Free events in Toronto this week guarantee that you'll start off the new year strong, without breaking the bank. You can skate under the Gardiner with Mayor John Tory beside you, eat a free meal in Kensington, and dance like it's still New Year's Eve.Events you might want to check out:
The Festival of New Formats (January 2 @ Comedy Bar)
The Festival of New Format gifts Toronto with free stand up and improv shows at the start of each year. Up first is Love is Everywhere, a stand up showcase all about positivity and gratitude.
Music From People City (January 3-6 @ Gladstone Hotel)
This month, the Long Winter music and arts festival includes a multi-room visual experience inside the Gladstone. The art pop-up spotlights decades of Toronto's alt-music history, subcultures, and scenes.
Where Does This Disco (January 5 @ Farside)
A free night of mutant and Italo disco, indie electronic, and psych-pop goes down Friday at Farside for those who didn't get their dancing fix completely filled on New Year's Eve.
Global Boogie Banquet (January 5 @ Handlebar)
Kensington Market's Handlebar transforms into a global banquet celebrating the different cultures of the world. It's entirely free and features DJ Oreku spinning international grooves all night.
Really Really Free Market (January 6 @ Campbell Park)
On the first Saturday of each month in 2018, you can head to Campbell Park for a no money, no swapping, free market. Attendees bring one large shopping bag and can fill it up to their heart's content!
The Bentway Mayor's Skate Party (January 7 @ The Bentway)
The new skate trail under the Gardiner opens on Saturday, then the following day Mayor John Tory wants you to come skate with him. There will be complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate courtesy of Mr Mayor!
No Pants Subway RIde (January 7 @ Multiple Venues)
The 17th annual No Pants Subway Ride encourages you to, no surprise here, ride the subway with no pants on. Please don't do this on any other day!
Community Skate through Maple Leaf Gardens (January 1 @ Mattamy Athletic Centre)
What better way to start the new year than by skating around historic Maple Leaf Gardens? Ryerson University's Mattamy Athetlic Centre opens its rink to the public on the 1st.
by Corey Van Den Hoogenband via blogTO