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The top 10 parties in Toronto for October 2016

The top parties in Toronto this October aren't all about Halloween. Those parties mostly happen towards the end of the month and require a lot of dressing up. This list is a whole other monster and includes a lot of dancing and celebrating and no masks or capes.

Here are my picks for the top parties in Toronto this October.

First Thursday with Kardinal Offishal (October 6)
This First Thursday party is called We Do Us and takes over the entire art gallery with a DJ set from Kardinal Offishall, as well as work from Dainesha Nugent-Palanche, Asian Arts Freedom School, and AGO's new Artist-in-Residence Walter Scott. There'll also be snacks, lots of drinks and a drag musical pop up.

Wedding Night (October 7)
There's something comforting about a wedding dance party with your friends. You know all the songs, you drink way too much, and someone ends up going home with someone they like or don't. Wedding Night at the Piston mixes funk, soul, rock, disco, hip-hop, edits, Norman Greenbaum, Notorious BIG, New Order, Nas & Nina Simone.

Craft Ontario Grand Opening (October 13)
Craft Ontario has changed location to the human-traffic friendly area of West Queen West. Celebrate the move with this big party! It's a new 3750 square foot space a 1106 Queen St W and will feature all types of Craft Ontario projects, food and lots of bubbles.

Cruel Club (October 13)
This is a new dance party a The Steady on Bloor West, one of the most inclusive and sweaty dance spaces in the neighbourhood. DJ Frustra is involved and alongside Massive he'll be spinning techno, electro, bass and retro. No cover.

Power Plant Fall Opening Party (October 14)
Any excuse to get down to see the giant, waterside space that is The Power Plant is a good one and their fall opening party is a goodie. Be the first to experience three new exhibitions by artists Yto Barrada, Maria Loboda and Latifa Echakhch and the odd drink or 10.

Boobyball (October 14)
This is a massive Rethink Breast Cancer fundraiser party with the greatest party name of our times. A few cool things of note, it's happening at The new Sound Academy, now called Rebel, and the space is being transformed into a tropical paradise. There'll be custom drinks and snacks from Earl's. Everything starts around 8p.m.

Boop & Wip (October 15)
There are a string of very cute DJ and culture collectives around the city throwing parties you never thought possible. This is one of them and Boop is that group. Experience a wild night of dancing inside The Tranzac, a space normally reserved for folk shows and slow dances. DJ Zoz and RAMZi from Van City as well as Toronto's own CL join the fun.

Hush Hush (October 15)
Party inside the Bloor/Gladstone Library for one night only... dressed up as a hero or villain! Hush Hush is an after hours party in the stacks and is a night of cocktails, eats and live entertainment all the name of the Toronto Public Library. Like, all funds go back to them, and in the meantime you get to drink and run around a library screaming at the top of your lungs for once.

Artificial Sounds (October 21)
Double Double Land is one of the most magical dance venues in the city. Tucked away in Kensington Market, Artificial Sounds is the night to experience what it's all about with blogTO fave CL, Scott Hardware and Berlin's Pelada spinning techno and other mind altering dance music. Cover is $10, get there early.

Boombox (October 27)
You might thing TIFF is the crown jewel of the Lightbox, but really, it's the Boombox party. This year's theme is based around the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and is a building-wide, multi-sensory adventure complete with open bar and loads of fun activations and performances.

Did I miss your fave party this month? Add it to the comments.

Photo from the AGO on Facebook.


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