Toronto Hit List: Blur vs. Oasis DJ Battle, The Cold Sweat, “You Are A Cat!” Book Launch, Salt Speakeasy & more!

WEDNESDAY

12 pm “New Phenomena” Exhibition @ Gallery, 129 Ossington Ave. “Alexandra Mackenzie’s detailed drawings read like the hieroglyphs of an advanced urban society – diagramming the grotesque aspects of life and death, and the unexplainable nature of the universe. Expertly drafted, her work explores material and non-material worlds, coupling flesh and blood with fantasy and ritual with repetition. Thus, a sense of balance and symmetry is created within the unfolding chaos.” Until November 26th.

6 pm What’s on the Table @ Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Delicious and creative food from dozens of Toronto’s top chefs, including Beast’s Scott Vivian, Scaramouche’s Keith Froggett, and long-time Stop supporter Jamie Kennedy. New additions include Starfish, Ruby Watchco, Cafe Belong, The Gabardine and Nadège Patisserie. Since 2005, What’s on the Table has raised almost $1.5 million for The Stop’s critical and innovative anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs. $225 tickets available online.

6 pm AMREF’s Coffeehouse Speaker Series on Global Development @ Urbana Coffee, 1033 Bay St. A series of interactive forums where dynamic and engaging speakers active in international development share their experiences and knowledge on issues that are timely and relevant on the world stage. This month, speakers Jane Baldwin (program development manager at Youth Challenge International), Samantha Dear (researcher on issues of reciprocity in international service learning programs) and Solomon Belay (CUSO-VSO diaspora volunteer) will discuss international volunteerism and its contribution to global development.

7 pm “Toronto Draws TinTin” Exhibit Launch Party @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Featuring the work of dozens of comics artists and illustrators from Toronto, this event is a celebration of all things Tintin and his creator Herge, and will feature dozens of pieces of original artwork to be auctioned off in support of The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund. Until November 27th.

8:30 pm Viva Cabaret @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A one-man theatrical impersonation performance featuring greatest divas, past and present. It combines dancing, theatre, comedy, drag, high-energy music with the incredible passion and emotions of its principal performer Yura.

THURSDAY

7 pm WORN’s November Mending Night @ Freedom Clothing Collective, 939 Bloor St. W. Are your cozy clothes and long johns in need of some tender, love and care? Let WORN Fashion Journal mend and beautify your threads! They provide supplies (including a sewing machine), expert advice, home-made treats and tea.

10 pm Fu%k House @ Crawford, 718 College St. Country, trap, post modern rap and RnB with DJs M:Omada and Andrew Roti. Free PBR with entry.

10 pm Curse These Metal Hands @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Bowie, Brit-pop, electro, classic hip-hop, french sleazy 60’s crooners and cheap PBR dance party.

10 pm No Rule @ Blondie’s, 1378 Queen St. W. Garage rock, psychedelia, punk, no wave, metal, grunge and stoner rock + $3.50 tall boys.

FRIDAY

10 pm Blur vs. Oasis DJ Battle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. The British heavyweights go head-to-head! Wonderwall vs. Song 2: WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE? $5.

10 pm The Cold Sweat @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Double K presents a brand new night devoted to playing all its music on vinyl, symbolic of the era from which the music comes from. Dennis P will be touching down in the guest spot playing his saxophone over dusty 45s. LIVE SAX!

10 pm Pop Lobster: Ladies in Red Edition @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. The new incarnation of the beloved Pop Lobster! This lobster knows no pop boundaries, playing everything from Destiny’s Child to Abba to Of Montreal to Donna Summer to Britney.

10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard.

10 pm A Soul @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A Soul gets up so you can get down! Maylee Todd: voice, Alex Lukashevsky: voice, Matt McLaren: bass and voice, Blake Howard: drums, Christine Bougie: guitar, Jesse Levine: keys, you: body and soul.

10 pm Soul Block Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Two floors of Motown, stax and RnB with DJs Fase and SplatterMonkey! Free cornbread while it lasts and Mr. Freeze slush cocktails.

10 pm Pop Kult! @ LVB (above Levack Block), 88 Ossington Ave. A dance party that emphasizes the fun, playful side of electronic music. With DJs Gigamesh, STA and Elect Blake. $10 advanced tickets available online.

