Weekend events in Toronto are a sign of hope that there's definitely something out there for everyone, no matter what time of the year it is. So don't feel alone, feel alive! Take yourself to the massive Gladstone Hotel culture explosion that is Tim McCready's House Party and you'll see what I mean.Events you might want to check out:
Tim McCready's X-Mas House Party (December 23 @ Gladstone Hotel)
From the guy behind the infamous 159 Manning parties comes Toronto's largest house party. Tim McCready takes over the entire Gladstone Hotel with a night of music, dance parties, twin harp players and karaoke. Doors open at 8 p.m.
2017 World Junior Championship (December 23 @ Air Canada Centre)
The World Junior Hockey Championship is happening in Toronto from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 at the ACC and it's a great chance to see some amazing up-and-coming talent for a fraction of the price of a Leafs game.
Festivus For the Rest of Us! (December 23 @ The Grand Trunk)
It's Festivus For the Rest of Us at this West Queen West watering hole. Expect laughs, no cover and cheap drinks all night. Wear an ugly Xmas sweater and get a special treat.
Sanctified: A Disco Tribute to Gospel! (December 23 @ The Piston)
This is seasonable celebration of gospel music's role in shaping the soul of disco. Beam Me Up residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist play a mix of gospel disco and those soulful, uplifting secular songs that show how gospel spread beyond the church and on to the dance floor.
FIT Xmas Miracle (December 23 @ The Beaver)
Kris and Phil take over the Beaver with vocal house and hits to bring you all the joy possible on a sweaty little dance floor.
House of Filth XXXmas Staff Party (December 23 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
The House of Filth ladies of drag bring their annual Christmas show to Glad Day in the The Village. See Igby Lizzard, Allysin Chaynes, Nancy Bocock, Champagna Enemea, Dottie Dangerfield, Fisher Price and hear sleigh bell beats provided by John Caffery.
Holiday Rock Show (December 23 @ Smiling Buddha)
Start the holiday weekend off with a bang! Jabberwock, Gung Ho Catalyst, Black Creek Reign and Will Hunter all perform staring at 8:30 p.m., with cheap drinks and $7 cover.
Orphan Xmas Eve 2016 (December 24 @ The Grand Trunk)
Head to The Trunk (aka The Land of Misfit Toys) for an Xmas Eve of laughs, drinks, friends and fun. It'll be open from noon until 2 a.m. if you need to escape your familial obligations. There's a community potluck in the evening and drinks and fun all day and night.
Orphan's Xmas Eve at Grey Tiger (December 24 @ Grey Tiger)
You're not alone. You've got each other. Put on a nice sweater and join the kind folks at Grey Tiger for some homemade 'nog and warm vibes.
Jacklynn Hyde's Nightmare before Christmas (December 24 @ The Beaver)
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town, not a creature was stirring except for the best ones around. Join host Jacklynne Hyde with special guest Justin Toast Gray as they bring together all the misfit toys and perform for your delight! DJ Michael Kushnir spins the camp, and it's $5 at the door.
X-mas Eve at Swan Dive (December 24 @ Swan Dive)
On the night before Christmas, join DJ Granny Pantys to rock out with a mix of great tunes, cheap drinks and a friendly, cheerful Dundas West crowd.
Open on Xmas Day (December 25 @ Hemingway's)
The Yorkville favourite is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on the big day. There's a turkey dinner special which includes includes all the fixings and dessert for only $18.
DJ Danger Cat (December 25 @ The Right Light)
DJ Danger cat spins everything from punk and rock and roll, to soul and motown and fresh indie rock at this warm and cozy Dundas West hole in the wall. There's no cover and no pressure.
Jewish Christmas and Hanukah Party (December 25 @ Wise Bar)
Wise Bar is open on Christmas Day and is ordering lots of Chinese food and watching a Christmas movie - Point Break. The bar opens at 8 p.m., the movie is at 9 p.m., and there's no cover.
The World's Best Commercials (December 23-31 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Every year, over 12,000 members of the global creative communications industries come together to showcase the world’s best and most creative advertisement work.
Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli (December 24 - January 24 @ TIFF)
Just in time for the holidays, TIFF's dazzling showcase devoted to the legendary Studio Ghibli will feature 23 animated titles including, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and several more.
Ghostland (December 25-31 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Like a real-life version of The Gods Must Be Crazy, this warm and uplifting doc provides a fresh take on our “civilized” lifestyle. Follow four Ju/’Hoansi on their journey from their home in the Kalahari Desert to urban Europe.
Evergreen's Winter Village (December 10 - February 28 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
The Evergreen Winter Village at the Brickworks is open until Dec. 31 and features a new Street Food Market,unique gifts, shopping from the Farmers Market and outdoor activations happening all around the property. Admission is also free!
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO