Toronto Hit List: Art of Bollywood Posters, 90s Party: Back 2 School Edition, Pop Kult! Launch Party, No Pants No Problem & more!

September 8th-18th Toronto International Film Festival @ various locations. The 36th edition of TIFF

September 9th-11th Muttonhead’s Camping Out on Crawford @ Miracle Thieves, 249 Crawford St. Muttonhead + friends Raised by Wolves and Cuchara are hosting their premier pop-up shop at Miracle Thieves, a new mixed-use retail and creative space. Be the first to get your paws on Autumn/Winter ’11 unisex sportswear by Muttonhead and crew! Runs Friday 1-11 pm (with BBQ, babes and beerz) and Saturday/Sunday 10-7 pm. muttonheadcollective.com 

WEDNESDAY 

12 pm The Future of Francis Watson Turns One @ The Future of Francis Watson, 1390 Queen St. W. Celebrate the store’s first birthday with treats, refreshments and sales! The password to get mega sales is Uncle Joey or Jesse. Until 10 pm-ish. 

6 pm “Now & Then” Opening Reception @ Thompson Landry Gallery, 55 Mill St., The Stone Distillery, Building #5, unit 102. Inspired by TIFF, Elisabetta Fantone has produced a series of works based on the faces of film, including a combination of classic and modern icons. Until 9 pm. RSVP to matthew.stone@atria.ca

7 pm “Art of Bollywood Posters” Opening Reception @ The Lakeview, 1132 Dundas St. W. Curator Rafi Ghanaghounian collaborates with Ali Adil Khan (founder and director of South Asian Gallery of Art) to bring the public rare and highly sought out vintage Bollywood posters featuring memorable films and stimulating graphics of well-loved characters from the 50’s to the late 70’s. Sponsored by Steam Whistle, South Asian Gallery of Art and Keep Six Contemporary. Until 10 pm.  

7 pm Unit Turns Five @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Help Unit celebrate their fifth birthday alongside DJs, family and friends. DJs Istolethesoul, Oliver Davis, Say Word, Myth Paradise, Mantis, Jason Ulrich, Numeric, Dr. Teeth, La Bodegita and Dr. J will jump on and off the decks, spinning everything you love. 

10 pm What’s Poppin’ @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. All the 80’s and 90’s hip-hop you can handle. $3 beers all night and ladies free before 11 pm.  

10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Wes Allen spins rhythm and blues, rockabilly, southern soul, psychedelic, etc. 

THURSDAY 

5 pm Cinematic Style Event @ Gap, 60 Bloor St. W. In anticipation of TIFF 2011, we’re hosting an evening celebrating cinematic style at Gap! A VIP gift lounge with swag worth over $100, Lomography camera giveaways, Benefit makeup touch-ups, Doll Bar feather extensions and more. Until 7:30 pm. 

7 pm “Subconscious Vista” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. “In her first solo exhibition Jen Mann explores themes of nature, spiritualism, fantasy and discovery in her series of paintings.” Until 10 pm.  

10 pm Fu*k House @ Crawford, 718 College St. 192 kbps or less post-post-modern raps, RnB and reggae. 

10 pm It Came From Brooklyn @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Classic hip-hop with DJ Zack Lober, two turntables, a mixer and some vinyl. 

FRIDAY 

9 pm Gordie Howl ‘11 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Hockey season is back! Bid summer adieu with a good, old fashioned rock and roll party. Live music from The Blackhearts, Humiliati, Lads Band and more + door prizes, 50/50 draw and shenanigans. $5. 

10 pm (Alt)Night: STFU & Dance @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Indie-house-rock-disco-risco-party-jam-booty-punk-funky-weird-whatever with DJ Dislexia + midnight Madonna dance party! $2.50 PBR from 8 to 10 pm ’cause drunk feet dance better. 

10 pm 90s Party: Back 2 School Edition @ 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 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! 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s… all the favourites of yours and their’s. 

