August 18th-20th Sail-In Cinema @ Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. To celebrate its 100th Anniversary, the Toronto Port Authority will be holding Canada’s first-ever floating movie experience! Featuring water-themed movies shown under the open skies and projected onto a two-sided screen in Toronto’s harbour. Movies can be watched from Sugar Beach on the one side or from boats in the harbour on the other (we are envious if this is an option for you). Movies begin at dusk each night (approximately 8:45 pm). Event is free but tickets are required, available at torontoport.com and sailincinema.com.
August 18th-21st Havana Cultura @ various locations. A four day cultural festival showcasing the arts and culture of Havana, Cuba along the Ossington strip.
8:30 pm Rent Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A variety night for fun, with proceeds going to the Red Cross for Somalian Famine Aid.
7 pm “Open Eyes Toronto” Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel (2nd Floor Gallery), 1214 Queen St. W. “Exploring what is beautiful, problematic, controversial, inspiring and unique. The collection of work is intended to be a backdrop for dialogue about the city.” Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs August 16th-22nd, 12 to 5 pm daily.
7 pm Trunk Show @ The Automat, 463 Dovercourt Rd., Suite 1. Get a sneak peek at their Fall merchandise! Cash only, bring your own bags. Until 10 pm.
10 pm Wild Horses @ Watusi, 110 Ossington Ave. The very best in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s rock n’ roll.
10 pm Summer’s End @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. End the summer with a bang! The rundown: bring a water gun (small weapons only), enjoy the party, and prepare to partake in the biggest pool hop the city has ever seen. Enjoy Micha Kennedy fries, BBQ by the Massive Catering squad, free freezees and free Creatures Creating giveaways.
6 pm Style Spin @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Ride in style with hosts The Deadly Nightshades and sneak a peek of the best-kept fashion studio secrets in Toronto: the studios in the storied Burroughs Building and 401 Richmond! Meet at The Drake Hotel at 6 pm for cheap Mill St. beer + a welcome gift from Totto Alverado’s sunglass collection. Cycle with The Deadly Nightshades at 7 pm and pay a visit to Philip Sparks, Janet Attard, Paper People Clothing and Haley Stolee Smith/Hillary Sampline. Ride back to The Drake Underground at 9 pm to dance the night away.
8:30 pm Locally Grown: A Fundraiser For Evergreen @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. The Green Society Campaign is holding their first fundraising concert, with all proceeds going to Evergreen Brick Works. With locals Automatic, The Cool Hands, Broken Bricks, High Steaks and Bones Howe. Doors at 7:45 pm. $10.
9 pm Hootenanny For Nellie’s Shelter @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. An event to raise money and awareness for Nellie’s Shelter. Soundtrack for the night is a tribute to early alternative pioneers The Replacements, with performances by The Dirty Mags, Give Us The Daggers, The Get Nuns, The Goodnight Webcams, Eamon McGrath, BB Guns, Lost Woods, Drunk Women, Modern Boys Modern Girls and more.
10 pm Legendary Times @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. An evening of rawk wizardry and reckless abandon with DJs The Gillespie Brothers. Special live performances by Medallions and The Brambles. For guestlist requests, email email@example.com. $5.
10 pm Bros & Hos @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. 70’s ladies versus 80’s men with DJs Tammy and Jimmy.
10 pm Satisfaction @ College Street Bar, 574 College St. DJs Sanga Genesis and Yobi play a soundtrack of house, funk, R&B and hip-hop music, with dashes of styles in between and beyond. Free mixtapes before midnight! $5.
10 pm Pleasure @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. A night focusing on the synthesizer, including (but not limited to) post-punk, cold wave, synth pop, industrial, italo, minimal synth and John Carpenter soundtracks. With DJs Don Kennedy and Josh Voynovich covering everything from obscure gems to the classics.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #55 @ Revival, 783 College St. Watch people tear through an extensive collection of hip-hop rhymes. With hosts Abdominal and More Or Les + DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Abracadabra @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Renew your pact with rock.
10 pm Odyssey @ Crawford (basement), 718 College St. An adrenaline-fueled disco and house explosion of epic proportions. With DJs Andrew Allsgood and Catalist at the wheels. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Pagea Delphi and Bane spin hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae on two turntables with special guests.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. RnB, hip-hop, pop and 90’s dance music from North America and Europe. Only one rule: no Pearl Jam. Free before 11 pm with student ID, $5 otherwise.
