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Toronto Hit List, Feb. 16th-20th: Fancy Pants, Hip-Hop Karaoke 4th Anniversary, Save The Date, Imprompteuse & more!

WEDNESDAY
10 pm Come As You Are Karaoke @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. 20,000+ songs and constantly growing, with an emphasis on alternative, rock, new wave and metal. Drink specials until 11:30 pm.

THURSDAY
7:30 pm Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Opening reception with curator talk at 8 pm. A groundbreaking international touring exhibition, providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. Original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of 18 Canadian and international artists. Until April 17th.

7:30 pmA Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St. (Building 49). It’s love in a forest, complicated by meddling fairies and paralleled with a hapless troupe of amateur actors. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Tickets $28 to $65 (plus HST) at www.youngcentre.ca.

8 pm The Middle Place @ Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. Under the direction of Alan Dilworth, five actors (Akosua Amo Adem, Antonio Cayonne, Jessica Greenberg, Andrew Kushnir and Kevin Walker) bring to the stage the extraordinary circumstances of 16 homeless youth, four tireless caseworkers and one outsider in this disquieting and hopeful play. Until March 12th. Tickets from $22 to $49 at www.canadianstage.com.

9 pm Art, Parts & Labour @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Help support Meta 2011: A Showcase of New Media Artworks to raise funds for their final 4th year show! Enjoy a collection of Toronto-based artists, photographers and musicians, plus karaoke and cheap drink specials including $4 cans of beer and $3 Jager shots all night.

10 pm Burner Thursdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Burner Magazine/Burner Records brings you the sexiest and most popping dance/rock/electronica/house night featuring the hottest DJs, producers and bands.

FRIDAY
7 pm Made In US @ 107 Shaw Gallery, 107 Shaw St. Opening reception for Sara Cwynar and Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s tender ode to the art of the commercial package.

9 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke 4th Anniversary @ Revival, 783 College St. HHK celebrates its fourth anniversary with hip-hoppers Black Sheep! $15 before 11 pm, $20 after (door only).

10 pm White Girl @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Rap circa 1993-2011 with DJs Patrick Mcguire and Scott Pilgrim. Cheap beers!

10 pm Fancy Pants @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. A clusterfuck of danceable music selections and a projector playing stuff.

10 pm Fondle ‘Em Fridays @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJ NV spinning the best of the best in new, classic and old school hip-hop and R&B, new jack swang, funk, soul, reggae and dancehall classics.

10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul and R&B with DJs Sylvermayne and Big Jimmy Mills.

10 pm Bangs & Blush @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. The DJ duo is taking over Savoy to play whatever the hell they want.

10 pm Battle Pop: Robyn vs. Nicki Minaj @ The Barn, 418 Church St. Queen of everything right now, Nicki Minaj, vs. everyone’s fave girl, Robyn, with superstar performers on the side. $5.

10 pm The Fundamentals @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs Big Jacks and Mensa playing the best in old school, new school, hip-hop, R&B, soul and more. $5 guest list before 11 pm (guestlist@black-rap.com) and $10 until midnight.

SATURDAY

4:15 pm The World’s Best Commercials: The 2010 Cannes Lions Ad Awards @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Ads that display as much imagination as the best movies, as much style as the best modern art and, yes, as much social commentary as anything emanating from HBO’s best TV series. $10.

9 pm Save The Date @ El Mocambo (second floor), 464 Spadina Ave. A rip-roaring night of flirtation as Cash Cab’s Adam Growe takes the stage to auction off willing Bachelors and Bachelorettes to excited bidders. The night will feature a slew of prizes, comedy and will top off with a giant dance party. $10.

10 pm Dream//Date: Weird/Crush Edition @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Bad decisions, odd flings, weird crushes and new friendships await you. Post-punk, disco, soul, and minimal wave with DJs Max Mohenu, Steven Manning and Tony Price. Movie screening and giveaways from Eyesore Cinema. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.

10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The friendliest of parties playing the friendliest of tunes from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Justice, R. Kelly, The Arcade Fire and more.

10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A format-free dance party welcoming all genres, all styles and all peoples.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A healthy dose of neck-snapping classic hip-hop and R&B with DJ Serious and Numeric on the cuts, playing all the boom bap your heart can handle.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Motown + soul + 60’s rock n’ roll and pop with the Bangs & Blush ladies. $5.

SUNDAY

1 & 3 pm crafTEAtime @ Paintlounge, 3603 Highway 7 E. Suite 106 (Markham). A tea party and marketplace all-in-one, showcasing local DIY-divas and artists with their charming crafts and creations! $15 admission includes an afternoon tea set of scrumptious goodies and exclusive opportunity to shop one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, knit-work, art and more. Reservations at (416) 900-2633 or info@paintlounge.com.

9 pm Imprompteuse @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Audience-directed burlesque improv! Comedy provided by Bea Arthur, MTV’s Derek Forgie and Flamingo Bandid, music by Textura and emceeing courtesy of Canadian Wolfman. Drink specials include $4 brews and the creamy $5 Impromptini. $15 at the door.

~ This exceptional list was composed by Caitlyn Holroyd.

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