May 1st-3rd Jane’s Walk @ various locations. A hybrid walking tour/urban exploration festival! Look at places from the point of view of those who live and play in the neighbourhood.
May 1st-10th Canadian Music Week @ various locations. CMW spans 10 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.
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 175 venues throughout the GTA. Check out the CONTACT website for a full list of exhibitions and installations.
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.
7 pm Vintage Crawl Toronto @ various locations. Crawl your way across the city as you stock up on the best vintage Toronto has to offer. With 51 vendors participating, pick a route and shop your way home! Until midnight. Full details and a map of participating stores available online.
10 pm Strangelove @ Weldon Park, 569 College St. The return of a Toronto cultural institution. Every Thursday. $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 Fat Laces @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Big Jimmy Mills, the scratch-monster, spins old school hip-hop.
10 pm Nothing Is The Same @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Cliff, Eytan, and Pablo playing your favourite hip-hop and R&B. Might get smoother with this one, but they also might just get lit.
7 pm Friday Night Live: FutuROMa @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Toronto’s most unique social destination, with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. This week, FNL celebrates ROM 101 as they kick off the next 100 years! $15 advance tickets available online.
7:30 pm No Pants Day Protest, Pub Crawl & Dance Party @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. On May 1, people around the world will refuse to pants. No Pants Army, it is time to party! Grab your fancy suits, fancy work dresses, and fancy no pants; the theme for this party is Business Super Casual. 7:30-11 pm: Pants protest and pub crawl. 11 pm onwards: No Pants Dance Party at The Supermarket, hosted by Toronto’s freestylin’, pants-hatin’ rapper Serb Superb.
10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.
10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends, and admirers. With DJs Sikh Knowledge, Blackcat / Charmed Monroet, and Mizz Recklezz. For guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
10 pm Marmalade & Buttahfingaz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, rap, trap, south.
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 pm Wedding Night @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A newfangled affair that glorifies those qualities which are held in highest regard when it comes to a ceremony of holy matrimony: dancing, drinking, bad decision-making, gussying up, and annoying the DJ with requests for songs that he won’t play. Trust in guilty pleasures for an evening of eclectic musical merrymaking! Overdressing for this occasion is very much encouraged.
10 pm Lazer Pop @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Dry those tears, ’cause you don’t have to dance to Beyoncé on your own anymore! Electro, disco, pop, hip-hop, latin cumbia, and all your favourites with DJs EZ Listening.
10 pm Leant @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Big Jacks, Royale, and Bozack play that classic leant shit. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Puppy Love @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Laid back queer + sex positive dance party. More a peck-on-the-cheek than a full-on makeout. A night for people who aren’t into the club scene but want to shake their booty and make new friends. Also: dance floor, board games/truth or dare/spin the bottle, porn screenings, outdoor patio, tons of sex-positive friends to meet, lots of places to sit and talk! $5.
10 pm SoulSkank @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10:30 pm A Summer Fling Dance Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. The Summer Fling DJs play great songs from all of the eras: classic rock, funk and disco, modern indie, and a sprinkle of other dance floor favourites. From Diana Ross to David Bowie to Daft Punk. And that’s just the letter D.
11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s, brought to you by Good Kids. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! With DJs Matt Roan (Chicago) and Caff. $10.
1 pm Star Wars Day 2015: Empire Strikes Back Screening @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Come settle in with a popcorn and soda pop as Fan Fiction The Show proudly hosts an intimate all-ages screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Prizes for best cosplay + themed food and drink specials! Doors at 1 pm, screening at 2.
9 pm Feast in the East @ Jam Factory Co., 2 Matilda St. A monthly east-end music, food, and installation series. This month’s edition features a free lasagna dinner by Stephanie Fielding and Heather Rule, with music provided by The Soupcans, Steve Kado, Tasseomancy, and
Eucalyptus. Garfield-inspired environs by Emily Gove, Ted Gudlat, and Tobias Williams. $10 advance tickets (includes a free dinner) available at Circus Books & Music, Cask Music, Rotate This, and Soundscapes. $12 at the door or $15 with food. All ages.
10 pm Mojo Workout @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Soul, rock ‘n’ roll, vintage R&B, garage rock, and punk with your host DJ Chico + special guests Teenage Werewolf and Misty McKenzie-Hill.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Floorshakers and heartbreakers with DJ Nico and Magnificent! Go-go dancing by Riff Randell. Mod, R&B, reggae, and soul. Presented in collaboration with Fred Perry Toronto, in partnership with Kops Records, and in part by CIUT 89.5FM. $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.
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 PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ‘Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.
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). $5.
10:30 pm Tapette: Édition Bonne Fête @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJ Phil V celebrates his birthday! This time, Go Go Garçon Travis joins the fun. French pop, disco, and house ’til they lock the doors. $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 Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party paying tribute to the golden age of hip-hop! DJs Numeric, Dalia, and special guest Plan B spin classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. $10.
12 pm PPOP Up Market @ The Central, 603 Markham St. A pop-up market showcasing different artists, crafters, jewelers, creators, and musicians. Until 5 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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