Toronto Hit List: Bike Rave, Paradise, Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair, Queen West Music Fest & more!

August 17th-19th Naked & Famous Denim + Muttonhead Warehouse Sale @ Muttonhead Studio, 163 Sterling Rd., Studio 9B. s Back. All Muttonhead Spring/Summer 2012 stock at 40-70% off + samples and other goodies from previous seasons. Naked & Famous will have plenty of rare denim and other stuff you can no longer get your hands on + other Canadian brands including Handsome, Outclass, LABEL, Leilanni, Clothing Brand Experiment, and Cuchara (jewels). VISA, Mastercard, and cash accepted. Please bring your own shopping bags. Runs 12 to 8 pm daily.

WEDNESDAY

9 pm Wayne’s Girls @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Two girls dress up as Wayne and Garth and DJ in fancy dress in character, playing metal and classic rock that Wayne and Garth would love. They jump around, sing-along, headbang, and do air guitar. Party time, excellent!

10 pm Trivia Club @ Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. An evening of pop culture and general knowledge trivia in three rounds with host Russel Harder. Come as a group of 3 to 5 people per trivia team (sign-up your team on Facebook, either on the event wall or through PM) or arrive on your own or as a couple and become connected with brand new BFFs as an unstoppable trivia machine!

10 pm Bright Lights, Big City @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come for the music, stay for the music. DJ Wes Allen plays oddities, discoveries, reminders, secrets, lost and found, surprises, and jewels. 197? and earlier.

10 pm Heaven’s Gate @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Techno and 90’s eurotrash with DJs John M and Adrienne Marcella Kammerer.

THURSDAY

7 pm Sail-In Cinema: “The Poseidon Adventure” @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. Presented by the Toronto Port Authority, Sail-In Cinema, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience, is back! Doors open at 7 pm and movies begin at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm). If you’re watching from land, bring something to sit on and make sure you reserve your free ticket before they’re all gone. Boaters can drop anchor near Corus Quay on a first-come, first serve basis. Visit the website for tickets and more information.

8 pm Impromptease 4 @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. A one-of-a-kind burlesque improv spectacle that lets the audience choose our performers’ songs, props, and costumes. The performers must then use these ingredients to invent an impromptu, tease-tastic dance right on the spot! Special musical guest Big Rude Jake + Great Canadian Burlesque’s Dolly Berlin and Boylesque T.O.’s Mickey D. Liscious. $15.

8 pm “Did You Bring Tommy?” Opening Reception @ Rustic Cosmo Cafe, 1278 Queen St. W. An art show by Tracy Horner centred around the subject of prohibition. Until 10 pm. Show runs until the end of September.

9 pm Dog Bowl Movie Night: Heathers @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, dog bowl. Screening of the cult teen horror romance classic: Heathers + pre/post 80’s music videos! Remember to bring something to sit on.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™ with DJs Diana and Pammm. Intergalactic italo disco glitter n’ junx.

10 Beastmode @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A party focused on new up and coming music, including genres of hip-hop, trap, trihop, and house.

FRIDAY

7 pm “Selected Paintings By Kira May” Opening Reception @ Of A Kind, 1037 College St. The first solo presentation of paintings by Toronto-based portrait artist Kira May, whose “colourful figurative paintings excite the senses as they explore the power of the physical body as a communicative vessel during moments of exhibitionism versus meditation. The pieces featured in ‘Selected Paintings’ were chosen for their exemplification of such ‘holy moments’ that occur during everyday instances of introspection, extroversion, and pretend.” Until 11 pm. Show runs until September 28th.

8:30 pm Bike Rave @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. A D.I.Y. event that combines glow lights and synched music while riding through the streets of Toronto from dance destination to dance destination! Here is the premise: 1.) Cover your bike with lights! Be creative; you can include strobes lighting and glow sticks or what ever else lights up your bike. 2.) Download the master Playlist. This will be posted on the Facebook page. 3.) Mount portable speakers to your bike. 4.) Meet at Christie pits at 8:30 pm. 5.) At 9 pm everyone with a sound system will press play on their mp3 devices at the same time. 6.) You’ll ride critical mass style through the city. 7.) Tada! BIKE RAVE!

