August 11th-12th The ALL CAPS! Island Festival @ Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island. Toronto’s only music, art, and camping festival! Featuring a dynamically diverse line-up of independent music from across the continent alongside art installations, swimming, bonfires, and summertime fun in a gorgeous, intimate environment. $65 camping passes available at Rotate This, $30 festival passes and $17 single-day tickets available at Rotate This and Soundscapes (does not include ferry ticket). For more information, check out the Facebook page.
10 pm HumbleMania 48 @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. HumbleMania celebrates the members of their favourite police club from Japan. Dave Monks performs some new and old favourites + the debut of the brand new music video for Graham Wright’s “Birds of a Feather” from his Shirts VS Skins album.Vinyl dance party afterwards!
7 pm “Guilt City” Opening Reception @ 627 Queen St. W. “’Guilt City’ explores the bittersweet indulgence. As one of life’s greatest contradictions, there is always a sacrifice to be made when actively fulfilling a desire. 20 emerging artists give their unique perspective on this idea.” Until midnight.
7 pm “Place Unheard” Opening Reception @ Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. “’Place Unheard’ calls on voices from miles off the beaten path to create work on the theme of ‘place’—from artists whose perceptions of ‘place’ are distorted by transient lifestyles, socioeconomic realities, and the chaos underground. This visual art exhibition features the work of 9 young artists, all hailing from the outer regions of regularly scheduled culture. Place Unheard is presented by Catscan, a Toronto-based artscollective dedicated to creating an alternative and accessible forum for arts education.” Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 19th.
9 pm Funk Getting Ready To Roll: Party People! @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. A night of psychedelic soul featuring DJs Simmer Down and Jason Palma. Come celebrate the upcoming CBC Radio documentary Funk Getting Ready to Roll: Funkadelic’s life and times in Toronto during the early 70’s.
10 pm Beats & Pieces @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Def jams provided by DJ Numeric and Mantis. Hip-hop, funk, soul, and other audible treats.
10 pm Patio Lanterns @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. Come enjoy the pairing of Al Bundy and The Grump’s musical tastes.
10 pm Bass & Titties / Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, the Eff Emm Ell DJs play booty-shaking east coast, krunk, and rude boi classics + giveaways from The Baitshop. Downstairs, the Bass6 play hip-hop, reggae, and dance music to keep you happy. $5.
10 pm Treat Em Right @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ RyFi treats you right with hip-hop, soul, RnB, and reggae.
10 pm Reality Bytes East @ Wayla Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Come get your 90’s on! DJs Jrox and Lindzrox play all your favourite dance, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative 90’s tunes.
10 pm Homophilia @ 1602, 1602 Dundas St. W. DJs Gay-Straight Alliance (David Balzer and Chris Randle) throw a dance party for all those of artistic temperaments. Glittery disco, palatial house, shameless pop, and soaring R&B.
10 pm (ALT)Night: Pants Off! Dance Off! @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Another down to basics dance party with a twist! Find your favourite pair of undies and get ready to strip! DJ Dislexia plays everything from classic favourites to guilty pleasures. Drink specials from 8 to 10 pm (drunk feet dance better).
10 pm Fuck It @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A sweaty, dirty, guilty-pleasure-filled evening where the Bangs & Blush ladies play whatever the fuck they want! 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s… all the music you know and secretly love. $5.
10 pm 90s Party @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bloor St. W. Giveaways, 90’s prizes and movies, Much Music Oh Henry Video Dance, spotlight slow dances, dance-off trophy, 1 am costume contest and more! With DJ Caff playing your favourite 90’s tunes. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Floored @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Fathom and crew play hip-hop, funk, groove, and dance hits. Expect breakdancing!
10 pm SoulSkank @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Double K and Gramera on the decks and Dennis P on the saxophone. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get By Fridays @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Mantis and Hajah Bug spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.
