June 12th-15th Toronto Indie Horror Fest @ Eyesore Cinema, 1176 Bloor St. W. Launched in 2016, the Toronto Indie Horror Fest is an annual event showcasing independent horror movies from around the world. $7 tickets and $30 festival passes available online.
June 12th-23rd Luminato Festival @ various locations. Luminato returns to bring you the best theatre, music, dance, and more from Canada and around the world. This year’s program offers reflections on the world today, with many opportunities to engage with questions about nostalgia, memory, community, and perspective.
June 12th-30th Pehr Pop-Up @ 320 Davenport Rd., Suite 300. Pehr is hosting its first-ever stand-alone pop-up store in Toronto this June! Featuring Pehr’s newest collections of modern, ethically-made baby + kids decor, bedding, storage, apparel, accessories, and more. The products are designed in Canada and capture the beauty, magic, and simplicity of childhood.
June 14th-16th Taco Fest @ Ontario Place, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. W. With over 150 variations of tacos, guests can expect to indulge in the city’s top offerings of both traditional Mexican cuisine and new takes on your favourite classic dishes. The event will also feature signature items including the Ice Cream Taco, churros, corn (including elotes!), ceviche, nachos, enchiladas, and much more. $9.95 advance tickets available online.
June 14th-16th Taste of Little Italy @ College Street from Bathurst to Shaw. Enjoy live music, extended patios, multicultural vendors, amazing food, carnival rides, and more at the annual Taste of Little Italy festival. Runs 6:30 pm to 1 am Friday, 11 am to 1 am Saturday, and 11 am to 10 pm Sunday.
June 15th-16th Foodalicious @ Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Dr. A celebration and appreciation of gourmet street food bringing together some of the best food trucks, food vendors, and artisans Toronto has to offer + live music and a kids zone. $11.09 advance tickets available online (admission is free for kids 12 and under).
11 am The Floral Edit @ UpMarket (Yorkville Village), 55 Avenue Rd. Enjoy delicious baked goods, cool and refreshing drinks, and all the flowers your heart desires from local vendors like Ampersand Bakehouse, Art of Marina, Cicco Chains, CITRUS, Eat These Pickles, Edible Cookie Dough, Knot You Knot Me, Linda Lee Chocolates, and more. Until 2 pm. Runs every Wednesday through August 29th.
7 pm SiriusXM’s Top Comic Live Auditions @ Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond St. A side-splittingly funny evening of uncensored comedy featuring 10 stand-up comics performing their best material in front of an audience and a panel of industry judges with hopes of snagging a spot in the semi-finals and a chance at Canada’s biggest comedy prize. Hosted by Canadian comedian and SiriusXM personality Ben Miner. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8. Tickets are $8.87 + tax and can be purchased at the door.
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 Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email email@example.com or show up early to reserve a spot.
5 pm Vintage Crawl Toronto @ various locations. Enjoy a fun night of sustainable shopping in Toronto’s Parkdale, Queen West, Kensington, and Dundas West neighbourhoods. Participating vendors can be found here. Until 11 pm.
6:45 pm Designing The Movies: Pillow Talk @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Designing the Movies celebrates the 60th anniversary of Pillow Talk, whose battle of the sexes revived the rom-com. Prior to the screening, series host Nathalie Atkinson and graphic designer Jeffery Smith will discuss 1950s stylized glam, gender role anxiety, and the rom-com revival. $12-15 advance tickets available online.
7 pm “Heaven is a Place on Earth” Opening Reception @ Patel Projects, 184 Munro St. “Heaven is a Place on Earth” is a solo exhibition of new work by Adrienne Crossman that explores the potential for queerness along the spectrum of utopia to dystopia. Drawing from lesbian representation in fiction and popular culture, Crossman combines imagery and ephemera from cult narratives such as But I’m a Cheerleader and Desert Hearts, with objects that make reference to Toronto’s own lost queer and lesbian spaces, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs through July 25th.
7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!
10 pm DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard Presents: Seventies Selections @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. It’s all in the name: An eclectic mix of ’70s tracks all night long with DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Colour ROM Proud @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Kick off your weekend with an official Pride Toronto dance party at #FNLROM! A night of queer art, expression, music, dancing, food, and performance. $19.21 tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
10 pm Body Snatchers @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Join the Diet Ghosts as they celebrate their favourite visages from Queer West by possessing each other’s personas. (It’s like identity theft, but way more fun for the victim.) The best part? All proceeds go to Rainbow Railroad! $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm Freaky Friday @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Get freaky with DJs B BAD and M4RS! Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and more. Free before 11 pm.
10 pm Rock ‘n’ Roll with DJ Junkyard Jesse @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll tunes all night long with DJ Junkyard Jesse (No Warning/The Headstones). $5.
10 pm Disco Fridays @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Hear a delightful array of disco and its sub genres every Friday at The Piston. $10.
