What to do in Toronto this Month: January 2017

Director X (center) with Drake and Rihanna (Image: Instagram/@iDirectorX)

We get it: you’re busy. With so many things happening in Toronto every week, let alone every month, things can get a little overwhelming when planning your social calendar. Let’s keep it simple. Each month, Vv Magazine collects the top events in Toronto so that you know what you absolutely must attend. The rest, as they say, is noise.

2016 has been a roller coaster of a year, to say the least, and we’re not shy when saying we are pretty damn happy it’s in the past. As we say hello to 2017, it’s time to drop the angst and bitterness, because the good times are way overdue! Fortunately, the future is already looking a hell of a lot brighter and the city has a ton of awesome events to lighten your mood. From art to film to food, take a look at the top 10 Toronto events this January below:

Canada’s Top Ten
January 13-26
This one’s for the film buffs! Get to know some of the best homegrown Canadian cinema at Canada’s Top Ten film festival. Along with public screenings of choice films, the two week festival will feature Q&A’s with filmmakers, industry panels, special events (including a chat with Director X) and more. Get tickets here.

Long Winter
January 16
Can’t seem to shake the winter blues? Long Winter is here to cheer you up! The pay-what-you-can festival offers a variety of art-based performances and exhibits for one night at The Great Hall. Join some of the best artists, dancers, musicians and speakers as they breathe life back into the dead of winter – you’ll be feeling upbeat in no time.

Image: Facebook/Long Winter

Toronto Design Offsite Festival
January 16-22
If you’re a fan of Nuit Blanche, then the Toronto Design Offsite Festival is not to be missed! Public spaces around the city’s downtown core will be transformed into design hubs featuring over 100 storefront exhibits, immersive gallery installations, and lectures/discussions by local and international designers. For the full event schedule, head here.

Kamayan – A Hand-to-mouth Filipino Feast
January 19
Dig in and indulge in delicious food at this Kamayan hand-to-mouth feast. Kamayan literally translates to “hands” and now represents a traditional Filipino way of eating where dinner is laid out on a banana leaf and the entire meal is eaten sans utensils. If you agree that forks are overrated, then grab your ticket and join chef Karlo Cunanan (formerly Momofuku) at Platito on January 19. 

Kamayan Dinner at Platito (Image: Instagram/@Didieryhc)

January 21
Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow and let’s get drunk. iYellow presents it’s WiNTER iCE WiNE TOUR on January 21 – the perfect remedy to beat the winter gloom. Join them on an all-inclusive winter adventure to wine country in the Niagara region and enjoy wine tastings galore. Tickets include coach transportation, tasting at three wineries, a VIP harvest lunch, prize giveaways and more!

The Nail and Champagne Bar Pop-up at East Thirty Six
January 22-29
For one week only, check out The Nail and Champagne Bar Pop-up, a Toronto pop-up that combines booze and nails. Get a manicure and mimosas for $50 or if you’re feeling hella fancy, get a manicure and champagne for $65. Treat yourself at East Thirty Six on January 22 or at Elle Fitness between January 23 to 29.

Image: Instagram/@thenailandchampagnebar

Louis CK in Toronto
January 26
If you know Louis CK, then you know this guy is hilarious. The comedian is back in Toronto on January 26 at the Air Canada Centre so get ready for a night of sarcasm, dirty jokes and laugh-your-ass-off moments. Hurry, tickets are selling out fast!

Power Plant Winter 2017 Opening Party
January 27
New year, new art exhibits! Join the Power Plant at their free Opening Party for the Winter 2017 Exhibit Season. Major bragging rights will be had as you’ll be among the first to experience exhibits by Jonathas de Andrade, Maria Hupfield, and Kapwani Kiwanga, along with a second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Project, Cross Fade by Latifa Echakhch. Find out about all the winter programming here.  

Cross Fade by Latifa Echakhch (Image: Instagram/@robonto)

January 29 – February 11
Toronto’s most delicious event is back! Winterlicious kicks off January 29 for two mouth-watering weeks of culinary experiences and 3-course prix fixe feasting. Over 200 of the best restaurants the city has to offer are participating including Bar Buca, Bosk, Canoe, Fring’s, Hawker Bar, Leña, Momofuku, Parts & Labour, Thoroughbred, Wish, and more. Get full details here and keep an eye out for our round-up of the best restaurants to visit. 

Toronto Lightfest
January 27 – March 19
There’s a brand spankin’ new festival coming to Toronto and it sounds like the perfect remedy for the winter gloom. The first-ever Toronto Lightfest will be taking place at The Distillery simply because winter sucks. Explore the open-air exhibit and witness different forms of light art as they illuminate the night.

RELATED LINK: New Toronto Restaurants: January 2017

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