7:30 pm What We Talk About: Parents @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Talks on: Hamlet / God in the Old Testament and Jim Walsh in 90210 / Le Fils / Parentless Superheroes + a roundtable discussion with the speakers and an audience Q&A. Doors at 6:45 pm. $5.
9 pm Pre-Fake Prom Movie Night @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. The annual Fake Prom-themed movie night: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Themed snacks! Music Videos! 9 pm sharp!
10 pm HumbleMania 49 @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. After a two year non-stop run, HumbleMania is coming to an end – only two more parties left! Live set by Wicked Witches + debut of the new Live in Bellwoods from CUBS. Vinyl dance party afterwards!
10 pm Rap Party @ Crawford, 718 College St. Bangers from the 90’s until now. Waka Flocka Flame, Jay-Z, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Kanye, DMX, Fat Joe, Weezy, Meek Mill, etc. Music mixed by WLFPK.
7 pm “A Collection” Opening Reception @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. “The visual and audio experience exploring the realms of a collected unconscious. Through examining the fetishization of the natural world, age, and memory this exhibition attempts to uncover the origin of sentiment. By allowing chance and intuition to play a part in this exhibition, ‘A Collection’ brings together the work of over 20 different artists to form an exhibition where art honours origin and life is given to the otherwise lifeless.” Featuring special performances by a selection of spoken word poets and performance artists. Until 11 pm.
7 pm “Emerging Artists, Dis/semblances & Toronto Walk Project” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. In the process gallery, Marc S. Cohen displays “Dis/semblances” which “investigates the problem of mimesis as it extends into the temporal dimension. Each work, the technologies of representation and image reproduction, as developed by photography, screen printing and the photocopier, are both referenced and emulated. Ordinary photographic images are selected at random out of history, altered digitally, then meticulously hand copied directly onto illustration board. The process is perpetuated until there emerges a collection of seemingly unrelated moments from time, inviting the viewer to draw new relationships and meanings among the data so presented.” In the cell gallery, photography and sound documentation of the neighbourhoods in Toronto is hosted by the Toronto Walk Project. “It takes the viewer on a journey throughout the vibrant neighbourhoods of Toronto and highlights the city’s streets, colours, citizens, stories, sounds, and all the small nuances that make it so unique.” Until 10 pm. Show runs until September 2nd.
7 pm “Sunrise Sunset” Opening Reception @ Whippersnapper Gallery, 594 Dundas St. W. “In Sunrise Sunset Richard Müller presents the viewer with a deceivingly simple arrangement. Placed in the centre of the gallery and suspended from the ceiling are two monitors. Each monitor holds a real time video feed of the sun – one at dawn, one at dusk. Displayed in tandem, each monitor is supplied the feeds via a computer program designed to search out webcam feeds from around the world. As the earth rotates and the sunset/rise crawls across the globe – the program relocates its source to geographically corresponding webcam.” Until 10 pm.
9 pm Tommy Younsteen For War Child Canada @ The Horseshoe, 370 Queen St. W. Tom Petty/Neil Young/ Bruce Springsteen tribute band Tommy Youngsteen (made up of members and former members of Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Trews, and The Stills) plays a charity show for War Child Canada. $15 at the door.
9 pm Locally Grown: A GSC Fundraiser For Harvest Noon @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Performances by Tia Brazda, Wendy Versus, and Tiger Cats to benefit Harvest Noon Cafe, an entirely volunteer-run, delicious, cheap, healthy and locally-sourced food option on campus that needs help to expand. PWYC ($10 suggested donation).
10 pm Yo Ev @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Lo-fi rap all night with DJ Le Creepture and co.
10 pm Born To Be Wild @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. A rock n’ roll party. Don’t forget your leather and sunglasses.
7 pm “Hello World” Opening Reception @ Earl Selkirk Gallery, 2928 Dundas St. W. By The Uncarved Block in participation with The Junction Design Crawl, “’Hello World’ is an exhibition about systems and limitations. We believe limitations are beautiful: to bind the mind is to nourish it. It is our aim to develop tools that enable creativity and encourage play.With a focus on the matrix, ‘Hello World’ is not informed by Keanu Reeves and the question, ‘What is real?’ – but by dots and ‘What is possible?’ Join us in exploring the basic building blocks of dots and pixels with our interactive displays as we transform ARTiculations vitrines and gallery for a night of play.” You’ll be rewarded with crepes by Crêpes à GoGo. (Every opening should feature a crepe station, no?) Until 11 pm. Show runs until October 12th.
