October 12th-16th Toronto Indie Week @ various locations. 5 nights, 130+ bands, 15 venues. indieweek.com
October 14th-30th Murder On Ossington @ it’s a secret! Pandemic Theatre presents its first site-specific work, Murder On Ossington. “Inspired by true events, this original work takes its audience down a psychologically tense path of violence explored from many perspectives. Situated in a unique and altogether different theatrical realm, it is a piece that is at once humorous and haunting.” Secret location will be revealed to an audience of only 10 people per night. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com (specify the performance you would like to attend and how many tickets you need). Shows run October 14th-16th, 21st-23rd and 28th-30th at 8 pm each night. PWYC ($10 suggested).
10 pm What’s Poppin’ @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Winnipeg’s very own DJ Co-op spins all your favourite 80’s and 90’s hip-hop tunes. $3 domestic beers all night. Ladies free before 11 pm, $5 otherwise.
6 pm OTM+Lomography Present: Depict T.O. @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Seven analogue photographers visually capture their personal relationship with Toronto through the lens of a Lomography camera. Curated by OTM, each photographer was encouraged to offer new perspectives and challenge conventional depictions of our city. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs October 27th to November 3rd.
7 pm Nature In Nature @ The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. A solo photography exhibition by Cathy Cheshin, portraying hyperreality in nature, untouched, as seen by the artist. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until October 17th, 12-5 pm daily.
10 pm Music Parlour: Summer Fling @ The Central, 603 Markham St. Come dressed in your summer dresses, cut-offs, loose shirts and impressively deep v-necks for a night of live music and summer reminiscing. PWYC.
10 pm White Label Sessions @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Secret performances from some of Toronto’s best upcoming indie artists + special guest DJ Catalist. $5, with all profits go to supporting DAPS all ages shows.
10 pm Rock N’ Roll Dance Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Get down to that old timey rock n’ roll music! DJs Nick Bandit and Kingdon will be spinning 45s and 12” vinyl from the genres of garage, R&B, punk, psyche, 60’s, rockabilly and more, with trippy videos being projected all night long.
8 pm Craftstock 3 @ Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, 167 Augusta Ave. Indie pop + DIY craft fair! Featuring performances by Ruby Coast, Oh No! Yoko, Brandon Barraclough, Wide Eyed Tour Guide, Bon Chapeau and Lum + craft vendors Shipwrecks & Bravery, Mike Riley, The Sweetie Pie Press, Rogue Goat, Leila Cool and Longboard Living. $8.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sweaty, dirty, guilty-pleasure-filled evening where the Bangs & Blush ladies play whatever the fuck they want. Music you secretly love from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. $5.
10 pm Hughes The Boss @ Crawford, 718 College St. Epic music from the likes of Ferris Bueller, Pretty In Pink, Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck and more. $5.
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Free sexy fun time dance party where the hits flow all night long.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap from 1993-2011 with DJs Patrick McGuire, Ghetto Gold Matt and Josh McIntyre. Drink Specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm 90s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bloor St. W. Giveaways, 90’s prizes, 90’s movies, Much Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slow dances, free Bayside Tigers shirt giveaways, 1 am costume contest and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm 5 Hour Mixtape @ Stella, 1261 Bloor St. W. Work off those post-thanksgiving pounds by shakin’ it to some eclectic hits, oddities and randoms.
10 pm Songs: A Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. The ultimate dance party! With a performance by Rouge (11 pm), special guest DJs Sheezer (midnight) and Bobby Kimberley picking the jams before and after. $5.
10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. DJs Produzentin, John Caffery & The Robotic Kid and OMGBLOG.com play fuzzy beats to keep HER blood pumping all night. Hosted by Peg Zilla. $2.50 Jose Cuervo tequila shots and Paloma cocktails (tequila, Fresca, and lime) before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™ with DJs Diana, Pam and Jaime. Italo, disco house, indie dance, space shit, horror movie soundtracks and Claudio Simonetti heaven.
10 pm (ALT)Night Zombie Dance Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Dislexia will be making the dead dance all night long with murderously horrific favourites of all kinds! Indie-house-rock-disco-risco-party-jam-booty-punk-funky-weird-whatever + midnight Madonna dance party! $2.50 PBRs from 8-10 pm (drunk feet dance better!).
11 pm Broken English @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concerned with finding the common ground in house, hip-hop, pop, disco and indie rock. With DJ Mike Simonetti and featuring tunes and visuals supplied by resident troublemakers Adam Jackson and Jeff Hayward. $10.
10 am Drake Fall Market @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Browse everything from records to artist prints, handmade jewellery to vintage and Drake freshly baked goods + a FREEcycle table. Until 4 pm.
3 pm Toronto Tweed Ride @ Trinity Bellwoods Park Gates, Queen & Strachan. Dress up in tweeds for a bicycle ride through the streets and raise money for a good cause! Participants will leisurely take in some of the city’s finest landmarks and break for high tea in The Grange Park with renowned cycling co-operative Urbane Cyclist. Special prizes will be awarded for Top Notch Tea Cup, Best in Tweed, Tweediest Bicycle, Fundraiser Extraordinaire and much more. The day will end with a jumping two-floor big band party at the Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd.). Register online to guarantee your spot.
10 pm Amigo, Amiga @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. An evening of rhythmically groovy feel-good sounds of music. Bring your dancing shoes!
10 pm Round Table Knights @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. Swiss DJs/producers Round Table Knights stop by. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Boom bap original rap with DJs Serious and Numeric!
10 pm Mad House @ The Barn, 418 Church St. The launch all-new Saturdays at The Barn with DJ ViVi Diamond serving you top 40, remixes and house. Don’t miss the launch of THEMADHOUSE.ca this Wednesday: Church Street’s first online paparazzi with party photos, gossip, videos and more.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The ladies of Bangs & Blush are throwing another sexy, sweaty dance party! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $5.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music.
10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Branco spin sweet disco hits to keep you stayin’ alive.
11 pm Dancing Shoes, Booze & Tunes @ 751 (basement), 751 Queen St. W. Expect to hear everything from The Ramones to QOTSA to Pixies to Jay-Z with a side of M.I.A and Kanye. Drink specials: $4 PBRs, $4 Jameson or Jack shots, $5 pints, $7 PBR + shot of Jager, $10 pitchers and $10 mini pitchers of bar rail.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A dance party with guest DJ Kaos + residents Members Only. $10.
11 am 99 MRKT @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. An independent community-based market showcasing local foods, artists and designers. Fully licensed and pet friendly! Until 5 pm.
11 am Foodstock @ Honeywood, Ontario (just north of Toronto). Join Chef Michael Stadtlander and over 100 of the best chefs from across Canada for an outdoor, PWYC, public food and music event in support of the movement to Stop The Mega Quarry. All funds raised will go to fighting the mega quarry application that has been put forward by the Highland Companies to create a limestone quarry over 2,300 acres in size on prime, fertile agricultural land and digging into pristine aquifers. Pre-register online.
5:30 pm Art & Nature of Being Sexy Workshop @ Come As You Are, 701 Queen St. W. Ducky Doolittle helps you define and amplify your sexiness and bring out your inner bombshell. Expect to learn: what makes you a sexual powerhouse, how to boost your body image and sexual self-esteem, fun tips and techniques like how to strip for your lover, lap dance and talk dirty, and how to make smart sexual decisions, regret nothing, live your fantasies, practice safer sex and be healthy. All genders welcome! $35 per person.