There's an abbreviated column this week as I've been working on a series called Access Denied. Despite the brief column, it's packed with some pretty great events.
Honourable mentions that didn't make it this week include the New Wave and Brit pop dance party at Handsome Daughter dubbed Pity Party. That one starts at 10 p.m. Friday night and tickets are $7.
WHAT: COMEDY – Stand up at Wee Johnny's
When: Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's Irish Pub at 177 McDermot Ave.
Tim Gray has assembled a number of guys named Dan to do comedy at Wee Johnny's Friday night.
The extremely funny Dan Glasswick will be joined by Dan Goldberg and Dan Huen.
Some other comedians not named Dan will also be there.
Melanie Dahling, Meghan Riley, Kyle Bergstresser, JD Renaud and Adam Schwartz are all on the bill.
This is a massive lineup for only $5, and now that comedy at The KNNDY has been cut back to once a month, this is a great way to check out a diverse lineup on the weekend.
It's almost too difficult to pick a favourite from this group, but if I had to, I'd say keep your eyes out for Glasswick's set. He killed it at The KNNDY a few weeks ago.
WHAT: FILM – Windy Awards at Cinematheque
When: Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
If you're a film buff but watching lengthy, impersonal awards show isn't your thing, skip the Oscar broadcast on Sunday and check out Cinematheque on Saturday instead.
They're holding their first ever Windy awards to honour local filmmakers.
There are four director and five craft categories, and it's a good way to get familiar with some of the best the local film scene has to offer.
Not to mention there'll be a bunch of really fabulous people who work in our film industry there.
WHAT: MUSIC - Royal Canoe and Micah Visser
When: Friday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m.
Where: The Good Will at 625 Portage Ave.
Cost: $20 in advance
There's a rare chance to see Royal Canoe at The Good Will this weekend, and they're playing with one of my new favourite locals — Micah Visser.
You're probably already familiar with the absurdly talented crew behind Royal Canoe and know $20 is a steal for one of their shows, but if you aren't familiar with Micah Visser, you should go to this show.
His stuff is very accessible but incredibly thoughtful. Check out I Will Not Return as a Tourist if you aren't sure if it's for you.
WHAT: DANCE – Diva dance party at Union Sound Hall
When: Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.
Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market Ave.
The I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney Houston tribute turns five at Union Sound Hall this weekend.
They'll be playing Whitney Houston (obviously), Mariah Carey, Missy Elliot, MIA and so many other amazing divas.
I don't think I've ever missed one of these parties, and I don't plan on starting now.
DJ J. Jackson and Mama Cutsworth will be spinning, and there will be a drag show with some of the city's best including Breyanna Burlesque, Vida Lamour DeCosmo, Tyra Boinks and Satina Loren.
Keep your eye out for Breyannna. She's amazing!
Oh, and this is an accessible venue with an elevator for anyone who wasn't sure if they could get in!
WHAT: SHOP – Central City Record Show
When: Sunday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Pyramid Cabaret at 176 Fort St.
Cost: $2 admission
The Central City Record Show is back this weekend at a new venue.
The Pyramid Cabaret will be filled with records, and DJs will be spinning while you shop.
As usual, there will be snacks and drinks to buy.
If you can't make it on Sunday, Vinyl Vault will be open Saturday as well in the Power Building basement. Records are $3 each, and the collection is absolutely massive.
This one is at 428 Portage Ave. and they are open the last Saturday of every month from September to June, so this weekend won't be your last chance.