10 pm Fancy Pants @ Naco Gallery, 1165 Dundas St. W. A clusterfuck of danceable music selections courtesy of DJs Home Rekha and The Whole Man.
10 pm Bangs & Blush @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies celebrate musical diversity, playing everything from 60’s pop to Spice Girls, Stevie Wonder to The Specials, Bowie to The Smiths, Ol’ Dirty Bastard to Oasis. $10.
11 am Food Truck Eats: Part 2 @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill St. Featuring trucks from El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Caplansky’s, Bonfire Catering, The Cupcake Diner, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Shriner’s Creek, Gorilla Cheese and more. Until 3 pm.
1 pm Queen West Music Fest @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen St. W. at Strachan. Live bands, cold drinks, BBQ, special guests and more! Brought to you by Molson Canadian, Red Bull, CP24 and West Queen West BIA in support of Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. Until 7 pm. After party will take place at The Hideout (484 Queen St. W.) following the festival.
3 pm Forgetus Collective Launch Party @ Forgetus Gallery, 163 Sterling Rd., Unit 29. Celebrate the official launch of Forgetus Collective, Toronto’s newest destination for art, music, media and events! Music by Mausoleum and Portraits; DJ sets by Jeff Hayward, Scott Waring and Paul Reiser + Nudity; food by Big Fat Burrito; beer by Steam Whistle. No cover!
3 pm Bastid’s BBQ @ Steam Whistle Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. A celebration of food, music and people! With DJs Starting From Scratch, Wrispect, Bonjay, P-Plus and Paul E. Lopes alongside food courtesy of Eventrix. Until 10 pm. Tickets available at Soundscapes, Rotate This, Play De Record and Ransom Holding Co.
4 pm Doing The Same @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Weekly BBQ jam! All smooth West Coast sounds (electro, boogie, jheri curl funk, g-funk, rap and R&B), all free BBQ (while it lasts), all day long cheap beers and mixed drinks ($12 Mill Street pitchers) from 4-8 pm every Saturday on the patio. Music by Ghetto Gold Matt and guests, BBQ by Vladimir Kato.
10 pm Lick A Shot @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Millenium-era raps and R&B all night long. Selections by the ’93 Bulls of binge drinking: 84.85, Andrew Roti and Geoff Snack. Requests encouraged.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. After two weeks apart, Lindsay and Brittney reunite to make Clinton’s into one hot mess! 60’s rock n’ roll and soul. $5.
10 pm Religious Material @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Scott Cudmore plays doo-wop, R&B, psych, gospel, 80’s and hip-hop. Spiritual drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm All Souled Out @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, make-you-wanna-boogie sweaty dance party music with DJs Big Jimmy Mills and Sylvermayne.
10 pm Beat Junky @ El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave. An open-format dance party with no themes, no rules, just beats! Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after, with all proceeds going to stopcanineprofiling.com, a website dedicated to fighting Breed Specific Legislation.
10 pm Slowed @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Moombahton and global mid-tempo bass with David Heartbreak, Torro Torro, Lucie Tic and special guests The Frandiscos, Sulley and Lillie Ze. $5 before 11:30 pm or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Dylan and John will be spinning sweet disco hits and handing out excuses to meet babes across the room.
10 pm Night Fever @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. A night to get down to the sounds of disco. On vinyl.
10 pm Sugar Bush @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. DJ Home playing you those ass-shaking, scream-a-long, grinding, foot-stomping tunes which she eloquently describes as, “Uh, like, stuff with girls involved, I guess. That you can dance or, you know, get busy to. Tina Turner to PJ Harvey to Karen O, whatever.”
11 pm The Goods @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Celebrating 9 years as one of Montreal’s best kept secrets this summer, this musically diverse open-format dance party has a new monthly home at The Drake Underground. With resident DJs Scott C and Andy Williams. $10.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. A night of dancing to 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
4 pm Jays Days Series Finale @ Opera Bob’s Public House, 1112 Dundas St. W. Jays Days conclude with the Jays taking on the A’s. Genuine baseball atmosphere.