10 pm Phazed / TFHouse @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, old school meets new school hip-hop and R&B with DJ Amplified and guest DJ James Redi. Downstairs, Trishelle plays the best bangers from the baddest bitches. $5 before 11 pm, more after.
10 pm Fake Blood & TEED @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. In celebration of The Hoxton’s one year anniversary. DJ sets by British musician and producer Fake Blood and TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), the solo project of Orlando Higginbottom, an Oxford-bred twentysomething whose hummable dance music combines electro-pop, Euro-house, and 2-step beats. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Ex-HER-bitionist Edition! DJs Kris Steeves, ForMyBrassBand, and OMGBLOG.COM spin undressed and uninhibited beats to give HER a full show all night. Special drink special before 11:30 pm. For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
11 pm Bath Salts @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Happy party vibes with audio selections by A.Kammerer, Infinity Dose, and Schramm. Techno, house, electro, juke, and booty bass. $3 or free with costume.
1 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 DJ Dijon, KTWC, DJ Cal, The Wheel Wells, Meech and Casual Duo. 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.
6 pm Skratch Bastid Presents: Bastid’s BBQ 2012 @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Bastid BBQ returns for a second year, this time with bigger and bolder treats for your ears and taste buds! Food courtesy of Massive Catering, with performances and DJ sets by BadBadNotGood, Wrispect, Tom Wrecks, DJ Mastermind, P-Plus, DJ Drastik, DJ John Farrugia, Paul E. Lopes, Deejay Ariel, and Lucie Tic. This year will feature the first annual wing eating competition where five contestants will go head-to-head to see who can eat the most chicken wings (by weight) in an 10-minute period. $17 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.
10 pm Chronologic @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). $5.
10 pm Laytheseknight @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Famous Players n’ Patrick McGuire try their hardest not to play The Boy Is Mine five times.
10 pm Shoplifters Will Be Prostituted @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A funk, soul, bastard pop, hip-hop, etc. dance party brought to you by A Digital Needle DJs.
10 pm Spunmante Bambino @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Old house, new house, old disco, new disco, 80’s, nu wave, soul, the darker the better.
10 pm Myth Paradise Music @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W. Soul, disco, funk, boogie, and house music is the weaponry. Your ears, hearts, and souls their targets.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Two ice stallions serve it up hot with a glamour positive party for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a lucky bitch. The guiltiest of pleasures all night: hitz that span the ages, 90’s hip-hop, contemporary hitz, 80’s velvet jamz, forgotten gemz.
10 pm Breakfast @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stupa and Mac plate an eclectic mix of music, mashing hip-hop, electro/house, rock, R&B, funk, and soul.
10 pm Tapette: 2 Year Anniversary@ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. The French dance party celebrates its second anniversary! Joyeux anniversaire!
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 Ignition / Return of the Double Dragons @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, DJs Caff plays bumpin’ n’ grindin’ RnB, hip-hop, reggae and club musics (and more than enough R. Kelly classics). 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 pm Bangers @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Hits and hooks for body moovin’ with DJs New Money and Chris Poppin’. All dance styles welcome: electric slide-pop’n’lock-get jiggy-lean back!
10 pm Alex Metric @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. In celebration of The Hoxton’s one year anniversary. DJ set by Alex Metric, a British musician, DJ and producer. He has released numerous EPs, remixed artists such as Depeche Mode, La Roux, NERD, Phoenix, and Bloc Party as well as working as a producer for acts such as The Infadels, Charli Xcx and Adam Freeland. Supporting set by Dzeko&Torres. $15 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record, and online.
10:30 pm Bang The Party! @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Resident DJ Andycapp is joined by guest DJs Mymanhenri, Liam Crockard, and Alex Brooks. Futureboogie, futurebass, futuredisco, futurefunk. $10.
8:30 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Rebel Without A Cause @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. Screening of the James Dean classic Rebel Without A Cause. Snacks available for purchase. BYOBlanket. Screening begins 15 minutes after sunset. Free/PWYC.
~ Caitlyn Holroyd
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