10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. One big room, full of bad bitches! DJs Secret Models play hits straight from your high school semi-formal.

10 pm So Black & White @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. DJs Juan “Siez Swift”, Oliver Davis and Koray Özel play a selection of soul, funk, hip-hop, house, broken beat, afro, etc.

10 pm On Mountain High @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Indie rock night: old school styles. With DJs Jeff Scheven and Kevin Hegge.

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. RnB, hip-hop, pop and 90’s dance music from North America and Europe. Only one rule: no Pearl Jam. Free before 11 pm with student ID, $5 otherwise.

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Hip-hop and hot times for homos, their friends and admirers. With DJs Blackcat, Rory Them Finest and Max Mohenu. For line bypass email bigprimpin@gmail.com. $5.

10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin! Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, bee starts at 11. $10.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Classic hip-hop and R&B with residents DJ Numeric and Ted Dancin’, special guest DJs Linx and Taktiks and host More or Les. $10.

SATURDAY

3 pm “You Are A Cat!” Book Launch @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A “Choose Your Own Adventure” style book from the point of view of a cat! Launch will feature a powerpoint presentation about the complicated creation of this book including, but not limited to a) the cuteness of cats, b) why an interactive fiction book about cats?, c) how to plan and map such a book, d) how to write multiple paths, and more.

8 pm “I’ll Be Dead by 27”: Tar Magazine Launch Party @ Forgetus Collective, 163 Sterling Rd., Unit 29. Tar Magazine is the much-anticipated bi-annual music zine by Jessica Carroll. Its mandate is create a print space that straddles both the rogue zine strata and the art book scene, featuring an honest, but tongue-in-cheek dialogue with musicians.” Issue 1 includes interviews with Jeff the Brotherhood, Jacuzzi Boys and Bass Drum of Death. Party will feature performances by Da Pink Noise, Rituals, Beliefs, Elsa and DJ Geoff Snack. $6.

10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul and remixes with DJs Fawn BC and Caff upstairs and an all-vinyl set with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown downstairs + special guest DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll. $11 pitchers and cheap bar rails all night. $5 before midnight, $10 after.

10 pm Chronologic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2012, played in chronological order). The Goin’ Steady DJs play the absolute best dance tracks from every era – unexpect the accepted except exceptional exceptions and DANCE! $5.

10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Friendly music to dance, drink, smile, fall in love, marry and divorce to.

10 pm STD @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Isosceles and Stew Innes play an open format dance party. Old waves, new waves, soul, funk, disco and hip-hop. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

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 Fine Tuning @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A rockin’ and rollin’ party mixer featuring friends and compatriots digging out their favourite R&B, garage, soul, doo-wop and down and dirty rock n’ roll records!

10 pm I Know You Care @ Crawford, 718 College St. Hip-hop, reggae and funk upstairs with DJs James Redi (Flow 93.5 FM), NV and Shan Dub. Disco, 80’s and house downstairs with DJs FL3X Capacitor and Boots Boogie. $5.

10 pm Jailbreak! @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Cracker Barrel and Sweet Tooth help you get over solitary confinement with some songs to fight in the yard to. Expect to hear music from the likes of AC/DC, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Bowie, CCR, etc.

SUNDAY

2 pm Shameless Magazine Presents: “Who Took the Bomp?” Le Tigre Documentary Fundraiser @ The Projection Booth, 1035 Gerrard St. E. A fundraising, one-time-only screening of the Hot Docs favourite. Introduced by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk (writer, activist and media-maker) and Sarah Liss (hardy feminist, pop culture writer, associate editor at The Grid). $10 online or $15 at the door.

8:30 pm Salt Speakeasy @ Salt Wine Bar, 225 Ossington Ave. A prohibtion era-inspired cocktail party, silent auction, live auction to raise funds and awareness for Nazareth House.Featuringa prohibition era cocktail menu, 1920’s jazz band, silent auction, live auction, balloon bursts and 50/50 draw. Hors d’eourves will be served by flappers and fun dance numbers will be performed by their more limber flapper girls. The doors and windows will be boarded up, possible entry in the back (stay tuned to Facebook). $20.

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