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Toronto Hit List, Jan. 19th-23rd: Manifesto Group Show, Hip-Hop Yoga, Strictly Business, Shake, Rattle & Roll: OMG! BRB Edition

WEDNESDAY

7 pm The Sex Show Opening Night @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. The Sex Show attempts to push the boundaries of the definition of sex, approaching the topic of sex from all angles, exhibiting works that vary on a broad scale, from art that is more explicit to art that is more elusive in content. Both a wide variety of sex-related themes and contents as well as the use of abundantly different mediums such as film, sculpture, collage and pain. Opening night reception until 9 pm. Show runs until Jan. 30th.

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

10 pm Southern Hospitality @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. DJ Lilliezspinning grimy country, blues and anything southern plus two Southern-fried country bands, The Strangers and The True Romantics. $6 shots of Wild Turkey + Budweiser. Get southern.

THURSDAY

11:30 am Theatre 20 Launch @ Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St. It’s all very mysterious… witness the launch of Theatre 20. Artist-led, story-driven. RSVP to launch@theatretwenty.com.

7 pm Manifesto Group Show Opening Night @ 107 Shaw Gallery, 107 Shaw St. 15 artists display their declarations, calls to action, statements, intentions, plans for the future, missions, proclamations, poems, programs, announcements, etc. Opening night will include readings and performances from 8 to 11 pm. Show runs until Feb. 2nd.

7:30 pm Hip-Hop Yoga @ The Thompson Hotel (Wellington Ballroom), 550 Wellington St. W. First night! A 1 hour flow class to hip-hop music spun by a live DJ. Enter through main lobby entrance where someone will be greeting people and directing them in. No charge, yoga mats to borrow and post-yoga snacks provided. Arrive around 7-7:15 pm to ensure a spot.

10 pm The Wilderness @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. The experimental rockers will be joined by fellow Torontonian musicians Modern Superstitions and Crimes in Paris. Expect glitter and a sweaty good time. $6.

FRIDAY

8 pm Anniversary Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone is turning 5 and to celebrate, they’re hosting a night of fun, food and fantastic performances. From 8 pm to midnight, tour a selection of their artist-designed hotel rooms (which they’ll be giving away all night long). From 9 pm to 2 am, check out performances by Elizabeth Shepherd Trio, Les Singes Bleus, Skin Tight Outta Sight, The Tabla Guy and Mason Bach, featuring the DJs from Phunk’d and Goin’ Steady in the Ballroom and a very special Karaoke night with host Peter Styles in the Melody Bar.

10 pm Some Old Bullshit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. 1 year anniversary party! A little Motown, garage, sleaze, and surf – good music to get buggered up to from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. $4 whiskey any way you like it.

10 pm Fancy Pants @ NACO Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. e The anti-party party with DJs The Whole Man, Home Rekha, and Lillith Z. No music specifics, just dancing!

10 pm Battle Pop – Katy Perry vs. Ke$ha Feat. Miley and Kelly Clarkson @ The Barn, 418 Church St. Battle Pop starts another year with the baddest bitches in town duking it out. Songs you know you wanna dance to. $5.

10 pm CanCon Dance Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Dance the night away and raise money to create Toronto’s first shelter for LGBTQ youth. 80’s hits, hip-hop, rock n’ roll, electro, pop. DJs, performers, and special guests! PWYC ($5 suggested) with all proceeds going to the project.

10 pm Deep Red @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Disco, house, n’ drinks n’ drinks n’ disco with DJs Eroc n’ Codis.

11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ FASE on the tables with guest host 4th Pyramidon the mic. Get learned. $10.

SATURDAY

7 pm Toronto Poetry Slam @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Another high-energy spoken word competition, featuring the finest poetic talents in the city. 3 rounds, 12 poets, $80 grand prize. $5.

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Another crate-load of classic hip-hop and R&B bangers for you to get loose to. DJ Serious and Numeric play gems from the 80’s and 90’s all night long.

10 pm Goin’ Steady @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The rarest and best in music from the 50’s and 60’s. Uptempo doo wop, greasy RnB, pre-soul bangers, surf, twang, country boogie, girl groups, rockabilly, etc. All your favourite choones plus some unknown treasures.

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll: OMG! BRB Edition @ Clinton’s, 683 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush are going to shake, rattle & rolling into a two week hiatus after this but fear not! They will be return to Clinton’s on Feb. 12th. 60’s pop, soul, and rock n’ roll. $5.

10 pm City Nights @ Czehoski, 678 Queen St. W. DJ Barbi plays everything from italo disco to house, punk to new wave, hip-hop to guilty pleasures.

10 pm The Magician (formery of Aeroplane) @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. His background is shrouded in mystery, his powers are supernatural and his reputation is whispered about among men. He goes by different names, but folks just call him The Magician. $10 plus service charge in advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Play De Record or online.

10 pm Gossip Folks @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. A night of Missy Elliot and Timbaland touched music with DJs Caff and Andrew Roti.

SUNDAY

1:30 pm La Danse: Le Ballet De L’Opera De Paris @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Frederick Wiseman takes his camera inside the Palais Garnier in Paris, observing rehearsals, staff meetings and, performances of seven dances, including classics like “The Nutcracker.” $9.

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