Toronto Hit List: Style Spin, Oktoberfest at Steamwhistle Brewery, Bang The Party!, Art Battle Cage Match & more!

September 8th-18th Toronto International Film Festival @ various locations. The 36th edition of TIFF

September 16th-18th Queen West Art Crawl @ Queen West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles. 2011 marks the 9th annual Queen West Art Crawl! Purchase a great work of art from one of the 250 jury-selected artists at Outdoor Art Show and Sale in Trinity Bellwoods, take part in a walking tour, or attend a talk by one of the featured guest speakers.

September 16th-18th Queen West Art Fair @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Hotel kicks off Art Crawl weekend with their Opening Night Gala, featuring a cocktail reception on the 2nd floor from 7-10 pm and the Art Battle Gala Party in the Ballroom from 9 pm onwards. Exhibition runs Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 pm.

September 16th-24th Toronto Beer Week @ various locations. Toronto’s premiere craft beer event

WEDNESDAY 

7:30 pm The Tale Of A Town – Queen West @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. “Based on Toronto’s most legendary strip, The Tale of a Town – Queen West is a site-specific theatrical journey through the past 30 years of this renowned neighbourhood. Beginning at the TPM red doors then traveling through alleyways and along Queen Street itself, this play takes place inside an empty storefront that has been transformed to represent three iconic Queen West locales: a new controversial condo development, a second hand clothing store and a local bar that resonates with songs from the Cameron House.” Show runs until October 9th.  

9 pm Audio Blood Presents: ’TIFF 11 @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Performances by The Balconies, Sandman Viper Command and Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers. $10. 

10 pm Peaked Fiends @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJ AyGay entertains you with records of the post punk, psych, rock and pop genres. 

10 pm TIFFMentality Spectacular @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Live video set by Mat The Alien + special guests Going Quantum, Hydee, Kid MK and Hawri & Mandi. First 25 free and $10 guestlist http://bit.ly/TIFFBASS until 11:30 pm. 4 AM LAST CALL. 

THURSDAY 

5 pm “Discordant Vernacular” Opening Reception @ I.M.A. Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave., Suite 305. “Discordant Vernacular emerged from two originally distinct bodies of work employing traditional and hybrid forms of photography, sculpture and installation. The artist’s varying representations explore the dichotomous relationship that exists between environments constructed by humans, and the nature they support.” Until 9 pm.  

9 pm INQ Mobile Presents: Express Yourself Toronto @ Thrush Holmes Gallery, 1093 Queen St. W. INQ Mobile, in association with VICE, is throwing a series of art events across Canada. Things you can expect: art from Toronto’s best young art-maker types, a Facebook-ready photobooth and DJs Famous Players. Things you can’t expect: a live performance from Meatloaf (bummer!).  

9 pm Drake Cabaret @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. The Lounge goes cabaret with music by Maylee Todd and special guests. 

10 pm OTMzine Relaunch Celebration @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. After 2 years, 8 issues and 167 interviews and photo shoots, Toronto indie zine OTM has revamped their website and wants to celebrate their relaunch with you! Featuring a DJ set by Camembert Electrique, tasty drinks and good company.  

10 pm Fourth World @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. DJ Chris Randle plays dance music of all genres and nations. This month’s itinerary includes Sweden, Barbados, Benin, several disco wormholes and whatever rarefied air Beyonce breathes. 

10 pm Bright Lights TIFF Party @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. NYC music producer, remixer and DJ Junior Sanchez stops by along with Jelo, Nav C and Rory Them Finest. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10. 

10 pm Bad Biz @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. UK bass, electronic, hip-hop, top 40 and cool shit played for you by the Bad Biz DJs.   

FRIDAY 

6 pm Style Spin @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Ride in style with hosts The Deadly Nightshadesand sneak a peek of the best kept fashion studio secrets in Toronto! Meet at the Drake at 6 pm for Mill St. beer and Atelier magazine’s launch party (featuring free magazines and giveaways from Atelier and Levi’s) then depart at 7 pm for a studio tour at Carte Blanche followed by a stop at ‘V’ by 69 Vintage and a meet with stylist Desire Kaniki at his Parkdale studio where you’ll watch a private screening of motion editorials from Toronto Alternative Fashion Week. Ride back to The Drake Underground at 9 pm todance the night away. 4 AM LAST CALL. 

7 pm “Group Show: This Place In Time” Opening Reception @ Show & Tell Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. “Whether physical, social, cultural, or philosophical, the concept of ‘space’ has obsessed humankind for centuries. Within the field of visual art, an interest in space has been a prominent thread in the generation of creators emergent from the 1970s through to the 1980s. The artists assembled in This Place in Time have each invested in the boundless, definition-evading idea of ‘space’.” Show runs until October 9th.  

