New Year's Eve parties in Toronto include big events, concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and a lot more festive celebrations to help usher in 2017 with joy, friends and not too bad of a hangover the next day.
Here are my picks for New Year's Eve parties and events in Toronto.
Events you might want to check out:
Shelter 325 NYE (December 31 - January 1 @ 325 Front Street West)
Head here for an enormous party inside a bunker downtown from Toronto party collectives Box of Kittens, Dirty Decibels, Suma, 40hz Soundsystem, Hear Here: A Creative Salon.
The Sadies NYE (December 31 - January 1 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
The Sadies' annual New Year's Eve show features Duend and Pow Wows. DJ Chico spins vinyl between sets and the whole shebang starts at 9 p.m.
NYE at the Moulin Rougestone (December 31 - January 1 @ Gladstone Hotel)
The Gladstone will transform into a Moulin Rouge playground with live music, burlesque performances and a champagne toast at midnight.
Plush New Years Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Loft404 Inspired Gatherings)
This is a great big loft party with some exciting house and techno DJs by the kind people behind the Promise parties (as well as AlienInFlux and BASSgators).
It's Not U It's Me: Farewell 2016 (December 31 - January 1 @ 2nd Floor Events)
One of Toronto's most inclusive, unique and genre-pushing parties politely pushes 2016 out of the way with the city's finest house and techno DJs.
Chronologic: New Year's Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ The Garrison)
The famous Goin' Steady DJs return to The Garrison for a dance party through the ages. You'll hear pop and anti-pop hits from 1890 to 2017 played in chronological order.
Majestic New Year's Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Royal York)
If you need a big, fancy dress up party for NYE, consider this extravagant ball at the Royal York. Claudia Maria hosts what will be the closest thing to feeling like you're starring in a Disney movie.
Royale Gala (December 31 - January 1 @ Palais Royale)
This is a big fancy gala down by the lake. Palais Royale overlooks Lake Ontario and has a ballroom which will host Klassik and Live Percussion by Soraya Lozano
The House of Filth NYE (December 31 - January 1 @ The Beaver)
The House of Filth is Toronto's most wonderfully disgusting drag family and the clan is taking over the Beaver to ring in the new year. DJ Aaryn spins in between shows.
Fuck You 2016 (December 31 - January 1 @ Track & Field Bar)
This party features an RIP 2016 countdown, a complimentary daiquiri toast at midnight, a double DJ dance party, baller champagne giveaways, cocktails on tap, free bocce and free shuffleboard and no dumb dress code.
Motown Party New Years Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Studio Bar)
Get down with go go dancers to old favourites and rare grooves from the Supremes, Otis Redding, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and more, all played by a super fly set of DJs.
Feministry: Evil Eye (December 31 - January 1 @ Holy Oak)
One of the year's best new queer parties celebrates the beginning of a new year with house, disco, hyper-pop and special guests Rose Ceremony, Mary Mack and Cam Lee.
Proper New Years Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Nest)
DJ Victor Calderone, Avision, Joee Cons, Sean Collier and opener Joey Karaj spin inside a club with one of the best sound systems in the city.
Beam Me Up: New Year's Even Disco! (December 31 - January 1 @ In the coach house beside 129 Spadina)
A Digital Needle and Cyclist spin positive, uplifting and high energy funk, boogie, disco, house and hip hop for your heart and soul. Expect visuals from the Grand Reverend Doctor Dynamite.
NYE 2017 (December 31 - January 1 @ CODA)
DJs Thugfucker with support from Alberto Jossue, Gera, Jonathan Rosa and Night Vision provide a night and early morning and dance music for you mind and butt.
The Drake Hotel Under the Big Top (December 31 - January 1 @ The Drake Hotel)
Expect a deluxe circus theme that goes over-the-top with indulgent Drake eats and gin cocktails to start the night, a Digital Fabrick photobooth, tarot readings and host Champagna Enemea.
The Dreamboats Live! (December 31 @ Junction City Music Hall)
The Dreamboats will be playing three sets of your favourite retro pop and rock tunes (1955 to 1965 exclusively!). This is for lovers of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis, the Beatles and more.
