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18 things to do in Toronto this weekend: January 11 to 13

Ainsley Smith Jan 11, 2019 5:00 am

You officially made it to the weekend, and because of this, you deserve to have some fun.

And if you’re still trying to decide what to do, here’s a list of the biggest events for you to choose from.

Have a great weekend, Toronto!

Friday, January 11

Art of The North

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NBA / Twitter

What: The Toronto Raptors are hosting a pop-up art exhibit this week. According to the event, #ArtOfTheNorth is a pop-up art exhibit featuring 100 pieces of Toronto Raptors inspired art created by 40 international and local artists, and it’s hosted by the Toronto Raptors in collaboration with Conscious Basketball.

When: Now until January 13
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: 2 Snooker Street, Toronto
Price: Free

Class of 2019 Concert Series

What: If you’re in the mood to hear some awesome new local talent, Class of 2019 is a Canadian show series featuring the new year’s most promising musical talent.

When: Now until January 26
Time: Various show times
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by the show

Happy Place Toronto

What: Happy Place is an interactive, 20,000-sq-ft immersive exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms, and it’s on a mission to spread happiness here in Toronto and around the world.

When: Now until January 27
Time: Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre
From $32

Winter at Ontario Place

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Ontario Place/Facebook

What: Following last year’s successful inaugural winter program, Ontario Place will once again come alive this winter season. Running from now to March 17, the West Island of Ontario Place will be home to the Winter Light Exhibition, free public skating on a synthetic rink and community bonfires. This year, visitors can also look forward to a series of DJ nights at the iconic waterfront venue and bring a range of beloved films to Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 17
Time: 6 pm to 12 am
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free to attend

Vintage Patch Pop-Up Sale

What: Whether you have a jacket that needs jazzin’ up or you’re just a vintage patch collector, this is a pop-up sale you won’t want to miss. You can browse through the largest selection of vintage patches in Canada in downtown Toronto this weekend.

When: January 11 to 13
Time: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: 438 Queen Street West
Price: Free admission

Dumpling Crawl

What: This foodie series is happening every Friday in January. You’re going to be able to try all sorts of different eats from all over Toronto. This week, you’ll be visiting five restaurants in Chinatown, all serving a different style of Chinese dumpling. Savour soup dumplings, potstickers and dim sum favourites while hiding from the cold.

When: January 11
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Asian Legend – 418 Dundas Street West
Price: $35

Canada’s Bridal Show Winter 2019


What: Canada’s Bridal Show is the most renowned Bridal Show, established in 1984 always prospering and showcasing all the latest trends in the bridal industry.

When: January 11 to 13
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Price: $20

The Princess Bride Screening

What: This weekend you can catch a screening of the iconic Princess Bride. For those who have yet to see this classic, the film begins with a young boy sick in bed as his grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

When: January 11 to 13
Time: Screenings are at 7:30 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: $15 for adults

Up All Night Fest Vol. 1

What: Calling all film buffs. This weekend, The Royal is hosting the ultimate all-nighter for film junkies. Up All Night Fest is a weekend of cult classics dedicated to the romance, calamity, and adrenaline-fueled hijinks of one-nighters.

When: January 11 to 13
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
Price: General admission starts at $13.19

A$AP Rocky


What: A$AP Rocky is bringing his “Injured Generation” tour to Toronto this weekend, promoting his latest record TESTING. Last minute tickets are still available for the show.

When: January 12
Time: 8 pm
Where: Coca-Cola Coliseum, 45 Manitoba Drive
Price: From $71

Trevor Noah Loud and Clear Tour

What: South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is coming to Vancouver for a live performance this month. Noah will land in the city as part of his 28-performance, North America-wide, Loud and Clear Tour. Noah is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events.

When: January 11
Time: 9 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Price: From $60

Saturday, January 12

Rolling Hops Beer Tours: East End

What: You know that what you need this winter is an extensive tour of Toronto’s East End beer scene. Try samples at each brewery you visit and stroll through the Greenwood – Coxwell neighbourhood, revelling in how lovely the city can be in the winter time. Bring friends, because this is bound to be a beautiful bonding experience.

When: January 12
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Greenwood Station
Price: $80.73

Cooking with Jackfruit

Cooking With Jackfruit / Eventbrite

What: This stuff is like magic. Want the flavours of a pulled pork sandwich without the heaviness of meat? Or a fresh take on a pulled chicken taco? If it’s prepared right, jackfruit mimics the flavours and textures of your favourite pulled meat dishes, and it helps you to sneak a little extra fruit and fibre into your meal. Learn the ins and outs of cooking with this sweet (but not really sweet) stuff at this event.

When: January 12
Time: 2:30 pm to 5 pm
Where: 765 Queen Street East
Price: $55

Après Skate Saturdays

What: If you’re in the mood for ice skating, head to the Bentway where skaters over 19 can enjoy complimentary samples of Kahlúa with coffee or hot chocolate on Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm. Après Skate Saturdays run every Saturday until February 16.

When: January 12
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Complimentary samples, but skate rentals are available on-site for $10

DJ Skate Nights: Beam Me Up with Automaticamore

What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This Saturday, disco isn’t dead. Celebrate the underrated and the obscure music genres of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, reggae, gospel and proto-house at this jam on the Natrel Rink.

When: January 12
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

Mamma Mia! ABBA Dance Party

Mamma Mia Dance Party/Facebook


What: Mamma Mia, here we go again… Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to put on your party shoes and get ready to dance the night away to the sounds of the legendary ABBA.

When: January 12
Time: Doors open at 10 pm
Where: The Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street

Sunday, January 13

Trinity Bellwoods Flea – New Year Market

What: Start the new year by checking out the Trinity Bellwoods New Year Market, which will feature lots of new vendors, brands and designers. 

When: January 13
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: No admission

No Pants Subway Ride

What: The No Pants Subway Ride is back for another cheeky year. Hosted by the No Pants Society, the risqué subway ride will be happening simultaneously in 50+ cities around the world with the hopes of bringing a smile to commuters’ faces.

When: January 13
Time: 3 pm
Where: Participating TTC Stations, starting at the Eaton Centre
Price: Free

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