*Note: Clinton’s (693 Bloor St. W.) is closed until March 23rd and 751 (751 Queen St. W.) is closed indefinitely (rumoured to be just for the month of March).
March 9th-11th Drake General Store Warehouse Sale @ 442 Dufferin St., Unit S. Salvaged furniture, up to 70% off clothing, and curated curiosities! Sale runs Friday from 2-8 pm, Saturday from 10-4 pm, and Sunday from 12-4 pm.
March 10th-11th Toronto Comicon @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre (south building), 222 Bremner Blvd. Experience the very best of pop culture at one of the country’s largest fan events including comic books, anime, science fiction, horror and gaming. This year’s guests include Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World), Charisma Carpenter (Angel/Buffy), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) and more! Runs Saturday from 11-6 pm and Sunday from 11-5 pm. $20 for a single day pass or $30 for weekend pass.
March 9th-31st Legally Blonde: The Musical @ The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave. “Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style!” $45-75 tickets available at the theatre box office or online.
7 pm International Women’s Day Art Show @ Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse), 255 Bremner Blvd. “Exposed: The Female Perspective highlights female artists of this generation, who are representative of the art movement today. This work shares a common focus by commenting on contemporary art as a whole through the female perspective while emphasizing the significance of process. Putting their most intimate selves on display, this group of female artists explore their inner most thoughts, feelings and desires while creating a statement on societal expectations in an unedited and paradoxical movement.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs for the month of March.
9 pm Mash-Up Karaoke @ The Wilson 69, 615 College St. A night of drinks and campfire-style mash-up sing-a-longs! How it works: instrumental tracks are played (some by request), you feel the rhythm and sing the lyrics to a different song, the mic is passed around to anyone who has something to sing, and then everyone sings along!
9 pm Comedy at the Ossington 3 Year Anniversary @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. With guests Dylan Gott, Natasha Henderson, Aaron Eves, Parker and Seville, DJ Demers, and Pat Thornton + cool hosts Sara Hennessey, Steph Kaliner, Jeremy Mersereau and Greg Alsop! PWYC.
7 pm Day Trippin’ @ One One Gallery, 88 Harbord St., Unit 2 (above Splendido). Laura–LynnPetrick presents her first solo exhibition in Toronto. “Day Trippin’ intertwines the hazy, free living, irresponsible lifestyles of modern youth, with the wild, substance-induced, audial happenings of today’s generation. The exhibition is Petrick’s personal vision of the utopian qualities of everyday life, from morning to late, through travels and ’trips.”
10 pm Lady Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Fawn BC plays all the best songs you don’t know and takes requests for your total garbage!
10 pm Thrust @ College Street Bar, 574 College St. DJ Dislexia plays dance music through the decades! All styles to get you moving: dance, rock, soul funk, house, hip-hop, mash-ups and more. Requests welcome.
10 pm Loose Joints @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. DJ Numeric plays a selection of classic hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, and random dope beats to get your joints loose.
10 pm Hand Drawn Dracula @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. DJs James Mejia and Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck/Dusted) play music for you.
10 pm Butt Rock Birthday Bash @ Crawford, 718 College St. Live music video DJing by C.C. Diemond and Matty Dee all night (psst, it’s C.C.’s birthday). Featuring your favourite rock, punk, party, and metal videos + cheap drinks and sleazy times.
6:30 pm OCAD Alumni Exhibition Opening @ The Gladstone Hotel (second floor gallery), 1214 Queen St. W. More than 40 OCAD alumni will be exhibiting, including Christina Spina and Joanna Katchutas’ series “The Circus of Everyday Life.” Until 9:30 pm. Exhibition runs until March 30th.
8:30 pm Tegan&Holly Official Launch Party: Grease 2 + The Space Dusters @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. Tegan&Holly are a brand new event-throwing duo who plan to make Toronto even awesome-r with things like loud music, film, art and technology! Their launch party features a special screening of the forgotten classic/unholy mess that is Grease 2 + music from surf rockers The Space Dusters, who play tight surf punk standards that bring to mind Dick Dale, The Ventures and the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. After, The Lazy DJ plays 1950’s-80’s music. They promise: nice times, nice people, popcorn, dancing, intermissions, eclecticism, cheap beer. $5 in advance (message Tegan&Holly at 647-920-9650), $7 at the door.
10 pm (ALT)Night 1 Year Anniversary Pajama Dance Party @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Celebrate (ALT)Night’s 1 year anniversary in comfort! Dress in the most sexy comfy clothes you own (the ones you shake your rump to during a random hearing of Destiny’s Child) and bring some snacks for the potluck if you like (there will be lots of stuff, including a giant pot of KD). DJ Dislexia keeps it jumpy so you can dance, and once you’re fed and need a dance break, get your photo snapped in the booth! $3.50 PBR tall cans and whiskey sours from 8-10 pm (drunk feet dance better).
10 pm 90s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bloor St. W. Giveaways, 90’s prizes and movies, dance-off, Much Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slow dances, 1 am costume contest and more! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Bangerz & Mash @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Renee Crawford plays hip-hop jams sure to make the ladies happy. It’s also R.I.P. night for Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Notorius B.I.G.) who we lost March 9, 1997 so expect to hear some of her fav’s by him.
10 pm White Girl @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Rap from 1993 to 2011 with DJs Patrick McGuire, Ghetto Gold Matt and Josh McIntyre + special guest DJ The Shrug Knight. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. An all-night psychedelic midnight ball! DJs Brad Casey and Wilderness Creature play psychedelic music from The Beach Boys to Beach House, The Kinks to Caribou, The Byrds to Black Moth Super Rainbow. $5.
10 pm That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack bring you the most righteous soul, disco and R&B by the women that understand.
