Well what a day! It’s Valentine’s Day, it’s Friday, it’s the beginning of a long weekend, and for me – it’s Justin Timberlake day. I’ll try not to rub in it too much, but I am so excited. I have to say this is the best Valentine’s Day ever. Here’s some ideas for what’s going on in the city this weekend if you haven’t already made Family Day weekend plans.
Do: This Sunday is Seinfeld Trivia once again at Kitch near Dufferin and Dupont. I have mentioned this trivia night before but I thought it would be worth mentioning this weekend because Monday is a holiday, so you can have as much Hennigans as you’d like and not worry about getting up early Monday morning. Trivia starts at 8pm, best to arrive a bit early to grab a spot.
See: Tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm, the Untitled Feminist Show will be taking place at the World Stage at the Habourfront Centre. This show by Young Jean Lee is an almost silent play about gender and identity. Tickets are $39, this is an adult show, there is full nudity throughout the play.
Eat: The Drake Hotel is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month and have a ton of activities coming up. This Monday, they’re hosting a pancake breakfast with proceeds from the event benefiting the Parkdale Community Food Bank. The suggested donation is $10 per family, great way to start your day off.
Drink: If all you want to do is dance (with a drink in your hand), whether you care that it’s Valentine’s Day or not, Clintons on Bloor has you covered. Tonight they’re hosting F*CK IT: Valentine’s Day Edition – their Friday night parties are a lot of fun as they play the old school jams you know and love. Party starts at 10pm and cover is $5.
I was tempted to put “Friday” here, as it is a classic celebrate the weekend but this seems more appropriate. I <3 JT. Dancing at your desk is not only permitted but encouraged.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Friday everyone! I hope your week is wrapping up nicely. Although it is cold outside, there’s still as always so much going on in the city.
Do: Lots happening at 2nd Floor Events this weekend (see ‘see’) but tonight is their midnight mrkt. This pop-up market takes place from 9pm-1am and is $5 to get in. there will be local food and retailers selling products at this licensed event.
See: This is a bit of stretch for ‘see’ but you can see bingo, right? I just thought this event seemed too fun to ignore so it’s going under see! Boozy Bingo is back this Sunday at 2nd Floor Events on King W. This monthly event allows you to play bingo for $1 a card, and drink delicious drinks. The event runs from 3pm-7pm and there is no cover to get in.
Eat: Have you ever wondered what would happen if restaurants joined forces for an evening to create a super mash-up menu? Then you’re in luck, this Sunday from 5pm-close momofuku will host la carnita and home of the brave with a special menu. You can make reservations but they’re also keep spots open for those who want to walk in.
Drink: If you really want to prove your Canadian-ness, be sure to check out the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival happening at Roundhouse Park next to Steam Whistle. Happening tomorrow from 11am-5pm there will be a variety of craft brewers and food trucks to enjoy. There is a very limited number of tickets at the door for $25 so I suggest being early, it’s perfectly reasonable to drink before noon on a Saturday, right? I think so.
What ever you do this weekend, have fun and stay warm!
Do: It’s the third Friday of the month, which means you can get in to the Gardiner Museum for free tonight from 4-9pm. The Gardiner Museum located just south of Bloor on Queen’s Park. The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum and wishes to connect and inspire people through clay art.
See: The Google+ group Drink and Click Toronto are hosting a public photo walk this weekend beginning near Yonge/Dundas Square. The walk will last about 3 hours as they hope to capture the sunset to take great pictures of the beautiful city.
Eat: Foodies on Foot have a couple of food tours coming up this weekend. Tickets are between $69-$80 depending on if you have a metropass or not. Their tour tomorrow is their favourites tour, taking you to a few of their hidden gems in the city. One of their most popular tours, it is bound to be delicious.
Drink: The Beaver on Queen W is hosting their ‘Fit’ event tomorrow night beginning at 11pm. There will be DJs and dancing and before midnight, vodka is only $4.
Do: I went to the ROM last weekend for the first time in years, definitely have not been since the crystal installation. I forgot how neat everything there was. The Urban Capers are making the ROM even more interesting this Saturday but hosting a murder mystery scavenger hunt. For $30 plus fees and taxes, you get admission to the museum and 2.5 hours beginning at 1pm to complete the hunt. So grab a friend or five and see if you can complete the challenge.
