and Red Bulls before midnight. $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.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org (closes at midnight). $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 Think Fitness. 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.
4 pm Voguabond Swap Event @ ROUND, 152-A Augusta Ave. Clear out those closets and get ready to swap at Voguabond! Enjoy live music and drinks while discovering treasures from others’ closets. Attendees will receive one ticket for every item brought, which can be redeemed for another item. $10 cover (advanced tickets can be purchased here) includes three free garments of your choice. Until 9 pm.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ 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 16. This week’s screening is Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, directed by Nathan Morlando. Eats and treats provided by Macchino Mobile Cafe, Fancy Franks, and Be Good gelato beginning at 6 pm. Show starts at sundown (approximately 9:15 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.
9 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Vintage Vamps @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Head to Queen West hotspot Cherry Cola’s each week for a rotating cast of Toronto’s finest burlesque and variety figures at Sinful Sundays; Toronto’s Temple of Tease! Their recurring Vintage Vamps theme is a night of retro hits, classic glamour, and decades past, promising to throw you back in the best way possible. With performances by Daisy Devine, Dottie Dangerfield, James & The Giant Pasty, and Kitten Monroe.
10 pm Pimp Juice @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. A night of old school R&B, with live performances by Seth Dyer, Faiza, and Adria Kain. DJ Nicemark to spinning R&B and hip-hop all night. $5.
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