10 pm Dirty Talk @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. The Adult Fantasy Adventure™ with DJs Diana, Pammm, and Jaime Sin. Italo, disco house, indie dance and space shit.
10 pm Phazed / Red Out @ Crawford, 718 College St. Phazed upstairs with DJ Amplified mashing hip-hop and RnB. Downstairs, DJs Daddy Maysr and Freeza Chin play quality reggae, dancehall, and a touch of hip-hop at Red Out. Drink specials and beef patties available. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm SoulSkank @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ General Eclectic and friends play ska, soul, funk, stax, Motown and dancehall while Gramera and Dennis P bring you live horns. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. HER-nia Edition! DJs Kris Steeves, Kevin H, and OMGBLOG.com push HER beats hard all night. Special drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
10 pm Egyptian Lover @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. The Egyptian Lover is the “West Coast Godfather of Electro” – an American electro-hop artist and one of the best known performers of the underground West Coast dance scene. With guest DJs Andy Capp, Sidenote, and Dougie Boom. $10 advance tickets available online, $15 at the door.
11 pm Grandtheft’s A/V Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Grandtheft (producer/songwriter/DJ/VJ based out of Toronto and co-owner of Montreal dance club Blue Dog Motel) throws one of his infamous A/V dance parties where all your favourite hits are mashed-up in audio AND visual form! $10.
6:30 pm Shinsedai Sneak Peek Party & Screening @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. On the eve of the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake, The Shinsedai Cinema Festival hosts a celebration of Japan’s culture, creative spirit, and laughter. Featuring the Canadian premiere of the omnibus comedy film “Quirky Guys and Gals” and a raffle, with $1 from each ticket benefiting the Niji-Iro Rainbow Cinema Support Project, a Tokyo-based charitable initiative that brings free movie screenings and hot meals to Tohoku families still living in temporary shelters. DJ Brandon Hocura kicks off the party at 10 pm. $10 at the door.
9 pm Bad Day Par Tay @ Common Good, 837 Dundas St. W. A party in anticipation of the upcoming release of Bad Day Issue 13! Taking place in the never-before-seen space of Common Good and featuring custom-designed never-before-seen work by Minneapolis-based designers ROLU. Live performance by Fairmont + DJs Sebastien Grainger and Colin Bergh. $2.
9 pm We Put the Spring in Springfield: A Simpsons-Themed Burlesque Show @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. The Underground Peepshow wants to give you a giddy little thrill straight from their favourite animated town: Springfield! Be sure to brush up on your Simpsons trivia for a chance to win prizes. $12 advance tickets available at Toronto Underground Cinema, Silver Snail (367 Queen St. W.), Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen St. W.), and Suspect Video (605 Markham St.), $15 at the door.
9 pm Optical Sounds Party @ Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. Optical Sounds are proud to release the latest record from New York City’s very own Your 33 Black Angels. Performances by Your 33 Black Angels, Planet Creature, The Disraelis, Hotkid, and special guests + DJs A&K The Big Fun Girls spinning the funnest and finest in rock and roll, and DJs Richie and Cal spinning psych, punk, new wave, and electronic.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric present a tribute to the golden age of rap: Biggie, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Moon, Main Source, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, The Fugees, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, MC Lyte, and more!
10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Suzie Boo and Magnum PI play Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour + 90’s hip-hop, pop, Elvis, everything. Equestrian or “horsey” attire encouraged! $5.
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 hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
10 pm Cadence Conference / I Know You Care @ Crawford, 718 College St. Local legends compete for the title in MC Battle Cadence Conference. I Know You Care happens before and after, with DJs Boots Boogie (wish him a happy birthday!) and Shanelle Williams upstairs, and DJs James Redi and Dustbuster downstairs, playing hip-hop, reggae, funk, disco, and 80’s. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Rap Jams @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. DJ Steve Rock plays old and new rap (and some RnB) all night long. Should you get the urge, Margret serves 40’s of Old English and Colt 45.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. The DJ debut of Dean McArthur alongside residents Nino Brown and Sammy. Kimon will fulfill all your photographic desires in the photo booth. $5.
10 pm Loft IIII @ 161 Spadina Ave. The fourth installment of the famous private loft party. DJ sets by Patrick McGuire, Black Atlass, Thursday Friday, Amy Traphouse, Mix Chopin, and Darknight. Hosted by Scott Pilgrim, Carol Zara, Aeroplane Vintage Eyewear, F As In Frank, Made You Look, Outclass, and more. Attire: look sexy. RSVP to WeAreLoft@gmail.com.
10 pm Hot Pot @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Like the array of treats you’d find in a hot pot, expect a melange of different and delicious music. With DJs Ali Black, GCUE, Cece, and Kiki LeFreak.
10 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Special guest DJ MILES Cleret stops by to share tropical rhythms and sounds from another time (1950-1980). Music from far off places and cultures, all from old vinyl.
10 pm Digital Needle @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Oldies, gospel-funk, bastard pop, party supplies, and hip-hop heritage brought to you by DJs Johnee and Dylan.
11 pm Slowed @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With DJs Sinden, Torro Torro, and Lucie Tic. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online. For guestlist requests, email email@example.com.
11 pm Bang The Party! @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Resident DJ Andycapp plays futureboogie, disconotdisco, leftfield house, and tropicalism. Opening set by DJ Jeremy Glenn + hosts Neo Boog and Emily Law will be handing out trophies for best dressed (boogie-inspired outfit) and funkiest dancer of the night! $10.
9:30 pm Crosswires #3 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A new Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of of Wavelength. Featuring the swaying awesomeness of the Cubadors, the twisted upside sludged out pop of Mandeverest, Impermanent People, and The Watershed Hour. Featuring General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd