Toronto Hit List: 2nd Annual Smile Train Fundraiser, For Science! Dance Party, Laytheseknight, Crafternoon Tea & more!

November 23rd-26th Death. A Play! By Woody Allen @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. A comedic version of Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play “The Killer.” Show runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm. $15 at the door.

November 24th-December 4th OneofaKind Christmas Show & Sale @ Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes Blvd. The perfect place to find unique gifts for the holidays! $12 online, $14 at the door.


10 pm Snakepit @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. A weekly queer dance party! This week, DJ Steve Rock stops by to play hip-hop, rap and RnB tunes.

10 pm 2nd Annual Smile Train Fundraiser @ Crawford, 718 College St. Founded in 1999, Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals, and has helped children in over 80 countries – many of the world’s poorest. Smile Train provides free cleft lip and palate surgery to children from poor families that give a child not just a new smile, but a chance at a new life. $250 dollars covers a whole surgery for 1 child, so come out and show your support for this great cause! DJ Rachel Joy will be playing all the bangers and dirty hip-hop to get you moving. $5 suggested donation (free tall can with donation).


6 pm Introducing New Artists/Designers at Thieves @ Thieves Boutique, 1156 Queen St. W. A celebration for the boutique’s new fall artists/designers – Sartoria’s Sara Torrie, le zig le zag’s Sherry Kennedy, Study NY’s Tara St. James and Nicole Bridger. Until 9 pm.

10 pm Boys Noize @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Set by Berlin-based DJ and producer Alex Ridha (Boys Noize) + special guests. $20 advanced tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online.

10 pm Gin&Tonic @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs G&T play your most desired dance tunes.

10 pm RAG Once A Month @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Have a bloody good time listening to a heavy flow of girl rock anthems from Bikini Kill, Patti Smith, Hole, L7, Pretenders, the Runaways and so much more.

10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Jaime Sin and Pam Hong play indie rock, alt pop and campus radio jams.


7 pm “Colour Works!” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. An uplifting exhibition of new colourful works in acrylic on canvas by Richard Foster, a Jamaican-born contemporary artist living in Mississauga. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until November 28th, noon to 5 pm daily.

7 pm “Paper Work” Opening Reception @ VSVSVS Gallery, 25 Polson St. “A site-specific installation by Toronto-based Vietnamese artist and designer Duy Khuong Pham. Comprised entirely of large rolls of paper that are crumpled, folded and sculpted, the work will develop over the duration of the exhibition. Pham’s ambitious, human-scale installation invokes themes of landscape and architecture, while at the same time unearthing the beauty of impermanence.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until December 11th.

8 pm “Change of Seasons” Opening Reception @ Freedom Clothing Collective, 939 Bloor St. W. Geneviève Jodouin takes on the changing of the seasons as her subject matter. “As time passes in her piece, the 175 figures she has illustrated walk through a floral cityscape while adding and then removing layers of clothing to reflect the temperature outside. The simple actions of taking a walk and dressing become a four-metre long narrative that takes the viewer through one year in the city.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until January 31st.

7 pm Justice for Children & Youth Annual Fundraiser @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. JFCY hosts its 5th annual fundraising benefit featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a silent art auction, and performances including Elvira Kurt, Steven Foster, Jen Schaffer and the Shiners, the Sneaky Castros, and two members of the Sketch program, Adallah Fricka and ReyRay. $40 ($15 for students), with all proceeds supporting invaluable programs like Street Youth Legal Services and youth engagement.

8 pm Steam Whistle Unsigned #20 @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. Featuring Canadian indie rockers Still Life Still, 2011 Indie Week winners Tiny Danza, and Toronto punk rockers Teenage X. $5 at the door, with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the community through the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation.

9 pm The Underground Rebel Bingo Club @ TBA. A secret organization that meets in secret locations to party hard and play hardcore Rebel Bingo. It’s basically the most hardcore form of bingo ever created. The nights feature: keeping secrets, dancing, drawing and listening to music that is too loud. Location will be issued closer to the date. Tickets range from $5 to $15 depending on when you buy them

10 pm Shindig! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The best northern soul, 60’s pop and 50’s rhythm and blues played on vinyl by resident selectors Splattermonkey, Double K and General Eclectic. Our own Becca Lemire will be snapping your photos! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm For Science! Dance Party @ Fox & Fiddle, 27 Wellesley St. E. A dance party equivalent of (1990’s) Bill Nye and Lady Gaga drunkenly making out with each other! Wear a lab coat to get a raffle ticket for statistically significant prizes. $3.50 mixed drinks, $4 shooters and $6 Carlsberg pints. No cover = more money to spend on drinks containing C2H5OH.

10 pm Songs: A Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. The ultimate dance party, with special guests Hooded Fang spinning and Bobby Kimberley picking the jams before and after. $5.

10 pm Faith @ Crawford (downstairs), 718 College St. Music from the nineteen eighties: The Smiths, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, New Order, Duran Duran, George Michael, The Cure, Genesis, etc.