See: The amount of theatre in this city never ceases to amaze me. The Next Stage Theatre Festival runs until January 19th. This festival takes place at the Factory Theatre on Bathurst. Tickets are either $10 or $15 depending on the show and which theatre it is in. This festival is sponsored by the Toronto Fringe Festival and is an opportunity for past Fringe artists to take their performances to a larger audience. Some shows were part of previous Fringe Festivals while others are completely new. It’s a great way to see independent theatre.
Eat/Drink: The Fringe Festival takes place in the summer. Anyone remember summer, when we complain that its too humid? It may seem like a distant memory but at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, you can relive the joys of summer in their heated McAuslan Beer Tent. The tent is open hour before the first show of the day and stays open one hour after the last show of the day and on January 11th from 8-11pm, they are hosting a “January is the New July“. Enjoy this party with the staff, artists and audience members where they will have free desserts and craft beer samplings.
It has been super cold here in Toronto the past few days so leaving the house has seemed less and less appealing. However, tomorrow is going to be a balmy -1 and Sunday a nice 0 so maybe there is hope to come out of hibernation this weekend. Here’s a few things happening in the city to lure you out of your warm bed/Netflix marathon.
Do: Saturday nights at Harbourfront Centre is DJ Skate Nights. Starting at 8pm and going until 11pm, tomorrow night, the Brazilian-style Uma Nota crew will be performing with DJ Firecracker and General Eclectic. Best of all, the DJ Skate Nights are free, so lace up your skates and put on your fuzziest winter gear and enjoy a party on the ice.
See: Until January 12th, The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! is playing at the Panasonic Theatre on Yonge St. Tickets start at $19 for any of their shows. This award-winning, Patron Pick from the 2013 Fringe Festival parodies five classic musicals and is a satirical love-letter to musicals of the 20th century. This show looks perfect to bring out your inner drama geek.
Eat: Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh eat locally. Every Sunday from now until February 23rd, Steam Whistle Brewery will have a Winter Farmer’s Market from 10am-2pm. This market will have local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, maple products, honey and beauty product. It’s a great way to support local farmers, plus you can pick up some local brews while you’re at it.
Drink: Every Sunday night is F*ck Mondays at the Farmhouse Tavern. With rotating drink specials beginning at at 6pm, it is a great way to not waste a Sunday night dreading Monday morning. They also have $1 oysters starting at 5pm and any food leftover after 9pm is half-price. And since Sunday is going to be the warmest day, you should probably leave the house.
Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s Friday, of a weird week. A lot of people are on holidays, and the ice storm may have put more (or less) people out of the office than expected, regardless it is the weekend. Hope you all had a good holiday, despite the craziness that was #darkTO.
Do: Chalkers Pub Billiards Bistro near the Glencairn subways station is hosting a Friday Games Night. There is a ton of games to choose from, new games are available every month. The cover is $5 and the require a minimum 1 drink purchase to support the venue. Could be a great way to meet new people and experience some games you wouldn’t have a chance to play otherwise.
See: Arlene Paculan is playing at the Gladstone Hotel tonight from 9pm-11pm in their Melody Bar. Her voice is absolutely stunning. In her music, you can hear her emotions and passion. Cover is free for this event, so head to the Melody Bar for a relaxing evening with a few drinks and enjoy a great local musician. If you’re not able to see her this weekend, check her out on YouTube.
Eat: There’s delicious doughnuts in the city of Toronto but it seems like so many of them are in the west end but not anymore! Von Doughnuts opened this week to bring delicious doughnuts to the Danforth. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet but the photos are enough to make you drool. In case you didn’t get enough of the sweets this week, definitely check them out.
Drink: Did you eat and drink too much this week? Probably, I know I sure did. So, if you want to go out but the idea of skinny jeans is just not happening, the Henhouse on Dundas W has you covered. Their Regretro party this weekend welcomes sweatpants. They say they’ll be wearing theirs and dare you to wear yours. This is perfect if you want to burn a few calories, have some drinks and dance the night away. (Also, I had to Google Regretro – Urban Dictionary defines it as anything that was cool years ago but when you look back, it’s just ridiculous.
Happy Friday the 13th. I hope you’re day is lucky. There’s so much going on this weekend, hopefully your weekend is great.
Do: Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re looking for special Christmas gifts there are a number of local markets to check out to get great gifts. The Toronto Market Crawl is all weekend and mostly in the downtown core, it includes 6 markets, some only available on Saturday. Support your local artists and get some unique gifts at the same time.
See: Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps dance series presents WinterSong. Shows are tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm, tickets can be purchased online and range from $22 to $39. The show celebrates the holidays and winter solstice traditions around the world.
