Toronto Hit List: North By Northeast, Wild Horses, Father’s Day Charity BBQ, Religious Material & more!

June 13th-19th North By Northeast @ various locations. 650 bands, 40 films, 50 venues. Check out our picks and the official website for a complete list of shows and events. 

June 17th-19th Taste of Little Italy @ College St., between Bathurst and Shaw. Experience all things Italian, from food to music! 

June 18th-19th President’s Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto @ John St., between King and Richmond. Gourmet street food prepared by some of the city’s leading restaurateurs, including Chippy’s Fish and Chips, LEE, Milagro, Poutini’s House of Poutine, Woodlot and more. Runs Saturday from 12-8 pm and Sunday from 12-6 pm. All food items $5 each. www.luminato.com/1000tastes 

WEDNESDAY 

1 pm Cheap Living Clothing Sale @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, by the tennis courts. Clothes, accessories, leather jackets, records, swimsuits, hats and tons more stuff for guys and girls. Refreshing beverages and complimentary music to help you shop. All items will be for a kind price between $1 to $10. Until 6:30 pm. 

5 pm Hunter & Cook Release Party + BBQ @ Ruins (back courtyard), 960 Queen St. W. Launch of Hunter & Cook #9 magazine, Josh Reichmann After Live release party and a BBQ! $10. 

9 pm Plaid Spring/Summer Issue Launch Party @ Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Ave. Celebrate the launch of Plaid Magazine’s newest issue! Sounds by DJ Rad McKool. 

10 pm Bangs & Blush @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. The debut of Bangs & Blush at Churchill, spinning 60’s soul and rock n’ roll. Come for a drink, stay for the fun! 

11:30 pm Double Trouble @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. Darren Tarbat and Steve Rock play music to dance to until 4 am last call! They will also be playing Swayze and Nic Cage movies exclusively. 

THURSDAY 

7 pm Mystery Camera Launch Party @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W. Complimentary drinks, delicious cakes, yummy snacks and prizes in celebration of another addition to the Lomography family! Everyone who dresses in a nautical theme will get a 10% voucher to use in store. 

9 pm Euro Tour Fundraiser @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. Maylee Todd and Pewee Power are heading to Europe and need cash! Show your love and hear live performances by Triple Gangers, HUT and, of course, Maylee Todd and Pewee Power. DJ Circle Research all night long.  

10 pm Wild Horses @ Watusi, 110 Ossington Ave. Steve Rock and the Bangs & Blush ladies DJ the very best in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s rock and roll! 4 am last call! 

10 pm MurderBoner @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ Matthew Langille plays the best in new and awesome rap shit and more, focusing on overloads of Memphis ish.  

FRIDAY 

12:30 pm 159 Manning BBQ @ 159 Manning Ave. Pigs on spits! Veggie burgers! Art show upstairs featuring the work of Allison and Lauren Knight, readings by Kate Carraway, Chandler Levack, Chris Randle and David Balzer, backyard DJs Scott Cudmore and OMGBLOG.com, and an indoor and outdoor stage featuring performances by Ladies of the Canyon, the Third Mind, Fields of Fure, No Gold, Choir!Choir!Choir!, Ell V Gore, Buck 65, Biblical, Burning Love, the Vandelles, Julie Fader and more. BBQ ends at 11 pm sharp. $30 advanced tickets only, available at Rotate This, Parts & Labour (when Tim is working) and by appointment at 159 Manning.

6 pm Summer 2011 Visual Arts Exhibition Opening @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Opening reception for our Summer 2011 Visual Arts, Craft and Architecture exhibitions featuring the 2011 AZ Awards produced by AZURE Magazine and exhibitions DODOLAB: Ideas of Canada, Vestiaire/Cloakroom, Stage, Bring to Mind, First Hand, Sweater for a Pine Tree, and New City Landscape. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs June 18-September 25. http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts 

7 pm Jays Days Launch @ Opera Bob’s, 1112 Dundas St. W. Re-creating the stadium experience while the boys are away! Beginning this week, Opera Bob’s (the best baseball-watching bar in the city, according to the National Post) will host a six‐game series of Jays Days, including a gameday host, MLB trivia, prize giveaways, ballpark dogs (free dogs on Launch Day), bagged popcorn, peanuts and other food and drink specials.  

7 pm “Raw Me” Opening Reception @ Bezpala Brown Gallery, 17 Church St. An exploration of raw sexuality and self-identity with no labels or definitions. Must be 18+ to attend. The Reception will be followed by the After Party from 10 pm to 5 am (bar will stay open until 2 am). 

7 pm William Hundley & Jesse Harris Solo Show @ Show & Tell Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. “Panic, Fear, Hallucination positions Hundley’s photographic prestidigitations alongside installation work of a similar aesthetic. The illusive suspension of a variety of different fabric and media in the actual gallery space creates a palpable manifestation of the fantasy captured in ‘Entoptic Phenomena’… Harris has created a series of punk still life pieces. These collages are assembled from scraps of fabric and leather adorned with zippers, studs and spikes, as well as slogan badges. More than political radicalism, Harris delivers a series of messages that advocate positive social ideals and attack the definition of art.” 