7 pm Junction Design Crawl @ The Junction, Keele St. to Pacific. Be guided by the lights at the 2nd Annual Junction Design Crawl! Organized by a group of independent business owners in the Junction, the crawl features innovative design displays, one-of-a-kind installations, exotic snacks, and live music. All participating businesses will have white lights strung up outside of their shops. Until 11 pm.
7 pm “Pattern Recognition” Opening Reception @ The White House Studio Project, 277.5 Augusta Ave. New works by Kyle Vandepolder, Laura Curley, and Peter Kalyniuk. Show runs until August 26th.
9:30 pm Fake Prom 2012: Enchantment Under The Sea @ Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. W. After ten years, Fake Prom is going out with a splash! Mermaids, sea captains, pirates and octopii – you’re all invited for a deep sea dance in the enchanted underwater kingdom at Palais Royale. With DJs Dougie Boom and Shit La Merde. Matchmaking! Non-stop dancing! Vote for Fake Prom King and Queen! Couples’ photograph area! $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Grasshopper Records, and online. $30 at the door.
10 pm Bad Taste @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Gully rap music all night with double barrel pump up selector Walmer Convenience. Duck your head, protect ya neck.
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A ridiculous, guilty pleasure-filled evening with the ladies of Bangs & Blush! From Hall & Oates to S Club 7, Britney Spears to Wham, Spice Girls to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, they’ve gotchya covered. $5.
10 pm Progfucker @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. DJs Goldman and Finkelstein spin all your favourite prog rock, kraut rock, pysch; YES, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Camel, VDGG, Rush, Supertramp, Can, Kraftwerk, Amon Duul II, Caravan, Ash Ra Tempel, and much more! With a live performance by Swiss Dice, who “make live, loud, organized, synth and drum driven music which is danceable and compositionally responsible,” said someone of Toronto after a recent show.
10 pm Panic @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus spinning the kind of retro that changed your life. 80’s, 90’s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. This month’s spotlight is Pulp vs. Blur. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm I Know You Care / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Shan Dub and Boots Boogie play hip-hop, R&B, old school, new school, funkÉ, everything. Downstairs, DJs Freeza Chin and Shai (a.k.a. the Double Dragons) play the best in reggae, dancehall, and soca + a touch of hip-hop and old school. $5 before 11:30 pm, more after.
10:30 pm Fuck U Fridays: One Year Anniversary @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Midnight Erotic Cabaret featuring Divinesque and Donnarama + newbies Cameron and a performance of Technological Abuse starring Robo-Ho Jay Walker and featuring Mad Scientist Jason Wells and Doctor Rog Carrier. Porn star Ryan Russell is your host for the evening and has a special XXX performance. Resident DJ Triple-X and guest DJ Matt Sims will ensure the dance floor gets wet and slippery with a sexual bumping and humping kinda beat. Sexy giveaways and promotions all night long from Good For Her.$5.
10 pm Soundclash @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJs Pirates Blend and BLK BTLZ square off, playing strictly big chunes and heavy selections.
10 pm Pretty Pretty 33 @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Live performance by Cosmetics + DJs Ell V, Josh V, and Josh McIntyre. $5 if you’re wearing leather.
10 pm Shag Retro Dance Party @ Wayla, 996 Queen St. E. DJ Cory Activate plays tunes that span across the 80’s and 90’s. $5.
10 pm Swift Ones @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. It’s the best, it’s the worst, it’s awesome, it’s sucky, it’s hot, it’s not, it’s rainbows and smiles, and it’s some hard core love. DJ kungfucandy plays hip-hop, punk, pop, and guilty pleasures. $3 drinks until midnight. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Music Is Life @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. A celebration of music and the joys it brings. DJ Ree plays hits new and old – hip-hop, RnB, reggae, dancehall, soca, old school, house, and much more.
