Toronto Hit List, Dec. 8th-12th: Mess Around, Cash Cow, Lick A Shot, a ton of Holiday parties & more!

Dec. 10th-12th Lavish & Squalor Trunk Sale @ Lavish & Squalor, Queen St. W. A showcase of Toronto’s up and coming clothing and accessory designers plus the most discerning curators of vintage clothing. Friday from 12-8 pm, Saturday from 12 to 7 pm and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm.

WEDNESDAY

6:30 pm Foxy Friends & Family Holiday Sale @ Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W. Shop for holiday gifts ranging from $5 to $35 from Foxy, a Toronto-based, Canadian-made jewelry brand. Music, shopping, and free access to the Bata Shoe Museum.

7 pm Now Hear This Holiday! Party @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. A showcase of local musical talent, tasty treats, delicious drinks, and a book raffle.

8:30 pm Pitchin’ Tents @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. In collaboration with Daily Bread Food Bank (a non-profit organization that strives to end hunger in our surrounding communities) Camp 4 will be raising funds and accepting non-perishable food donations + baked goods aplenty, rock n’ roll tunes, DJs, and blazing campfires of awesomeness.

10 pm Mess Around @ Hard Luck Bar, 814 Dundas St. W. The most dancin-est tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s – in other words, a Mess Around! Drink specials to help you get real messy.

THURSDAY

6 pm “Labels” Opening Reception @ De Luca Fine Art Gallery, 1153-A Queen St. W., Studio 203. Opening reception for Sarajevo-born Ciba Karisik latest exhibit “Labels,” featuring paintings of aged wine bottles. RSVP at (416) 537-4699.

7 pm Monster Factory Holiday Party & Sale @ Monster Factory Studio, 471 Richmond St. W., Unit 102. A celebration of Monster Factory’s new space and the launch of brand new Studio-made monsters. Refreshments, monster giveaways, and good company!

10 pm Motorboat @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Music you can’t help but love from T. Rex, Al Green, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bow Wow Wow, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and SO MUCH MORE.

10 pm True Romantics @ Motel, 1235 Queen St. W. Evil Blues, Country Grooves and drunken dudes! Toronto by-way-of-Georgia’s favourite bartender, Ian Bobby Christiensen, fronts his band of southern fried rock n’ roll for a free and intimate set.

FRIDAY

8 pm Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship for Charity @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Put your elbows down and your hands together for a good cause! Lady wrestlers get dressed up, duke it out to the tune of their own theme songs, and bring along a posse as back up. Fake names and costumes highly encouraged. $2 to wrestle, $3 to watch (all proceeds go to the Red Door Women’s Shelter). Pre-register by e-mailing classyladiesarmwrestling@gmail.com.

10 pm Merry Christmas Greetings (And Seasons Beatings) @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Ryan Gavel (Ride The Tiger), Brittney Townson (Bangs & Blush) and friends are bringing you an evening full of drinks, pals and great tunes at the city’s best swingin’ holiday party!

10 pm Vinyl Vaults @ Bloc 22 (formerly Strangelove), 587 College St. A careful selection of house music served up on vinyl from the past, present and future. $5.

10 pm Shadows of Motown @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A dance party playing the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, and booty shakin’ hits. Special Stevie Wonder Tribute Edition! $3 drinks until 11:30 pm. Free before midnight, $5 after.

10 pm BassMotel @ Motel, 1235 Queen St. W. The greasiest hits you haven’t heard! Nothing but the best heavy tunes for all the gals and goons to move to + $3.50 Jager and Jack all night.

10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Dance beats to keep HER moving all night long. First 75 guests get a Paloma cocktail on the house! $5. Line bypass:set.her.free@gmail.com.

10 pm Double Dipped @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Hot jams to keep you moving all night. Disco, pop, soul, R&B.

10 pm Dirty Talk @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. HO Edition with DJs Pam, Jaime and Diana with treats, teats, and a bevy of image and sound combinations. Gifts in honour of the Santa-Jesus holiday super entity: movies, premium rental memberships and toys, all courtesy of Eyesore Cinema! Screenings of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 and Troll 2.

11 pm Make Me Yours @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. After party for The Kids and Brutal Knights. 10,000 Marbles DJing records from the late 60’s and early 70’s, specializing in upbeat soul and girl groups.

SATURDAY

11 am Philistine Open House & Grand Opening @ Philistine, 1394Queen St. W. Founded in 2007, Philistine started as an online store and a vendor in monthly marketplaces before opening on September 1st, 2010. Contemporary and wearable vintage and vintage-inspired clothing for the modern man and woman. Complimentary snacks, refreshments and 15% off all merchandise.

12:30 pm Trinity Bellwoods Winter Wonderland Walking Tour @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Meet at the Lomography Gallery Store and then embark on a photo tour of Trinity Bellwoods Park in this free workshop! Camera provided.

7 pm Holiday Night Market @ Rolly’s Garage/Meta Gallery, 124 Ossington Ave. Holiday photo booth, Holiday card making station, art installation by Mae to Jun, home-made treats including chai tea, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, hearty hearty chilli and grilled cheese sandwiches, and booths from Anice Jewellery, Pretty Freedom, An Eye for Vintage, Shop Bicyclette, and much more! Next day delivery service available.

10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Tunes from BET’s “after school special” heyday (1997-2004). Note: A crate of crunk juice from the States has been ordered just for this party. Actually. Happy Holidays, Trick!

10 pm 90s Party @ Neutral, 349A College St. All 90’s music all night + costume contest. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s 692 Bloor St. W. Sweat to the oldies with the Bangs & Blush gals. 60’s rock n’ roll and pop, Motown, and soul. $5.

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave. Holiday Bash with Santa! No seriously, they hired someone to be Santa. Elle Nino and a special guest DJ will be spinning all night long. Photo booth with Santa and plenty of mistletoe. $5.

10 pm Cash Cow @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. The Dude Box are gonna buy a cow for a family in need ‘cause they think it’s important to help people. Only problem is they’re broke and cows cost a lot, so they’re throwing a proper hip-hop dance party. $5.

10 pm Neat, Neat, Neat! @ Korova Milkbar, 488 College St. Brit-pop, shoegaze, post-punk, new wave and punk sure to get your feet to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Cheap tall cans!

10 pm The Rattles (Beatles Tribute) @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to twist and shout! $10.

SUNDAY

4:30 pm Eight Crazy Nights / Scrooged @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. A double-dose of holiday movies! $8 each or $14 for the double bill.

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