January 28th-29th Toronto Tea Festival @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Whether you’re a newbie or an aficionado of tea culture, the Toronto Tea Festival will enable you to discover the world of tea from the traditional to the trendy. Sample hundreds of teas and learn from experts in the industry at one of the complimentary presentations. Runs 10-5 pm both days. $15 tickets and $25 two-day passes available online.
7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.
10 pm Bump & Hustle @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Brudergruvens plays an eclectic mix of retro hip-hop, soul, funk, and alternative sure to provide an awesome soundtrack for whatever fun and madness you get up to (and there will be plenty of fun and madness to get up to).
8 pm Slippery Slope Thursdays @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Let the Drake help keep your dancing feet toasty-warm every Thursday this winter with Reyka Vodka! Crunk, bop, and slide to the sweet grooves of R&B, hip-hop, Top 40, reggae, and dance courtesy of DJ iammiikey.
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of cheap drinks, good tunes, and good times with DJ Nora Noise. Rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, and punk + $4 shots of Four Roses bourbon and $6 pints of Duggans Phi.
10 pm Isn’t Anything @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Pammm and guest DJ Peter Merriman spin indie rock, distorted pop, college rock, shoegaze, nerd heroes, and other associated sounds. Free Snacks.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.
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!
11 pm Spooky Bitch: Madonna Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. This month, Spooky Bitch pays tribute to the Queen of Pop herself. With guests Jacklynne Hyde, Allysin Chaynes and My Mother Demon Tanya Cheex. Grab your cone bra and let’s get blasphemous!
8 pm Power Plant Winter 2017 Opening Party @ Power Plant Contemporary Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W. Join the Power Plant for a FREE party to celebrate the launch of their Winter 2017 exhibition season! Be the first to experience exhibitions by Jonathas de Andrade, Maria Hupfield, and Kapwani Kiwanga, with the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Project by Latifa Echakhch still on view. Until 11 pm.
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. $5.
10 pm 100% Dynamite @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs General Eclectic, Misty Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Parkdale Funk invite you to the first edition of a new vinyl dance party celebrating the explosive sounds of vintage reggae, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll! Expect to hear everything from vintage Northern soul, girl groups, Motown, Stax, garage rock, and heavy funk to rocksteady, classic reggae, blue beat, and ska. $5 before 11 pm, $10 afterwards.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Yung Adult and Jordan Sowunmi kick off a very Boosie 2017 in style, with big ass jam featuring tunes from artists like: Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Dreezy, Jeremih, etc. $5.
10 pm Can You Feel It? @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Join DJs Valerie Dour and ARP 2600 for a trip through the golden years of electronic music, from summers of love to the dawn of Y2K. Guaranteed to help you relive those days of big baggy jeans, snug hoodies, and big-bead necklaces. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Foxtrot @ The Garrison (front room), 1197 Dundas St. W. DJ Weird Dad plays your favourite rock ‘n’ roll, mod, glam, and psych tunes. Good vibes only.
10 pm Freaky Friday @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Get freaky with DJ Teenage Werewolf, playing rock ‘n’ roll, post-punk, punk, and soul.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco: Édition Spéciale @ The Beaver, 1192 St. W. Beam Me Up takes its Édition Spéciale soirée on a spiritual sojourn to the Beaver for a one night stand of world disco! Dive into disco from Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the UK, Jamaica, Cameroon, Mexico, Cuba, and beyond. Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist take the reins on this planet-spanning party.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
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.
11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite bangers. $10.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights @ Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queen’s Quay W. Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with a stellar lineup of local and international DJs. This week, celebrate Queen Bey on the ice with DJ Lissa Monet spinning Beyoncé’s timeless hits!
8:30 pm Glow in the Dark Paint Party @ Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard St. E. Paint, drink, and create the night away with DJs REC and GadJet spinning a mix of ’90s R&B and house music. You select the image you want to paint, and Paint Cabin guides you through it (no painting experience required). $45 + HST. Reserve your easel here.
10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Andrew Ross in control all night. $5.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel throw down awesome tunes for your partying pleasure on one of the best dance floors Toronto has to offer. The Strokes, Bowie, Arcade Fire, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and more! $10.
10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.
10 pm Footprints @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. The first Footprints of 2017! Resident DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic bring their trademark soundtrack of funk, afrobeat, soul, house, hip-hop, disco, Latin, Brazilian, mashups/edits, and a good dash of the unexpected to the Rivoli. $10.
10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A new DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
10 pm Off The Rip @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap, R&B, grime, and house all night long with DJ Cadence Weapon. $5.
10 pm Wile Out @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Vaughan and Coco Supreme back in the mix, ’cause you know it’s cold and nothing warms you up like a banger or two or… a whole night’s worth.
10 pm Run the World: Celebrating Girl Power @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Who runs the world? Girls! Celebrate girl power by dancing to the strongest women in music: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Spice Girls, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj, Alanis Morrisette, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, and so many more. $5 in advance and at the door.
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. $10.
3 pm Inuit Art Symposium @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. In partnership with Dorset Fine Arts and the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative, Drake hosts a symposium to explore issues around Inuit art. Speakers include AGO curator of Canadian Art Andrew Hunter, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery director Gaetane Verna, and artist Saimaiyu Akesuk. Stick around afterwards for a two-course dinner inspired by the Arctic. RSVP for free here to guarantee your spot!
3:30 pm Sunday Afternoon Social @ Loft404, 263 Adelaide St. W. Join Box of Kittens and Justin (of alienInFlux Sound System, Boreal Canoe Trip, and the founder of Harvest Festival) for the next installment of Sunday Afternoon Social. Ali Black and Box of Kittens DJs (Jamie Kidd, Fabio Palermo) in the south wing; Spyne, Steingah, Niko, and Freeza in the north. $20 tickets available online.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
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