10 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, January 19

Jan 17 2020, 6:22 pm

Toronto is serving up spicy hot events this very chilly Sunday. Make sure you find something to do that will keep you moving and grooving this January 19.

To help you out, we’ve found a few things worthy of your time.

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the fourth year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the light festival will be taking over the historic area, filling it with light, and becoming one of the largest open-air sculpture galleries in North America, according to organizers.

When: Now until March 1, 2020
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free


What: This art installation is an interactive retro-futuristic machine powered by you. Visitors can hop on two at a time into one of the six illuminated cylinders and pump a lever to activate the lights and glowing images within the loop.

When: Now until February 9
Where: York Street Park — York and Harbour Streets
Admission: Free


What: DesignTO, formally known as The Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 free exhibitions, window installations, and events forming Toronto’s design week. This is the 10th year of the event.

When: Now until January 26
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Many events are free, register online

Phantom of the Opera

What: Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera returns to Toronto as part of its North American Tour. The beloved story is backed by an Orchestra of 52, making it one of the largest productions now on tour.

When: Now until February 2
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West
Admission: Tickets available online starting at $59

Blue Jays Winter Fest

What: Winter Fest is returning for its third straight year, featuring one more day of baseball fun and winter festivities. Activities include Blue Jays current player, alumni, and rookie appearances; kids activities; live entertainment; historic memorabilia; ballpark tours; and much more. Plus, the first 12,000 fans attending Winter Fest each day will receive a Blue Jays Toque

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 10 to 5 pm
Where: Rogers Centre — 1 Blue Jays Way
Admission: $20, available online

Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling, and grumbling. It’s basically the cutest thing going on in the city this weekend.

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park
Admission: Free

Love Shack

What: Come drink drinks and listen to excellent tunes. It’s time to get weird. DJ DangerCat will be playing all the best rock & roll, indie, surf, garage, and new wave hits all night. There’s also $5 rail drinks and free pool.

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 9 pm
Where: Swan Dive — 1631 Dundas Street West
Admission: No cover

Murder at the ROM

What: A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, all connected to secrets in the collections. Work in teams of two to six people and follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you must crack a cryptic code left in the curator’s appointment book to solve the mystery. After solving the crime, you’re free to explore the museum!

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 1 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Admission: $44.99, available online

Suds & Duds Clothing Swap

What: Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy, update your wardrobe, and raise funds for Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto. Just bring laundered, gently used women’s or unisex items that you no longer want in your closet. Shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves and hats are all welcome.

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 2 pm
Where: People’s Pint Brewing Company — 90 Cawthra Avenue, Unit 101

Project Akira: Terrell’s Quarter Centurion Celebration

What: Its 2020 so that means Quarter Centurion celebrator party is going down. Celebrate at a massive rave at the two-storey sci-fi bar that is See-Scape. There’s a stacked lineup of DJs, including Karma.Love (who is celebrating his birthday).

When: Sunday, January 19
Time: 9 pm
Where: See-Scape — 347 Keele Street
Admission: No cover


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