July 6th-17th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival, with 140+ productions featured at 25+ venues across the west end of the city. www.fringetoronto.com
July 13th-15th Feathers vs. Fauna @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson St. Part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, Feathers vs. Fauna features two new works from Toronto choreographers Eroca Nicols (Lady Janitor) and Jasmine Graham (The Collection). “Aviary from The Collection is an image-based duet filled with absurdity and lost souls. The Deer in Headlights Side-show Slide-show is a solo work by Lady Janitor featuring hand-knitted epic family drama, feats of strength and concentration, silliness, dark comedy, power animals and dancing.” Show runs Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 pm, Friday from 12:30-1:30 pm and Saturday from 8:45-9:45 pm. $10 at the door.
July 14th-16th Through The Decades: ’70s @ Ontario Place, Echo Beach. Grab your platforms! Live music, a disco dance floor, classic films and the origins of video gaming featuring Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pong. Free! Runs 7-midnight each day.www.ontarioplace.com/event/through–decades-1970s–week
July 14th-17th DaLish Cosmetics Pop Up Shop @ The Burroughs Building (4th floor, suite 404), 639 Queen St. W. DaLish Cosmetics launch their first-ever pop up shop! Find your perfect summer look with complimentary make up touch ups and consultations, or shop the full range of DaLish cosmetics, body care, face and eye creams and the brand new Chubby Cheeks Baby line. Runs 11-7 pm each day.
July 16th-17th 39th Annual Festival Of India @ Centre Island. Featuring music, dance and drama showcases, a spiritual yoga festival, a South Asian bazaar, cultural exhibits, a free vegetarian feast and more. www.festivalofindia.ca
8 pm Rum Tasting @ café Taste, 1330 Queen St. W. Learn the sordid history of rum and taste through a selection of rare spirits (not available from the LCBO) paired with cheese and house-crafted chocolate! $40, which includes all taxes and gratuity.
10 pm DJ O-God @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. A mix of new and old classics from every genre. $3 bar rails before 11 pm, $7 mug of beer + shot all night.
6 pm “Sophie Privé Recent Paintings” Opening Reception @ Telephone Booth Gallery, 3148 Dundas St. W. “In this narrative suite of works, Sophie Privé investigates the fluid and illogical nature of dreams and the intricacies involved in thought, imagination and the construction of memory. The subjects of each painting are transcribed from the artist’s personal collection of photographs documenting seemly insignificant moments with family and friends. Removed from their original contexts, the beautifully rendered figures float within a landscape of conversations and narratives delineated by flat acrylic and simple lines. The new fictitious relationships and conversations are the result of freely composing from a collage of dreams, imagination and reality.” Until 8 pm.
7 pm The 2011 VICE Photo Show @ Show & Tell Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W. Featuring photo essays by Yannick Grandmont, Brett Gundlock and Aaron Wynia, and a DJ set by Sandy Miranda of Fucked Up. Refreshments provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Absolut Vodka. Until 11 pm.
7 pm “LOVE” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Quebec native Sophie Moisanin introduces her imaginative world of naive figurative style paintings to Toronto. “Each painting displays such vibrant colours that one feels like a child at the candy store when looking at it. The enigmatic and flowing asymmetry in her characters is there to remind us that life always has two sides: the beautiful, the ugly, love, hate, life, death etc…” Until 10 pm.
9 pm White Label Sessions @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Acts as a testing ground for Toronto’s live music scene much the way that white label vinyl pressings do (a “secret show” where performers are not announced). Artists with established names will share the stage with up and comers with a guest DJ playing tunes between sets. $5, with profits going to DAPS, an organization putting on all ages shows in the city
10 pm MurderBoner @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Ghetto Gold Matt plays the best in new and progressive rap music. Special guest TBA.
10 pm Set Sail @ The Port, 1159 Dundas St. W. The first edition in a new series of music where shipwrecked sailors come to drink and share their travel stories. With The Undrummer, Young Grass, Chambers, Phil Allister and DJ Lillie Z. PWYC.
10 pm Cancer Complex @ Crawford, 718 College St. Playing you anything and everything. from head bangin’ to bumpin’ n’ grindin’. Drink specials: $4 Jager and tequila shots, $5 PBR pints and tall cans of Amsterdam Blonde, $9 big 50s, $6 draft, $7 mug + shot and $13 pitchers.
10 pm I Can’t Believe It’s Not… Nirvana Nevermind @ Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave. Jon Hynes, Katie Ritchie, Brad Kilpatrick and Lee Hanlon playing the album in full from beginning to end with a different vocalist on each song (singers TBA). DJ Vee Stun does warm-up grunge and post-party grunge throwdowns. $6.
10 pm Attack Of The Wizz Kids! @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Pure and rare vinyl mayhem where Hack Spewey, Oven Mit, Eye Skeptic and Copperfist dig through their crates to bring you the lost rhythms from ’round the globe and beyond!
11 pm TAIL: Super Secret Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. The Scarlet Pansy play all the songs you dance to in your living room. Fast songs for the boozed-up kids, slow songs for all the lovers and other strangers. Popsicles at a suggested donation of $2 a pop, with every penny going to SOY (Supporting Our Youth).
6 pm “Sweat” Opening Reception @ Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. A summer art show featuring a collective of local artists and illustrators, with each exploring the physical, ideological, social and cultural notions of sweat. Until 10 pm.
7 pm SUPAFRIK Pop Up Shop & Gallery Launch Party @ Hotshot, 181 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market plays host to the first installation of SUPAFRIK, an experimental “pop-up” concept: part exhibit and part shop. Featuring the works of artists, designers and photographers that take inspiration from the African continent, with artwork and products that re-contextualize and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and traditions with a post-modernist eye. Runs until July 31st.
