The end of July is almost here! All the more reason to make use of your summer hours and party it up this weekend. Here’s what to do and where to go…
GOTSTYLE & KINGWEST MAGAZINE Special Event
GOTSTYLE, King West Magazine and Belvedere Vodka will be hosting A Special Event at the Everleigh Toronto (580 King Street West), with music by DJ PG13. What better reasons are there than premium vodka and good-looking men to be late for work on Friday, right?
Grand Opening of #COVETHURSDAYS with ELIGIBLE Magazine
The COVE thirtyone will be launching #COVEthursdays this week, in collaboration with Eligible Magazine. Hang out with the downtown crowd on the rooftop patio and make sure to dress extra pretty, kids, because Eligible will looking for next month’s Bachelor and Bachelorette. $4 drinks and apps before 11pm, RSVP for guestlist and bottle service.
ART SALAD: A Toss Up of Ottawa and Toronto’s Freshest Artists
Break your usual end-of-week, Thursday night diet of reality television and sweatpants by getting your cultural salad tossed at ART SALAD. Featuring art from eight Ottawa and Toronto talents, it promises to be a night of food, drink, and live music by Brian O’Brien. Opening reception is Thursday from 7pm to 11pm with the exhibit running until July 31st at the Norman Felix Gallery.
STRICT TEASE Fundraiser Party
Because whips and chains are expensive in a recession, Love Letters Cabaret will be hosting STRICT TEASE to raise funds to keep the taboo flowing. The evening will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, naughty games, manservants and performances by Love Letters Cabaret, Lucky Minx, Esie Mensah the Artist, and Grace Wolf, with DJ BARBI pumping tunes. Really, where else are you going to find a manservant on a Thursday?
Paintlounge Toronto Launch Party
Take chances, make mistakes and get messy with Paintlounge as they launch their new Toronto location. Take out the week’s stress on a canvas while learning cool techniques from their artistic staff to create some 4×5 abstract awesomeness that you get to bring home. While you create your masterpiece, there will be live music by Jessica Blake with Paintlounge’s signature iced tea and cupcakes from Mama Lo’s on hand to keep the creative juices flowing. The first 100 registered guests also get receive a swag gift bag of goodies from local art-loving businesses.
TAAFI – Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
Running July 26th to 28th, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International will be celebrating artists from all around the world and the Imagine Nation. Partake in everything from film screenings to workshops to parties where you can hang out with all the coolest cartoon cats (literally?) from the industry.
Chris Brown Event @ Kool Haus – Beautiful People
Beautiful People. White party. Chris Brown. Nuff said?
OPULENT TEMPLE in Toronto presents: Sacred Dance (WHITE PARTY)
In an homage to their Wednesday night white parties at Burning Man, Opulent Temple will be partnering with Toronto’s Revel Nation and House of Dust to bring their high-end production values, top-shelf music, and unmatched vibe to the city for a blanc blow-out of an evening. A celebrated line-up of DJs will be joined by live performances including burlesque shows, a magic set, and aerials by Faeya Tal.
HIP ROCK HOORAY 90s NIGHT
Now that it’s officially cool to like the ’90s again, come jam to your favourite not-so-oldies at HIP ROCK HOORAY ’90s NIGHT. With music by 4Korners, ladies get in free on guestlist before midnight.
2013 Art Battle National Championship at the AGO
Finish him! And by “him,” we mean your week by coming out to the Canadian cultural Mortal Kombat known as the 2013 Art Battle National Championship at the AGO. Last year’s champion of the ring, Yared Nigussu of Vancouver, will be defending his title against 15 qualifying artists from across the country using acrylic paint in 20-minute rounds to create the best works possible. Paintings will be auctioned at the event ($100 minimum) with the audience ultimately choosing who will take home the most prestigious prize in live competitive painting and be 2013’s Art Battle National Champion.
Get giggly at this summer’s edition of a soon-to-be Toronto classic, BeerProv. Now in its third year, founder and comedian Jim Robinson marries the universally enjoyable delights of beer and improv to create pretty much the perfect formula for a Friday night. This is also probably the only summer party where you shouldn’t wear all white because chances are you’ll be spilling beer everywhere laughing.
HOT MESS is Back! – An Anything Goes/ Mostly ’90s Dance Party
Do you miss a simpler time when Beanie Babies, Furbies and Tamigotchis roamed free? If so, the ladies of Bangs and Blush are back to serve up a HOT MESS of ’90s realness so messy that not even Captain Planet could clean it up. Nostalgia totally included.
Mad Decent Block Party 2013 Afterparty
Come rock out with your Block out at the Mad Decent Block Party’s 2013 Afterparty at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst Street), featuring special guests.
DJ DEEP FRIED FRIDAYS: Deep-Fried Brass
Screw the diet because every Friday for the summer, the Redpath Stage at the Harbourfront Centre will be pairing one of the city’s best DJs with a different deep-fried delight. This week’s edition, Deep-Fried Brass, will be serving up a dish of local underground legend General Eclectic for your ears and a deep-fried risotto, with a choice of either butternut squash or wild mushroom, from Gourmet on the Go for your mouth. Bon appetit.
