September 25-October 1 Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival @ various locations. Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival returns to Toronto for the sixth annual celebration of Canadian arts! Featuring free performances at Yonge-Dundas Square, the return of the annual Massey Hall concert series, and introducing a new rising star music showcase at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
6:30 pm The MUFF Society Presents: Drop Dead Gorgeous @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Come celebrate the cult classic Drop Dead Gorgeous with The MUFF Society in glittery, over-the-top, dancing-with-Jesus style. Because USA is A-O-K! And once a carnie, always a carnie. They’re hosting a costume contest, so you better start planning your pageant ensemble now. There can only be one Miss Teen Princess! Doors at 6:30 pm, screening at 7. $10 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.
6 pm Take It Offline @ Track & Field Bar, 860 College St. Toronto’s first device-free bar night with a mission to create balance in the digital age. Disconnect from your phone and reconnect with those around you through games, crafts, music, and good old fashioned fun. Leave your phone at home or check it at the door. $10-15. Until 9 pm.
6:30 pm Trivia Night: Back to School Edition @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. In honour of the classic teen high school movie, Revue Cinema brings you the ultimate trivia about cliques, cafeterias, and calculus. This is a fundraiser for your local not-for-profit cinema and will be a licensed event serving wine and beer. $20 per team (2-4 people). Grand prize is $100 + eight free movie passes with popcorn.
7 pm Collective Arts Brewing x Gladstone Hotel Collab Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. West Queen West’s favourite art hotel meets Toronto’s favourite new brewer to collab on a monthly party with some of Canada’s favourite bands and DJs! Featuring live performances by current and past Collective Arts series artists Animal Parts (Josh Cockerill), Sun K (Kristian Montano), Billy Moon, Beams + DJ sets by The Most Serene Republic and Kaleb Robertson. Collective Arts Brewing will have all six of their beers on tap, all at $5.
8 pm An Evening Artist Lecture by Tavis Coburn @ Andy Warhol Revisited, 77 Bloor St. W. Internationally-acclaimed artist, Tavis Coburn, will be presenting a selection of his ’40s-era comic book-inspired art, and highlight Warhol’s influence on fine art in the digital disciplines. Meet and greet with the artist will follow the lecture.
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. $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!
10 pm Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!
8 pm Dudebox x Steam Whistle Present: Unsigned @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. Dudebox is teaming up with Steam Whistle to showcase some of Toronto’s most exciting emerging acts! Featuring performances by Prince Innocence, bizZarh, and Marlon James + DJ sets by James Redi (golden era hip-hop), Yes Yes Jill (grimey dancehall / hip-hop), and Danny Shaddick. $5 at the door, with proceeds going to the Artists Health Alliance.
8 pm An Academic Presentation by Kirsty Robertson: The Art of the Copy: Labor, Originality & Value in the Contemporary Art Market @ Andy Warhol Revisited, 77 Bloor St. W. This talk focuses on a hierarchy of copying in the global art world. It begins in Dafen, China, a village that produces 60 percent of the world’s replica paintings, many of which end up in homes, hotels, and resorts in North America and Europe. Though almost all of the paintings copied are public domain, media coverage of Dafen regularly accuses the village painter-workers and workshops of copyright infringement and counterfeiting. To reflect upon this accusation, Robertson examines two corollary examples, starting with Western artists who make works that are, on the surface, about copying and counterfeiting but that on close view are more concerned with criticizing or revealing global chains of labor.
8 pm Fall 2015 Opening Party @ Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queen’s Quay W. A FREE party to celebrate the opening of the Fall 2015 season at The Power Plant! The gallery is pleased to present three major solo exhibitions by renowned artists Dora García (Spain), Carlos Amorales (Mexico), and Mark Lewis (Canada). A cash bar will be available all evening.
10 pm Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush and Stones Place are throwing a brand new Friday night party! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.
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 Off The Rip @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap, R&B, grime, and house all night long with DJs Rollie and Bambii. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Peak Freaks @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Screaming psych, beat treats, mod movers, hi-fi sci-fi, and disk wizardry with DJ Leafy Chiefy and guests.
10 pm Feministry @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ Cam Lee and special guest Kevin Hegge select and share music made by and for fems, womyn, queers, and allies. Come dance and celebrate!
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.
