Nov. 17th-26th Happy Appy Hour @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. Sip your next post-work martini at the Sony Centre’s Balcony Bar Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 pm and enjoy FREE gourmet appetizers prepared by executive chef Stephen M. Lee of Sodexo. A perfect start to a girls night out! No admission or ticket required.
Nov. 19th-21st Breast Fest Film Festival @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Films exploring the spectrum of issues surrounding breast cancer + panels, workshops and speakers connecting people to the breast cancer cause. An initiative of Rethink Breast Cancer. Tickets available here.
9 pm The Details @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. These Winnipeg indie rockers have been called “one of the best acts making music in Winnipeg these days” and are currently on tour promoting their new EP, The Original Mark. $6.
10 pm Southern Hospitality @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Bands and DJs playing music from the south (or at least sounds like it). Drink specials and cheap pitchers, y’all.
10 pm Come As You Are Karaoke @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A new monthly karaoke party featuring 20,000+ songs with an emphasis on alternative, rock, and new wave. Drink specials until 11:30 pm.
4 pm Shedoesthecity, GAP and Tarte Invite You… @ Eaton Centre Gap store. Come kick off the holiday season with us at the grand re-opening of Toronto Eaton Centre Gap! Photo shoots, Bangs & Blush DJs, mini-makeovers, 25% off everything, complimentary Tarte gifts and prizes and MUCH MORE! Until 8 pm.
6:30 pm Beat Poetry: Contemporary and Classic Beat Poetry Readings @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. Local musicians, writers, actor/comedians, and personalities read classic beat poems and original compositions. Recorded and live performances of work by Alan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.
9 pm Boudoir Bazaar Pt. II – Vaudevill Thrill @ 69 Vintage Collective, 1207 Bloor St. W. Handpicked vintage lingerie, slips, spanx, waspies, bustiers, knickers, bloomers and more from Rozeneh, Tomorrow Never Knows and 69 Vintage Collective! Fizzy fancy cocktails, champagne and hors d’oeuvres + burlesque performances at 10:30 pm and midnight + pastie-making workshop at 11 pm. Burlesque attire encouraged!
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. The biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, booty-shakin’ hits! $3 drinks until 11:30 pm. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Burner Thursdays @ Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. Burner Magazine and Burner Records bring you the newest, sexiest, and popping dance/rock/electronica/house night from the city’s hottest DJs, producers, and bands! Featuring Paul David (Burner Records), Barletta (Burner Records, Major Rager Fam) and Skitz0.
11 pm Wild Horses @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Classic rock n’ roll all night! Expect only the very best in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s rock.
7 pm Bitch Slap @ Thrush Holmes Empire, 1093 Queen St. W. Playground Project 002 presents the opening reception party for Bitch Slap, a group exhibition of 28 female artists from Canada and New York. Curated by Derek Mainella. One weekend only! Subsequent viewings Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 pm.
8 pm By The Pound @ Sleeping Giant Gallery, 789 Dundas St. W. An exhibit comparing the idea of purchasing art with purchasing meat. 100 artists selling fresh work in the converted “meat market” courtesy of the folks at Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Kensington.
9 pm Seven Inch Samurai @ Starving Artist, 584 Bloor St. W. Seven DJs do battle to decide who will be the ultimate Shogun of the 45s. East meets west in a seven inch showdown of the best in mod, soul, funk, ska, and rock n’ roll.
10 pm Curse These Metal Hands @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. The Bowie, Brit-pop, electro, hip-hop, mash-up dance party! 40 oz of OE and fancy Czech beer available.
10 pm Space Invaders @ The Barn, 418 Church St. Hotmess DJs playing 90’s music that made an impact on the dance floors – duh. $5.
10 pm The Stache-Box Social @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies spinning the best of 60’s and 70’s rock n’ roll in support of Movember! Styling encouraged for best ‘stache prizes courtesy of New Tribe Tattoos and Come As You Are. $5 minimum cover (all proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Canada). Fake ‘stache at the door for those without.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #46 @ Revival, 783 College St. Second-last edition of HHK before the end of the year! Lots of songs to choose from, Biz Markie to Drake and everything in between with DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin’ and DA. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10:30 pm Tap Ette – Édition Novembre @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Drink and dance to the sounds of fine French dance music. À Bientôt!
11 pm Edumacation @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Fase spins a combo of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, soul, funk, and R&B while special guest U-Tern fires up the dance floor with his disco-funk tracks. $5.
10 am Whodunit? @ OCADU, 100 McCaul St. Mystery art sale featuring art made by the famous and soon-to-be-famous. Until 4 pm.
9 pm Turning Point @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Intrepid traveller Paulo Superfly from Paris plays tropical selections from his collection of vintage vinyl. Music from the past for the dance floor.
10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A warm and cuddly party that’s all about drinking, dancing, having fun, smiling, and falling in love. Aww!
10 pm Dream//Date @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Cheap drinks, projections, love notes, ex-lovers, eligible bachelors, pretty girls. DJs Max Mohenu, Tony “Prince Price” Nemet and Steven Manning play minimal wave, new wave, 80’s soul, disco, post-punk, French pop, and Snoop Dogg. Free before midnight, $5 after.
10 pm Myth Paradise Music @ UNIT, 1198 Queen St. W. Ideal music in a deep space setting featuring choice soul, disco and house music.
10 pm Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Block rocking beats from DJs Serious and Numeric as they tear through their catalogue of classic hip-hop and R&B bangers all night long.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5
12 pm Shop Socials Retro Style Lab @ Bezpala Brown Gallery, 17 Church St. An interactive pop-up featuring edited, reconstructed, and inspired vintage fashion, beauty and accessories. Vendors, make-up demonstrations, vintage style seminars featuring tips and tricks to personalize your retro style, and more! $20 at the door.
7 pm Sixteen Candles @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. A John Hughes classic followed by the Hughes-esque 2010 film Easy A. $8 each or $14 for the double bill.
7 pmToronto Poetry Slam – 5 Year Anniversary @ Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West. Over 160 people will crowd the room to hear Toronto’s top poets and wordsmiths slam it down. From emotionally moving to outright dirty and hilarious – this will be a truly remarkable night with a raucous crowd. Think you got what it takes? Throw your name on the list at 7:30. What I thought would be beatnik bs was one of my most favourite nights ever. Go, grab a pint and settle in. $5