As much buzz as we give the holidays, they’re fucking exhausting. Between travel, family, and over-indulgence of every variety, the emotional hangover from the festive season lingers much longer than its eggnog and wine-related counterparts. That said, our Dr. Phil understanding of psychology tells us that isolating doesn’t do anyone good so here are our top 10 Toronto events for January.
Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival
January 2 to 11
If you’re tired of pretending that you’ve seen Xavier Dolan’s critically-acclaimed film Mommy, you can cut the act. The Quebecois cinematic prodigy’s latest masterpiece will be screened alongside nine other Canadian flicks, including David Chronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox now until January 11. Get your tickets ASAP as they are selling out quick.
No Pants Subway Ride Toronto 2015 + Dance Party
Generally, we would suggest wearing clothing as part of good TTC etiquette. Quite frankly, we can think of better reasons to visit the clinic than placing our bare bottoms on a subway seat. Run by Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Subway Ride began in NYC and has since spread to cities across North America, Europe, and Australia. We can practically hear our fathers saying, “If everybody jumped off a bridge…”
2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show
Is daydreaming of a tropical destination wedding the only thing getting you through these dark winter months? We feel you, girl. Bring those fantasies closer to reality right here in Toronto with the 2015 WedLuxe Wedding Show. Hosted at the Arcadian Court by Oliver & Bonacini Events, Kleinfeld’s, and Hudson’s Bay, there will be over 120 exhibitors showcasing the city’s most elite and talented wedding professionals. Get the full nuptials experience with florists, cake designers, blow out bars, and killer swag valued at over $150.00.
January 16 to 23
FACT: Union Station is the last place most of us want to be in our free time. However, we’re committed art snobs and couldn’t say no to Toronto playing host to Raster’s latest international gallery meeting. Previously held in Reykjavik, Tokyo, and Warsaw, it promises to be a week of free, interactive special events open to the public.
Eat and Greet with the Band: Elliot Brood
We’ve all done an awkward meet-and-greet with our favourite celebrities (read: crying at a book signing with James Franco, true story), so why not add some food to the mix? Collective Concerts and Rose & Sons are joining forces for a six-part dinner series, featuring a meal where you get a chance to chat with your favourite singing stars and hang out with other music-loving foodies. This month, they’re kicking things off at the Phoenix with Juno Award-winning outfit Elliot Brood along with a Big Crow menu including chopped brisket, mac ‘n cheese, and beer from Beau’s.
Deadmau5 – Guvernment’s Last Party
Yes, we know that all the tickets are sold out but we thought we should throw some love at the Guvernment’s last party. If you can’t scalp tickets for Deadmau5 on Craigslist, don’t worry — Guvernment will be doing tons of parties leading up to their January 25 closing, check them out here. #GuvFinale
Speakeasy at Palais Royale
Apparently the speakeasy trend of 2014 is going nowhere fast. Have a Roaring 20s-themed good time at Palais Royale, featuring a four-course dinner inspired by an era of gangsters, flappers, and all sorts of illicit fun. While the evening promises to pay homage to the original party decade of the twentieth century, prohibition, thankfully, will not be in effect.
January 30 to February 12
Toronto’s best restaurants open their doors for the public to experience food events, prix fixes, and more. Who needs to keep up with that New Year’s resolution diet anyways? For our favourite picks from Winterlicious 2015, click here.
Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival
If you’re desperately missing summer, there are few things that make us think of the season quite as much as drinking beer in the park. While we doubt anybody will be packing a picnic basket and parasol, we suggest wrapping up in your warmest parka and toque for an afternoon with Ontario Craft Brewers at Roundhouse Park. Enjoy suds from the province’s top producers alongside food from vendors including Smoke’s Poutinerie and Sugar Mamma’s. FYI, if you wear your best 80s ski gear (think that neon pink onesie your mother refuses to throw out) you can be entered to win a series of kick-ass prizes.
Second Annual CAFAs
There are few things in the world we love more than a fashion gala. They’re definitely up there with puppy videos, Jesus, and The Real Housewives. Held at the Fairmount Royal York, the CAFAs aim to support exceptional achievements and emerging talents in the fields of Canadian fashion design, fashion arts, and efforts to spur further economic growth in the industry. Nominees for 2015 include World MasterCard Fashion Week darling Sid Neigum, Montreal menswear favourites Frank & Oak, and blogger Jay Strut.
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