The TBVA presents: The Toronto Burlesque Festival 2013
The naughtiest point on Toronto’s festival season map, the sixth annual Toronto Burlesque Festival runs this weekend, July 26th to 28th. With four incredible shows spread out over Friday and Saturday night, there will be performers from Canada and around the world. To help soak up the after party hangover, there will be an official Burlesque Brunch on Sunday, mercifully at 12:30pm.
ROCK THE BOAT 2013
Get your booze cruise on aboard the newly renovated River Gambler at ROCK THE BOAT 2013. Sponsored by Carlsberg and Somersby and featuring Toronto hip hop kings Mensa and Soundbwoy, ye land lubbers can get liquored up while taking in the city’s breathtaking skyline.
Live Green Toronto Festival
Celebrate all things green at the Live Green Toronto Festival. Festivities include: a Green Street Market (featuring hundreds of eco-friendly products and services) on a car-free Yonge between Dundas and Queen; a Swap Zone for your old CDs, DVDs, books, and vinyls; live musical performances; a Beer Garden; and free yoga.
Barns Art Market: July
One Saturday a month from May to October, get some funky retail therapy at the Barns Art Market, with over 25 exhibitors and open studios selling jewelry, paintings, prints, ceramics, clothing and more.
Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale
If you haven’t already figured out how awesome Parkdale is (and even if you have), come out this weekend (July 27th and 28th) for Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale. There will be free short works of music, dance, film, theatre, poetry, kids stuff, clowns, visual art, and comedy showcased in and around the trendy neighbourhood’s businesses, parks and parking lots.
IMPORTFEST 2013 – TORONTO
IMPORTFEST, “Canada’s Biggest and Baddest Car and Lifestyle Show,” will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There will also be an official after-party that evening at Cobra (510 King Street West).
Culinary Adventures – Uncork the County!
Move Wine Wednesdays to Saturday this week with Uncork the County! Showcasing picturesque Prince Edward County, explore Canada’s new hot spot wine region for a day. Highlights include enjoying lunch overlooking a vineyard while you compare tasting notes with a private sommelier and a chance to sample 12 premium vinos from the region at 4 different wineries. Leave from CHEESEWERKS at 56 Bathurst Street at 8:30am, return at 7:30pm.
Nelvana Bouncing Ball – TAAFI 2013 Party
If there was an animation party of the year, this would be it. Unwind after a day of animation absorption at TAAFI by dancing and chilling on the waterfront with all the biggest names in the animation arts world.
Victor X Videofag present: QUEER ARCADE!
Instead of playing Xbox by yourself at home this Saturday, come explore the intersectionality of contemporary gaming culture and queer identity at Queer Arcade. This curatorial collaboration between game art curatorial collective Vector and T.O. exhibition space Videofag will play host to the conversation about queerness, gender and gaming culture while guests can play video games and view the works of 13 artists (many of whom will be in attendance).
GO WEST: Lakeshore’s LGBT Dance Party
If you haven’t gotten over Pride being finished for the year, GO WEST at Jay Jay’s Inn (“A place so nice they named it twice!” … lol) will be giving you the fix of Top 40 and retro hits you’ll need to get over those post-Pride shakes.
The Hidden Films Festival
Featuring a different international city every weekend, Toronto plays host July 27th and 28th to the only non-European edition of the Hidden Films Festival. Offering a totally new and unique film festival experience, audience members have no idea what film they are about to be screened and are highly encouraged afterwards to write what they thought about it on social media to create an interactive cinematic community experience.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer a.k.a. Beerfest
Given that it is near high treason in Canada to dislike beer, Toronto’s Beerfest should be the highlight of pretty much everyone’s festival season. Featuring 200+ brands on-site, celebrate the nation’s rich brewing history with experts from all around the world.
Nyood Restaurant presents Toast and Jam: All-White Nautical Brunch
If you have been hiding under a rock all weekend and not gone to a white party by Sunday, check out Nyood’s All-White Nautical Brunch. With music by MKutz, brunch begins at a hangover-appropriate 12pm and cocktails begin (again?) at 3pm.
Kensington Market Backyard Beer Garden
If you don’t live in the wastelands known as the suburbs and, consequently, don’t have a backyard but love local beer and barbecue, Kensington Brewing Company will be hosting a Backyard Beer Garden featuring $5 pints, food including a Mexican BBQ pit and live music from Callan Furlong and the Old Fashioned Trash all on the Kensington urban lawn of actual real grass to enhance the experience.
Brassaii Presents the World Famous Le Brunch
With music by DJ UNDERCOVER, commiserate the hangover or keep the party going at Brassaii’s World-Famous Le Brunch. $45 Prixe Fixe Menu, $150 Grey Goose y’all.
Team Canada After Party!
Join Canada’s Ultimate Frisbee Team for the ultimate Sunday night party to celebrate a successful WFDF U23 World Championship.
It’s Getting Hot in Here: A Mid-Summer Cabaret!
Charcoal Sketch Cabaret will be debuting the fine voices of Kristi Woods and Lucas Anderson, along with returning champions Megan Poole, Jenna Warriner and host Jeff Jones, with Danielle Kolenko on piano over at Habits Gastropub.
Under the Sun Tour 2013
Go over to your mother’s and dig up all your best crop tops, flare pants and dyed leather so that you too can relive the ’90s with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms.