Toronto Hit List, March 9th-13th: Canadian Music Week, Open Your Heart, Disco Sucks, 90’s Party & more! 

March 9th-13th Canadian Music Week @ various locations. More than 800 showcasing bands at 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. More info at www.cmw.net


5 pm Kids In The Hall Art Show Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Grove Community School Print Project exhibition and sale of student work from kindergarten to grade four. Each print is $30, with all proceeds benefiting Grove Community School arts programming. Until March 13th.  


6 pm Analogue Gallery CMW Sessions @ Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W. Acoustic sessions with Julian Lee at 6:30 pm, Akira Alemany with Modernboys Moderngirls at 7 pm and Maylee Todd at 8 pm. Free! No CMW wristbands required! All ages! 

7 pm Chocolate & Coffee Pairing @ LIT Espresso Bar, 810 College St. LIT is teaming up with Stubbe Chocolatesto host their first-ever pairing event. Try some delish coffee and chocolate and maybe even learn a little. Free! RSVP at nangellotti@litespressobar.com

8 pm BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) @ Gallery TPW, 86 Ossington Ave. An international series of one-night-exhibitions hosting artists and their projectors. BYOB Toronto brings together artists from Toronto, Montreal and New York State. More info at www.byobworldwide.com

9:30 pm Open Your Heart @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. A great cause for a family whose son is battling his second round of leukemia while his mother has been forced to quit her job and put her house up for sale to be close to her son. Come dance and celebrate the beauty of giving! $5 minimum donation + 20% of Midpoint’s sales + hilarious raffles + Rob Dyer DJing = one huge donation to a family in need.  

9:30 pm Ape Sodom @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Psych, doo-wop, R&B, 60’s-80’s punk, rock n’ roll with DJ Mark Sultan.  

10 pm Murderboner @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Matt Going Ham presents a night of new awesome rap and much more.  


12 pm Prisoners Exhibition @ Communication Gallery, 209 Harbord St.  “A portrait series chronicling the individuals who were part of the largest mass arrest in Canadian history, surpassing 900 people, at the G-20 Summit this past summer in Toronto. These photographs, taken outside the first court appearance for those accused, are a narrative of those arrested during the Summit, creating a record of the aftermath.” Until March 31st. Open Monday to Friday 12-8 pm and weekends 10 am-6 pm. 

6:30 pm Analogue Gallery CMW Sessions @ Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W. Electric sessions with Mainsail at 6:30 pm, Modernboys Moderngirls at 7:20 pm and Whale Tooth at 8 pm. Free! No CMW wristbands required! All ages!  

7 pm Vinyl Art In Curation @ The Baitshop, 358 Dufferin St. “The transmission of art, pressed on wax, painted on canvas, shot on film, spun on record – a showcase of eclectic artists and their work.” Music provided by Put The Rifle Down, Freedom Or Death and Babe. 

10 pm Dirty Talk @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Dancing, free junk food and an all-night extravaganza of film projections curated by Steve Manale (courtesy of Eyesore Cinema).  

10 pm Disco Sucks @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush present their newest party alongside Rich Cavagin spinning vinyl. All those guilty disco songs you’ve ever dared to love with a pinch of 70’s funk all rolled out for you to shake, shake, shake your boogie body on the dance floor to. $5.  

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

10 pm (alt) Night @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. The celebration of alternative lifestyles, trends, music and people! Dislexia spins indie-house-rock-disco-risco-party-jam-booty-punk-funky-weird-whatever all night long. $2.50 PBRs from 8-10 pm.  

10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. DJs Kris Steeves, Mikey Apples and OMGblog.com spin space beats to keep HER in orbit all night long. Early birds enjoy a free Paloma cocktail compliments of El Jimador tequila + $3 tequila all night. E-mail set.her.free@gmail.com for line bypass. $5.  

10 pm Llamas In Space @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs 4th Pyramid, Kae Wonder and special guest play disco, funk, house, hip-hop, llamas, space.  


1:30 pm International Women’s Day Fair @ Ryerson University Student Centre, 55 Gould St. A celebration of women and women’s rights! Includes workshops, live entertainment and over 50 vendors and community organizations. Until 4:30 pm.  

9 pm Wake For The White Stripes @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. To mourn the death of one of the best bands of all time, local talent will gather to celebrate the music The White Stripes have given us, through an art they loved so much as well: covering stuff! 9 bands will be playing, sprinkled with the best of the best of the musical duo’s tunes, followed by a screening of “Under Great White Northern Lights.” $10, CMW wristbands also accepted. 

10 pm 90’s Party @ Neutral, 607A College St. All 90’s music, all night long + 1 am costume contest for cash and drink prizes, Music Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slow dances and 4 am last call! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm Becca Lemire Presents: Taiza & Friends @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. The sounds of synth, electro, afro-beats, 90’s power jams, hip-hop, space-disco, Disney’s Fantasia soundtrack, pounding rock, 80’s house, queer jams and so much more all on vinyl. Brought to you by our very own Becca Lemire and DJ duo Taiza.   

10 pm Glam Check @ Salvador Darling, 1237 Queen St. W. The Diego Bros get you glamorous. Free style consultations all night + hip-hop, funk, R&B, old school, nu school, disco and pop.  

10 pm Make Me Yours @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Mike and Jonah of Fucked Up spin upbeat soul and girl groups. 4 am last call! Drink specials until 11:30 pm. $5.  

10 pm Good Music @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. An interpretation of good music from the soul, funk, psyche, hip-hop, 80’s pop, reggae, house and dance genres.  

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

10 pm Business Woman’s Special @ Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave. Got soul edition with DJs Brown Amy and Carnita of San Francisco’s gaymous party, Hard French. Soul stompers, girl group grooves, 70’s funky divas, garage, psychedelic, boogaloo and everything between and beyond all on original 45s. $5.  

10 pm Double Funk @ Double Deuce Saloon, 1168 Queen St. W. Funk, Motown soul, ghetto funk, funky breaks, jazz funk, disco funk, and so much more with DJs M-Chan and Public Relations.  


6:30 pm Sex+ Film Festival @ The Royal Cinema, College St. Second screening of the festival is the sultry period-piece, “Sirens” featuring Sam Neill, Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald. Treats by OMG Baked Goodness + a raffle by Aboveground Art Supplies. Film starts at 7 pm. $12.  

7 pm Manhattan @ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. A screening of one of Woody Allen’s finest. “The New York City that Woody so tediously defended in Annie Hall was in crisis. And so he imagined an improved version. More than that, he cast this shining city in the form of those movies that he might have seen as a child in Coney Island—freeing the visions that he sensed to be locked up in the silver screen.” $10.  

10 pm Big Shiny Sundays @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Taking you back to the sweet, angst-filled music of the 90’s. $3.50 Jager shots, $4 whiskey shots, $3.50 beers and half-priced wings.

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