Felix Da Housecat will spin some Chicago-style electro and house at This Is London, Friday (October 31).
Since Halloween falls on a weekend this year, there are even more costume parties than usual, which gives you oodles of options for spooky beats. And even though the 31st is on a Friday, there are scary parties both before and after the big night.
Thu, Oct 30
Your best bet for testing out your costume before the big night is the Night Before Halloween Dance Party at the Social (1100 Queen West). Local DJs Vaneska and DMT will be joined by L.A.-based bloghouse hotshots Villains, who've been churning out a lot of bangin' club remixes lately. $5 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
Fri, Oct 31
All Hallows Eve
Much-loved queer punk party Vazoween returns to Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West) with UK arty electro duo No Bra headlining, alongside the usual bobbing-for-buttplugs and best costume competitions. $10 with costume, more without.
Indie dance institution Santa Cruz is back as well, this time with a boat party on Captain John's Seafood Ship (1 Queens Quay West). Just watch out your makeup doesn't get messed up in the Make-Out Booth. $10 advance at santacruzforever.com.
If you're hoping your costume will be immortalized on a hipster photo blog, your best bet is the Cobrasnake Death Disco Dance Party at Wrongbar (1279 Queen West). Headlining is Pase Rock, better known to some as Spank Rock's hype man. Advance tickets are $15, more at the door.
Hipster indie dances not doing it for you? Maybe you need to get pummelled by some good old-fashioned techno at Platform's Grindhouse jam over at the Opera House (735 Queen East). They've got a stacked lineup, including Sweden's Alexi Delano and NYC's Dietrich Schoenemann and Tony Rohr. $23 advance, $25 at the door before midnight, more after.
Back in the club district at This Is London (364 Richmond West), Chicago house-hero-turned-electro-star Felix Da Housecat will be throwing down some sexy beats. Check thisislondonclub.com for details.
Just around the corner at Circa (126 John), Randomland are throwing their own electro-infused shindig featuring an all-local lineup of talent, including booty bass-fuelled superstars Thunderheist, remix mavericks Auto Erotique (formerly known as VND/LSM until the lawyers started calling) and up-and-coming house revisionists Mansion. $15 advance, more at the door.
Sat, Nov 1
All Saints Day
If you somehow made it to Saturday and you're not burnt out, olde-rave promoter icons Destiny have teamed up with Make It Funky and Tightknit for a huge party at Sound Academy. Tons of DJs playing, the highlights including drum 'n' bass don Grooverider playing his first North American show since being released from a Dubai prison on marijuana charges. Tickets run from $25 (super early bird for the first 200) to $66 for a VIP ticket.
Over at the Guvernment (132 Queens Quay East), they're also stretching the holiday a bit longer for Thriller - a prog-house party headlined by Sharam, better known as half of Deep Dish. Check theguvernment.com for details.