On any given Friday night, you can walk in to almost any bar in Toronto and have a good time. There are soo many great parties, amazing D.J.s and talented bands in this city that it's hard t0 get bored. There is always something for everyone. In fact, on the first Friday of every month in the basement of College Street's hottest new venue, Crawford, you can transport yourself, fifty (50) years back in time and dance your ass off to DJs playing all original Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Northern Soul, Motown and R&B 7" 45RPM records from the late 1950s and early 1960s! To top it off, on May 6th, 2011 they are turning it into a costume Party!
If you, like me, were a fan of the 1967 novel by S.E Hinton "The Outsiders", then you're gonna love this! The theme for this particular costume party is Greasers VS. Socs. The later is pronounced "sohshes" for those that haven't seen the classic Francis Ford Coppola film version starring Ralph Machio, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Diane Lane. Go see it, you'll be glad you did! Once, you've seen the film or read the book, you'll be excited to get your Pomade Pompadour primed and your Dad's leather jacket or letterman sweater out of the closet and rush on down to Crawford for the first in a series of 1950s costume parties being held there on the first Friday of every month.
The party's called Shindig! Named for a short lived ABC television show from theearly 1960s hosted by Los Angeles Disc Jockey, Jimmy O'Neill. They even use the same logo! I could go on about pop culture references of Shindig from the Ramones to the Flintstones but none of that really matters. What matters is, this is the only party of its kind in Toronto, that I know of, and it's a guaranteed good time!