Sad to see 2016 go? Us neither. With all the craziness that marked the year, it’s time to hit the reset button, recharge, restart and let the past be the past. Lucky for you, Toronto has a ton of good ways to start anew, whether it’s film, dance, art or riding the subway pantless, these events will have you starting off 2017 in a much better mood. Take a look at the top things to do this January in Toronto and the GTA below:
Next Stage Festival (January 4 – 15)
The good people who bring you Fringe Fest, are gracing us with a winter edition. Next Stage Festival will be taking place from January 4th to 15th giving indie theater goers what they love: this year’s Fringe up and comers. Get your fix of comedies, dramas and more, and attend show talkbacks at The Hoxton where you’ll have a chance to chat with some of the artists. Purchase tickets here.
Turn Back Time 80’s Video Dance Party (January 7)
It’s no secret that 2016 sucked. Luckily, The Gladstone Hotel is turning back time on January 8th… back to a time when fanny packs were awesome, and leotards were legit. Jam out to Michael Jackson, Queen, Bowie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie and more at the Turn Back Time 80’s Video Dance Party – let’s just pretend 2016 never happened. Get advance tickets for $10 or pay $15 at the door.
Hip Hop Yoga with Tricka B (January 8)
Bored of the same old workout regime or just too impatient for yoga? Hip Hop Yoga with Tricka B at Lululemon’s The Attic on Queen St West is a pretty good alternative. Stretch it out and bust a move for only $10 during this sweaty, uncensored Vinyasa class. It might be exactly what you need to put your workout goals into action.
No Pants Subway Ride and Dance Party (January 8)
As the No Pants Society puts it, “pants are just a fancy word for leg jail.” Set your legs and bottom free on January 8th as you ride the subway sans pants for the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride. Sounds silly, right? Well, that’s the point! Commuting sucks, so why not put a smile on a stranger’s face? And of course, a pantless subway ride is not complete without a pantless parade and after party.
Canada’s Top Ten (January 13 – 26)
If you’re into film then Canada’s Top Ten will be right up your alley! Get acquainted with some of the best Canadian cinema during the two-week festival as you watch public screenings, attend Q&A’s with filmmakers, industry panels talks, special events (like a chat with Director X) and more. Buy tickets here.
The 2017 WedLux Show (January 15)
Tying the knot this year? Don’t miss The 2017 WedLux Show on January 15th, showcasing over 100 exhibitors to help you achieve the most magical of days. Along with delicious treats and giveaways, this year’s theme is “Wanderlust” and their official catering sponsor is Oliver & Bonacini, so you know it’s going to be a good one! Scoop up tickets for you and your bridal party here.
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 16 – 22)
Art lovers and fans of Nuit Blanche alike will be flocking to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. The cultural celebration of design will be taking over public spaces around the downtown core. Feast your eyes on 100 storefront exhibits, immersive gallery installations, and lectures/discussions by local and international designers. See the full schedule here.
Kings of Leon (January 16)
Rock out with Kings of Leon on January 16 at the Air Canada Centre. The top charting rock band will be in town to celebrate their new album WALLS and bring it to life on the big stage. You can also bet they’ll throw some classics into the mix like Sex on Fire and Use Somebody. Tickets start at $49.50.
Beach Bash in the 6ix (January 27)
Escape the cold and party like you’re in the tropics. Ripley’s Aquarium will be morphed into a beach oasis during Beach Bash in the 6ix. Complete with food stations, a cash bar, surf simulator, DJ and more, it’s basically like being at an all-inclusive resort without actually having to leave the city. Get early bird tickets for $40 and know while beach attire is not mandatory, it’s highly suggested.
Toronto Lightfest (January 27 – March 19)
The first-ever Toronto Lightfest will be illuminating the night at the Distillery District beginning on January 27th. Explore the stunning open-air exhibit and witness different forms of light art – the perfect remedy to beat the winter blues! What is light art you might ask? Any form of art expressed through the medium of light. You can bet things will get trippy!
Winterlicious (January 27 – February 9)
Treat yourself to a meal at one of the city’s best restaurants, without breaking the bank. For two weeks only, over 220 Toronto restaurants will be offering special 3-course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner ranging between $18 and $48. Some of the more notable restaurants participating include Miku, Luckee, Colette Grand Cafe, and Montecito. See a full list of participating restaurants here.