10 pm Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Your favourite ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B party is back again at The Piston! With resident DJs Parkdale Funk, General Eclectic, and Splattermonkey spinning the best 7” 45 RPM soul and R&B records of all time!
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. Sweaty dance party + chill patio relax times. After a month absence, Casual Adam is back to show you what he learned during an intense “educational mission” to the floors of NYC. Hey, it’s September after all. School time. Professor A7 is eager to recruit some new teaching assistants.
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 Etsy: Made in Canada @ MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St. & OCAD University. A one-day marketplace celebrating the Etsy community, with 170 local Etsy sellers at two downtown locations ready to showcase the area’s handmade wares and vintage goods. Visitors to the MaRS marketplace have the chance to shop favourites like sustainable fashion designs from Vespertine; children’s wool toys from Little Bellwoods; and quirky laser-cut wood broaches from Sous Sous. Stop off at OCAD for screen-printed paper and stationery from SCTING; colourful hand-dyed wool yarn from Better With Yarn; and minimalistic leather accessories from Aunt Rae. Until 6 pm.
10 am KEDD Life. Style. Fair. @ King Street East Design District (Church to Parliament). Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating contemporary design, curated for charity with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Among this year’s installations is “Why I Love My City,” a massive paint-by-numbers style piece located at the East United Presentation Centre (95 Berkeley) that invites festival-goers to put their stamp on Toronto and share what makes this city great. Until 5 pm.
5 pm Oktoberfest @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Eat, drink, and dance like a German with live, traditional, knee-slapping Bavarian music, bartenders in lederhosen, and special performance by the incomparable Fay Slift! $10 advance tickets available online (includes a full stein upon entry).
8:30 pm Zoolander Quote-Along @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Join comedians and hosts Freddie and Thomas Rivas for a really, really, ridiculously fun evening. They’re screening Zoolander, with the subtitles on, and you’re invited to shout out your favourite lines. The film stars Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander, a dimwitted male model who is feeling adrift after losing the Model of the Year title to the younger Hansel (Owen Wilson), and his three best friends to a freak, gasoline fight accident. Evil fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) takes advantage of Derek’s fragile state, and tries to brainwash him. Zoolander lovingly mocks the fashion world, and has blessed us with the most quotable dialogue we could ask for. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.
10 pm Wake Up In My Makeup @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St. W. DJ C.I.A. plays tracks from the baddest girls in rock, pop, and soul. (Boys allowed.) Hole, Patti Smith, Dolly Parton, Blondie, The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Janis Joplin, and much more!
10 pm VOX @ The Old Laurel, 300 College St. After previous success with DJ nights such as Kensington Station and Pop Noir, DJs Lawrence and Shoe have a new night, focusing on the latest in indie rock and electropop from around the world. Expect to hear the latest from cutting edge bands such as Ratatat and Disclosure, as well as classics from Blondie and Bowie. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Flashing Lights @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs John and Geoff playing records: minimal synth, new wave, industrial, disco, and post-apocalyptic anthems.
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 In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Get in touch with your party self. DJ Andrea Winkler spinning everything guaranteed to move your ass.
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). 4 AM LAST CALL. $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 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 Whatchu Know Bout Me?: Back To School Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Classes have begun and your fave queer dance party featuring the ladies of hip-hop is back in session! Your reading list: Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill. DJ “Principal” Orange Pekoe spinning your jams and chaperoning your extracurriculars. $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 5th Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrating five years of bringing music and partying to the masses! DJs Tom Wrecks, DeMiggs, and ΛV play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For $5 reduced guestlist and line bypass, email email@example.com (closes at midnight). $10.
11 am Christie Pits Art Crawl @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. During the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown Park Crawl, the Friends of Christie Pits Park will be hosting an Art Crawl at Christie Pits Park. Enjoy great local art with tasty food, drinks, and live music. Until 5 pm.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from noon to 7 pm!
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
7:30 pm Seinfeld Trivia Night @ KITCH, 229 Geary Ave. Think you know Seinfeld? Well it’s not a lie if you believe it, and if you can prove you’re the master of your domain, then it’s next stop Pottersville. This is the Famous ORIGINAL Ray’s of monthly Seinfeld trivia, not some knock-off with their own case at the end of the aisle. Come for the trivia, stay for the episode and the JuJy Fruits! Maybe you’ll win a contest. Trivia at 8 pm.
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