Last New Years with The Central (December 31 - January 1 @ The Central)
Be part of the final count down at this Annex neighbourhood favourite. There'll be DJ's on two floors spinning the best old school hip hop and your favourite 90s jams.
New Year's Eve Disco (December 31 - January 1 @ Mill Street Beer Hall)
Bump, hustle and shake to the funked up beats of DJ Humble spinning vinyl records all night long. Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings and a champagne toast at midnight.
5th annual Back In The Day NYE (December 31 - January 1 @ 99 Sudbury)
This is a tribute to old school hip hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae and pop from the 90s in two massive party rooms.
Sin (December 31 - January 1 @ The Black Eagle Toronto)
Expect a sexy dance party inside Toronto's only gay leather bar featuring Chicago's Ted Eile and Toronto's Cesar Murillo.
A Very Bowie New Year's Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Old Nick)
David Bowie hits and misses will be played all night long at this tribute night to the original Starman. I Will Be King are playing with bubbles at midnight.
NYE Carnival (December 31 - January 1 @ Amsterdam BrewHouse)
This is a carnival themed New Years event with DJs, acrobats, magicians, illusionists and other carnival performances. It's a 14,000 square foot event space with a two-storey midnight balloon drop.
Colette New Years Eve Party (December 31 - January 1 @ Colette Grand Café)
The theme for this NYE party beside the Thompson is Secret Society. The $150 ticket includes an open bar, snacks and dancing all night long.
Revolution New Years Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ REBEL)
This might be Toronto's loudest countdown to 2017. Dress code is in full effect with DJs in every massive room and visuals to blow your mind.
The Dude's New Year's (December 31 - January 1 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Ring in the new year with hundreds of other “Little Achievers” (sunglasses and bathrobes recommended). Watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year.
A NYE Ice Skating Jam (December 31 - January 1 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Count down to the new year with your whole family at DJ Skate Nights: A NYE Ice Skating Jam Named Saturdays, as DJ P-Plus serves up the hottest hits. No posing, no pretence, just real music.
NYE with CATL & Eamon McGrath (December 31 - January 1 @ The Dakota Tavern)
CATL will perform two sets and Eamon Mcgrath kicks things off right with Gregory Millson and all vinyl sets by DJ Swankenstein!
Donnie Darko: 80ss New Years Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ Velvet Underground)
Sometimes you have to ask yourself "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" and then dance to 80s music while bringing in the new year.
Over the Moon (December 31 - January 1 @ The Opera House)
Dance at a Balkan-klezmer gypsy-party funk-super-new-year party with Lemon Bucket Orkestra and The Soul Motivators.
Dwayne Gretzky New Years Eve 2017 (December 31 - January 1 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Ring in 2017 with the young and energetic Dreamboats. They'll be playing three sets of your favourite retro pop and rock tunes (1955 to 1965 exclusively).
A Big Sound New Years (December 31 - January 1 @ Mod Club Theatre)
Ring in 2017 with Toronto's biggest Motown orchestra and dance the night away.
Elliott Brood NYE (December 31 - January 1 @ Lee's Palace)
Elliott Brood's annual NYE show at Lee's Palace with special guest Union Duke is a musical tradition this city is lucky to have.
Bravissimo! Opera's Greatest Hits (December 31 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
A program of over the top opera steaming with love, jealousy, and betrayal featuring this years all Italian cast of couples. This is the ninth year of this classic night of performance and once the show is done attendants are left to party.
Fresh Start (December 31 - January 1 @ Rivoli)
This big night of music features members of Hannah Georgas, Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, Young Rival, The Elwins and so many more. There's a DJ set by Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck in between all the fun.
NY Eve (December 31 - January 1 @ The Silver Dollar Room)
This killer lineup at the Silver Dollar includes Phedre, Prince Ness and Dan & April of Hooded Fang. Jump into 2017 with a big, loud, electronic boom.
New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza at Massey Hall (December 31 @ Massey Hall)
This comedy event is celebrating its 16th year at Massey Hall.
NYE @ The Second City (December 31 @ The Second City)
The legendary mainstage ensemble is at the top of their game in this hilarious skewering of the 2016 news cycle that will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO