Weekend events in Toronto are ready to welcome a break from the city-wide deep freeze with art, music, parties and markets. The Toronto Tea Festival is on in time for cuddle season and there's a ice skating party and exhibits devoted to The Clash and street art.
Events you might want to check out:
Clash on the Danforth (February 1 @ Pape/Danforth Public Library)
The Clash have history in Toronto and this exhibit traces their role in shaping the city's punk scene through posters, videos and photos.
Street Art Photography Exhibit (February 1 @ Artusiasm Gallery)
From the street to the gallery, this photography exhibit looks at street art all over the city by local artists and include print sales, music and more.
Toronto Tea Festival (February 1-3 @ Toronto Reference Library)
Winter is no doubt tea weather and this annual festival is back with a weekend of sampling, vendors, exhibits and more to get you set for cuddle season.
DJ Skate Nights (February 2 @ Natrel Rink)
DJ Skate Nights is back with an icy mix of electronic, R&B, hip-hop, house and ambient styles courtesy of Donna Dada and Obuxum.
Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair (February 2 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Valentine's Day is upon us and this arts and crafts fair is full of sexy goodies, erotic items and romantic gifts for you and your main squeeze.
National Bridal Show (February 1-3 @ Enercare Centre)
This huge bridal show is on to help plan everything from themes, flowers, food, venues, decor, music and all things needed to create your dream wedding.
Farm Boy Grand Opening (February 2 @ Farm Boy)
Farm Boy is ready to open its second location at Leslieville and Lakeshore and is celebrating with treats, activities and a visit from Lulu the Cow.
Coldest Day of the Year Ride (February 2 @ Alexander the Great Parkette)
You haven't felt cold like biking during winter and Cycle Toronto is back with its annual group ride through the slushy city streets.
The Winter Chocolate Show (February 2 @ Enoch Turner School)
Chocolatey goodness is on at this all-day chocolate show featuring Canada's leading bean-to-bar chocolate makers, tastings and talks.
After Funk (February 1 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
Toronto's own After Funk is set to release their new album Santa Barbara that's full of crisp sounds, groovy bass and dancey beats.
RL Grime (February 1 @ Toybox)
L.A. DJ and producer RL Grime is here to melt the ice with hot mixes, slow grooves and deep cuts alongside Manzone & Strong.
Yonatan Gat and the Eastern Medicine Singers (February 1 @ Lee's Palace)
Yonatan Gat rips it alongside the chants and drumming of the Eastern Medicine Singers to make for one heck of a powerful performance.
Anthems In Ashes (February 2 @ Bovine Sex Club)
Lead by Harley Olivia's powerful vocals, hard rockers Anthems In Ashes are playing alongside Nevercast, Black Absinthe and Fortunate Losers.
Toronto R&B Sounds (February 3 @ Nightowl)
Artists from Toronto's local R&B scene are coming out for this monthly showcase, featuring musicians and singers ready to have you swaying to the beat.
Laughsploitation (February 1 @ Eyesore Cinema)
A bunch of exploitation classics are screening at Eyesore while a big lineup of local comedians are on hand to add some colourful commentary.
The Matrix (February 1-3 @ Cinesphere)
The Cinesphere has you with The Matrix screening this weekend in all its goggle-wearing, bullet-dodging, TTC-riding glory.
The Misandrists (February 1-3 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
Director Bruce La Bruce is here to introduce his film that follows a member of a feminist terrorist group in this "radical lesbian separatist fantasy."
The Last Resort (February 1-7 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
It's the 1970s in sun-drenched Miami Beach and photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe were there to capture the vibrant retiree culture.
Tapette (February 2 @ Handlebar)
The first Tapette os the year is on with a night of pulsing French disco and house and a special French drag performance by Champagna.
Bamboo Bass Festival Pre Party (February 2 @ One Loft)
Toronto is getting a little taste of Costa Rica as local bass DJs and producers head to One Loft for a night of sweaty beats and hot hits.
Super Bowl Viewing Party (February 3 @ Rebel)
Catch all the action of this year's Super Bowl at Budweiser's official viewing party with food, drinks, music, games and free entry.
Malabar Annual Sale (February 2 @ Malabar Theatrical Costumes)
Malabar is having its much-anticipated annual sale of costumes, stocking dancewear, makeup and accessories all up to 80 per cent off.
Really Really Free Market (February 2 @ Campbell Park)
Don't bother pulling up the couch cushions because this market is full of decor, clothing, books and more; all completely free.
The Deadstock Depot (February 2 @ ArtscapeSandbox)
Jawnz enthuthiasts rejoice as the Deadstock Depot returns with a huge selection of handpicked vintage streetwear finds from top designers.
by Lisa Power via blogTO