7 pm Studio 407’s First Art Show @ Studio 407, 263 Adelaide St., Suite 407. The first of many art shows at loft gallery Studio 407. Beer provided by Steamwhistle. Until 11:30 pm. $10.  

9 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: 2nd Annual Competition Edition @ Revival, 783 College St. Doors and sign-up at 9 pm with 20 spaces available on a first come first serve basis (solo performances only). With guest judges Saukrates, Mastermind, Jonathan Ramos, Garvia Bailey and Jemeni, hosts Abdominal and More Or Les, and DJs Numeric, Dalia and Ted Dancin’. Show starts at 10 pm sharp. $15 before 10 pm, $20 after.  

9 pm Beer Week Kick-Off Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Free performances by Opopo, Foxfire, Mamabolo and Pants & Tie followed by DJ Shit La Merde.  

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 Bring Me The Horizon @ Crawford, 718 College St. After the mosh subsides, come shake your booty to DJs Jona Weinhofen (Bring Me The Horizon), Vik! and Billy Hamilton. $5 pints of PBR, $5 shots of Jager and Jameson, $8 mugs of beer + shot, $14 pitchers. $5. 

10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Revel in the ironic sounds of 90’s most elitist pop while you groove to the sincerest sounds of the 90’s most vibalicious pop. Back to school bonus: if you come as a group of 5, dressed as 90’s icons, you will get in for free! Otherwise, it’s $5.  

SATURDAY 

3 pm Oktoberfest @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Rd. An all-day fest filled with traditional food, entertainment and steins of Steam Whistle! Until 11 pm.  

8 pm BADBADNOTGOOD @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. The trio of musicians comprising BADBADNOTGOOD have been making waves all around the globe for their jazz-influenced interpretations of the likes of Odd Future, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Waka Flocka Flame, A Tribe Called Quest and more. Their YouTube sessions have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and they will making their live debut at The Red Light followed by DJ sets by the group and Ghetto Gold Matt.  

9 pm Art Battle Cage Match @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. ARTBATTLETO.com presents a night of no-rules, 1-on-1, competitive painting. DJ Cam de Laat spins funk, soul and R&B. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Bang The Party! @ Crawford, 718 College St. Disconotdisco, leftfield house, future boogie, tropicalism with resident DJs Andycapp and Rod Skimmins + special guest Dirty Dale. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.  

10 pm LastNightsParty.com Featuring Two Door Cinema Club DJ Set @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. LastNightsParty.com, who offer a behind-the-scenes look into the most exclusive parties around the world, team up with electro pop band Two Door Cinema Club. $10 tickets available online and at the door.  

10 pm Low Lyfe @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Feeling feelings, drinking drinks and musicing musics with Ian Worang and Jaime Sin. 

10 pm Hot Blooded @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJs Dylan and John will be spinning sweet disco hits for you to get down to. 

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 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 NCKBRK 01 @ JangBang, 430 College St. DJs Sylvermayne, Taktiks and Kaewonder presents a night devoted to forward-thinking instrumental hip-hop and beyond. BYONB (Bring Your Own Neck Brace) ’cause things are gonna get real. 

10 pm Kyle Hall @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Detroit native Kyle Hall productions are so richly musical, so thoughtful and mature, that it seems madness to think that he was born 1991! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 (+ s.c.) advanced tickets available online and at Rotate This and Soundscapes.  

10 pm That Shit Cray @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. All the 70 BPM bangers you can handle. Bounce, dirty south and luxury rap with DJ Mensa and host Arowbe. $5. 

10 pm Fancy Pants @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Bowie / Blake Babies / Beach Boys / Beyonce / Big Boi / Bikini Kill / Blondie / Bone Thugs n Harmony / The Boss / other bands that don’t necessarily start with ‘B’. With DJs The Whole Man and Home Rekha.  

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. 

11 pm My Favorite Robot @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. My Favorite Robot aim to broaden the definition of electronic music and deliver it to as many music lovers as possible. With special guest DJs Droog from L.A. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.  

SUNDAY 

12 pm Creative Heart Collective Fall Show & Sale @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. A Fall-themed show and sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers. The focus of the show will be on small-sized artwork, indie arts and crafts, fashionable artisan gifts, homemade baked goods and preserves, DIY presents, and apparel and vintage clothing. Until 6 pm.  

1 pm City Cider @ Spadina Museum Orchard, 285 Spadina Rd. Witness apples being picked, pressed, heated and served – and then taste for yourself! With live music, a corn roast, orchard tours and more courtesy of Not Far From The Tree and Spadina Museum. Until 5 pm.  

10 pm Team Canada & Friends: TIFF Closing Night Blowout @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. With DJs Team Canada and Your Boy Brian + special guests hosted by Your Boy Steve. 4 AM LAST CALL. For guestlist requests, email guestlist@wrongbar.com. $10.

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