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Toronto Hit List: Jan. 26th-30th: Come Up To My Room, Cops & Robbers, Strip Spelling Bee, Fort York Food Fight & more!

Jan. 27th-30th Come Up To My Room @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A four-day event featuring 11 room installations, 14 public space projects, and 44 artists and designers taking over the Gladstone Hotel’s rooms, Melody Bar, Cafe, Gallery, and Ballroom. Tickets and information at http://comeuptomyroom.com

Jan. 27th-30th Interior Design Show @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. Local and international keynote speakers, one-off exhibits and installations, and 300 exhibitors. $19 in advance or $22 at the door. http://www.interiordesignshow.com

Jan. 28th-Feb.10th Winterlicious @ various locations. Winterlicious celebrates nine years, with culinary events all over the city. http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious

WEDNESDAY

10 pm Rad Habits @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Bringing you the best in girl groups, soul, beat, garage, doo-wop, surf, and rock n’ roll. 

THURSDAY

7 pm Wine and Cheese Reception for ‘Expansion’ Painting Exhibition @ Grateful Head, 1006 Dundas St. W. A wine and cheese reception and viewing of a selection of mixed media and oil paintings from Julie Gladstone’s ‘Expansion’ series. Until 10 pm.  

8 pm Awkward: A Show of Epic Fails @ Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. Some of Toronto’s most hilarious performers come together to relive their most cringeworthy moments. $8.  

9 pm The Parkdale Comedy Experiment @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Wacky humour and random meat raffles hosted by Conor Holler and Sara Hennessey.Featuring Tim Gilbert, Debra DiGiovianni, Sexy Girl Party, improv by Sex Trex, and special music guest Steve Nelson. Drink specials under 11:30 pm. $3. 

10 pm Box Social @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Expect to hear the best in punk rock, rockabilly, doo-wop, soul, ska and whatever they (and you!) feel like dancing and drinking to. 

FRIDAY

6:30 pm The Live Love Large Benefit Concert @ Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Ave. Live performances by locals Hooded Fang, Gentlemen Reg and Kat Burns of Forest City Lovers in support of People With Aids Foundation of Toronto through the Friends For Life Bike Rally. $25 online.

10 pm Das Racist @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. New York’s joke rap/not joke rap/weed rap/not weed rap group + Blake Carrington, DJ Patrick McGuire, and special guests. $13 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online

10 pm Cops & Robbers @ Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas St. W. Good Kids and Pink Mafia present another rager. 2 floors of props, costumes, theatrics, and surprises with prizes, giveaways, and a costume contest! DJs Fawn BC, Caff, and Bangs & Blush + a live performance by Magneta Lane. Dress as a Cop! Dress as a Robber! 

10 pm Sexual Healing @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Grooves to get cozy to. Sexy 60’s vibe, RnB, soul.  

10 pm Sick Kids by Dudebox @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. “Step One: Skin on skin, mandatory mean muggin, bow throwin, shoes without shoe-strings, refills, high heel tripping, brush your shoulders off. Step Two: All black everything, paranoia, click representing, puma scuffin, money in the air, HEEEEY, HOOO!” (We don’t know what this means, but we’re intrigued). $5, with all proceeds going to Sick Kids Hospital.   

10 pm Hotmess @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. J Lah, Akka Pella, and the Hotmess DJs spinning everything from 80’s and 90’s to house and hip-hop. 

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, The Beatles to Postal Service and more. $5.  

10 pm Melting Pot @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. A new monthly dance party featuring Toronto’s finest DJs playing a mixed bag of house, italo, groove, etc. Special guests Dinamo Azari, Ali Black, and Mr. Isosceles. $5 before midnight, more after.  

10:30 pm Strip Spelling Bee @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin! Sign-up at 10:30 pm sharp, Bee at 11 pm. $10 at the door.  

SATURDAY

1 pm Fort York Food Fight @ Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. An intimate interpretive food tour of Fort York, giving guests an understanding of diet during the early days of Toronto, followed by one of two workshops: Eat Green Through the Seasons (exploring the ecological benefits of eating seasonally) and Growing Food Indoors (highlighting alternative gardening). Finally, a chef competition like no other. $30 by phone at (416) 392-6907 ext. 221. 

8 pm DJ Skate @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. DJs Linterna and eLman heat up the ice with fresh cumbia mixes destined to make you move, groove and skate. Free! 

10 pm Love Design Party @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Party of Come Up To My Room. Grab a cocktail, mingle and dance while surrounded by the massive installation by LeuWebb Projects. Music by Toronto DJs Denise Benson and Joe Blow. Free! 

10 pm Bad Taste @ 751 (downstairs), 751 Queen St. W. Bad Taste turns one! Gully rap music all night long.  

10 pm Bitch Craft @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Hip-hop with DJ Blonde & Redhead. Old school, new school, whatever they want school. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. 

11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5

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