24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: January 20 - 22

Jan 19 2017, 6:06 pm

It’s a mild weekend in the city!

Make the most of it by checking out these events in and around Toronto.

Enjoy your weekend!

Love Design Party

Come Up To My Room returns for the 14th year in a row to pack all four floors of the Gladstone Hotel with site-specific, immersive art and design installations over four days.

Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: January 20 to 22


Toronto’s Austra are on the verge of releasing their third album, Future Politics. The 11-track record comes out today, and tonight they will have a show at the Mod Club with Lafawndah.

Where: Mod Club, 722 College Street
When: January 20 at 8 pm

Sam Roberts

Montreal’s Sam Roberts and his band are taking their latest album on the road with a stop in Toronto this month. Sam Roberts released his debut back in 2002. His album The Inhuman Conditions became the best-selling independent EP in Canadian history, and his first full length album We Were Born in a Flame won three Juno Awards. His following three albums also won Junos, each for Rock Album of the Year. Last year, Roberts released his sixth full-length album, TerraForm.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: January 20 at 8 pm

San Junipero Queer Dance Party

San Junipero is a party town and this party won’t end at midnight. If you’re still dehydrated from crying through the end of Black Mirror’s San Junipero episode, then head to the Gladstone and have some drinks, dance your cares away and realize that heaven is a place on earth!

Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: January 20 at 10 pm

The 59th Annual Toronto International Boat Show

North America’s largest indoor boat show is the best place to see boats and the best place to buy them!

Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: January 20 to 29

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (To Do) is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events throughout the city. The festival is geared at taking design out of the studio and into the city – bringing people together to celebrate design in Canada.

Where: Venues throughout the city
When: January 20 to 22

1977 Punk Night with Tributes to The Jam, The Ramones & Blondie

Three tribute bands are returning to the Linsmore Tavern for a night of 1970s punk rock! The Jam, The Ramones, and Blondie are all on the request line.

Where: Lismore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave E
When: January 20 at 9:30 pm

Saddle Up!

Giddy up! Head to the Owl’s Club, a proper legion in the heart of Toronto, and scuff up the floor to the sounds of Dolly, Willie, Loretta and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites

Where: Owl’s Club, 847 Dovercourt Road
When: January 20 at 10 pm

Hip-Hop Karaoke

Get your 2017 off on the right foot with some Hip-Hop Karaoke! First HHK of the year y’all!

Where: Revival Bar, 783 College Street
When: January 20 at 10 pm

Women’s March on Washington: Toronto

A massive march is set to take place in Toronto this weekend on January 21, with over 5000 people are planning to attend. Organized by We Talk Women, Women’s March on Washington: Toronto coincides with the American election and Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on January 20.

Where: Queen’s Park
When: January 21 at 12 to 2 pm

Canadian Kilt Skate

For one day in Toronto, you can celebrate your inner Scot. The Scottish Society of Ottawa brings its annual Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate to Nathan Phillips Square. Unleash the power of tartan in the dead of winter!

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When: January 21 at 12 to 2 pm

Ice Breakers 2017

Three-dimensional, faceted hands standing three metres high; glowing, modular boxes from Denmark; and oversized, camouflaged massing models will each mark Toronto’s Waterfront this month as part of a brand new public art exhibition entitled Ice Breakers.

Where: Five installations on Queens Quay from Yonge Street to Bathurst Street
When: January 21 to February 26

ASEAN Festival

First of its kind, ASEAN Festival ’17 is a food and cultural event organized by the students at both Ryerson University and University of Toronto aiming to promote Southeast Asian cultures in Canada.

Where: 31 Gerrard Street East
When: January 21 at 3 pm

Wild Winter Wonderland

Winter fun at the Brick Works! This event includes workshops, storytelling, skating, and cooking! Fun for the whole family.

Where:  Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
When: January 21 and 22

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators

The battle of Ontario heats up the ACC this weekend!

Where:  ACC, 50 Bay Street
When: January 21 at 7 pm

2nd Annual Something Strange Circus Sideshow Festival

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, freaks and geeks for the second instalment of the Something Strange Circus Sideshow Festival, the largest congress of freaks in Canadian history.

Where:  Mod Club, 722 College Street
When: January 21 at 7 pm

3rd Annual Vintage Prom Toronto

Toronto’s biggest Vintage Dance Party is back, for the 3rd Annual Vintage Prom! This year’s theme: “Socks VS Greasers” are you a Sandra Dee good girl or a Danny Zuko bad boy? Are you a rule breaking pink lady or a clean cut prep, chose a side and watch our bands battle off!

Where:  The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: January 21 at 8:30 pm


Our favourite producer returns! After recently releasing his remix collection, In The Loop: A Decade of Remixes Compilation, Montreal’s A-Trak hits Toronto this month for a show at Rebel.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: January 21 at 10 pm

Back In The Day 90’s Party with DJ Starting From Scratch!

A Tribute to Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, House, Reggae, & Pop from the 90s!

Where: Revival Bar, 783 College Street
When: January 21 at 10:30 pm

Nature Connection

This is another great way to keep up those healthy New Year’s resolutions. Downsview Park staff will take attendees on a free indoor and outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get them exploring the natural world.

Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave
When: January 22 at 2 pm to 4 pm

An Introduction to Mezcal at El Rey

El Rey, Bartender Atlas and Los Siete Misterios are coming together to offer a Mezcal education seminar! If you have ever been interested in experiencing this fine agave distillate, or always wondered the difference between Mezcal and Tequila, this is an afternoon course intended to wet the whistle and engage the mind.

Where: El Rey Mezcal Bar, 2a Kensington Avenue
When: January 22 at 3 pm to 5 pm

Brett Kissel

Juno and Canadian Country Music Award country singer Brett Kissel starts his “Ice, Snow, & 30 Below” tour in January. His 18-dates begin in Sault St Marie, and he lands in Toronto on the 22nd.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: January 22 at 6:30 pm

GO EAST: Stories of Travelling to The Other Side

After over four years of bringing stories to Toronto’s west end, Outside the March and The Spoke are thrilled to begin a residency at the brand new Crow’s Theatre, right in the heart of the East End of the city. To celebrate their new home, the theme is GO EAST. Hear stories of trips across Toronto, trips across the world, and stories from those that got lost along the way.

Where: 345 Carlaw Avenue
When: January 22 at 8 pm

Share the Warmth: Open Mic at the Horseshoe

Share the Warmth at a fundraiser on Sunday evening. Local music, and a good cause.

Where: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
When: January 22 at 8 pm

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