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.
January is over and February has begun and while we’ve become dependent on popping vitamin D’s, the month of love has us feeling all rosy despite the lack of sun. Single, dating or in a relationship, it’s hard not to get in a good mood, cuz well, Valentine’s Day chocolates always taste good, even if they’re from yourself to yourself. So brave the corporate Holiday hubbub and hit up these events with your S.O. or Pal-entine, because it’s time to lighten up and get out of that winter funk. Take a look at the top February events in Toronto below:
The Addisons Annual Big Game Party
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and The Addisons Residence invites you to get in on the action, action being downing drinks and unlimited snacks by The Good Son Restaurant. Wear your best game face and prepare to cheer your team on when the tailgate party starts at 3:00 pm with kickoff at 6:30 pm! To end the day there will be one grand prize winner but if you’re truly serious about the game don’t leave the libations up to fate, bottle service packages are also available. Grab your tickets here.
Cheese, Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Impress your Valentine slightly early this year at The Pantry Fine Cheese’s Cheese, Chocolate and Wine Tasting! In other words, a sure fire way to get in their good books… if your boo isn’t into it, you may be dating the devil (just sayin’). Join Jeremy Lago, Sommelier and Fromager from The Pantry Fine Cheese, at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe as he takes you through a mouth-watering sampling of soul chocolates, Ontario wines, and local cheeses. Reserve your seat for $55 here.
Hooking Up with Second City
Starting February 13
The Second City knows a thing or two about heating things up – they’ve been poking fun of relationships for more than 50 years. Whether it’s missed connections, girls night out adventures, or romps in the sack gone wrong, no leaf is left unturned. The sassy satire, dubbed “Hooking Up with Second City,” is a mix of modern romance, rancor and everything in between. It will definitely make you feel like your own relationship is slightly more “normal.” Tickets start at $26, with dinner packages available.
VDay Flower Market
It’s Valentine’s Day and love (plus a whole lotta flowers) is in the air. The Drake Hotel lobby will be transformed into a mini Toronto Flower Market to mark the special occasion and save the asses of lazy boyfriends who forgot to buy something. Starting at 3 pm, White Oak will be offering locally-grown, seasonal blooms to create dramatic bouquets. So head on over and buy an arrangement, then thank us later when your S.O. is beaming ear to ear – you can never really go wrong with flowers.
Amy Schumer Live
The month of February is not only filled with love, but also a great lineup of comedy. And when we say great, we mean f**king epic! Amy Schumer will be the first world-famous comedian to bring riots of laughter to the 6ix when she opens up the floor at the Air Canada Centre followed by Jerry Seinfeld on February 18th (only resale tickets). Hurry, tickets are selling fast for Schumer too!
The Artist Project
The Annual Artist Project is back at Exhibition Place on February 23rd, showcasing the best work from contemporary artists. Feast yours eyes on stunning creations by over 250 vendors and though admission is only $15, be careful! We can bet you won’t be leaving empty-handed. Feeling even more bougie? Hit up the opening night party ($28) for early access, small bites, cocktails and of course, a night of hot art.
Old Chinatown Food Tour
Celebrate the year of the Rooster and explore the heart of Old Chinatown along Spadina and Dundas West. This is your chance to pay respect to the Chinese New Year, pig out and learn more about a culture that knows good food! For $75, indulge in six generous tastings of Dim Sum, Northern-style Dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, sweet and savoury pastries, and more. Between each tasting, your guide will also share their expertise on Chinese customs, eclectic folklore, and the history of the Chinese community in Toronto.
It might be freakin’ cold out, but isn’t that the beauty of being Canadian? We’re tough as nails and get to do cool things with ice – case in point: Icefest 2017. The chilly festival will be back in Bloor-Yorkville for its 17th year, but it’s going to be an even bigger and better celebration as Canada is turning the big one-fifty! That being said, there’s no room for subtleties – 20,000 lbs of ice will be transformed into visually stunning sculptures including Mounties, an iconic Maple Leaf and more.
The Wedding Co. Market
Tying the knot or newly engaged? Top off the month of love with The Wedding Co. Market and curb your schoolgirl yearning for nuptials that are as pretty as can be. On February 26th, Artscape at Wychwood Barns will be transformed into a cozy winter escape specializing in all things wedding. Meet and be inspired by the best vendors in Toronto and plan out the wedding of your dreams. Grab tickets for $20 here.
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