I’ll be the first to admit that finding a place to twist & shout in Toronto can be a difficult endeavour. With the help of some friends who like to hit a dance floor on the regular,parties I’ve been to, and the ubiquitous Facebook events used by promoters, I’ve done my best to put together a decent list of dance parties in the city for you.
Lovin’ In The Name Of: My favorite party in the city happens on the 3rd Friday of every other month at the Great Hall (Queen & Dovercourt). The event attracts a great, friendly crowd of all ages and features a live (and large) band playing the hits from the past and the present, with a DJ spinning between sets. The band members rotate and often features musicians from great local bands. Cover is usually $10.
Chronologic: Labelling the night as a “Dance party through the ages”, promoters Goin’ Steady have been successfully throwing this party for some time. The night used to be at the Boat and has since been moved to The Garrison, a larger venue with more space to dance (win!). The idea? Starting in the 1890’s ’til today, DJs play hits in chronological order. Make sure you make it there for the 50’s and 60’s, always a highlight of the night! Usually ever 2 weeks, cover is $5 and the next one is on September 1st.
Shake-a-Tail: Every Saturday night at Sneaky Dee’s, the music is 60’s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always a good time, be prepared to get hot & sweaty!
Reality Bytes: Playing the hits from the 90’s, this party has outposts on both the west-end (Augusta House) and east-end (WAYLA) of the city every first Saturday of the month. Get there early for this one, the bars hit capacity pretty early in the night. No cover before 11, $5 after.
No No Pony: At another popular 90’s party (more focused on hip hop), get ready to hear Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour, on the hour. And no, it never gets old! The event happens in the Basement of Parts & Labour in Parkdale. Keep checking their Facebook page to find out when the next No No Party is going down.
If nostalgia isn’t your thing, I go to the Hoxton when I need a fix of newer house/electronic music. Cherry Cola’s is great for rock-leaning tunes to dance to.
The Young Lion’s Music Club is also always throwing cool parties around the city. This latest was just announced: SS Songs: a dance party on a boat with some live bands! The party is on Friday, Sept. 14th and you can get the $15 tickets at Soundscapes and RotateThis.
If you know of any other great parties/venues, please share ’em by leaving a comment!