10 pm SHAG @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. DJ Madame Hair plays British rock n’ roll.
11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Come get learned… proper, real proper! Resident DJ Fase and guest NV teaching you the values of hip-hop, funk, soul, old school, house, reggae, and club anthems. $10.
2 pm Birdbath @ Polson Pier (behind the Sound Academy), 11 Polson St. Birdbath is about: music, snacks, booze, sun, summer, pool, toys, DJs, Belvedere, mimosas, ping-pong, pool tables, bikinis, babes, caesars, fun, smiles, massages, tans, friends. Music courtesy of Ella D vs. Augustus, DJ Higgins, DJ Dickie, Kempers, and more. Parking and lockers available (bring your own lock). For day bed/cabana reservations, email email@example.com. For $15 guestlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 advance tickets available online. $20 at the door.
4 pm Room Temperature Volume 12 @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJs Parasol and Kaewonder on the decks playing the best day time disco and boogie while La Carnita’s Nathan Middleton will be heads up his signature snack stand. Bring money for food but not for cover. Goes until sundown.
10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Millennial rap + BET after school hits + tomorrow’s bangers with DJs Vanity Muscles and Geoff Snack.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sexy, sweaty dance party! 60’s pop, soul, and rock n’ roll played for you by the Bangs & Blush ladies. $5.
10 pm Brendan Canning Presents: DJ Fathom @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning joins forces with DJ Fathom for a night of vinyl sounds.
10 pm Pressure Drop @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Chuck Boom, Morningside 116 and Guv’nor General play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. All vinyl and dubplate selection.
10 pm Soulvation @ The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. Northern Belles (DJs Laura and Cindy) play obscure and favourite Motown jams, Northern Soul floor shakers, and rollicking rhythm and blues all night long.
10 pm Gay Nite @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Dancing and drinking in a non-breeding friendly environment! With DJs Boots Boogie, Betti Forde, The Husbears, Cozmic Cat, Dislexia, Fawn BC, and Shanelle Williams.
10 pm Sugar Hill @ Crawford, 718 College St. A night of delight with DJ Grouch playing 80’s and 90’s rap, R&B, new jack swing, and more. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Juan Maclean & Pat Mahoney DJ Set @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ sets by Juan Maclean (DFA) and Pat Mahoney (DFA/LCD Soundsystem). $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Brass Tacks @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A night of hip-hop with Diggy The DJ.
11 pm Essence Brown @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Manila Ice, Hoi King, and Turfmayne. PWYC.
11 pm Broken English @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Residents Famous Players take control of the decks and connect the dots between disparate genres, most of which you can dance to. $10.
2 pm Crush TO: End of Summer Picnic @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. A low-key end of summer picnic in the park. Bring whatever you want – blankets, snacks, music, games, bubbles, puppies, hula hoops, toys! Look for the pink balloons. (Weather dependent.)
2 pm Sunkissed 2 @ Polson Pier (behind the Sound Academy), 11 Polson St. With DJs Crunch, R2
Glew, Peter Kash (Flow 93.5FM), Armo Kidd, and KidZero + a surprise guest. Featuring an oasis swimming pool, cabana beds, bottle service booths, beach balls, super soakers, and a waterfront summer patio. $25 advance tickets available online.
3:30 pm Cyndi’s Day Off: WVRST Edition @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Cyndi needs a day off from serving up Dim Sum so WVRST is coming to save the day with an array of sausages (bison, venison, wild boar, duck, calabrese, bratwurst, veggie kielbasa and more)! With DJ Scott Cudmore.
8 pm Fan Expo After Party: Nintendo Tournament @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Flex your skills and immortalize your bragging rights! Rad prizes, special cocktails, and loud chip tunes. Streetfighter II Turbo Tournament starts at 8:30 pm. Mario Kart Tournament starts at 10:30 pm. Arrive early to enter game.
9:30 pm Crosswires #27 @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A Sunday night series brought to you by Doc Pickles, co-founder and emcee of of Wavelength. Performances by Intensive Care and The Battle of Santiago + General Chaos Visuals and DJ selector Acacia Christensen. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. PWYC.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd