This week’s top happenings include a sendoff for the Electro Swing Club, WORN Fashion Journal’s Black Cat Ball, and an art event presented by AIDS ACTION NOW!
Friday: Social Experiment
With various performers. Moskito + Bite, 423 College Street. Tickets at $30, available online. Doors at 10 p.m.
If you haven’t caught on yet, Moskito + Bite, College Street’s new haunt for seriously good music, has been partnering with all the right people to bring in all the right acts (last week’s Mansion x Le1f booking, for example). On Friday, The Modern Love Affair, a champion of “modern house music, with the people who love it,” has teamed up with No.19 Music, the Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and more for Social Experiment, a jam so slick and promising it even gets fellow Grid party scholar Denise Benson’s seal of approval. Top billing goes to Art Department, the Canadian duo consisting of techno/house guru Kenny Glasgow and No.19 label owner Jonny White (whose rise was described by Resident Advisor as nothing short of “meteoric”). Look for UK’s Lee Foss, Tone of Arc, and more. Complete itinerary here. The event all ties into No. 19 Music’s art and charity auction, which happens beforehand at the Red Bull 381 Projects on Queen West. Find out more about that here.
Friday: Black List
The May, 876 Dundas Street West. Free. Doors at 8:05 p.m.
Black Friday now has parties, y’all. Sorta. Black List is a new online archive “dedicated to music’s favourite colour.” Complied by kick-ass graphic designer (and British import) James Cotton, it’s essentially a resource of archival footage focusing on rock ‘n’ roll songs with two-word titles that start with the word “black.” It’s a very meticulous, peculiar idea, no? Cotton explains via e-mail: ”Taking a similar approach to David Bowie’s infamous cut-up technique, the list plays off the juxtapositions and rhythm found in the strict order of the archiving process. Both collectively and individually, Black List documents how artists have utilised black as an idea across rock music history.” So let’s party: head to The May to hang with James and watch screenings of this fascinating footage. With merch loot to boot. Find out more here.
Friday: Electro Swing Club
With DJs medicineman & Foxtrot Holmes. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. $15 at the door, $12 in vintage attire. Doors at 10 p.m.
Last time we talked about the going-global Electro Swing Club, the Toronto edition was gearing up for a waterfront swing-down against Montreal. Well, here’s your last chance to go back in time before the club takes a winter hiatus. For the big temporary sendoff, you can look forward not only to resident DJs medicineman & Foxtrot Holmes, but also live visuals, a burlesque strip tease, and a live performance by Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, a band recently nominated for both Songwriter and Vocalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards. Find out more here.
SHAMELESS PROTIP: Since you’ll likely be on the dance prowl anyway, come to College Street’s Souz Dal (formerly Tiki Bar) for a night of straight-up dancing. “Girls Dem Sugah: The Holidaze Edition” is basically a night of music curated by yours truly and my pal Sarah Miles. It’s free—and a request democracy. (Within reason.) Find out more here.
Saturday: WORN Fashion Journal presents The Black Cat Ball
The Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road. $12, includes issue 15. Doors at 9 p.m.
If you look, you’ll find a long list of devotees, myself included, that couldn’t possibly rave harder (both figuratively and literally) about WORN Fashion Journal, one of the remaining indie pubs dedicated to smart fashion journalism. On Saturday, the team is launching Issue 15 with a big-ass Black Cat Ball designed to “get your inner kitten out of the alley and onto the dancefloor.” Besides an excuse to wear cat ears, there’s a raffle ($1 a ticket) with prizes from The Beguiling, Lomography, Pinky’s Nails, and more. Find all your info here.
Wednesday: poster/VIRUS 2012 launch
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West. Free. Doors at 6 p.m.
December 1, 1989 marked the first Day With(out) Art, a national call of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis that had devastated the world. Since its inception, it’s become a global initiative “to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world.” If you’ve ever cared to get involved even a little bit more, this is your chance, especially since HIV continues to affect all of us—and young people need access to as much information and discussion as possible. On Wednesday, AIDS ACTION NOW! is launching poster/VIRUS, a series of eight new collaborative activist works that you’ll notice are plastered around the city. After the AGO, the after-party continues at Cold Tea (60 Kensington Ave.) starting at 9 p.m. Find out more here.