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 and space shit + arcade games and free pinball. 

10 pm Forever Summer @ Blondie’s, 1379 Queen St. W. The sexiest, sweatiest summer throw-down! With DJ Liam Skinner spinning house, hip-hop, reggae/dancehall and guest Chemicals spinning house, dance, hip-hop and whatever else keeps you moving. $6. 

10 pm Pop Kult! Launch Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A new monthly dance party that emphasizes the fun, playful side of electronic music. Every edition will feature notable, forward-thinking artists from around the world that are influenced by disco, funk, French house, acid house, italo and synth pop. $12.50 advanced tickets available  at Mansion (605 College St.), Soundscapes, Rotate This, Play De Record and online.

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. $5.

10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. DJs Kris Steeves, Regina and Kevin Ritchie play jet set beats to keep you dancing all night long. $2.50 Jose Cuervo tequila shots and Paloma cocktails (tequila, Fresca and lime) before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email set.her.free@gmail.com. $5.

11 pm Veronica Vasicka @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Veronica Vasicka specializes in obscure electronic gems in the new wave, italo and house vein and keeps busy with a weekly radio show on East Village Radio and bimonthly DJ gigs around New York City. With DJ Mikey Apples spinning disco, rock post-punk and new wave, and remix connoisseur Scott Seewhale. SERVING UNTIL 4 AM. $10.

SATURDAY

10 pm No Pants No Problem @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Dance in your underwear to DJs Mama Knows and Meghatron, kiss a few new lips, stuff your pockets with condoms and have a looksy at the cutest bums that Toronto has to offer! Pant check for the cheeky and a small but meaningful $5 penalty for those who just like to watch, with all proceeds going to The AIDS Committee of Toronto via the AIDS Walk for Life and the International Community of Women Living with HIV.

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, 90’s hiphop, contemporary hitz, 80s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.

10 pm Religious Material @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Psychedelic soul and hip-hop with DJ Scott Cudmore. Spiritual drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric take you back to school with a homework-sized dose of classic hip-hop bangers! Ridiculous amounts of 80’s and 90’s rap and R&B tracks all night long.

10 pm Baio DJ Set @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. DJ set by Baio (Vampire Week) with The Jackals. SERVING UNTIL 4 AM. $10 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll to drink, dance and get messy to. $5.

10 pm Attack of the Wizz Kids @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Resident wizz kids grease the mix and wash the decks with records created by musical iconoclasts from around the globe. Strictly vinyl, non-a-dat digital biznezz.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs Alessandro, Nino Brown and Sammy spin your favourite jams all night long while Gilles Ben-Kimon mans the photo booth.

10 pm Rock & Roll Radio DJ Night @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Join The Rock & Roll Doctor, host of Rock & Roll Radio on CIUT 89.5 FM, for a night of musical revelry. Maximizing the resources of popular music: R&B, rock n’ roll, soul, country, reggae, rap, misc. pop, etc.

10 pm Neat, Neat, Neat @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Brit-pop, power pop, punk, new wave, shoegaze, mod revival, indie.

11:59 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 DJs Tim Sweeney and Andrew Wilson + tunes and visuals supplied by resident troublemakers Adam Jackson and Jeff Hayward. SERVING UNTIL 4 AM. $10.

SUNDAY

7:30 pm “9/11 Pentagon Deception Exposed” @ The Royal, 608 College St. “The year is 2006. As a result of worldwide puzzlement over the anomalous damage photographed at the Pentagon on 9/11, many other inconsistencies in the ‘official story’, and their own curiosity, a team of researchers from California launch an independent investigation. They repeatedly fly to the scene of the crime in Arlington, Virginia, where they film detailed interviews with eyewitnesses to the event.” The event is sponsored and hosted by Toronto author and 9/11 Truth activist Barrie Zwicker and will be followed by a Q&A. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors; or pay what you can at the door.

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