9 pm FUNdraiser for “Jesse: A Short Film About Autism” @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. A FUNdraiser for “Jesse” which will be shot in Toronto in October 2012. The film follows the story of Katya, a twenty year old girl struggling to care for her autistic brother Jesse after her parents pass away. It is loosely based on the writer/director’s relationship with his sister who has autism. The hope is to make the world a more understanding place for individuals with autism and their caregivers. The FUNdraiser will be a night of drinking and dancing to great tunes, many (if not most) from the 90’s and 2000’s. $10 at the door which includes a drink!

10 pm Paradise @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. DJs Andycapp and Jeremy Glenn play Atlantis disco, caribbean new wave, white-boy funk, and proto-house (never heard of it? it’s cause they made it up). Breezing by white island shores…sweeping across powdered covered dance floors…wistfully carried across the airwaves of Lake Michigan…and finally resting on the shores of Santa Barbara.

10 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A dance party and live set in celebration of the greatest hits of all time! Featuring the band The Best and the best singers from the best local bands recreating classic songs from all genres and eras. Followed by a dance party with DJ Shit La Merde playing all your favourite songs.

10 pm The Zodiacs Present: Leonis @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. The Zodiacs queen lioness returns for a visit that will get everybody hot and bothered, not just you fire signs! Diego Bros spin old school hip hop and R&B all night. $5.

10 pm Gin & Phonic @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Stax, Motown, funk, northern soul, and jams on strictly vinyl. Dance it up!

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party rocking the retro sounds of the 90’s! Throw your feed on the tiles at Clintons as the DJs jam out anything and everything from 1990-1999. $5.

10 pm Sweat Pants @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Coolin Cregg plays his/your favourite songs all night. ’95(ish) to ’05(ish) rap/RnB/reggae/dancehall, sexy tunes, new joints, old jams, sweat pants.

10 pm Guilty Pleasures @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Michael Keshen and Eytan Tobin spin all your favourite 80’s/90’s/2000’s hip-hop, electro, dancehall, new wave, pop, R&B, funk, and disco.

10 pm Stain @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Featuring music by Toronto bands boyBITCH, Sexy Merlin, and The Pussypops; interlude musings by Jenna Syde and Aviva Mirage; and drop dead beats by DJ Triple-X.

10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Toronto’s biggest, baddest, freak nastiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Featuring special guest DJ MelBoogie + the YYY crew opening and closing the dance party. $6.

10 pm Salute @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. A celebration for you party people! Featuring the Grand Groove DJs, Big Jacks, and Royale alongside Mensa, James Redi, Kaewonder, Mattice, Skitz, Smartiez, and Craig Brooklyn.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #67 @ Revival, 718 College St. Special guest Fatlip (formerly of The Pharcyde) graces the HHK stage alongside hosts Abdominal and More Or Les + DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $15 before 11 pm, more after.

10 pm Flexing / Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, electro meets rap (90’s music videos galore!) with DJ F’House. Downstairs, DJs Jon Chetty and James Redi play Motown, disco, hip-hop, and reggae while Fundament holds it down front and centre with a mic, a George Foreman grill, a stack of Cheesy slices and a fresh loaf. Yes, FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR! $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

11 pm Evening Standard  @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Maxxi Soundsystem makes his Canadian debut. His hot and bothered tracks and remixes are just the thing to make you clench your fists, and scream “endless summer” towards the heavens before attending this Evening Standard to sweat it out and have your hips dip a litter lower then you normally would dare. With residents Members Only. $10. 

SATURDAY

10 am Free Fitness Frenzy @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. Experience a FREE fitness discovery event! Local fitness instructors host a number of classes around the park at the same time, including Zumba, Yoga, and a dance class for you to try out. You can choose to stay in one class, or try all of the classes around you. For those interested in trying out the yoga classes, please BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). Until noon.