10 pm Dance Armstrong @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. No genre specific theme here, merely songs that make you want to dance like you’ve won. And won big. Anything and everything from Gorillaz to Bowie, Hot Chip to Jay-Z, Paul Simon to The Stone Roses, The Beatles to Postal Service to Digable Planets. And probably Hall & Oates. Only the most victorious of songs! $5.

10 pm Dancing Shoes, Booze & Tunes @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Expect to hear everything from The Ramones to QOTSA to Joan Jett to Jay-Z with a side of M.I.A. and Kanye. Drink specials include $4 PBRs, $4 Jameson or Jack shots, $5 pints, $7 PBR + shot of Jager, $10 pitchers and $10 mini pitchers (downstairs bar only).

10 pm Itzsoweezee One Year Anniversary @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks and DeMiggs play music that will make you dance, smile and holler. For guest list line bypass email (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.

10 pm Bot Bot Bot @ Stella, 1261 Bloor St. W. Hot synth action! DJs Carlitos and RType play stuff like Chromeo, Gary Numan, Cut Copy, YACHT, Twin Shadow, HEALTH, etc.

10:30 pm Laytheseknight @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Patrick McGuire and Famous Players play 90’s R&B that will likely devolve into trap music.

10:30 pm Room Temperature @ Lower Ossington Theatre, 100-A Ossington Ave. Where music and people collide in a group hug! Disco meets house, house catches up with boogie and boogie embarrassingly forgets that they’ve all actually met before. Bad Dads open the night and Nacho Lovers take over as the evening’s dance instructors.

11 pm Wack Magic @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Psychedelic dance music from the 1960’s to 2010’s with DJs Rob Gordon and Daniel Vila. $5.


11 am Crafternoon Tea @ Queen St. E. Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E. A curated craft/fashion market and charity tea party! Expect a quirky-cool mix of wearables and gifts (most under $50), all handmade by 25+ local indie creatives. $2 or a donation of toiletries/stocking stuffers for Red Door.

7 pm Cavalcade of Lights @ Nathan Phillips Square, Queen St. W. at Bay. A 45-year Toronto tradition presented by Scotiabank, featuring the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree, fireworks and live musical performances.

7:30 pm The Rag Bag Cabaret @ The Roncy Street Gallery, 395 Roncesvalles Ave. A night of fun, music and naughtiness raising funds for the Huband Cradle of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Special guests include Sunday Muse, Christel Bartelse, Paul Hutchinson, Cerise Noir, Elizabeth Shepherd, Trixi Jones and Jessica Blake + a silent auction and door prizes. $25.

9 pm Kids & Explosions Pop-Up Bar by Dudebox @ 1245 Dundas St. W. Dudebox got tired of bars, so they made their own. They’ve got everything covered: a pop-up bar at location set for demolition in 2012, performances by Kids & Explosions, Doom Squad and Dan Werb of Woodhands, a grimey dance party, and a cash bar for charity. $5, with all profits will going to Academy of Lions’ programming for at-risk youth.

10 pm Murderboner! @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Ghetto Gold Matt plays new progressive rap music all night long. Hard drinks and harder 808’s

10 pm Born To Run DMC @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Mizz Brown and Paul G spin rock and hip-hop classics, from The Boss to Run DMC! Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party thrown by Bangs & Blush! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $5.

10 pm Bad Taste @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Gully rap music all night brought to you by The Good Kids. Duck your head, protect ya neck.

10 pm Taiza Phonographic @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. All-vinyl DJ duo Taiza plays amazingeverythingness: throbbing disco, obtuse splank (funk), casio dancehall, post-punk pleasures, O.G. electro, Wu-Tang Clan.

10 pm Lip Farmers Movember Fundraiser @ Baby Huey’s (upstairs), 72 Ossington Ave. Mustache rides, free swag and raffle prizes worth their weight in gold! With DJs Paul Revered, The FranDiscos, Your Friends and Ninja Boutonniere. PWYC, with all proceeds going to the Movember cause.

10 pm Seasons Meatings @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Get your Cheer on with loads of Gooch’s world famous pulled pork sandwiches, a legendary meat draw, and boozin’ and dancin’ to epic musical musings.

10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. 70’s, 80s and 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is Erasure. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.

10 pm Love Handle @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Catalist and Famous Lee + special guest DJ Serious throw an 80’s boogie funk music party.

10:30 pm Tapette: édition au revoir NACO! @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Naco is closing down in December so this will be the final Tapette party at this venue – come out to dance and French one last time!

11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A dance party with DJs Soho808 + residents Members Only. $10.


1 pm Inside Out’s 3rd Annual Screen-A-Thon @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. This year’s Screen-A-Thon features the dynamic duo of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business, and the iconic Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The afternoon’s programming will feature the best comedic shorts from the Inside Out archives and clips from their favourite lesbian (and honourary lesbian) comediennes in their best stand-up routines, sketch comedy skits, and sitcom scenes. For more details, check out their Facebook page.

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