July 21st-24th Toronto Burlesque Festival @ various locations. This year’s theme, Canadiana-Rama, is focused on showcasing the burlesque talent from the Great White North. Shows will take place at Mitzis Sister, the Gladstone Ballroom and Mod Club. $30-$125 tickets available online or at Hells Belles (463 Queen St. W.). www.torontoburlesque.com
July 23rd-24th Bridge + Bardot Vintage Clothing Sale @ Studio 835, 835 Bloor St. W. Shop one-of-a-kind summer outfits from Bridge + Bardot! Affordable, unique clothing for women and men that has been hand-picked and altered. Pre-sale party from 7-10 pm on Saturday (with complimentary wine and cheese!) and sale from 11-5 pm on Sunday.
6:30 pm Ride For Jarvis, Ride For Toronto @ Allan Gardens, off Jarvis St. The Ford administration send a strong signal last week that cars matter more than bicycles – now it’s your turn to send a message back! Ride for Jarvis! Ride for Toronto! This is a family-friendly event where people will ride together on Jarvis and take lanes of traffic.
8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. A friendly game of trivia! Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as host Terrance Balazo fires off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. Winning table gets an $80 Drake gift card (and bragging rights). $2.
7 pm Bad Day Magazine Issue 11 Launch @ Ruins, 960 Queen St. W. Celebrate the release of Bad Day’s latest issue with DJs Jeremy Laing and Frank Griggs! Arch Projects will also be hosting its first-ever show featuring work by Romas Astrauskas.
7 pm “The Space Between” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. Group exhibition featuring works from Celia Krampien, Danielle Storey, Kailey Lang and Rachel Idzerda. “Their work attempts to show what exists between people to explain the dynamics of these specific relationships.” Until 10 pm.
8 pm Queen Street Revisted @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Looking back at the strip’s speak-easy/gathering places and some of the performances that were shot on tape (some of which haven’t been seen anywhere by anyone before). This footage was recently edited with new footage from events at MOCCA and the Cameron House and will be revealed at the Rivoli alongside live music, performances and special guests. $10 at the door.
9:30 pm Fright Night @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. A FREE screening of Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire classic Fright Night on 35mm plus classic trailers and ghastly prizes!
10 pm Wild Horses @ Watusi, 110 Ossington Ave. A classic rock and roll dance party playing the very best in in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s rock and roll.
10 pm D.I.Y. @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The all-punk-all-the-time edition of D.I.Y. Nothing but The Dicks, The Vandals, The Adolescents, The Fall, The Refused, The Nation of Ulysses and other bands that may or may not have the word “the” in their name.
10 pm Gone Fishin’ @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJ Lazy Ray combs the smooth waters of funky, sophisticated, adult rock in the hopes of catching some groin-grabbingly transcendent times.
10 pm Fuck Vancouver @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Likkle Alex, Britt Ballin-son and Jill tha Trill play your favourite East Coast and homegrown bangers all night long.
6 pm Style Spin + Linus Bikes Launch @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Ride in style with hosts The Deadly Nightshades and sneak a peek of the best kept fashion studio secrets in Toronto! This month’s guests are 69 Vintage, The Make Den, Tomorrow Never Knows, Sara Duke, Sartoria and YNOT Cycle. Meet at the Drake at 6 pm for cheap Mill Street beer and a welcome gift, cycle with The Deadly Nightshades at 7 pm, return to the Drake Underground at 9 pm for Linus Bikes Launch and get your photo snapped for a chance to win a Linus bike or a pair of Levi’s ‘Commuter Series’ denim.
10 pm Rule Britannia @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush present DJs Craig and Alistair bringing you an entire night full of punk, nu-wave, British invasion, post punk, new romantics, electronic, indie and glam-rock! From the Beatles to the Arctic Monkeys, The Cure and The Clash, Bowie to Hot Chip – they play it all from the 60’s to the present day, in order. $5 (or about 3 Great British Pounds).
10 pm Secret Models @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. The hottest, sweatiest living room dance party! Hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, grinders, winders, guilty pleasures and more.
10 pm P I T Y * P A R T Y @ The Central, 603 Markham St. A new wave/post punk dance party with DJs Sean McCormack and John Semley! Playing stuff like Talking Heads, Duran Duran, New Order, Gang Of Four, Devo, Blondie and more. $5.
10 pm Amigo, Amiga: Thunder Moon Edition @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A celebration of the month of the Full Thunder Moon, which ancients referred to as the Full Buck Moon reflecting the growth of new antlers on bucks. The night will begin with nice and easy tunes and end with nice and rough tunes.
10 pm Baby, Call Me @ Jang Bang, 430.5 College St. Italo disco with DJs Dougie Boom and Scott Seewhale. $4.50 mixed drinks and $3.50 Jager, Goldschlager and JD shots.
10 pm Party Rock @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. A night of party anthems, shenanigans and cheap booze! $10 pitchers, $10 mini pitchers of bar rail, $3.50 Jager, $4.00 JD and Sambuca and $5.00 Jameson and tequila. Party like a rock star.
10 pm Rufio II By Dudebox @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Dudebox are bringing you another jam straight outta the dungeons of rap that will “have your jiggly parts jiggling, your hipster hair-do frizzling, and your sneaky girlfriend giggling”. $5, with all proceeds going to the GIFTS foundation.