11 am Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair @ Bloor St. W. between Montrose and Dufferin. Last year’s inaugural event spanned 5 city blocks, included 35+ neighbourhood arts and crafts vendors, and attracted over 10,000 attendees. This year’s event will be even bigger, spanning 12 city blocks. Until 10 pm.

11 am Movie Matinee for Mental Health @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. A free screening of two short nationally and internationally acclaimed films – Ryan and The Interventionists, both by local directors – followed by an open panel discussion with the directors and reps from the local mental health awareness Dream Team, moderated by Gerard Kennedy. Attendance is free and all are welcome, though the films contain mature content.

11 am CHOSEN Presents: Move It Or Lose It Sale @ CHOSEN Vintage, 960 Queen St. W. (back alley). CHOSEN is taking it to the street and moving into the Ruins space down below as of mid-September, so they’re having a massive sale to celebrate! Everything out back will be $10. Until 7 pm.

12 pm Queen West Music Fest @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. Toronto’s #1 outdoor indie rock festival is back! This year’s headliners are Skydiggers, in support of their 8th studio album. Other performers are Lazybones, Ian Blurton + Huron = Happy Endings, Jessica Mitchell, and more. This is a fully licensed, all ages event. Molson taps open at noon with bands performing live from 12 to 7pm.

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Blonde & Redhead play LOUD RAP MUSIC. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Heavy tropical soundclash featuring music recorded on vinyl from the past (1950s and forward) by DJ A Man Called Warwick.

10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Dust off those boogie shoes! DJs Johnee and Dylan spin sweet disco hits to keep you stayin’ alive. $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 Pyramid Club @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With DJs Wheel Wells, Dirty Dale, and Arrogahnz. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com.

10 pm Least Squares @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Seeking Chemistry? Dial 1-900-LST-SQURE for meaningful 1-on-1 connections, x-files house, italo drip and brute-force disco romance. DJs Brandon Oliver and Andrew Wilson play the hits.

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 Ice Cold Dranks / Still Fly @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Ry-Fi and FBomb play old school hip-hop, new club bangers, mashups, and straight tracks. Downstairs, DJ D-Wiz and guests spin hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and top 40. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.

11 pm Quatro @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Bridging the gap between 4 different eras and forming a cohesive sonic bond, Conor Cutz and Rouge bring you a night of the best music from times past. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, expect to hear the best of everything from James Brown to Justice, M.J. to Biggie – tracks that defined generations, seamlessly mashed up and reworked by the infamous duo. Around midnight, renowned speed artist Anthony Haley takes the stage and begins performing his craft. Gaining inspiration from the crowd, music and overall feel of the night, Haley will take you on a visual quest creating piece after piece live on stage. $10.

SUNDAY

2 pm Birdbath @ Polson Pier (behind the Sound Academy), 11 Polson St. Birdbath is about: music, snacks, booze, sun, summer, pool, toys, DJs, Belvedere, mimosas, ping-pong, pool tables, bikinis, babes, caesars, fun, smiles, massages, tans, friends. Music courtesy of McNair & Clarke, Reener, Feddy Haze, DJ Rouge, Conor Cutz, and J-Lah. Parking and lockers available (bring your own lock). For day bed/cabana reservations, email josh@eventsbytouch.com. For $15 guestlist, email jonathanc@embracepresents.com. $10 advance tickets available online. $20 at the door.

7 pm SummerWorks Closing Night Party @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A celebration of this year’s SummerWorks festival. Performances by Chris Cummings (Mantler), Tenderness, Rival Boys, Coins!!!, and OG Melody + DJ John Caffery (Kids on TV). Catering by the Lakeview.

9:30 pm Crosswires: Front Room Night @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of of Wavelength. Featuring performances by EONS, James Irwin, and Maica Mia + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

(For event submissions, email caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com)

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