6 can't miss Toronto events of the week: December 23 to 29

Dec 20 2019, 8:28 am

You might have Christmas plans, but there’s still every other day of the week to choose from. Take a break from stuffing and get back to funning.

Enjoy yourself this December 23 to 29.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

What: See John Cameron Mitchell’s instant cult classic. It’s the story of Hedwig, a wo(man) scorned. After emigrating from East Berlin to America and surviving a botched operation as well as a string of scarring relationships, Hedwig, in all her Iggy Pop meets Courtney Love glam-punk glory, has finally found her voice.

When: Monday, December 23
Time: 9 pm
Where: Paradise — 1006 Bloor Street West
Admission: $14, available online

Love Shack : Yak Shaving Day!

What: Come shave the sacrificial yak, drink drinks and listen to excellent tunes. It’s time to get weird. Also, there is 100% no Christmas music allowed. DJ DangerCat will be playing all the best rock & roll, indie, surf, garage, and new wave hits all night.

When: Wednesday, December 25
Time: 9 pm
Where: Swan Dive — 1631 Dundas Street West
Admission: Free

Light Up the Dark

What: Light Up the Dark returns for three evenings this season. Bring family and friends to watch as 3D projection mapping transforms the Museum’s façade into a series of colossal artworks. There will also be pop-up performances and the museum will be open late.

When: December 27 to 29
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum — 77 Wynford Drive
Admission: Free

DisasterFEST 2019

What: It’s a six hour marathon of wild, weird, and experimental comedy. Every 10 minutes is a new show that is gets wilder than the next. Don’t bring the kids to this show. It’s a raunchy time of no holds barred comedy.

When: Friday, December 27
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre — 875 Bloor Street West
Admission: $20, available online

Ashley with a ‘Y’

What: An awe-inspiring mix of cabaret, raconteuring and quick-as-lighting musical improv, watch Ashley Botting perform most people’s worst nightmare, and ever-so glamorously. Collecting audience suggestions at the beginning of the show, Botting, with the aid of gifted pianist Scott White, tackles everything from the mundane to deep human truths, in improvised song.

When: Saturday, December 28
Time: 9 pm
Where: Paradise — 1006 Bloor Street West
Admission: Tickets starting at $25, available online

Polar Bear Skate at The Bentway

What: Strip down to your skivvies and hit the trail. The Polar Bear Skate is free to attend — just bring your skates and you’re good to go. If you don’t have skates, there are rentals onsite.

Ready to brave the cold? All participants must sign a waiver before taking part in the Polar Bear Skate

When: Sunday, December 29
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: The Bentway — 250 Fort York Boulevard
Admission: Free