10 pm Summer Jams @ Savoy, 1166 Queen St. W. DJ 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 Fancy Pants: Makeout Edition @ Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas St. W. Back in January, the back room of Naco was transformed into a makeout room, complete with an air mattress. Now it’s July and they’re gonna do it again! Bring your chapstick, your dancing shoes and all your friends – DJs Home Rekha and The Whole Man will get you into the groove.
10 pm Love Sounds @ Midpoint, 1180 Queen St. W. DJs A-dub, The Noodleman and Paul Revered play the best and freshest in modern deep disco, funk, boogie and slo-mo beats. Drink specials: $12 pitchers and $3 rail mixes before 11 pm, $4 tequila shots and $5.50 PBR pints all night.
10 pm Summer Party #2 @ The Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W. DJs Lauren Raham and LK spin records in the creepy back room, lit by candles, with cheap beer, for another night of serious dancing. $5 at the door or $3 if you RSVP in advance email@example.com.
10 pm Odyssey @ Crawford (basement), 718 College St. DJs Andrew Allsgood, Catalist and special guest Ron High Tower make your body sizzle. The sounds? Group sex on a beach, on ecstasy with jungle drums pounding your bottom into a lather.
10 pm The Vinyl Party @ Blondie’s, 1378 Queen St. W. The very best EDM music, from the classic to the modern, in a vinyl-only format. $5.
10 pm Transmission @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Scott Wade and Scott Waring play stuff like The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Joy Division, Pulp, Interpol, Talking Heads, etc. $5.
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.
10 pm Pathetique @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. New and old post-punk, cold wave, synth, no wave, minimal, etc. with DJs Josh Voynovich and Josh McIntyre.
10 pm Manjah Music @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Mantis and Hajah Bug (a.k.a. Manjah Music) spin hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae vibes on two turntables with very special guests.
10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #54 @ Revival, 783 College St. Hundreds of tracks to choose from an extensive catalogue. Start practicing! Hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les with DJs Numeric and Ted Dancin’. $5 before 11 pm.
11:30 am #PawsParklife @ Trinity Bellwoods, northeast corner by the rink. A day for dog lovers and their dogs, hosted by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli and Angie Smith. Event is FREE but there will be a dog wash where local professional groomers will be accepting donations for pampering pups.All proceeds go to Paws for the Cause www.facebook.com/PawsForTheCause.
4 pm Doing The Same @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Weekly BBQ jam! All smooth West Coast sounds (electro, boogie, jheri curl funk, g-funk, rap and R&B), all free BBQ (while it lasts), all day long cheap beers and mixed drinks ($12 Mill Street pitchers) from 4-8 pm every Saturday on the patio. Music by Ghetto Gold Matt and guests, BBQ by Vladimir Kato.
7 pm Wild Hearts @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. “An example of creative endeavors. An emancipation of fears together. An exhibition of black art.” Featuring Wild Moon Jewelry silent auction and market + Purple Hearts album release and listening party. Music provided by DJs Phantom Signal, Jah Grey and Sean Sax. Market and auction at 7 pm, performances at 10:30 pm.
8:45 pm “Grey Gardens” Screening @ Cawthra Square Park, 519 Church St. “In Grey Gardens, noted documentarians the Maysles Brothers cast their hypnotic gaze onto the lives of Edith ‘Big Edie’ Beale and her daughter, the incomparable and nearly indescribable ‘Little Edie’. Close relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and once members of the New England elite, the Beales live an increasingly isolated life together in a decaying mansion surrounded by family heirlooms, faded dreams, and cans of cat food.”
10 pm The New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Rolling Rock and Embrace present The New York Train’s Soul Clap – America’s most popular soul party and dance-off! With NY DJ Jonathan Toubin, special guest DJ Louis Calabro (Goin’ Steady) and guest band Ride The Tiger. $100 cash prize for Toronto’s best soul dancer decided by guest judges from Pink Mafia and She Does The City’s Toronto Hit List compiler, Caitlyn Holroyd. For guest list requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 pm Religious Material @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJ Scott Cudmore plays rock, soul, doo wop, New Orleans funk and gospel. Spiritual drink specials until 11:30 pm. Free before 11:30 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 Strictly Business @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Classic rap attack with DJs Serious and Numeric catching wreck on the wheels of steel.
10 pm Show Us Your Hits @ Charlie’s Gallery, 112 Harbord St. The flaunting of hits and tracks you love – from anthems to should-have-beens to still-might-bes.
10 pm Night Fever @ Margret, 2952 Dundas St. W. Disco is making a comeback! Expect to hear all your favourites, plus a surprise or two.
10 pm Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A dance party where DJ Mikey McFly and guests play the good stuff! $5.
11 pm Evening Standard @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A dance party with DJ and Norseman Todd Terje alongside Members Only. $10.
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.
2 pm Ontario Oyster Festival @ Rodney’s Oyster House (side alley), 469 King St. W. Enjoy fresh oysters, mussels and lobster while watching the Ontario Oyster Shucking Competition and live bands all in support of Environmental Defence, Canada’s most effective environmental action charity. $30 per person (includes two drinks and a plate of six oysters or bowl of western chili) by calling 416-363-8105 ext. 0 or at the gates.
4 pm East Side Bike Ride @ The Avro, 750 Queen St. E. For this community project, The Avro has teamed up with a bunch of local small businesses! Meet at The Avro, roll on down to Cherry Beach, over to The Leslie Spit, up for some ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop and back over to The Avro for a cold bevy. Bike Sauce, a local D.I.Y. non-profit bike shop, will be offering minor bike repairs along the way and Tour Guys will offer a casual tour and info on the area. Joining the ride late? Tweet to @TheAvro to find out where they are.