Fly (8 Gloucester), Sunday (August 5), doors 10 pm. $15. 416-410-5426.
For more than 20 years, DJ Blackcat has been playing dancehall, hip-hop and R&B for queer audiences, long before urban music was fashionable in the gay scene. For the past three years he's been doing a special Urban Jungle party for Caribana weekend, proving that the queer Caribbean community is far larger than you'd guess from a walk down Church Street on an average Saturday night. The party is so popular, Toronto R&B singer Jully Black will release her new mixtape at it this year. Check NOW's music listings for more queer-friendly Caribana-related events.
Snowden, the Autumn Stones
The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, August 2)
Florence & the Machine, the Walkmen, Spectator
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), tonight (Thursday, August 2)
Epic and intense indie soul-pop.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nightbox
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Friday (August 3)
Reunited noise-pop pioneers.
Big Primpin: The Gold Drank Edition
w/ Miss Jamaica, House of Monroe, DJs Blackcat, Stunts and more
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Friday (August 3)
Long-running hip-hop for homos party.
Heat Of The Night
w/ Popcaan, Mya, Orlando Octave, Tony Matterhorn, Spex, Lindo P and many others
Coconuts (2180 Steeles West, Vaughan), Saturday (August 4)
Justice, M83, Austra, Buraka Som Sistema, Charlie XCX
Fort York (250 Fort York), Saturday (August 4)
The Black Keys, the Shins
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Saturday (August 4)
Veld Music Festival
w/ Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, Avicii, Nicky Romero and many others
Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Saturday and Sunday (August 4 and 5)
Giant two-day dance party.
w/ Drake, the Weeknd, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and others
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Sunday (August 5)
w/ DJ Blackcat, Pleasure
Zipperz/Cellblock (72 Carlton), Sunday (August 5)
Queer Caribana afternoon party and vogue ball.
Aloe Blacc, BADBADNOTGOOD
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Monday (August 6)
Throwback soul and hip-hop jazz.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Tuesday (August 7)
Peppy, melodic dream pop.
Cold Specks, Snowblink
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Wednesday (August 8)