October 29th-December 22nd Evil Dead the Musical @ Randolph Theatre (formerly Bathurst Street Theatre), 736 Bathurst St. “Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons are telling bad jokes… and all to music.”
October 31st-November 3rd From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. David Cronenberg is joined by a number of esteemed guests, as well as several of his closest collaborators past and present, in this all-encompassing retrospective. Screenings include Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, The Fly, Shivers, and more.
8 pm Drunk Feminist Films Presents: “The Craft” Halloween Screening @ Izakaya Sushi House, 294 College St. In honour of the great misandrist tradition of All Hallow’s Eve, Drunk Feminist Films hosts a live screening of ’90s classic The Craft. They will build the witchiest feminist drinking game to accompany the viewing of this teen drama that takes on rape culture(!), racism(!) and what happens when you forsake the coven. Wear black nail polish and DO NOT squander this opportunity to adorn yourself with the incredible sartorial combination that is ’90s teenage goth. Cash bar/foods. Venue capacity is 100 people.
8 pm Punk Rock Bingo @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Drink specials, prizes, sporadic performances, and bingo! Hosted by Daddy-O with a performance by Toronto’s punk rock drag queen Jenna Syde. $2 to play with proceeds from bingo card sales going to The Will Munro Memorial Fund for Queers Living with Cancer. Stick around after bingo for a Haunted House Party, courtesy of DJ Triple-X.
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 Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays 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.
8 pm Death to T.O. 3: A Halloween Covers Show @ The Silver Dollar Room / Comfort Zone, 486 Spadina Ave. Toronto bands dress up and perform a full set of their band of choice! With (in order of appearance) Oasis (Tess Parks and Co.), David Bowie (Earthlings), Hole (Sissy Boy), L7 (Mexican Slang), Pixies (Dilly Dally), MC5 (Biblical), Cro-Mags (S.H.I.T.), Gary Glitter (Michael Rault), Pulp (Young Mother), Kraftwerk (Digits), Devo (Soupcans / Cellphone), The Ramones (Teenager), Danzig / The Misfits (Ell V Gore and guests), and 13th Floor Elevators (The Highest Order). Visuals by Ryan Paterson. Installations by The Gore Girls. DJ sets by Geoff Snack and Josh Voynovich. $12.50 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and The Silver Dollar.
8:30 pm A Twin Peaks Halloween @ The Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. The Sandy Pockets play from the Twin Peaks song book. But beware: your arms will bend backwards. You’ll wish you spoke a little French. And that gum you like will come back in style. Prizes for best Log Lady costume! PWYC ($5-10 suggested donation).
9 pm The Haunted Hotel @ The Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. For one night only, the Thompson is transformed into a creepy, haunted hotel. With DJs Special K and Reno Bravo + special surprise guests. Prizes for best and scariest costume. $20 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Garrison Halloween Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with DJs Michael J Crossley and Michael Barnes. Free candy! $5 rail (vodka, gin, whisky, rum) and $6 pints of pumpkin ale/tall cans of 666.
10 pm Halloween Fright Night @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. A frightfully fun costume bash featuring a hip-shaking set by Diggy the DJ (of Down With Webster fame). Before the night ends, the crowd will decide who walks away with the $500 prize for best costume! $10.
10 pm Halloween Bash @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Halloween spookfest. Get dressed, get out, get crazy!
10 pm Heroes vs. Villains Halloween Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Dress as your favourite super hero or sinister villain! With DJ Batman vs. DJ Bain, DJ Spiderman vs. DJ Venom, and DJ Superman vs. DJ Hulk. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Halloween @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Music by Rob Gordon, Stephanie Muller, Lauren Burns Coady, and Kristie Muller.