10 pm Hos & Bros @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. 70’s ladies versus 80’s men with DJs Tammy and Jimmy.
10 pm Bad Table Manners @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ Lucy Lo plays hip-hop, trap and dirty south upstairs while Ballistik handles the dancehall, bashment and bass downstairs. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Hot Damn @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJs Riviera, Douglas Carter, Faryl and Fathom are turning the dance floor into a hot, sweaty mess of classic house. Free cover and half-price drinks before 11 pm.
11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Nana and resident Fase school you in the sounds of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, soul, funk and R&B. $10 (email first and last name to Underdog.RSVP@gmail.com for $5 guest list).
12 pm Parkdale’s Then & Now Festival @ Queen St. W. between Dufferin and Roncesvalles. A celebration of the past, present and future of Parkdale! Featuring the ’hood’s vintage and antique retailers, crafters, artists, buskers, classic cars and a sidewalk sale with 200+ businesses. Until 7 pm.
1 pm “Save The Date” Opening Reception @ Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Ave. The West Gallery will feature their annual summer group show, curated by Gareth Brown-Jowett and featuring the works of Philippe Blanchard, Esther Choi, Thrush Holmes, Daniel Hutchinson, Brendan George Ko, Caroline Larsen and Andrew Myers. The East Gallery will profile the premiere solo exhibition “Pest” by Amy Swartz, whose work “combines both natural and artificial materials in miniature sculptures, creating intricate entities that question the interrelationships among environment, death and consumer culture. Although these questions are sobering, the altered miniature objects can, in themselves, reveal a surprising sense of wonder and intimacy with the natural and imaginary world.” Until 4 pm. Both exhibitions run until August 20th.
3 pm Girls Rock Camp: The Concert @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. The five brand-new bands of Girls Rock Camp Toronto are gonna show you their chops, live, for the first time ever! Girls Rock Camp Toronto is a space where girls discover and express their talents, and become leaders in creating their own kind of cultural production through music. $5 if you’re 16 or younger and $10 if you’re old (17+).
4 pm Doing The Same @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Weekly BBQ jam! All smooth West Coast sounds (electro, boogie, jheri curl funk, g-funk, rap and R&B), all free BBQ (while it lasts), all day long cheap beers and mixed drinks ($12 Mill Street pitchers) from 4-8 pm every Saturday on the patio. Music by Ghetto Gold Matt and guests, BBQ by Vladimir Kato.
9 pm Petty/Young/Springsteen Tribute @ Horseshoe Tavern, 317 Queen St. W. Tommy Youngsteen returns to the Horseshoe for another evening of classic Tom Petty, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen! Featuring folks from Sam Roberts Band, The Stills and Stars, plus lots of special guests.
10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. BET-inspired R&B and rap from the years 1997-2004 with DJs 84.85, Andrew Roti and Geoff Snack. Expect to hear everything from Missy Elliott to Mobb Deep, Beanie Sigel to Ms. Jade, Total to Mannie Fresh.
10 pm Grilled Cheese @ Crawford, 718 College St. Two delicious dance floors! DJ Redi bringing the ingredients of Motown, disco and reggae to the decks downstairs with Fundament handling the mic and a George Foreman (grill, that is) while DJ KJ plays funk and hip-hop upstairs. FREE GRILLED CHEESE ON THE DANCE FLOOR plus drink specials including $5 pints of PBR, $5 Jameson, Jager and tequila, $6 cocktails, $8 mug of PBR + shot of Jager, Jameson or tequila and $15 pitchers of PBR. Free before 11 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 Tigerblood @ Jang Bang, 430.5 College St. Indie dance and electro from the likes of Robyn, Cut Copy, Metric, Justice, The Weeknd, Lykki Li, Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, MGMT, Passion Pit, etc. plus carefully-selected hot classics.
10 pm Low Lyfe @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs Jamie Sin, Ian Worang and Greg Ipp play records for your enjoyment!
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Get ready to sweat! DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne play hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B and make-you-wanna-boogie dance party music.
10 pm Good Timin’ @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Rock music, smooth music, good music with Jex Opolis.
10 pm Vive Magazine Presents: Your High School Kegger @ 8 Dalton Rd. (just east of Bloor & Brunswick). Vive Magazine wants you to let loose and go hard, just like high school. $10 gets you all you can drink and keg stands, flip cup and beer pong are all welcomed. There’s only one rule: don’t steal the tap.
11 pm The Goods @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. This open-format party celebrates 9 years as one of Montreal’s best kept secrets this summer and is making a new monthly home at the Drake Underground this week. Resident DJs Scott C and Andy Williams invite you to join them on the dance floor in the spirit of soulful music from across the board. $10.
2 pm Uber-SWAP @ Nathalie-Rose & Co., 1015 Queen St. E. Bring a bag of your cool cast-offs (ideally by Saturday) to be sorted into categories and set up on the patio like a boutique for you to choose from on Sunday. Maximum haul is two grocery bags. Please bring gently-used adult wearables and crafty supplies; all leftover items will be donated to the Yonge Street Mission’s thrift shop Double-Take and $2 from each ticket to the Red Cross’ Earthquake Relief Fund for Japan. $5 in advance or $7 day-of + your bag of goodies (they’ll provide shopping bags, mirrors, free lemonade and treats).