This week’s top soirees include Blood Ballet Cabaret’s conspiracy theory-themed burlesque revue, an Electric Circus revival, and more.
Friday: The Blood Ballet Cabaret Presents…Illuminatease
3030, 3030 Dundas St. W. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $10.
“A titillating cabaret presentation with a conspiracy theme.” That’s the description for Montreal-based Blood Ballet Cabaret’s newest show, Illuminatease. (Get it?) Big things are happening for the troupe this year, as they mount a five-city tour from here to N.Y.C. If you’re not familiar, the BBC is lead by Ms. Bloody Mary Anne (alias: Kamee Abrahamian) with an interactive stage show that blends circus acts with sensual burlesque and beyond. The latest show features eight performers, including Vancouver’s The Lady Josephine. Expect: “stories of moon landings, religious conspiracies, and celebrity assassinations.” Find out more here and watch the trailer above.
Friday: An Electric Circus party
The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. Doors at 10 p.m. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
“Hang on, here we go, all aboard, so electric!” I still love that Jet Fuel song so much. In other news, guess what’s back: ELECTRIC CIRCUS. Well, sort of. More like an homage. I was at MuchMusic’s reincarnation of the iconic dance night on New Year’s Eve 2011, but, from watching the show on TV as a kid, the party never quite lived up to my expectations. Maybe this edition from Good Kids, She Does The City, and Worn Fashion Journal will blow your mind. There’s a costume prize for $200 in your best/worst ’90s club gear (candy ravers!) and DJs—for a change of pace—will be spinning “alternative rock, pop, and hip-hop tunes from the decade.” Find out more here.
Saturday: DJ Skate Night
Harbourfront Centre (Natrel Rink), 235 Queens Quay W. Doors at 8 p.m. Free.
I’ve always wanted to be one of those Torontonians that looks so good skating in public—it’s people like that who make the city feel so much more than just an empty concrete hole. And so, DJ Skate Night has become the most wonderful time of the season. This year, the goal is simple: “a musical journey that spans eras, taking you back to a time when funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and disco were in heavy rotation … transforming your skating experience into a dance club on ice.” The 2013 portion of the season kicks off Saturday with DJ Manifest, spinning a decade of top 40 hits. The ice-capades go on until 11 p.m. (Don’t forget your flask!) Next week, the Electro Swing Club will make you jump and jive.
Saturday: Beam Me Up
Featuring Shelley Hayes. The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Doors at 10 p.m. $5 before, $10 after.
We had a lot of fun with A Digital Needle last time, didn’t we? The duo is back again, as promised, to bring you the sexy, sweet sounds of disco. This Saturday, The Piston will host Beam Me Up, where, co-deejay John McLeod will prove that “disco is much more than polyester pop music.” And, continuing in their new tradition, the boys will import Shelley Hayes, “a striking songstress who has agreed to belt out a few blue-eyed beauties, at the party’s blushful behest.” Also joining the bill is Cyclist, who is just too groovy for words. Party like it’s 1979. Find out more here, and enjoy the preview below.
Wednesday: Bobby Mathieson “Heroes” Opening Reception
Neubacher Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock Ave. Doors at 6 p.m. Free.
If most of your January plans include a whole lot of nothing, then head to NSC next Wednesday for a change of pace. Bobby Mathieson is an abstract expressionist wonder with a street edge, a big buzz-magnet at the city’s International Art Fair last year. His technique requires heavily on layering on the paint for “grotesque, strongly visceral portraits.” “Heroes,” then, is a melange of history and culture, presenting subjects from Eva Hesse to Hemingway and “obscuring the level of recognition and iconic legibility within their faces.” Runs until Feb. 16. Find out more here.