10 pm Bigger Than Hip-Hop Halloween / A Nightmare @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Soundskan and Mike Stoan spin current and classic bangers. Downstairs, spend Halloween night with the Crawford House Party Crew. Prize for best costume! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
7 pm ROM Friday Night Live: Climate/Culture @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Sights: “Carbon 14: Climate is Culture” (see how artists have responded to various aspects of climate challenge), “Burning Ice, Art from the Arctic” (documentary film screenings), “Climate is Culture & Me to We” (T-shirt fashion walkabout), explore the ROM (galleries open 7-9:30 pm). Sounds: Gavin Hope, Jamine Ruben, house DJs curated by ElectriCITY Events, Simon Jain, DK. Flavours: City Gourmet, Pimenton, Curbside Bliss, Gourmet Gringos, La Rivolta, Little Tomato, The Saucy Pierogi, HotBunzz, Tita Flips. $12 tickets available online.
9 pm Redrum: A Shining-Themed Halloween Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. In addition to dancing, costumes, and drink specials, the hotel will be clad in creepy Shining references that will haunt you! The Ballroom: The Daft Punk Tribute Band will make you dance yourself into an early grave. The Melody Bar: You know the scene where Jack orders “bourbon on the rocks” from Lloyd? Picture that but with way more partying. The Art Bar: Hedge Maze recreation. Second floor: DJs, creepy corridors, and VIP rooms with bottle service. Third and fourth floors: A special $199+taxes hotel Creepover Package for anyone who dares to spend the night. Includes two general admission tickets to Redrum and an “I Dare You” sex game from Good for Her. $25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm 4th Annual Smithfits Halloween Party @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Smithfits takes over both floors of Parts & Labour! DJs Scott Wade, Mark Pesci, and Scott Waring playing punk, new wave, post-punk, and Brit pop. Photobooth + costume contest. Main floor opens at 11:30 pm. $10.
10 pm Buzz Trillington & Shooter McNappin Toronto Debut @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Buffalo bass masters SwaggleRock a.k.a. Shooter McNappin & Buzz Trillington play original productions and remixes. Local support from DJ Caff, Walmer Convenience, and Poe Boy Justin. On the musical menu: 100 BPM, rap, trap, twerk, R&B, dancehall, and bass.
10 pm Building Blocks @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ General Eclectic takes you from A to Z of good dance floor music! Reggae, hip-hop, funk, disco, afrobeat, electro, old school, Brazilian, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night free love psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow, etc. $5.
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 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 Pop Lobster: No No No No No(vember) Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. This lobster knows no pop boundaries. You may or may not have the opportunity to dance to the likes of TLC, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Destiny’s Child, Prince, Britney Spears, Robyn, Motown, indie, new wave, disco, and more. With DJs Little Kicks and Digits. No cover. Just sweaty dancing. Do it. It’s your Destiny.
10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Recklezz, Kevin Ritchie, and Blackcat. For guestlist, email bigprimpingmail.com. $5.
10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Halloween edition! The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin. Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, bee starts at 11 pm. $10.
11 pm Elementary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ/Producers Rynecologist (who mixes cheese with class) and Meech (dubbed as Toronto’s house maestro) join forces for a new monthly dance party. Joining the boys in class this month is Montreal’s Bordello. $10.
10 pm Bitch Craft Halloween @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD SPOOKY RAP MUSIC. Costumes! Candy! $5.
10 pm Motown Party: Monster Mash @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown Party presents a spooky soul revue in celebration of Halloween! Motown, northern soul, and remixes with special guest DJs Magnificient and Splattermonkey upstairs + an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs. $200 in prizes for best costume! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Pull out your cardigans and polish your brogues because November brings a special With It! DJ Dave Barnes is joined by his bandmates, The Holiday Crowd, who will perform to start the night off. Then the lads will play mod, soul, ska, and indie music for dancing. $5.
10 pm moondance @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Annie Webber and Keith Hamilton bring you the best dance jams under the moon! Sweat your way to last call by dancing to their favourite music of all eras (surely, some of your favs too). $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 Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour-positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, ’90s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, ’80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Numeric, Dalia, Big Jacks, and Royale + host More or Les pay tribute to the golden age of hip-hop, spinning classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.
10 am Flipside DJ & Collectors Vintage Record Sale @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Over 20,000 vinyl records in one room! Until 4 pm.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Get yourself quizzed by the quiz masters Kirk and Anthony!
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