July 10th-14th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Ontario’s largest theatre festival returns for its 31st year with 151 shows at 37 venues across Toronto. $13 advance tickets available online or at the Festival Box Office at 275 Bathurst St.
July 11th-21st BRAVE Festival @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Harbourfront Centre’s daring festival BRAVE returns for another spin on what it means to lead a meaningful, multi-faceted life. This year’s iteration of the festival zooms in on “Secret Lives, Second Chances” and uncovers the hidden and concealed parts of ourselves through experiential theatre, immersive art, music, food, and objects.
June 12-14th Lolli: The Exhibit Nobody Wants To Talk About @ Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St. Lolli taps into the cultural phenomenon of Instagrammable installations shared daily on social media. Learn the meaning behind the tens of thousands of lollipops artistically displayed and help raise awareness for this social epidemic. (Note: This exhibit contains content that may trigger unsettling feelings. Visitors must be 18 or older.) Open 12-7 pm daily.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: Teen Spirit @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of Max Minghella’s stylish directorial debut, Teen Spirit + a live musical performance by singer-songwriter Chloe Watkinson. $15.75 advance tickets 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: Hunt for the Wilderpeople @ Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show kicks off its “Dynamic Duos” series at Corktown Common with Taika Waititi’s darkly comedic family drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It will screen with the quirky backwoods stop-motion short film The Guest, by Anishinabe director Nick Rodgers. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards by The Aviary Brewpub and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
8 pm Indie Fridays: Chloé Watkinson, Carol Ellyn, Shred Kelly & The Achromatics @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy the Celtic sounds of Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie, the countrified rock of the Devin Cuddy Band, and the serenading songs of Kandle. Until 11 pm.
10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.
10 pm Sunset Culture Club @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. All vinyl rare party jams and audio explorations with DJ Morgan Yew.
10 pm Whas Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Good vibes dance party! Hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and dancehall – old school to new school.
10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Crunch Bandicut plays the best rock ‘n’ roll tracks all night long.
10 pm Signs Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs B BAD and M4RS play all your favourite tunes to make you move. Funk, disco, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, trap, throwbacks, top 40, mashups, RnB, Motown, and who knows what else? Free before 11 pm, cover after.
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. $10.
11 am Bloor West Street Fest @ Bloor West Village. Enjoy a day of walking through Bloor West Village! The festivities will include a sidewalk sale, specialty-themed side streets, an artisan night market, buskers, and the President’s Choice Superdogs. Until 10 pm.
11 am The Summer Market @ Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1605 Queen St. W. A collaboration between the Parkdale Flea and Toronto Designers Market, The Summer Market brings together 80+ local entrepreneurs in the west end. Find the city’s best and most unique products spread across the Northern Contemporary event space, Toronto Designers Market storefront, and shared front patio. Until 6 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.
8 pm Purple Nights @ MOCA, 158 Sterling Rd. Join MOCA for a cocktail party featuring musical performances and artistic visuals from local creatives and classically trained musicians. For an hour and a half, you’ll have time to socialize and get better acquainted with your surroundings. You’ll then be taken on a musical journey as apprentices from the Royal Conservatory of Music knock out a collection of Frank Ocean’s greatest hits. $26.87 tickets available online.
8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.
10 pm My So-Called Life: ’90s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Go back to the ’90s at this dance party inspired by the teen drama series My So-Called Life. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Knockout! @ Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St. W. A night of strictly 1960s reggae and northern soul on original 45s, featuring special guest Paul Bearer from NYHC legends Sheer Terror.
10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Tap your toes and wiggle your hips as DJ Precious Brett plays the best rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities.
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 Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.
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 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 Retro ‘Guilty’ Pleasures Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. An unabashed night of huge retro hits and one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Lazarus. The best of the worst; the ear worms that haunt you day and night. This month’s spotlight is Madonna. $10.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $5 before 11 pm, 10 after.
11 pm Lovers & Other Strangers: Improvised @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W. Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CFHI 98.1 in the ’90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. Featuring Anders Yates, Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, Alex Kolanko, Zohaib Khan, Liz Johnston, and Rosh Abdulla. $10 online and at the door.
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in hip-hop and RnB. $10.
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 Eco Lifestyle Market @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Eco Lifestyle Market is your one-stop shop for all things eco-friendly in Toronto! Find a curated selection of 50 of the city’s best eco friendly, natural, wellness, and local vendors, artisans, and small businesses. Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome. Until 5 pm.
12 pm Sunday Social @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon this summer and listen to the city’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage while enjoying cold drinks on a covered patio. This week’s performers are Dijah SB and TRP.P. Until 9 pm.
3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Promise’s summer series continues with Fred P, who caters to the people who love the classic sounds of New York and the groundbreaking deep melodies that make us all want to hug it out. He’ll be joined by DJs Richard Brooks, Immigrant Muscle, Denise Benson, and Soft Matter. All ages; ID for beach bar. $20 in advance and at the gate. Until 11 pm.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Weirdos @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with Toronto auteur Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, a coming-of-age drama set in Nova Scotia in 1976. It will screen with Anna Maguire’s quirky short Your Mother and I and Toronto director Charlie Tyrell’s deeply personal documentary My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by The Arepa Republic and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. 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,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. Free entry; tipping encouraged.
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