10 pm Get Lucky @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush is keeping you up all night to get lucky with top 40 pop and hip-hop! $10.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
10 pm Physical Therapy / Edna King / Nautiluss @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Daniel Fisher, a.k.a. Physical Therapy, is an artist of many faces. Bouncing from techno to jungle, IDM to disco, his catalogue can be a confounding proposition to decode. The evening will also feature a set from Nautiluss + a live performance by Edna King, who played keyboards and sang in Toronto synthpop bands for several years before embarking on solo electronic production. 4 AM LAST CALL.
11 pm Rave Echo / Pulsum / Wasa Bibi @ Soso Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. From dark wave to summer vibes with Rave Echo (Toronto / ISO Radio), Pulsum (MTL / 99cts / Esoteric Exports), and Wasa Bibi (MTL). $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 am Spooky Market @ Rue Morgue Manor, 1411 Dufferin St. Rue Morgue’s Spooky Market returns for a third year with over 25 vendors, a food truck, music, prizes, and more! Cash only (no debit/ATM on site). Until 5 pm.
10 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. A curated flea market featuring vendors selling vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and more. Bargains, rare finds, and one-of-a-kind pieces at every market! Until 5 pm.
11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.
11 am Artifier Launch Party @ Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas St. W. Launching June 15th, Artifier allows you to browse through a pool of current and upcoming exhibitions and events from over 30 galleries, museums, artist-run centres, and independent project spaces in Toronto and the GTA. To celebrate, they’re hosting an all-day pop-up event followed by an evening reception and a special performance by Poetry Jazz Cafe’s Chelsey Bennett starting at 6 pm. Cash bar on site.
1 pm On Sterling Bingo @ Henderson Brewing Co., 128 Sterling Rd. Sterling Road is jam-packed with tons of cool stuff – artist’s spaces, yoga studios, bookstores, restaurants, a brewery, clothing stores, galleries, and lots more! Get a special behind-the-scenes look at all of them at the third installment of On Sterling Bingo! Stop by any of the participating locations between 1 and 5 pm to pick up your bingo card (and your first stamp). Once you’ve visited all 10 spaces, head on over to Henderson Brewing Co. to redeem it for a complimentary pint of beer or a free house-made soda.
2 pm Fay & Fluffy’s Fun House @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. It’s just another day at Fay & Fluffy’s house, full of music, dancing, glamour, special guests, and of course, reading! For families of all ages and configurations: babies, kids, and big kids (that’s you, adults). $15 for adults, free for kids.
7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show Opening Weekend: Thelma & Louise @ Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for a screening of Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma & Louisa, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon + the Québécois short film Ballet Jazz (this event is 19+ or with adult accompaniment). Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards from Kungfu Dawg, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Augie’s Ice Pops , and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket and chairs. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
7 pm Nuit Rose @ various locations. A free annual festival of queer art and performance, showcasing provocative, contemporary work by local and international artists. Over the past five years, Nuit Rose has been a catalyst for community engagement, giving audiences opportunities to experience unique, transformational encounters with queer art across the city of Toronto.
10 pm The O.C. 2000s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. California, here we come! Sneaky Dee’s is celebrating Chrismakuh early and playing all your favourite 2000s hits all night long. Songs from the show, songs not on the show – whatever your little hearts desire. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Our House @ Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St. An Official NXNE Showcase and house warming for Stackt Market happening in the Belgian Moon Brewery space to elevate talent from inside and outside of Toronto. Featuring sets by DJ NDN, Nana Zen, Primediesel, and Ace Dillinger + a secret festival headliner TBA. $12.94 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Julia Dickens & Ensoul @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Dance, acid, 2-step, shake, boogie, and twist with sound selectors Julia Dickens and Ensoul.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.
10 pm Invisible City Presents: Sacha Mambo @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. As a DJ and digger for over two decades, Sacha Mambo’s (Macadam Mambo / France) musical culture taps into a wide spectrum of influences. With support from Bambi resident Milch, whose musical focus is an eclectic mix of 1980s oddities, wave, industrial, and synth.
10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!
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, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.
10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll weirdness all damn night with DJ Crunch Bandicut.
10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJ General Eclectic as he takes you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.
10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s and ’00s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Baby Yu, R2, and J-Class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service inquiries and guest list.
9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.
10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea returns with a top-notch selection of local vendors, artisans, and delicious eats under one roof. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
12 pm Afro Vegan Fest @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Indulge in mouth-watering African and Carribean cuisine and enjoy live music at Toronto’s newest vegan celebration. $5 online and at the door, with a portion of ticket sales going to Brandon Street Farms, a volunteer-run organic farm dedicated to making plant-based food more accessible in Toronto.
7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show Opening Weekend: Misery @ Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for a screening of the 1990 horror film Misery, based on Stephen King’s 1987 novel of the same name + the short film FAUVE, directed by Jérémy Comte (this event is 19+ or with adult accompaniment). Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards from Mustache Burger, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Augie’s Ice Pops, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket and chairs. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease.” Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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