30 awesome events to check out in Toronto in February

Jan 26 2017, 1:57 am

February isn’t just about Valentine’s Day, you guys.

Here are the best events taking place in Toronto this February. From concerts and art shows to food and drink festivals, February is looking like one busy month.

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What: Torontonians are invited to come and experience a series of mouthwatering culinary events and indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Try something new, try something exotic, try something traditional or better yet, try it all. 

When: Now until February 9
Where: Events throughout the city

Abba Mania

What: Alright you dancing queens, Abba Mania will be hitting up the Danforth Music Hall for a night you surely won’t forget. The concert is a Canadian produced rock musical which takes you back to the disco era of one of the best pop bands in history, ABBA.

When: February 2, 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue

Motion Ball

What: An unparalleled evening filled with entertainment, networking and socializing with proceeds going to support the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, Motion Ball is the must-attend event for young professionals this winter.

When: February 3, 9 pm
 Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place

Blue Rodeo

What: Canada’s premier rock band Blue Rodeo will be hitting the stage of Massey Hall with special guests Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins.

When: February 3, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street


What: For over 20 years, Harbourfront Centre has been hosting Kuumba, a Black History Month celebration, has sparked discourse and conversation around current and historical debates within the African-Canadian community. 

When: February 3 to 11
235 Queens Quay West

A Birthday Celebration for Gord Downie

What: Come and celebrate the birth and the music of the one and only Gord Downie. Toronto’s Adelaide Hall will be hosting an epic celebration and will feature music from The Hip with proceeds from ticket sales going to support the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

When: February 4, 8 pm
Where: Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide Street West

The Year of the Rooster: A Chinese New Year Celebration

What: TSO’s annual Chinese New Year celebration will be paying tribute to the year of the Rooster this February. Long Yu, artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will be leading the show.

When: February 4, 730 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall60 Simcoe St

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

What: The Red Hot Chilli peppers are heading out for a huge world tour, making this their first road trip since 2014. This tour will be supporting their latest album “The Getaway” and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

When: February 4, 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre

Super Bowl Party 2017

What: Whether you’re cheering for the Pats or the Falcons, come and watch the game with Dublin Calling and the Toronto Sport and Social Club. All attendees will have a chance to win awesome prizes from NFL Canada, a Coors Light beer fridge, NFL jerseys, Toronto Sport and Social Club rentals and credits and Dublin Calling bar tabs.

When: February 5, 5 pm
Where: Dublin Calling, 250 Adelaide St

Saturday Night Fever

What: Put on your white flares and dust off that glitter ball because Saturday Night Fever is back. This new production transports you back to the glittering era of disco and features all of the classic Bee Gees hits.

When: February 7 to 12,
Where: Prince of Whales Theatre, 300 King St

Switchfoot and Relient K

What: Switchfoot will be performing their new album “Where The Light Shines Through” alongside Relient K at The Phoenix Concert Theatre.

When: February 8, 630 pm to 930 pm
The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street

Wavelength Music Festival

What: This marks the 17th annual Wavelength Music Festival, which features three whirlwind nights of amazing music, community vibes, and a live curated mixtape of the best NEW independent music coming out of Canada.

When: February 12 to 14
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West

Contact Photography Festival

What: From enduring practices to new forms of expression, the Festival showcases a diverse range of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists.

When: February 9
80 Spadina Avenue

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

What: This distinguished ensemble displays its brilliance, warmth, and expressive versatility in splendid works by Tchaikovsky and Stankovych — with the excellent Ukrainian violinist Dima Tkachenko as soloist.

When: February 10, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

Chris Tucker

What: Best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter opposite Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour film series, the hilarious comedian will be gracing the stage at Toronto’s Sony Centre.

When: February 10, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts1 Front Street East

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest

What: Steam Whistle will have a simulated curling rink, fire pits, local food trucks, ice carving, their legendary après ski dance party and surprises around every snow bank.

When: February 11
Steamwhistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd

Canada All Star Ballet Gala

What: The most prestigious ballet gala in the world, this performance is the first of its kind and a celebration of Classical Ballet Masterpieces. It will be performed by the world’s most accomplished artists from Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, The Bolshoi of Russia, The National Ballet of Canada, Rome Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

When: February 11, 7:30 pm to 10:15 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Dita Von Teese – The Art of the Teese 

What: The delectable Dita Von Teese is in Toronto for her biggest tour yet. The Art of the Teese tour sees Dita performing some of her favorite – and never before seen – acts in a striptease spectacular that features costumes from some of the world’s most famous designers.

When: February 11, 7:30
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 10 Princes Boulevard

XOXO! Valentine’s Day Speed Dating

What: Those looking for love this Valentine’s Day, head over to The Office Pub for an evening of excitement. Pre-screened eligible singles will enjoy an evening of romance, new connections, and endless possibilities. The night will start with an icebreaker game, followed by Speed Dating and end with socializing over cocktails.

When: February 14, 730 pm
Where: The Office Pub, 117 John St


What: Cabaret is based on writer Christopher Isherwood’s time in the bohemian clubs of Berlin in the early 1930s. With decadence and sexual exploration being the first orders of business, Cabaret tells the story of a daring femme fatale in training and her shy new roommate.

When: February 14 to 19
Where: Prince of Whales Theatre, 300 King St

Amy Schumer

What: This is the Trainwreck star’s postponed standup show, after canceling her Canadian tour stops this November. Make sure to grab your tickets fast, as this event is expected to sell out.

When: February 16, 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre

Jerry Seinfeld

What: America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld will return to Toronto to perform his signature stand-up routine live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss your chance to see this comedy legend perform.

When: February 17 and 18 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian International Auto Show

What: Experience the Total Automotive Experience with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways, and engaging exhibits.

When: February 17 to 26
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

What: Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock,  jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival.

When: February 17 to 19
Where: Venues throughout the city

Colin James

What: Colin is a Canadian blues and rock legend and will be playing at the legendary Massey Hall this month. This is a performance you won’t want to miss.

When: February 18, 7:30 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.

Rhubarb Festival

What: Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 37th year. For two weeks, Buddies is transformed into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art.

When: February 18 to 28
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Disney-Pixar “Ratatouille” In Concert

What: Calling all Disney fans, one of Pixar’s most entertaining animated films ‘Ratatouille’ will be coming to Toronto as the TSO will be playing the score from the film.

When: February 18, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

Wedding Open House

What: For those tying the knot this year, The Old Mill will be opening its doors as part of its annual open house to show off the grounds and its preferred wedding vendors.

When: February 22, 430 pm to 8 pm
Where: Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road

Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

What: From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad.

When: February 23 to 26
Where: Better Living Center Exhibition Place

The Wedding Co. Market

What: The Wedding Co. Market is a cozy winter marketplace for Toronto couples seeking to be inspired by local wedding industry members who are passionate about their craft and who take pride in offering exceptional service.

When: February 26
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Billy Talent

What: The Canadian pop-punk quartet are back on the road in support of latest album Afraid Of Heights.

When: February 27th, 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

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