May 1st-31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. The largest photography event in the world is back! CONTACT is an annual event in May featuring over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 200 venues throughout the GTA. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
May 28th-29th Woofstock @ Woodbine Beach Park, 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. E. North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs is back for its 13th year. 200,000 dog lovers and their four-footed friends coming together each year for this wildly popular doggie love-in!
May 28th-29th Misfits Pop-Up @ #Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St. W. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to bring those summer wardrobes out again! Join Misfits for their third annual pop-up for all your summer must-haves. Open 12-8 pm both days.
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.
8 pm Meow Meow: A Queer Social @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. This isn’t a loud dance party. It’s a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers (awesome allies are welcome too)! Cam Lee will be choosing tunes to be the soundtrack to your nite.
10:30 pm Back to the Rack @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone is launching Pride at the Gaystone with their Queer Dance Party, Back to the Rack. Bring your pals, your partners, your allies, your chosen family out every Wednesday for cuddles, dancing, hangs, conspiring, community, and sweaty, glittery good times.
10 pm Us vs. Them @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Indie, electronic, nuwave, and Britpop all night long with DJ Blush. LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads, Oasis, Joy Division, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cure, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, David Bowie, The Smiths, Interpol, Human League, etc.
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!
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.
5 pm Adult Colouring Workshop @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Let your inner child out and kick it old school with the Gladstone’s adult colouring-in every Friday from 5 pm to close! Grab a beer and groove to some tunes while trying to stay in the lines. All supplies included.
6:30 pm Mardi Gras Dinner Cruise @ Mariposa Cruises (Toronto Harbour), 207 Queen’s Quay W. Transforming their 140-foot ship, the Northern Spirit into a scenic and spicy tour of Toronto’s waterways, Mariposa Cruises hosts their annual Mardi Gras dinner cruise! A New Orleans-style celebration on the water, this three-hour event will serve up a NOLA inspired buffet (with a delicious make your own jambalaya station), fun photobooth, festive costume contest, onboard bar, and New Orleans-style music to set the mood, all while cruising by Toronto’s iconic skyline. Tickets and more details can be found here.
7 pm #FNLROM: Asia Forever @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences! $15 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm Electric Circus: A Dance Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Throughout the ’90s, CityTV gave us the greatest dance show in Canadian history. Now, Studio Bar is recreating the magic. DJs Dolo Rock and Keen One will be rockin it old school on two turntables and a mixer. Expect to jam to all your favourite dance and house music anthems on a packed dance floor! $10 tickets available online and at the door.
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 Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Friday night party with DJ Blush! 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 Shindig @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig is back with another edition of your favourite all vinyl ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B party! With resident DJs Parkdale Funk and Splattermonkey spinning the best soul and R&B 45s from the era.
10 pm new.wav @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Playing rap and dancehall that your grandma might deem sinful. Come get lost in the .wav. $5.
10 pm Queer Nation @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. This seasonal bash returns for the spring edition of 2016 and is for all the freaks, femmes, stone cold butches, baby dykes, bears, cubs, otters, pups, art fags, jocko homos, genderqueers, twinks, daddys, owls, and people who love to get down to house music! Music by Cozmic Cat Cat and DJ John Caffery. Projections by Roxanne Luchak. $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 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.
10:30 pm Feministry @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJ Cam Lee and special guests Laura McCoy and Max Mohenu select and share music made by and for fems, womyn, queers, and allies. Come dance and celebrate! PWYC or $5 before midnight, $10 after.
11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between 4 different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. $10.
11 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back with their last spring market of 2016! They’ve rounded up 40+ of Toronto’s finest handmade, fashion, jewellery, vintage, art, home decor, gift, and gourmet food vendors. To make things even better, Island Oysters will be doing buck a shuck Canadian oysters all day long. Until 6 pm.
8 pm Leafly Comedy Tour @ Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. Join Leafly and friends for some free laughs from the furiously funny Iliza Shlesinger and opening act Brandon Wardell. The best part? The show is absolutely free of charge – all you have to do is RSVP!
8:30 pm Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars Screening @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see David Bowie on the big screen performing his science-fiction inspired Ziggy Stardust persona for the final time at an electric show in London. Arrive early, as the party will kick off with a DJ and drink specials. Doors at 8:30 pm, screening at 9:30. Advance tickets available online.
10 pm Good Times @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Misty playing Motown, pop, rock, soul – stuff that will make you wanna shake! Good times guaranteed.
10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Come listen to old favourites, new favourites. Come dance to hip-hop with new friends, old friends. $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.
10 pm Juicebox @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel. 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 Deny Everything @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Modrobes and Weed Mom bring you a night of good vibes, good tunes, and good cover (a.k.a. NONE). Punk, post-punk, new wave, no wave, disco, post-disco, rock Britpop, whatever.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies roll out all the hip shakers and baby makers from the ’50s and ’60s for you to drink, dance, and get messy to. $5.
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. With Andrew Ross and Brandon X Oliver all night long. $5.
10 pm Wimmin @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A raging queer dance party, playing music from all and only female rock goddesses. Expect: Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, ESG, Hole, Janis Joplin, Betty Davis, Slits, Bush Tetras, Thao, The Gossip, Sleater Kinney, Le Tigre, Garbage, L7, and so much more! Attendance is open to everyone. PYWC ($5 suggested).
10 pm Skank Top @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get down with the finest boys west of Yonge at a gun show you won’t need a license for. Nu-disco/synthpop/dance tunes by Michael K and Evan Bergstra. No cover. No attitude. No sleeves.
10 pm Footprints @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic bringing you the best dance floor music from the past to current day! You’ll hear everything from vintage latin, afrobeat, reggae, ska, and tropical beat edits to hip-hop, trap, house, disco, soul, and funk + a bunch more in between! $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Señor Vishal share a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10.
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 Christie Pits Art Crawl @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The fourth annual Friends of Christie Pits Art Crawl. Enjoy great local art with tasty food, drinks, and live music until 4 pm.
10 am & 12 pm Drake Yoga T.O. @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. An all-levels yoga class, set to the sweet beats of our very own home-grown hero, Drake! Led by the dynamic Pop Up Asana T.O., listen to Views from the 6 and channel your inner yogi from 10 am ’til brunch. $10, with proceeds supporting The Raptors Kids Foundation.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from 12-7 pm! Pedestrian Sundays don’t permanently change the streets, they forever change the way you perceive them.
3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 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.
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