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Saturday, December 29, 2018

10 free things to do this January

Free things to do in Toronto for January 2019 jump-start the new year with events that range from exciting fun to intellectually stimulating. Check out a free market, interesting lectures, and films for ways to celebrate the new year, new you that don't break the bank. 

Events you might want to check out:

Festival of New Formats (January 2 @ Comedy Bar)
This festival of new and never-before-seen ideas on stage takes over Comedy Bar for one night only of free shows, featuring ideas from comedy icons like Becky Johnson and Pat Thornton.
Really Really Free Market (January 5 @ Campbell Park)
This totally free market, with no money, no swapping, and no trades, invites visitors to browse for an hour and fill up one shopping bag with found treasures.
Pugly - A Pug's Life (January 6 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
The free screening of this adorable documentary follows a year in the life of a group of three rescue pugs, their triumphs and tribulations, and the growing community of people devoted to these troll-faced little gremlins. The screening is followed by a panel discussion on dog rescue.
Bollywood Dance Classes (January 8-22 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Stick to your 2019 resolutions by hitting up these free beginner-level Bollywood classes taught by Shereen Ladha of Canada's Got Talent.
Annual Mayor's Skate Party (January 13 @ Mel Lastman Square)
Join Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Councillors for an afternoon of free music, hot beverages, and lots of skating.
Technological Experiments in the Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence, Internet Freedoms, and the State (January 14 @ University of Toronto)
Feed your mind by attending this free panel, hosted by the University of Toronto and featuring expert panelists, which discusses the technological experiments in the digital age and unpacks some of the complex questions on the frontiers of innovation.
Free Film Screening (January 19 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Check out this free series of three films about getting through difficult times with the help of family and friends. Close Knit, the story of a trans woman and her family, comes highly recommended.
In the Night Café with Vincent van Gogh (January 17 @ North York Central Library)
Join Allison Morehead, Associate Professor of Art History at Queen's University, to explore what kinds of modernist strategies and ideas led up to and followed Van Gogh's Night Cafe at a free Thought Exchange.
Toronto Lit Up: Jennifer Robson (January 24 @ Supermarket)
Hit up this free book launch to celebrate homegrown best-selling author Jennifer Robson's newest much-anticipated novel and rub elbows with Toronto literati.
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (January 26 @ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church)
Enjoy a free concert of choral songs performed by the Grammy-nominated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with music by well-known masters like Healey Willan and Eric Whitacre and a selection of lively folksongs.

by Martha Stortz via blogTO

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