Toronto Hit List, Dec. 15th-19th: Claus & A Cause, Blanket Forts, Goin’ Steady, The Chosen Ones & more!

Dec. 17th-19th The Chosen Ones @ 107 Shaw Gallery, 107 Shaw St. All the holiday outfits your little heart could ever desire and heavy jackets to go over them! Hand-picked vintage from Pretty Freedom, Silver Falls, and much more. Pre-sale party from 6-9 pm on Friday with complimentary beverages. Sale hours from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Antibodies @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Weird up the holidays with some odd-job dance music. Horror disco, electro, minimal and cold wave for you to wind down or ramp up to. 

10 pm The Fam Damily Jamboree @ Blondie’s, 1378 Queen St. W. Drink and be merry to nothing but party tracks from before the last decade. 

10 pm Tommy Youngsteen & The Million Dollar Band @ The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. A night of classic Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen with folks from The Sam Roberts Band, Arkells, Stars, and The Stills with special guests! $2 from every ticket and all proceeds from the sales of Steam Whistle pints go to War Child Canada. 

THURSDAY

9:30 pm Claus & A Cause @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Holiday dance party with DJ Cool Adam spinning soul, funk, and Motown vinyl + FREE baked goods, a costume trunk full of holiday-inspired gear, prizes, and a special appearance by Santa! PWYC, $10 suggested (benefiting the Canadian Women’s Foundation).

10 pm Teen Creeps Book Launch @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Featuring photographs by Meghan Rennie, Adam Levett, Drew Lint and Marishka Radwanski, with DJs Andrew Wilson and Brandon Sek. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. $8 for the book or PWYC.

10 pm Soundclash “Holiday Edition” @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Big-sounding tunes to get you in the festive spirit! Authentic dancehall vibes in the back room. 

10 pm Retro Thursdays @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen St. W. The best of 80’s/90’s pop, rock, and new wave. Retro pricing: $2.50 cover/drinks (before midnight), $14.00 bucket of beer, and $5.50 beer + shot. 

10 pm Early Monthly Segments #23: Will Munro’s Favourites @ Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. A fundraiser for the Will Munro Fund for queer and trans people with cancer, paying tribute to Toronto’s catalyst of queer and underground cultures who died this past May after losing his battle with cancer. A program of some of Will’s favourite films including Jean Genet’s seminal “Un Chant d’amour” and the rarely screened “Ecce Homo” by Jerry Tartaglia. $5-10 suggested donation.

FRIDAY

7:30 pm Jingle Bell Rock 2010 @ El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave. A rock n’ roll fundraiser to benefit Serving Charity, featuring performances by Avery Island, Soundspeed, Get Loot, Papa’s Delicate Condition, and Symphony of Nine. Bring a canned food item for charity (cash donations also accepted). $5 advanced from http://www.glenmorerecords.com/shop or $8 at the door. 

9 pm Blanket Forts @ Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. (second floor). A complex of blanket forts! A labyrinthine maze of softness! Enjoy bedtime stories, winter and holiday-themed areas, art installations, and late-night snacks. Pajamas highly encouraged. Advanced tickets at http://www.blanketfest.com, Shanti Baba (546 Queen St. W.) or Play De Record (357 Yonge St.).

9:30 pm Black Christmas @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. Exploitation Alley brings you holiday warmth with the Canadian horror classic Black Christmas! Prizes and merchandise from Eyesore Cinema. $8.

10 pm Fondle ‘Em Fridays @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. Last jam ‘til the New Year! The best of hip-hop, funk, soul, boogie, nu & old school, classics, 90’s R&B, and party anthems all night long.

10 pm Dance Armstrong @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Music for winners! Songs that make you want to dance like you’ve won. And won big. Anything and everything, from Gorillaz to Bowie, Hot Chip to Jay-Z, Paul Simon to The Stone Roses, The Beatles to Postal Service. $5. 

10 pm Acid Trip @ 751 (upstairs), 751 Queen St. W. Lose yourself in a psychedelic experience of sounds from the 60’s and 70’s with DJs Dirty Dan and Ell V Gore. Psychedelic visuals courtesy of Felix Kalmenson, low-cost adult beverages, and tasty munchies.

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #47 @ Revival, 783 College St. The last round of HHK before the new decade with hosts Abdominal and More or Les plus DJs Numeric, Dalia, and Ted Dancin’.  $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. 

SATURDAY

4 pm Winter Solstice Festival @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Public skating in the gardens, hot soup and cocoa, food vendors, live music, and scenic walks through the winter wonderland! Until 10 pm. http://ebw.evergreen.ca

9 pm An Untold City Holiday Party @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. Performances by The Darcys, Whale Tooth, Bravestation, and Rival Boys with DJs Green and Golden. $7.http://theuntoldcity.com.

10 pm Space Pussy Presents: In Heat @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Lillith Z and Ron HIGH Tower play the most danceable of songs from the punk, funk, disco categories. Giveaways and prizes from independent sex music and video stores! Free before midnight, $5 after. 

10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Celebrate the holidays with your finest of friends! Tunes from Daft Punk, Gang of Four, Justice, Girl Talk, Justice, New Order, The Arcade Fire, Bran Van 3000, R. Kelly and MORE.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll: Keith Richards Birthday Edition @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. On December 18, 1943 the legend that is Keith Richards was born and the Bangs & Blush ladies are going to party harder than his liver has for the past 67 years in his honor. Motown, soul and Rolling Stones + party hats for the occasion! $5. 

10 pm Good Kids Christmas Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. The Good Kids throw some of our favourite parties in the city (Motown Party, 90s Party, Whatevs, Bad Taste) and are taking over both floors of 751 for their annual Christmas party. 

10 pm Goin’ Steady @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The rarest and best music from the 1950’s and 60’s, from your favourite choones to some unknown treasures. Projections of classic and unknown Goin’ Steady-era films, plus mix CDs for best-dressed and best dancers. E-mail goinsteady@gmail.com for $5 all-night guest list.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric dropping hip-hop gems from the 80’s and 90’s.

10 pm Charity House Party @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Drake’s annual charity house party, bringing together their resident DJs to spread some holiday cheer (and really good music) all in the name of charity. $10, with all proceeds donated to the Alexander Muir/Gladstone Public School and Parkdale Community Health Center.  

SUNDAY

7 pm Home Alone & Home Alone 2 @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. A double-dose of holiday classics with our favourite child star Macaulay Culkin! $8 each or $14 for the double bill.

~ Caitlyn Holroyd

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