Eat: From the people that brought you “Toronto Poutine Fest”, Joylister has created a passport to poutine. For $20, you get 6 poutines from Toronto “poutineries”. This pass is a great way to try poutines throughout the city and decide once and for all if you are a purest or if you love the extras. Quanties are limited, check the site for details and restrictions.
Drink: Tonight is 12 Beers of Christmas at the Gladstone Hotel. For $5, wear your ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to sample some delicious local beer. The cheesiest Christmas tunes you know and love will be playing in the Melody Bar from 7pm-10pm tonight. It should be a great night.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone. Be safe, it’s supposed to be slippery!
As always, there’s so much going on in the city. Here’s a few ideas for this week!
Do: If watching the Leafs game at home is just too boring for you, try Tall Boys on Bloor St. This Wednesday, they’ll be showing the game with full audio as the Leafs take on the Kings. As part of “Hoppy Night in Canada” there will be in-game entertainment, raffle prizes and food. Fun way to experience the game with other fans without paying an arm and a leg for tickets.
See: The Canadian Opera Company has free concerts in the afternoon throughout the month of December. The majority of them are early afternoon, but on Wednesday there is a show at 5:30pm. There is a number of different types of shows and are from up-and-coming artists as well as established musicians. All shows are at the Four Seasons Centre.
Eat:I tried Famoso this weekend for the first time and it was delicious. I went to the Bloor & Spadina location, there’s also one at Yorkdale. The location in the Annex has a pizza and pint for $10 on Thursdays. This special applies to their smaller size pizza, which I found to be more than enough anyways. A delicious way to spend your Thursday.
Drink: If you can’t make it to Famoso on Thursday, every week, they have Vino Wednesday. While you enjoy your delicious pizza, you can get a bottle of wine for $15 off. With their prices, it means you can get some of their reserve bottles for less than $25. Definitely a great date night.
It’s the first full-weekend in Toronto, which means there is lots of Christmas activities going on, and as always, lots of non-holiday things as well. Here’s a few ideas!
Do: Have you ever wanted to have your picture taken in a giant Ferrero-Rocher? Chances are you haven’t considered it but this weekend, Yonge-Dundas Square has made this availlable for that great event you didn’t know you needed. From 9am-8pm tonight and 9am-6pm Saturday, you can have you picture taken inside a giant Ferrero Rocher. On Saturday, Sean Jones will perform holiday classics on stage.
See: I recently learned about Tafelmusik, after speaking to people at work and apparently it’s very popular. Tafelmusik is an award-winning period orchestra from Canada. They offer discounts tickets for the under-35 crowd. Tafelscene‘s goal is to bring the experience to a new generation, with tickets beginning at $15. On Saturdays between 6pm-7pm, there is also the option of Pay-What-You-Can Saturdays. It is a great way to experience something new at a reasonable price.
Eat: It’s definitely the Christmas season (somehow, I’m not really sure how we’re a week into December) but you’re probably looking for delicious holiday treats. For this, I suggest Toronto.com. They have pulled together a list of the best places to get gingerbread, including delicious donuts, houses and cupcakes. ‘Tis the season!
Drink: There are two new country bars that opened this week. They apparently both have a mechanical bull. I love country music and can’t wait to try both of these places out. Boot N Bourbon is at Queen and Broadview. Opening in the Entertainment District is Rock N Horse Saloon on Adelaide, East of John. Get your boots on, and get down, go to town and do the boot-scoot boogie.
Somehow it is the first week of December, which means the city will be buzzing with activity, mostly Christmas related. Here’s a few options for this week.
Do: The One of a Kind Christmas Show is on until December 8th. Happening at the Direct Energy Centre, its a great place to get unique gifts for people on your Christmas list. There will be over 800 artisans selling a variety of one-of-a-kind items.
See: Trailer Park Boys fans will be happy to know there is a Christmas show just for them. The story follows the story of of Bubbles trying to spread the meaning of Christmas. The show is this Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the Ex.
Eat/Drink: I love a place that has some kind of special going on, no matter what day of the week it is. I’m not saying your Friday special has to be as good as your Tuesday special but give me something! The Lakeview is giving you something. They have a beer and liquor special every night of the week, so if you’re looking for a place to have a couple of beverages this week, this is your place. They also have an amazing looking menu, including twenty-four hour breakfast. I love a place that doesn’t restrict when I can have breakfast food.
Enjoy your first week of December, friends!