7 pm $H!T Happens @ Relative Space, 365 Dupont St. “The exhibition $H!T HAPPENS In Berlin explores the aesthetic and technical innovations of creatives in the city, showcasing both emerging and established designers. The unexpected is the norm; trials and errors, miscalculations and failures, experimentation and surprise—all result in ingenious design strategies.” With DJ Johnny Hockin. This event is RSVP only email: events@relativespace.com 

8 pm Beyond The Walls Dance Party @ CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. Come celebrate the Centre for Social Innovation’s achievements and help them raise some money for the next stage of their growth! The Goin’ Steady DJs will be throwing down a mix of dance-friendly tracks and the Innovators Auction will feature 50 killer items – some fun, some serious, some rare and all unforgettable. $15 + HST online at https://socialinnovation.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=48 or $20 at the door if available. 

8:30 pm Manhunt @ Dundas St. W. and Claremont, southeast corner. Manhunt is a urban game, similar to hide n’ seek or tag. Game one goes from 8:45-9:30 pm within Dundas (N), Robinson (S), Manning (E) and Bellwoods (W). Game two goes from 9:45-10:30 pm between Mansfield (N), Dundas (S), Manning (E) and Grace (W). Aftergame will take place at Taste of Little Italy. All are welcome! 

10 pm Space Pussy @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Lillie and Jilly play dance, futuresounds, hip-hop, classics and ass-shakers. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm Ride The Tiger @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. The Tigers perform classic Motown, stax and soul gems of the 60’s and 70’s! 

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke @ Revival, 783 College St. Hundreds of original rap classics for you to verbally shine on. Hosted by Abdominal and More or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.  

10 pm Summer Jams @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. Steve Rock and guests play whatever they want from rap to rock, hits to rarities, 60’s to present – as long as it screams SUMMER!  

10 pm Hos & Bros @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. 70’s ladies versus 80’s men with DJs Tammy and Jimmy. 

10 pm The Vinyl Party @ Blondie’s, 1379 Queen St. W. DJs Jamie Kidd, Nitin, Terence Kissner, AFE Society, Chad Breen and Koki play the best electronic dance music, from the classics to the modern, in a vinyl-only format. $5. 

10 pm 95 Live @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, dance hits and straight-up jams all night long with DJ Brett Leonhardt. 

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. 

SATURDAY 

11 am Father’s Day Charity BBQ @ Over the Rainbow, 101 Yorkville Ave. The store and Hero Burger will be grilling up hot dogs ($3) and hamburgers ($5) with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks Canada. Stop by the store during the BBQ for a chance to wine a prize pack consisting of a $1,000 shopping spree of Scotch & Soda products and a two-month free subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio. Until 4 pm.  

12 pm Bells on Bloor @ High Park, Bloor entrance. Join a large throng of young and old cyclists for a joy ride along Bloor in support of Bloor bike lanes. A police escort will accompany to ensure it’s safe for children. www.bellsonbloor.ca  

6 pm Bubble Battle @ Bloor & Spadina (southeast corner by Domino’s). Bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution and plenty of AA batteries! Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss classic, The Butter Battle Book. This is a family-friendly event.  

10 pm Happy Endings @ Forestview Chinese Restaurant, 466 Dundas St. W. Montreal DJs Poirier, A-Rock and Hatchmatik + $5 dim sum platters, $3 beers before midnight and $5 drinks all night! For $10 reduced guest list, email guestlist@themansioninc.com with the subject Happy Endings.  

10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Serious and Numeric combine forces to bring you a classic rap attack! Patio open until 11 pm.  

10 pm Religious Material @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Scott Cudmore plays rock, soul, doo-wop and New Orleans funk and gospel music. Drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend the night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll to drink, dance and get messy to. $5.  

10 pm Rap-A-Lot @ Hard Luck Bar, 812 Dundas St. W. DJs Caff, DMT, Patrick McGuire and Steve Rock play rap all night long. 4 am last call! $5.  

SUNDAY 

10 am Bike to CAP AIDS @ High Park. Use your bike to raise funds and support a healthier and more secure future for young people in Africa affected by HIV and AIDS! Visit www.capaids.org/events.html to register. 

11 am Celebrate Bloor “Red Carpet Style” @ Bloor St., between Church and Avenue. Bloor-Yorkville celebrates the completion of the Bloor Street Transformation Project with a grand opening celebration. The street will be closed to vehicles in order to roll out one kilometre of red carpet and will feature the Yorkville Exotic Car Show, Tasting Pavilions, Concert Stage, celebrity appearances, in-store retail promotions and an official opening ceremony. Until 4 pm.  

1:30 pm The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival @ Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. A showcase of some of the best cinematic masterpieces this city has to offer made by young adults. $8 in advance from http://torontoyouthshorts.ca or $10 at the door.

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